By: Gary Graff
As Fleetwood Mac was kicking off its tour on Thursday (April 4) in Columbus, Ohio, former member Christine McVie surprised fans by teasing the possibility of joining the group when it plays London in September.
McVie -- who wrote Mac hits such as "You Make Loving Fun," "Don't Stop," "Hold Me," "Over My Head" and "Think About Me" -- told Britain's Metro magazine that, "If they wanted me to, I might pop back on stage when they're in London, just do a little duet or something like that."
If it happens it will be McVie's first public appearance since she retired from music in 1998 and returned to her native England, where she's lived in relative seclusion ever since.
Drummer Mick Fleetwood reportedly traveled to the U.K. earlier this year to try to persuade McVie to rejoin the band, but to no avail. Stevie Nicks, meanwhile, tells us that she's come to peace with the idea of McVie no longer being in the band:
"Well, it's certainly not as much fun as having Chris, because when I had her I had a best friend, y'know? Since 1975 I had somebody who I considered to be one of my several girlfriends that are my best friends, and so when she left it was really devastating... I am very lonely without her, very, and I wish she'd change her mind and come back, but it doesn't seem she`s ever going to, so we've given up on that."
Fleetwood Mac plays Sept. 24, 25 and 27 at London's O2 Arena.
The group's opening show, meanwhile, was a 23-song set that debuted "Sad Angel," one of three new songs the band will be releasing during the tour, as well as the 1969 track "Without You" and Nicks' 1983 solo hit "Stand Back."
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