Christine McVie Thinks Fleetwood Mac Is Retiring
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
February 9, 2021
After acknowledging that the question is "impossible" to answer with certainty, McVie continued, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has clouded the band's future and forced the band members to reconsider their lifestyles and careers, both individually and as a collective.
"If we do, it will be without John [McVie] and Stevie [Nicks], I think," she said. "I think I'm getting a bit too old for it now, especially having had a year off. I don't know if I can get myself back into it again."
While drummer Mick Fleetwood remains enthusiastic about playing more shows, Christine added that the band has no plans to tour again in 2021, regardless of if/when touring reopens.
Of her ex-husband John, she added that he "is feeling a little bit frail. You know he was ill. He's fine, but he just hasn't got the heart for it anymore. He wants to get on his boat.
"You reach a certain age where you go: 'Hey, I'm not going to bust a gut doing this anymore.'"
While Nicks herself has yet to address her future so candidly, she explained this past fall that she's not taking any risks while COVID-19 is still a threat.
Two years ago, after her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist, Nicks was sent to the ICU with double pneumonia. The illness left her with permanent lung damage and in an extremely high COVID risk category.
"It's a virus," she said of COVID. "It doesn't care what side you're on. It's going to kill you. And I've said that for me, if I get it, it'll kill me."
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