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Southern Cross posted:
Secret God (Stew) posted:
Southern Cross posted:

When Sheryl Crow nearly joined the group about 10 years ago...

I do remember hearing something about that. So Sheryl Crow was definitely asked to join? Was this essentially to perform Christine McVie's songs because Christine wasn't in the bad during that period? Would have been interesting to see what would have come of it.

Lindsey seemed to deny that Sheryl was asked to join, but Stevie Nicks said she was definitely invited. Stevie missed Christine's presence in the band, and felt that it was turning into a 'boy's club'! I also think, she was still having issues with Lindsey - they were still bickering - and she felt like she wanted someone else to hang out with and to help keep the peace. Christine had always played that role.

I went to see the four of them without Christine and it was still a very good show. But when she returned, they definitely felt more complete. I noted when I saw them that Stevie seemed to be hanging close to Christine a lot and seemed more aloof from Lindsey. I thought Stevie looked very relieved to have her back in the band. (People sometimes try to say there's a rivalry between Stevie and Christine - no there's not, they're fine with each other.)

Also, Christine helped lighten the mood of the band - whereas Lindsey tends to be very intense and serious. I think that's another factor that might have driven them apart. Neil seems more laid back, likes to have a joke, do things on the spur of the moment etc. With him there they can probably jam out a bit more and that's something that probably appeals to Mick and John, with their blues based background. That's how they used to perform back in the day - with some improvisation.

And there could be another chapter. If Christine leaves the band again (she turned 75 not long ago, though in good shape for it) there is buzz that maybe Sheryl might come in to fill for her. But I hope that Christine sticks around a bit longer!

I quite like your description of FM band members. They’re mature and concise. I agree with you with Neil being laid back and more open to everyone’s interpretation to what they will bring but never forget Neil’s style is to over polish in some respect. Would be interesting to see how this will affect all members 😉 But more importantly letting go without mulling over a word, key or phrase change. Cannot wait for the Ellen show. 

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