What was particularly appealing and/or challenging about working as a group again?

For me in particular, I was intrigued to see what I had to give back to Stevie's material after all this time. When we started working on these things, Stevie was away on tour; it was just the guys. And we wondered how it was going to go socially when Stevie got off the road and rejoined us. "Is this thing going to take on a life of its own?" And it really started to do that. The situation took on a certain gravity, as Fleetwood Mac tends to do.


Is it a conscious trade-off for you: giving up some control and the personal vision of a solo album for the greater visibility the band affords you?

The tradeoff is not just visibility. It's not just the work. It's about the people coming out the other side of what we started in '75 -- or, to me and Stevie, in '73. All of us coming out less damaged than anyone might have expected. In many ways, this is the happiest time of my life. There are so many things going well for me now, and it feels like a karmic. I really worked to not put out the negative energy to derail it all.


Some reviews of the tour have suggested that Christine's absence unbalances the band, taking out the comforting middle ground and leaving just you and Stevie as the eccentric extremes. How does the two-singer format feel to you?

There are people who are going to come in wanting a femaleness and loving Stevie's thing and not like what I do. I recall reading one review that complained about "Lindsey's rampaging ego." I'd rather have that than have someone not feel my presence.

For me, I feel it makes for a show that's deeper. Christine had songs that were more fun; they weren't usually incisive on an emotional level. It allows Steve and I to get back to some of the two-part singing we started out doing. And also, the three-piece as the core band has more room to maneuver without Christine's piano. I've never heard John and Mick play better. I see it as a strength, and it's just a matter of people getting used to it.

Has the reunion been easier this time because you'd been through it with "The Dance"?

I can't say it's easier because of that, but the significance of "The Dance" was that it showed us we were still a band -- not so much us as musicians, but as friends, as a group that can work together. Sometimes there's that spell that's over people and when you come back together it's just not there anymore. This was definitely not that.

That whole time (in the '70s) was fraught with turmoil for all of us in so many ways. So much so that a lot of people came to see that as the engine (for creative success). Was that turmoil the whole thing? It turns out that it wasn't.

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