Thursday, September 13, 2018

Mick Fleetwood Talks Moving Forward Without Lindsey Buckingham

Mick Fleetwood Talks Moving Forward Without Lindsey Buckingham, Working a Tom Petty Tune Into Fleetwood Mac's Setlist



By Gary Graff
Billboard
BILLBOARD

"Change is not an unfamiliar thing in Fleetwood Mac," drummer and co-founder Mick Fleetwood tells Billboard as the group gears up for the Oct. 3 launch of its An Evening with Fleetwood Mac tour.

But even by Mac standards -- 18 members, not counting touring adjuncts, over its 51 years -- the latest shift is a doozy.

You'd have to be living under a rock to not know that Lindsey Buckingham is out of the group again, due to disagreements over the timing of the upcoming tour and other issues. Joining Fleetwood, bassist John McVie, singer Stevie Nicks and signer-keyboardist Christine McVie now is the eyebrow-raising duo of Split Enz/Crowded House veteran Neil Finn and Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell in his first public endeavor since Tom Petty's death last Oct. 2.

It's as dramatic a move as any in Fleetwood Mac's storied career -- perhaps even greater than Buckingham's last departure, in 1987, which brought Billy Burnette and Rick Vito into the band. The schism still rankles, of course, but as the Mac makes ready to hit the road in North America -- with dates booked into early April -- Fleetwood is accentuating the positive and predicting plenty of, er, future games for what he promises is not a one-off but rather the new lineup of his band.

All parties, including Lindsey, were talking during the past couple of years about a definite tour for 2018. The events that transpired probably weren't the way you envisioned commemorating the 50th anniversary of Fleetwood Mac's first two albums.

No, it's fair to say that it wasn't. Having said that, the reality was, in simple language, we weren't happy, and the details of that are part of the fabric, almost, of the story of Fleetwood Mac. We weren't expecting this time, but it also does not seem surprising. Every man and woman in Fleetwood Mac wish Lindsey well in any ventures he's doing and also have a huge respect for what he did with Fleetwood Mac; Having said that, it wasn't working for us and we made the decision as a band to continue, and that's what we've done with open heart. We've found two unbelievably talented gentlemen that have more than their own story to tell -- which, by the way, is what's made this work. They're stylists, and they have their own integrity as artists, which I think was a huge help in what we're doing.

And it's not the first time you've been to this rodeo, as it were.

That's right. If you look at the track record of this crazy outfit known as Fleetwood Mac over the last 50-odd years, change is not an unfamiliar thing. We don't look at it in a flippant way or in a light way. This is a huge change. But we went into it with spirit and knew that it was really, really good and had to feel right. And now we are able to say that and feel that and, now, play that. That's how we got where we are. It's a big decision and it had to be right, and with Mike and Neil that spirit has been ignited in a way that made this really make sense.

A lot of bands crumble when the first change happens. What is it about Fleetwood Mac that's allowed you to stay the course through some truly seismic shifts?

I don't actually know. Sometimes me and John McVie sit there with tongue in cheek and go, "What is that?" For sure it's part of the story. I think it's stubbornness...and the love of what we do. Being the rhythm section of Fleetwood Mac, the reality is we don't function unless we're in a band. I'm not being sort of flip; I think that may very well having something to do with it. We want to play, and if we're going to play there has to be a band around us. We're not all 18 years old, but we're certainly not too ancient to be doing what we're doing -- which, by the way, I believe we do better now than when we were 18 years old.

So how do you make a big change like this work?

I think one of the reasons we've survived is that we welcome people for who they are, not have them feel they need to be a karaoke copycat or anything. Anyone who's come into this band has been free to be who they are and they've been accepted as such and they've not been trained to, "You've got to do this, you've got to do that," and it's the same now. For sure there are moments in time where certain lineups of Fleetwood Mac have prevailed at a much larger sort of proportion than other moments in our band's history, but I can't think of another band that has done it like we have.

Does that track record for change in a way make it easier for Neil and Mike to step in than maybe it was for Lindsey and Stevie back in 1975?

You are completely correct, absolutely. I think one of the amazing things is both Mike and Neil have their own credibility in their own right from their careers, but they were thrilled to be playing songs that are not their songs. The amount of absolute pleasure they're having in playing these songs energizes the rest of us, and of course their own styles have affected some of the things we're doing, which is invigorating. They have huge deference to what we're doing and huge respect for this long story which is Fleetwood Mac, but they bring their own substance and we're having fun reinterpreting a couple things here and there which I think is going to be different and fun for our audience, too.

You've indicated that having Neil and Mike in the band has really opened up the setlist possibilities. What can we expect from the shows?

It has opened up musical sort of variances. We're over 50 years old, so we're quietly having fun delving into some stuff that we haven't done for 45 years. That's been really exciting and adventurous to be able to do that and put a great set together where I think there will be some surprises. I won't give you the song titles, but we also have two really talented gentlemen who have their own story to tell, and Fleetwood Mac is more than loving being able to pay a tribute to from whence these two gentlemen have come. You'll be hearing a couple things they're connected to from their history. And the bulk of these songs are going to be focused on what people know and love and expect. We're not going to walk on a stage and not play "Dreams" or "You Make Loving Fun" or "Landslide," so all of that is part and parcel of what we're doing.

There's also a certain intertwining of a big Fleetwood Mac's tenure with what Mike did with the Heartbreakers, too?

Stevie, of course, is well versed with Mike and Tom Petty, and that's a lot of fun to be able to do that. It is hugely appropriate that we're doing a Tom Petty and Mike Campbell song on stage, a Heartbreakers song. He wasn't sure whether he wanted to do it, but we said, "You've got to do it!" I won't tell you the song, but we love it and we are doing it.

What's it like for you and John to play some of the really old stuff again? Will you see ghosts when you start rolling them out?

It is amazing and we are playing a few very old songs and we pay kudos to Peter Green, who started this band; People think it's me and John, but it's Peter Green, and when Peter left we carried on. So there will be those, as you said, ghosts or reappearances of a type of energy we've been connected to. It's a lot of fun going back, and how cool is it that we're playing "Oh Well" and Mike's kicking the hell out of it -- and, coincidentally, Tom Petty used to do "Oh Well" in his show. So all of this funny, connective stuff has been sort of a reminder of from whence we have come.

Everything happened so quickly here. Have you had time to consider what the future holds?

Well, this IS the new lineup of Fleetwood Mac. (Finn and Campbell) are not just passing through. I look forward to making music with Mike and Neil; I think we all do. It isn't right now, but this is a highly creative bunch of people that still have a lot in that bag, in that mojo bag, that I would love to see, and I think we will see some of that over the next couple years or so. We're on the first level now with touring, and my vision and hope, knowing the creativity that's alive not only with the songwriting talents of Stevie and Chris but with both Neil and Mike is we have a lot to look forward to. That's what makes a band a real band.

So onward...and upward?

I hope so. It's all very different, and once you've got the notion to go forward and with your head held high, this is what it's about. We have a vibrant band and we're really excited about what we're doing and have unbelievably good feelings about Mike and Neil being part of Fleetwood Mac. So onward we go.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Fleetwood Mac Add 3rd Forum Date To Itinerary

Today Fleetwood Mac announced a 3rd date in Los Angeles at The Forum. Due to overwhelming demand said the statement from Live Nation.  Tickets for the new date go on sale September 14th. Pre-sale tickets a few days before.


Check it out... Fleetwood Mac on The Ellen Show

Watch Fleetwood Mac Debut New Lineup With ‘Ellen’ Performances
Band plays “The Chain” and “Gypsy” in first televised appearance with new guitarists Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and Crowded House’s Neil Finn.



The televised appearance marked the longtime band’s first time playing live alongside guitarists Mike Campbell, formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Crowded House’s Neil Finn, both of whom stepped in after Fleetwood Mac fired Lindsey Buckingham in April.

Both guitarists featured prominently in the performances, flanking to the left and right of Stevie Nicks; on both “The Chain” and “Gypsy,” Finn handled the vocal parts previously sung by Buckingham, particularly on “The Chain,” where Finn and Nicks showcased their budding vocal chemistry.

The unveiling of the new Mac comes with just under a month before the lineup embarks on a North American tour that begins October 3rd in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 52-date trek keeps the ever-changing band on the road until April 2019.

“There are 10 hits we have to do,” Nicks previously told Rolling Stone of the tour. “That leaves another 13 songs if you want to do a three-hour show. Then you crochet them all together and you make a great sequence and you have something that nobody has seen before except all the things they want to see are there. At rehearsal, we’re going to put up a board of 60 songs. Then we start with number one and we go through and we play everything. Slowly you start taking songs off and you start to see your set come together.”

Buckingham will launch his own solo trek in October.

Rollingstone

THE CHAIN
GYPSY

Friday, August 31, 2018

FLEETWOOD MAC RELEASE VINYL VERSIONS OF THE DANCE AND SAY YOU WILL

FLEETWOOD MAC VINYL RELEASE
OCTOBER 12, 2018


THE DANCE - 1997
Historic 1997 Live Reunion Of Classic '70s Line-Up In Celebration Of Rumours' 20th Anniversary Available On Vinyl For the First Time!

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Fleetwood Mac's landmark 1977 album Rumours, the powerhouse '70s Fleetwood Mac lineup - Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and John McVie - reunited for a historic national tour and this extraordinary live album recorded for an MTV special at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, CA. The beloved incarnation's first together since 1987's Tango In The Night and the band's first No. 1 since 1982's Mirage, the 5x platinum affair features compelling new versions of classic material like "The Chain," "Go Your Own Way," "Landslide," "Rhiannon," "Dreams" and "Silver Springs" alongside fine new additions such as "Bleed to Love Her," "Temporary One" and "Sweet Girl." The Dance ultimately became the fifth best-selling live album of all time in the U.S.


Disc: 1
  1. The Chain (Live)
  2. Dreams (Live)
  3. Everywhere (Live)
  4. Rhiannon (Live)
Disc: 2
  1. I'm So Afraid (Live)
  2. Temporary One (Live)
  3. Bleed To Love Her (Live)
  4. Big Love (Live)
Disc: 3
  1. Landslide (Live)
  2. Say You Love Me (Live)
  3. My Little Demon (Live)
  4. Silver Springs (Live)
Disc: 4
  1. You Make Loving Fun (Live)
  2. Sweet Girl (Live)
  3. Go Your Own Way (Live)
  4. Tusk (Live)
  5. Don't Stop (Live)



SAY YOU WILL - 2003
Fleetwood Mac's 2003 reunion album Say You Will served as the band's first studio effort since 1995's Time and currently stands as their final studio release to date. Although the majority of the classic '70s line-up returns to the fold here including Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, Christine McVie opted out (she does appear as a guest on a few tracks but doesn't contribute as a songwriter). Say You Will also marks the first appearance of superstar duo Buckingham and Nicks together on a Fleetwood Mac record since 1987's triple platinum Tango in the Night and they each offer up a diplomatic nine songs apiece which frequently recapture their past melodic and melodramatic glory.

Disc: 1
  1. What's The World Coming To
  2. Murrow Turning Over In His Grave
  3. Illume (9-11)
  4. Thrown Down
Disc: 2
  1. Miranda
  2. Red Rover
  3. Say You Will
  4. Peacekeeper
Disc: 3
  1. Come
  2. Smile At You
  3. Running Through The Garden
  4. Silver Girl
  5. Steal Your Heart Away
Disc: 4
  1. Bleed To Love Her
  2. Everybody Finds Out
  3. Destiny Rules
  4. Say Goodbye
  5. Goodbye Baby

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

THE CARE AND FEEDING OF FLEETWOOD MAC AND OTHER SPECIES: A WILDLIFE GUIDE

Check this out... Looks like a great read! 

THE CARE AND FEEDING OF FLEETWOOD MAC
AND OTHER SPECIES: A WILDLIFE GUIDE


BY RAY LINDSEY
FOREWORD
COMMIT NO NUISANCE

I have worked in the music and sound business for over forty years. I started in the early 1970’s before programmable drum machines and auto tune. It was a time when only NASA had lasers and techs. The sound systems were stacked right on the stage and fog machines weren’t required to fill the room with smoke. 

In 1975 I was hired away from my sound company by Fleetwood Mac to drive a truck for their first tour with new members Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. For the next seven years I worked full time as truck driver, equipment guy, stage manager, guitar tuner, accountant, onstage guitar player, electronics guru, caterer, Rastafarian, bartender, chauffeur, security guard, baby sitter (child and adult), mechanic and medic. Traditionally known as a roadie. Many came and went but I was the only one besides the faithful Judy Wong who was there full time from beginning to end. It was a rare and supernatural ride void of game plan. Talent, instinct and destiny were the driving forces. As the band’s success grew, so did the power and chaos. There was an unstoppable energy that fed on itself and continually propelled us forward. Every week was more and bigger. More records sold and more sold out shows. Longer trucks with more equipment for bigger stages. Never-ending months in the studio. Extra buses and nicer planes. More, bigger, longer and louder was our normal.

This was the beginning of the golden age of the business of live rock and roll and the early years of large scale tour production. There was a lot of money to be made playing in sports arenas and football stadiums. A new business model was inspiring long-haired innovators and entrepreneurs to elevate the aesthetics of live music events. This was done while raking in huge piles of partially accounted for cash. Creativity, commerce and the counterculture merged and clamored for a hip place on the grid. Fleetwood Mac and I landed right in the middle of this uncharted territory. We survived and succeeded the only way we knew how-on our own terms.

Between 1992 and 2009 I worked exclusively for Lindsey Buckingham. We recorded a number of albums in his home studio and embarked on numerous solo tours. Lindsey was often asked in interviews to compare those efforts to Fleetwood Mac and was fond of calling one the "small machine" and the other the "big machine." In May of 1975 when I started with the band, Fleetwood Mac was a very small machine but their signature sound and musicality was already apparent. Forty years later the band has assembled their largest machine ever. As the group and their fans celebrate the return of Christine Mcvie to the stage, I am warmed with the memories of the early days and simpler times. Without the great Peter Green, there would never have been a Fleetwood Mac, but for me, the five musicians who mae up the band in 1975 were the defining formation of the group. No producer, manager, lawyer, or floor of accountants could have put them together. In spite of the countless emotions that drive them apart, the band couldn't and still can't, deny the musical magnetism that keeps them playing together. I was immersed in a potent and enticing stew that was too compelling for a sheltered kid from the Midwest to walk away from. i made myself a safe place in the eye of the storm keeping all of the band's toys working and accounted for. I acquired miles of rope while avoiding to hang myself with it. In additon, I aslso played guitar on stage with the band for every show between 1977 and 1982.

A lot of international attention has been stirred up by the enormous success of the band's recent reunion. Their colorful history and survival instincts are recounted in the media worldwide. When a LIFE magazine reporter contacted me for background information for the publication’s tribute to the band. His first question to me was “How do you become a roadie for Fleetwood Mac?” John McVie’s answer would be that I must have lost a bet but there's a lot more to it than that.

Available now on AMAZON

NEW ON INSTAGRAM - LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM AND STEVIE NICKS

Within days of one another.. Lindsey first joined Instagram and Stevie followed - either reactivating her account or re-joined. She had an account previously around 2014 that was official but was deactivated after the 24 Karat Gold album ran it's course.

Check them both out... @lindseybuckingham and @stevienicks



Sunday, August 19, 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM... NEW SOLO ANTHOLOGY... NEW SOLO TOUR

SOLO ANTHOLOGY: 
THE BEST OF
LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM

PRESS RELEASE

OUT OCTOBER 5 ON RHINO

NORTH AMERICAN FALL TOUR JUST ANNOUNCED

LOS ANGELES - Lindsey Buckingham is widely considered one of the greatest guitarists and songwriters and musical expressionists of our time. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and 3 time GRAMMY winner, Buckingham is best known as the producer, guitarist, vocalist and chief songwriter for Fleetwood Mac and as a widely celebrated solo artist. His forthcoming Solo Anthology - The Best of Lindsey Buckingham is a comprehensive record of this illustrious career. Out October 5 on Rhino Records, Buckingham's Solo Anthology will be released as a 3-disc set on CD and digitally and will also be available as a single disc abridged release. A 6-LP vinyl release is slated for November 23. The album is available for pre-order now.

Solo Anthology - The Best of Lindsey Buckingham includes album, live and alternate versions of some of Lindsey's celebrated solo albums including cuts from Law and Order, Go Insane, Out of the Cradle, Under the Skin, Gift of Screws and Seeds We Sow and incorporates songs from his collaborative album with Christine McVie released in 2017. The anthology features Buckingham's film work with "Holiday Road" and "Dancin Across The USA" from the 1983 motion picture soundtrack to National Lampoon's Vacation and "Time Bomb Town" from 1985's Back to the Future. Live versions of Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" and "Go Your Own Way" round out the album, but the most thrilling tracks come in the form of two new songs that have never before been released, "Hunger" and "Ride This Road."

This fall Lindsey Buckingham will head out on a North American Tour in support of his Solo Anthology. The tour kicks off at Revolution Hall in Portland, OR on October 7 and highlights include the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on October 12 and Town Hall in New York on December 4. Every ticket purchased online for the Lindsey Buckingham tour includes a CD or digital copy of the single-disc version of the new Anthology. Fans will receive instructions via email on how to redeem the album after ticket purchase. Tickets begin going on sale this Friday. Please visit www.lindseybuckingham.com for further information.  Entire Press Release



LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM - ON TOUR

This fall Lindsey Buckingham will head out on a North American Tour in support of his Solo Anthology. The tour kicks off at Revolution Hall in Portland, OR on October 7th, with highlights along the way, including LA's Orpheum Theatre and Town Hall in New York. Tickets will be on sale from Friday, August 17th.

Every ticket purchased online for the Lindsey Buckingham tour includes a CD or digital copy of the new Anthology.* Fans will receive instructions via email on how to redeem their album after ticket purchase.

*Dates not included in the ticket bundle.


Tuesday, August 07, 2018

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM Live in Melbourne, FL Oct 28, 2018

The first date has shown up for Lindsey's reported Fall Tour.

I encourage everybody in Melbourne or any other stop on this tour to see a show!! You will not be disappointed. Lindsey and his band put on an AMAZING show. Awesome sound, really great energy, intimate atmosphere. You can't beat that!... And for a fraction of seeing a large arena show.

Elko Concerts presents
Lindsey Buckingham
Sun, October 28, 2018
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
King Center of the Performing Arts 
(Melbourne, FL)
$59.75-$69.75

On Sale
Fri, August 17, 2018
12:00 pm EDT

VENUE INFORMATION:
King Center of the Performing Arts (Melbourne, FL)
3865 N. Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL, 32934

American guitarist, singer, composer and producer, born October 3, 1949 in Atherton, California, USA. Guitarist and male lead singer of Fleetwood Mac from 1975 to 1987 and 1997 to 2018. Inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (Fleetwood Mac) in 1998.