Fleetwood insists the band members love each other really but 'just push the wrong buttons'
Mick Fleetwood has admitted that Fleetwood Mac are still “totally driven by drama”, likening it to an “addiction”.
Four members of the band’s classic ‘Rumours’-era lineup – Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks – reunited this April (2013) for an extensive world tour that will include six arena shows in the UK in September and October.
“We’re totally driven by drama,” Fleetwood said in a new interview with The Sunday Times. “I think we’re calming down a bit, but we’re terrified of not feeling. So if nothing’s happening you’ll worry yourself into creating a drama – just so you’ve got something to react to. It’s sort of an addiction, really.”
However, Fleetwood’s bandmate Stevie Nicks revealed that she and former lover Lindsey Buckingham managed to bury the hatchet shortly before the band began their reunion tour. “I said to Lindsey, ‘We have got to change this. We cannot be enemies for one more day’,” she recalled. “Because you never know – things happen. You don’t know if you’ll ever tour again. So we have to walk on stage hand in hand, and we have to mean it.”
Meanwhile, Fleetwood took the opportunity to quash the common misconception that the four members of the band don’t really get along. “This might sound really corny, but the biggest rumour about Fleetwood Mac is that we don’t really like each other,” he explained. “I understand why people would think that, after everything we’ve said and done. But the reality is, we love each other. We just push the wrong buttons.”
Fleetwood Mac will play three dates at London’s O2 Arena on September 24, 25 and 27 before taking to the stage at Birmingham’s LG Arena on September 29, Manchester Arena on October 1 and Glasgow’s The Hydro on October 3.