Fleetwood Mac plan world tour for 2013

Fleetwood Mac plan world tour for 2013

The Guardian Newspaper
Sean Michaels
Tuesday 4 December 2012

The band have announced 34 North American dates, followed by shows in Europe and Australia, if ‘everything goes well’

‘Perfect timing’ … Fleetwood Mac will tour in 2013. Photograph: Cliff Watts/AP

Fleetwood Mac will embark on a world tour in 2013. The band have announced the first concerts in what Stevie Nicks has called “the year of Fleetwood Mac,” which will include gigs in Europe, America and Australia.

“For now, I have no particular vision of what this tour is going to be,” Lindsey Buckingham told Rolling Stone. That’s not actually very surprising: Fleetwood Mac haven’t released a new album since 2003’s Say You Will, and they were touring worldwide as recently as 2010. Even still, fans have been hungry for a comeback; there was considerable alarm this spring, when Mick Fleetwood said that Fleetwood Mac might never tour again.

“It’s the perfect time to go back out,” Nicks declared. The band’s initial announcement comprises 34 North American dates, from 4 April to 12 June. “If everything goes well we’ll be in Europe doing festivals this summer,” she explained. “Then we’ll actually tour Europe, which is different than just doing festivals. Then we might do 15 or so shows in Australia.”

While there is no new Fleetwood Mac album, Nicks admitted, “We actually have two new Fleetwood Mac songs that I cut with Lindsey two weeks ago.” The two musicians spent four days recording at Buckingham’s house, “[hanging] out with his family … and really [connecting] with him again.” “We’re pretty proud of what we have done,” Nicks said, “and we’re looking at it through the eyes of wisdom now, instead of through the eyes of jealousy and resentment and anger.”

In his remarks earlier this year, Mick Fleetwood complained that Nicks and Buckingham’s solo careers had undermined the larger band. On this new tour, Buckingham revealed, the show may contain “an extended middle portion” featuring “just me and Stevie”.

Formed in 1967, Fleetwood Mac have released 17 studio albums. They have sold over 40m copies of their 1977 smash, Rumours, making it one of the bestselling records of all time.

 

Fleetwood Mac announce the first leg of 2013 reunion world tour

December 4, 2012 9:01
NME

Band confirm US dates – and say there’s European shows in the pipeline, too

Fleetwood Mac have announced the first leg of their planned 2013 reunion world tour.

The much-revered band have confirmed a large run of US shows to take place from April to June next year, and also told Rolling Stone that they plan on playing a spate of European festivals and shows too.

Speaking about the dates, singer Stevie Nicks said:

It’s the perfect time to go back out. 2013 is going to be the year of Fleetwood Mac.

John Mcvie and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac perform at Madison Square Garden, Thursday, March 19, 2009, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Nicks also teased that fans would be treated to new songs at the shows, revealing: “We actually have two new Fleetwood Mac songs that I cut with Lindsey two weeks ago we might play. I had a really good time working with him for four days at his house. I got to hang out with his family and his kids, his grown up kids, and really connect with him again. We’re pretty proud of what we have done, and we’re looking at it through the eyes of wisdom now, instead of through the eyes of jealousy and resentment and anger.

Discussing the prospect of playing European shows, meanwhile, she said: “If everything goes will we’ll be in Europe doing festivals this summer. Then we’ll actually tour Europe, which is different than just doing festivals. Then we might do 15 or so shows in Australia.”

Her comments could spark renewed speculation that the band are set to headline Glastonbury when the festival returns in 2013. When previously asked about the rumours, festival boss Emily Eavis said: “I think Fleetwood Mac would be amazing to get, I’ll be totally honest we haven’t had any conversations with them yet but, you know, it is still early days. We’re just talking to some headliners now. For us it’s about getting the balance of heritage bands, legends and new bands – just keeping that balance.”

Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham also provided some insight as to what fans could expect from the gigs. “We always have to play ‘Dreams,’ ‘Rhiannon,’ ‘Don’t Stop,’ ‘Tusk,’ ‘Big Love,’ ‘Landslide’ and all our most famous songs,” he said. “When you’ve gone through all your must-do’s, that’s 75% of your potential setlist. I think with the other 25 per cent, there are areas of our catalog that are more under-explored. Maybe we’ll play more songs from ‘Tusk’. I’d also like to see an extended middle portion of the show that’s just me and Stevie. This is just me talking from the top of my head. For now, I have no particular vision of what this tour is going to be.” Continue reading