Fleetwood Mac is calling it quits on its current tour, despite continuing fan interest. The members of the reunited band would like to continue touring, but sources said keyboardist Christine McVie no longer wishes to be part of the grueling schedule.
The band’s 1997 outing will close the year as the fifth highest grossing tour, with a $36.3 million tally for the 44-show, 40-city route. It had been among the year’s most anticipated tours and could have continued on another successful U.S. leg. An overseas stint was also being contemplated.
Sources said McVie told band members late last month she has opted not to continue on the roadshow, which was originally planned as a tour that would not go beyond the end of the year.
It was launched to support the Reprise Records disc “The Dance,” which boasted a reunion of members from the era of the “Rumours” album.
But that was before band members realized how enjoyable the reunion would be and how well-received the tour — even with a $125 top ticket price — would be among audiences.
As a result, the other members of the band were interested in adding dates, and the band’s booker, Agency for the Performing Arts, had been investigating additional U.S. stops beyond the show’s closing gig Nov. 30 at the U.S. Air Arena in Landover, Md.
Several promoters told Daily Variety they had been anticipating another round of shows and had placed some dates on hold.
Without McVie, the reunion no longer made sense. The closing of the tour frees some band members to move on to solo projects, such as Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Bucking-ham, the latter expected to bow a disc in the summer. The band has no plans for a new studio album of original material.
“The tour was presented to us as not going beyond 1997,” said a Reprise spokesman. “We’ll just follow their lead if they no longer wish to tour. We’re very happy they gave us 1997.”
An occasional perf is still considered likely, especially when the band is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March.
The power of the band’s live performances was demonstrated over the weekend when PBS rebroadcast the band’s June concert that kicked off the release of “The Dance.”
As a result of the PBS airing — and despite the pledge breaks — several chains surveyed reported significant sales increases for the disc the following day, a trend which should be reflected in next week’s SoundScan tallies. The concert aired Saturday night in Los Angeles on KCET and in Chicago.
Sales are expected to top 2 million units by the beginning of next year, with a 5 million-unit tally likely by the end of the album’s shelf life.