Early Fleetwood Mac History: Release of pre-Fleetwood Mac live album | Press Release


John Mayall’s Bluebreakers – Live in 1967, an ultra rare collection of, never-before-heard, live recordings featuring John Mayall, Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, will be released on 20th April, on Forty Below Records.

Live in '67 Low Res Cover copyIn 1967, before there was a Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood were John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.  The four musicians were only together for three months, which makes it even more remarkable that a staunch fan from Holland was able to sneak a one channel reel-to-reel tape recorder into five London clubs and capture this exciting glimpse into musical history.

For almost fifty years these tapes have remained unheard until Mayall recently got them and began restoring them with the technical assistance of Eric Corne of Forty Below Records.  Corne adds “While the source recording was very rough and the final result is certainly not hi-fidelity, it does succeed in allowing us to hear how spectacular these performances are.”

The significant discovery of these live recordings will surely thrill Mayall fans around the world but, moreover, it has enabled the creation of an historical document, which captures a very special moment in the evolution of British Blues music.

John Circa '67 Low res

Lindsey Buckingham: Out Of The Cradle – Album appreciation…

It seems as though the first ‘real’ solo album from Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham is not getting the love and attention that this album deserves, recently deleted from the UK iTunes store, no official release of the four music videos and limited appearances of live tracks in Lindsey’s recent solo live shows.

It’s our opinion that it’s about time that this fine collection of songs was re-visited and re-appreciated, but first, here’s some brief history…..


Out Of The Cradle was released in 1992, five years after Lindsey had departed Fleetwood Mac to concentrate fully on his solo career and could be considered as his one and only true solo album where he was not a member of Fleetwood Mac (all other solo albums were recorded and released whilst he was juggling being a member of the band and releasing solo albums at the same time).

The solo album sessions actually began in the mid-eighties and the early tracks that these sessions produced morphed into what would become the Fleetwood Mac comeback album ‘Tango In The Night’, that was released in 1987, tracks such as Big Love and Family Man were originally recorded for Lindsey’s next solo album with Lindsey and longterm co-producer ‘Richard Dashut’ co-producing again, these tracks were turned over to the wider group effort, as the Tango sessions consumed Lindsey completely as vocalist, writer, guitarist, producer and arranger, the third solo album was put of the back burner whilst the Mac returned to it’s glory days with ‘Tango In The Night’. Continue reading Lindsey Buckingham: Out Of The Cradle – Album appreciation…

Stevie Nicks: A Rock Goddess Looks Back | Rolling Stone

By Brian Hiatt
Photograph by Peggy Sirota

Rolling Stone Magazine
Issue 1227 >> January 29, 2015

Magic & Loss

Maker of myths, wearer of shawls: for Stevie Nicks, nothing – and everything – has changed.

Stevie Nicks got to sleep at home last night for once, her skinny, half-blind, half-hairless 16-year-old dog, Sulamith, snuggling at her feet, in a four-poster bed too tall for either of them. “I have to take, like, a running jump to get up there,” says Nicks, who, for all the potency of her presence, is five feet one without heels. She lives in an oceanside condo in Santa Monica, a “space pad” with floor-to-ceiling views of half of Los Angeles County. Her bedroom décor is spare: a Buddha statue on the polished hardwood floor, a vintage globe on a stand, a white stuffed rabbit perched on some pillows, a modest flatscreen, a rack of stage clothes in the corner that serves as the only reminder that she’s actually still on tour. Nicks made it back from a Fleetwood Mac show at the Forum around four in the morning, managing six and a half hours of sleep. She has another concert tonight, with no day off in between. Her back hurts. ‘We’re tired,” Nicks says, brightly, “because we’re very old.”


Today’s show is an Anaheim arena, an hour from home. Nicks, her long blond hair wrapped in yellow, blue and purple plastic curlers, has flopped onto a well-worn black leather massage chair, feet up, at the rear of her backstage dressing room. It’s early December, and the sun is setting in pastels among the palm trees outside. There are only a couple of hours left before Nicks has to be back onstage in her black corset and skirt, harmonizing once more on “The Chain” with a guy she dumped during the Ford administration. Continue reading Stevie Nicks: A Rock Goddess Looks Back | Rolling Stone

Stevie Nicks on ‘$1million drug habit burning a hole in her nose’ and affair with Mick Fleetwood | The Mirror (UK)

The Mirror / Rebecca Pocklington
6th Feb 2015

The Fleetwood Mac singer makes a series of shock revelations in her new biography by Zoe Howe

Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks has revealed her $1 million cocaine habit allegedly burned a hole in her nose.


The singer is also said to have almost overdosed and suffered regular blackouts and nose bleeds after becoming addicted to drugs, alcohol and sleeping pills when 27.

The 66-year-old singer admits in her new biography, Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams & Rumors, by Zoe Howe: “There was no way to get off the white horse and I didn’t want to.”

Rumours circulated at the time she even had to have the drug blown up her backside, but she hasn’t confirmed this. Continue reading Stevie Nicks on ‘$1million drug habit burning a hole in her nose’ and affair with Mick Fleetwood | The Mirror (UK)

Stevie Nicks’ $1million cocaine habit, fueled by her wild affair with married Mick Fleetwood | Daily Mail (UK)

By Caroline Howe For Dailymail.com
Published:12:20 EST, 6 February 2015

Stevie Nicks’ $1million cocaine habit, fueled by her wild affair with married Mick Fleetwood, burned a hole in her nose so big she took the drug through her private parts, reveals new book

  • Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks was so addicted to cocaine, alcohol and Quaaludes she blacked out and nearly overdosed repeatedly
  • She wore gold and turquoise bottle inlaid with diamonds around her neck so she was never without coke 
  • To avoid body searches by customs in Europe, they hired Hitler’s private rail car complete with the elderly attendant who served the Fuhrer
  • Things were ‘hot and heavy’ between married Mick Fleetwood and Stevie for two years
  • She also had an affair with Eagles’ Don Henley but his bandmate Joe Walsh was the love of her life

Stevie Nicks was 27 when she became the ‘Queen Bee’ of the British-American rock band, Fleetwood Mac.

Up until that time, writing songs and singing with her longtime sweetheart, Lindsay Buckingham, she hadn’t indulged in drugs. But that was all about to change.

She quickly descended into drug hell and became addicted to cocaine, alcohol, Quaaludes to sleep, and cigarettes – until her system broke down and she started having nosebleeds, falls on stage, blackouts and near overdoses.

She bought $1 million worth of cocaine and it burned a hole in her nose the size of a dime. Rumors spread that she had to have the drug blown up her derriere by an assistant.

‘There was no way to get off the white horse and I didn’t want to,’ the now 66-year-old Nicks said.


Besotted: Stevie Nicks has a two-year, off-and-on affair with married drummer Mick Fleetwood. Their passion was fueled by drugs and alcohol. Mick was still married to model Jenny Boyd at the time


 Hot: Stevie and Nick made beautiful music together – both on and off the stage

She only slowed down her drug consumption when her doctor warned her she was risking permanent mental and physical damage as well as heading for a brain hemorrhage or an early grave. Continue reading Stevie Nicks’ $1million cocaine habit, fueled by her wild affair with married Mick Fleetwood | Daily Mail (UK)