The Mac is back with '09 tour, maybe a record


Fleetwood Mac is gearing up for a tour in early 2009 that likely will be followed by a new band album.

Lindsey Buckingham, whose solo disc "Gift of Screws" is due Sept. 16 via Warner Bros., said Fleetwood Mac will convene in January to begin rehearsing for the tour, whose itinerary is being assembled. It will be the group's first outing since promoting the album "Say You Will" in 2003-04.

"There was no sense we had to jump right in the studio," Buckingham said. "I think maybe there was even a sense that we would make a better album if we went out and hung out together first on the road … maybe even sowing some seeds musically that would get us more prepared to go in the studio rather than just going in cold. It takes the pressure (off) from having to go in and make something cold."

Contrary to reports, however, the Mac tour will not include Sheryl Crow, who spoke of the possibility of being part of the group while promoting her most recent album, "Detours." Buckingham said the matter "kinda got out of hand," though there were discussions between the Fleetwood Mac members and Crow. Ultimately, he said, the prospect "just kind of lost its momentum."

"I think with Stevie (Nicks) … maybe to some degree there was a little too much testosterone onstage when we went out in 2003," Buckingham said, "and I think the band was looking to kind of balance that out a little bit."

Gary Graff is a contributor to Billboard.