Stevie Nicks Confirms There's 'No Chance' Of Fleetwood Mac Continuing

18 June 2024 | 8:54 am | Mary Varvaris

"There is no chance of putting Fleetwood Mac back together in any way."

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Fleetwood Mac in Brisbane (Credit: Bianca Holderness)

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Stevie Nicks has confirmed what fans believed to be true: Fleetwood Mac are done.

In a new interview with Mojo, Nicks acknowledged that without Christine McVie, there’s no Fleetwood Mac. She also cleared the air around the situation with Lindsey Buckingham, who claimed he was fired by manager Irving Azoff in 2018.

“Without Christine, no can do,” she said. “There is no chance of putting Fleetwood Mac back together in any way. Without her, it just couldn’t work.”

Christine McVie passed away in November 2022. She was known for penning and singing numerous Fleetwood Mac hits, including EverywhereSongbird, You Make Loving Fun and Little Lies.

McVie joined the band in 1970 and remained in the group when they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1998, but departed soon after. She returned to Fleetwood Mac in 2014 when the band's most recognisable lineup was reunited.

Nicks remarked that the final days of McVie’s life were “stunningly strange” as “there wasn’t any lead up to it.”

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She continued, “We got a call, and I was going to rent a plane and go see her, but her family said, ‘Don’t come because she may not be here tomorrow.’ And the next day, she passed away.”

In 2018, Lindsey Buckingham claimed that Irving Azoff told him, “Stevie never wants to be on a stage with you again.”

In 2021, Nicks addressed the allegation and said that while she was “no longer willing to work with him,” she “did not have him fired, I did not ask for him to be fired, I did not demand he be fired.” She added that she “fired [her]self”.

In the interview with Mojo, she said, “Even if I thought I could work with Lindsey again, he’s had some health problems. It’s not for me to say, but I’m not sure if Lindsey could do the kind of touring that Fleetwood Mac does, where you go out for a year and a half. It’s so demanding.”

Last February, Mick Fleetwood said the band were “done” following the loss of Christine McVie.

"I think right now, I truly think the line in the sand has been drawn with the loss of Chris," he said. "I'd say we're done, but then we've all said that before. It's sort of unthinkable right now."

Fleetwood also alluded to his bandmates' side/main projects, including Stevie Nicks' solo career, lead guitarist Mike Campbell in the band The Dirty Knobs and Neil Finn, still touring with Crowded House. "They all get out and play, so I'm gonna be doing the same thing, finding people to play with."

Fleetwood said he'd be up for performing in the near future, just "not as Fleetwood Mac."