The Truth About Stevie Nicks And Christine McVie’s ‘Rivalry’

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In 1967, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, and Jeremy Spencer founded Fleetwood Mac. Bassist John McVie then joined them for their 1968 self-titled debut album. After marrying McVie, the keyboardist and vocalist Christine McVie also joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970. Throughout the early 1970s, the band’s lineup went through several changes. In late 1974, Fleetwood Mac asked Lindsey Buckingham to be their new lead guitarist, and he agreed to join along with Stevie Nicks.

From then on, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks maintained a close friendship. The pair supported each other throughout their music career as two women trying to receive the same respect as men in a male-dominated rock music scene. Moreover, they always encouraged each other and praised their musical talents even after going separate ways. Although this was the case, there were rumors about a rivalry.

Stevie Nicks And Christine McVie Had The Same Path

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Throughout their career in Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks had trouble with their relationships. When the band released the album titled ‘Rumours,’ there were many issues within the band resulting from the affairs of band members. Besides, McVie and Nicks struggled to stay on their feet as female artists in the music industry.

In the mid-1970s, Christine McVie and John McVie began to have serious problems. In 1973, Christine McVie started an affair with the band’s sound engineer Martin Birch. John McVie was also a heavy drinker back then, and this caused crisis between them. Although the pair tried to restore their marriage, they decided to break up in the middle of the ‘Rumours’ tour.

Like Christine McVie and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks also had problems. When they joined Fleetwood Mac in 1979, their relationship was already at stake. However, they decided to move on, not to risk the band’s career. Despite their efforts, they started to have more issues until their inevitable break up in 1976.

Through these difficult times, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks held on to each other and provided emotional support. As they were two women in the same band, the press constantly put them under pressure with questions asking whether they were rivals. But, there was no rivalry between them; instead, they considered each other their only friend.

Stevie Nicks And Christine McVie’s Current Friendship Status

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Christine McVie left Fleetwood Mac in 1998. Although she continued to work with the band during the sessions, Stevie Nicks wanted her back. The band continued working on music and released their album ‘Say You Will’ in 2003. Eleven years later, McVie joined Fleetwood Mac full-time.

Speaking to Guardian in 2013, McVie revealed her thoughts on Stevie Nicks. The rocker stated that she had never played with a girl before Nicks, but she liked Nicks right after meeting her. McVie then highlighted that there was no competition between them, as they were different on stage and wrote songs differently.

McVie told the Guardian the following about Stevie Nicks:

“It was critical that I got on with her because I’d never played with another girl. But I liked her instantly. She was funny and nice but also there was no competition. We were completely different on the stage from each other, and we wrote differently, too.”

In a 2015 interview with Star Tribune, Stevie Nicks also spoke about Christine McVie. She stated that McVie brings joy and feminine touch to Fleetwood Mac. The singer then admitted never wanting McVie to go out of her life again, not for making music with her, but for their friendship.

Here is what Stevie Nicks told Star Tribune about Christine McVie:

“She brings the fun back into Fleetwood Mac. Before, it was just a boys’ club. With her back, there’s more of a feminine touch to the whole thing. I never want her to ever go out of my life again, and that has nothing to do with music and everything to do with her and me as friends.”

So, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie weren’t rivals at any point in their musical career. Instead, they chose to support and encourage each other to show that females can also rock.