Fleetwood Mac is one of the world's most popular rock and roll bands. Originally starting as a British Blues band in the late 60's, they were a popular rock band in 1975, with Mick Fleetwood on drums, John McVie on bass, Christine McVie on keyboard and vocals, and newly added Stevie Nicks on vocals, and Lindsey Buckingham on guitars. In 1975, Fleetwood Mac A.K.A: The White Album was released. It featured the hits, "Monday Morning", "Say You Love Me", "Over My Head", "I'm So Afraid", and the ever popular "Rhiannon."
The band was so happy that they decided to do a follow up to The White Album. But some things were happening at this time: Stevie and Lindsey were breaking up, along with John and Christine. And Mick's wife, Jenny was leaving him. John suggested the name Rumours because all of the songs were being written about each other. It was released in February of 1977 and almost immediately shot up to #1. This album helped them win many Grammy Awards that year including "Band of the Year" and "Album of the Year." Fleetwood Mac released 4 singles from Rumours:
Christine's "Don't Stop", "Lindsey's smash, "Go Your Own Way" another Christine, "You Make Loving Fun" and the big one, Stevie's "Dreams" which became a #1 hit.
After the tour, the band recorded and released Tusk, a double record LP. The album featured "Tusk", "Sister's of the Moon", "Think About Me" and the Stevie classic, "Sara." After the eleven month tour, the band released a live album: Live, a compilation of live recorded songs from the past 3 tours. It hit #14 in U.S.
Between 1980 and 1981, the band did some solo work. Christine spent some time with her new boyfriend, John went on a cruise on his yacht, Mick went to Africa, Lindsey released his first solo album Law and Order and Stevie also released her first solo album, Bella Donna. But after all that was done, the Mac returned to the studio in April of 81' to record Mirage. The album featured the hits, "Oh, Diane", "Hold Me", and the famous, "Gypsy". After the short 3 month tour, and a concert video tape, the band went their separate ways again.
The band did solo work and took time off until 1986, when they began to record Tango in the Night. It featured the hits, "Big Love", "Little Lies", "Seven Wonders", and "Everywhere." But trouble soon struck. Lindsey announced that he was quiting to do solo work. The Mac continued on, hiring replacement guitarist's, Rick Vito and Billy Burnette. The band did a tour and in 1990, recorded and released Behind the Mask. But soon afterwords, Rick Vito and Stevie Nicks quit the group, but the Mac once again continued on.
In 1992, the band released The Chain, a boxset to honor the groups 25th Anniversery. The Rumours band reunited in 1992, to play "Don't Stop" at Bill Clinton's inauguration for it was his campaign song. But the band didn't stay together. Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Billy Burnette along with vocalist Bekka Bramlett and new guitarist Dave Mason recorded Another Link in The Chain and opened for Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
In 1995, the group released Time which sold very poorly. And the tour did bad as well. After that, the band broke up.
But, in 1996, some good news was heard. The Rumours band was getting back together! The band recorded a concert and released a live CD and DVD of the concert called, The Dance. The band followed with a widly succesful tour.
Between 2000 and 2002, the band took a break and Stevie Nicks did a solo project. In October 2002 The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac, a double CD compilation was released. The band was all ready to record and release a new album...except for Christine, who left the band. Her loss was greatly missed by all Mac fans. In April of 2003, the band released, Say You Will and, although there was no Christine, the album is still doing well. And the new DVD/CD, Live in Boston, released on June 15th just goes to show you that what the Mac can do.
The band has been around for many years and had many different members and line-up changes but for many of us, no matter what the Mac does, we'll always stay fans.