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The Guardian - UK
The Guardian - UK
Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Stevie Nicks says Fleetwood Mac won’t tour again after death of Christine McVie

Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks performing together in 1977.
Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks performing together in 1977. Photograph: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Stevie Nicks has said Fleetwood Mac will not tour again after the death of Christine McVie in November 2022.

In an interview with Vulture, she referred to the band’s 2018 tour, An Evening With Fleetwood Mac. “We had a really great time and it was a huge tour. That was there in the realm of possibility. But when Christine died, I felt like you can’t replace her. You just can’t. Without her, what is it?” Nicks said.

“Who am I going to look over to on the right and have them not be there behind that Hammond organ? When she died, I figured we really can’t go any further with this. There’s no reason to.”

Mick Fleetwood has previously suggested that the band could be finished, saying in February: “I truly think the line in the sand has been drawn with the loss of Chris. I’d say we’re done, but then we’ve all said that before.”

Announcing the An Evening With Fleetwood Mac tour, McVie had said it could be the band’s last: “The 2018 tour is supposed to be a farewell tour, but you take farewell tours one at a time. Somehow we always come together, this unit.” She had stopped touring with the group in 1998 due to developing a phobia of flying, but rejoined in 2013.

She died in 2022 after a short illness. Nicks paid tribute at the time, writing that McVie reminded audiences “that love is all around us to reach for and touch in this precious life … Part of my heart has flown away today.”

Continuing her reminiscence of McVie with Vulture, Nicks said: “She was like my soul mate, my musical soul mate, and my best friend that I spent more time with than any of my other best friends outside of Fleetwood Mac. Christine was my best friend. When I think about Taylor Swift’s song You’re on Your Own, Kid and the line ‘you always have been,’ it was like, that was Christine and I. We were on our own in that band. We always were. We protected each other.”

Nicks is on a solo tour of the US, including a number of dates alongside Billy Joel billed as Two Icons, One Night; her tour was recently extended into 2024. In July, she released a 16 LP box set of her studio albums alongside newly released rarities.

This week, she has also unveiled a collaboration with Mattel on a Barbie doll made in her likeness, wearing the floating black dress she is pictured in on the cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. “When I look at her, I see my 27-year-old self,” she said in a statement. “What we have been through since 1975 – the battles we have fought, the lessons we have learned together. I am her and she is me. She absolutely has my heart.”

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