Fleetwood Mac fans ended 2015 on a high note with the long-awaited, deluxe expanded edition of band’s third album with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, 1979’s Tusk. The double album set, which fell short of both critical and commercial expectations, has gone on to become not only one of the most important albums of the 1970’s, but a standard bearer for every band that fought against hopping on the treadmill of subscribing only to record company expectations.
Buckingham told Billboard that he hopes the lesson of not following up 1977’s Rumours with a carbon copy of it was the ultimate lesson behind releasing Tusk: “I’d like to think the younger generation has certainly been able to understand that, not only in terms of appreciating the music but more importantly understanding why we did it — just a philosophy of taking risks, which is not something that you necessarily even get the chance to do. So it kind of worked out OK, I guess, but it did take some time because it was immediately embraced by a certain faction but it was a much more marginal faction that seems to embrace it now, from what I can tell.”
Lindsey Buckingham, who’s already done some preproduction on the group’s next album with Christine McVie, explained to us that he’s totally open to once again shaking up the way Fleetwood Mac operates in the studio: “If Stevie would like to do some co-writing with me, or if she has some other things that she hasn’t shared with us yet and she can bring those to the table — absolutely. But, y’know, you do what you can do and what makes sense logistically and politically. And I have no preconceptions, one way or the other, in terms of what Fleetwood Mac will do — or even what Fleetwood Mac should do.”