Fleetwood Mac is one of those bands that everyone could agree on, and I don’t mean in the wild hyperbolic way, I mean it in the literal sense. You can talk to the hardest of hard rockers or the most gangster rapper and everyone surveyed says the same thing, Fleetwood Mac is incredible.
One of the greatest bands to do it has lost a founding member. Rock legend Christine McVie, singer and keyboardist for Fleetwood Mac, has died at the age of 79.
The news was confirmed by the band, who issued a statement via social media and through McVie’s own account that reads as follows:
McVie’s family issued a statement via her IG
“On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death. She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness. She was in the company of her family. We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this extremely painful time, and we would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally. RIP Christine McVie.”
God damn legend. Every time I tried to write a classy synth line in the studio I’d always say I was trying to channel my inner Christine. I even got Craig a framed poster of her to hang in the studio over the keyboards. We’ll be listening to you all day queen.💛 pic.twitter.com/3xYrytFvX9— Japanese Breakfast (@Jbrekkie) November 30, 2022
Gutted to learn about the passing of Christine McVie. Just gutted.— Garbage (@garbage) November 30, 2022
Songbird forever. 🩸
I’m saddened by the passing of Christine McVie. “Don’t Stop” was my ’92 campaign theme song - it perfectly captured the mood of a nation eager for better days. I’m grateful to Christine & Fleetwood Mac for entrusting us with such a meaningful song. I will miss her. pic.twitter.com/UPUvpDWRZB— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) December 1, 2022
Christine McVie had the most hits of anyone in Fleetwood Mac, yet was somehow the most underrated member. Never flashy, alway great. She was the glue that held all those crazy wonderful elements together. Her songs had a soulfulness unhampered by pretense. RIP.— Drive-By Truckers (@drivebytruckers) November 30, 2022
Christine Anne McVie was an English musician and the vocalist and keyboardist of Fleetwood Mac, which she joined in 1970.
She also released three solo albums. Her lyrics focused on love and relationships. Steve Leggett of AllMusic described her as an “unabashedly easy-on-the-ears singer/songwriter, and the prime mover behind some of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits”. Eight songs written or co-written by her, including “Don’t Stop“, “Everywhere” and “Little Lies“, appeared on Fleetwood Mac’s 1988 Greatest Hits album.
In 1998, McVie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac, and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The same year, after almost 30 years with the band, she opted to leave and lived in semi-retirement for nearly 15 years. She released a solo album in 2004. In September 2013 she appeared on stage with Fleetwood Mac at the O2 Arena in London, before rejoining the band in 2014 prior to their On with the Show tour.
In 2006, McVie received a Gold Badge of Merit Award from Basca, now The Ivors Academy. In 2014, she received the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and was honoured with the Trailblazer Award at the UK Americana Awards in 2021. She was also the recipient of two Grammy Awards.
Revisit the works of rock Legend Christine McVie below and we at SNSMix send love to her family, friends, bandmates and fans. You will be missed.