Monday, 14 May 2018

Fleetwood Mac Detail New Tour and Talk Life After Lindsey Buckingham

A little over a month ago, the majority of Fleetwood Mac – Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood – quietly gathered at a little theater in Maui with their future in doubt. The band had secretly parted ways with Lindsey Buckingham, the longtime guitarist and voice behind many of their most enduring songs. According to the group, the split came down to a scheduling conflict surrounding a world tour. “We were supposed to go into rehearsal in June and he wanted to put it off until November [2019],” says Nicks. “That’s a long time. I just did 70 shows [on a solo tour]. As soon as I finish one thing, I dive back into another. Why would we stop? We don’t want to stop playing music. We don’t have anything else to do. This is what we do.”

So instead, they invited Mike Campbell, the former guitarist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn and spent a few days workshopping tunes from their vast catalog to see if this new lineup had the right chemistry. “I immediately felt like I’d known them for years,” says Christine McVie, “even though we’d only just met.”

The new lineup will embark on a massive 52-date tour beginning October 3rd in Tulsa and criss-crossing the country before wrapping up in Phladelphia in April 2019. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, May 4th at 10 a.m. local time. (A complete itinerary is listed below.) The group also announced the launch of a SiriusXM channel devoted to the band beginning Tuesday, May 1st.

Nobody in the group is quite willing to say Buckingham was “fired,” but they don’t completely object to the term. “Words like ‘fired’ are ugly references as far as I’m concerned,” says Fleetwood. “Not to hedge around, but we arrived at the impasse of hitting a brick wall. This was not a happy situation for us in terms of the logistics of a functioning band. To that purpose, we made a decision that we could not go on with him. Majority rules in term of what we need to do as a band and go forward.” Buckingham did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story.

"Majority rules in term of what we need to do as a band and go forward" - Mick Fleetwood

Buckingham’s ousting marks the latest messy chapter in the ongoing 50-year Fleetwood Mac story – or, as drummer Mick Fleetwood tells it, business as usual. When key early members like Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer left the group in the early 1970s, Fleetwood got right on the phone and recruited new ones. The group never stopped working, even when Nicks left in the early 1990s and a new lineup found themselves opening up for the likes of REO Speedwagon on the state fair circuit. “There’s no doubt that my instincts, for better or worse, have always been to gravitate towards going forward,” Fleetwood tells Rolling Stone. “Having said that, I’d be lying if I didn’t literally say to myself, ‘This one needs a lot of thought.’”

One of the first people that came to mind was Campbell, who was at his home on the Hawaiian island of Kauai when the call came. It happened to be his 68th birthday. “I was sitting in my yard by my pool contemplating my future without my partner [Tom Petty], which was going to be a dark place in a lot of ways,” he says. “ I said, ‘Give me a day to think it over.’ The more I thought about it, the more I though it could be great. I’ve known Stevie for years and we’ve always been very creative together.”

Not long after getting a commitment from Campbell, Fleetwood called up Finn at his New Zealand home. The singer had enormous success in the 1970s and 1980s with his bands Split Enz and Crowded House, but he was now earning a comfortable living as a solo artist with a devoted cult following. Getting back in the arena rock game was the last thing on his mind. “I was stunned when I got the call from Mick,” he says. “I was enjoying my life and my music, but I have a restless nature and now I’m relishing this beautiful gift that’s been given to me.”

The group has yet to begin formal rehearsals - which they say will last two months working five days a week - but they've already decided that this tour will feature songs from the entire history of Fleetwood Mac, not just the original Buckingham/Nicks run from 1975 to 1987. “We were never able to do that since 1975 because certain people in the band weren’t interested in doing that,” says Nicks. “Now we’re able to open the set with a lot; a raucous version of [1969’s] ‘Rattlesnake Shake’ or something. I’d also like to do [1970’s] ‘Station Man,’ which has always been one of may favorites. We’re definitely doing [1970’s] ‘Oh Well.’”

How does this all feel to bassist John McVie, the guy that put the “Mac” in Fleetwood Mac but speaks so infrequently that most fans don’t even know what his voice sounds like? “I felt very comfortable when we rehearsed,” he says. “It seemed to fit. It’s another exciting chapter in the book, in the saga.”

The expanded set, however, doesn’t mean they’ll be neglecting the big radio hits like “Gold Dust Woman” and “The Chain.” “There are 10 hits we have to do,” says Nicks. “That leaves another 13 songs if you want to do a three-hour show. Then you crochet them all together and you make a great sequence and you have something that nobody has seen before except all the things they want to see are there. At rehearsal, we’re going to put up a board of 60 songs. Then we start with number one and we go through and we play everything. Slowly you start taking songs off and you start to see your set come together.”

"This is sad for me, but I want the next 10 years of my life to be really fun and happy" - Stevie Nicks
The band realizes that a Fleetwood Mac tour without Buckingham will be a different experience, but they soldiered on without him on the 1987 Tango In The Night tour and didn’t see a big decline in attendance. They also had 16 years of successful road work without Christine McVie when she left in 1998. She came back for the 2015 On With The Show tour, and last year recorded an album with Buckingham that they supported with a long tour that wrapped up just five months ago. “I had a great time with him on the road and making that record,” she says. “I was surprised to hear the news because it happened after I went back to London that the decision was made. But life moves on and I wanted to carry on with these guys.”

For Nicks, carrying on without Buckingham is bittersweet. “Our relationship has always been volatile,” she says. “We were never married, but we might as well have been. Some couples get divorced after 40 years. They break their kids' hearts and destroy everyone around them because it’s just hard. This is sad for me, but I want the next 10 years of my life to be really fun and happy. I want to get up every day and dance around my apartment and smile and say, ‘Thank God for this amazing life.’”

Fleetwood Mac North American Tour:

  • October 3 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
  • October 6 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
  • October 10 - Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
  • October 12 - Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
  • October 14 - Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
  • October 16 - Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • October 18 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
  • October 20 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
  • October 22 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
  • October 26 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
  • October 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
  • October 30 - Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
  • November 1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
  • November 3 - Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
  • November 5 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
  • November 7 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
  • November 10 - Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
  • November 12 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
  • November 14 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
  • November 17 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
  • November 19 - Portland, OR @ Moda Center
  • November 21 - San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
  • November 23 - Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
  • November 25 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
  • November 28 - Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
  • November 30 - Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
  • December 3 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
  • December 6 - Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
  • December 8 - San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
  • December 11 - Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
  • December 13 - Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
  • February 5, 2019 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
  • February 7 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
  • February 9 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
  • February 13 - Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena at The BJCC
  • February 16 - New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
  • February 18 - Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
  • February 20 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
  • February 22 - Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
  • February 24 - Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
  • February 27 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
  • March 3 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
  • March 5 - Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
  • March 9 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
  • March 11 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
  • March 13 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
  • March 15 - Hartford, CT @ XL CENTER
  • March 20 - Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
  • March 24 - Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
  • March 26 - Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
  • March 31 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
  • April 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

Monday, 3 August 2015

Review: Fleetwood Mac light Up 3Arena Dublin

How appropriate that Fleetwood Mac must close the European leg of their latest comeback tour with a pair of sold-out shows in Dublin.

It was on this spot in 2013 that the former singer and keyboardist Christine McVie join his bandmates for the first time in 16 years. The success of your jam the sound that night persuaded the British alone to return to full time - and now here she was, back where you started.

The sense of a group that operates at full speed was clear from the outset as McVie guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and vocalist Stevie Nicks lost in the harmonized introduction of the chain, a ballad written tug of love as Nicks and Buckingham were in the process of their notoriously dirty '70s Break-Up (fuel heartbreaking album selling 40 million rumors). Half a lifetime later by a sum still shone with acid vim as Nicks and Buckingham locked eyes and spat accusatorially letters to each other.

With McVie in the crease, again, it was as if a missing piece of a puzzle had clicked into place. In his absence, the eccentricities of pop Buckingham exerted an enormous influence on Fleetwood Mac, his eccentric histrionics threatening to capsize the boat. Tonight confirmed that writing classic songs McVie and his quiet personality serve as vital counterpoint. Previous meetings of Fleetwood Mac felt like glorified Buckingham solo affairs. This was certainly not the case anymore.

How or why Fleetwood Mac became favorite Heritage Act of the world remains a matter of conjecture. Through the 80s and 90s soft rock titans were scored in progress. Catchy, crowd-pleasing and always on the radio, were all a rebellious young musician could despise Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Putlocker. However, the progressive course of the decades has seen its shares soar with hayseed Generation Y as Haim and Best Coast blatantly indebted to cool burned California quintet. Wait long enough and everything comes back into fashion.

Forcing my neck standing position toward the back of the arena, he could almost make out the top of McVie blonde bob. It was all I needed to see Fleetwood Mac negotiated as one of the largest catalogs of mainstream rock. Chain, which changed the gear You Make Loving Fun, Valentine McVie hidden a secret lover while Nicks had a first chance to shine in a dream, a song whose funeral-scented candle given hippy aphorisms universal truths. Watch Captain Fantastic Movie Online

Wiry and bulging eyes, Buckingham was tortured to sober yin yang McVie. He shouted into the microphone and nodded as the crowd platitudes (apparently we are still the best audience in the world) is dispensed. McVie, however, remained in the shadows for much of the game but, when required step under the spotlight, was a searing presence, especially everywhere, its bittersweet love ballad. Unearthed six songs on it was a knockout punch and closing argument powerful for anyone who wondered how pop ensemble naffest finished his dearest.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Stevie Nicks Refuses Surgery For Painful Injuries While Touring With Fleetwood Mac

Grafter Stevie Nicks is fighting despite suffering injuries earlier as she travels with Fleetwood Mac.

Stevie is leading the band in the show tour that makes the UK today when they play the Genting Arena in Birmingham. But the rock star born in Arizona has developed a bone problem and has aggravated an injury to the knee of age on performance.
I have a bone spur on the toe of bringing my platform shoes ballerina on stage every night.

"And I had a crash in 2013 in which really hurt my left knee,"
she says.

"Somehow a couple of weeks I re-injured it. I think I got a little too hard at it on stage."

Despite his injury problems, determined Stevie, 67, she says she will refuse surgery.

"I have to find new boots," she says the singer and composer, will be headlining the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday evening with the group.
Steel-toecapped boots that do not touch the toe. If something is lying on that bone spur that is going to make it bigger and will have surgery.

"And I'm not having someone cut me open toe. There's just no way!"

Monday, 18 May 2015

40 Years Ago: Stevie Nicks And Lindsey Buckingham Play First Show With Fleetwood Mac

Less than six months ago, the situation looked quite serious for a couple of young musicians called Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. Although the duo had released an album, the namesake of Buckingham Nicks, who were still paying off the fees of study - doing housework with Nicks and Buckingham contributing session work in Los Angeles' Sound City Studios.

It was at Sound City that everything changed. Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood was reviewing studies for the next project of his band and guitarist Buckingham was chosen to demonstrate the sonorous sound Capabilities City. When the current Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch left abruptly in late 1974, he remembered Buckingham Fleetwood and asked him to join.

"He was standing there, grooving to this scorching guitar solo and needed a guitarist," Buckingham later told Uncut. "That was for what your thinking was. I had to explain that came as a duo. I stupid, huh?"

With a little scary (especially since Fleetwood was worried that Christine McVie not touched another woman in the band), Fleetwood extended the offer to the two musicians, who quickly went from duties with bassist John McVie and keyboardist Christine. They made it official last day of 1974.

The new, five members of Fleetwood Mac went to work quickly in 1975, recording the classic album of Fleetwood Mac in about 10 days at Sound City. Songwriting duties were split between Buckingham and Nicks (who was based on the remains of his former group, as well as songs for a possible second LP) and Christine McVie. Among the songs that became classics, "Over My Head", "Monday Morning" and "Rhiannon" - that most often prove to be the show-stopper during the 1975 concerts of the band.

The other four members begin playing before Nicks appear on stage in a black hat or flowing capes drink and announce "This is a song about a witch of Wales." That might be the way the tenth (and most successful) incarnation of Fleetwood Mac introduced themselves when they played their first show as a unit in El Paso on May 15th. 1975

No matter how you started the show, I had to be a somewhat strange experience for those who attended. Not only was the new album a couple of months away from release, this new version of Fleetwood Mac marked a radical change of the Macs of the past (Peter Green on). Nicks remember working very hard to make an impression. "We played everywhere and sold that record," he said. "We started the album in the ass."

Fleetwood Mac tour incessantly from May 1975 until the autumn of next year, when, 15 months after it was launched for the first time, Fleetwood Mac hit No. 1.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

McVie ‘Completes’ Fleetwood Mac Picture

Lindsey Buckingham says having Christine back in the fold brings a better balance to the band
Fleetwood Mac mainman Lindsey Buckingham says having keyboardist Christine McVie back in the fold makes them a more ‘complete’ band.

And he reveals that although they worked well together as a four-piece when McVie left 17 years ago, they’re in a better place with her back in the lineup.

He tells Austin 360: “When she left, we took a little bit of time off and then went in the studio to make an album back in 2003. And we’ve done a number of successful tours, business wise and I’d say artistically as a four-piece. 

“The only difference, really, is that Stevie Nicks is sort of at one end of the spectrum. She’s representing one pole, I’m representing the other end of that, and Christine is somewhere in the middle. 

“So I think that the body of work speaks more eloquently. With her inclusion in it and her songs in there, suddenly you’ve got a more complete landscape. And I think her songs help inform my songs and Stevie’s."

And he also says her return has made for a lighter atmosphere and that Nicks especially missed having her around.

Buckingham continues: “You’ve got to talk about just the fact that I think on some level, Stevie missed having her gal pal – and that’s been great.

“It kind of lightens things up again, because if there’s a polarity musically between Stevie and me, there’s also a bit of a polarity politically or socially, given our history. So it fills in that as well.
"We did great as a four-piece, but I think it’s a more complete picture when Christine is there.”

Fleetwood Mac are working on a new album which is due for release later this year and they head out on the road across the UK and Ireland starting in May:

May 27: London O2 Arena
May 28: London O2 Arena
Jun 08: Birmingham Genting Arena
Jun 09: Birmingham Genting Arena
Jun 12: Manchester Arena
Jun 14: Isle of Wight festival
Jun 16: Glasgow SSE Hydro
Jun 17: Glasgow SSE Hydro
Jun 20: Dublin 3Arena
Jun 22: London O2 Arena
Jun 24: London O2 Arena
Jun 26: London O2 Arena
Jun 27: London O2 Arena
Jun 30: Leeds First Direct Arena
Jul 01: Manchester Arena
Jul 04: Birmingham Genting Arena
Jul 05: Leeds First Direct Arena
Jul 08: Glasgow SSE Hydro
Jul 10: Dublin 3Arena
Jul 11: Dublin 3Arena

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Essential Christine McVie Returns To Fleetwood Mac

Although I have been a casual fan of Fleetwood Mac for many years, I must confess that have possessed only a dim awareness of the existence of Christine McVie during most of that time. Stevie Nicks always managed to steal the limelight, what with its ribbon adorned tambourine and new-age mysticism. McVie wrote four and sang lead on three songs on "Rumors", the most famous 1977 album Fleetwood Mac, but somehow, I had never heard.

Luckily, their inclusion in the current world tour of Fleetwood Mac is bound to make appreciators Christine McVie of even the most ignorant. (Fleetwood Mac playing the Dunkin 'Donuts Center in Providence on Jan. 28) It is thanks to her that the band was finally able to remount his iconic mid-1970s to' line 80 which splintered with Lindsey Buckingham starting in 1987. This was the group that pioneered sound signature of California soft rock with multi-platinum albums "Fleetwood Mac", "Rumors", "Fang", "Mirage" and "Tango in the Night". With McVie on board, many of the biggest hits of the band can be added back to the list of topics, such as singable insistence "You Make Loving Fun", the happy, peppy "Little Lies" and the effervescent "In all parties ".

Although McVie is personally responsible for eight of the most popular songs of Fleetwood Mac (at least according to their "Greatest Hits"), in many ways it is more elusive member of the band. After leaving the group in 1998, she literally pulled the English countryside largely disappeared from public view. And it is tempting to think of Fleetwood Mac primarily as the sum of two prodigious musical peers: indomitable rhythm section consisting of drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, who were there almost from the beginning, in 1967, and the bright, perpetually AT- odds ex-lovers Buckingham and Nicks, whose addition in 1975 propelled Fleetwood Mac to the mainstream of American success.

Christine McVie, perfect single, married John McVie in 1968 and joined his band in 1970. Like Nicks, Christine was caused due to his romance with one of the band members, and like Nicks, she broke that relationship at the time that "rumors" was being recorded. Meanwhile, Fleetwood was going through a divorce too. The album is widely understood as a product of these romances of disintegration. The recording sessions were, hiking affairs coke as fuel-laden interpersonal melodrama. Buckingham wrote "Second Hand News" on the break with Nicks, and Nicks wrote "Dreams" from his toxic relationship with Buckingham. McVie wrote "You Make Loving Fun" about a romance with the director of the lighting of the band, something that apparently did not sit well with her soon-to-be-ex-husband. Whether the album was successful because or in spite of these breaks is a question that could be debated for eternity. (Although I encourage you not to bother.)

McVie is certainly the most conventional of the composers of Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham has a penchant for flashy strange turns of phrase- "I will not lie in the high / grass And let me do my thing" and ambivalent statements- "If I could / Baby'd give you my world / How can I / when you do not take it from me "Nicks, meanwhile, is a master of imagery and metaphor, as evidenced in the ironic poetry, reminiscent of" Dreams:? "" Thunder only happens when it rains / Players only love you when they're playing. "

McVie, however, simple and gravitates to positive feelings. This sensitivity becomes ironically on the hit single "Do not Stop": "Do not stop thinking about tomorrow / Do not stop, it'll soon be here." However, it would be folly to dismiss "Don’t Stop" by its plain language and hopeful behavior. There really is a kind of desperation at its core. It gives us an idea that in the final verse, when the singer tries to calm a rejected lover and perhaps, by extension, to himself: "I know you do not believe its true / never meant to hurt / don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.”

McVie is a masterful composer of melodies, with an ear for contrast and suspense. When your natural simplicity deepens with voltage swing between verse and chorus, songs achieved a kind of luminescence. Take, for example, "You Make Loving Fun" which on the surface is as pure and joyful as a song can be ". Wonderful sweet / you make me happy with the things you do" The verse is not circumscribed by a rattle, rhythm tone lower, anxious lend urgency. McVie's voice is husky and androgynous. The Chorus "I never believed in miracles / But I have the feeling that it is time to try / I never believed in the ways of magic / But I'm starting to wonder why" -spirals yearningly up, bathed in a chorus of sighs "aah "s. The song seems to float, its forward momentum momentarily detained as McVie bask in the glow of possibility.

Songwriting hand, it is easy to overlook the musical contributions of McVie Fleetwood Mac. The guitar is a principal instrument and play Buckingham is particularly distinctive. His finger-picking technique self-holding a bright tone, elastic acoustic and electric guitar in demonstrating a flair for vivid, concise comments. But the task of a keyboard often is mixed discreetly. McVie plays piano, keys, Hammond organ, harpsichord and synthesizer. She provides the basis of syncopated piano on "Do not stop" while Buckingham's guitar screams in the foreground. In "Dreams", which evokes an almost palpable darkness liquid Nicks swim around. Your synthesizers in "everywhere" provide a shiny, without losing touch, energy-filled counterpoint to Buckingham.

There is a moment McVie's ballad "Oh Daddy", as the song sneaks into a soft applications that let loose an eccentric flurry of notes on the organ. According to engineer and producer Ken Caillat "Rumors", McVie was trying to draw the band to stop playing because we thought he had made a mistake. But no one noticed, and ended up making the album. It is easy to see why the gesture failed; even more pleasantly unexpected McVie notes blend with its surroundings. Once tuned, however, it is impossible to miss.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

40 Years Ago: Lindsey Buckingham And Stevie Nicks Join Fleetwood Mac

By the time Lindsey Buckingham Mick Fleetwood asked to join his band on the eve of New Year 1974, Fleetwood Mac was in freefall. The recent departure of Bob Welch, after all, meant that Buckingham would become the seventh guitarist of the group in only seven years. That gave some influence Buckingham, who used to organize a package with his girlfriend Stevie Nicks.

Fleetwood, who had heard a recording of Buckingham Nicks' 'Frozen Love,' happily obliged - and the addition of both classical training meant era Fleetwood Mac was finally in place.

The pair had met in 1966 when Nicks, recently transplanted from Arizona to music full around San Francisco, Buckingham heard singing "California Dreamin" at a party and boldly joined him in song. Two years later, when Fritz - a local band that Buckingham offers on bass - needed a new singer, Nicks came aboard. Fritz opened shows for Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, but without having received the coveted record deal finally split. By the time they returned to the stage as Buckingham Nicks, the two were lovers as well as musical confidants.

Polydor signed rookie duo, now moved to Los Angeles, but the resulting self-titled album went nowhere - leaving a desperate Nicks waitress for rent. She said it was mere weeks to return to Phoenix when Fleetwood flame. "If we had not joined us Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey and I would have done and done?" He told Uncut. "I was very tired of not having money and being a waitress. It is quite possible that I would have gone back to school and Lindsey would have gone back to San Francisco."

10a Fleetwood Mac lineup would rush the group to unprecedented success, first with a stroke of five million sale namesake - and then with 20 times platinum defining era After many ups and downs, Fleetwood Mac 'Rumours'. (For a while at least) enjoyed an era of stability and prosperity.

"When Bob Welch left when [band founder] Peter Green was, some people were devastated," said Fleetwood Salon, but that's what happened with Fleetwood Mac. "People came and went quite freely," says Fleetwood. "It's part of the history of this band."

That story, of course, be repeated. Buckingham failed two subsequent albums Fleetwood Mac; Nicks was also absent for one, But not before he helped "Tango in the Night '1979' Tusk '1982' Mirage 'and 1,987 of about five million in US sales.

And to think that Buckingham had expressed initial reservations about joining Fleetwood Mac, mainly because I was not sure about the inclusion of their own extraordinary personality in the largest group dynamics. Nicks, however, quickly intervened. In the talk with Uncut, she remembers saying Buckingham, "We can always quit. They're going to pay us $ 200 each week, so you can save some money and leave in six months with a little nest egg if it does not work ".