Stevie Nicks to join Lady Antebellum at ACM Awards

Brian Mansfield
USA TODAY
March 14, 2014

Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks will sing with Lady Antebellum at The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards next month. Along with Eric Church and Toby Keith, they’re the latest acts scheduled to perform on the April 6 awards show.

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Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and The Band Perry.

Lady Antebellum is up for vocal group of the year at the April awards show and received three other nominations for singing backing vocals on Darius Rucker’s Wagon Wheel. Lambert and Tim McGraw received the most nominations, with seven each.

The show, hosted by Bryan and Shelton, will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 6 (CBS, 8 p.m. ET/PT).

Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones earn more than One Direction in the US | Telegraph

By Aime Williams
6:34PM GMT 11 Mar 2014
Daily Telegraph

The two 70s bands break into the top ten for US earnings in 2013

Fleetwood Mac in concert in New York

Fleetwood Mac in concert in New York

Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones are the only British bands to break intothe top ten of an annual list ranking recording artists by their US earnings for 2013, earning more than younger superstars One Direction.

The list, compiled by American magazine Billboard, sees Fleetwood Mac ranked tenth with earnings of $19.1m, while the Stones came fifth with $26.2m. One Direction sat at thirteenth with $18.0m, though all three were beaten by 24-year-old Taylor Swift, who was the top-ranked star with an annual total of $39.7m.

Touring, recorded-music sales, publishing royalties, and revenue from digital music and video streaming were all taken into account when the earnings were calculated, although revenue from sponsorship and merchandise was not.

The Rolling Stones’ earnings were thanks to a lucrative deal with American company AEG Live, who allegedly paid the band $80m to secure the promotional rights to 15 shows in the 2013 50th anniversary tour. The band are rumoured to have earned a further $5m through their tour partnership with Citi group. Each show grossed an average of $4.7m

Despite their age, the Stones still sold 1.5 million track downloads and sold 300,000 CDs.

Fleetwood Mac’s presence on the list is due to their 2013 world tour, which earned them $17.4 million. They also made money from the release of new a EP, Extended Play, which was released for digital download.

The band’s nationality is more complicated than that of the Rolling Stones. Original members were British nationals Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Jeremy Spencer, and Peter Green, who were responsible for the band’s debut album Albatross in 1968.

They were later joined by McVie’s wife, Christine McVie and American singer-songwriters Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

Rumours, produced in 1977, remains one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Mick Fleetwood Goes His Own Way: The Marquee Club | Sunday Express

Sunday Express (UK)
By: Mick Fleetwood
Sun, March 9, 2014

IT WAS 50 years since The Beatles first played the Ed Sullivan Show, and 50 years since the Marquee Club shaped and changed the course of my life.

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It was there I made life-long friends, saved sweethearts and survived fights. It was there I went from complete obscurity to learning the tools of my trade from the musical masters of our time.

The Marquee was the jewel of the London clubs. All the musicians wanted to play there. It was a jazz club until the brilliant, groundbreaking management of John Gee, who guided its metamorphosis into the seminal rock and roll/rhythm and blues club whose influence is still relevant today.

I have a first, stomach-turning memory of playing the Marquee with my band The Cheynes. We had no following and it was a miracle to have been asked to back the legendary blues star Sonny Boy Williamson. This giant of a man played a tiny harmonica and dressed in the coolest suits, all mismatched fabrics in wild designs. We had studied his albums and learned his every note by heart to prepare for this honour. Continue reading

Mick Fleetwood Goes His Own Way: Custom fashion | Sunday Express

Sunday Express (UK)
By: Mick Fleetwood
Published: Sun, March 2, 2014

IT’S NOT exactly breaking news, my many dalliances with addiction in my life, but one hasn’t been well-documented, and that’s my absolute love of fashion.

Mick Fleetwood has a taste for alternative and custom fashion [GETTY]

Mick Fleetwood has a taste for alternative and custom fashion [GETTY]

Not so much fashion per se, rather my personal pursuit of theatrical self-expression through my clothes and what I present to the world.

Here’s a riddle for you: What can a broke, 18-year-old, 6ft 6in beanpole find to wear in a ready-made shop? Answer? Absolutely nothing. I was left to scour the markets, usually ending up at the Army and Navy surplus store.

Then I met Rod Stewart and the incredible blues artist Long John Baldry who, incidentally, was 6ft 7in. Imagine my initial envy, seeing this tall man in garb I’d only dreamt of.

I played with Rod for two years and I attribute much of my fashion savvy to him and John. Not only were they renowned for their style, they shared their secrets, showing me the ways of bespoke tailoring on the cheap in London’s East End.

I saved up for one thing that fit properly – a pair of trousers, a shirt – at a time. I was hooked. Finally, I had clothes that fit. Continue reading