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Christine McVie will join Fleetwood Mac on reunion tour

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It’s got to be a sign.

Fleetwood Mac is touring again, in its entirety, something that hasn’t happened since the Clinton administration.

So it must be another tea leaf signalling a Hillary 2016 campaign, right?

Oh, who knows?

What matters is that the British band responsible for “Don’t Stop,” the hit synonymous with the Clinton era (it was President Clinton’s intro music at the 2012 Democratic convention, too. He’s never letting that go), is getting back together. Fleetwood Mac announced on its web site Wednesday that Christine McVie would be joining the North American tour, “On With the Show.”

They’re so much more than a campaign jingle, or a trigger for ’90’s nostalgia, though. Fleetwood Mac was a band that almost allowed itself to be rent by heartbreak and bitterness, but worked through it to create really great music. McVie made the decision to return when she grew lonely and tired of her “‘country lady’ life.”

“I could be wrong, but I’m sort of sensing that lots of the drama from the band’s past is gone,” Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene said to Stevie Nicks in a 2012 interview. “Things seem pretty functional right now.” She answered:

Well, don’t seriously fall for that. We’re a dramatic bunch, but a lot of the anger is at least tempered now. There was a lot of anger and resentment and crazy things that went on for a long time. It’s always going to show up here and there, but we’re not focusing on it right now. We’re going to try and never focus on it again. But that does not mean we aren’t full of drama.

Said Greene after Wednesday’s announcement:

With McVie back in the band, the group will be able to perform songs like “Little Lies,” “You Make Loving Fun,” “Everywhere” and many other songs they haven’t been able to play in nearly 20 years. “Being back is really a time warp,” she says. “The tour is going to be great fun. I feel like a pig in poo right now.”

“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy devoted a whole episode to the story of “Rumours” that explained the album’s significance to a new generation of listeners who weren’t even zygotes when “Rumours” was released in 1977. His storyline highlighted how Fleetwood’s best work sprang from a time when their personal relationships were legendarily disintegrating. “Rumours” was the band’s best selling album and remains a classic.

H/t Rolling Stone

Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture with a focus on issues surrounding race, gender and sexuality.
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