Is Fleetwood Mac Really Dead?
It’s been almost three months since the sudden death of Fleetwood Mac member Christine McVie. In a mysterious moment that shocked the world, she was declared gone after a “short illness”. Her family made the announcement on social media. No other details were given, except that she died at a hospital.
Unknown Cause of Death
McVie did have a history of drug abuse and she had just gotten the Covid vaccine. Neither of which are confirmed causes of her death. But both suspicious possibilities to her fans. This was all that was said on McVie’s official Instagram page:
“On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death. She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th, 2022, following a short illness. She was in the company of her family. We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this extremely painful time, and we would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally.”
Fleetwood Mac’s Future
Immediately following the news, people started speculating as to what the future was for Fleetwood Mac. The band wasn’t technically retired when McVie died, although they weren’t touring either. And McVie spoke openly about the band “breaking up” after their last tour in 2019.
Furthermore, McVie wasn’t shy about her own reluctance to keep touring. In a statement that may actually have been foreshadowing to her death.
McVie was already in poor health.
In 2021, McVie told Rolling Stone: “I don’t feel physically up for it,” she says. “I’m in quite bad health. I’ve got a chronic back problem which debilitates me. I stand up to play the piano, so I don’t know if I could actually physically do it. What’s that saying? The mind is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
She also revealed that John McVie struggled with health issues. So him joining the band for another tour didn’t seem likely either.
Mick Fleetwood’s Take
At this year’s Grammy Awards, Mick Fleetwood said he doesn’t see Fleetwood Mac touring again. In a statement to the LA Times, he said:
“I think right now, I truly think the line in the sand has been drawn with the loss of Chris. I’d say we’re done, but then we’ve all said that before. It’s sort of unthinkable right now” (nme.com).
Of course, her death is still very new. And the band could decide to carry on without her. They did so when Lindsey Buckingham left. But that was back in 1987, when the band still had a lot of show ahead of them.
No Closure For Fans
So, with Christine gone and John having his own health issues. With the problems between Buckingham and Nicks. Maybe we really have seen the last of Fleetwood Mac. Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are all doing their own thing. So we can still see members of the band perform individually. But probably not all together.
Then again, nothing is impossible. And regarding Christine‘s presence not being there, I’m going to quote Mick Fleetwood‘s eulogy for McVie (nme.com):
“It was our Christine who gifted so much to millions around the world. She is being remembered Everywhere. Just as her song says, ‘I want to be with you everywhere,‘ and she is.”
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