Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks had been in a relationship since they were in high school, but it ultimately ended just a few years after securing the gig with Fleetwood Mac. They still continue to play together, and both have an amicable relationship. In March 2013, Buckingham told Rolling Stone that "There's a subtext of love between us, and it would be hard to deny that much of what we've accomplished had something to do with trying to prove something to each other."
Christine and John McVie split after eight years of marriage once it came to light that Christine had had an affair with the band's sound engineer, Martin Birch, and lighting director, Curry Grant. Similarly to Lindsey and Stevie, the two were forced to find a way to get along as both remained with the group until Christine's retirement many years later.
Mick Fleetwood and his wife, Jenny (who was not in the band), divorced after it was revealed that former band member, Bob Weston, was having an affair with her. He also had a two-year affair with Stevie Nicks.
Fleetwood Mac in Pop Culture
The timeless nature of Fleetwood Mac's most enduring tracks has earned many of them slots in popular films, television shows, and commercials over the years. See a list of some notable placements below.
It's difficult to pinpoint an overall figure for the group, but according to data from Celebrity Net Worth, the core members have done well individually. All figures approximate and as of June 2013.
Mick Fleetwood - $8.5M
Lindsey Buckingham - $45M
Stevie Nicks - $65M
John McVie - $50M
Christine McVie - $65M
Stevie Nicks’ solo tour rider was leaked by The Smoking Gun, and included such items as one bottle of Remy Martin, freshly cut fruit, and mixed nuts.
Dark Side of the Band
As was the case with most bands thriving during the era, essentially every member of Fleetwood Mac dealt with issues related to drugs and alcohol at one time or another. Peter Green's departure was linked heavily to his drug use, while John McVie's alcoholism led to seizures which ultimately forced him to give up drinking completely. In the 80s, amid considerable success for the band, Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy due in part to his expensive cocaine habit, but mostly because of his excessive spending on lavish items.
Stevie Nicks has talked openly about her personal struggles, though most of the band's problems are public knowledge as well. Much of the behind-the-scenes scoop was revealed in Mick Fleetwood's 1990 memoir, "Fleetwood - My Life and Adventures with Fleetwood Mac."
Updates on Former Band Members
Many musicians have come and gone over the decades. Take a look at what became of some of Fleetwood Mac's most prominent contributors.
Peter Green (pictured below) - Along with the band he helped found, Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Was ranked 38th on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list. Has continued to make music with different collaborators over the years.
Jeremy Spencer - After abruptly leaving the group in the 70s, Spencer still plays music on the side, and is remains involved in The Family International, the current name of the organization he left Fleetwood Mac to join.
Bob Brunning - Post-Fleetwood Mac, Brunning joined the band Savoy Brown, taught for 30 years, wrote several books about Fleetwood Mac, and played music in various bands until his death in 2011.
Danny Kirwan - Has produced several solo albums, but never achieved the kind of success he had as a member of Fleetwood Mac. He's remained silent regarding rumors of a potential reunion of the band's early lineup.
Christine McVie (pictured below) - After "officially" retiring from the group in the late 90s, McVie still earned a credit on the band's 2003 album, "Say You Will," and also released a solo album of her own in 2004. In 2013, McVie made a rare on-stage appearance in Hawaii with the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, which includes her ex-husband and current Fleetwood Mac bassist, John McVie.
Bob Welch - After leaving the band in the mid-70s, Welch continued on what turned out to be a relatively successful solo career. Later down the road, he would sue his former band for breach of contract in regards to royalties, which may have contributed to his exclusion from Fleetwood Mac's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Welch continued to play music, as well as write songs for other artists until he committed suicide in 2012.
Bob Weston - The discovery of his affair with Mick Fleetwood's wife somewhat served as a catalyst for the inevitable key changes in the group that later led to the arrival of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. He was working on recordings when he was found dead of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage in his home in London in 2012.