The Devastating news of Christine McVie’s death Wednesday afternoon hit and we’re still processing it Fleetwood Mac Fans all over the world. “We are so lucky to have her alive,” Fleetwood Mac said in a team statement. “Individually and together, we loved Christine deeply and are thankful for the wonderful memories we have. She will be greatly missed.”
when Rolling Stone Speaking with McVie in June, She was excited about the new LP Songbird (a solo collection), But it’s doubtful she’ll ever return to the road with Fleetwood Mac. “I don’t physically feel up for it,” he said. “I’m so bad. I have a chronic back problem that debilitates me. I stand up to play the piano, so I don’t know if I can physically do it. What does it mean? The mind is willing, but the flesh is weak.
McVie’s last tour with Fleetwood Mac took place between 2018 and 2019, although Lindsay Buckingham left the band during that time and was replaced by Neil Finn and Mike Campbell. A year before that, McVie recorded an album with Buckingham and took him on tour with him. “I had a lot of fun with him on the road and made that record.” she said Rolling Stone In 2018. “I was surprised to hear the news [Buckingham was leaving the band] Because that decision was made after I went back to London. But life moves on and I wanted to continue with these guys.
The tour was a huge financial success, and McVie grew close to the band’s new members. “Those guys are great,” he said earlier this year. “We were very happy with them, but we’re separated now, so I don’t see them.”
McVie’s only stage appearance following the final date of the Fleetwood Mac tour was on February 25, 2020 at the London Palladium. It was a tribute to Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green, featuring Pete Townshend, Noel Gallagher, David Gilmour, Kirk Hammett, Steven Tyler, Billy Gibbons, Bill Wyman, Jeremy Spencer, Neil Finn and Mick Fleetwood. In a video from the show, McVie sang the 1968 Fleetwood Mac classic “Stop Messin’ Around” with Tyler, Fleetwood and several guests.
Little did McVie know that the concert would mark the end of his performing career, but it feels fitting that he went out in honor of Fleetwood Mac’s early days. She’s been a huge part of their sound for the past five decades, and it’s hard to imagine them continuing without her.