It's been all over the music press for a while now, will she, won't she. This includes a live appearance on stage in London to play the group's hit, "Don't Stop".
Well, now it's official. Christine McVie is back with Fleetwood Mac. Liz Rosenberg, the band's publicist, confirmed that McVie has rejoined the band she left almost 16 years ago in 1998.
According to Rosenberg, Christine McVie "has indeed re-joined Fleetwood Mac and we are hoping to make an announcement about a possible tour for the full tilt Macsters some time in 2014."
After marrying the group's bass player, John McVie, and joining the band in 1970, McVie became one of the main songwriters with the band, and played with the group for 28 years, as a singer and keyboard player.
McVie wrote some of the band's biggest chart hits, including:
"Say You Love Me" (1976)
"Don't Stop" (1977)
"You Make Loving Fun" (1977)
"Hold Me" (1982)
"Little Lies" (1987)
Fans of Fleetwood Mac will now, no doubt, be hoping for a new album from the band lineup that brought us the massive album, "Rumours". The expectation of what singer/songwriters Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham, might produce, must be incredible. No pressure! As a songwriting team, the three were the main song writers on a total of 5 studio albums for Fleetwood Mac:
"Fleetwood Mac" (1975)
"Tango In the Night" (1987).
After an open discussion across the media between the band members, the return of McVie isn't exactly a surprise. The more cynical among you will no doubt be suspecting a carefully crafted piece of buzz generating, free publicity. A good lesson in getting free publicity for any singer / songwriter / band out there.
For all their musical brilliance over the years the personal lives of the band has been full of headline getting controversy. The free publicity generated may have rubbed salt in the wounds, but at the same time I suspect the resulting publicity hasn't exactly harmed record sales.
Nonetheless, for fans, this reunion is, most likely, very welcome news.