Fleetwood Mac announce North American tour with Christine McVie

The singer and keyboard player is "very, very happy" to be rejoining the band after a 16-year absence

Fleetwood Mac have announced a new North American tour, on which they will reunite with Christine McVie for the first time in 16 years.

"I'm a pig in a pile of poo really," McVie told Rolling Stone. "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."

For now, Fleetwood Mac have scheduled 34 concerts across the United States and Canada, spanning 30 September to 20 December 2014. "[We'll] pick up end of January [2015] and complete America, and we can do the world, really," McVie said. "And there's a studio album somewhere in the mix too … We're all committed to keep on going until one of us says 'stop it'."

This will be McVie's first Fleetwood Mac tour since 1998. "She had us all seriously convinced that she would never come back," Stevie Nicks said on NBC's Today show. McVie claims she quit the band for a number of reasons – fear of flying, burn-out from touring, and a desire "to live the 'country lady' life" in England. "I had some deluded idea that I wanted to … basically hang out with my Range Rover and my dogs and bake cookies or something," McVie said.

Flash forward to "about five years ago" and McVie, recently divorced, found that she had become "very isolated" at her home in Kent. "I was spending a lot of time in the country on my own, and it started to play tricks on me and made me quite ill and depressed," she said.

Around 2012, McVie finally had the "epiphany" that she wanted to rejoin the band. "I started to think, 'What am I doing? I really miss that camaraderie with those four people. I miss everything about it.'" She went to therapy for her flying phobia and finally flew to Hawaii, performing with Mick Fleetwood his Maui cabaret show. Then came Fleetwood Mac's gig in London in September 2013, when McVie joined them on stage for Don't Stop, which was like "looking over at my family again".

Now, with concert rehearsals scheduled for July, Fleetwood Mac are "running through" McVie's demos for a possible new record. "I'm fit as I've ever been," McVie said. "[And] I belong here."

Fleetwood Mac's On With the Show tour dates

30 September 2014 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center

2 October 2014 Chicago, IL – United Center

6 October 2014 10/6 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

10 October 2014 Boston, MA – TD Garden

11 October 2014 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

14 October 2014 Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center

15 October 2014 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

18 October 2014 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

19 October 2014 Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena

21 October 2014 Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

22 October 2014 Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills

26 October 2014 Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre

31 October 2014 Washington, DC – Verizon Center

1 November 2014 Hartford, CT – XL Center

10 November 2014 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre

12 November 2014 Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre

14 November 2014 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome

15 November 2014 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place

18 November 2014 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

20 November 2014 Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome

22 November 2014 Portland, OR – Moda Center

24 November 2014 Sacramento, CA – Sleep Train Arena

25 November 2014 San Jose, CA – SAP Center

28 November 2014 Inglewood, CA – The Forum

29 November 2014 Inglewood, CA – The Forum

2 December 2014 San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena

3 December 2014 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena

10 December 2014 Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center

12 December 2014 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

14 December 2014 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

15 December 2014 Houston, TX – Toyota Center

17 December 2014 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena

19 December 2014 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center

20 December 2014 Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum


Sean Michaels

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