Christine McVie On Having Regrets About Her 16-Year Hiatus From Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie joined an interview with The Guardian and opened up about leaving the band for 16 years until her return. The musician unveiled what she felt about her longtime hiatus and her conversation with the founder and bandmate, Mick Fleetwood.
While McVie was in a blues band named Chicken Shack, they came together with Fleetwood Mac on several occasions. Then, the musician joined Fleetwood Mac shortly after she got married to the band’s bassist John McVie in 1970. In the early 70s, the band’s most successful lineup, including Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Stevie Nicks, was completed.
However, their problems and disputes among the band members didn’t let them perform for decades, and they caused several departures over the years. The keyboardist announced that she parted the ways with Fleetwood Mac in 1998 following their iconic live album ‘The Dance.’ McVie moved to England to be near her family and not to live as a public figure, as rock star life exhausted her after many years.
The band released their first album without Mcvie, ‘Say You Will’ on April 15, 2003. Buckingham and Nicks became only vocalists and took over her roles as keyboard players. During her interview, the keyboardist stated that she enjoyed living in a place where people didn’t know who she was, but she missed being in the band later. Thus, she decided to end her 16 years of hiatus after calling Mick Fleetwood and talking with other band members in 2014.
Here’s what McVie said:
“I just wanted to embrace being in the English countryside and not have to troop around on the road. I moved to Kent, and I loved being able to walk around the streets, nobody knowing who I was. Then, of course, I started to miss it. I called Mick and asked: ‘How would you feel about me coming back to the band?’ He got in touch with everybody, and we had a band meeting over the phone, and they all went: ‘Come back!!” I felt regenerated, and I felt like writing again.”
You can check out the first album without McVie below.