Fleetwood Mac is coming to town, but it will be down one member.
The legendary, multi-Platinum band who made it big in the 1970s and 1980s with hits such as "Dreams," "You Make Lovin' Fun," "Rhiannon" and "Don't Stop," will be stopping by Arco Arena in May 2009 as part of their greatest hits Unleashed tour.
The band made a brief comeback following their reunion in 2003 with their politically-themed album Say You Will, which featured "Illume," a song paying homage to the victims of the September 2001 terrorist attacks, and "Peacekeeper," an anti-war ballad released parallel to the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
As it was in 2003, the band will collaborate, write, record and perform without member Christine McVie, who left in 1997 to pursue a solo career and focus on other activities.
In 2008, singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow revealed to the Associated Press Fleetwood Mac's intentions to release their second album since reuniting in 2003. Rumors began circulating that Crow may join Fleetwood Mac briefly in place of McVie on the Unleashed tour, a rumor that was quickly stomped by band member Stevie Nicks (coincidentally, the announcement of the Unleashed tour comes about in time for the re-release of the band's album Rumours, which will include previously unreleased tracks and a bonus DVD). Nicks had collaborated on Crow's studio album C'mon C'mon, and Crow lent backing vocals to Say You Will.
McVie's absence since 1997 drafts Nicks and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsay Buckingham to fill the vocal voids in hits like "You Make Lovin' Fun" and "Hold Me," songs that were popularized by McVie's heavy British tones. Her last appearance with the band was for the MTV special The Dance; the live album of the special topped the US charts at number one in 1997 and went five-times Platinum.
Despite being down one member, Fleetwood Mac seems eager to hit the road again.
"We love our band and think the title of the tour, Unleashed, perfectly describes how we all feel when we get on stage together, especially in 2009," the band said in a statement released by Live Nation. "We're so happy to get back out on the road, perform everyone's favorite songs and see our fans."
Fleetwood Mac lands in Sacramento on May 18th. The public can purchase tickets to the event online after January 17th at Live Nation's website.