With Christine McVie finally returning to the fold of Fleetwood Mac, jubilant fans of the aging rockers are in celebratory mode the world over, but have you ever wondered why McVie left the supergroup in the first place?
Let’s be honest, there’s been an awful lot of rumors about why ‘Songbird’ Christine McVie went her own way, saying goodbye to one of the biggest groups of all time after three long decades spent tinkering on the ivories and spreading her honey-coated vocals over some of the group’s most memorable moments.
It’s not hard to see why there’s been an awful lot of speculation behind Mcvie’s departure, because when you dip into the torn and worn pages of musical history, has there ever been a band that more closely resembled a poorly scripted soap opera than Christine McVie’s Fleetwood Mac?
At one point in the late 1970s, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and of course the bearded giant on the drum stool, Mick Fleetwood, resembled less a talented group of musicians and songwriters and more a curious gang of particularly playful and horny rabbits with a terrible fondness for cocaine and sexual encounters of the forbidden sort.
In short, these guys and gals couldn’t keep their hands off one another, and Christine McVie was no exception. To be fair, the wanton carnal appetites, devious duplicity and assorted affairs of each member did lead them to producing their masterpiece in ‘Rumors,’ but it doubtless undermined relationships within the band as a whole. A band which Christine McVie joined in 1970 as a fresh-faced young innocent.
Yet 44 years later, and a much more wrinkled and wiser Christine McVie has rejoined the band she initially left in 1998. But pray tell, why did McVie call it a day in the first place?
Speaking in USA Today, McVie insists bad blood had nothing to with her walking out the door and reveals how considerate and obliging all her band-mates were to her at the time. McVie even goes as far to state that a few years later, “Stevie offered me $5 million to come back. She was begging me, ‘Don’t leave me in this wilderness.'” Said McVie.
The ‘You Make Loving Fun’ singer, Christine McVie, explains that the real reason for her departure was a more classical form of rock n’ roll sickness.
McVie said, “I was road weary after 28 years of being one of the guys in taverns and pubs with smoking, beer-drinking men. It was purely that, nothing personal,”
So there you have it. Now you know the real reason why the ‘Songbird’ Christine McVie flew the nest in the first place and went from “living out of a suitcase”, to “baking cookies for the local charity”. It was all because McVie was sick of being one of the guys!