After months of reunion rumors, Fleetwood Mac announced Tuesday that they'll return to the road next spring for an extensive tour that will take them all over the globe. The trek will kick off in Columbus, Ohio on April 4th; tickets go on sale December 14th.
"It's the perfect time to go back out," Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone. "2013 is going to be the year of Fleetwood Mac."
As was the case with their 2010 tour, the band is hitting the road without a new album to support. The set list will be built around Fleetwood Mac's large catalog of hits. "We always have to play 'Dreams,' 'Rhiannon,' 'Don't Stop,' 'Tusk,' 'Big Love,' 'Landslide' and all our most famous songs," says Lindsey Buckingham. "When you've gone through all your must-do's, that's 75% of your potential setlist. I think with the other 25%, there are areas of our catalog that are more under-explored. Maybe we'll play more songs from Tusk. I'd also like to see an extended middle portion of the show that's just me and Stevie. This is just me talking from the top of my head. For now, I have no particular vision of what this tour is going to be."
The band begins rehearsals on February 15th, and at that point they'll hash out exactly what songs they're going to play. "We actually have two new Fleetwood Mac songs that I cut with Lindsey two weeks ago we might play," says Nicks. "I had a really good time working with him for four days at his house. I got to hang out with his family and his kids, his grown up kids, and really connect with him again. We’re pretty proud of what we have done, and we’re looking at it through the eyes of wisdom now, instead of through the eyes of jealousy and resentment and anger."
Only American dates are announced, but the group is planning on touring the whole world. "If everything goes will we'll be in Europe doing festivals this summer," says Nicks. "Then we'll actually tour Europe, which is different than just doing festivals. Then we might do fifteen or so shows in Australia."
Check in later this week for a detailed Q&A with Nicks and Buckingham where they discuss the upcoming tour, their failed attempt to record a new Fleetwood Mac album, the possibility of reforming their old duo Buckingham-Nicks and the many tensions that linger in their long relationship.
4/4/13 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
4/6/13 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
4/8/13 New York, New York Madison Square Garden
4/9/13 Washington, DC Verizon Center
4/11/13 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
4/13/13 Chicago, IL United Center
4/16/13 Toronto, ON The Air Canada Centre
4/18/13 Boston, MA TD Garden
4/20/13 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
4/23/13 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
4/24/13 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
4/26/13 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
4/28/13 St. Paul, MN Xcel Center
4/30/13 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
5/1/13 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
5/3/13 Little Rock, Ark Verizon Arena
5/12/13 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
5/14/13 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
5/15/13 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
5/17/13 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
5/19/13 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
5/20/13 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
5/22/13 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion st San Jose
5/25/13 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
5/26/13 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Arena
5/28/13 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
5/30/13 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
6/1/13 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
6/4/13 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
6/5/14 Houston, TX Toyota Center
6/7/13 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum
6/8/13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
6/10/13 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
6/12/13 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena