Fleetwood Mac front man reflects on career, family
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It took Lindsey Buckingham 14 years, but he finally did it.
Much has happened in the life of the Fleetwood Mac front man between then and now. He got married, had three kids and wrote a litany of songs and gave them back to his band’s Say You Will release in 2003. Now he’s back with Under The Skin, a back-to-basics, guitar-picking effort full of introspective musings on life, career and family.
“It didn’t seem very likely that I would be meeting someone, but luckily I did,” Buckingham, now 57, says of his better half. “One of the things with Fleetwood Mac was, in a situation where you have two couples (Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, Christine and John McVie) who have broken up and just working together where you never get any closer, there’s a lot of denial going on, a walling up of feelings, a residue from that which went on for years. So getting married, having my own family at a relative late point answered a lot of those questions that had been hanging up.”
Buckingham is creatively unapologetic on Under The Skin. He claims autobiographical balladeering was more important to do something genuine than to follow more “labels” given to him over his career, such as on opening track Not Too Late, based on a Rolling Stone article calling him an undervalued visionary (Now that’s been a problem/Feeling unseen/Just like I’m living somebody’s dream).
“Most of your potential for continuing to grow comes from something that’s outside the box, from defining yourself as something that no one else wants you to be,” he says. “You have to be your own best booster.”
He’s not done yet, either. Buckingham confirmed another solo follow-up in early 2008. In the meantime, there are, ahem, rumours that Fleetwood Mac may reunite for a tour. And what does he have to say about that?
“It’s a little unclear when the Fleetwood Mac situation would come, but I’d imagine it’s there somewhere,” he says.