British-American band Fleetwood Mac will play dates across Canada and the U.S. in 2013, the group's first tour in four years, its members announced on Monday.
A 34-city tour beginning in April will stop in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.
Mick Fleetwood and John McVie will join singer Stevie Nicks and singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham for the performance series. Band member Christine McVie gave up touring with the band in 1998, though she still sometimes takes part in songwriting.
Formed in London in 1967, Fleetwood Mac has had several lineup changes over the past 45 years. Its members haven’t written new music together for more than a decade.
However, the band — which made a splash in the 1970s with bestselling albums like Fleetwood Mac and Rumours — never really breaks up, Nicks told the Los Angeles Times.
In the past year, she has devoted time to promoting her solo album, In Your Dreams, but Nicks said she and Buckingham recently began work on two new songs that will be released before the tour begins on April 4, in Columbus, Ohio.
Still, the tour is likely to concentrate on the band’s classic catalog of hits, such as Say You Love Me, Rhiannon, Over My Head and The Chain.
"It wouldn't matter if they didn't hear anything new," Buckingham said.
"In a way there's a freedom to that — it becomes not what you got, but what you do with what you got. Part of the challenge of this tour is figuring out a presentation that has some twists and turns to it without having a full album," he said.
Buckingham says he is keen to do a new album, but Nicks is not sure where the band fits in today’s music industry.
"Whether or not we're gonna do any more (songs), we don't know because we're so completely bummed out with the state of the music industry and the fact that nobody even wants a full record," Nicks said.
"Everybody wants two songs, so we're going to give them two songs."
She said how much new music they create will depend on the response to the new tracks.