Christine McVie between seriousness and irony:
Fleetwood Mac is a walking madhouse
I am without any doubt the only normal member of Fleetwood Mac, says Christine McVie smiling. The others are all pleasant disturbed. There are some light cases but also some heavy.
I just realised that while i was working with other musicians for the recording from my first solo album. I couldn't believe my own eyes. It was peacefull and quiet in the studio. Quite different from the walking madhouse wich calls itself Fleetwood Mac. Christine smiles and makes jokes, but behind that smile hides a real concern for the other members from the group, whose lifes are threatened to destruction.
Fourthy springs is this lady already. You can call her an old hand in the Rock and Roll biz. Her life hasn't run smootly always. The much ups and downs wich Fleetwood Mac have had, the tensions inside the group, her divorce from John McVie, it all left its traces. Wich also didn't pass unnoticed was the monstersucces of Rumours, still one off the best selling albums off all times. That album made the five members off Fleetwood Mac so rich that they don't have to work for the rest off their lives. Except recording solo albums, for their own pleasure.
You don't have to say it so negative. When you are a composer it is very frustrating to find out that you're songs aren't performed. That's why solo albums are necessary for your creative health. This is even more the fact for Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, whom write even more songs than i do. And of course i also would like to make an album wich sounded a little bit shaggy. When i'm with Fleetwood Mac i'm the romantic lady. Once in a while it's annoying that i always have to bring the romantic ballads, while the boys can do the heavy stuff.
Isn't Christine afraid that all the solo projects are endangering the future off the group?
No, certanly not. But i do get scared when i see how my collegues organize their lives. We were always a lawless gang, a club off English exentrics and American nuts whom lived wild. But lately it gets a little to rough. I'm already used to the fact that my ex husband John and Mick are drinking. They will survive. But Lindsey seems to be taking all kinds off dangerous stuff lately, and Stevie is making herself crazy. It's not only those mystic situations in wich she's involved, like magic and astrology, but also her excesses like alcohol, drugs and one boyfriend after another. A normal human being can't keep that up. You know what the problem is? The Americans in Fleetwood Mac just don't have enough sence off humour. They take everything much to seriously. Mick, John and me always kept smiling, even in the dark days of the group. At that time we ware even poor.