Christine McVie - Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac and Christine McVie - the steady hand - the guiding light.

Fleetwood Mac – In Concert – 1980 – A Tribute To Christine McVie – Past Daily Backstage Pass

Christine McVie - Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac and Christine McVie – the steady hand – the guiding light.

Fleetwood Mac – In Concert from Mobile, Alabama – August 11, 1980 – Band Soundboard recording –

When hearing the news earlier this week that Christine McVie had passed, I ran one of her earliest endeavors; as founding member of Chicken Shack. I realized that Christine McVie is most likely remembered as one of the key forces in Fleetwood Mac, first as a session player from 1968 and later officially joining the band later in 1970 and continuing on until her initial departure and semi-retirement in 1989 and rejoining in 2014.

She has been memorialized countless times the past few days – not much in the area of new ground has been covered. She had a reputation of being a steadying influence in the band, even during their turbulent period, as well as a truly gifted and superlative song writer.

A member of several bands on the mid-1960s British Blues scene, notably Chicken Shack, Christine (Perfect) McVie began playing with Fleetwood Mac in 1968, initially as a contract session player, before formally joining the band in 1970. She started to emerge as a songwriter by 1971, with her first compositions appearing on her fourth album with the group, Future Games. She would remain with the band through many lineup changes for the next several decades, generally writing and performing lead vocals on about half of the tracks on all of their subsequent studio albums (though she had partially retired in 1998, and only appeared as a session musician on the band’s last studio album, Say You Will). She also released three solo studio albums. Steve Leggett of AllMusic described her as an “unabashedly easy-on-the-ears singer/songwriter, and the prime mover behind some of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits”. Eight songs written or co-written by her, including “Don’t Stop”, “Everywhere”, and “Little Lies”, appeared on Fleetwood Mac’s 1988 Greatest Hits album.[

As a member of Fleetwood Mac, McVie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 1998. The same year, after almost 30 years with the band, she opted to leave and lived in semi-retirement for nearly 15 years. She released a solo album in 2004. She appeared on stage with Fleetwood Mac at the O2 Arena in London in September 2013, before rejoining the band in 2014 prior to their On with the Show tour.

McVie received a Gold Badge of Merit Award from BASCA, now The Ivors Academy, in 2006. She received the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors in 2014 and was honored with the Trailblazer Award at the UK Americana Awards in 2021. She was also the recipient of two Grammy Awards.

Here’s a trip back to 1980 with Fleetwood Mac in concert and a reminder of the tremendous talent we lost. It’s not complete, but it comes by way of the Fleetwood Mac Archive, so the sound more than makes up for the missing minutes.

Crank it up and enjoy.

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