Singer Christine McVie rejoins Fleetwood Mac for 33-city North American tour
Published on Mar 27, 2014 10:16 PM
Singer-songwriter Christine McVie is rejoining Fleetwood Mac after 16 years.
The veteran band appeared on the Today show on Thursday to announce the reunion and the news that the English woman will be joining its 33-city On With The Show North American tour which opens in Minneapolis on Sept 30.
The 70-year-old keyboardist told People magazine: "It's just a dream come true. I go to bed going, 'This is so great. This is what I've been yearning for all these years and I didn't know it.' We're family. We're very lucky."
McVie was married to Fleetwood Mac's bass guitarist John McVie, 68, who had a cancer scare last year. They divorced in 1976 and she quit the band in 1998. The duo make up the band together with singer Stevie Nicks, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and drummer Mick Fleetwood.
The latter told People magazine that the band are "thrilled": "She's just the dearest of friends and we've remained that way always. We've always missed Chris. To have a key, key member return to the fold is huge. It's really not happened, to my knowledge in any shape or form, on this level."
The rock band has had a tumultuous history since its formation in 1967. Their iconic 1977 album Rumours sold 45 million copies and McVie wrote and sang hits such as Don't Stop and Little Lies.
Most famously, its band members were involved in a tangled web of relationships. Besides the McVies, Nicks and Buckingham were together when they joined the band in 1975 but broke up a year later. Fleetwood, who was married, had an affair with Nicks in 1977 but the duo decided mutually to end it. Fleetwood eventually left his wife for Nicks' best friend Sara Recor.
For fans looking forward to more fireworks both on and off the stage, McVie said dryly in her People interview: "Well, it wouldn't be Fleetwood Mac without a bit of drama, you know. Of course there will be some drama, but for the most part I have to say everyone is getting along really well. At the moment the drama is kind of the fun."
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