Throughout the assorted private turmoils for which the members of Fleetwood Mac are recognized, one relationship buoyed the band for many years: the friendship between its two frontwomen, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks.
McVie joined the band in 1970 throughout one among its early lineup modifications and for years was its solely lady. When Nicks was added to the lineup in 1975, the 2 grew to become quick buddies.
Theirs was not a aggressive relationship, however a sisterly one – each ladies had been gifted songwriters answerable for crafting most of the band’s best-known tunes. Though the 2 grew aside within the Eighties amid Nicks’ worsening drug habit and the band’s rising inner stress, they got here again collectively when McVie returned to Fleetwood Mac in 2014.
At a live performance in London, shortly earlier than McVie formally rejoined the band, Nicks devoted the tune “Landslide” to her “mentor. Big sister. Best friend.” And on the present’s finish, McVie was there, accompanying her bandmates for “Don’t Stop.”
“I never want her to ever go out of my life again, and that has nothing to do with music and everything to do with her and I as friends,” Nicks informed the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in 2015.
On Wednesday, McVie, the band’s “songbird,” died after a quick sickness at age 79. Below, revisit McVie’s and Nicks’ years-long relationship as bandmates, finest buddies and “sisters.”
The story of Nicks becoming a member of Fleetwood Mac is legend now: Band founder and drummer Mick Fleetwood needed to recruit guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, who stipulated that he would solely be part of if his girlfriend and musician Nicks may be part of, too. McVie forged the deciding vote, and the remaining is historical past.
“It was critical that I got on with her because I’d never played with another girl,” McVie informed the Guardian in 2013. “But I liked her instantly. She was funny and nice but also there was no competition. We were completely different on the stage to each other and we wrote differently too.”
Throughout the band’s many private issues – McVie married and divorced Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie and had an affair with the band’s lighting director, whereas Nicks had rollercoaster romances with Buckingham and Fleetwood – they had been one another’s heart.
“To be in a band with another girl who was this amazing musician – (McVie) kind of instantly became my best friend,” Nicks informed the New Yorker earlier this 12 months. “Christine was a whole other ballgame. She liked hanging out with the guys. She was just more comfortable with men than I had ever been.”
The two protected one another, Nicks mentioned, in a male-dominated trade: “We made a pact, within the very starting, that we’d by no means be handled with disrespect by all of the male musicians in the neighborhood.
“I would say to her, ‘Together, we are a serious force of nature, and it will give us the strength to maneuver the waters that are ahead of us,’” Nicks informed the New Yorker.
“Rumours” was the band’s best success thus far when it was launched in 1977. But the band’s relationships with one another had been deteriorating, save for the one between McVie and Nicks. While the pair had been enduring breakups with their important others, Nicks and McVie spent their time offstage collectively.
The Guardian requested McVie if she was making an attempt to offset the band’s tumult along with her songs on “Rumours,” together with the lighthearted “You Make Lovin’ Fun” and optimistic “Don’t Stop.” She mentioned she probably had been.
As a number of members’ drug use intensified, the band’s dynamic grew tense. McVie distanced herself from the group in 1984 amid her bandmates’ addictions, telling the Guardian she was “just sick of it.” Nicks, in the meantime, was changing into depending on cocaine.
McVie informed Rolling Stone that 12 months that she’d grown aside from Nicks: “She seems to have developed her own fantasy world, somehow, which I’m not part of. We don’t socialize much.”
In 1986, Nicks checked into the Betty Ford Center to deal with her habit, although she later grew to become hooked on Klonopin, which she mentioned claimed years of her life. She give up the prescription drug within the Nineties.
After recording some solo works, McVie returned to Fleetwood Mac for his or her 1987 album “Tango in the Night,” and two of her songs on that document – “Little Lies” and “Everywhere” – grew to become main hits. But Nicks departed the band quickly after, and the band’s best-known lineup wouldn’t formally reunite till 1997 for “The Dance” tour and subsequent dwell album.
The reunion was short-lived: After the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, McVie formally give up Fleetwood Mac, citing a concern of flying and exhaustion of life on the highway.
In the 2010s, after greater than a decade of retirement, McVie toyed with returning to performing. She formally rejoined Fleetwood Mac after calling Fleetwood himself and gauging what her return would imply for the group.
“Fortunately Stevie was dying for me to come back, as were the rest of the band,” she informed the Arts Desk.
In 2015, a 12 months after she’d rejoined Fleetwood Mac, McVie hit the highway along with her bandmates. Touring with the group was tiring however enjoyable, the primary time they’d carried out collectively in years.
“I’m only here for Stevie,” she informed the New Yorker that 12 months.
Nicks concurred: “When we went on the road, I realized what an amazing friend she’d been of mine that I had lost and didn’t realize the whole consequences of it till now,” she informed the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in 2015.
During that tour, McVie wore a silver chain that Nicks had given her – a “metaphor,” McVie informed the New Yorker, “that the chain of the band will never be broken. Not by me, anyways. Not again by me.”
McVie informed the Arts Desk in 2016 that she and Nicks had been “better friends now than (they) were 16 years ago.”
Touring with Buckingham and Fleetwood may shortly get tumultuous for Nicks, McVie mentioned, because of their shared historical past. “But with me in there, it gave Stevie the chance to get her breath back and not have this constant thing going on with Lindsey: her sister was back,” she mentioned.
Their mutual reward continued: In 2019, McVie mentioned Nicks was “just unbelievable” onstage: “The more I see her perform on stage the better I think she is. She holds the fort.”
When their 2018-2019 tour ended, although – with out Buckingham, who was fired – the band “kind of broke up,” McVie informed Rolling Stone earlier this 12 months. She added that she didn’t communicate with Nicks as typically as she did once they toured collectively.
As for a reunion, McVie informed Rolling Stone that whereas it wasn’t off the desk, she wasn’t feeling “physically up for it.”
“I’m getting a bit long in the teeth here,” she mentioned. “I’m quite happy being at home. I don’t know if I ever want to tour again. It’s bloody hard work.”
News of McVie’s dying rattled Nicks, who wrote that she had solely discovered McVie was sick days earlier. She known as McVie her “best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975.”
On her social media accounts, Nicks shared a handwritten notice containing lyrics from the Haim tune “Hallelujah,” a few of which discusses grief and the lack of a finest good friend.
“See you on the other side, my love,” Nicks wrote. “Don’t forget me – Always, Stevie.”