Music icons Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie of Grammy-award winning group Fleetwood Mac stopped by AOL's BUILD Series recently to discuss their joint efforts in making their new LP, Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie.
During the interview, Buckingham and McVie discussed the recording process and their upcoming tour later this year.
Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie was recorded in The Village out in Los Angeles, California. It's the same studio they used to record Fleetwood Mac's 1979 album Tusk. It's been years since both Buckingham and McVie released recorded music and coming together for this project proved to be rewarding.
"It was really quite extraordinary to go back into that room, which oddly enough hasn't changed one bit. We had gotten [Fleetwood Mac's rhythm section] John [McVie] and Mick [Fleetwood] involved to play, because there was a sense of history and there was a sense of comfort for Christine and we thought being in an environment that we were familiar with was going to also, you know, add something positive in to the mix," Buckingham said.
McVie chimed in saying, "When I walked in that studio, it was like being home. I felt very comfortable there, and I just started to have fun and loosened up."
McVie was "thrilled to bits" to work with Buckingham once again citing the experience as "purely about the enjoyment of working with someone I love and respect."
"I just love his guitar work and I love his songs and I love the way he builds a track," McVie raved.
A total of 10 tracks made the final cut on their new album. The songwriting process came down to striking the perfect balance of that classic Fleetwood Mac sound that fans have come to enjoy over the years, along with a new obscure vibe focused on experimentation.
"[The album] really came together in fits and starts over a three or four year period. The songs of mine were already pretty much in the can and had been put on the shelf. I've gone in the studio with John and Mick before Christine re-joined [Fleetwood Mac] and I had thought those were going to be part of a solo album that I was going to do," Buckingham elaborated.
But adding Christine back into the fold changed the outcome and later this month, they both get to celebrate the fruits of their labor by going on tour.
Expect an intimate touring schedule as Buckingham and McVie plan on performing in smaller, tight-knit venues instead of the larger arenas and stadiums that Fleetwood Mac was accustomed to.
"I think that suits the vibe of the album and of the show we got going. I just think it's going to be in the same way, the album stylistically and on a personality level really takes these two elements and melds them together in a way which is simple and has its heart on its sleeve and is absent of the politics that may exist in Fleetwood Mac some of the times or the complexity of the emotional landscape if you will. I think that's how the show is going to feel. I think that's how Christine and I are going to be able to share the stage together is to manifest that and to bring the audience into that sense of sharing, and to bring the audience into that sense of the long term view of the arc of two careers," Buckingham predicted.
Get tickets to see Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie at any of their upcoming gigs on Ticketmaster.