Stevie Nicks’ name has become almost synonymous with Fleetwood Mac, and she may have keyboardist Christine McVie to thank. Here’s how Nicks came to join the classic rock supergroup and how McVie is responsible for joining the band.
(LR) Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks | Rick Diamond/Getty Images
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac together
Although Christine McVie may be the real reason Stevie Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham is often credited with helping the singer become part of the iconic band.
Nicks and Buckingham were high school sweethearts and musical collaborators long before joining Fleetwood Mac. They were members of the Fritz band before forming their own duo called Buckingham Nicks.
Drummer and founding member of Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood, was looking for a new guitarist when he heard the song “Frozen Love” by Buckingham Nicks. He was so impressed with the guitar playing on the track that he invited Buckingham to join his team. The guitarist agreed on one condition: his girlfriend at the time, Nicks, was also to join the band.
Fleetwood Mac was catapulted to new heights of fame after Nicks and Buckingham joined the band, but their romance did not survive. They broke up but continued to work together, often writing and performing songs about their split, for decades.
Christine McVie had the final say on whether or not Stevie Nicks should join Fleetwood Mac
Lindsey Buckingham deserves some credit for introducing Stevie Nicks to Fleetwood Mac, but it was ultimately Christine McVie who was responsible for bringing the singer into the band.
Fleetwood invited Buckingham and Nicks to dinner to meet the rest of the band. Nicks didn’t know it at the time, but it was crucial that she impress McVie. The dinner was actually a job interview, and the keyboardist got to vote on whether or not to allow Nicks into the band.
“We went to eat Mexican with them,” Nicks told the Guardian in 2013. “And we laughed and laughed, because you English people have a very weird sense of humor. Even Lindsey had fun – he didn’t want to, but he couldn’t help it.
“It was essential that I get along with her,” McVie revealed in the same interview. “Because I had never played with another girl. But I loved her instantly. She was funny and kind but there was no competition either. We were completely different from each other on stage and we wrote differently too.
McVie agreed that the singer could join Fleetwood Mac, and the next day the band called Buckingham and Nicks to formally invite them into the band.
1. The only two members of Fleetwood Mac that matter. Although I’d rather the original group stay together… ultimately they’re all replaceable except for Stevie and Christine. pic.twitter.com/6srY1CbwOZ
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Christine McVie and the “Gypsy” singer have become best friends
Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie became fast friends, so the “Gypsy” singer was devastated when McVie dropped out of Fleetwood Mac in 1998. The keyboardist cited panic attacks and her phobia of flying as the main reasons she quit the band.
She returned after a 15-year hiatus and Nicks was thrilled to be reunited with her best friend.
“When we went on the road I realized what an amazing friend she had been that I had lost and I hadn’t realized the full consequences of that until now,” Nicks told the Star Tribune in 2015.
“She brings back the funny in Fleetwood Mac. Before, it was just a boys’ club. With her back, there’s more of a feminine touch to the whole thing,” she said. “I never want her out of my life again, and that has nothing to do with music and everything to do with her and me as friends.”
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