Fleetwood Mac fans are in for a treat, but they’ll have to take it without a side of Stevie. Four members of the iconic ‘70s rock band are teaming up to record new music, set to be released this spring, according to the Los Angeles Times. Singer-keyboardist Christine McVie and guitarist-singer Lindsey Buckingham are planning to release their first-ever collaboration of duets, tentatively titled Buckingham McVie. The Fleetwood Mac legends will also be joined by drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, who are reportedly sitting in for some of the sessions.
Buckingham and McVie have exchanged vocals in past Fleetwood Mac songs, including “Don’t Stop” from the band’s smash 1977 album, Rumours, and “Hold Me” from 1982’s MTV-friendly Mirage. The duo also co-wrote the song “World Turning” for Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled “white album” in 1975, but this will be the duo's first ever full-on collaboration.
“All these years we've had this rapport, but we'd never really thought about doing a duet album before,” Buckingham told the Times. “There is that album that I did with Stevie back before we joined the band, but other than that, it's all been Fleetwood Mac or solo.”
The rocker is referring to his 1973 pre-Fleetwood Mac collaboration with then-girlfriend Stevie Nicks, titled Buckingham Nicks. One year after the couple’s album was released, they were invited by Mick Fleetwood to join Fleetwood Mac.
These days, Stevie Nicks is keeping herself busy with her solo career—the songstress is currently touring with The Pretenders—but now it’s clear that that her absence helped fuel her longtime bandmates’ creativity.
“You know, a better thing’s never happened to me,” McVie told the Times. “We’ve always written well together, Lindsey and I, and this has just spiraled into something really amazing that we’ve done between us.”
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