When she got over the initial shock, Nicks says, she discovered she liked what she heard.

"To be honest, I felt that Lindsay and I were stunning... It was a rush, like we were being thrown back into a style of singing that was so great, that we loved, from long ago.”


"We stopped being a duo the day we joined Fleetwood Mac," says Nicks, 54. "And that was great, but it was different. In the end, Christine even knew it... We always wanted to sing by ourselves, and in some ways this album is very reminiscent of that time.”


She offered the group those songs and others, and when she heard the productions Buckingham worked up, she was blown away.

"He's just a master producer," she says of her longtime singing partner who was, for a time in the '70s, her lover. "A couple of times I heard little vocal 'oohhs' that sounded just like Christine. I had to ask him, 'Is that Chris? Or you being Chris?'... He makes an incredible wall of little vocal parts, and when you really listen, everyone is important somehow.”


Though Buckingham and Nicks have had a stormy relationship at times in the past, both say they're having fun rehearsing for the tour. Buckingham says that he's proud of the way Say You Will turned out, and hopes the band continues, so he and Nicks can see where the dual-voices thing goes.

"We were joking that we had to hold out 25 years to do what we really wanted to do," he says, explaining that his one regret is they didn't collaborate in the writing. "I want to hear what would happen if we were to go in and start working from the ground up."

Nicks does too, but given the turbulence that has surrounded Fleetwood Mac, she's enjoying this moment for what it is. "We didn't have somebody else join the band, because we had to make the foursome a valid entity first," she explains. "And look what happened: We're in our 50s and we did a studio record that's as real and full-on heavy as any record we made since the day we started.”

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