Mick Fleetwood has said he hopes to unite every surviving member of the ever-changing lineup of Fleetwood Mac for the band’s next tour.
The 73-year-old drummer described the tour as his “pipe-dream” in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
When asked who would join next time, he said: “I hope the whole f****** lot of them! I’m not done. And if I can get John McVie off his boat, he’s not done either.
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“My English pipe dream, sitting on top of a mushroom, would be that everyone who’s ever played in Fleetwood Mac would be welcome. That’s what would drive me, because this is all about a collective.”
There may be some issues to sort out before a happy reunion, however.
Lindsey Buckingham did not join the band’s last tour in 2018, reportedly because ex-partner and bandmate Stevie Nicks had told the other members to choose between him or her.
Discussing the rift between Nicks and Buckingham, Fleetwood added: “I don’t look at it like that. Stevie was very unhappy. It was not an ultimatum – it was about taking a breath.
“Two people have walked away from each other, like Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. I understand both people. Lindsey would say: ‘You’re piggy in the middle, Mick.’”
The line-up for Fleetwood Mac has changed many times over the decades.
Fleetwood has been a steadfast presence, as has John McVie, who joined shortly after it started in 1967.
Peter Green was first to leave the band in 1970, after struggling with mental health problems. He died last year, aged 73.
The most publicised rift has to be that between Buckingham and Nicks, who were a couple from the late sixties until 1976.
They stayed in the ban for more than 10 years after their relationship fell apart, but Buckingham left in 1987 and Nicks four years later, before they both rejoined in 1997.
Singer Christine McVie retired in 1987 but also returned in 2014.
Guitarists Mike Campbell, from Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers’, and Crowded House’s Neil Finn joined for the tour in 2018.