April 19, 12:10AM
I saw Fleetwood Mac tonight in Boston. They were great. If Christine McVie was with them it would be one of the best concerts ever. The three people they have trying to make up for her fall short.
Undeservedly so, Christine McVie has been put on the back burner in regards to her importance in Fleetwood Mac’s success. She spearheaded the transition from Fleetwood Mac being a blues band to something a bit (a lot) more mainstream. Let’s take a look at some of her songs:
(In order of what comes to my head first)
The Chain (yes, I know it’s credited to all five of them, but it stemmed from Christine’s song Keep Me There and Stevie’s demo song called The Chain)
You Make Loving Fun
Say You Love Me
Think About Me
Over My Head
Love In Store
Only Over You
Over & Over
I know I’m missing some, but look at that list. Wow.
Christine has such a clear and emotional voice. There’s a subtlety to it that tells you everything you could possibly need to know. Oh, and she can play the piano. And the organ. And every other keyboard in between. And she’s so classy! She is so classy it kills me. She’s forever thanking everyone and respects her audience so so much.
She rolled with the boys and eventually lead the way. Yes, Mick was in charge and was the one who invited Stevie and Lindsey to join the band. But it was Christine who challenged Lindsey and Stevie to do their best writing. I know firsthand that there are very few things better for a songwriter than another songwriter. It’s a challenge - who can write more, who can write better, whose songs get the best reactions. But at the same time it’s the opposite of a challenge because in a band, you’re all on the same team.
There’s a rawness to Fleetwood Mac in general, and Christine certainly provides her fair share of that. One of the best things about Fleetwood Mac is that it shouldn’t exist. If you think about all that the band has suffered through, most bands would call it quits. But not the Mac. Nope. When one door closes another one opens, and they opened the gates of heaven when Christine McVie joined. When Stevie and Lindsey joined, they were practically handed the universe. But it started with Christine.
I have so much respect for Christine McVie. Or should I call her by her maiden name - Christine Perfect. Because she is nearly flawless.