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And that a Buckingham/Nicks reunion is in the works

By Mark C. Brown Dec 5, 2012 5:05PM
Fleetwood MacFans knew a Fleetwood Mac tour was imminent, but what they didn’t know was that new music was in the works. Two new songs, “Sad Angel” and “Miss Fantasy,” will come out before the tour kicks off in April. But longtime fans of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks might be even more thrilled with this development: They’re seriously considering reviving their pre-Fleetwood Mac career as Buckingham/Nicks – and recently recorded a song that was originally intended for the follow-up that never came to their one self-titled album. Buckingham sat down to talk exclusively to MSN about the new (and old) recordings.

 

MSN: When we spoke last year about your solo album “Seeds We Sow” you said a Fleetwood Mac reunion would happen.


Lindsey Buckingham: “Did I say it was going to happen in 2012?”


Yes, but you said you wanted to do an album first. Stevie told me she wanted to do an album but people aren’t interested in them anymore, so you have just the two songs for now.



“Oh no, that’s not true. I don’t know what she’s talking about. She just didn’t come with any songs. She didn’t want to do an album. I said ‘Stevie, what do you think?’ and she said ‘No, I don’t want to do that.’ So I didn’t push it. I’ve got all this stuff sitting around. I’ll get John (McVie) and Mick (Fleetwood) over here from Hawaii and do a low-key, under-the-radar situation, producer-wise, just see what happens. We cut like seven, eight tracks with Mitchell Froom and the stuff turned out great. We did it all in the proper keys for Stevie’s range, and for her to drop in her parts. My hope she would hear some of this stuff and love it and get drawn in. She wasn’t really prepared to love it, so she didn’t. She’s starting to love it more now, now that she’s on a couple. She felt sort of put-upon and that’s fair enough I guess. She had her idea of not wanting to do it and here I was getting John and Mick over, doing this rah-rah thing. Come on guys!”


I have a feeling this interview is going to get the tour canceled before it begins...


“No, no, no, not at all. But I think probably she felt put-upon in the sense she didn’t have a lot of material sitting around to bring. Maybe there was a sense of pressure on her part. I was talking to Mick yesterday. At some point we’re going to be very glad we did this material. Something’s gonna happen with this. What that is remains to be seen. If we only use a couple of these for now, that’s fine. Stevie still needs to come with something. Who’s to say? I’m not pushing for an album. Down the line, maybe. I think it would be great. Stevie’s gotta be happy, she’s gotta be comfortable and that’s really the bottom line.”


How did you hook up with Mitchell Froom?


“I had never met Mitchell but spoke with him on the phone. I like the guy. I like some of his reference points that I was aware of. I also knew he was a very skillful string-arranger in case we wanted anything more outside the box like that. And to top it off he lives about five minutes from me. We did this whole thing in a very handcrafted way. I’d go into his house and gave him all my rough demos first, some of which were fleshed out, others just snippets of things hummed into my phone….we sort of agreed on what songs we’d do, worked on arrangements. We had the whole thing worked out before John and Mick showed up. Then it was pretty organic. It was interesting for him – the peculiarity of how we do things… for three weeks we came up with all that’s stuff. It’s all very pop. It hearkens back to the Fleetwood Mac classic feel. And John and Mick were just playing their asses off.”


With all your recent touring and solo albums and new songs are you in a particularly prolific phase?


“I’m not sure. It’s maybe the fruition, or something like that, of the choices I’ve been able to make and implement. You can take it way back if you wanna get really philosophical and go back to ‘Tusk.’ Since 2005, we got off the road from doing the ‘Say You Will’ tour. I was working on a certain level of frustration at having several attempts of solo projects being co-opted and turned into Fleetwood Mac projects. It happened several times. I asked for three years off in order to do two back-to-back albums, which I did, just trying to get it all out of my system … I did ‘Under the Skin’ and ‘Gift of Screws’ … I began to get a much stronger sense of myself by putting some chronological things together …confidence enters into it, I guess, but just focus and momentum.”


Let’s talk about the new music coming out. There’s another deluxe “Rumours” package coming out with more unreleased stuff. After the DVD-A and the previous deluxe release what’s left in the vaults for that?


“You’re asking the wrong guy (laughs). I probably shouldn’t be saying this, but it’s a marketing thing. I don’t have much invested in that. What my function is when these things come out – someone else finds this stuff, finds stuff that hasn’t come out before. Then it’s my job to make sure it’s OK, that it’s something I’m comfortable with… that the whole thing makes sense or even relates to the ‘Rumours’ album. Having said that I’m not a fan of repackaging things over and over again. I wouldn’t lose any sleep if this package didn’t come out, let’s leave it at that.”


It’s frustrating to fans to get that again while the surround-sound mix of “Tusk” is still sitting in the vaults.


“We did it! Getting Warner Brothers to put it out is another matter. And getting the band to want to put it out. That was my baby and there’s a certain subtext of it being the undermining factor of the brand. Maybe there’s a certain sublime level of suppression going on – not that anyone’s sitting around saying that, it’s just not on anybody’s A-list of things to do (laughs).”


Tell me about the new songs “Sad Angel” and “Miss Fantasy.”


“I was writing a lot of stuff. I was thinking about Stevie when I was putting these together. Many of the songs I came up with were directed at Stevie. They were a dialog to her. Both those are very much that. ‘Sad Angel’ – I think of her in all her traumatic splendor as having quite a bit of sadness that she still deals with. At the moment that it was being written I really was thinking about the fact that she and I were not agreeing on the idea of an album. The chorus is ‘Hello, sad angel, have you come to fight the war?’ It goes on to talk about ‘the crowd’s calling out for more.’ It’s sort of a cyclical look at our lives, the competitiveness of it yet the underlying unity of it. Each of our journeys has never been not a little about the other. ‘Miss Fantasy’ is more of the same thing. It’s a look back on….it’s talking about having a dream, recalling certain events that occurred years and years ago. The chorus is talking about ‘Miss Fantasy, it may be that you don’t remember me, but I remember you.’ That’s addressing all that’s happened over the course of time. You remember the person you were and the person I was back then? Is there any way to find any of that? Do we want to? Is it important to? Those are songs about Stevie and me.”

Buckingham/Nicks

Doing the song “Stephanie” on your solo tour from the out-of-print 1973 “Buckingham/Nicks” album raised fans’ hopes that it’ll come out on CD someday. You also made a comment on the BBC about working with Stevie again. I assume that meant this tour but it was interpreted by some as you saying you might want to re-form Buckingham/Nicks.


“That’s not a misinterpretation. I would love to go out and do Buckingham/Nicks. It’s sort of ironic because when Stevie came over here and started working we just had a great time, the best time we have had in years. She did bring in one song that was supposed to be her contribution to the Fleetwood Mac thing. After we were done with it she decided she wanted to put it on the ‘Buckingham/Nicks’ album (laughs). So that’s fine too. I don’t care. It’s an old song from pre-Fleetwood Mac. It was written sometime after ‘Buckingham/Nicks’ came out but before we joined Fleetwood Mac. We were working on a second possible Buckingham/Nicks album that never happened. So yes. The issue with all of that is once again a logistics issue. I have no problem with dropping a bonus track or one from her and one from me and putting out ‘Buckingham/Nicks’ finally on CD. …she said ‘We could do some dates between legs of the Fleetwood Mac tour.’ I’m thinking ‘No, I don’t think so. I don’t think it’s logistically possible.’ We’ve got a little less than 40 dates on the books, we’ll probably add a few more…we’ll do Europe and probably go down and do the summer in Australia and New Zealand. When the hell are we going to get together and rehearse a Buckingham/Nicks show? So in my mind if she’s really serious what would be good to do is wait to put the (old) album out, or put it out and then do a new Buckingham/Nicks album. The tour would have to wait till after that. Whether or not that will happen….she’s very heartfelt about what she’s saying, but it isn’t always clear. I don’t know what to say about that. But yes, to be very direct in response to your question if it were up to me… I would love to go out and do that again. That would be so cyclical and so karmically appropriate. If you see Stevie just tell her I said that.”



 

The recently released 40th anniversary super deluxe edition is the definitive version of the classic album

By MSN Music Partners Apr 9, 2014 8:30AM

MSN Music is teaming up with Universal Music Group to give away a copy of the lavish anniversary update of Elton John’s classic 1973 album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" autographed by Sir Elton himself.  


To win this one-of-a-kind package visit our Facebook page and share the post announcing this contest with your friends. After you share the post, let us know by contacting us at msnmusicfans@microsoft.com. The lucky winner will be notified via e-mail, and we'll arrange shipment of the autographed super deluxe edition "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" set. Submissions need to be made on or before midnight PT Monday, April 14.


This five-disc expanded edition includes a remastered version of the original double album plus a CD featuring new recordings of key tracks by contemporary artists picked by Sir Elton including Ed Sheeran, Miguel, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy with additional album tracks and B-Sides.  Also included is the complete "Live at Hammersmith 1973" concert on two CDs plus a DVD of Bryan Forbes’ 1973 film, “Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye To Norma Jean and Other Things.”


A 100-page illustrated hardback book featuring photos, memorabilia and new interviews with Sir Elton and longtime lyricist Taupin completes the package.


Elton John was already a Top 10 artist in the U.S. and U.K. when he, Taupin and Elton’s band began recording "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," but the project marked heightened ambitions underscored by its original release as a two-LP double set. 


This year finds Sir Elton back in the headlines with a headlining performance at this June’s Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn., a critically acclaimed 2013 album, "The Diving Board," and plans to renew his wedding vows with partner David Furnish next month.


RELATED: Writing Elton John's 'The Diving Board'


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Rocker drops the news in chat with fans

By MSN Music Partners Jan 6, 2014 12:35PM

By Miriam Coleman
Rolling Stone

 

Jack White  has a new album in the works, and it looks like it could be coming out soon. In a recent chat with fans on the message board of his label, Third Man Records, White dropped the news: "I'm producing two albums this month, and finishing them," he said. "One of them is mine."

 

The two stars, who'd recently recorded a tribute to the Everly Brothers, honor the fallen legend

By MSN Music Partners Jan 6, 2014 12:21PM

Rolling Stone

 

A day after the passing of Everly Brothers' Phil Everly, artists influenced by his incredible body of work have started to honor the vocal legend. Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, who this past November released "Foreverly," an album-length Everly tribute, passed along their thoughts about the death of the sweet-voiced singer, who died on January 3rd due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

 

Rockers will play pre-game set and during intermission

By MSN Music Partners Jan 3, 2014 11:28AM

Rolling Stone

 

Kiss are set to command a new venue: Los Angeles' first outdoor hockey game.

The "Detroit Rock City" shredders will bring their face-painted theatrics to Dodger Stadium on January 25th as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The band will perform before the game and during the first intermission. The match pits the LA Kings against the Anaheim Ducks and will air live on NBC Sports.  Other musical performers in the series will be announced in the next few weeks.

 

The record sits atop L.A.'s Forum, spins at 17 miles per hour and covers 5.7 acres

By MSN Music Partners Jan 3, 2014 10:29AM

 

By Kory Grow
Rolling Stone

 

The marketing and promotion company Pop2Life has created what they're calling the "world's largest record," a recreation of the Eagles' 16-times platinum 1977 album "Hotel California," to accompany the reopening of the Los Angeles venue the Forum and the SoCal rockers' six-concert residency. The band will be playing the venue on January 15th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 24th and 25th.

 

A close-up look at the biggest explosion in rock & roll history

By MSN Music Partners Jan 2, 2014 1:13PM

Rolling Stone

 

Fifty years ago, the Beatles landed in the U.S., generating the biggest explosion rock & roll has ever seen. In the new issue of Rolling Stone (on stands Friday, January 3rd), contributing editor Mikal Gilmore examines just how the Fab Four arrived in the States facing media disdain and a clueless record label in the wake of the devastating assassination of John F. Kennedy — and still managed to conquer America. 

 

On February 9th, 1964, Ed Sullivan famously intoned, "Tonight, the whole country is waiting to hear England's Beatles." Eight months later, the band had landed 28 records in Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart (11 in the Top 10), seen 10 albums released worldwide and been introduced to marijuana by Bob Dylan. But the band's voyage from Liverpool to New York City in '64 was filled with far more apprehension and stress than relaxation and glee.

 

His new album will stream on CBS's website on Jan. 5

By MSN Music Partners Jan 2, 2014 1:00PM

By Andy Greene
Rolling Stone

 

A little over a week after Amazon accidentally sold Bruce Springsteen's upcoming album "High Hopes" on their mobile site, CBS will offer a complete stream of the LP on their official website. It's part of a promotional tie-in with the legal drama "The Good Wife," which will incorporate the new tracks "High Hopes," "Hunter of Invisible Game" and a rerecorded "The Ghost of Tom Joad" into a January 12th episode. They will begin hosting the stream at 7 p.m. on January 5th, shortly before a preview runs for the episode with the Springsteen music.

 

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill Virgina location won't allow firearms

By MSN Music Partners Dec 31, 2013 2:12PM

WENN

 

Gun-toting fans of singer Toby Keith's fans in Virginia are taking aim at the country star over a no-weapons policy at a restaurant he owns in the state.