For the first time in over a decade, fans can expect new music from Fleetwood Mac … well, sort of, anyway. Guitarist, singer and producer Lindsey Buckingham is currently in studio with singer-keyboardist Christine McVie working on a new album of duets. Two of their bandmates, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, are also involved in the recording process.
While Stevie Nicks is the only member of Fleetwood Mac missing from the equation, this shouldn’t be considered a band album. It is very much a Buckingham-McVie collaboration, and is even tentatively called Buckingham McVie, a play on the 1973 Buckingham Nicks duets album that eventually led to the then-lovers joining Fleetwood Mac.
The pair are writing the songs together, with McVie sending Buckingham demos of her own or adding melody and lyrics to his creations. McVie, who rejoined Fleetwood Mac in 2014 after almost 15 years of retirement, told the Los Angeles Times she wasn’t sure she’d be able to write music again.
“I suppose I wondered if I believed in myself,” she said. “But I was like, ‘Go for it, Chris. Go for it.’ And, you know, a better thing’s never happened to me. I’ve reconnected with the band and found a fantastic person to write with. We’ve always written well together, Lindsey and I, and this has just spiraled into something really amazing that we’ve done between us.”
Buckingham McVie is targeting a May release. Work on the album is currently being done in Studio D at LA’s Village Studio — the same place where Fleetwood Mac recorded their classic LP Tusk.