Christine McVie is eyeing a return to Fleetwood Mac after 15 years away. Back in September, McVie hopped onstage with her former bandmates at London's O2 Arena for a show-closing rave-up of their 1977 Rumours classic, "Don't Stop." 1998, following the band's massive sold-out reunion tour, McVie quit the band, sold her L.A. home, her songwriting publishing, got divorced, and moved back to her native England to retire. Now, she's having second thoughts, telling The Guardian, "I like being with the band, the whole idea of playing music with them. I miss them all. If they were to ask me I would probably be very delighted. . . but it hasn't happened so we'll have to wait and see."
When asked why she quit the band in the first place, McVie explained: "I think I was just music'd out. I suffered from some kind of delusion that I wanted to be an English country girl. . . and it took me 15 years to realize that it's not really what I wanted at all."
When asked about how it felt to be back leading the band at the London gig -- if only for one song -- she said, "It was amazing, like I'd never left. I climbed back on there again and there they were, the same old faces on stage."
Fleetwood Mac is currently on hiatus after cancelling a tour of Down Under while McVie's ex-husband, bassist John McVie undergoes cancer treatment. When asked about his prognosis, McVie said it was "really good. He's having his treatment in L.A. right now, but they caught it really early so he should be up and running in a couple of months."
Bandmate Stevie Nicks has long been pining for Christine's return -- but respectful of her decision to retire from the band. Lindsey Buckingham on the other hand, has shown slight resentment for Christine splitting on them just as their personal lives seemed to finally settle down and the lucrative brand finally restored to its former glories. Christine said, "Fair enough. From his point of view, it was a business thing. (Promoters) would be asking why I wasn't playing in Amsterdam or Berlin. They obviously wanted headlines about them, not me, and I quite agree with that."
When pressed about her rejoining the band on tour, she diplomatically offered up: "It's a long way down that path if it ever were to happen. John's got to get well first, so it hasn't been talked about. We'll have to wait and see."
Lindsey Buckingham says that although the band missed Christine McVie terribly on a personal level -- he didn't feel as though losing her really affected the band that much in practical terms: "I don't think anyone felt that that was a negative, y'know? I mean, in the spirit of Fleetwood Mac reinventing itself, we saw it -- yes, it was a challenge, but it was also an opportunity to flex our muscles in a different way."
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