RS: So did you have plenty of prep time for the Clinton farewell show?
No, anything but. We got a call maybe two weeks before the event and I talked to Stevie. I said, "Jeez, do you think we can pull this off? We need to rehearse, right?" They wanted an hour, so we figured we could rehearse for three days and put together just the workhorses for the set, which we did. Christine's lack of presence wasn't really felt too much. We have some singers who filled in those parts and it went very smoothly. We were involved in a small way in ushering in his administration, so it was nice to kind of complete that cycle.
RS: Is playing before the President tougher than other gigs?
It didn't make me too nervous. I think it did make Stevie a little more nervous because she doesn't have a guitar to hide behind. I can kind of jump around and make an idiot of myself and that gets me a certain ways down the line of loosening up.
RS: So what is the status of Fleetwood Mac?
You know it's interesting, I made a joke at the show about us having worked through our own partisan politics. And I really think there is a pretty potent future for the band. In a way, Christine has really checked herself out of the situation. She sold her house in L.A. and is just residing in England. God knows what she's doing. But it kind of frees the Fleetwood Mac situation to be looked at in a fresh light and in some ways in the dynamic that Stevie and I had going before we joined the band. I think everyone's pretty up for the possibility of that and of approaching a second phase of a group much differently than just the whole epidemic of bands that were getting back together and touring and making the quick buck and then that's it. I think that would be very intriguing to try and do that. I have a whole mess of material that I've been calling a solo album. And it may still be. The other option would be to spend the next eight months or so working on material with Stevie and doing some sort of epic FM album. So I don't know. There are some options out there, and we're still looking at them. But the music I have right now, is the best that I've ever done on my own, or with Fleetwood Mac, tapping into some new areas. It becomes a little less important what you call it, the older you get. I can't tell you whether that will come out as a solo album or not. We have some options and they're all pretty good.
RS: Is there a timeframe for the material to be produced?
I have to decide this week whether this is a solo album or not. And if you talk to the critics they'll say, put it out, what are you doing, why wouldn't you want to put it out? And if you talk to people at the record company, it depends on what your priorities are, so it's kind of scary. Not that I put solo albums out there to fail, they're for the people who want to hear that sort of thing. But the climate out there now is, God love people like Eminem, who are really doing something great. But the pop side of things, the Britney Spears sound and all of that, even though it's well-crafted, it's just a tough climate to try and think that you could really get through to a lot of people as a solo artist at age fifty. In that sense the Fleetwood Mac idea enables you to get through to a lot more people so I have to just weigh just how important or unimportant this is yet.
RS: Is that "week" a stringent deadline?
Well it's not a stringent deadline, it's just that I've been working on my own running order and it's just something I'm so proud of. And again the people who appreciate the artistic side of things, say, "Well why would you want to put it together with a bunch of Stevie songs, it sounds like a Frankenstein project or something at that point." But then the challenge would be to make it not that. It's getting down to the wire though. You have any advice?
RS: Could there be a Buckingham/Nicks reunion?
Well that's something else we've talked about . . . very briefly I must say. But it's interesting because Stevie and I have, that's kinda what I meant by working through partisan politics. After all of this time, we've managed to get to a point where we're comfortable. There's nothing we can't talk about. We've all been down our own particular roads that have gotten us to that point and so it's nice after all this time for both of us to have a good portion of the child remaining within us. I talked to Don Henley one time about the Eagles, and it seemed like there was so little love or idealism left in that group of people and perhaps that's more the norm for people our age. But we seem to be slightly more arrested and I think there's some potential for some good stuff because of that.
RS: For Buckingham/Nicks that would be a pretty lengthy hiatus from which to return.
Oh yeah, but still, all of that stuff is a possibility. If I have to guess I'd say this is going to come out as a solo album. But it is a little more daunting than it was a few years ago. The older you get hopefully you work and getting less and less selfish. And that's one of the things that drives people, in order to do things that are outside the mainstream, you have to have a large ego and that you have something to offer. It's sort of a Catch 22 that part of being mature, part of growing up is letting go of certain rashness. So I don't know where that falls now.