Stevie Nicks Confirms the End of Fleetwood Mac

"There is no chance of putting Fleetwood Mac back together in any way. Without [Christine McVie], it just couldn’t work."

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jun 17, 2024

Pretty much ever since Christine McVie's tragic death in November 2022, Fleetwood Mac have been adamant that the band is over. Mick Fleetwood said in February 2023 that a reunion without her would be "sort of unthinkable," while Stevie Nicks addressed the band's fate in a similar manner, saying last fall that they were done touring: "When [Christine McVie] died, I figured we really can't go any further with this. There's no reason to."

If it wasn't already evident, Nicks has now once again confirmed that this is the end of the road for Fleetwood Mac, a band with one of the most impressively lauded — and drama-filled — runs in the history of rock music.

In a new interview with MOJO, the legend herself was asked directly about the future of the band going forward. "Without Christine, no can do," Nicks said. "There is no chance of putting Fleetwood Mac back together in any way. Without her, it just couldn't work."

The band operated successfully without McVie between 1998 and 2014, but according to the artist, her absence put more pressure on Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham to front the band together. He left the group in 2018 when Nicks decided she could no longer work with him, although she claimed he wasn't fired and that she "pre-emptively removed" herself from the situation.

She told MOJO's Bob Mehr, "Even if I thought I could work with Lindsey again, he's had some health problems," referring to his 2019 emergency open heart surgery. "It's not for me to say, but I'm not sure if Lindsey could do the kind of touring that Fleetwood Mac does, where you go out for a year and half. It's so demanding."

"Fleetwood Mac is all over my set," Nicks admitted of her solo touring endeavours. "Now that there is no more Fleetwood Mac, that opens the door for me to do other songs, like 'The Chain,' that I've never done [solo]. I will keep the music of Fleetwood Mac alive, for as long as I can."

"I do ['Landslide'] and we have [a] beautiful video montage of me and Chris," she added of her nightly commemoration of McVie. "I can never look at it, though, when I'm singing, because I'll just get hysterical and sob. The world is a little bit of an empty place without her."

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