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Spreading rumours: Christine McVie back in the Fleetwood Mac fold

Mick Fleetwood (left) and Stevie Nicks (right) flank Christine McVie who officially rejoined Fleetwood Mac.
Mick Fleetwood (left) and Stevie Nicks (right) flank Christine McVie who officially rejoined Fleetwood Mac.
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It’s official: Christine McVie has rejoined Fleetwood Mac, 16 years after departing the band for which she wrote some of its biggest hits, including Don’t Stop, You Make Loving Fun, and Little Lies.

“This is the worst-kept secret there is, but Christine McVie will be rejoining Fleetwood Mac,” an ebullient Mick Fleetwood told an audience at a blues festival in Hawaii on Saturday, Rolling Stone reports. Stevie Nicks, who just appeared on FX’s American Horror Story, gushed, “She started the damn band.”

Sorry, Stevie. Guitarist Peter Green did that in 1967. But McVie, 70, did hold the band together in its pre- Rumours lean years and is responsible for the majority of its pop-radio hits.

If this leads to a new album it would be the classic lineup’s first studio set since Tango in the Night in 1987. “Indeed Christine has rejoined the band,” Fleetwood Mac’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, confirmed Wednesday. “There is great expectations of a potential tour with all the Macsters on board. Fingers crossed.”

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Come together

The Grammys weekend is shaping up to be a Beatles weekend. The Recording Academy announced Paul McCartn ey and Ringo Starr will perform at the Jan. 26 awards show in Los Angeles. The Beatles will be honored at the Academy's Special Merits Awards the day before, and a day after the big show, the iconic group will be the center of a performance special featuring Eurythmics and other acts playing Beatles hits. McCartney's nominations include best rock song and music film. The Grammys will air live on CBS from the Staples Center.

Bad company

Too bad Justin Bieber didn’t take the advice of his elders, who told him a while ago to kick houseguest Lil Za out of his California mansion. The up-and-coming rapper (can’t think of one of his songs off the top of our heads) was arrested on a charge of felony drug possession on Tuesday at Bieber’s manor. The arrest really doesn’t paint a very nice picture. Guilt by association, anyone?

A source told RadarOnline the pop star had been warned: “People close to Justin had wanted Lil Za out of the picture, but obviously Justin makes his own decisions.”

Lil Za, whose real name is Xavier Smith, is not well-behaved. According to, he was minutes away from getting released from police custody when he allegedly flipped out and destroyed a phone in the holding cell.

Now LZ is facing “additional charges” for the incident, which is also a felony, a police source told the gossip site. His bail was reportedly readjusted from $20,000 to $70,000. Will Biebs be able to help out his pal now?

Dangerous behavior

One Direction member Liam Payne says he is sorry for being “stupid and irresponsible” after he was photographed standing on a building ledge 34 stories above the ground. A photo published in British tabloid the Sun shows the boy-band singer standing on the ledge of a high-rise with a city that appears to be London behind him. The 20-year-old said in a statement: “I regret being there and having a photo taken. It was a stupid and irresponsible thing to do.” He urged fans not to copy him.

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