Fleetwood Mac re-released their blockbuster album, “Rumours” on Tuesday, January 29, and will be taking it out on tour starting April 4. The set will include the whole of the album, along with some new material.
Band members had been going through breakups and affairs within the band during the time that they recorded the album. It made for a unique recording situation.
Guitarist Lindsay Buckingham told “Rolling Stone” magazine, “The music was wonderful, but the music was also authentic because it was two couples breaking up and writing dialogue to each other.”
Singer Stevie Nicks further elaborated, “Most people, when they break up, don't see each other for a while. In our situation, the breakups were going on, and we had to go to work the next day. It was very hard. You had to walk in with your head high and an open heart. We had to be very focused, and we knew that no matter how hard it was on us – and it was awful – we still wanted to make a great record. Nobody was going to say, ‘OK, I'll just quit.’”
There had been discussions over the years about a reunion, but Nicks was dealing with addiction to Klonopin. She spent 47 days in rehab at the end of 1993 and the beginning of 1994. She says, “When I came out of rehab, I did a small three-month tour, and I got through it. I was going to be OK, and everyone knew I was going to be OK. I think that's when Lindsey thought Fleetwood Mac could go on, because his beloved ex-girlfriend was not going to die. She was going to make it.”
The band added some new material to this re-release. Nicks says, “There's a lot of great stuff on it, and a lot of creepy, weird stuff that never got on an album – just cool stuff, little snippets of stuff that's really intriguing.”
Buckingham told the magazine, “When Stevie was on the road, and not long after her mom had passed away, Mick (Fleetwood), John (McVie) and I got together and we cut a bunch of tracks, and they turned out great. They were all done in Stevie's keys. Subsequently, Stevie and I have gotten together, and she's sung on two of those. There's also another track that dates back to [pre-Fleetwood Mac project] Buckingham-Nicks that Stevie and I built up from scratch. There's a lot of stuff there. Some of this we will do in the show. We're not pushing it. We're just going to wait and see what everybody wants to hear.”
Fleetwood Mac fans have a lot to look forward to in 2013.