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Sheryl Crow performed a Fleetwood Mac tribute at the Grammys. The world is fully aware that certain members of the legendary band are no longer with us. Considering this information, what does it mean for the band’s remaining members and the future of the band? Recently, one of Mac’s band members caught up with the press and shed some light on this particular and often sensitive topic. Here’s what was said:
As per Ultimate Guitar, Mick Fleetwood said that he couldn’t imagine Fleetwood Mac going on after Christine McVie’s death, even though, as he adds, “we’ve all said that before”.
Christine McVie, who first joined the band in 1970 and has recorded 14 albums with Fleetwood Mac (including the timeless 1977 classic “Rumors”), passed away on November 30 last year, aged 79. As per her family statement, her death was peaceful and was preceded by a short illness.
Several months prior, McVie said that the band was “kind of broken up now” and that Fleetwood Mac “might get back together, but I just couldn’t say for sure.” She also said that she wouldn’t be “physically up” for a farewell tour and that she was in “quite bad health”.
Asked about the band’s future during yesterday’s Grammys ceremony, Mick Fleetwood said (via Los Angeles Times):
“I think right now, 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. It’s sort of unthinkable right now.”
The drummer added that the band’s remaining members are all busy with personal side projects, and that he’s probably going to do the same now:
“They all get out and play, so I’m gonna be doing the same thing, finding people to play with.”
In 2019, Fleetwood Mac wrapped up the 2018/2019 “An Evening with Fleetwood Mac” world tour, which saw the band going on the road for the first time in 20 years without guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.
The legendary band last took to the stage on November 20, 2019, as part of a charity event held at Oracle Park in San Francisco. Three months later, Christine McVie gave what would be her final public performance alongside her Fleetwood Mac bandmates and several other music icons for a tribute concert held in honor of the founding Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green.