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AUDIO: Johnnie Walker meets Fleetwood Mac

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Late last year, a packed audience at London’s O2 Arena went wild as Fleetwood Mac welcomed Christine McVie on stage – completing the line-up of the band that produced one of the biggest selling albums of all times, Rumours.

The success of Fleetwood Mac is without precedent considering the varying line ups. However, the constants include their remarkable drummer and ‘big daddy’ of the group, Mick Fleetwood, and the ‘quiet man’, bassist John McVie. Which is fortunate as that’s how the band’s name came about, combining their two surnames way back in 1967.

Across two hours, Johnnie speaks to Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and features a rare interview with pianist and singer-songwriter Christine McVie. Listeners will get to hear how they all had their part to play in the jigsaw puzzle of Fleetwood Mac’s enduring success. Despite the sometimes hedonistic lifestyle, divorces and ego clashes they couldn’t have produced decades of hit records without love and friendship.

Presenter/ Johnnie Walker, Producer/ Julie Newman for the BBC

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AUDIO PREVIEW: Johnnie Walker talks to Fleetwood Mac

Herbert Worthington is best known for photographing Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.
(Photo: Herbert Worthington, III)

Johnnie Walker celebrates the decade of Open All Hours, The Good Life and Last of the Summer Wine. This week he’s joined in conversation by the members of Fleetwood Mac, ahead of his in-depth special to be broadcast on Radio 2 in the new year. The program was made to mark the thirty-fifth anniversary of Rumours, the album propelled them to super stardom along with legendary excess and in-fighting. The band recently toured the world with sell-out dates in the UK, Johnnie will scratch the surface of the band with some sneak previews of his full-length special.

Listen to a preview of the interview below. The full program airs on Wednesday, January 1, on the BBC Radio 2 Network.

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AUDIO: Christine McVie chooses the ‘Tracks of My Years’

Christine McVie picks her 'Tracks of My Life' with Ken Bruce. (BBC Radio 2)
Christine McVie picks the ‘Tracks of My Life’ with Ken Bruce. (BBC Radio 2)

This week, former Fleetwood Mac band member Christine McVie chooses the Tracks Of My Years and she opens with a classic Beach Boys song from their groundbreaking album Pet Sounds along with a Steely Dan track featured on their acclaimed long player Gaucho. Plus there’s the Record and Album Of The Week and the Monday round of PopMaster. Christine McVie joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970 while married to founder member John McVie. She left the band in 1998 shortly after Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Christine is currently working on new solo material which is planned for a forthcoming album which she describes as marking a return to her musical sound from the seventies.

Christine McVie – Tracks of My Years
DURATION: 15:26
Former Fleetwood Mac band member Christine McVie picks the music for Tracks of My Years.

Tracklisting

God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
Babylon Sisters – Steely Dan
I Know You’re Out There Somewhere – The Moody Blues
Man Of The World – Fleetwood Mac
Let’s Dance – David Bowie
That Ole Devil Called Love – Billie Holiday
Raspberry Beret – Prince
Races Are Run – Buckingham Nicks
Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
Mexico – James Taylor

Listen to Christine McVie’s comments

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Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie chooses Tracks of My Years

This week, former Fleetwood Mac band member Christine McVie chooses the Tracks Of My Years and she opens with a classic Beach Boys song from their groundbreaking album Pet Sounds along with a Steely Dan track featured on their acclaimed long player Gaucho. Plus there’s the Record and Album Of The Week and the Monday round of PopMaster. Christine McVie joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970 while married to founder member John McVie. She left the band in 1998 shortly after Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Christine is currently working on new solo material which is planned for a forthcoming album which she describes as marking a return to her musical sound from the seventies.

Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast: Monday 07 October 2013