CNN Showbiz Today, December 4, 1992

Special Box Set Heralds 25 Years of Fleetwood Mac


A special CD/video box set of the best of Fleetwood Mac will be released in time for Christmas. One of their songs was adopted by Bill Clinton as a campaign theme song. The set commemorates 25 years of music.


LAURIN SYDNEY, Anchor: Once again it's a British blues band in the 1960's has evolved into one of the most successful bands of the late '70's recording it's last album in 1990.  This year their song 'Don't Stop' became Bill Clinton's victory theme, and as Julie Jorgenson reports, Fleetwood Mac is celebrating 25 years of music with a new CD and a book about the group's long career.

JULIE JORGENSON, Correspondent: Despite numerous personnel changes and personal problems, Fleetwood Mac survived 25 years, exploring a variety of musical styles.  The 4-CD box set called the 'Chain', along with the book traced the group's often turbulent history from their early blues material to four brand-new songs.  For drummer Mick Fleetwood, it marks the end of an era.

MICK FLEETWOOD: That's going to be somewhat the swan song, so it's put to bed really.  I have just the best wonderful memories of that whole experience.

JORGENSON: For Lindsey Buckingham, the man behind much of the group's legendary pop success, it provides a nice sense of closure and for John McVie, one of the box set's executive producers, it's a chance to travel back in time.

JOHN McVIE: You can associate what, or I can anyway, what I was going through at that time, what that situation was, this song would bring up this memory or occurrence.  So, yeah, it's quite interesting.

TORNQUIST: To say that their career has been interesting is an understatement. Ironically, their most successful album, 'Rumors', was created amid the trauma and turmoil that engulfed the group as John and Christine McVie's marriage crumbled and Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks' relationship disintegrated.

Mr. McVIE: I don't know which came first, the traumas and the music or the music then the traumas, but I wouldn't like to go through it again.  At least it was honest, what came out, that music was exactly what was going down which was hell.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: To be able to have two couples who were once in love both break apart and to be able to keep their priorities separated enough to say this is something that's important that we're doing, we have to keep doing this and keep this set of feelings over here and these over here.  That was a tough thing to do.

MICK FLEETWOOD: Things were very hard, but the music we were making was that important to us and powerful.  It had a mind of its own outside of the entities in the band that literally pulled us through.

TORNQUIST: And through the retrospective, the chain remains unbroken.

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