After months of speculation and “rumours” (pardon the pun), it was confirmed on Tuesday that Christine McVie will be officially rejoining Fleetwood Mac.
The news first came from Mick Fleetwood himself, onstage before a crowd in Maui last weekend, as Billboard reports. Band publicist Liz Rosenberg confirmed the news on Tuesday, adding that a tour with the now fully reunited band was possibly in the works.
Christine McVie first joined the Fleetwood Mac lineup in 1970, being married at the time to bassist John McVie. The pair, along with Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham, formed the core of the group, who dominated the pop/rock scene throughout the 1970s and into the 80’s. The band was particularly known for allowing the complicated romantic entanglements within the group—affairs, divorces, etc.—to be source material for some of their greatest hits.
McVie continued in the lineup for 28 years as a keyboardist, songwriter and vocalist, her voice in the lead slot on such hits as “Everywhere,” “Little Lies,” “Say You Love Me” and “Don’t Stop.” She retired from the band in 1998 to return to her home country of England.
The rumor mill began churning about McVie’s possible rejoining of Fleetwood Mac back in September, when she appeared onstage during two shows at London’s O2 Arena to sing “Don’t Stop” with the band. After that, it appeared that McVie and the band began engaging each other in a public dialogue through a third party—namely, the press. In response to questions about whether she’d return to the band, McVie told The Guardian in November, “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.” Shortly after, Stevie Nicks relayed to Billboard that McVie had been asked many times to rejoin, but had previously declined. She added, “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.’”
Whatever the she said/she said shenanigans, apparently it all got worked out. No word on future recordings as of yet.