, March 6, 2003

Fleetwood Mac have lined up forty arena dates in the U.S. in support of Say You Will, the band's first album of all new material with both Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham since Tango in the Night sixteen years ago. The album is set for an April 15th release.

The tour will launch on May

7th in Columbus, Ohio, and is scheduled to run through the end of July. "The crazy two years of work is about to start," says drummer Mick Fleetwood. "A tidal wave is going to hit us, so we're trying to find a surfboard to hang on to. We're blessed with having a fantastic audience."

The tour will be the band's first without singer/keyboardist Christine McVie, who departed five years ago. "We all missed her, and missed what she brings and brought to Fleetwood Mac," Fleetwood says. "How couldn't you? But she just doesn't want to be in this business anymore, and she doesn't want to be on the road anymore." Say You Will arrives shortly after last fall's two-CD The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac, which was a strong seller through the holiday season. "We weren't sure we should put out The Very Best Of, because we were more interested in the new album," Fleetwood says. "But it's actually become a very cool thing for us. It's a way of rounding up and paying tribute to a body of work that we've done. It never hurts to get the name recycled in a commercial sense."

Fleetwood likens Say You Will to the band's transitional period between 1977's commercially colossal Rumours and the more artistically satisfying, if sales stunted, Tusk two years later. "Lindsey's definitely pushed some envelopes that are exciting," he says. "And I don't think people will accuse us of standing still."

Fleetwood Mac tour dates:

5/7: Columbus, OH, Value City Arena
5/9: Washington, DC, MCI Center
5/10: Pittsburgh, Mellon Arena
5/13: Cleveland, Gund Arena
5/15: Buffalo, HSBC Arena
5/17: Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall Arena
5/19: Philadelphia, First Union Center
5/21: Albany, NY, Pepsi Arena
5/23: Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum
5/25: East Rutherford, NY, Continental Airlines Arena
5/27: Worcester, MA, Centrum Center
5/31: Nashville, Gaylord Entertainment Center
6/1: Greenville, SC, BiLo Center
6/3: Atlanta, Philips Arena
6/5: Birmingham, AL, BJCC Arena
6/7: Fort Lauderdale, FL, Office Depot Center
6/12: Detroit, Palace of Auburn Hills
6/19: St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
6/22: Moline, IL, Mark of the Quad Cities
6/24: Indianapolis, Conseco Fieldhouse
6/26: Chicago, AllState Arena
6/29: Milwaukee, Summerfest
7/1: Oklahoma City, Ford Center
7/3: Dallas, American Airlines Center
7/5: Las Vegas, MGM Grand
7/8: San Jose, CA, HP Pavilion
7/11: Los Angeles, Staples Center
7/14: Phoenix, America West Arena
7/16: Anaheim, CA, Arrowhead Pond
7/21: Oakland, Oakland Arena
7/24: Portland, OR, Rose Garden

(March 6, 2003)