The following excerpt is from an article by Scott Mervis published in the 02/26/09 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
In 1975, British blues-rock band Fleetwood Mac, already troubled with legal battles and internal breakups, went into the free-agent market and hired on the attractive young L.A. singer-song writer duo of Buckingham Nicks. The result: one of the greatest hit machines and perhaps the greatest running soap opera in pop music history.
Forget “Behind the Music.” When you have two sets of ex-lovers on stage, it’s the stuff of a miniseries.
Thirty-four years later, as Fleetwood Mac prepares for the “Unleashed” greatest hits tour, you get the feeling maybe they should keep a good group therapist, perhaps that guy who helped Metallica, on the speed dial.
Not even a minute into an interview with Lindsey Buckingham, the volatile singer-guitarist is referring to things that “maybe got left hanging” and the tour being as exciting “as much on a personal level as anything else.”
“Personal level” has little to do with how anyone gets along with the jovial chaps who hold down the rhythm section–founding Brits Mick Fleetwood and John McVie–and everything to do with the harmony between Buckingham and former flame and quintessential pop diva Stevie Nicks.
It will all begin at the Mellon Arena [Pittsburgh], where Fleewood Mac makes its home for several days of rehearsal this week before the 15-city tour begins there on Sunday.
To read the rest of this fine article go to www.post-gazette.com and scroll down the page or type in Mac Is Back in the search box.
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