The tangled web that’s the story of Fleetwood Mac is easily one of rock and roll’s, well, quirkiest. A once-quintessentially English blues band came to be the sound of California dreaming in the mid-70s when, seemingly washed up and on the verge of permanent disbandment, drummer Mick Fleetwood asked L.A. husband and wife singer-songwriting team Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to join the group in one last desperate throw of the musical dice. The rest was multi-platinum history; Rumours still boasts a place a place in the top-ten selling albums ever. But while the songs have endured, the addictions, the divorces, the petty band politic chipped away at their legacy for 30 years. Here, a reflective Lindsey Buckingham tries to find new meaning in those lost days of summer, and how being lucky enough to survive them has allowed Fleetwood Mac to get on stage one more time for their 2009 World Tour. Continue reading
One of the best selling groups of all time Fleetwood Mac are set to re-unite for a very special UK arena tour.
Emerging from the British blues boom, Fleetwood Mac would go on to dominate the pop market with some of the most popular albums ever released. The band perhaps peaked with the spectacular success of ‘Rumours’, and the line up that crafted this album is set to gather for an extremely rare tour.
To gather the roots of Fleetwood Mac would take a box set. Formed by guitar hero Peter Green, the band used some of the finest musicians from the British blues scene. However Green would depart in 1970 after a period of mental decline, leaving the band to battle on.
Centred on the rhythm section pairing of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, Fleetwood Mac would later gather the twin talents of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
The group would later inter-marry, but the pressures of success took their toll on the relationships with the band divorcing just a few years later. The inter-band politics seemed to drive them on to greater artistic endeavours, crafting the massively successful album ‘Rumours’.
To date the album has sold over 25 million copies, and spawned the classic hits ‘Go Your Own Way’, ‘Dreams’ and ‘Don’t Stop’.
In total, the band have sold a staggering 100 million albums making them one of the most popular rock acts ever. Subsequent albums such as ‘Tusk’ and ‘Tango In The Night’ would enhance Fleetwood Mac’s reputation as a supreme artistic outfit, yet full scale tours are few and far between.
Fleetwood Mac have only played two full scale tours in more than twenty years. In fact, it is over a decade since the band’s last appearance in public together.
Hell, even solo appearances are hard to come by. Since the release of a live album in 1998 the band members have taken time off, with Mick Fleetwood said to be the lynchpin behind getting the group to reform.
More than thirty years on from the release of ‘Rumours’ Fleetwood Mac remain one of the most popular groups on the planet. A rare chance to catch this band in the live arena, make sure you don’t miss out!
Fleetwood Mac are set to play the following dates: Continue reading
Fleetwood Mac are definitely reforming for live dates to take place next year, the band’s guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has said.
The legendary band will reform for a tour in early 2009, their first since 2003, and they are also planning on making a new studio album too, once they have played together for a while.
Buckingham has said in an interview with US publication Billboard.com: “I think maybe there was even a sense that we would make a better album if we went out and hung out together first on the road …Maybe even sowing some seeds musically that would get us more prepared to go in the studio rather than just going in cold. It takes the pressure (off) from having to go in and make something cold.”
As previously reported here on uncut.co.uk, Buckingham has enlisted the help of Fleetwood Mac members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie for two tracks on his forthcoming solo album ‘Gift of Screws’, due for release on September 16.
Fleetwood Mac Plots Return — With Or Without Crow
March 25, 2008, 2:25 PM ET
Fleetwood Mac — with or without Sheryl Crow in tow — is planning to be active again.
Singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham — who’s just released a new concert DVD, “Live at the Bass Performance Hall,” from his 2006-07 solo tour — tells Billboard.com that the group is “looking at the idea of touring sometime in the first half of 2009,” possibly with some new material to play.
In recent weeks Crow, who’s friendly with Mac’s Stevie Nicks, has talked about joining the band, which Buckingham acknowledges is a possibility, though he adds, “I don’t think anything is written in stone yet.”
“I think we were all a little surprised (Crow) was announcing that to the world with such certainty,” Buckingham says with a laugh. “We have talked about the possibility of bringing another woman into the scene to kind of give Stevie a sort of foil and shake it up a little bit. (Crow) was certainly a name that has come up. We’ll have to see.”
Nicks has been the group’s sole female member since Christine McVie retired from the band in the late ’90s. Buckingham says that he has “a ton of new stuff” that could be used for a new Fleetwood Mac album, though he adds that he might want to step back from the production role he’s had in the band.
“I don’t think I want to produce again ’cause it takes so much,” he explains. “Whatever happens we’ll all sit in a room and make something work as a group. a little more like we used to, sort of try to open it up and get everyone sharing the activity a little more.”
Buckingham, meanwhile, is also planning another solo album — the follow-up to 2006’s “Under the Skin” — for this summer. Recorded with members of his touring band as well as Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, it “has a little more of a rock feel to it” than “Under the Skin,” according to Buckingham. “It’s just another group of tunes that hopefully will translate to stage, and hopefully we can get some more (solo) dates this summer.”
Formerly signed to Reprise, Buckingham says he’s a “free agent” now, without a label deal as a solo artist. “We’re gonna figure out who wants to put it out,” he says of the as-yet untitled album. “I’m keeping an open mind. People need to hear the music and we’ll see what they think and what the best situation for it will be.”