Christine McVie’s Reaction To Mick Fleetwood Selling His Soul

In 2014, Christine McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac with a concert at the O2 Arena in London, marking her first performance with the band since her departure in 1998. Following the performance, the singer joined an interview with John Blackstone, during which she talked about her experiences with the band.

A part of that chat centered around her bandmate Mick Fleetwood’s autobiography, ‘Play On: Now, Then & Fleetwood Mac.’ The interviewer pointed out that the drummer wrote in his book that he ‘sold his soul to the company store.’ Then, he asked McVie whether the statement was true, to which she answered:

“Well, you could argue that a lot of us have [dedicated ourselves], but Mick, to a larger extent, yeah. But I don’t think he sold his soul. I think he did it out of love, you know? I think that he carries the banner for the band and probably always has.

Because he somehow is determined that Fleetwood Mac will never die, in one configuration or the other. This is the most successful configuration of all. Fleetwood Mac is Mick’s love. He loves Fleetwood Mac. And I don’t think he’s sold his soul to the company store.”

Fleetwood released seventeen albums with the band throughout the decades. In 2021, he sold his share of the publishing rights for fifteen of these records to BMG. This action put him in line with the other band members, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, who had made similar decisions before.

About a month after the drummer’s deal, McVie sold the copyright of her 115 songs to Hipgnosis. Fifteen months later, she passed away at the age of 79 due to a stroke ‘following a short illness.’ Upon her death, Fleetwood Mac members paid tribute to the singer through social media and other platforms.

Almost a year following her passing, Fleetwood honored her memory again on what would be her 80th birthday. He released an instrumental version of ‘Songbird’ with ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro on July 12, 2023. You can listen to the song in the video below.