A month later, Nicks returned to the studio with her cassette demo. By the fourth song, Buckingham, with his hand on Nicks' knee, was crying.

"How do you do that?" he said, tears streaming down his face. "Then I cried, we all cried, and we started work," Nicks says.


But keyboardist McVie's absence has put them back to a guitar sound which Buckingham and Nicks refined before joining Fleetwood Mac in 1975.

"It is more dramatic on stage," Nicks says. "It has pushed Lindsey and I into a situation where there is no Christine to throw a third of the songs to. There is no Christine to take a third of the blame.

"That has been a very stunning thing for us: to understand and accept that when we look at each other, there is nobody else there to help us.

"We had to take up the torch, we had to take up the challenge.

"It's great, it's strong, it's fun, it's electric, it's romantic. We have our love affair that goes on that stage for 2½ hours every night. That goes on stage with us and stops when we come off."

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