Rumours that singer/keyboardist Christine McVie would rejoin Fleetwood Mac were confirmed at a concert in Maui on Saturday evening. During the concert, Mick Fleetwood – who was appearing at Uncle Willie K’s BBQ Blues Fest – told the audience that, “this is the worst kept secret there is, but Christine McVie will be rejoining Fleetwood Mac.”
The 70-year-old McVie reunited with her old band to sing ‘Don’t Stop’ in London last September but there has been no official word since that show that she would be rejoining the band. Apart from Fleetwood’s revelation, Fleetwood Mac News reports that both Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham made it clear during shows in Las Vegas in December that Fleetwood Mac will be going back out on the road in 2014. Rumours producer, Ken Caillat also indicated in a 2013 radio interview that it looked like McVie would be joining the band for more tour dates on the summer leg (2014).
Christine McVie joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970 and was part of the group’s lineup during their high-profile Rumours era. McVie retired from the band after a late ’90s reunion. McVie has released three solo albums since 1970 with the latest, In The Meantime, released in 2004.
McVie overcame travel anxiety and visited Mick Fleetwood in Hawaii last February, appearing on stage for the first time in 15 years to guest with his blues band. Soon after her guest appearance with Fleetwood Mac in London in September, McVie told The Guardian that she’d like to rejoin the group. Afterwards, Stevie Nicks told Billboard, “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.’
Currently, Fleetwood Mac is on hiatus while bassist John McVie is treated for cancer.
In related news, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival line-up is announced Tuesday (US time) and it will be interesting to see if Fleetwood Mac is on the bill.