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Sans Crow, Fleetwood Mac To Tour In 2009
July 23, 2008 , 3:45 PM ET BILLBOARD
Gary Graff, Detroit

In the wake of Lindsey Buckingham's latest solo
project, Fleetwood Mac is gearing up for a tour in
early 2009 that will likely be followed by a new band

Buckingham -- who releases "Gift of Screws" on Sept.
16 via Warner Bros. and begins a solo tour Sept. 7 in
Saratoga, Calif. -- tells that Fleetwood
Mac will convene in January to begin rehearsing for
the tour, whose itinerary is currently being
assembled. It will be the group's first outing since
promoting the "Say You Will" album in 2003 and 2004.

"There was no sense we had to jump right in the
studio," Buckingham reports. "I think maybe there was
even a sense that we would make a better album if we
went out and hung out together first on the road ...
maybe even sowing some seeds musically that would get
us more prepared to go in the studio rather than just
going in cold. It takes the pressure (off) from having
to go in and make something cold."

Contrary to previous reports, however, the Fleetwood
Mac tour will not include Sheryl Crow, who spoke of
the possibility of being part of the group while
promoting her most recent album, "Detours." Buckingham
says the matter "kinda got out of hand," though there
were discussions between the Fleetwood Mac members and
Crow. Ultimately, he says, the prospect "just kind of
lost its momentum."

"I think with Stevie (Nicks) ... maybe to some degree
there was a little too much testosterone on stage when
we went out in 2003," Buckingham notes, "and I think
the band was looking to kind of balance that out a
little bit.

"I think the good side has been, for Stevie, she came
to a point of clarity where she realized the most
appropriate thing we could do as a band was to create
what needs to be created in the context of the four of
us. That's been a real positive, and it's been a real
rallying point for all of us, too."

The Fleetwood Mac rhythm section of drummer Mick
Fleetwood and bassist John McVie appears on three
songs on "Gift of Screws," which was the title of a
solo album Buckingham was working on before Fleetwood
Mac decided to record "Say You Will."