Fleetwood Mac Pay Tribute To Christine McVie
Fleetwood Mac have issued a statement paying tribute to their late singer and keyboardist Christine McVie.
“There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie,” they said in a group statement.
“She was truly one of a kind, special and talented beyond measure. She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life. We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”
Stevie Nicks also posted a handwritten note to her Instagram account. “A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975 had passed away,” Nicks wrote. “I didn’t even know she was ill … until late Saturday night. I wanted to be in London; I wanted to get to London — but we were told to wait. So, since Saturday, one song has been swirling around in my head, over and over and over. I thought I might possibly get to sing it to her and so, I’m singing it to her now. I always knew I would need these words one day.”
Nicks then wrote out the lyrics to the third verse of Haim’s Hallelujah, which reflects on the death of a friend. “I had a best friend but she has come to pass / One I wish I could see now / You always remind me that memories will last / These arms reach out / You were there to protect me like a shield / Long hair, running with me through the field / Everywhere, you’ve been with me all along,” Nicks wrote, quoting “Hallelujah.”
Nicks signed off her note by writing to McVie, “See you on the other side, my love. Don’t forget me.”
Mick Fleetwood also paid tribute, writing that McVie had “left us earthbound folks to listen with bated breath to the sounds of that ‘songbird’ … reminding one and all that love is all around us to reach for and touch in this precious life that is gifted to us. Part of my heart has flown away today.”
US band Haim, whose song Hallelujah was quoted by Nicks in her tribute to McVie, wrote, “We write this with tears in our eyes and all over our faces. The sisterhood Stevie and Christine had was so vital to us growing up. Seeing two strong women support each other in our favorite band has had such a huge impact on us throughout our lives … she has been a constant inspiration.”