A key figure in the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac during its most successful period in the late-1970s, Christine McVie sang, wrote and played keyboards on some of the band's biggest hits, i...
Christine Mcvie has confirmed she's a full-time member of Fleetwood Mac again after conquering her fear of flying. The keyboard player and singer quit the band in 1998 and became a virtual recluse in England, but she reunited with her former bandmates onstage at the O2 Arena in London last year (13) and, at the Ivor Novello Awards in London on Thursday (22May14), she announced she has rejoined as a permanent member.
The 70 year old is planning to return to the studio with Stevie Nicks and her other bandmates to record new material and she told reporters, "I can announce that I have rejoined Fleetwood Mac. We are in the process of recording another album which should be out next year and we will tour Europe."
McVie, who picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novellos, also revealed she's no longer nervous about travelling overseas thanks to a therapist who "taught me how to fly".
Fleetwood Mac star Christine Mcvie and The Specials founder Jerry Dammers have been honoured with distinctions at the 2014 Ivor Novello songwriting awards in London. McVie was handed a lifetime achievement award at the 59th annual event, while Free Nelson Mandela hitmaker Dammers, dubbed "the Tsar of ska" by presenter Mick Jones, picked up the Inspiration Award.
Musician and producer Nile Rodgers enjoyed his second honour in as many days - he claimed the Ivors' International Award a day after old pal Simon Le Bon surprised the Chic star with the Legends Award at the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza on Wednesday (21May14).
Jimmy Page handed the Outstanding Contribution prize to fellow British guitar great Jeff Beck, while Mumford & Sons walked away with the award for International Achievement, and Tom Odell was named Songwriter of the Year.
The ceremony was held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane.
The full list of winners at the Ivor Novello Awards is:
Most Performed Work - Let Her Go by Passenger
The Ivors Classical Music Award - John McCabe
Best Television Soundtrack - Ripper Street by Dominik Scherrer
Best Contemporary Song - Retrograde by James Blake
International Achievement - Mumford & Sons
Best Original Film Score - The Epic Of Everest
The Ivors Inspiration Award - Jerry Dammers
Album Award - Push The Sky Away by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Outstanding Contribution To British Music - Jeff Beck
Best Song Musically And Lyrically - Strong by London Grammar
Songwriter Of The Year - Tom Odell
Outstanding Song Collection - The Chemical Brothers
Lifetime Achievement - Christine McVie
Special International Award - Nile Rodgers.
"It is a time warp; it is very, very happy. None of the nonsense with the drink and the nasty stuff. We're all grown up, of course... One thing that we definitely have is chemistry and respect for each other's music... So I'm a pig in a pile of poo really." Fleetwood Mac star Christine Mcvie on returning to the legendary group after leaving the band 16 years ago.
Veteran rockers Fleetwood Mac are heading out on their first full tour with singer/keyboardist Christine Mcvie since she left the band 16 years ago. The Go Your Own Way hitmakers confirmed McVie's return in January (14), and on Thursday (27Mar14), they announced she will be joining them for a 33-city tour of North America in September (14).
The group unveiled the plans during an appearance on U.S. TV show Today.
It will be McVie's first tour with the group since quitting in 1998, but she previously rejoined her bandmates in September (13) for brief appearances at two shows in London.
The On With the Show Tour kicks off in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 30 September (14).
It was announced recently that Christine McVie was reuniting with her bandmates in Fleetwood Mac after leaving the group in 1998. Fans can now be treated again to the group's Rumours-era lineup, with McVie taking back over vocals on her hits like "You Make Loving Fun" and "Hold Me."
With so many musicians cashing in on the money that can be made by going out on the road with a classic edition of their band, it's become hard to find acts that people clamor to have back together. Hard, but not impossible. Here are some artists that we'd like to see back in the band.
Slash, Guns N' Roses
Granted, Axl Rose is a nut-job and a major pain in the tuchus. Still, the demand for a tour featuring Rose, Slash, and the rest of the original lineup of GNR would be unbelievable and the group's core audience is now old enough to afford the ticket prices. If Don Henley, Glenn Frey and the other Eagles can spend years on the road taking separate busses and not speaking to each other, than there has to be a way for Axl and Slash to play nice long enough to cash in.
Beyoncé, Destiny's Child
Beyoncé certainly doesn't need to do anything that she doesn't want to do. Let's face it; Mrs. Carter has the entire world at her disposal. But, here's the thing, she's still friends with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, as evidenced by the recent photos of the three band members together at little Blue's birthday party. Beyoncé just released a 14-track "visual album" that nobody knew about in advance. If she's got that kind of time, then surely there's some extra to lay down some new DC material.
Roger Waters, Pink Floyd
Every subsequent generation has its own Floyd experience, whether it's watching late-night showings of The Wall or synching up Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz. Waters is a creative genius, and notoriously difficult to work with. He's also 70 years old. Waters and the other surviving Floyd members (David Gilmour and Nick Mason) have done some one-off shows over the years, but it's not too late to give those younger fans one more chance to see one of Floyd's legendary live shows.
Steve Perry, Journey
There have been rumors for a long time that Perry's voice isn't what it used to be, which is why the singer hasn't released any new solo material in nearly 20 years. Perry's camp has denied that there is anything wrong with his voice, but even if there is a vocal issue, a reunion is still eminently doable. Arnel Pineda, the current lead singer of the band, has been a nice story, so keep him around to help supplement Perry. It's a little late to cash in on the hype that Glee created, but the band still might actually be more popular now than they were in their '80s heyday.
Dennis DeYoung, Styx
At the very least, this one would make Adam Sandler, an unabashed fan of the "Mr. Roboto" group, happy. DeYoung, who handled vocals on most of the band's biggest hits like "The Best of Times" and "Come Sail Away," has continued to perform Styx material in his shows and the other members of the group have long been on the fair and festival circuit. Sure, DeYoung sued the others at one time over the use of the band's name, but lawsuits are as much a part of the music industry as guitars. A reunion would at least upgrade them to the top county fairs in the country.
Singer Christine Mcvie has officially rejoined Fleetwood Mac. Bandmate Mick Fleetwood announced her return to the line-up during a low-key show in Hawaii on Saturday (11Jan14), but the news wasn't confirmed until Monday (13Jan14).
Fleetwood Mac publicist Liz Rosenberg tells Billboard.com that McVie is set to rejoin the band she left in 1998, stating, "We are hoping to make an announcement about a possible tour for the full tilt Macsters some time in 2014."
The singer was previously a member of the group for 28 years after joining the line-up following her wedding to bassist John McVie.
She wrote hits including Don't Stop, Little Lies and Everywhere.
McVie sparked reunion chatter last year (Sep13) when she joined her former bandmates for two concerts in London, and then told the Guardian newspaper she would be "delighted" if the band asked her to play with them again.
Christine Mcvie has fulfilled her dream of winning back her place in Fleetwood Mac after a 16-year absence, according to a new report. The singer quit the group in 1998 and stepped out of the spotlight, but she returned to the stage with her former bandmates for two shows in London last year (13).
She subsequently revealed a desire to return full-time, prompting Stevie Nicks to insist her longtime friend would be welcome to rejoin.
Now rumours suggest McVie is back in the band after drummer Mick Fleetwood reportedly announced her return to the line-up during a low-key show in Hawaii on Saturday (11Jan14).
According to fan website Fleetwoodmacnews.com, the rocker told the Maui crowd, "This is the worst kept secret there is, but Christine McVie will be rejoining Fleetwood Mac!"
The band has yet to officially confirm the news.
Rocker Stevie Nicks insists the door is always open for her former Fleetwood Mac pal Christine Mcvie to rejoin the band after the British singer expressed her hopes of a permanent reunion. McVie quit the band in 1998 and embraced a quiet life out of the spotlight, but she returned to the stage with the Dreams hitmakers for a pair of shows in London in September (13).
She enjoyed the get-together so much, she recently admitted she would love to return to the group full-time, saying, "I like being with the band, the whole idea of playing music with them. I miss them all. If they were to ask me (to rejoin) I would probably be very delighted... but it hasn't happened so we'll have to wait and see."
However, Nicks claims all McVie has to do to make her wish come true is pick up the phone and tell them she is back, if she is serious about taking on the demands of touring once more at the age of 70.
She tells Billboard.com, "If Chris wants to come back to the band, I said to her, 'It's your band. I don't really think you have to ask. Because it's your band. McVie. Fleetwood Mac-vie? So, it all depends, Chris, on you. How you feel. Do you want to take this on again?'"
Nicks, 65, admits performing live each night is a "job of champions" because, "(It) is not easy, 'cause we are not young. And we are out there rocking for almost three solid hours."
The singer isn't sure how committed McVie is to the idea of rejoining Fleetwood Mac, but she is just as eager as the group's fans to find out: "I don't know what she'll do. Story to come. To be continued."
Former Fleetwood Mac singer Christine Mcvie is hoping to regain her place in the group after reuniting with her former bandmates during their recent dates in London. The British vocalist quit the band in 1998 and embraced a quiet life out of the spotlight, but she returned to the stage with Fleetwood Mac during two shows at London's O2 Arena in September (13).
McVie thoroughly enjoyed the reunion, and hopes she can rejoin them in the future.
She tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "It was amazing, like I'd never left. I climbed back on there again and there they were, the same old faces on stage... I like being with the band, the whole idea of playing music with them. I miss them all. If they were to ask me (to rejoin) I would probably be very delighted... but it hasn't happened so we'll have to wait and see."
The star goes on to admit her decision to walk away from the group was probably a mistake, adding, "I think I was just music'd (sic) out. I suffered from some kind of delusion that I wanted to be an English country girl... and it took me 15 years to realise that it's not really what I wanted at all."
Christine Mcvie made a rare return to the stage with her former Fleetwood Mac bandmates in London on Wednesday (25Sep13). McVie performed Don't Stop with the group during the show at London's O2 Arena. The reunion didn't end there - band founder Peter Green was in the audience for the gig and Stevie Nicks dedicated the song Landslide to him.
A key figure in the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac during its most successful period in the late-1970s, Christine McVie sang, wrote and played keyboards on some of the band's biggest hits, including "Over My Head," "Say You Love Me," "Don't Stop" and "Little Lies. " She emerged in the British blues scene of the late 1960s as a member of Chicken Shack, scoring a Top 20 hit with a cover of Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind" that established her as one of England's most soulful voices. After marrying Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie, she joined the group in 1970 and rose with it to global stardom on the strength of their 1976 album <i>Fleetwood Mac</i> and especially <i>Rumours</i> (1977), arguably the band's finest release. However, the Mac's ascent to stardom was not without its sacrifices, most notably the McVie's marriage, which dissolved in 1978 after years of turmoil. Christine McVie emerged as a solo success with her eponymous 1984 solo album, but soon returned to the Fleetwood Mac ranks for a string of wildly popular records in the late 1980s and early 1990s. After their induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, McVie retired from Fleetwood Mac, but her contributions to its astounding popularity made her one of the more accomplished female singer-songwriters of the 20th century.<p>Born Christine Anne Perfect in the village of Bouth in England's Lake District on July 12, 1943, she was the daughter of violinist Cyril Perfect and his wife Beatrice, a medium and faith healer. McVie began playing piano at the age of four, which evolved into classic training from early adolescence into her mid-teens. However, her focus soon shifted to rock-n-roll after an older brother brought home a Fats Domino songbook. Still, music remained only a hobby for McVie, who attended art school with the intention of becoming an educator like her father. Once again, rock music disrupted her plans when she became invested in the pop music scene in Birmingham. There, she began playing bass with a band, Sounds of Blue, and remained with them until her graduation from college, after which the band called it quits.<p>Armed with a degree, but lacking the funds to establish herself in the art world, McVie moved to London, where she worked as a window dresser at a department store. In 1967, she received word that Andy Silvester and Stan Webb, two of her former bandmates in Sounds of Blue, had launched a new R&B-flavored group called Chicken Shack. McVie became the band's keyboardist the following year, when she also penned one of her earliest songs, "When the Train Comes Back," for their debut album, <i>40 Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve.</i> which grazed the Top 10 on the U.K. album charts in 1968. McVie's sultry alto voice, which scored Chicken Shack a Top 20 single with a cover of Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind," helped to make the band a popular attraction on the English blues club scene, where they frequently shared bills with Fleetwood Mac, a blues-rock outfit featuring three former members of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: guitarist Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie. She soon began appearing on Fleetwood Mac's albums, beginning with 1968's <i>Mr. Wonderful</i>, while enjoying a whirlwind courtship with John McVie. The couple soon married, but found it difficult to enjoy domestic life due to their respective concert schedules. McVie decided to leave Chicken Shack in 1969, but not before releasing her first solo album, <i>Christine Perfect</i>, that same year.<p>Shortly thereafter, McVie announced her retirement from music, but her husband soon coaxed her back into the spotlight. Fleetwood Mac was in a state of flux after losing several of its key players, including Green, who had lapsed into drug addiction and mental illness. McVie soon took up residence as the Mac's keyboard player during one of the most difficult periods in the band's history. Their decision to shift their musical focus away from blues towards a more pop-oriented sound had gained them a larger audience, but the McVies and Fleetwood - arguably, the core of the group - found it difficult to keep players in their ranks in order to support their albums with live shows. The McVies themselves were undergoing considerable internal pressure due in part to John McVie's alcoholism, which would grow more untenable as time wore on.<p>In 1975, Fleetwood Mac brought American singer-songwriters Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks into the fold. Their addition formed the nucleus of the group's most successful incarnation, as well as its longest-running. The new Fleetwood Mac debuted in 1975 with an eponymous LP that set a music industry record by reaching the top of the <i>Billboard</i> albums chart a year after its release. The album also established McVie as a star in her own right thanks to her warm, wistful "Over My Head" and "Say You Love," a pair of pop songs that earned Top 20 status. Unfortunately, the album's success, as well as McVie's own personal triumph, was sorely tempered by the collapse of her marriage. John McVie's drinking and Christine McVie's affair with the band's lighting director directly contributed to their separation, which would end in divorce two years later during the recording of their most famous album.<p>Their personal turmoil was just part of a larger maelstrom that also swept up the other members of the band. The pressures of fame and touring wore down the group's resolve, and by 1977, Buckingham and Nicks had split, while Fleetwood was embroiled in a divorce. This intense emotional upheaval fueled the band's next album, 1977's <i>Rumours</i>. Songs like Buckingham's "Go Your Own Way" and Christine McVie's "Don't Stop" were the gorgeous, gilded end result of tumultuous recording sessions spurred into marathon psychodramas due to copious amounts of drugs. The McVies only spoke to each other in regard to music during this period, and the pain of hearing his ex-wife sing about putting their past behind her on "Don't Stop" nearly drove John McVie to suicide. Despite the unchecked turmoil of the recording sessions, <i>Rumours</i> went on to become Fleetwood Mac's signature album, netting not only the Grammy for Record of the Year but critical acclaim as one of the best albums of the 1970s.<p>After recording the double album <i>Tusk</i> (1979), the members of Fleetwood Mac decided to take a much-needed hiatus. McVie soon became involved with Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, another talented musician plagued by tremendous substance abuse issues. Their painful relationship generated a Top 5 hit with "Hold Me," from Fleetwood Mac's 1981 album, <i>Mirage</i>. By the time of its release, the band members were barely on speaking terms, and McVie poured her songwriting talents into an eponymous solo album, which saw release in 1984. The record, which featured such superstar guest talent as Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and, to the surprise of many, Lindsey Buckingham, reached No. 26 on the U.S. album charts on the strength of the Top 10 single "Got a Hold on Me."<p> Three years later, the <i>Rumours</i>-era Fleetwood Mac reconvened for <i>Tango in the Night</i> (1987), which became the second highest selling album in the band's history thanks to singles like McVie's "Little Lies" and "Everywhere." Internal stresses once again rang down the curtain on the band, with Buckingham quitting shortly before a world tour to support the record. McVie herself would stop touring with the group in 1990 following the release of 1990's <i>Behind the Mask</i>, though she joined Buckingham, Nicks, Fleetwood and John McVie for a special performance at President Bill Clinton's inaugural ball in 1992.<p>The appearance sparked new interest in Fleetwood Mac, spurring Fleetwood and John McVie to assemble a new line-up, which included Dave Mason of Traffic and Bekka Bramlett, daughter of famed '70s rock duo Delaney & Bonnie. McVie contributed five songs to <i>Time</i>, a 1995 album featuring this configuration, but did not accompany them on a global tour. However, the record was a dismal failure, which caused Fleetwood to disband the group after nearly four decades. But within a year, Fleetwood was working with Lindsey Buckingham on new music. Nicks and the McVies soon joined the project, which bloomed into a full-fledged reunion of the <i>Rumours</i> lineup in 1997. The revived Fleetwood Mac performed a concert at a Warner Bros. soundstage that was released as <i>The Dance</i> (1997). Its combination of classic songs and new material shot to No. 1 on the albums chart, the first Fleetwood Mac record to do so since <i>Mirage</i> in 1982. A massively successful world tour soon followed, as well as induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Shortly thereafter, McVie announced her retirement from Fleetwood Mac, stating she wanted to return to her native England and work in her gardens.<p>In the years that followed her final separation from Fleetwood Mac, McVie kept an exceptionally low profile, emerging only sporadically to accept accolades like an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Greenwich in England. In 2004, she released her third solo album, <i>In the Meantime</i>, which featured songs written by McVie and her nephew, Dan Perfect. Its lead single, "Friend," reached No. 26 on the Adult Contemporary charts. Two years later, she received the Gold Badge of Merit from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.<p><i>By Paul Gaita</i>