Michael Campbell, The Dirty Knobs

Mike Campbell hints at possible Stevie Nicks solo tour

Guitarist Michael Campbell, who joined Fleetwood Mac on its most recent tour, has hinted at a possible Stevie Nicks solo tour that could last a year and a half, in a new interview with The Australian Musician.

Campbell also recounts when Mick Fleetwood asked him to join Fleetwood Mac.

Relevant excerpts from the interview appear below.

UPDATE: The quote about a possible tour was deleted from the original article, but it’s shown below.

Tell me about the Mick Fleetwood phone call that started this new journey with Fleetwood Mac.

“It was about four months after Tom had passed away and I have my own band (The Dirty Knobs) and I have a record coming out and I was planning on just addressing that, doing that full time. I didn’t really have any other plans. I was sitting in my backyard and my phone rang and I had met Mick once or twice at sessions or whatever but we weren’t like friends or anything. He said hi, how you doing, Lindsey has left the band … it’s what he told me, I didn’t know that he was asked to leave … so he says would you be interested in joining Fleetwood Mac? He said this is not coming from Stevie, it’s coming from me and I have been listening to your catalogue and this is not an audition, if you want it, we would love to have you. I said give me a day to think about it. I thought over the whole Lindsey aspect of it and thought, this is a good thing. So I called back and said yeah and it has been a wonderful experience. It’s the best rhythm section, longest lasting rhythm section of all time. No one else has lasted that long in rock ’n’ roll and they are beautiful. It’s a magical feel that they have and I get to play with them every night. What a joy for a guitar player!  The songs are great and Stevie and I have a great history together. We’ve written songs, we get along. Of course we then bring Neil Finn in to help with the vocals and he’s just a charming dude, we get along great. Christine, John, they are just wonderful people and we have a blast every night. I know it is hard for them losing a member, I have lost a member. It’s sad but you have to carry on and I think we are doing a good job.

“I know Fleetwood Mac is going to take quite a hiatus because Stevie wants to do a solo tour and that will take a year and a half. I don’t know what their plans are in the future. My phone is always on if they want to do something else.”

Read the full interview at the Australian Musician.

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