The song that brought Fleetwood Mac back together

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It would make sense if a band split up the way Fleetwood Mac did in the late 1980s and none of them wanted to perform in the same room together ever again. After Tango in the Night, the tension in the room increased every time the group went onstage, and the fights that had been brewing between Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks had gotten out of control. Even though Nicks remained for only one more album, Buckingham departed after completing the album. “Bleed to Love Her” set the precedent for everyone returning.

Buckingham initially envisioned the song as a solo project. Being a notorious perfectionist when it came to his songs, Buckingham wasn’t going to just give it away on a Fleetwood Mac project. He reserved them for one of his albums instead.

When the early 1990s arrived, Nicks was also going through her fair share of turmoil. The band’s sound has evolved significantly over time. Despite primarily playing their best songs from the classic lineup, they delivered a powerful performance. One standout was an amazing rendition of Nicks’Landslide.” The band’s latest record wasn’t one of her best.

However, Buckingham needed a drummer for “Bleed To Love Her” at some point during the recording of his solo album. So, he invited Mick Fleetwood into the studio to record a backing track. What could have been a simple jam session turned into nearly every member in the room—aside from Nicks—bringing this song to life.

Buckingham recalled being persuaded to rejoin the band for The Dance, their first performance together in years, after the original lineup convened briefly for US President Bill Clinton’s inauguration. “We started, and it was going great,” Buckingham recollected. They brought in John McVie to play bass. Then, a Warner Bros. employee stated—and this was most likely their plan all along—”Do you want to do a live Fleetwood Mac album?’. I was like, ‘No–but okay.’”

The Dance is one of the best shows the band has ever released, although the members still needed to resolve their issues. The band’s sound has evolved significantly over time. Despite primarily playing their best songs from the classic lineup, they delivered a powerful performance. One standout was an amazing rendition of Nick’s “Landslide.”

And even though “Bleed To Love Her” wasn’t officially a Fleetwood Mac song, it performed surprisingly well during the performance. Buckingham remained the main vocalist for most of the song. However, Nick’s incredible harmony vocals over the main melody stand out. They give the impression that the duo rediscovered the magic they had lost during the recording of Tusk.

The full band version of “Bleed To Love Her” from the album Say You Will would not be available for another few years, but the song feels more like a mission statement than a song. Buckingham’s song carries a nostalgic undertone, seemingly paying homage to the music he created with his old friends. However, its lyrical inspiration may stem from a different source altogether. The creators of this music aimed to bring people together.

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