Music: Fleetwood Mac – Our Girl Is Back, by Rishi Deva
2015 saw the reunion of the famous five with the return of of Christine McVie after a 16 year break from the band Fleetwood Mac. I realize that our Millennial readers may have no idea who Fleetwood Mac are, as they were in their prime in the 1970s and 80s with albums like Rumours, Tusk and Tango in the Night. They have sold over 100 million albums to date, and while the band has had a few different lineups over the decades, the band that really captured the hearts of fans and the attention of the radio station DJs consisted of the dearly loved Lindsey Buckingham (guitar, vocals), Stevie Nicks (vocals), Mick Fleetwood (drums), John McVie (bass) and Christine McVie (keyboards, vocals).
The band at their height have been quipped as making Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones seem like Salvation Army bands. Their excesses in sex, drugs and rock n’ roll were extreme. Eventually all of this debauchery caught up with them and the relentless touring, studio time and pressure to write hits took its toll.
During this time, Christine McVie, who wrote the belter hits Songbird, Don’t Stop, Little Lies, You Make Loving Fun and Everywhere, divorced John McVie. In 1998, she left Fleetwood Mac and decided to trade in her music life for a country home life in England. It took 16 years for her to resolve the underlying issues that made her leave the band and ready to put the past behind her, rekindling old friendships and developing a new way of working together.
Christine says in a recent interview that she decided to leave because she had developed a deep phobia about flying and was tired of living out of a suitcase. She wanted a domestic life. Over the years, she was able to heal and by 2013 she said she felt ready to put her fears, resentment and other baggage behind her and rejoin her group.
The reunion tour is a year-long extensive world tour entitled On With The Show, receiving glowing reviews from press all around the world. The Guardian reported this spring that on the 86th show of their tour, Stevie Nicks stepped to the microphone and said, “Now I think we can safely say our girl is back!”
Since 1994, Rishi Deva, founder and CEO of RishiVision and entrepreneurial coach, has empowered thousands of businesses. Rishi has an MBA in marketing and entrepreneurial studies and a BBA in accounting. He has spent nearly twenty years coaching, consulting, managing and supporting thousands of businesses from new startups to active global leaders.