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Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham have both said that they'll regroup with Fleetwood Mac and hit the road when they're done promoting their respective solo albums. Now, drummer Mick Fleetwood has put a timetable on that -- he tells Billboard.com that the band will definitely be touring in 2012, except he's not exactly sure when.
"We're so disorganized as a band, I don't know what to tell you," says Fleetwood. "All we know is we're working next year...We're all up for touring in the early summer of next year, I think, and once we start we're much like U2 and the [Rolling] Stones in terms of workload. We basically play until no one wants to book us anymore."
Fleetwood says that particular timetable won't leave the Mac time to make a new record, which he says is "somewhat of a shame," but adds, "I think what we can do, and I hope it does happen, is we can get in and have fun doing two or three [songs], which is so 'now' with all the Internet stuff and people shoving out EPs and separate tracks. So that would probably be our best effort to get three or four new songs before we go out on the road, which I really hope we do."
Buckingham, the band's longtime co-producer, tells Billboard that for whatever new music the group does record, he'd be willing to bring in an "outside producer" to work on it. Stevie Nicks has said that she'd like to continue to work with Dave Stewart, who produced her new album In Your Dreams, so he may be the top candidate.
If it does actually happen, the 2012 tour will be the Mac's first since 2009's Unleashed trek. 2012 also marks the 35th anniversary of the band's landmark album Rumours, but as of yet, Buckingham says there hasn't been any discussion about doing something special to commemorate that.