Buckingham, Nicks, Bookend Relationship Onstage
With Christine McVie long gone from Fleetwood Mac’s touring lineup, the show is basically an ongoing dialogue between former lovers Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Although the majority of the band’s setlist is made up of material which chronicles their torturous split in the ’70s, there are a couple of bright spots showing the couple being positive towards each other.
Fans and critics alike have taken notice of the how the revamped long unreleased Buckingham Nicks song “Without You” and the show closing “Say Goodbye” show an actual real love between the often strained Buckingham and Nicks.
Lindsey Buckingham shed some light on the emotions between the two standout songs: “‘Without You,’ which I think was written right after Buckingham Nicks, she thinks maybe before, she talks about that being a song about me at a time when everything was before us and simpler times. And then we come on at the end and we do ‘Say Goodbye,’ which is a song I wrote about her 10 years ago when all our illusions had basically fallen away — not being a bad thing, really. Y’know, sometimes it tales the loss of illusion in order to keep moving forward. And the song was still about resolve and for the future and about closure.”