"In the head we are still young"
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Mick Fleetwood, founder, namesake and drummer of Fleetwood Mac, has left his beloved island in the Pacific and is touring for the first time since 2004 with Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham and John McVie to the world.
The concerts are under the motto "Unleashed" ( "Unleashed"), containing all the hits and take about two and a half hours. On 19 October, they will present their program at the O2 Arena. Steffen Rüth advance telephoned briefly with the native Britons.
Berliner Morgenpost: Good morning, Mick. Where can we catch you, then?
Mick Fleetwood: In Hawaii. Three years ago, I am completely moved here, before that I was only a few months a year there. I'm in love with the island, my wife and my two twin daughters, Ruby and Tessa, are seven years old and going to school, feeling incredibly well in Hawaii. The two are still young and I think the old man on his legs. I had the great fortune to start with mid-50s once again a family. My two older daughters are already in their thirties. I like the lifestyle here, even if I do not surf. For that I am now really too big and too heavy.
Berliner Morgenpost: Are you at 61 and after 40 years of fierce musicians are happy with your health?
Mick Fleetwood: Oh yes, that's me really. As a drummer I need strength, and I did. I make a lot of sport and do not think that I have become weaker. Healthwise I am doing very well. Better than I was doing most of my adult life. I've felt in any case more than ever now. When I took drugs when I drank. That is over. But I know that I'm not 20 any more. I'm sure with my almost two meters, the back pain if I have to get up after five hours ride in the tour bus.
Berliner Morgenpost: Is age an issue of attitude?
Mick Fleetwood: There's something to it. I am very young in mind, I would say. I still feel very much energy in me. I'm full of lust for life. I am no one reclining in a rocking chair and says, "That was it. I only read books and usually do nothing more."
Berliner Morgenpost: They get along really, when you are together on a world tour?
Mick Fleetwood: We do our best (laughs). We all have become familiar in recent years, sedentary, adult. Even though this sounds funny when spoken by people around the 60th
Berliner Morgenpost: What does adult behavior?
Mick Fleetwood: Responsible. We take care of us, we no longer sit up all night and get drunk somewhere around us after each concert. That you do not think through - and you want it at all any more. Thus, it is easier now because we only have the concert. Previously we had after the concert until the real show, the party.
Berliner Morgenpost: Do you miss the good old days?
Mick Fleetwood: No, not really. Not at all. Are you growing out sometime. I would not swap my life I have today, with the life I had as a 25-year-old.
Berliner Morgenpost: What makes you think of bands from each other?
Mick Fleetwood: Good. Much better. The past with our whole relationship highs and lows within the band is indeed documented in great detail. It was a strange and sometimes really difficult trip with this band, it was not always everything, but the point is: Here we are. We are musicians, we like to play together that makes us really very happy. Now I'm sitting here as relaxed as an elderly English gentleman, but on stage I can be wild and dramatic, this is a good balance.
Berliner Morgenpost: What do you think, why people want to still see Fleetwood Mac?
Mick Fleetwood: Fleetwood Mac When we were constantly aware that it is the audience that was what made us. I think I speak for all members of the group: We care. We have never been indifferent or uninterested to our fans.
Berliner Morgenpost: The last album "Say You Will" has been released over five years ago. Will you play at the concerts and new songs?
Mick Fleetwood: Yes. We will play songs that we know that people they may be. For the first time in the career of Fleetwood Mac, we come without a new album. But with a program that gives the people what they want. New songs will be this time are not between us and the audience. We will embark on a journey that all know already.
Berliner Morgenpost: So there will be many famous songs from your album. Can you explain why, "Rumors", which appeared in 1977, has become one of the most popular and successful records in pop history?
Mick Fleetwood: Yes, I think I can explain. The band then vibrated, there was a lot of interpersonal dynamics. The relationships we have with each other, just fascinated. Another factor was that we were practically three different bands in one, with the voices of Christine, Stevie and Lindsey. Nevertheless, we harmonized vocally. The album also had a lot of content, emotional chaos, it was crazy. John and Chris were married and separated just Stevie and Lindsay fell apart, too. We all slept together and had to somehow incorporate them in the music.
Berliner Morgenpost: The music itself is timeless, right?
Mick Fleetwood: That's it. The album musically as such has survived. It does not sound outdated today. They started experimenting with drum machines and such stuff, which meant that many records from the eighties sound antiquated. Our albums were truly organic and have remained contained. The songs finally hung together as a complete, powerful work, not a single number dropped off over the others. Such a thing is rare.
Berliner Morgenpost: You have never made a secret of it, where are you politically.
Mick Fleetwood: Why should we? We are left. Where is justice denied, violence comes into play. We civilized nations should other ways of dealing as the master of war. There are always alternatives.
Berliner Morgenpost: "Do not Stop" They have played in 1993 at the inauguration of Bill Clinton ...
Mick Fleetwood: ... and at his departure from the White House again. Bill is a good guy. Unfortunately, there was no time then U.S. president, for whom we would want to occur. And Obama, whom we all appreciate very much, has indeed committed dear Bruce Springsteen. But if he hands over to Hillary in 2017, then I very much hope that we are there again.