Mick Fleetwood – Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography Book Review

Book Review: Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography by Mick Fleetwood

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Nice, reflective memoir from Mr Fleetwood

I enjoyed this book, nice to see that the Fleetwood Mac story (from Mick’s perspective) brought up to date, the book did allocate the nearly fifty percent to the early years before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the band and really over covered the years post-1990 in the last third of the book, this was a surprise as Mick’s previous book covered up to 1990, but I guess he felt that he needed to tell this story again.

The pre-1990 section could be seen as a duplicate, but I felt that the story was told with a fresher sense of perspective, probably as it included information from Mick’s first wife Jenny Boyd that took the story in a slightly different direction with more emphasis on regrets and acknowledged the dysfunctional family life as opposed to the just being focused on Fleetwood Mac.

The later section that dealt with the post-1990 band was a little rushed, many years were skipped and as this timeframe is really lacking in print, this was a missed opportunity, the book was finished bang up to date with Christine McVie re-joining the band and Fleetwood Mac being out on the road again.

All in all, a good read for a fan of the band, or for a casual observer of Fleetwood Mac and Mick Fleetwood.

Four Stars out of Five

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Stevie Nicks – Beauty and the Beast (live 1986 Radio Broadcast) Review

Album Review: Beauty and the Beast (live 1986 Radio Broadcast) by Stevie Nicks

Poor Sound, but it is a bootleg after all….

71rTySi5VRL._SL1064_I was gifted this CD as an Xmas present and was curious hear the quality of this set, I did not expect a stellar live recording and my fears were as expected fully justified, the sound quality is poor for a ‘supposed’ official release (would rate this a B+ in the bootleg world) and the packaging is pretty average.

If you want to hear Stevie singing live I would suggest the official Soundstage set from 2009 is worth your hard-earned money, not this set that is really only a bootleg and i do wonder how the publishers get hold of these recordings and are allowed to sell them via Amazon, I suspect Ms Nicks sees nothing of the royalties here. Also bear in mind that if you look hard enough online or engage with Stevie Nicks fans online, I dare say that this recording (and others) exist as bootlegs that can normally be sourced for free.

Two stars out of five

Track List

1. Outside The Rain
2. Dreams
3. Talk To Me
4. I Need To Know
5. Beauty and the Beast
6. Leather and Lace
7. Stand Back
8. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
9. How Still My Love
10. Edge of Seventeen
11. Rhiannon

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Lindsey Buckingham interview with Tavis Smilay | PBS

Lindsey Buckingham – The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer talks about reuniting with the iconic band, Fleetwood Mac, for its “On With The Show” concert tour.

  • Aired: 12/17/2014
  • 26:36
  • Rating: NR

Interview Transcription via Nicole21290 (re-produced here on this site with permission)

TAVIS SMILEY. 17th DECEMBER 2014.

Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is of course one of the reasons for the phenomenal success of Fleetwood Mac. He’s been a part of that band for some forty years now with only a slight break to focus, of course, on his highly successful solo career. Fleetwood Mac, with all the bandmates, is now back on tour for the first time in sixteen years. Before we start out conversation, a look at Lindsey performing ‘Big Love’ at the Saban Theatre here in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Sixth London date among new additions to Fleetwood Mac UK tour | NME

By David Renshaw ,
December 3, 2014 13:38
NME News

Band also add dates in Birmingham, Leeds and Glasgow

Fleetwood Mac have added an extra night in London to their 2015 UK and Irish tour.

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Tickets for the original run of shows went on sale last month (November 14). Today it has been confirmed that the band will now play a sixth London date plus additional gigs in Birmingham, Leeds and Glasgow. Tickets for the new dates are available from 9am tomorrow (December 4).

The new dates will see the band play London’s O2 Arena on June 27, Birmingham Genting Arena on July, Leeds First Direct Arena on the 5th and SSE Hydro in Glasgow on July 8.

The shows will feature Christine McVie, who recently rejoined the group and performing with her old bandmates for the first time since 1997.

Earlier this2014MickFleetwood_FleetwoodMac_Getty169545905090414 week it was confirmed that the band will also headline The Isle Of Wight Festival in June and that date will be their only UK festival appearance of 2015. Drummer Mick Fleetwood recently denied that Fleetwood Mac will be appearing at Glastonbury in 2015.

You can check out the tour dates in full, including the newly added gig, below.

London O2 Arena (May 27, 28, June 22, 24, 26, 27)
Birmingham Genting Arena (June 8, 9, July 4)
Manchester Arena (June 12, July 1)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (June 16, 17, July 8)
Dublin 3Arena (June 20)
Leeds First Direct Arena (June 30, July 5)

To check the availability of Fleetwood Mac tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765.

Fleetwood Mac to headline Isle of Wight Festival 2015 | BBC Newsbeat

By Jimmy Blake
Newsbeat reporter
1 December 2014

Fleetwood Mac have been announced as the first headline act of Isle of Wight 2015.

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The band had been heavily linked with set at Glastonbury next year

The band’s set at Seaclose Park will be their only festival show of the year.

The set on Sunday 14 June, which will close the festival, will include original member Christine McVie, who recently confirmed that she would be rejoining the band.

Festival organiser John Giddings told Newsbeat: “It’s the best news I’ve had in a long while.”

He said that he had been asking the band to perform at the Isle of Wight for the last seven years.

“Every year I have asked without fail,” he revealed. “I’d like to tell you otherwise but it’s true, I have begged them.”

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