Lindsay Buckingham blames Stevie Nicks for the band’s delay in releasing new music. Fleetwood Mac has not put out a record since 2003.
British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac has been around for half a century. This fact feels unbelievable for some fans. The folk-rock staple was at its peak well into the ’90s but dropped in popularity due to band drama and Stevie Nicks’ solo project. Fleetwood Mac has not dropped a new album since 2003’s “Say You Will.” Now, former lead guitarist and singer Lindsey Buckingham is sharing the reason behind this.
Buckingham blames Nicks for halting the band’s release plans. He claims that Fleetwood Mac began recording a new record in 2012. During this time, Nicks was focused on her solo career. Buckingham says that she was not interested in participating.
“I had a bunch of songs, and Mick [Fleetwood] and John [McVie] and I went in with the producer Mitchell Froom and cut a bunch of stuff,” he says to Classic Rock Magazine. “This was before Christine [McVie] returned to the band in 2014. We very much wanted to draw Stevie in, and for some reason she refused to participate.”
Buckingham shares that McVie’s return made him feel hopeful that Nicks would come around. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This new music that Buckingham and McVie created together became the 2017 duo release “Lindsey Buckingham/Christina McVie.”
Fans want to know why Nicks never worked on this new material. Her ex-bandmate thinks it was because of writer’s block.
“I think she kind of lost track of her writing a little bit,” Buckingham says. “and maybe didn’t think she had anything she felt she could offer, and so did not want to be a part of it.”
An Update On Stevie Nicks
The Fleetwood Mac singer is having a difficult year of her own. Due to a rise in COVID cases this summer, Nicks canceled all of her 2021 tour dates. For the safety of herself and her fans, Nicks went to Instagram to announce the news.
“While I’m vaccinated, at my age, I am still being extremely cautious and for that reason have decided to skip the 5 performances I had planned for 2021,” Nicks writes.
While fans are devastated, most understand the singer’s reasons. To make it up to them, Nicks released a concert movie called “Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Concert” in select theaters this October. Fans can watch the full film now via Amazon Prime.
It is uncertain whether or not Stevie Nicks will get back out on the road anytime soon. For now, let’s connect our headphones and dance to “Rhiannon” in our living rooms.