Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood says the five key members of the band probably wouldn't have reunited in the '90s if it wasn't for President Bill Clinton.
When Clinton was elected President in 1992, he asked Fleetwood Mac to play his inauguration. The performance was meaningful for the group since Clinton had used "Don't Stop" as his official campaign song, and because Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks hadn't performed altogether in six years.
Fleetwood recalled the turning point in a recent interview with Q104.3's "Out of the Box" with Jonathan Clarke.
"It was part of a timely get-together that worked and was really pushed to the fore, where we were asked to [perform] at the inauguration," Fleetwood said. "It actually really did serve as a healing wand of bringing us all back together."
The opportunity helped the band members rekindle their friendships and mutual appreciation. Four years later, in 1997, Fleetwood Mac reunited, even continuing as a four-piece following Christine McVie's retirement a year later.
In 2014, McVie returned, and that's the version of Fleetwood Mac we have today; the same one that made one of the highest selling albums of all time (1977's Rumours), and the same one that is being named MusiCares Person of the Year this month.
The band is the first group ever to be honored as 'person of the year,' a distinction The Recording Academy has bestowed due to the band's "extraordinary creative accomplishments" and "significant charitable work."
The band will be honored in the all-star-studded MusiCares Fundraiser, Friday, January 26, 2018, at Radio City Music Hall.
Presenting Fleetwood Mac's award? President Bill Clinton.
Listen to the entire interview above!
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