Mick Fleetwood Goes His Own Way: On the road | Sunday Express

Sunday Express (UK)
By: Mick Fleetwood
Sun, March 23, 2014

The life I love is making music with my friends, and I can’t wait to get on the road again – Willie Nelson, On The Road Again.

Fleetwood Mac knew all about excess on tour [PA]

Fleetwood Mac knew all about excess on tour [PA]

All of us are familiar with my friend and comrade Willie Nelson’s lyrics. As far as I am concerned, there’s never been a truer sentiment written, since I love all those old feelings of excitement that ramp up before any tour starts.My first real tour started with the release of our hit record, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. We toured throughout Europe. Lugging equipment, setting up stages, taking small planes, ferries and buses, we had an itinerary of crummy, shared motel rooms, often sneaking five to a room and using overcoats for blankets. We travelled on no sleep and bad food, in broken-down vans, sometimes even hitchhiking to gigs. I loved every minute of it.

I adapted to the rhythm and the chaos of travelling so well because it was in my blood, having been raised in the Air Force. For me, it was the birth of the “Road Dog” – the bloke who is happier and more comfortable on the road than at home. I developed my skills as a ringmaster, organising and taking control of getting that circus out on the road. Continue reading