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Fleetwood Mac goes own way with hits, May 21, 2009 

VANESSA FRANKO
The Press-Enterprise

 

With a 40-plus year career and no new album to promote, Fleetwood Mac decided to do something they've never done before on tour -- unleash the hits.

"This is truly a new experience for Fleetwood Mac to go out and truly go and play songs that we believe and hope that people are really going to be familiar with and love to do," drummer Mick Fleetwood said in a recent telephone interview with reporters.

The band, comprised these days of Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and John McVie, stops at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday and the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday.

"What it does is it kind of frees you up to kind of enjoy each other a little bit more as people and put - and the mantra is really more 'Let's just have a good time' and value you know the friendships and the history that really underpins this whole experience that we've had over these years," Buckingham said.

The band had hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including "Go Your Own Way," "Rhiannon," "Don't Stop" and "Hold Me."

Almost as popular as Fleetwood Mac's music was the internal strife of the makeups and breakups of the members' interpersonal relationships.