20 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Reunite For ‘The Dance,’ And Come Roaring Back With Thunderous “The Chain”
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The Unbreakable Fleetwood Mac
Against all odds, Fleetwood Mac put aside past differences and reunited in 1997, returning after a decade with The Dance, a special filmed live for MTV. It would go on to be the band’s most successful endeavor to date, second only to the multi platinum album Rumours and for good reason: for the first time in a decade, Fleetwood Mac was ready to take on the world again! Opening the band’s 22-song set that night was ‘The Chain’, a song whose lyrics reflect the anger of a band caught in the turmoil of substance abuse, failed relationships and broken marriages; but on that night in 1997, it was more of a message that despite all of the things that threatened to tear Fleetwood Mac apart at the seams, they refused to let anything pull them back down and ruin what they built.
Fun Fact: Fleetwood Mac’s live album The Dance knocked Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs off of Billboard’s #1 slot.
Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie have never been more beautiful, and supported by world class rhythm keepers Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham is the strongest he’s ever been as both a frontman and lead guitarist.
30 Years after it was first written, ‘The Chain’ still packs the same punch it did the first moment we heard it; but for the first time in 10 years, Fleetwood Mac believed in “the chain” keeping them together!