Mick Fleetwood: Excess all areas

The Sunday Times
18th Aug 2013
Matt Munday

Mick Fleetwood has survived nearly 50 years in rock’s most dysfunctional band, Fleetwood Mac. Now they’re back on the road

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Mick Fleetwood looks like a bohemian Santa with his bushy white beard, pastel shirt, black waistcoat and flat cap. Not all his tales from the rock’n’roll frontline are as jolly as his appearance, though. At one point he has to choke back tears of regret. He has lived a life of such abandon that he admits he is lucky to still be here. “I’ve inherited some good genes,” he explains.

It is often reported that Fleetwood put $8m of cocaine up his nose, and though this is an exaggeration, he says, if he hadn’t stopped consuming the drug so vigorously “the next stop would have been a wooden box”. His former bandmate in Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie, had earlier told me that the men in the band used to rack out lines of coke like “blooming great rails” – whereas she and Stevie Nicks, the female contingent, would restrict themselves to “ladylike” portions, carried around their necks in jeweled buckles that had dainty silver spoons inside. “It was the 1970s,” she shrugged. “There was a lot going around.”

“I’m not advocating cocaine at all, but the truth is, I had a good time,” says Fleetwood. “But then, without realising it, you’re getting too out of it. You’re sleeping for three days, or you’re up for nine days or whatever. And eventually you don’t feel good at any time.” Continue reading

Fleetwood Mac – Sunday Night – Channel 7 – Yahoo!7 TV

Return of the Mac
Sunday Night Show Transcript
Sunday August 11, 2013
Reporter: Rahni Sadler
Producer: Dale Paget

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Sex drugs and rock n’ roll: if ever there was a band that followed the mantra to the letter, it’s Fleetwood Mac.

Ahead of their Australian tour, the band are together for one special interview. The love triangles, the spiraling cocaine habits and other tales of rock star excess – nothing is off-limits. After more than four decades, see the reunion of all reunions.

MICK: Everyone on that stage has really fulfilled their dream from when they were really young to do this and we’re still doing this at this level. We’re still actually finding new chapters that are opening for us as people and musicians.

RAHNI: How does it feel when you walk out onto a stage and everybody is going nuts and stamping the ground? You’re walking out hand in hand with Lindsay.

STEVIE: I feel like I did when I first met him and started to sing with him because I knew, I knew that Lindsay and Stevie were going places.

RAHNI: Fleetwood Mac’s celebrated rock’n’roll story of love, hate and hit records has come full circle.

STEVIE: It is, in many ways, one of the greatest love stories ever told. It’s like one of those great romances of the century.

MICK: We’re all ex-lovers, so it’s just not cut and dry.

STEVIE: It’s a relationship that spans centuries and has come out on top.

RAHNI: For more than 30 years, Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham played together, but hardly spoke.

STEVIE: We both tried to kill each other.

RAHNI: Now they’re back.

STEVIE: It reminds me of the ’70s. It reminds me of the early days when we first started. Continue reading