Lindsey & Mick - The Independent (03.08.1998)
LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: I met Mick right before New Year's Eve in 1974. Stevie and I were living in LA. We'd done an album on Polydor as a duo, which had come out without making much of a splash, and we were trying to figure out what the hell to do next. Anyway, we were doing demos of new tunes one day at Sound City studio in the San Fernando Valley. At one point I walked towards the control room. I heard a song of ours, "Frozen Love", being played very loudly and I saw this giant of a man standing up, grooving to a guitar solo of mine. I thought, "What is goin' on?", and left them to it. That man was Mick.
When he heard my guitar something obviously clicked in his mind, because after their guitarist Bob Welch left, I got a call from Mick asking if I wanted to join Fleetwood Mac. Originally they weren't looking for a duo, but I said Stevie and I were a package deal.
We all met at a house Mick was renting in Laurel Canyon. My first impression was that he was tall. Very English. Very thin. He liked the image of the English country gentlemen, with his watch fobs, tailored pants and beautiful shoes. He was quite an imposing presence, a bit demonic (he's mellowed with age).
I don't know why the hell we went up to Sausalito to record Rumours. Sausalito was a very strange place back in 1976. It was just across the bay from San Francisco and there were a lot of crazy people there. It was tough keeping them out of the studio. That put a surreal spin on some of the early tracks. It was a tough time because that's right when Stevie and I were breaking up, and Christine and John McVie had split up.
I didn't feel betrayed by Mick when he later had an affair with Stevie. Quite
We fed on the trauma in terms of our writing, and in the
After I left I didn't see much of Mick for about eight years. I felt I needed some distance, and so I let the emotional dust settle. We then met up again in 1995 to work on my solo album. It was great seeing him again. He wasn't doing drugs, he was in a totally different space. We had a lot to talk about and all the care and love that had always been there
MICK FLEETWOOD: I first met Lindsey when I was at Sound City, checking out the studio with a view to having Fleetwood Mac record there. The producer Keith Olson played me a demo he'd been working on, just to demonstrate the sound of the studio. It turned out to be "Frozen Love" by Stevie and Lindsey. At that
I've always had a good ear for guitar players, so when Bob Welch left a few weeks later, I called Lindsey. I'd instantly liked his guitar playing - it was economic, melodic, with an astute sense of tone and a unique style. Even though we were looking for a guitar
We met them properly at my funny
When we got to recording Rumours I put the band in a studio in Sausalito, because I thought it would be good to get out of LA and have everyone's total commitment. It went insane. All the relationships were starting to splinter. The girls were very close then, and the guys were crazy, living in a house up in the hills. It was like a bordello, basically, with blacked-out rooms, thick shag carpets and deprivation tanks. I'm afraid to say there was a very liberal sprinkling of assorted drugs. It was not easy. As well as Stevie and Lindsey, John was freaking out because he and Christine were breaking up. John would get a few drinks down him and moan, "She's just there, she's five feet away from me, she's singing songs about me." I'd be there to counsel even though my marriage was up the spout. We were all up the spout.
In the middle of it all, one day Lindsey said, "I don't know whether I can handle this." He was not a happy camper. He'd been used to leading things when he was just a duo with Stevie, and he was finding it hard. I gave him a pep talk, saying, "This whole thing is a compromise. That's what a band is about. But if it's an unhealthy one for you, then you don't have to be here." From then on he was really focused on making the record. It reminded me of the power Peter Green had musically, it was a pleasure to see.
There weren't tensions between us when I went out with
Lindsey and Stevie are always gonna be an item of sorts, though, they have an