Ru­mour has it Mac might play new songs

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Glenn Gam­boa

NEW YORK — Fleet­wood Mac starts over with ev­ery tour. Though Mick Fleet­wood, John McVie, Lind­sey Buck­ing­ham and Ste­vie Nicks will cel­e­brate their 40th an­niver­sary to­gether next year, they ap­proach each tour as its own ex­pe­ri­ence. And the mas­sive Fleet­wood Mac Live 2013 tour that stops in Win­nipeg Sun­day and runs through Oc­to­ber is no dif­fer­ent.

“We never know what we’ll play un­til we walk out the doors of the re­hearsal hall,” says Nicks, call­ing from her home in Santa Mon­ica, Calif. “We re­ally don’t plan it be­fore that.”

With so much leg­endary ma­te­rial to choose from, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers do have a process for build­ing the tour setlist, she says.

“We know there are songs we have to do, be­cause we have to do them,” she says. “We’re go­ing to do Gold Dust Woman and Go Your Own Way be­cause ev­ery­one wants to hear them — there’s about 10 of those songs. We do about 20 or 21 songs in the show, so when we get there, ev­ery­body has a piece of Sun­day, 8 p.m. MTS Cen­tre Tick­ets: $61.25-$198.50 at Tick­et­mas­ter pa­per with some un­fa­mil­iar songs that maybe we have never done or maybe we’ve done just a few times. We make a big, huge board, and we put all the names of th­ese songs up. Then, we sit down and lis­ten to all the records in case there’s any­thing that we for­got. We add those to the list on the board.

“Then, we sit around on couches with acous­tic in­stru­ments, and we play all th­ese songs,” she con­tin­ues. “I’ll have my four songs that I want. Lind­sey will have four songs that he wants, and we’ll still have five or six songs left. You see your set start to come to­gether.”

With the re­cent 35th an­niver­sary re­lease of Fleet­wood Mac’s Gram­my­win­ning Ru­mours al­bum, one of the big­gest-sell­ing al­bums ever with 40 mil­lion copies sold and more ex- pected to move this year af­ter a new re­mas­tered box set of the al­bum was re­leased in Jan­uary, there are some ad­di­tional con­sid­er­a­tions for the band’s show.

“Maybe we will add a song or two from Ru­mours,” Nicks says. “It’s about the set be­ing the best set it can be. We are to­tally will­ing to try any­thing, and that’s what we do. You can kind of feel what works and what doesn’t work. The un­for­tu­nate thing is we haven’t fared well in do­ing (re­tired Mac key­boardist-singer Chris­tine McVie’s) songs. We don’t sound like Chris. I don’t sound good singing lead on her songs. Lind­sey doesn’t sound good singing lead on her songs.... Her songs don’t re­ally play a ma­jor part in this, but her songs play a ma­jor part in the whole thing.”

An­other con­sid­er­a­tion is that, for the first time in a decade, Fleet­wood Mac has some new ma­te­rial. Nicks says the band recorded two new songs — Miss Fan­tasy and Sad An­gel — that they might play.

Early last year, Buck­ing­ham, Fleet­wood and John McVie went into the stu­dio to work on mu­sic and recorded sev­eral songs. “I didn’t go then be­cause my mom had just died,” Nicks says. “But I re­cently went into the stu­dio with Lind­sey, and we lis­tened to the songs they recorded. I put vo­cals on two songs, and they came out great. They re­ally sound like great Fleet­wood Mac songs. Lind­sey told me when they were record­ing, he had re­ally tried to see through my eyes, to re­ally be me, and he has the abil­ity to do that. They’re re­ally a lot of fun.”

Nicks hopes an­other song that may be new to Fleet­wood Mac fans, though not new to fans of her solo work, may make it into the set.

“I told Lind­sey when we fin­ished Sol­dier’s An­gel that this song is go­ing to go far and wide,” she says of the song about in­jured vet­er­ans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. “We’ll be able to carry this right out of my work into Fleet­wood Mac.... It gives me the plat­form to con­tinue to talk about th­ese kids who re­ally need your help. It lets me tell thou­sands of peo­ple a night that this prob­lem is not over.”

Al­though the rest of Fleet­wood Mac wanted to tour last year, Nicks, who wanted to spend the year pro­mot­ing her solo al­bum In My Dreams on tour, says tour­ing in 2013 has ac­tu­ally worked out bet­ter for all of them, es­pe­cially Fleet­wood, who opened his restau­rant Fleet­wood’s on Front Street in La­haina, Hawaii, last year.

“That’s been Mick’s dream since we all went to Maui in 1977,” Nicks says. “Even though ev­ery­one was like, ‘We want to go out,’ I’m like, ‘What about the restau­rant? If you just drop ev­ery­thing and run, the restau­rant’s not go­ing to get opened in 2012, and then your dream’s go­ing to be put on hold again. Don’t put your dream on hold. Fleet­wood Mac is there.’

“I told them in 1981, when ev­ery­body thought that do­ing Bella Donna was go­ing to break up Fleet­wood Mac,” she con­tin­ues. “I sat them down and said, ‘Lis­ten, I am never go­ing to leave you... I just need an­other ve­hi­cle for songs, be­cause I write way too many songs for a band with three writ­ers in it that does a record ev­ery two or three years. I’m drown­ing here. I am never go­ing to break up this band. I prom­ise you that.’

“By now, they be­lieve it’s true. My solo work has never be­come more im­por­tant than Fleet­wood Mac. I never let it take over, and I never will.”

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