Lindsey Buckingham: Sheryl Crow announcement about Fleetwood Mac was ‘inappropriate’
August 21, 2008
Lindsey Buckingham has dispelled the “Rumours.” Sheryl Crow, who performs at Lake Tahoe Saturday, will not be joining Fleetwood Mac.
Buckingham, who on Sept. 16 will release a solo album, “Gift of Screws,” is about to begin an extensive United States tour which includes a Sept. 12 concert at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
In a conference call with music writers Buckingham confirmed Fleetwood Mac would begin rehearsals in January before going out on tour. A new Fleetwood Mac studio album will follow. Crow won’t be involved in either project.
“Sheryl came out with a solo album not too long ago and took it upon herself to announce to the world that she was joining Fleetwood Mac, which was not the case.” Buckingham said. “It was on the table. It was under discussion, and that was it. So it was completely inappropriate for her to do that. It was also inappropriate for her to do it in that manner even if it had not been a hypothetical.”
Adding a female singer to Fleetwood Mac was discussed because Christine McVie is no longer with the band. The core of the band is comprised of Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie.
“I think that came about because when we toured in 2003 without Christine the material was sort of divided right down the middle and I think Stevie was missing some of that female backup that she was used to,” Buckingham said. “When we started contemplating doing something next year I think Stevie, who knows (Crow) … brought up Sheryl’s name as someone who might be interested in joining the band, and it was a complete hypothetical. I had some reservations about it going in. Are you going to get Sheryl Crow coming in to sing Christine McVie songs? It just sounded a little ‘loungy’ to me.”
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Crow, who this year released the album “Detours,” headlines a concert Saturday, Aug. 23 at Harvey’s Outdoor Arena. James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals also are on the bill.
Buckingham said the Crow “fiasco glitch” ended up being a good thing for Fleetwood Mac.
“What it did do was act as a catalyst for Stevie and myself to have some really, really positive conversations about our own dynamic and how to get things done within the core element of the band,” he said. “I think that’s a far healthier way to go. So that’s what we’re gonna do.”
Fleetwood Mac was formed in 1967 by guitarist Peter Green after he left John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, bringing with him the rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. Buckingham and Nicks joined in 1975.
Buckingham produced the LP “Rumours” 1976, which was one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Fleetwood and John McVie contribute on three songs on Buckingham’s soon-to-be released “Gift of Screws.”