THE CURRENT CHEMISTRY

Buckingham: “I would say it’s elusive some of the time. Stevie and I have had many moments where we were able to acknowledge some things and get closer to closure than before.”

Nicks: “The chemistry is good, and we’re back together for the right reasons. We don’t need the money. Our royalties will take care of us like a pension. What’s really important now is to share this magical year.”

EFFECT OF LINEUP CHANGE

Buckingham: “I saw it as a challenge and an opportunity. In the past, there was never quite enough space for me to do what I wanted. Now there was 33% more room. Stevie and I were forced back into this mirror image, something closer to what we did before joining the band. My best guitar playing is on this record. Mick will tell you the best drumming he’s done is on this record.”

Nicks: “It pushed Lindsey, John and Mick back into a power trio. It made us focus more on guitar. We thought about bringing someone else in, but we can’t replace Chris, and we’re not going to try.”

WRITING HABITS

Buckingham: “I’ve built a studio in my new house, and I’d love for Stevie and myself to sit down and do some stuff from the ground up with two-part harmonies. If we had one complaint about this album, it’s that we used a lot of older material, and a lot of mine was set in stone. Co-writing would be interesting. We’ve never done that.”

Nicks: “Since 1969 in San Francisco, Lindsey and I have always written separately. And we’ve always been respectful to each other. He’d never say, ‘I think you need to change this line.’ I’d never say, ‘I don’t like the chorus.’ We both understand that once a song is written down and presented, it can’t be changed.”

OUTSIDE PROJECTS

Buckingham: “I could probably write three or four more songs (to add to a backlog) and put out a solo record. And I will do that if there’s no interest in continuing the band. The current circumstance is a lot easier and certainly more profound potentially. It seems so fitting that we’ve found each other after all this time. It seems a little bit sacred and worth nurturing. I’ve known Stevie since I was 16 and the others since I was 24. I don’t see any reason to put out a solo album at this point.”

THE BAND’S FUTURE

Buckingham: “I can’t speak for Stevie. I can’t predict how she’ll feel in a year. All I can do is try to cultivate the right feeling and the right atmosphere for us to go on. We had some disagreements toward the end of the album, but we found common ground. Can we survive the land mines that may exist down the road? I hope so, because I would love to do another album. There’s so much promise if we hang in there.”

Nicks: “I’m used to going back and forth between Fleetwood Mac and my solo career. It seems right to me. I try to make sure my solo career doesn’t ever take anything away from the band. Fleetwood Mac is more important. We should continue as long as we’re having fun. It’s a great band with so much history.”

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