In a new interview with England's The Independent, Mick Fleetwood spoke candidly about Fleetwood Mac's past and present. The band, which was forced to push its spring dates until the fall due to Stevie Nicks falling ill with the flu, kicks off a brief European run on June 8th in Werchter, Belgium.
Fleetwood talked about the state of the band since the 2018 firing of Lindsey Buckingham, and the band's future with his replacements -- Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House's Neil Finn: "We survived the change we’re going through now. None of it is going to be frothed off as, 'who cares?' -- but I have to say that we have two brilliant new members of Fleetwood Mac who are now part of our story, and I truly hope that we will be able to make some (new) music with both of them."
Fleetwood, like all of the members of the Fleetwood Mac, successfully battled back against the rampant drug scene that ensnared the band throughout the 1970's and '80s admitting, "I think we were damned lucky that our music never went down the drain because we went down the drain. And I think in truth there are moments where you could have said we got pretty close, y'know? Cocaine was everywhere, people who worked in banks (used it). Personally, I had a run on that lifestyle, but fortunately, I didn’t get into any other type of drug that would have been more damaging -- I don’t even know why, but I’m very thankful. Brandy and cocaine and beer. That lifestyle became something that had to come to an end. Hopefully, you come out of it with your trousers still on, and not taken out in a plastic bag."
He went on to touch upon his and Stevie Nicks' late-'70s love affair, which was kept a secret from the rest of the band at the time: "That was all for the most part very unknown and it was very private. I don’t mind talking about it and I don’t think Stevie would, because we know that that’s part of the story -- it’s complicated in terms of the way the logistics of the band worked. To this very day, we’re really lucky that me and Stevie remained very, very dear friends or I’d be answering you very differently."
During her recent induction speech at the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is now airing on HBO, Stevie Nicks recalled quitting college in 1971 to move to L.A. with Lindsey Buckingham in hopes of scoring a record deal: "And the second I called my mom and said, 'I have to quit, because me and Lindsey have to move to L.A., 'cause the music is in San Francisco, but the record deals are in L.A. and we have to go tomorrow.' And my mom said, 'O.K., that's fine, but we will withdrawing all financial support (laughter) as of this minute.' And I said, flat out, 'I know. I know, mom. And I'm up to the challenge.' Three waitress jobs, two cleaning lady jobs; it was cool. Lindsey worked on the music -- I worked on food and dirty houses (applause)."AUDIO: STEVIE NICKS ON MOVING TO L.A. WITH LINDSEY_BUCKINGHAM