Rumours? All true – 10 things you might not know about Fleetwood Mac.

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1.) Founding member Peter Green, who alongside Clapton is often hailed as one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time, was suffering from mental troubles before he left the band in 1970 – he also tried to persuade the rest of the band to give away all their profits to charity. A bad acid trip in Munich sent him over the edge.

Fleetwood Mac back in 1970. Left-right: Mick Fleetwood, John Mc Vie, Jeremy Spencer, Danny Kirwan and Peter Green (Picture: Syndication International)

2.) Much has been made of the ‘curse’ on Fleetwood Mac guitarists. Following Peter Green’s departure, Jeremy Spencer went awol in LA in 1971 – he was eventually located with the Children of God cult. Another guitarist, Danny Kirwan, was fired in 1972 after a drink-fueled episode which saw him bashing his head against a bathroom wall and smashing up his guitar. Continue reading

Fleetwood Mac still happy together, despite ‘Rumours’ realities

The Columbus Dispatch
Kevin Joy
Thursday April 4, 2013 5:50 AM

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Mick Fleetwood, the only band member to remain a constant since his namesake band’s 1967 inception

The modern rumor-mill media world, with its Twitter gossip and screaming TMZ headlines, has nothing on the dramas of Fleetwood Mac.
Although its past is littered with divorces, drugs, lineup changes and lustful behavior —
including a painful split between singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and free-spirited frontwoman Stevie Nicks — the ensemble hasn’t buried its missteps.

“We still choose to be more revealed than not,” said drummer Mick Fleetwood, the only player to remain a constant since his namesake band’s 1967 inception. “I think you’d find in any of our interviews, Stevie, and even Lindsey, are almost too open about things that are very personal, really.” Continue reading

Fleetwood Mac: The resurgent 1970s icons head out on a new world tour

Fleetwood Mac in their 1970s heyday (Picture: Allstar Collection)

As Fleetwood Mac embark on a world tour, we look at the renewed love for a band that defined the 1970s.

I’m as overawed to meet Mick Fleetwood, the towering drummer from legendary Anglo-American rock act Fleetwood Mac, as a hobbit greeting Gandalf – though this wizard sports a batik waistcoat and bright pink socks.

‘We had no concept of the enormity of what we were making with Rumours,’ he says, speaking of their legendary 1977 album. ‘But we did know it was something special and that helped us focus when we were all so desperately unhappy. I can’t think of any other band where all this s*** has happened.’ Continue reading