Lindsey Buckingham on Fleetwood Mac’s Risk-Taking Classic Album ‘Tusk’ | Billboard

Billboard Online
Nov 19, 2015
by Gary Graff

Lindsey Buckingham has long told the story of reaction inside and around Fleetwood Mac when 1979’s Tusk fell far short of sales for its predecessor, Rumours. “The conventional wisdom was, ‘You blew it,'” Buckingham recalls with a laugh. “A lot of people were pissed off at me for that.”

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Not so now.

The often experimental Tusk — which will be celebrated with a deluxe edition box set on Dec. 4 — may not have lived up to Rumours​’ diamond-certified status, but it was still a double-platinum release that hit No. 1 in the U.K. and No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and spawned a pair of top 10 hits in “Tusk” and “Sara.” More importantly it became a sonic inspiration (and has been cited as such) for many that followed and, in Buckingham’s mind, gave Fleetwood Mac a broader artistic license that his bandmates would later appreciate.

“For me, being sort of the culprit behind that particular album, it was done in a way to undermine just sort of following the formula of doing Rumours 2 and Rumours 3, which is kind of the business model Warner Bros. would have liked us to follow,” Buckingham tells Billboard. “We really were poised to make Rumours 2, and that could’ve been the beginning of kind of painting yourself into a corner in terms of living up to the labels that were being placed on you as a band. You know, there have been several occasions during the course of Fleetwood Mac over the years where we’ve had to undermine whatever the business axioms might be to sort of keep aspiring as an artist in the long term, and the Tusk album was one of those times.”  Continue reading Lindsey Buckingham on Fleetwood Mac’s Risk-Taking Classic Album ‘Tusk’ | Billboard

Stevie Nicks Refused To Record Tom Petty’s Brilliant Song | Contact Music

Stevie Nicks Passed On Recording Tom Petty And Dave Stewart’s Tune Don’t Come Around Here No More, Because She Didn’t Think She Could Sing It Better Than The I Won’t Back Down Rocker.


The Fleetwood Mac star has opened up about the first time she heard the song, which became a massive hit for Petty and his band The Heartbreakers in 1985, in Warren Zaynes’ new book Petty: The Biography, revealing the track was recorded during an early morning studio session.

“Tom had come down, and he liked what we (Dave Stewart and I) were working on,” explains Nicks. “I was writing madly. I had my little book, and I was just writing, writing, writing.

“Tom, (producer) Jimmy (Iovine) and Dave were sort of talking, but it was five in the morning, and I was really tired, so I said, ‘I’m going to go. I’m leaving you guys, and I’ll be back tomorrow’.

“I left, and when I got back the next day, at something like 3pm, the whole song was written. And not only was it written, it was spectacular. Dave was standing there saying to me, ‘Well, there it is! It’s really, really good’.

“They go to me, ‘Well, it’s terrific, and now you can go out… and you can sing it’. Tom had done a great vocal… and I just looked at them and said, ‘I’m going to top that? Really?’ I got up, thanked Dave, thanked Tom, fired Jimmy and left.”