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Christine McVie’s return to Fleetwood Mac 'a poetic moment' for the band

Members of legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac told TODAY's Lester Holt that they have reached "completeness" with the return of former member Christine McVie, who quit the group to live a quiet life in England in 1998."This is such a poetic moment for the band," Lindsay Buckingham said. "The fact that Christine wanted to return, the fact that we wanted her to come back at this particular time after

Members of legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac told TODAY's Lester Holt that they have reached "completeness" with the return of former member Christine McVie, who quit the group to live a quiet life in England in 1998.

"This is such a poetic moment for the band," Lindsay Buckingham said. "The fact that Christine wanted to return, the fact that we wanted her to come back at this particular time after having our own growth without her."

The keyboard player and vocalist spent more than six weeks in rehearsals, preparing her voice and her body for their nationwide tour. "You need to do it, you know," McVie said. "We're not getting any younger."

And the training paid off in Minneapolis on Monday, when the group kicked off their U.S. tour, and performed their first concert together in 16 years. "There was a sense of completeness," Mick Fleetwood said. "It's almost like it never happened that she went away."

"That's kind of how we feel," Stevie Nicks said. "Almost like she never left."

Between now and December 20, all five members of Fleetwood Mac will be on their 24-date tour, including a special TODAY concert on Thursday Oct. 9.