It seems Christine McVie was the glue that held Fleetwood Mac together at its worst times. Even as her own marriage to the band’s bassist, John McVie, ended, drummer Mick Fleetwood divorced, and Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham broke up, she was still virtually the only one left somewhat leveled headed.
Whenever Nicks and Buckingham had a particularly nasty fight, McVie was the only one who could calm the guitarist down. She was like the band’s English fairy godmother.
Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Lindsey Buckingham | Pete Still/Redferns
Christine McVie knew how to calm Lindsey Buckingham down after he fought with Stevie Nicks
In an interview with Billboard, Nicks revealed one of the reasons why it was great having McVie in the band. Initially, she was the buffer zone.
“Christine was like my mentor, and the only person who could buffer Lindsey,” Nicks said. “She could totally soothe him and calm him down, and that was great, because I wasn’t good at that. We were sailing along on the highest wave. It was OK for a while, until it wasn’t. At the end of 1976, that’s when it just blew up.”
McVie wasn’t just the buffer zone, she was sometimes the voice of reason and sometimes the complete opposite of Nicks.
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McVie never did anything outrageous at the height of Fleetwood Mac’s fame
Like Nicks, McVie had a skill for taking her real-life experiences and turning them into hit songs. In “Don’t Stop,” McVie talks about her separation from McVie after eight years of marriage. Also, “You Make Lovin’ Fun” speaks about her affair with Fleetwood Mac’s lighting director. According to Harper’s Bazaar, McVie told her husband it was about her dog.
However, she was dissimilar to Nicks in the way she conducted herself. For example, there’s a YouTube video of Nicks and McVie trying to record a Happy Birthday video for Warner Bros. McVie continuously tries and fails to get Nicks to focus on shooting the video, but Nicks can’t stop laughing. McVie was like a mother hen.
“We all drank a lot and did a lot of cocaine, we partied a lot, I don’t think I did anything terribly outrageous,” McVie told Harper’s Bazaar. “Except I once threw a cake out the window which landed on top …
Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet