Lindsey Buckingham joins estranged bandmates in praising late Christine McVie

Lindsay Buckingham says Christine McVie’s death was ‘deeply heartbreaking’ as it paid tribute to his late bandmate.

he Fleetwood Mac star joined his estranged bandmates Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks in penning a handwritten message to the late singer, whom he described as his “musical pal.”

McVie died Wednesday at the age of 79 after a short illness.

“The sudden death of Christine McVie is deeply heartbreaking,” Buckingham wrote in his own heartfelt message.

“Not only were you and I part of Fleetwood Mac’s magical family, Christine was to me a musical comrade, a friend, a soul mate, a sister.

He continued, “For over four decades we helped each other create beautiful work and an enduring legacy that resonates to this day. I feel very fortunate to have known her.

“Though she will be greatly missed, her spirit will live on through this work and legacy.”

Buckingham was controversially fired from the band in 2018 and later took his former bandmates to court over the firing.

In her own tributes on Wednesday, Nicks mourned the loss of her “best friend in the whole world,” while Fleetwood said part of his heart “flew away” after the news.

The band also released a joint statement, describing McVie as “truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure.”

Formed in London in 1967, Fleetwood Mac have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful groups in history.

Her best known songs include Dreams, Go Your Own Way and Everywhere.

Perhaps their best-known album, Rumors, released in 1977, became one of the best-selling of all time and included hits like Second Hand News, The Chain and the Christine McVie-penned You Make Loving Fun.

In addition to several multi-platinum titles, the record sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.

Singer-songwriter and keyboardist McVie wrote Songbird, one of the band’s most celebrated tracks, as well as Don’t Stop, You Make Loving Fun, Oh Daddy and Little Lies.

In 1970, McVie released her first solo album, Christine Perfect, after her maiden name. In an interview earlier this year, she told Uncut magazine, “There might be some good songs on there.”

It took McVie another 14 years to release a follow-up solo album entitled Christine McVie before releasing another album In The Meantime in 2004.

In June this year, the singer-songwriter released another album titled Songbird, a collection of songs from two of her previous solo albums.

She was among eight members of the band inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

McVie left the band in 1998 after nearly three decades, but rejoined in 2014 when a one-off gig at the O2 reignited her love of performing.

Following Wednesday’s news, tributes to the musician were posted by members of the music industry including Haim, Duran Duran and Sheryl Crow, as well as former US President Bill Clinton.

McVie’s death comes two years after the death of Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green at the age of 73.

A statement from her family said: “It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of Christine’s passing. She passed away peacefully in hospital this morning, Wednesday 30th November 2022, after a short illness.

“She was in the company of her family. We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this extremely painful time and we want everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being and adored musician who was loved by all.” Lindsey Buckingham joins estranged bandmates in praising late Christine McVie

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