Founding member blames Stevie Nicks' 'obsession' with her solo career for unfulfilled reunion plans
Fleetwood Mac‘s Mick Fleetwood has said he doesn’t believe the band will ever tour together again.
In an interview with Playboy, the drummer and band’s founding member said that it was unlikely that the group would ever reunite to record new material or hit the road for an extended period of time because of singer Stevie Nicks’ obsession with her solo career.
Fleetwood, who played on Nicks’ 2011 LP ‘In Your Dreams’, claimed that she had already scuppered plans for one reunion tour last year because she wanted to focus on her individual work, and also hinted that he didn’t expect her attitude to change in the future.
“I don’t believe Fleetwood Mac will ever tour again, but I really hope we do,” he said. “We have rehearsed it and prepared for it since 2010. We were supposed to tour in 2011, but we delayed it for a year to allow Stevie Nicks to support her solo record and for Lindsey Buckingham to do the same with his.”
I’ve always been supportive of my bandmates doing solo albums, so long as we kept our band together… I played drums on most of Stevie’s album, the one she is still out there supporting and the one that is the reason that, for now, she refuses to do a Fleetwood Mac tour. It comes down to her.
Fleetwood went on to say of Nicks’ current situation: “I understand what she likes about her situation. Touring in support of her album, she is able to be her, without any degree of compromise. She doesn’t have to worry about the other three of us asking her to do anything. She has become obsessed with her album in a very nice but inconvenient way.”
In October last year, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham also seemingly ruled out the possibility of the band reforming to play together in 2012. Although both he and Nicks had previously suggested that they would reunite to tour and record new material, he later said was unlikely they would work together in the immediate future.