30th May 2015 By Michael Brown
Rock superstar Mick Fleetwood has revealed plans to walk Hadrian’s Wall in memory of his mother Biddy.
The 67-year-old, who has just begun an international tour with the rest of Fleetwood Mac’s classic line up of John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, lost the 98-year-old in January.
And Rumours has it that the star, unless he’s telling Little Lies, will be visiting one of the region’s Seven Wonders.
The trek would take place after the band completes its On With The Show tour, with the final date fixed for October 30 in Australia.
Richard Dashut, who co produced the band’s 40 million selling album Rumours, posted a tribute to Mick’s mother on his Truth and Consequences blog in January.
Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks believes that every band should have a mix of men and women because it “casts a romantic spell”.
In an interview with Mojo magazine the Go Your Own Way singer said: “I think every band should have a girl in it, because it’s always going to make for cooler stuff going on than if it’s just a bunch of guys.”
She added that the mixed gender dynamic “casts a romantic spell,” despite whether any of the members of the group are together or not.
Fleetwood Mac has returned to the UK this week as part of their European tour, playing with keyboardist Christine McVie for the first time in 16, to rave reviews.
On Wednesday night British singer and songwriter Adele met Nicks before the show, and posted a picture of the pair together on Twitter, with the message: “So tonight was THE best night of my life. I love you Stevie Nicks!! The queen of melodies! Thanks for everything x”.
So…tonight was THE best night of my life. I love you Stevie Nicks!! The queen of melodies! Thanks for everything x pic.twitter.com/OKukHIpiV4
Whatever the band’s internal dynamic, it seems to work for the music
The internal dynamic of the Fleetwood Mac soap opera has always lent an additional frisson of interest to their performances, so the return of Christine McVie after an absence of 16 years made the band’s current show especially intriguing.
No surprise, then, that they should open with “The Chain”. Even without its obvious message that “the chain keeps us together”, it serves to reintroduce all the elements that make the band special: Mick Fleetwood’s earth-shaking bass-drum pulse heralding the re-constitution of those sylvan three-part harmonies, and John McVie’s massive bass bridge leading into the first of a series of dazzling guitar solos from Lindsey Buckingham. If only, in retrospect, they had stayed true to the show’s natural arc and eventually closed with the obvious money-shot encore, “Don’t Stop”, rather than deflating its impact by tacking on several more songs to an already overlong show.
But for a while, there’s no faulting this reunion, which of course relied heavily on “Rumours”, their defining epic of Californication. Even the weaker numbers, like “Second Hand News” and “Gold Dust Woman”, get an airing, the latter inflated into an interminable bout of melodrama.But once things settle down, there are some sublime performances tonight, several of them from Buckingham, a seriously underrated guitarist. His solo presentation of “Big Love”, a whirligig flurry of acoustic arpeggios and hammered notes, is extraordinary; though I could have done without the preceding lecture on the production of Tango in the Night and how it represented a “meditation on the power and importance of change”, or whatever. It’s almost as if he’s trying to epitomise the West Coast new-age weirdo – and that’s Stevie Nicks’ job, surely? Continue reading Fleetwood Mac, O2 Arena, gig review: There’s no stopping these sublime rockers | The Independent→
“There’s nothing to fault except Nicks’s getting so lost in her cocaine-warning song, ‘Gold Dust Woman’, that it goes on for a week – time that could have been better spent hearing the blaring ‘Tusk’ again. Apart from that, it’s just about perfect.”
“With that taut, explosive rhythm section, Buckingham’s imaginative flair, Nicks’ wildcard charisma and Christine McVie’s singalong soulfulness restored to the heart of the matter, there is really no way this band could be anything less than extraordinary.”
“When the individuals surrendered to the collective, the evening turned celestial. Harmonies sparked off each other on The Chain; the comforting ‘Don’t Stop’ and its dark twin, ‘Go Your Own Way’, were all singalong moments of adult pop perfection.”