Much has been made of the romantic entanglements that drove Fleetwood Mac to the brink of breaking up in the '70s, but -- as Mick Fleetwood reminded us during a recent interview -- over time, all that water under the bridge has only deepened the band members' fondness for one another.
When Fleetwood Mac announced that they would release only a handful of new songs to coincide with their current tour, some thought it seemed like the act of a band on its last creative legs, grudgingly going into the studio in order to drum up interest in a series of lucrative concerts. However, in a new interview, Lindsey Buckingham said that there is more to come.
With Fleetwood Mac back on the road and playing new material for the first time in a decade, fans have reason to hope that the group's on-and-off momentum over the past few years might regain some measure of consistency. Those hopes should be reinforced by comments Lindsey Buckingham made in a recent interview with 'Rolling Stone.'
Earlier today (April 30), Fleetwood Mac released a four-song EP, 'Extended Play,' their first new studio material since 2003's 'Say You Will.' While the EP is available for purchase exclusively at iTunes, you can stream the lead track and first single, 'Sad Angel,' below.
The last time Fleetwood Mac made an album together, they were minus Christine McVie and enough good songs to fill its 75-minute running length. They’re still without McVie on their new four-song EP, but they fixed ‘Say You Will’’s biggest problem by keeping ‘Extended Play’ at an economical 17 minutes. And if it sounds more like a Lindsey Buckingham record than an actual band one at times, at least ‘Extended Play’ is the best thing released under the Fleetwood Mac moniker since 1987’s ‘Tango in the Night.’
After the huge comeback success of the live reunion album, 'The Dance,' in 1997, Fleetwood Mac were back in a big way. The obvious questions started flying, asking about the chances of a new Mac LP. In spite of a short round of drama, they answered that question with the full-flying 'Say You Will, ' which was released on April 15, 2003. The album marked the return of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to the clan, but also saw the departure of mainstay Christine McVie.
The last 35 years of Fleetwood Mac has often been told through the various relationships within the band. But just as it seemed that it was all in the past comes the news that Mick Fleetwood's marriage is breaking up.
Stevie Nicks wasn't kidding when she said 2013 was going to be "the Year of Fleetwood Mac." The group have just kicked off a tour that features the live debut of some new material, and now comes word that the new songs will see official release on an EP the band are set to release.
After another of the extended hiatuses that have defined the latter portion of the band's career, Fleetwood Mac is back. The band is on the road for an extended 2013 tour, the first show of which took place last night (April 4) in Columbus, Ohio.
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