Warning Signs Were There In Christine McVie’s Interview Before She Died
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The family of Christine McVie, known for her time with Fleetwood Mac and her songwriting contributions, has announced her passing at the age of 79.
McVie, a British singer-songwriter, was responsible for creating hits such as “Little Lies,” “Everywhere,” “Don’t Stop,” “Say You Love Me,” and “Songbird.” She passed away peacefully in a hospital, surrounded by her loved ones. Although McVie left Fleetwood Mac in 1998 after a 28-year tenure, she rejoined the band in 2014.
In a statement, her family expressed:
“We would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally.”
Originally named Christine Perfect, she married Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie and joined the group in 1971.
Rock Legends of the ’70s and ’80s
During the 1970s and ’80s, Fleetwood Mac gained worldwide fame as one of the most renowned rock bands. Their 1977 album Rumours, inspired by the breakups of both the McVies and the band’s other couple, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, became one of the best-selling albums of all time, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide.
McVie’s Retirement and Return
In 1998, McVie was one of the eight band members inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After the success of their live album The Dance, she retired to Kent in the same year, citing a fear of flying as the reason for her departure from the band.
However, her love for performing was reignited during a one-time appearance with the band at London’s O2 in 2013, leading her to return to Fleetwood Mac the following year. She expressed her feelings to The Guardian newspaper at the time, saying:
“It was amazing, like I’d never left. I climbed back on there again and there they were, the same old faces on stage.”
The Untold Struggles of Christine McVie
In 2017, McVie revealed on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs program that she had developed agoraphobia after leaving the band. The band released a statement honoring McVie, stating:
“We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”
Stevie Nicks, in an Instagram post, expressed her grief:
“A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975, had passed away. I didn’t even know she was ill… until late Saturday night. I wanted to be in London, I wanted to get to London – but we were told to wait. So, since Saturday, one song has been swirling around my head, over and over and over. I thought I might possibly get to sing it to her, and so, I’m singing it to her now. I always knew I would need these words one day… It’s all I can do now.”
The Hook Queen of Fleetwood Mac
Christine McVie was a vital member of Fleetwood Mac, known for her soulful singing and skillful keyboard playing. She had a gift for writing catchy pop songs and was often referred to as the “hook queen.”
In a 2022 BBC documentary, she said:
“I don’t know how to write any other way. It just happens that way.”
Her songwriting appeared simple and heartfelt, with lyrics that were disarmingly direct and sincere. Few individuals could write and sing the lyrics as seemingly sentimental as “I love you, I love you, I love you like never before,” as she did in the classic “Songbird,” and convey such deep emotions.
Watch McVie’s interview in the video below.