MWE3: I grew up with the original Fleetwood Mac. The original Fleetwood Mac seems like a lifetime ago. What’s going on with you, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie? I hear you’re going to retool the band again?

LB: Well, not exactly retool. No... I mean Stevie and I started talking and there has been an intention all along to go back out. There was never any sense of us not being a band. Christine McVie left a few years ago and that was fine. We have already done one album and a major set of tours without her. And what happened to me was, for the first time I said to the band, ‘Look, give me like a three year period for myself, which I had never done before. There had been many attempts, or at least intentions to put out solo work that were for lack of a better word, intervened upon by Fleetwood Mac. In fact, the last group of songs that was on a Fleetwood Mac album in 2003—on an album called Say You Will—was actually a solo album grown. Almost all the material got folded over to being a Fleetwood Mac. But I said to the band, give me about three years, I want to put out two separate albums and I want to tour behind both of those albums, and then I’ll be ready to go following that. And the end of that period is in January, and then so the four of us are going to get together and start rehearsing for a tour that would be in the Spring and part of the Summer. And then go in and make an album probably after that.


MWE3: “Right Place To Fade” with Mick on drums is actually about your history with Fleetwood Mac.

LB: I think you could put that in there. And it’s also just about how something acting as a catalyst, being family life, can shift your perspective and give you a little kick in the butt, you know? I think probably in the wake of our experiences in Fleetwood Mac there was a long period of time where even though I was being productive, and I was generally fulfilled, I was leading a very narrow life, one which was almost exclusively focused on music, although the music never ceased to infuse me. It always had a religious context for me in terms of being a sacred thing and being something that I always felt...the process was always nurturing for me. There was a long period of time, where because Fleetwood Mac had been such a difficult emotional road, where I think the combination of the kind of success and maybe the lack of closure with people in the band, I kind of submerged myself from the world at large. And I think “Right Place To Fade” is sort of making just a comment that it’s not always easy after a period of time to know when its time to fade that scene and cut to a new scene. I think that’s pretty much what it’s about.


MWE3: “Did You Miss Me” is another great song on Gift Of Screws. It’s got a great beat but the guitar sounds kind of folk like.

LB: That’s again, one of those mid-tempo songs which has a connection with maybe a song like “Trouble,” mine from a few years back. Or even some other things with Fleetwood Mac. And there’s also a lyric in there which echoes the same thing of what I was saying, “I took a trip out of town, a hundred years underground,” so yeah. That’s actually for lack of a better term is the radio song, the one that they’re servicing to radio right now.


MWE3: Any chance to bring Christine back in to the studio for a few vocal cameos?

LB: Well, you know we might get her into the studio at some point. But she has no interest at all in the road and I can relate to that. I mean, now that I have three children, as much as I’m excited about next year and I think it’s one of the nice things about Fleetwood Mac at this point in time is we’ve all gotten to a point where we realize that our mantra should just be let’s get out there and enjoy each other as people, and we’ve down a long road together. And let’s work on that and make sure there aren’t too many sub agendas going on between members and let’s keep the politics way in the back and work on the core dynamic between the people. As much as we’re excited about that and as much as I am, I still am a little daunted by the fact that it could take me away from my family for long chunks of time. The last time Fleetwood Mac went out I did have two children. My third wasn’t born yet but they were so young, they were what you might call portable. (laughter) And now, they’re entrenched in their own patterns and school and those kind of flexabilities are sort of down to a minimum. That freaks me out a little bit too but we’ll just have to deal with it.

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