The classic Fleetwood Mac line-up of Fleetwood, the McVies, Buckingham and Nicks reunited to play President Bill Clinton's inauguration in early 1993, but the concert did not lead to a full-fledged reunion. Later that year, Nicks left the band and was replaced by Bekka Bramlett and Dave Mason; Christine McVie left the group shortly afterward. The new line-up of Fleetwood Mac began touring in 1994, releasing "Time" the following year to little attention.
It took Fleetwood's inexplicable bankruptcy to bring the band's most popular line-up together for the last time. The result was Tango In The Night (1987), a surprise monster hit whose ringing harmonies and immaculate production fitted in perfectly with the CD revolution of the late 80s. Energized by yet another renaissance, the band called an emotionally charged meeting later that year in the hope of persuading the reluctant Buckingham to agree to a lengthy tour, but it ended in tears and recriminations.
Under the creative guidance of Lindsey Buckingham, whose skill as a producer and pop visionary became increasingly evident-Fleetwood Mac grew more emboldened with the double album Tusk, released in 1979. A more experimental album, Tusk didn’t match its predecessors sales, but it did earn two more Top 10 hits – "Sara" and “Tusk" – while extending the group’s longevity by forswearing formulas.
The “Rumours" album, released in 1977 is not only Fleetwood Mac’s peak, creatively and commercially, it’s also a benchmark in popular music, influencing other musicians and becoming an all-time best seller that is still enjoyed today. What most music fans don’t realize is that “Rumours” is Fleetwood Mac’s 15th album.
Stakes were high for Fleetwood Mac after its self-titled 1975 album (the first since bringing Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham into the band) and Rumours, the 1977 classic that sold 13 million copies in its first two years (and eventually 19 million total). All the songs on Rumours are about the band's well-documented myriad couples painfully and bitterly splitting up (for example, Buckingham wrote "Go Your Own Way" to Nicks, Nicks wrote "Dreams" about Buckingham, and Christine McVie wrote "You Make Loving Fun" about the guy she was cheating on husband/bandmate John McVie with). And yet the band itself didn't break up, probably because Rumours had just sold 13 million copies.
They were like husbands and wives who were connected through money and kids, but couldn't get a divorce and were always at each others' throats. There was the constant pain of "he cheated on me" or "he's leaving me" or "he hates me" or "I hate him." John McVie would come into the studio and see Christine after she'd already left him for someone else. And every time John would see her, it would just kill him. He still wanted her, but she didn't want him because of his drinking. There was constant drama.
Producer Keith Olsen played an album he'd engineered, Buckingham-Nicks (Polydor), for Fleetwood and the McVies as a demo for his studio; Fleetwood Mac hired not only Olsen but the duo of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, who had played together in the Bay Area acid-rock group Fritz from 1968 until 1972, before recording with Olsen. Fleetwood Mac now had three songwriters, Buckingham's studio craft, and an onstage focal point in Nicks, who became a late-'70s sex symbol as Fleetwood Mac (Number One, 1975) racked up 5 million in sales. The McVies divorced in 1976, and Buckingham and Nicks separated soon after, but the tensions of the two years between albums helped shape the songs on Rumours (Number One, 1977), which would sell over 17 million copies, win the Grammy for Album of the Year, and contained the 1977 hits "Go Your Own Way" (Number 10), "Dreams" (Number One), "Don't Stop" (Number Three), and "You Make Loving Fun" (Number Nine).
Fleetwood Mac are a British/American rock band formed in 1967, who have had high turnover of personnel and varied levels of success. From the band's inception through the end of 1974, no incarnation of Fleetwood Mac lasted as long as two years.
The only member present in the band from the very beginning is its namesake drummer Mick Fleetwood. Bassist John McVie, despite his giving part of his name to the band, did not play on their first single nor at their first concerts. Keyboardist Christine McVie has, to date, appeared on all but two albums, either as a member or as a session musician.
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac was formed by ex–John Mayall's Bluesbreakers Green, McVie, and Fleetwood along with Elmore James enthusiast Jeremy Spencer. McVie had been a charter member of the Bluesbreakers in 1963, Fleetwood had joined in 1965, and Green had replaced Eric Clapton in 1966. With its repertoire of blues classics and Green's blues-style originals, the group's debut at the British Jazz and Blues Festival in August 1967 netted it a record contract. Fleetwood Mac was popular in Britain immediately, and its debut album stayed near the top of the British chart for 13 months.
... [T]his remarkable band, even subsequent to the departure of their fearful leader, continued to produce what I have described as a unique and revolutionary form of blues known as "pop blues." Indeed, it was so revolutionary that no one seems to have noticed that Fleetwood Mac merely camouflaged their blues, covered it in a shiny varnish, polished up the production values, increased the tempo until even a blues slug felt like dancing, and thus achieved astronomical pop success by wearing their new disguise. Beneath it all, however, beats the hammered blues heart of Fleetwood and McVie.