Monday, August 31, 2009

(PHOTOS) FLEETWOOD MAC HUGGY BEAR BENEFIT AUG 29TH

Thank you to wayner from The Ledge for providing a link to photos from the gig Fleetwood Mac performed at in The Hamptons on August 29th at the Huggy Bear Benefit. It's only been a couple of months since the band has been seen... but literally it seems like yesterday! They all look alive and well and haven't changed. I see Stevie's still rockin' the Boks!

View the photos here

(HOT PRESS) FLEETWOOD MAC MAGAZINE COVER

Not sure why they are saying a second added show in Dublin October 25th! With tickets going on sale September 4th! That show was announced ages ago and tickets have been on sale for quite some time already...

Is this a recent cover on Hot Press??


Fans can look forward to a few surprises!

There’s good news for Fleetwood Mac fans with the AOR gods announcing a second consecutive night at the Dublin O2 on October 25. Tickets priced €86.25 go on sale on Friday September 4 at 9am.

The North American leg of the Unleashed tour has been eliciting rave reviews with the band augmenting their greatest hits with personal favourites and solo tracks that, in some cases, haven’t been performed live since the ‘70s.

The Reynolds Girls may have preferred to jack than Fleetwood Mac, but we can’t wait!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

STEVIE VISITS WALTER REED WHILE ON EAST COAST

Prior to the Huggy Bear benefit on Long Island last night (Aug 29) Stevie payed numerous visits to Walter Reed this past week.

Busydadmumbles spoke about Stevie meeting his brother while in hospital.

(UPDATE) HUGGY BEAR FOUNDATION FLEETWOOD MAC SHOW

Fleetwood Mac played a charity event last night in The Hamptons (August 29th) and according to Katie Lee Joel (Billy Joel's wife) "Fleetwood Mac concert at Huggy Bear Foundation was fantastic! All my faves... Gypsy, Rhiannon, Tusk, Stand Back, Landslide etc."

Full Unleashed Tour set was performed before less than 1,000 people.






WIN AUSTRALIALN FLEETWOOD MAC TICKETS

Win tickets for you and five friends to see the legendary fleetwood mac in concert


The news that rock supergroup Fleetwood Mac is touring Australia in December has been huge news for all their many fans. With classic hits like ‘Rhiannon’, ‘You Can Go Your Own Way’, ‘Landslide’ and ‘Don’t Stop’ they are undoubtedly one of the most iconic and popular groups in rock history.

Phone lines are going to meltdown when tickets for their Australian concerts go on sale this Friday September 4, but we’ve got our hands on some before they go on sale. We are giving you the chance to win tickets for you and five of you mates to see them live in concert at one of the Australian concerts.

The Mac is back, so make sure you don’t miss what promises to be the concert of the year!

Fleetwood Mac Tour Dates:

DECEMBER 1 ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE
www.ticketek.com.au & 132 849

DECEMBER 5 HOPE ESTATE WINERY, HUNTER VALLEY NSW
www.ticketmaster.com.au & 136 100

DECEMBER 7 ACER ARENA, SYDNEY
www.ticketek.com.au & 132 849

DECEMBER 11 ME BANK STADIUM, PERTH
www.ticketmaster.com.au & 136 100

DECEMBER 15 BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
www.ticketek.com.au & 132 849

Tickets are on sale from Friday 4 September.

The competition commences 31 August 2009 at 6.00am (AEST) and closes on 4 September 2009 at 12.00pm (AEST).


Saturday, August 29, 2009

(INTERVIEW) LIZA JANE Former Background Singer for Stevie and Fleetwood Mac

LIZA JANE Interview by

Liza Jane was one of the background singers on Stevie's "Whole Lotta Trouble" tour, the "Street Angel" tour along with the Fleetwood Mac's "Behind The Mask" tour. Liza Jane also appeared with Stevie on Jay Leno and David Letterman when Stevie performed "Blue Denim". She can also be seen in the "Blue Denim" video on Stevie's "Crystal Visions" DVD.

This is an excerpt taken from a much longer interview that you can find on the Country Stars Central website.

(CSC) 11. What was it like working with Clint Black on his nationwide tour, and being able to perform in the show?

(Liza Jane)
The first thing I enjoyed from working with Clint was I could sing as loud as I wanted and I could sing as twangy as I wanted. The louder and twangier I got the more he liked it. (Laughs) I could just let go and completely be the country girl that I am. I loved it! It was so much fun.

I remember every night in that show it would start out and the stage would be dark. There’d be like a thunderstorm with lightning. The sound effects would start and I’d stand in my position and it was like big boulder rocks set the stage. I’d stand there as all the rumbling and thunder was going on before the lights came up and we started singing. I’d think “Dear God thank you so much for this awesome musical experience.” It was so much fun.

Every night when we’d do “Killin’ Time” there was a part in the song where it’s just singing with the audience, there are no instruments. I got to sing the lead vocal on that part. I would just blow it out. It was so satisfying. He let me be who I am musically.

Now when I sang with Stevie she thought I made her show sound like Wynonna Judd! (Laughs) She didn’t really like it that I sang like that. I had to kind of tone myself down and be more homogenous to blend in with her background singers but with Clint I could just be out there.

Actually, I had just done a Stevie tour and then I went back and did a Clint Black tour. Then I went back and did another Stevie tour and after that Stevie came off the stage and said, “Well that just sounds like the Stevie Nicks/Wynonna Judd show.” So I had to go to a different place musically. Clint was really fun to sing with. I don’t know if a lot of people know this about Clint but he’s funny. He’s really, really funny. He likes practical jokes. He likes to imitate you. He likes to study people and imitate them. He’s just really fun to tour with.


(CSC) 12. Tell us about the job that you held at a famous clothing retailer which later introduced you to Stevie Nicks!

(Liza Jane)
When I first came to Los Angeles I had a recording contract on DOT records. The band stayed in college because they didn’t want to get drafted. So I came out here by myself. We had a couple of songs that were in the top ten back in Ohio but nothing really happened. Like I said, a girl’s got to eat so I found a job at this clothing store that I had never heard of before; didn’t know anything about it. Just saw the ad in the paper and went and got this job. It was where all the stars shop. Everyday in that store, there was two or three celebs. It’s called Maxfields.

One day you may be helping Olivia Newton John or Chicago, and then you’re helping Don Henley, Glenn Frey, or Elton John and the day after that it’s Rod Stewart and Barbara Streisand. It was really a good experience for me. It taught me how to be calm in front of all those people for one thing. That’s how I met Linda Ronstadt and got to sing all those years with her.

That’s also how I met Stevie because one day we got a call in the store that Stevie Nicks was doing a photo session and she needed some clothes. Well everybody was busy and I said “I’ll do it; I’ll go take her some clothes.” So I loaded up my car that night and brought several thousands dollars worth of clothes to her. I got there and that was back in the day when Stevie was notoriously late for everything. I think I sat there for about two hours before she finally got there by myself with the photographer. I set up all the clothes. She walked in and we looked at each other and just started talking like we’d known each other all our lives. We never looked at the clothes. She had had some kind of upset with her makeup artist and she didn’t have a one any longer so I said “I can do your makeup. I went to beauty school.” I ended up doing her makeup and it was for her “Bella Donna” album cover. We just became best pals ever since. I think that was back in maybe 1980 or so.


(CSC) 13. You’ve worked with Stevie professionally for many years on solo tours and with the band (Fleetwood Mac). What’s that experience been like for you? Any highlights?

(Liza Jane)
Oh my, I don’t even know where to begin with that. There’s nothing like standing on stage in Texas in the summer and singing “Edge of Seventeen.” I remember doing that and having all the sweat sloshing around in the bottom of my stage boots. It’s pretty amazing. It’s an amazing thing to get to sing with somebody like that, that’s a Rock and Roll icon, and of course she’s my best pal. We sit around in our UGG boots and jammies just watching old movies and crying and stuff like that. It’s one of the blessed experiences in my life. It’s really fun to sing “Edge of Seventeen” and “Gold Dust Woman.” That’s my favorite Stevie song.

The times that I’ve been on tour with her, singing with her, I’m the one that plays the vibraslap on “Gold Dust Woman.” There are a couple of songs that build up to frenzy and you’re on stage for a very long time doing one song and we background singers have our own little choreography. I always felt like I was going to keel over and die, if the song didn’t end then because it would go on forever and ever!

Of course in Stevie’s live solo show it really went on forever because that’s when Stevie walked back and forth across the stage and picked up gifts, teddy bears, and flowers from her fans. It just goes on forever and there would end up being a big huge road case back in the hallway. For all the stuffed animals that people give her, she puts them in a road case and two or three times a year she goes to the Walter Reed Children’s Hospital to give them to all the little kids there. I think that is really sweet and admirable of Stevie to do that!


(CSC) 14. With each of your crazy schedules, are you able to keep in touch with each other?

(Liza Jane)
We do keep in touch. We always make it a point of spending New Years Eve together. We’ve done that for a long, long time. We know if we’re not going to see each other all year that we’re at least going to see each other for New Years Eve. We try to take vacations together too. Stevie does a lot of girl vacations where she’ll take four or five of her girlfriends somewhere wonderful. I’m blessed that she always invites me to do that. We have a great time because it’s downtime. No work, just having fun. Hanging out, talking girl talk. We went to Cabo San Lucas in July. So when Stevie and I went to Cabo I took my Tony Furtado CD’s and my Sheila Chandra CD’s and put them on my iPod. Sheila is this Hindu/pop singer from India. Then I took a whole season of “The Flight of the Concord” on DVD. Stevie was not familiar with Tony or Sheila or “Flight of the Concord” and every day at the pool I’d play Tony Furtado and Sheila Chandra. We’d sing along and chant and Tony kind of sounds like Lindsey Buckingham. (Laughs) We’d always make jokes that he could be the new Lindsey. You’d love him. He’s fantastic! Then every night we would watch two or three episodes of “Flight of the Concord” and laugh ourselves silly.

Full interview can be found on the Country Stars Central Website

Friday, August 28, 2009

(INTERVIEWS) FLEETWOOD MAC'S LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM AND MICK FLEETWOOD

UPCOMING INTERVIEWS
SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER

FLEETWOOD MAC are performing one concert only at the stunning Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth on December 19 with tickets going on sale on September 9.

Easymix 98.2fm in Auckland will be giving away tickets closer to the concert, and in the coming weeks they will have not one, but two major Mac interviews.

Up first will be guitarist Lindsey Buckingham on September 9th. Lindsey will discuss everything from the possibility of new Fleetwood Mac music, his reputation as one of the most distinctive guitarists ever, why New Zealand was the only country they didn't do an encore in, how his wife copes with the sexual tension between him and Stevie Nicks and much, much more. Be listening September 9th!

In early October they will also be interviewing the man who's drumming has provided the beat for every Fleetwood Mac song from Albatross to Say You Love Me, Go Your Own Way to Little Lies, Dreams to Tusk, Gypsy to Sara - the man himself MICK FLEETWOOD!

STEVIE NICKS INTERVIEW: Truth and Rumours

Thewest.co.au
by: Simon Collins

Exceprts from exclusive interview with The West Australian's Simon Collins.

The kiss-offs are in the lyrics, the choruses and - most brutally - the titles. On Dreams, in between Buckingham declaring that he feels like Second Hand News and that he’s Never Going Back Again, Nicks warns her former beau that (other) “women, they will come and they will go”.

Later on side one, in arguably the greatest break-up song in pop history, Buckingham counters by telling her to Go Your Own Way. Which they did at the end of 1976 before these unguarded moments propelled Rumours to the top of the charts.

More than 30 years after those tumultuous times, Fleetwood Mac are still together - albeit without Christine McVie, who retired a decade ago - performing those classics on their Unleashed greatest hits world tour, which comes to Australia in December.

Speaking from her home in Santa Monica, California, after finishing the 53-date North American leg of the tour, Nicks says the songs still summon strong memories.

“We all really time-travel back to those days - drama, drama drama,” the 61-year-old says. “That’s why we’re able to sing them now and sing them with a lot of heart because we never lost the value of why they were written or the fact that they were real.

“It was real hearts being broken like bowling pins going down.” Despite the dramas, Nicks says that the Rumours sessions were a lot of fun.

In particular, the three months of recording at The Record Plant Studios in Sausalito across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco provide some of her fondest memories.

“The Record Plant was looking out over the ocean, so it was very romantic and beautiful,” she says.

“Then when we went back to LA that was fun too because we probably recorded in every studio in this city. Sometimes we had two or three running at the same time. So, it was huge and it was a lot of fun and it was very exciting - and the songs were brilliant. We were just having the best time ever doing it.”

The five stars of rock’s greatest soap opera were having the best time but falling apart because of the volatile cocktail of drugs and passions.

Somehow the creative bonds outlived the emotional ones, and the band forged on to prove (putting to one side Buckingham’s departure from about 1987 to 1997 and McVie’s retirement a year later) that you can never break the chain.

Today, Nicks is looking out over the same ocean, albeit from her Santa Monica condominium where she lives with her Chinese crested-Yorkshire terrier cross, Sulamith (named after fairy-obsessed German fantasy illustrator Sulamith Wulfing).

When she’s not on tour, which is not very often, Nicks prefers to live at her modest apartment rather than her big property in the Pacific Palisades up in the Hollywood hills.

“When I walk into my really beautiful little condo, I feel like an international star and when I walk into my big house, I feel like an old woman who can’t figure out what to do,” she says.

“I’m keeping my big house because I have my pianos, I can record there, but I really live in a very small, albeit very beautiful place. I’m looking straight at the ocean right now and I just love it.

“I have a little dog. I bought this big house and she and I would look at each other and go, ‘What the heck are we doing?’”

While she claims that the rigours of touring, either for solo shows or with Fleetwood Mac, leaves little time for socialising, Nicks has become a mother hen figure to a group of younger female musicians, including Sheryl Crow, Vanessa Carlton, Michelle Branch and the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines.

And while Nicks has had high-profile affairs with Mick Fleetwood (a secret liaison while the band were touring Rumours), Eagles’ members Don Henley and Joe Walsh, and record producer Jimmy Iovine, she still considers Buckingham the unattainable love of her life.

“Lindsey and I have that bittersweet thing,” she says. “He’s married, has three kids, he’s very happy in his marriage. I’m very happy for him.

“He’s not like me. I’m happy to grow old with a bunch of friends and dogs, and he was not. He never really wanted to have kids . . . (but) all of a sudden he had this beautiful little boy and I think his whole life changed.

“I chose purposely - my choice - to not be married or have children so I could follow being a true artist,” Nicks continues.

“So I can turn around and say to my little dog, ‘We’re going to New York tomorrow’. We don’t have to ask anybody if we can go and we don’t have to have anybody mad at us because we don’t know when we’re coming back. I chose that and I’m very happy with that choice.”

But when Fleetwood Mac start playing those classics, Nicks gets back on that rollercoaster of love and heartbreak.

“When we walk on stage, it’s no longer these two ruffian kids,” she says. “We still have that love. We’ll always have it. We go back way too far now to not be appreciative of what he and I dreamed up and actually made happen.”

Fleetwood Mac play ME Bank Stadium on December 11 and 12. Tickets go on sale September 4 from Ticketmaster outlets.

NEW PLYMOUTH FLEETWOOD MAC PREFERRED SEATING

The show in New Plymouth, New Zealand at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands on December 19, 2009 has been added to the Preferred Seating site and tickets are on sale now.

Prices:
General Admission: Pricing from $125.00.
Silver Reserve: Pricing from $250.00
Gold Reserve: Pricing from $315.00.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

(PHOTO) VINTAGE FLEETWOOD MAC 1976

Nice piece of memorabilia... But is it worth $250? ebay

FLEETWOOD MAC GREATEST HITS STILL ON THE CHARTS

Fleetwood Mac's Great Hits - Released in 1988 is still riding the Top Pop Catalog charts in the US. In the Billboard Magazine issue dated September 5th it's sitting at #48. The Previous week it was #49 and the week prior to that it was #46. In total, it's spent 480 weeks on the Top Pop Catalog chart. It peaked at #1.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

ROCKERS' STILL SWINGIN' AT 60 (Stevie, Lindsey and Mick... Where's John?)


Stevie Nicks
Fleetwood Mac's witchy vocalist and songwriter outlived the "Rumours" of the '70s and the solo star turns of the '80s to become a mentor and influence on subsequent generations of distaff rockers. Happily back in action with the Mac, and touring with the band this summer, Nicks turned 61 in May.

Lindsey Buckingham
Singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Lindsey Buckingham was musically and personally paired with Stevie Nicks when the duo was recruited to join the transplanted British blues band Fleetwood Mac in Los Angeles. The shuffle transformed the group into '70s rock superstars, and Buckingham's virtuoso guitar work and ingenious production instincts were twin drivers behind that success. He now alternates between solo and Mac projects. Buckingham will celebrate his 60th birthday on Oct. 3.

Mick Fleetwood
The towering British rock drummer and co-founder of Fleetwood Mac has gone from wild-eyed, fresh faced timekeeper for a classic English blues band to a grey-bearded rock veteran who turned 67 in June.


Complete list of Rockers... Which I believe isn't complete... Can be found here:Music.msn

Mac legend to grace Aldershot stage

FLEETWOOD Mac legend Peter Green will be playing the West End Centre in Aldershot.

He is touring to play the band’s classic hits and will appear at the West End Centre on September 3.

gethampshire.co.uk

He played with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and, most famously, Fleetwood Mac.

Raised in the East End of London, Peter was playing bass in several amateur bands before he met drummer Mick Fleetwood during a brief stint playing lead guitar with Peter B’s Looners.

He left the Looners to replace Eric Clapton as guitarist in the John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

Taking Clapton’s place was never going to be easy but it didn’t take too long for Peter to prove his worth and become the new ‘darling’ of the blues scene.

After Peter joined them the Bluesbreakers recorded their seminal Hard Road album, which included his major instrumental masterpiece The Supernatural.

Having collaborated on just the one album, Peter left the Bluesbreakers to start his own band, with Mick Fleetwood on drums and John McVie on bass, and Fleetwood Mac was born.

The band released their first album in 1968 to rave reviews, and Green’s classic tracks Black Magic Woman and the number one hit Albatross cemented the band’s success.

Drugs took their toll on Peter’s mental health and he decided to leave Fleetwood Mac in 1970.

He recorded a solo album but then faded into obscurity.

He made guest appearances on albums by ex-band mates and friends before recording more albums in the late 70s and early 80s.

In 1998 he and the rest of Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

At the time, Mick Fleetwood said of Green: “He’s back in the studio, he’s actually playing again, which is why he’s here on this planet. I do seriously believe he has a magic touch. I think you will never see Pete back out in the showbiz sense of the word but I think you will hear some more music from Peter Green and I hope I’m part of that. I hope that comes to pass.”

Westy employee Nicci Hewett said: “We’re delighted Peter has chosen to play at the Westy, because you really never know when you will get another chance to see this legend, who played such a large part in shaping contemporary music.”

Tickets cost £18 (£16 concessions) and the event is standing.

Available from www3.hants.gov.uk/westendcentre or through the box office on 01252 330040.

NEW PLYMOUTH COUNCIL TO COVER LAKE WITH SEATS FOR FLEETWOOD MAC

by: Scott Kara

So, Fleetwood Mac are coming to New Zealand. That's great, because even though the band's classic albums - Rumours (1977) and Tusk (1979) - were a little before my time, I've always had a crush on Stevie Nicks, with her long mane of blonde hair and lacy hippy frocks.

And it's even better that the band is playing in my hometown of New Plymouth at my favourite venue in the world, the beautiful Bowl of Brooklands.

However, sorry to spoil the party, but the gig might not be all it's cracked up to be. You see, what makes the Bowl unique, apart from the natural grass bowl, is the lake in front of the stage. For Fleetwood Mac (and Cliff Richard and the Shadows in February), the New Plymouth District Council is plonking a 1000-seat platform over the lake. Having been to many concerts at the bowl, including seeing Tim Finn row across the lake during Six Months In a Leaky Boat, I have to say it won't be the same without the lake.

By the sound of it, the introduction of the platform was a deciding factor for New Plymouth scoring Fleetwood Mac's only New Zealand show because the band insisted it would make for a more "intimate" gig.

Then again, why couldn't they say to Stevie and the lads that they'd happily put on a row boat for them to use? I don't mind rowing them across.

FLEETWOOD MAC - PERTH (ME BANK STADIUM)

Perth, WA - ME Bank Stadium
Ticket prices for Fleetwood Mac's two shows in Perth, Australia on Friday, December 11th and Saturday December 12th have been published by Ticketmaster:

Ticket Prices:
A Reserve : $195.00
B Reserve : $165.00
C Reserve : $125.00


Onsale to General Public
Start: Friday September 4, 2009, 9am

My Ticketmaster Presale
Start: Wednesday September 2, 2009, 9am
End: Thursday September 3, 2009, 5pm


REVIEW FROM PERTH
FLEETWOOD MAC DON'T DISAPPOINT



Tuesday, August 25, 2009

FLEETWOOD Fluster Over Ticket Prices

Stuff.co.nz

Tickets to the Fleetwood Mac concert haven't gone on sale yet but already there's confusion over how much they will cost.

One website, www.showbiznz.co.nz, has begun offering pre-sale tickets at $147.50 for general admission to $369 for the best seats on the platform over the lake at New Plymouth's Bowl of Brooklands.

But these prices look to be more expensive than what will be offered when tickets go on general sale next month - the Taranaki Daily News understands they will range from $120 to $320.

That won't be officially known until September 4 when first dibs on Fleetwood Mac's December 19 concert will go to TSB Bank customers, who will be able to buy them on-line until September 8. Public sales will then open the next day.

Leesa Tilley, general manager of promoter Andrew McManus Presents, said promoters often worked with on-sellers like Showbiznz who were allocated a very limited number of ticket "holds".

"These aren't actual tickets these won't be available until the general public tickets go on sale and they can market or sell them however they like," she said.

"How they market and sell them is up to them."

The prices to be asked for the big concert look similar to pricing for Taranaki's last major concert, the performance by Sir Elton John in December 2007.

Prices for that event ranged from $155 to $375.

* How much would you pay to go? Post your comments here.

FLEETWOOD MAC'S Return To NZ

Stuff.co.nz
by Simon Sweetman

By now many of you will be aware that Fleetwood Mac is playing in New Plymouth before the end of 2009. You may also be aware of my love for this band. Or should I say bands.

My love for Fleetwood Mac (and you can click on that link to get the full soap-opera behind the band if you don't already know it) started when I was about five years old.

And then, a few years on from that - maybe I was nine or ten? - I watched a documentary which alerted me to the previous blues band Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.

Next thing I was obsessed with the early years. I knew Albatross - I just didn't know it was the same group that did Say You Love Me - and of course it's not really the same group, but you know what I mean...I knew Albatross but just from hearing it on the radio; I didn't know who played it. Didn't really care at that age.

But this documentary had me obsessed with Fleetwood Mac. I loved the stories of the drinking and drug-taking that had meant some members had disappeared to join cults; moved to Africa and wanted to give all their money away; started having affairs with the partners of other band members (this practice would continue for years in the band); and - very sadly in the case of Danny Kirwan - were sent to a home for the mentally ill.

When I say I loved these stories, I was just fascinated with the soap-opera of Fleetwood Mac. And of course when the band created its second permanent lineup in the mid-1970s - the one that would go on to become global superstars - the soap-opera kicked up a few gears.

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were a couple; they had been drafted in to the band as a pair - a songwriting duo and a...

To read the full article along with many many comments on the article (and to leave yours) go HERE

Monday, August 24, 2009

CHRIS ISAAK HOUR: WITH STEVIE NICKS

In case you missed the first 18 airings of this, here's another chance to catch Stevie's interview on The Chris Isaak Hour.

THE CHRIS ISAAK HOUR: Stevie Nicks
Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Stevie Nicks gives us a sneak peak of 'Gold Dust Woman' and 'Stand Back' from her new CD. In an exclusive interview, Nicks talks to host Chris Isaak about her years with Fleetwood Mac, her severe battle with cocaine and why she has never married. Isaak also accompanies Nicks in performing songs that influenced her early career, such as 'It's Late' and 'Red River Valley'.

Next Airing:
  • Thursday, August 27 8:00am
  • Thursday, August 27 2:00pm
  • Saturday, September 5 9:00am

PRE-SALE TICKET INFO - AUSTRALIA & NZ FLEETWOOD MAC


Fleetwood Mac Pr-Sale Information for New Plymouth, Perth & Pokolbin, NSW via Ticketmaster.

New Plymouth, NZ - Bowl of Brooklands (Allocated Seating)
Sat 19 Dec 2009, 08:00 PM
Ticket Prices: NZ $250.00 - NZ $320.00

Ticket Prices: NZ $120.00

Onsale to General Public
Start: Wed 09/09/09, 09:00

TSB Presale
Start: Fri 04/09/09, 09:00
End: Tue 08/09/09, 17:00

MasterCard Applause Presale
Start: Fri 04/09/09, 09:00
End: Sun 06/09/09, 17:00

My Ticketmaster Presale
Start: Tue 08/09/09, 09:00
End: Tue 08/09/09, 23:59
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Pokolbin, NSW - Hope Estate
Sat 5 Dec 2009
Ticket Prices: AU $122.80 - AU $192.80

Onsale to General Public
Start: Fri 04/09/09, 09:00

MY TICKETMASTER
Start: Wed 02/09/09, 09:00
End: Thu 03/09/09, 17:00
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Perth, WA - ME Bank Stadium
Fri 11 Dec 2009
Sat 12 Dec 2009
Ticket Prices:
A Reserve : $195.00
B Reserve : $165.00
C Reserve : $125.00

Onsale to General Public
Start: Fri 04/09/09, 09:00

My Ticketmaster Presale
Start: Wed 02/09/09, 09:00
End: Thu 03/09/09, 17:00
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Premium Tickets are also still available through Preferred Seating

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Pre-sale starts: Wed 2 Sep, noon,
Pre-sale ends: Thu 3 Sep, noon (or until pre-sale allocation runs out)
General public on sale: Fri 4 Sep, 9am

Ticketek is selling for the following venues only:
Tuesday 1 December - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Monday 7 December - Acer Arena, Sydney
Tuesday 15 December - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
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SYDNEY - Acer Arena Dec 7th "Total Concert Experience" Pre-Sale Ticket info:
  • A Reserve Seating Experience - Incl. Ticket & Preshow Function - $340.00
  • B Reserve Seating Experience - Incl. Ticket & Preshow Function - $310.00
TICKETEK GENERAL TICKETS ON SALE 9AM, FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2009!
  • A Reserve $198.00
  • B Reserve $169.00
  • C Reserve $128.00
Ticket prices include GST and Booking Fees. Transaction Fees may apply.
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Ticket Only Prices:
A Reserve - $195.00*
B Reserve - $165.00*
C Reserve - $125.00*

*Please note that Booking or administration Fees may apply

To purchase tickets (from Friday 4 September 2009): Click here for Ticketek or via phone on 132 849.
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General Ticket Prices Not Yet Listed:

Pre-sale starts: Wed 2 Sep, noon,
Pre-sale ends: Thu 3 Sep, noon (or until pre-sale allocation runs out)


Fleetwood Mac Unleashed Tour Presales Opportunity

Fleetwood Mac in New Plymouth. Pre-sales tickets available.
Travelcafe.co.nz

Tickets are extremely limited BUT we have pre-sales tickets. General Admission from $149 + $30 handling fee. These tickets just became available - get in now before they go on general release and sell out.

TSB Bowl of Brooklands, 19 December 2009

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Ticket types available
  • A Reserve: $369 + $30 handling fee.
  • B Reserve: $289 + $30 handling fee.
  • General admission is $149 + $30 handling fee.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

CORPORATE / CHARITY GIG FOR FLEETWOOD MAC AUGUST 29th

With the bands touring equipment likely sitting somewhere on the east coast of the US - ready to head to Europe in late September to begin the European leg of the Unleashed Tour, it's probably easy for them to pull off this Charity gig on August 29th.

From Hamptons Magazine:

"Finally, this marks the 25th anniversary—and the last summer—of the famed Huggy Bear tennis tournament that Teddy Forstmann started in honor of his brother, Nick. Don’t miss the exhibition match with the top two doubles teams in the world, Mike and Bob Bryan and Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor, and the party finale on August 29 with a performance by Fleetwood Mac. For ticket information call Julia Harris at 212-627-0578. Proceeds go to Keep a Child Alive and the Southampton Fresh Air Home".

FLEETWOOD MAC ROCKING ON...

By GRANT SMITHIES
Sunday Star Times

THE last time Fleetwood Mac played in New Zealand, Rob Muldoon was prime minister and we still had the "carless days" scheme. There was a major strike at Kinleith Paper Mill that year, and the police noted that a staggering amount of pot was smoked, right out in the open, at the first Sweetwaters music festival near Ngaruawahia.

It was 1980. Fleetwood Mac played two sold-out shows here that year, with most of the band nursing raging cocaine habits financed by the success of their biggest album Rumours, released three years earlier. Rumours was inescapable in New Zealand we heard it in shopping malls, takeaway bars, petrol station forecourts, drifting from the open windows of houses and passing cars. Radio stations thrashed it, and your mum quite possibly played it at fondue parties where the after dinner instant coffee arrived in earthy brown Temuka Pottery cups.

And I played it myself, incessantly. When Rumours came out, I was 16 and Stevie Nicks was a powerful object of desire, a Californian hippie witch with ragged hems and come-to-bed eyes. Now Nicks is 61, and Fleetwood Mac are returning to play their first New Zealand gig in 29 years in New Plymouth in December.

"Really, I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to it," says Nicks from her home in Santa Monica, her speaking voice as nasal and husky as her singing voice. "I came down there on a solo tour in 2006 and I loved it, and so when Fleetwood Mac were booked to come to Australia, I convinced the rest of the band we should play New Zealand as well."

It is, says Nicks, a tour that will delight their fans. They won't have to suffer any new songs; it'll be singalong nostalgia all the way.

"It's our first ever greatest hits tour. In the past, we've always had a new record to promote, and the fans are, like you're not doing `Say You Love Me' because you wanna play a song we don't know? C'mon! So this time we're gonna pick 23 of the biggest songs Fleetwood Mac ever did and play 'em all over two-and-a-half hours. It's like OK, here's our body of work. Here are the best songs we've made since this line-up came together in 1975. This is our tapestry."

And what a rich tapestry it has been. Even within the notoriously dramatic world of rock'n'roll, Fleetwood Mac's career has stood out for its lack of calm and restraint. The band's history resembles a particularly tumultuous soap opera, or perhaps a soft-rock Spinal Tap, replete with madness and cults, lawsuits and lust, bogus touring bands, clandestine shagging, industrial strength bitchiness, oceans of alcohol, blizzards of cocaine. Numerous members have burnt out, flipped out or been kicked out along the way, leaving drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie the only surviving members from early line-ups.

FLEETWOOD MAC was a tough British blues band when it formed in London in 1967, then the addition of McVie's wife, singer Christine Perfect, helped broaden their appeal. By the end of the 60s, they were one of Europe's most popular bands, but then things started to go seriously awry. Guitarist Peter Green developed schizophrenia after taking LSD in Munich. Second guitarist Jeremy Spencer went out to buy a paper one day and joined a religious cult instead.

Replacement Danny Kirwan was fired after destroying instruments in an alcohol-fuelled rage, and another replacement guitarist, Bob Weston, was given the boot after having an affair with Fleetwood's wife. Singer Dave Walker was dismissed due to "attitude issues". Eventually, touring became so difficult that the band's manager put together a fake Fleetwood Mac with no original members and toured that instead.

In search of a fresh start, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie relocated to Los Angeles in 1973. After drafting in new members Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham of California soft-rock duo, Buckingham Nicks, their sound became lighter, dreamier, more melodic. This line-up's second album Rumours won the 1977 Album of the Year Grammy and went on to sell over 40 million copies worldwide, and it's easy to see why. On the surface, Rumours sounds as middle of the road as a white line, but there's a compelling undercurrent of darkness that really evokes its era the drugs, the sexual shenanigans, the emotional carelessness, the hippie dream starting to turn sour.

"Those 12 songs came out of a very dark time, and told the story of their times," agrees Nicks. "That music captured what was going on in everybody's hearts, not just ours. We were telling stories everybody could relate to, so people carried those songs around like their own little mantras."

Immediately before Rumours was made, the Fleetwood Mac soap opera got particularly sudsy. John and Christine McVie split, and the latter started dating the band's lighting director. Adding insult to injury, she wrote "You Make Loving Fun" about her new man, and her ex had to play it, night after night, on the road. Then Nicks left Buckingham and started a secret affair with Fleetwood, who was married to George Harrison's sister-in-law Jenny Boyd at the time. Their affair began here in New Zealand, after a November 1977 concert during the Rumours tour. Soon afterwards, Fleetwood left his wife for Nicks' best friend, Sara Recor, and Nicks began a relationship with Don Henley of The Eagles.

A few years later, one of Nicks' friends died of leukaemia and she married the woman's grieving husband, only to divorce him eight months later.

These were particularly crazy times, agrees Nicks, and constant drug use had a lot to do with it.

"You know, it was a seriously drug-filled world in those days. At the time, everyone thought cocaine was just a recreational drug that could not hurt you. Being idiots, we all said, OK, great, get me some. Now, of course, I have a terrible hole in my nose that really affects my singing, so it did hurt me. It hurt all of us. There's always a price to pay for that kind of behaviour. Cocaine is really acidic; if you're a singer it eats your throat, and eventually it eats your brain, too. And of course, nobody was just doing cocaine back then. It was like, I'm too low, so I'll do some coke, then I'm too nervous, so I'll smoke some pot, and then I'm too stoned, so I'll have a big old shot of brandy, and then I'll smoke a cigarette to wake myself back up again. It was a big nasty circle, and my advice is not to try it, because rehab is no fun whatsoever."

Nicks knows this from bitter experience; she's been through rehab twice.

"I did six weeks at the Betty Ford Clinic to get me off cocaine in the mid-80s. I came out feeling great, looking great and singing great, but then a psychiatrist insisted I go on this tranquilliser called Klonopin to make sure I never went back to coke, so I got addicted to that instead. The next eight years of my life went down the drain! The second time in rehab, I spent 47 days in detox. It was worse than the cocaine detox. I thought I was gonna die! A little later I developed chronic fatigue syndrome, which I imagine is from all those years of misuse of my body."

And Nicks wasn't the only band member paying a price for the millionaire rock star lifestyle. Heavily addicted to cocaine and alcohol, Mick Fleetwood found himself living in a friend's damp basement in the mid-80s, watching soap operas all day. Having quite literally squandered millions on cocaine, he filed for bankruptcy in 1987 and entered rehab soon after. That same year, John McVie was treated for an alchohol-induced seizure, and has been sober ever since. Buckingham left the band in 1987, ending the classic Rumours line-up until a reunion in 1997.

The New Zealand show sees this line-up back together minus Christine McVie, who left in 1998.

"All the flying was giving her panic attacks," says Nicks. "Now she's living in a little castle outside London, with a whole lot of dogs and animals, and she spends her time cooking and having a happy life."

NICKS IS honest enough to admit that Fleetwood Mac is primarily a business these days, an enterprise sustained by stubbornness as much as anything.

"As mad as everyone has gotten at each other for a myriad different things, it always came down to one thing: I'm not leaving! It's like I'm not quitting! You quit! Even during times when we hated each other, nothing was worth ending Fleetwood Mac over. You know, when I joined this band, I was so poor, I was working as a waitress and a cleaning lady. Eight months later, I was a millionaire! We made a lot of money together, so whenever things went bad, we'd say is this really worth ending the band over?"

Nicks sounds tough, confident, not at all the floaty hippie chick she often appears to be. She's a survivor, a woman who has come through hard times with little left to prove. Besides Fleetwood Mac, she has had an extremely successful solo career. Her songs have been covered by the Dixie Chicks and Smashing Pumpkins, sampled by Destiny's Child, cited as an inspiration by Courtney Love, MaryJ Blige and the Pet Shop Boys.

And of course, it would be remiss to overlook Nicks' impact, for better or worse, on the world of fashion. She is perhaps the ultimate bogan fashion icon. Westie women, young and old, still sport Nicks' trademark faux-gypsy 70s look to this day, with the jagged hemlines, the silk scarves, the platform boots, the multi-layered satin, leather and lace.

"The older I get, the more I realise that my little idea of what to wear on stage reached out and grabbed a lot of people. Why? Because my style was easy to wear. When I first joined this band, I used to just go on stage in my street clothes, which weren't great, because I was extremely poor at that point. Eventually I went to [LA designer] Margie Kent and drew her little stick figures of what I wanted, and she made me a stage outfit with a little black top, a chiffon skirt that looked kinda raggy, a couple little jackets. Later I got her to make me a poncho out of chiffon with sequins and beads on it, and some long handkerchief skirts, then added the shawls and the top hat and so on.

"People still copy that whole look today, all over the world, and I think that's because what I wear is easy for all body types. Whether a woman is real skinny or 20lbs overweight, my look works. I've toned it down as I've gotten older, but I still wear much the same thing, as you'll see when I get down there."

Fleetwood Mac's "Unleashed" tour plays New Plymouth's TSB Bowl of Brooklands on Saturday, December 19. Tickets on sale from September 9 through Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.co.nz or ph 0800111 999.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

STEVIE NICKS IS A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW

SUPERSTAR Stevie Nicks will not allow Lindsay Lohan to play her in a planned Fleetwood Mac biopic.

"Lindsay cannot be me until she gets her life together," Nicks, 61, told the Sunday Herald Sun. "If I were to do a movie, or allow a movie about my life, Lindsay Lohan is not the person I would pick to do it.

"She has got completely off track. She has a bad reputation. She is a party girl.

"I would want somebody who is an excellent actress and dedicated to their craft."

Fleetwood Mac is swamped by movie offers and Nicks has picked the actor to play her.

"I want Reese Witherspoon to play me," Nick said. "Reese knows. She would play Stevie Nicks really well."

Nicks can relate to the traps snaring Hollywood's new brat pack.

She once released a solo album, Trouble In Shangri La, about the perils of celebrity and fame.

"I look at Miley Cyrus and wonder how she can keep it up because she is everything," Nicks said. "She is a singer, an actress, a dancer, a song writer. She is very famous. And she's only 16."

Nicks knows Miley's father, singer-actor Billy Ray Cyrus, keeps his daughter on track.

"He's a good old boy. He's tough as nails underneath that sweet smile," she said.

Nicks said Paris Hilton should not be rated alongside Cyrus, Lohan or Britney Spears.

"Paris is an heiress. She has so much money, she never has to work a day in her life," Nicks said.

"But she has purposely chosen to build an empire. So God bless her."

But Nicks gave her strongest support to Spears.

"I love Britney and I want the best for her," Nicks said. "She has got her life back and she has two boys who need her.

"But Britney has her body back, her beauty back and, hopefully, she will get her power back."

Fleetwood Mac performs at Rod Laver Arena on December 1. Tickets go on sale on September 4.

Friday, August 21, 2009

PREFERRED SEATING SELLOUTS FOR FLEETWOOD MAC AUSTRALIA

Wow! Preferred Seating is already showing a lot of Sell Outs on front row seating in Australia! That's a hefty price for a ticket.


LINK TO PURCHASE PRE-SALE TICKETS:

Pre-Sale Ticket Prices:

Melbourne - Dec 1
(Front Row Reserve - SOLD OUT)
Tickets are priced from:
$495.00 - 2nd Row
$445.50 - 3rd -5th Row
$245.50 - A Reserve
$210.50 - B Reserve

Melbourne - Dec 2
(Front Row Reserve - SOLD OUT)
Tickets are priced from:
$495.00 - 2nd Row
$445.50 - 3rd -5th Row
$245.50 - A Reserve
$210.50 - B Reserve

Hunter Valley - Dec 5
(Front Row Reserve - SOLD OUT)
Tickets are priced from:
$495.00 - 2nd Row
$445.50 - 3rd -5th Row
$240.50 - A Reserve
$205.50 - B Reserve

Sydney - Dec 7
(Front Row Reserve - SOLD OUT)
Tickets are priced from:
$495.00 - 2nd Row
$445.50 - 3rd -5th Row
$249.50 - A Reserve
$215.50 - B Reserve

Sydney - Dec 8
(Front Row Reserve - SOLD OUT)
Tickets are priced from:
$495.00 - 2nd Row
$445.50 - 3rd -5th Row
$249.50 - A Reserve
$215.50 - B Reserve

Perth - Dec 11
(Front Row Reserve - SOLD OUT)
Tickets are priced from:
$495.00 - 2nd Row
$445.50 - 3rd -5th Row
$240.50 - A Reserve
$205.50 - B Reserve

Perth - Dec 12
(Front Row Reserve - SOLD OUT)
Tickets are priced from:
$495.00 - 2nd Row
$445.50 - 3rd -5th Row
$240.50 - A Reserve
$205.50 - B Reserve

Brisbane - Dec 15
(Front Row Reserve - SOLD OUT)
Tickets are priced from:
$495.00 - 2nd Row
$445.50 - 3rd -5th Row
$245.50 - A Reserve
$210.50 - B Reserve

Brisbane - Dec 16
(Front Row Reserve - SOLD OUT)
Tickets are priced from:
$495.00 - 2nd Row
$445.50 - 3rd -5th Row
$245.50 - A Reserve
$210.50 - B Reserve

THE MAC IS BACK

The Mac is back

2 NEW FLEETWOOD MAC SINGLES on ROCKBAND

Tom Petty Makes Rock Band Debut; Fleetwood Mac, Billy Idol & Jet Return With New Tracks

Cambridge, Mass. - Aug. 21, 2009 - Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that singles from Fleetwood Mac, Billy Idol, Jet and, making his Rock Band debut, Tom Petty will be available in the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content next week for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.

Tracks available on Xbox 360 (Aug. 25) and PLAYSTATION 3 system (Aug. 27):

Billy Idol – “Mony Mony”
Billy Idol – “Rebel Yell”
Fleetwood Mac – “Don’t Stop”
Fleetwood Mac – “World Turning”
Jet – “She’s a Genius”
Tom Petty – “I Won’t Back Down”
Tom Petty – “Runnin’ Down a Dream”

(All tracks are original master recordings)

These tracks will be available for purchase as individual tracks on Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 systems.

Price:
$1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track

FLEETWOOD MAC UNLEASHED IN NEW ZEALAND

Fleetwood Mac Announces First NZ Show Since 1980
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Legendary super group Fleetwood Mac will return to New Zealand for the first time in nearly 30 years for an exclusive show at New Plymouth's beautiful TSB Bowl of Brooklands in December.

Promoter Andrew McManus said: "I am thrilled to be bringing this incredible band back to New Zealand for this one-off concert. It's been nearly 30 years which is way too long! Fans will no doubt travel from all over the country to experience this legendary band."

Don't miss the chance to see this extraordinary, iconic band in what promises to be one of the musical highlights of the year.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 19th NEW PLYMOUTH, TSB BOWL OF BROOKLANDS TICKETS ON SALE WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 9 From Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.co.nz or 0800-111-999

NEW PLYMOUTH NEW ZEALAND FLEETWOOD MAC CONFIRMED

BOWL OF BROOKLANDS - DECEMBER 19TH
By FELICITY ROOKES - Taranaki Daily News

A Fleetwood Mac concert for New Plymouth was confirmed yesterday and for the first time at the Bowl of Brooklands fans will be close enough to see the perspiration on the performers' faces.

The veteran British band is hitting Taranaki on December 19 and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands is the only venue in New Zealand it will play.

And the controversial 1000-seat lake platform will be ready in time for the concert.

Confirming the gig yesterday, New Plymouth District Council manager of business developments and events Garry Sharpe-Young said Fleetwood Mac was the concert of the year.

"They are one of the top 10 selling bands in the world," he said.

"Fleetwood Mac covers a broad range of people, everyone knows their songs."

Mr Sharpe-Young says securing the band is a major coup for New Plymouth.

"This is an A-list band and we are the only place in New Zealand that has them.

"All the major centres wanted Fleetwood Mac and I think it has a lot to do with the venue."

He says you have to be able to offer something different, something unique and that's what the Bowl is.

As with Cliff Richard and The Shadows, the new platform seating over the lake was a deciding factor for Fleetwood Mac.

"Artists like to get intimate with the audience," Mr Sharpe-Young said.

"We have taken note of what artists have said and are maximising the venue."

People on platform seating must be aware that if they wish to dance they must stand next to their seat and not all go to the front.

The platform has been designed to be removed so cannot bear too much weight all on one side.

Mr Sharpe-Young says extra flights will be put on to New Plymouth to meet the demand of out-of-town concert goers.

Fleetwood Mac has not performed in New Zealand since 1980 when it played in Auckland and Wellington, attracting more than 80,000 people.

Singer Stevie Nicks performed at the Bowl in March 2006 in a double billing with John Farnham.

Fleetwood Mac is in its golden years, performing for more than 40 years. The band is touring the world with New Zealand one of the final stops.

It is made up of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, drummer Mick Fleetwood and the bass player John McVie, for whom, together, the band is named.

There is no new album to promote but at a concert at Madison Square Gardens in March guitarist Buckingham hinted there might be one in the works.

Fleetwood Mac has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and its 1977 album Rumours stayed at number one on the US charts for 31 weeks.

But what Fleetwood Mac fans want is the oldies, Dreams, Don't Stop, Go Your Own Way, Gypsy, Little Lies, Landslide and Rhiannon to name a few.

Word is that during the tour the band is sticking closely to its 1975 self-titled album, the first to feature the Buckingham-Nicks combo, and its follow-up two years later, Rumours, one of the biggest-selling albums of all time.

TICKET SALE DATES

TSB CUSTOMERS TO GET FIRST TICKETS

FIRST dibs on tickets to Fleetwood Mac's December concert will go to TSB Bank customers.

Online ticket sales will be available to TSB Bank customers from Friday, September 4 until Tuesday, September 8.

Public sales will open on Wednesday, September 9.

TSB Bank customers can only purchase tickets online at tsbbank.co.nz/fleetwoodmac. The password needed to complete the purchase is `expect more'.

Thursday, August 20, 2009