Fleetwood Mac is resting up after a long tour. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band traveled the world while playing nearly 100 shows over the past two years, and it may be the last time they put themselves through that kind of test.
Drummer Mick Fleetwood told Rolling Stone the band behind favorites like “Gypsy” and “The Chain” will not do a long tour ever again, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to retire; there are alternatives.
“People like Peter Gabriel have a lovely way of working where they go and just do four or five major festivals during the summer,” the 72-year-old said. “That’s the sort of vision that I see for Fleetwood Mac. We’re able to cherry-pick things that have dignity, and are fun to do, and they’re historically interesting.”
Fleetwood wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a farewell tour when it’s really time to wrap up their storied career. But he says longtime guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has probably played his last gig with them. Buckingham was asked to leave Fleetwood Mac before the last tour began in 2018 and has been replaced by Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House.
“Fleetwood Mac is a strange creature. We’re very, very committed to Neil and Mike, and that passed away a time ago, when Lindsey left. And it’s not a point of conversation, so I have to say no,” Fleetwood said. “It’s a full drama of Fleetwood Mac, no doubt. His legacy is alive and well, and as it should be. A major, major part that will never be taken away, and never be down-spoken by any of us. Neil and Mike have tremendous respect for Lindsey. The situation was no secret. We were not happy. It was not working, and we parted company. And that really is the all of it.”
Fleetwood admits he hasn’t even spoken to Buckingham since he suffered a heart attack that caused vocal cord damage last February. The 70-year-old, who handled lead vocals on studio recordings of classics like “Go Your Own Way” and “Second Hand News,” took the stage at his daughter’s graduation three months later and is set to perform at the Beale Street Music Festival in this May.
While there are no tour dates on the horizon for Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood is keeping busy by organizing a tribute concert to band co-founder Peter Green. The guitarist left the band in 1970 – five years before Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined - because of mental health and addiction issues. The show is scheduled for February 25th in London.