Fleetwood Mac reunion

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie’s first single will be released tomorrow.
Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie’s first single will be released tomorrow. PHOTO: FLEETWOOD MAC/ INSTAGRAM

NEW YORK • Members of bluesrock powerhouse Fleetwood Mac on Tuesday announced a new album that will bring together all the band's classic line-up - except Stevie Nicks.

Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham said the album would be the first by him and keyboardist Christine McVie, who rejoined the band for a 2014-2015 global tour after staying out of the spotlight for years.

Titled simply Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, the 10-track album will come out on June 9 followed by a United States tour. The duo will release a first single, In My World, tomorrow.

The duo said in a statement that they started working on new material when McVie joined rehearsals for the tour and "their natural creative chemistry was reignited".

Recording the album at the Los Angeles studio where Fleetwood Mac made its 1979 album Tusk, they were joined by two bandmates - drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie.

Notably absent from the recording sessions was Nicks, who has gone on to become the most identifiable member of the band with a successful solo career led by her unique sandy voice.

Buckingham, in a 2014 interview with Billboard magazine, had said that she was busy with other commitments when the others headed to the studio.

The part-British, part-US band was notorious for internal tensions which played out in the music.

Nicks was romantically involved at times with Buckingham and Fleetwood, while Christine was formerly married to John.

Fleetwood Mac has not released a studio album since 2003's Say You Will, on which Christine was absent, but the reunited line-up with Nicks has become a major draw on the live circuit.

The band and The Eagles will headline a new festival called The Classic in Los Angeles and New York in July.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 13, 2017, with the headline 'Fleetwood Mac reunion'. Print Edition | Subscribe