“It hasn’t been an easy road,” said singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, who produced or co-produced all 18 songs on the album. “It had some fork-in-the-road moments, and it had some very profound bonding moments.

“Near the end it had some quite confrontational – and very pleasant – moments.”


“Fleetwood Mac never would have broken up if it had been up to me, Mick, John or Christine. So this is all Lindsey’s ballpark,” said Nicks, as she curled up in front of the fireplace in her living room, filled with state-of-the-art workout equipment.

“Lindsey either wants to be in Fleetwood Mac, or he doesn’t,” she stressed. “So he decided he wanted to do it again. And when he decides he wants to do it again, we all either say ‘No,’ or we say ‘Yes.’ Christine said ‘No,’ and the rest of us said ‘Yes, we’ll do it, we’ll give it one more run.’ And we all felt that we could do another great album, or we wouldn’t have done it.”


“Fleetwood Mac never would have broken up if it had been up to me, Mick, John or Christine. So this is all Lindsey’s ballpark,” said Nicks, as she curled up in front of the fireplace in her living room, filled with state-of-the-art workout equipment.

“Lindsey either wants to be in Fleetwood Mac, or he doesn’t,” she stressed. “So he decided he wanted to do it again. And when he decides he wants to do it again, we all either say ‘No,’ or we say ‘Yes.’ Christine said ‘No,’ and the rest of us said ‘Yes, we’ll do it, we’ll give it one more run.’ And we all felt that we could do another great album, or we wouldn’t have done it.”


Buckingham is clearly proud of what he brought to “Say You Will.” But he sounded peeved that, while the rest of the band went to Hawaii on vacation, he had to remain behind to complete mixing and sequencing the album.

“Well, somebody had to finish the record!” he said. “So that (process) went through a whole series of political spasms and not-very-pleasant phone conversations. But we got there.”

The album showcases the most fluid and biting guitar work of Buckingham’s career. It also features nine songs he wrote or co-wrote, and nine that Nicks wrote or co-wrote, although the two do not share any of the co-writing credits.

But Buckingham didn’t hesitate to express his disappointment that his work had yet to be praised by Nicks.

“I know she must be thrilled with the album, on one level,” he said. “And yet, she’s never said anything to me, like ‘Nice job.’ That’s just been hard for us. So, in that sense, in the way that I’m almost disgustingly warm and fuzzy, she’s probably slightly defiant. But she’s great. I think all she needs to do is find her rhythm.”

Her cosmic, hippie-dippie image to the contrary, Nicks was perfectly grounded and in sync as she spoke at her home.

“I’m my own worst critic,” she said. “But I think my material on this album is some of my best material ever. And I think that Lindsey’s material is his best material ever. So I feel that whatever it was that made us reform, there was a real reason for it. And maybe it was all this material that needed to come out.”

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