Fleetwood Mac will be issuing two digital songs before launching their upcoming tour in April. Stevie Nicks explained that in 2013 the public demand for vintage acts to release full-scale albums has greatly diminished, saying, "Nobody is sitting around waiting for an album from anybody. And that's unfortunate. That's not how we want it. If we had felt that there was a reason to rent a house and go into a house for eight months to do a (full-length) record, we would have. But I think we'll throw these two songs out (before) our first show, in the way that we do these days, which I'm not really familiar with, because I'm not a computer person."
The two tracks -- "Sad Angel" and "Miss Fantasy" -- stem from early 2012 band sessions, which Nicks sat out due to the then-recent loss of her mother: "Those are both written by Lindsey (Buckingham). But I really like 'em. The boys went in at the beginning of the year for a couple weeks and recorded about eight songs. . . And I just kind of went underground for about six months, so I wasn't available. So they recorded several songs, and they're all good. And I chose one, and Lindsey chose one. And I put vocals on them, and we played around with them, and they came out great. Even though I didn't write them, I think they're very representative of me. As Lindsey told me, 'I tried very hard when I was writing these songs to make them you. It's not about you (but) of you.' And I can hear that in these songs."
- Stevie Nicks shed some light on the most recent Fleetwood Mac sessions -- which actually turned into a Buckingham Nicks reunion: "We worked on two songs. I put some vocals on two songs that Mick (Fleetwood) and John (McVie) and Lindsey had recorded a few months back that I liked very much. That's why I spent four days at his house at his studio, and they came out great. And then wee also found an old Buckingham Nicks song that really, neither of us can figure out why it didn't go on the (Buckingham Nicks) record, because we have just the most amazing demo of it. And I was considering doing it on In Your Dreams, and I thought, 'This needs to wait for whenever the Buckingham Nicks record come out, y'know? We need to strip it on to Buckingham Nicks.' So, we recorded that, so we actually recorded three songs."
- There's been no release date set for "Sad Angel" and "Miss Fantasy."
- Fleetwood Mac kicks off its 34-date North American tour on April 4th at Columbus, Ohio's Nationwide Arena.
DID YOU KNOW???
- The Buckingham Nicks album was released in September 1973 and has never been reissued on CD.
- The album featured an early version of "Crystal," which went on to be re-recorded for Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham's debut album with Fleetwood Mac, 1975's Fleetwood Mac album.
- The album's single, "Don't Let Me Down Again" was released by the band in a live version from their 1980 Fleetwood Mac Live collection.
- Buckingham Nicks featured Elvis Presley's then-rhythm section, bassist Jerry Scheff and drummer Ronnie Tutt. Also drumming on the album was John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr sideman, Jim Keltner.
- On his new solo live album, One Man Show, Lindsey Buckingham revived the Buckingham Nicks instrumental, "Stephanie."
CHECK IT OUT: Buckingham Nicks' "Don't Let Me Down Again" from 1973:
Stevie Nicks On New Tracks With Lindsey Buckingham