“There’s never been a time when there hasn’t been a certain amount of angst or alienation or pain or something going on,” says Buckingham, calling from his Los Angeles home. “You have to remember that even when Stevie and I first joined Fleetwood Mac, she and I were already in the process of breaking up on some level. John and Christine McVie were in the same place. ... That’s all different. Every time we get together, it’s like a new play, a new story, and I think there are still new chapters to be written about this band.”


The rest of Fleetwood Mac was supportive of Buckingham’s work, which became last year’s “Gift of Screws.” Nicks remembers the meeting clearly: “He was like, ‘The years are ticking by here, and I need to work on my solo work - you, Stevie, have been working on your solo work since 1981. I need a couple years and I’m gonna do a couple of CDs and I’m going to tour behind them and then I’d be ready to do another Fleetwood Mac tour.’ And we were all like, ‘OK, cool.’

“We were happy for him to do that,” Nicks adds. “Happy people are happy people in bands. ... He seems to be happy now.”


Both Buckingham and Nicks say they plan to show people that on this tour, despite all the breakups and the band turmoil, everything turned out fine. “Without the music, we are still really, really good friends,” Nicks says. “We’ve spent more time with each other than we’ve spent with anybody else, even our real families. This family always took precedence over our real family.”

After all, part of Fleetwood Mac’s appeal was the fact that it seemed like a family, one that was, at times, as dysfunctional as any soap opera creation. Nicks says part of the success of “Rumours” was that fans related to the very public airings of the band’s private relationships.

“While we were breaking up, everybody else was breaking up, too,” she says. “We were in our 20s and everyone else - from 16 to 65 - was having their boyfriend-girlfriend, husband-wife problems. I think that it really resonated in the relationships of everybody. If you were hearing ‘Go Your Own Way’ from Lindsey to Stevie, you were also hearing it from you to your ex-wife. If you were hearing ‘Dreams’ from Stevie - I was trying to put it in a nicer way, like the Indians say, ‘When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know’ - I was saying that we will make it through this and hopefully we will still be friends on the other end. And that’s how it turned out.”

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