Christine McVie’s Final Public Performance at Peter Green Tribute Show – Rolling Stone

The heartbreaking news of Christine McVie’s death came Wednesday afternoon, and we’re still processing it along with Fleetwood Mac fans around the world. “We were lucky to be alive with him,” Fleetwood Mac said in a group statement. “As an individual, we treasured Christine very much and are grateful for the wonderful memories we have. He will be greatly missed. “

When Rolling Stone spoke with McVie in June, he was excited about his new LP Bird of Song (A Solo Collection), but he doubts he’ll ever get back on the road with Fleetwood Mac. “I don’t like that,” he said. “I am very sick. I have a chronic, debilitating back problem. I get up to play the piano, so I don’t know if I can do it physically. What’s that? The mind is willing, but the flesh is weak.

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McVie’s last tour with Fleetwood Mac took place between 2018 and 2019, although Lindsey Buckingham had left the band by then and Neil Finn and Mike Campbell played in his place. Just a year before this, McVie recorded an album with Buckingham and took it on tour with him. “I had a great time with him on the road and making the record,” he said Rolling Stone in 2018. “I was surprised to hear the news [Buckingham was leaving the band] because it was after I returned to London that the decision was made. But life goes on and I wanted to go on with these men. ”

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The tour was a huge financial success, and McVie grew close to the new band members. “Those guys were great,” he said earlier this year. “We had a good time with them, but we’re divorced now, so I haven’t seen them.”


McVie’s solo appearance on stage following the last date of the last Fleetwood Mac tour took place on February 25, 2020 at the London Palladium. It was a tribute to founding Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green with Pete Townshend, Noel Gallagher, David Gilmour, Kirk Hammett, Steven Tyler, Billy Gibbons, Bill Wyman, Jeremy Spencer, Neil Finn, and Mick Fleetwood. In a video from the concert, McVie sings the 1968 Fleetwood Mac classic “Stop Messin’ Around” with Tyler, Fleetwood, and several other guests from the evening.

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McVie had no way of knowing that this concert would mark the end of his playing career, but it feels fitting that he came out to honor the early days of Fleetwood Mac. He was a big part of their sound for the last five decades, and it’s hard to imagine them going on without him.


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