Four months after Mick Fleetwood hinted to Rolling Stone that McVie and Buckingham “could probably have a mighty strong duet album if they want,” the singers formally revealed the project Friday in an interview with Los Angeles Times.
“All these years we’ve had this rapport, but we’d never really thought about doing a duet album before,” Buckingham said. “There is that album [Buckingham Nicks] that I did with Stevie [Nicks] back before we joined the band, but other than that, it’s all been Fleetwood Mac or solo.”
The album, tentatively scheduled for release in May, features musical contributions from fellow Mac members bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood. However, McVie and Buckingham were clear that the LP would arrive under the Buckingham McVie name and not the Fleetwood Mac.
Since McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac following a 16-year sabbatical from the band, it’s been rumored that members have been hunkered down in Los Angeles’ Village Studios working on their first new LP since 2003’s Say You Will.
However, as Mick Fleetwood told Rolling Stone in an August interview, while the band recorded a “huge amount” of new music since McVie’s return, “None of it’s with Stevie… or very little.”
“Some of it is very, very old stuff that Lindsey maybe did with [Nicks] years and years ago. We’re not quite sure what will happen with it,” Fleetwood said at the time. “Stevie has her own life and career and I think … you know, she just doesn’t want to spend the time right now. And we’re quietly saddened about that but also I sort of understand.”
Fleetwood added that “when Christine came back, she came back with a bag full of goods. She fucking wrote up a storm.”
The following month, McVie told Rolling Stone, “We cut seven songs in the studio already for the start of a brand-new studio album… We shelved that temporarily and then went on the road and did the tour. And now, actually, I think we’re going back in in October to try to finish it off. Stevie hasn’t participated yet, but hope springs eternal… But Lindsey and I, we have plenty of songs. There are tons more in the bag that we have yet to record. And they’re fantastic. So we’re going to carry on and try to finish the record.”