Do you think Fleetwood Mac's evolution might have taken a different course if you didn't have such a good time?
Oh now, it could never have been any different than it was. You know, Lindsey [Buckingham, Nicks's former lover and singing partner] and I didn't even drink when we joined Fleetwood, we couldn't afford to drink. So we started drinking like anybody else starts drinking--just to handle the mental pressure. We were really young, you know, 27 years old--really really young--and this was all so big and so heavy around us. People expected so much from us, and all of a sudden we went from barely having enough money to pay for a small apartment to being rich overnight--and how do you deal with that when you're 27 years old? You kind of don't deal with it very well. And nobody dealt with it very well. But--all of those problems, and all of those drugs, and all of the fun and all of the craziness, all made for writing all those songs. If we'd been a big healthy great group of guys and gals that just were, you know...none of those great songs would've been written, you know?
In separating your private life from your professional life, and the fact that Fleetwood Mac consisted of variousromantically-linked couples, has time made a difference, or is there still that same sensitivity issue now between you guys?
No, I think that whatever happens we can pretty much handle, because you know--now we kind of know that we're stuck with each other forever--whether we ever play again. My father adores Lindsey. Adores him. Lindsey can never go out of my life, for that one reason right there, you know what I mean? I absolutely adore [drummer] Mick [Fleetwood]'s mama, and his father who died many years ago from cancer--we are so finely integrated through more things than music now. His little girls that were two and five when I met him--and were just my like babies, I adored these little girls--they're grown up now, and they're like my girls.