Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie perform at the Ironstone Amphitheatre on July 21 on one of just 14 dates the duo plans to perform this summer (and the only California show so far on the tour). The Wallflowers open the show.
Longtime members of Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham and McVie joined together to record their first-ever album as a duo. Titled “Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie,” the 10-song album will be released June 9 and a single called “In My World” was released April 14. The singers and songwriters begin a summertime tour on June 21.
McVie and Buckingham began collaborating three years ago, when McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac for the group’s “On With the Show” tour. The pair went into the studio to record new material prior to rehearsals for the tour and their natural creative chemistry was reignited.
“We were exploring a creative process, and the identity of the project took on a life organically,” Buckingham said. “The body of work felt like it was meant to be a duet album. We acknowledged that to each other on many occasions, and said to ourselves, ‘What took us so long?’”
Working their natural singer-songwriter skills together came easily for both musicians.
“We’ve always written well together, Lindsey and I, and this has just spiraled into something really amazing that we’ve done between us,” McVie said.
Sessions for the album took place at Village Studios in Los Angeles, which is where Fleetwood Mac recorded several of its classic albums, including “Tusk.” Buckingham and McVie were joined in the studio by bandmates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, who served as the rhythm section for most of the album.
The Wallflowers formed in Los Angeles in 1989, but didn’t officially release their debut album until 1992’s eponymous release. The group released “Bringing Down the Horse” in 1996. From that album, the single “6th Avenue Heartache” received a Grammy nomination and was a hit on rock radio stations. Soon, however, the single “One Headlight” won Grammys for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group. Rolling Stone magazine named the song as No. 56 on its list of the 100 Greatest Pop Songs. The Wallflowers released “Glad All Over” in 2012.
Tickets for the July 21 show go on sale Friday at ironstoneamphitheatre.net, where tickets to all of the 2017 Summer Concert Series are sold. Other acts and dates include Toby Keith and a special guest opener on June 9; Boston and Joan Jett on June 10; John Mellencamp, Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter on June 17; the Moody Blues’ “Days of Future Passed” tour comes to the county on June 18; Jason Mraz and his Superband on June 25; Matchbox 20, Counting Crows and Rivers & Rust on July 24; the Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton on Aug. 13; Willie Nelson and Family and Kacey Musgraves on Aug. 18; and George Benson and Kenny G come to Murphys on Sept. 9 as part of their “Breezin’ and Breathless” tour.