I think the people take the songs where they want to take them. I throw them out there, and it doesn’t matter that I wrote Landslide in 73 and have been singing it since then, which was two years before I joined Fleetwood Mac.
Whenever I sing that song I remember clearly writing that song while I was sitting in the house in Aspen and wondering whether I was going to give Lindsey [Buckingham] and the music another chance, or whether I was just going to stay in Aspen and follow my own music career there.
So whenever I sing that song I can just close my eyes and be taken back to looking out that window and seeing the Rocky Mountains. I’m able to then sing the song with that in mind.
You mentioned Lindsey before. People have said that while you have worked with other writers and producers, like Sheryl Crow for example, that he still brings the best out of you. Despite whatever else that has happened between you, in a working relationship you can still do it even today.
Yes, that’s fair. I have a lot of respect for his ability to take one of my songs and … I’m not the best musician in the world so if I sit down at the piano and play
So we have a great relationship when it comes to making our music.
And where does the Mac thing sit now?
We just finished 135 shows not quite two years ago but when I go home after this tour I am going to take October and November off, and we are discussing whether Fleetwood Mac wants to tour next year. It’s 50:50 there and it's just down to what we decide over the next few months.
We had a meeting right before I left and it looks good.
In the last year I have written a lot about Walter Reed Hospital and the soldiers, and the metamorphosis of Fleetwood Mac,
So we will always be that amazing inspiration for each
Can’t live with him and…
Exactly. The love-hate things
We are delighted you make the effort to dress up. It was 1980 the last time you were in New Zealand. I guess you remember that.
The big Fleetwood Mac fight. It has become a thing of mythology that night. I remember it quite well because Lindsey and I got into a fight at the end of the show when I was singing during one of his solos and he threw his guitar at me. He didn’t hit me because I ducked and it missed me. The song ended and we went off stage. It was the only time in our whole existence we did not do an encore.
It was as unprofessional as Fleetwood Mac have ever been.
Is what kept Fleetwood Mac together was that anything could happen offstage and be difficult emotionally and personally, but when you got up under the lights you were there for the music and the show?
When you got on stage you were a professional and you rose above your private problems, so that was an unacceptable moment. It’s also something now that everybody knows about all
You can’t do much in private in front of 60,000 people.
No, you can be loving and emotional and maybe even angry – but you can’t let it become what is going on between you.