The Love Triangle That Almost Destroyed Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac was founded back in 1967, and they have released a total of seventeen studio albums since then. One of the most successful albums that they released was ‘Rumours,’ in 1977. The record featured Lindsey Buckingham on guitars, Stevie Nicks on vocals, Christine McVie on the keyboard, John McVie on bass, and Mick Fleetwood on drums.
However, there were many tumultuous moments between the band members while making this record. One of the aspects that made working together very challenging was the love triangle that almost ended the journey of Fleetwood Mac.
The Relationship Between Lindsey Buckingham And Stevie Nicks
Back in 1975, Fleetwood Mac asked Lindsey to join the band, and his only condition was his girlfriend and music partner Stevie Nicks to be included as well. As a result, the couple joined the band as a package deal. Although they had a long relationship, the couple started to have problems while recording the ‘Rumours.’
Therefore, it isn’t surprising to see some allusions within the songs and lyrics between these two band members. As Lindsey wrote ‘Second Hand News,’ ‘Never Going Back Again,’ and ‘Go Your Own Way’ to show his stance, Stevie responded to all of these songs with only one track, ‘Dreams.’
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Stevie revealed that she actually got offended by the lyrics of ‘Go Your Own Way,’ which said ‘packing up, shacking up’ with different men was all she wanted to do.
Stevie showed her temper against Lindsey about the lyrics:
“I very much resented him telling the world that ‘packing up, shacking up’ with different men was all I wanted to do. He knew it wasn’t true. It was just an angry thing he said. Every time those words would come out onstage, I wanted to go over and kill him. He knew it, so he really pushed my buttons through that.”
Unfortunately, the ending of this relationship was only the beginning of a huge controversy between Stevie, her friend, and the last member of the love triangle, Mick Fleetwood.
Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood’s Love Triangle Almost Ended Fleetwood Mac
In the same year that the band released ‘Rumours,’ the relationship between Stevie and Mick started while Stevie was dating Eagles’ Don Henley and Mick was married to a model Jenny Boyd. Even though Stevie believes the relationship wouldn’t have started if they were not under the influence of drugs and alcohol, she called Mick one of her ‘great great loves.’
As Stevie said, the relationship was doomed and caused lots of pain to everybody. The relationship between Stevie and Mick was such a huge blow for most people because Mick was married to a wonderful woman. However, Mick started an affair with Stevie’s best friend Sara Recor afterward. According to Stevie, losing Sara affected her more than losing Mick because it was already a rocky relationship.
The vocalist revealed that Sara was banished from the studio by the rest of the band members, and not a single member spoke to each other for three months. At that time, Stevie revealed that she didn’t look at Mick directly as well. Fortunately enough, the band got through the tough times and managed to release other records as well.
Stevie talked about those times in an interview with the Independent:
“Well, here’s a big one for you. I had started to see Mick Fleetwood romantically. I had a very dear friend whose name was Sara who just went after Mick. And they fell in love, and the next thing, Sara’s husband is calling me to say ‘Sara moved in with Mick this morning. And I just thought you might wanna know.’
So I lost Mick, which honestly wasn’t that big of a deal because that was a rocky relationship. But losing my friend Sara? That was a huge blow. Sara was banished from the studio by the rest of the band. No one was speaking, and I wouldn’t even look directly at Mick. That went on for months. And it was great fodder for writing! The songs poured out of us.”
Fleetwood Mac’s most recent record was their seventeenth studio album, ‘Say You Will,’ which was released in 2003, and it featured the original members of the ‘Rumour’ record. Since then, the band hasn’t released any single material yet.