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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.”

– Wendy Rush

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Setlist For Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band Is Five Concerts In One

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band are coming to Las Vegas. And tickets are selling out fast. They’ll be doing three shows in May at the Venetian Theatre at the Venetian Resort Las Vegas.

And when he says “All Star(r) Band”, Ringo isn’t kidding. He’s bringing a whole lot of talent with him to these shows. Let’s break down the line up.

First, we have Steve Lukather on guitar. Besides contributing to albums for other artists like Boz Scaggs and Michael Jackson, Lukather is also the only continuous founding member of the band Toto. So he’ll be bringing some of those hits with him to this show.

Next, on guitar we have Colin Hay, the only continuous founding member of Men At Work. So there’s another catalog of music coming to the Venetian. Hay is also often recognized from television, as he does a lot of screen work in addition to his music.

Edgar Winter is next in the line-up. This multi-instrumentalist is a renaissance man in the group. Playing keys, saxophone, percussion, guitar, and vocals, there’s nothing he can’t do. His diverse talent is a lot of what made his band, The Edgar Winter Group, so popular in the 1970’s. Consider that music catalog number three in this show.

Warren Ham is another multi-instrumentalist in the All-Starr Band line-up. He might be rocking the saxophone, flute, harmonica or keys at this show. He’s best known for his work with Kansas and Toto.

Hamish Stuart will be joining the show on bass guitar at the Venetian, bringing some of his band’s music catalog with him. So listen for songs from Average White Band. We’ll call that concert catalog number four.

And on drums we have Gregg Bissonett. I know what you’re thinking. And yes, Ringo is still a drummer and will be playing drums on this tour. Bissonett will be joining Ringo for their double drum action.

So there you go. You’ve got musicians from Toto, Men At WorkThe Edgar Winter Group, and Average White Band. Not to mention the huge Beatles catalog Ringo knows so well. And you will hear songs from all four of these catalogs at the upcoming Venetian tour.

If you want to know if they’ll do your favorites, here’s the setlist from the most recent past shows. And scroll all the way down for a link to tickets for the upcoming show at the Venetian! – Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ

  • 1. Matchbox (Carl Perkins Cover)

  • 2. It Don't Come Easy

  • 3. What Goes On

  • 4. Free Ride - The Edgar Winter Group

  • 5. Rosanna - Toto

  • 6. Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band

    With Hamish Stuart.

  • 7. Down Under - Men At Work

    With Colin Hay.

  • 8. Boys - Shirelles Cover

  • 9. I'm The Greatest

  • 10. Yellow Submarine

    Get ready for a sing-along with this one!

  • 11. Cut the Cake - Average White Band

    Hamish Stuart

    With Hamish Stuart.

  • 12. Frankenstein - The Edgar Winter Group

    With Edgar Winter.

  • 13. Octopus's Garden

  • 14. Back Off Boogaloo

  • 15. Overkill - Men At Work

    With Colin Hay.

  • 16. Africa - Toto

    With Steve Lukather.

  • 17. Work to Do - Isley Brothers Cover

  • 18. I Wanna Be Your Man

  • 19. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry Cover

  • 20. Who Can It Be Now? - Men At Work

    With Colin Hay.

  • 21. Hold The Line - Toto

    With Steve Lukather.

  • 22. Photograph

  • 23. Act Naturally - Johnny Russell Cover

  • 24. With a Little Help From My Friends