Death of Christine McVie: The music world reacts, pays tribute

Christine McVie touched hearts around the world with her lyrics about the joys and pains of love as a member of Fleetwood Mac and about her own solo endeavors as a singer-songwriter. This was more than evident after news of her death at the age of 79 broke on Wednesday and reactions from the music industry, friends and Fleetwood Mac fans began to flood social media.

Fleetwood Mac members Posted a joint statement about their band and individual accounts, which brought most to the attention of their deaths.

“There are no words to describe our sadness at the death of Christine McVie. She was truly unique, special and talented beyond measure. She was the best musician you could have in your band and the best friend you could have in your life. We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and collectively, we treasured Christine immensely and are grateful for the amazing memories we have. She will be missed so much.”

Stevie Nicks later shared a touching tribute dedicated to her “best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975.”

Mick Fleetwood followed suit and posted a statement on his Instagram.

The Eagles, whose decades-long career has paralleled Fleetwood Mac’s, shared the following official statement diversity:

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Christine McVie’s death. She was a vibrant, soulful spirit and her music was and remains a gift to the world. We had the greatest admiration and respect for Christine. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family, her bandmates and her legions of fans.

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Haim, whose song “Hallelujah” was quoted in Nick’s handwritten tribute, posted a photo of the two Fleetwood Mac wives and wrote, “The sisterhood that Stevie and Christine had was so important to us growing up. Seeing two strong women supporting each other in our favorite band has had such a huge impact on us throughout our lives.”

Alana Haim, who wrote the lyrics to the “Hallelujah” verse Nicks shared, posted her own photoset to Instagram. “I’m at a loss for words … I would listen to Fleetwood Mac with my best friend Sammi Kane Kraft all the time,” she said in the caption. “I wrote my verse for ‘Hallelujah’ to try and help me heal after she died. Seeing Stevie and Christine together changed my life forever and made me want to make music. I’m speechless. I love you so much Stevie, snatch the beautiful songbird.”

Harry Styles shared a black and white photo of McVie to his Instagram Stories, along with a white dove and black heart emoji. The British singer has several ties to members of Fleetwood Mac; namely his friendship with Nicks – who credited Styles’ Fine Line album for getting her through the pandemic – and Mick Fleetwood, who appeared as the face of Styles’ beauty brand earlier this year.

“Christine was a gem,” Hearts lead singer Ann Wilson wrote in an Instagram caption. “Classic and a beautiful songwriter. “Over My Head” has always been my hot-blooded, angelic favorite. Bon voyage, sweet soul!”

Duran Duran’s official Twitter account posted a lengthy paragraph penned by founding member John Taylor reflecting on the singer-songwriter’s life and legacy.

In a tweet, Sheryl Crow wrote: “The world feels weird here without her. What a legend and icon and amazing human being. REST IN PEACE”

Bette Midler paid tribute to the “legacy” in a tweet.

American rock band Garbage tweeted that they were “just disappointed” to learn of the singer-songwriter’s death, adding “Songbird forever” in reference to one of the band’s most popular songs. “Songbird” was one of four songs on “Rumours” written exclusively by McVie, and she often performed it alone during Fleetwood Mac shows. In June she released a collection of solo songs under the same name.

Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner tweeted shortly after hearing news of her death that McVie was a “goddamn legend,” adding, “Every time I tried to write a classic synthesizer line in the studio, I always said, I’m trying to channel my inner Christine.”

The indie pop band MUNA simply wrote: “Christine forever”.

Tim Burgess, lead singer of the Charlatans, tweeted a clip of the 1988 music video for “Everywhere,” for which McVie not only wrote but also recorded lead vocals.

Susanna Lee Hoffs, co-founder of pop-rock band The Bangles, shared a photo of McVie with a red heart and a rose emoji on Twitter.

Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp tweeted a photo of McVie, praising the “joy and depth she brought.”

Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexmith tweeted a number of his favorite McVie performances and songs, beginning with a tribute post in which he credited her with writing his “favourite Fleetwood Mac songs and I also loved her solo work.”

Comedian and actor Marc Maron described McVie as “one of the greatest rock voices of all time. Both as a singer and as a songwriter.”

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Charles Jones

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