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Fleetwood Mac: On writing, new tour, upcoming album
12:17 PM Tue, Feb 10, 2009 , Posted by: Vanessa Franko

I am on a conference call with Fleetwood Mac and I wanted to share some of the tidbits from the call.

The band is doing its first tour in about five years, and its first without a new album. They hit the Honda Center on May 23 and the Staples Center on May 28.

Stevie Nicks said that taking time off for everyone to do solo projects keeps everything going well and the balance keeps everyone happy and uplifted and excited to work together again.

Mick Fleetwood said that there has been talk about an album, but it would come down to "the biorhythms to how everyone is feeling."

Nicks did say that her lyrics come from her journal and that writing lyrics is the hardest part of the song. She doesn't go to the piano until she has her "poems" done.

Also, Lindsey Buckingham just said that Radiohead is a band that means a lot to him, the way they straddle the line between commerce and art.

There does seem to be at least a little bit of that tension that has made Fleetwood Mac timeless (ahem, "Go Your Own Way"), when Nicks talked about how she wouldn't get another woman in the band to act as a buffer between her and Buckingham.

"If Lindsey and I can't work out our problems on our own, we'll throw in the towel," Nicks said.

Buckingham also said that Fleetwood Mac is still "a work in progress."