Interviewer:
But now, do you feel that now Fleetwood Mac gives you more creative input that in the past? 

Stevie:
Well, Fleetwood Mac never smothered me. But it is a band, and for someone like me, who's very independent and likes things my way, a solo career has been very helpful in making me not feel smothered. And this new album that comes out early next year is very different. We love Christine (McVie), but she's not involved in this, because she doesn't want to be. And we let her be, you know, you can only do so much begging, until it's like, just let her be. But I think our new music is some of the best music we've ever done, and I don't just say that to be saying that. This recording process this time around has been so positive, there's so much positive energy there now. I love it. And yes, I do feel like my input in the music is a whole lot more accepted now.

Interviewer:
I think the greatest thing about Fleetwood Mac has always been the ability you all have to create a new and fresh sound with your records, and still blend that signature sound. You played me some of your new album, and it's the same. Tell me a little about this project. Knowing that this album will be very highly listened to when released, are you more careful? 

Stevie:
Lindsey is never careful. He takes risks. When we did the follow-up to the hugely successful Rumours, which was called TUSK, it was a double album. First off, of course the record company was dying for us to make Rumours II. They wanted something else squeezed out to create the same effect as Rumours. Lindsey wanted the opposite of that. He was honestly annoyed by the success of Rumours. We were all tired of hearing it for awhile, and Tusk was very different, but it was Fleetwood Mac. So it was a double album, and of course the record company worries right there that it may not do as well. Then, they hear these songs, and they don't song anything like Rumours songs...so they got very scared. But we didn't care, we did it, because we wanted to. And this album, it doesn't sound like Rumours, or Mirage, or Tusk, it has a very distinct sound. So no, we are never really conscious of the fact that people do want us to sound a certain way, to play it safe. I think this new music is great. 

Interviewer:
When you tour for this new album, will you do Silver Springs? 

Stevie:
Of course, that song is timeless. Lindsey and I are so over our relationship, but we cannot put it away and act like it never happened. If we cut out all of the songs that are about us, and our past relationship, we would be playing all new music, and the fans want to hear the old stuff too you know?

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