‘It’s very much a human story’: Mick Fleetwood says emotion ties together Fleetwood Mac eras

On the outside looking in, the two most famous editions of Fleetwood Mac — Peter Green’s blues-based era, and the Buckingham-Nicks pop period — couldn’t be more different. Not to Mick Fleetwood.

The drummer, along with bassist John McVie, has been part of every different variant of this group since its inception in 1967. So, he’s had an on-stage vantage point as it grew out of a passion for roots music shared by Green and second guitarist Jeremy Spencer into a chart-topping supernova by the mid-1970s.

Along the way, there have been memorable times where the band was led by Bob Welch, and periods without either Buckingham or Nicks.

But one thing held true, even if the group’s relationship-averse Rumours era will always be the most well known: A sense of passion.

“It was all about emotions,” Fleetwood tells Korn Ferry, “and it still is. With this band, you know the story — and it’s still unfolding. It’s not just the music, it’s all about in here (gestures toward his torso), and the right of it and the wrong of it. And it’s very much a human story.”

Fleetwood Mac continues today, with Buckingham, Fleetwood, Nicks and McVie — though Christine McVie (who departed in the late 1990s) has been talking about a reunion. The band is on a brief hiatus while her ex-husband John McVie is undergoing cancer treatment.


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