Justin Hawkins Addresses The ‘Clashing Personalities’ In Fleetwood Mac

In a new episode of his Justin Hawkins Rides Again YouTube video series, Justin Hawkins touched upon the issues within Fleetwood Mac resulting from the band’s clashing personalities.

Fleetwood Mac achieved great success after Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks’ addition. However, while the band was recording their 1977 album ‘Rumours,’ each member of Fleetwood Mac went through a breakup. Nicks and Buckingham had a complicated relationship during their tenure in the band, and Christine and John McVie had issues stemming from John’s battle with alcoholism.

Despite the tensions within the band, they all decided to move on and focus on their work in Fleetwood Mac. Although they tried hard to continue together as a band, their issues increased. Their lineup remained the same for three more studio albums, but Buckingham and Nicks each left the band in the late 1980s. In 1997, a full reunion occurred, and Fleetwood Mac continued to work together.

Although Christine McVie left in 1998, she continued to work with the band during the sessions. In 2014, McVie rejoined the band, but Buckingham was fired in 2018 and was replaced by Mike Campbell. The band has remained inactive in terms of new releases since their 2003 album ‘Say You Will.’

In a new episode of Justin Hawkins Rides Again, the musician reflected on clashing personalities within bands and proposed that creative ventures need ‘fire and ice.’ After mentioning some examples, like Joe Perry and Steven Tyler, and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, he touched upon the clashing personalities in Fleetwood Mac.

According to Hawkins, a ‘certain type of friction’ can increase creativity, and Fleetwood Mac provides a great example. Although all the band members were going through breakups during a certain time, they managed to channel their feelings into their work and created several excellent albums. So, he argued having non-compliant members within a band could be both creative and destructive.

In the video, Justin Hawkins said the following:

“In a creative venture, isn’t there supposed to be fire and ice? Usually, it’s the guitarist and the lead vocalist like Mick [Jagger] and Keith [Richards], Joe Perry, and Steven Tyler. There are lots of other examples, like the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox.

And what about all the clashing personalities in Fleetwood Mac? When they’re all divorcing each other and making brilliant records, I think it can be a certain type of friction that’s very creative. But it can also be completely destructive, and you don’t want to work with those people anymore.”

You can watch the video below.