Nicks, 64, said that the tour would start "next year, so far. It's the plan. Because that's what we do. I do my thing. And Lindsey is out doing his thing right now."
It's turning out to be a memorable year for the group, even though it has been on hiatus since 2009. Formed by Mick Fleetwood as a blues band in London in 1967, the group gained platinum fame after an early '70s membership shake-up brought in Nicks and Buckingham, solidifying the lineup that would go on to release a string of classics, including the self-titled lineup debut, the multi-platinum "Rumours" and the epic classic "Tusk."
Producer Ken Callait has published a fascinating new memoir, "Making Rumours," about the recording of "Rumours," which offers an overview of a particularly tempestuous time in the band's life. And a big-name tribute album, "Just Tell Me That You Want Me," arrives on Aug. 14. Featuring, among others, MGMT, Best Coast, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, the New Pornographers and the Kills, the album honors the period in which Fleetwood Mac became a household name. The band also lost one of its key early members earlier this year when singer Bob Welch died.
The reunion announcement comes as a bit of a surprise, considering what drummer Mick Fleetwood said in an April 2012 interview in Playboy magazine. “I don’t believe Fleetwood Mac will ever tour again," he said. "But I really hope we do. We have rehearsed and prepared for it since 2010. We were supposed to tour in 2011, but we delayed it for a year to allow Stevie Nicks to support her solo record and for Lindsey Buckingham to do the same with his."
Sounding frustrated, Fleetwood added: "It comes down to her, and for the first time, I think, even Lindsey has lost his patience. All of this uncertainty is a tremendous change for me.”
Fleetwood stressed that he respected Nicks' commitment to her recent solo album, "In Your Dreams," but that it made it hard for the rest of her band mates. "She has become enthralled and obsessed with her album in a very nice but very inconvenient way. She’s working 20 times harder than she would ever have to with Fleetwood Mac and not making anything close to as much money as she would with us. But that is what she wants to do, and I respect that. In the past I’d not have taken no for an answer. I’d have persuaded Stevie or whoever needed persuading at the time to do the tour. But I’m not doing that this time or ever again, and there is nothing else to say about it."
Fortunately for the millions of Fleetwood Mac fans, it seems that Nicks has now changed her mind for the better.