Lindsey Buckingham chatted with Rolling Stone about two of the new Fleetwood Mac studio tracks, which are now part of their live show. The early crowd favorite, "Sad Angel," finds Buckingham once again connecting with his former muse, Stevie Nicks, revealing, "I wrote that song for Stevie. She always had to fight for everything. She was coming off a solo album and was in the process of reintegrating herself mentally in the band, and we're all warriors with a sword in one sort or another. She and I have known each other since high school. So I just wrote, 'Sad Angel have you come to fight the war/We fall to earth together, the crowd calling out for more.' "
Another highlight is the pre-fame, re-recorded Buckingham Nicks song, "Without You," which although a bootleg staple for years, now finally sees official release on the band's new EP: "I'm not really sure how it resurfaced. She brought it in one day and she brought it by my house. John (McVie) and Mick (Fleetwood) didn't really work on that. There's kind of an appropriateness in doing something that predates Fleetwood Mac, because at this stage in time Stevie and I have more of a connection than we've had for a while. That's a nice thing."
Lindsey Buckingham told us that having a happy and stable family life has centered him -- especially when it comes to his music: "I actually saw a lot of my friends who were parents, or were spouses, who were not really there for their families back then (and I) did not want to be one of those people. And the fact that I was lucky enough to meet someone and was able to have children relatively late after all of that other garbage was out of the way, y'know, it's been a great gift. Y'know, you could talk about the balance between the big machine and Fleetwood Mac and the small machine of solo work and how those two things feed off each other and support each other -- and you can also talk about the balance between a creative life and a family life."
Fleetwood Mac will next perform on Sunday (May 12th) at Winnipeg's MTS Centre.