Sunday, October 30, 2011

Jann Arden covers "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac on New Album Uncover Me 2

Jann Arden talks about "Dreams." She'll release her 11th album, Uncover Me 2, on Nov. 1. Pre-order it on iTunes.

Check out the video below, Jann speaks about recording the song and near the end you get a clip of what the track sounds like.  This is pretty cool! I really like it!

Check out the track by track commentary on the album by Jann

You may recall Jann interviewed Stevie at the end of September on her CBC radio show.

Video | Photos - Lindsey Buckingham Live in Napa, CA

Lindsey Buckingham Live in Napa, CA 
October 25, 2011
Photos by Mitchell Glotzer

"Seeds We Sow" Live in Napa

Friday, October 28, 2011

Photos: Lindsey Buckingham The Vic Theatre - Chicago 9/18/11

Lindsey Buckingham The Vic Chicago IL Sept 18th 2011
Photo by Bobby Talamine

STEVIE NICKS: Explains Fleetwood Mac Delay until 2013

Stevie Nicks has explained to us why the next round of Fleetwood Mac activity, which had been expected to take place in 2012, has been pushed back to 2013. She says she wants to continue promoting her current solo album, InYour DreamsI, through next summer, and expects to release more singles and videos from it. "I just want people to see and hear it, so I want to keep this record going until next summer."
Stevie says Lindsey Buckingham, in particular, has been supportive.

"Lindsey knows how important this record is to me, because [he] was a part of [it]. And so he said to me, 'This record is your heart. Don't feel as if you have to run back to Fleetwood Mac, because you don't."

She's also got two movie projects -- both based on old songs -- she wants to "at least get started" next year. One is a movie version of the Welsh folk tale that inspired her to write "Rhiannon," the other an animated film based on a pre-Fleetwood Mac song called "The Ladybug and the Goldfish." 

Dave Schulps

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Stevie Nicks | Lindsey Buckingham and the Grammy Possibilities

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham
Two amazing artists putting out arguably their best solo material 
Could a Grammy be next?

2011 has been an incredible year for both Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.  Within the span of 5 months both have put out critically and to a certain extent commercially successful albums.  They have both toured North America this spring, summer and fall and continue to tour with upcoming shows booked in the UK and Australia. They have surrounded themselves with incredible musicians backing them up in the studio and on the road which resulted in two stellar albums, cool videos and really amazing interesting live performances in some great historic venues!  It goes without saying that each has had an amazing run as a solo artists over the years, not to mention being members of Fleetwood Mac, so to see this level of artistic achievement from them at this stage in their careers is just mind blowing... And both show no signs of stopping now!  In fact it almost feels like they are just getting started!  They continue to roll on with Lindsey releasing a live DVD/CD package out Oct 31st in the UK & November 1st in North America and Stevie is reportedly prepping her "Making of" In Your Dreams documentary.  It's also been an incredible year for fans on both sides of the fence so any Grammy nominations on top of all this would just be icing on the cake!

I'm really excited for both of them and wish them both the best of luck as the list of artists and their submissions is fairly lengthy with a lot of really great performers this year hoping to grab a nomination.

Here's a list of submissions for Grammy consideration for both Lindsey and Stevie.  Actual nominations are announced at some point in December with awards given out early next year.

Stevie and her team have submitted two songs in 5 categories. "Secret Love" for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Short Form Music Video categories.  They have also submitted "Soldiers Angel" in the Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song categories.  Stevie's album "In Your Dreams" was also placed in the Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year categories.  Lindsey Buckingham and his team have submitted his album "Seeds We Sow" in for consideration in the Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year categories with the lead single "In Our Own Time" being submitted to the Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year categories. GOOD LUCK TO BOTH!! 


- In Your Dreams - Stevie Nicks

- In Your Dreams - Stevie Nicks

- Soldiers Angel - Stevie Nicks

- Soldiers Angel - Stevie Nicks
(Songwriter award)

- Secret Love - Stevie Nicks
(songwriter award)

- Secret Love - Stevie Nicks

- Secret Love - Stevie Nicks


- Seeds We Sow - Lindsey Buckingham

- In Our Own Time - Lindsey Buckingham

- Seeds We Sow - Lindsey Buckingham

- In Our Own Time - Lindsey Buckingham
(Songwriter award)


Buddy Holly Tribute with Stevie Nicks performing set to air on PBS beginning Dec 3rd

Stevie Nicks Sings 'Not Fade Away,' Patrick Stump Takes On 'Everyday' in Preview of PBS Special.
Set to air beginning December 3, the all-star concert also features performances by Chris Isaac, Lyle Lovett, Paul Anka, Boz Scaggs and Michelle Branch along with video tributes by Keith Richards, Ringo Starr and more.

PBS has released a preview clip of its upcoming Buddy Holly tribute concert, set to air beginning December 3 (check local listings). Listen To Me: The Ultimate Buddy Party features performances by Stevie Nicks, Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett, Paul Anka, Boz Scaggs, Raul Malo, Graham Nash, Michelle Branch, Shawn Colvin, Patrick Stump and Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta and Victoria Asher along with video tributes by Keith Richards, Ringo Starr, Jackson Browne, Brian Wilson, Eric Idle and more.

More at the Hollywood Reporter

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

WIN a pair of tickets to Lindsey Buckingham - Royal Oak, MI Nov 8th

Win a pair of tickets to see Lindsey Buckingham [of Fleetwood Mac] at the Royal Oak Music Theatre - November 8th!  

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Lindsey Buckingham.... Live in Vancouver

Okay... Well I saw the show last night in Vancouver... and I loved it!  It's a really fun show with a really good mix of what the broad public knows Lindsey for plus plenty from his solo career including a lot from the new album.  The new music sounded great live.  

I saw him in this theatre in 2006 on the Under The Skin Tour a little further back then my second row seat last night, so it was really cool just to watch his fingers attack his guitars... The man has great ability no doubt as do the others in the band.  Walfredo on drums was a lot of fun to watch too... The facial expressions! What is it with drummers and their facial expressions? The sound didn't seem as loud compared to the last time I saw his show here.  That could be because of my proximity to the stage and not exactly in front of the speakers. Still sounded great, it just could have been a little louder. 

No changes to the setlist... The theatre was probably 3/4 sold, the crowd was alright, mainly a sit down appreciative crowd with Second Hand News being the catalyst to get a few up front on their feet.  The Fleetwood Mac tracks do it every time.  There was some sort of a mini orchestra pit right in front of the stage, so people in the front row actually couldn't get right up to the stage so when ever Lindsey did come to the edge, he was still it seemed, a couple of rows out of reach.  The band definitely plays off audience enthusiasm and participation.  Big smile on Lindsey's face at the beginning when he first walked on stage - someone from the audience shouted out SEEDS WE SOW!  Then... WELCOME TO CANADA!  More shouts of love and appreciation from the audience followed throughout the show... Some of which he acknowledged.  

A couple of favourite tunes from the show for me were... Stars Are Crazy, Illumination and Turn It On... Hard to single out a few as everything was great to hear live and a real treat to witness.  As Brett says, he's an American treasure! 

During the intros Lindsey mentioned that having a few days off prior to the show had the guys a bit gitty as they were kinda horsing around a bit.  Whether that's a rehearsed thing, I'm not sure.  Lindsey was moving around a lot during this - when intros were over, he turned around to walk back towards the back of the stage and tripped over his own guitar cords and wiped out, in a sort of easy rolling down on his back, feet up in the air kind of way... nothing severe.  He sat there for a second, strummed his guitar, got up and carried on with Treason. 

All in all a great night in the beautiful city of Vancouver and I'm so happy I saw this show! Thanks to Lindsey, Brett, Neale and Walfredo!

Tried taking a few photos, none of which turned out to be anything but a blurry mess... The one above is the clearest.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Lindsey Buckingham - Highlights From SiriusXM interview

Talks About The Seeds We Sow
October 17, 2011
Composer, musician, singer and songwriter Lindsey Buckingham stopped by the Sirius XM studios recently to talk with Ron Bennington about the release of his sixth solo album, The Seeds We Sow, and play a few songs.  Buckingham is best known as the male frontman of wildly successful band Fleetwood Mac, which created one of the best-selling albums of all time– Rumours.  Buckingham was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac.  Below are the highlights of that interview.

Ron Bennington: That’s the new Lindsey Buckingham, Seeds We Sow is the album and that was End of Time. Lindsey welcome to the show today man.

Lindsey Buckingham: Nice to be here, thank you.

Ron Bennington: You did all this at your house?

Lindsey Buckingham: I did (laughing), that’s right.

Ron Bennington: Everything was done by you though right?

Lindsey Buckingham: Well there’s one song that has my road band on it, but yeah aside from that, everything yeah.

Ron Bennington: So a normal day for you- you’re either writing, recording- it’s gotta be this strange thing?

Lindsey Buckingham: Well it really isn’t! You know you work with the band and it’s kinda like movie making – it’s a lot more chaotic, a lot more of a conscious process to get from point A to point B. You know you go down and you work by yourself it’s more like painting. You don’t have to have full songs fleshed out, you can have a notion and kind of start slopping the paint on the canvas so to speak, and the work will kind of lead you in directions you wouldn’t expect to go.

Ron Bennington: So are you in the studio by yourself during that time?

Lindsey Buckingham: Yeah, I’m engineering and I mixed it. But again, you know you’ve got this one kind of political thing that goes on with working with a group, and the other thing is just way more meditative.

Ron Bennington: Just you, yourself and you’re just being an artist. How do you know if it’s for your solo work or whether this would be better for Fleetwood Mac?

Lindsey Buckingham: Well it usually gets defined for me by what I’m doing at the time. When I started working on – I was not really even expecting to make this album this last year, but the time opened up. It’s really just a question of what it is that you’re working for and that defines what it is. With Fleetwood Mac, again you have to have more completed songs, and there is a kind of A&R (Artist & Repertoire) factor that enters into it, an editorial filter going through the band in terms of what gets picked. But you know it’s really just a matter of what happens to the basic song once you put it out there. If it’s the band it’s gonna be a band song, and if it’s a different process it’ll be a solo.

Ron Bennington: So you don’t really – as you start to write the songs they’re just songs – you don’t think here’s one that I think I’m going to be presenting in one way, or here’s another one, you just let the song kind of unfold.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Boxscore Update: Lindsey Buckingham / Stevie Nicks + Mick Fleetwood

Seeds We Sow Tour 
Added Clearwater Florida and Anaheim to the list of shows published, which is far less then what he's performed, but these are the only dates published so far.

In Your Dreams Tour
So far two dates have been published for Stevie's In Your Dreams Tour

Stevie Nicks The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel
Las Vegas, Nev.
Date: Oct. 15, 2011
Gross: $198,346 
Attendance / Capacity: 1,880 / 2,261
# of Shows / Sellouts: 1 / 0
Ticket Prices: $195, $160, $99.50, $49.50
Promoter: Concerts West/AEG Live

Stevie Nicks, Michael Grimm City National Grove of Anaheim
Anaheim, Calif.
Date: Oct. 12, 2011
Gross: $137,415 
Attendance / Capacity: 1,483 / 1,483
Shows / Sellouts: 1 / 1
Ticket Prices: $125, $75
Promoter: Nederlander Concerts

Billboard Top 200 Album Chart
The ZZ Top Tribute album featuring Mick Fleetwood and John McVie's contribution (Sharp Dressed Man) reaches the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart this week debuting at No. 121.

"ZZ Top: A Tribute From Friends"
The tribute album, celebrating the songs of rock band ZZ Top, drives in at No. 121 with 4,000 sold. It also bows at No. 7 on the Compilations chart. The set boasts tributes from Steven Tyler, Mick Fleetwood (covering "Sharp Dressed Man"), Nickelback ("Legs"), Daughtry ("Waitin' for the Bus"), Jamey Johnson ("La Grange") and more. ZZ Top has notched 17 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including eight top 40 hits. Their biggest singles include "Legs" (No. 8), "Sleeping Bag" (No. 8), "Gimme All Your Lovin'" (No. 37) and "Rough Boy" (No. 22).

Recap: A Grammy Museum Evening with Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks Shares a Dozen Stories at L.A. Performance
Billboard Magazine  by Phil Gallo, L.A.

Steve Nicks entertained and educated high school students and fans Wednesday at two sessions at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. She touched on everything from her childhood to her recently released album "In Your Dreams," providing the audience with imitations of her Fleetwood Mac bandmates Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham, tales of poverty and success and revelations about her past. Here are a dozen she shared.

1. "Moonlight" -- currently her favorite song on the new album "In Your Dreams" -- was written after she saw "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." "I saw it while we were on the road with Fleetwood Mac in Australia. I was so taken by the movie that I wrote a five-page essay after seeing it and went back to see it the next night in Brisbane. I had a piano in my room and I wrote ("Moonlight")."

2. There is music in the vaults from the "Fleetwood Mac" and "Rumours" sessions. "Lots of stuff -- lots of songs that turned into other songs. It could get released some day."

3. On the making of Fleetwood Mac's double album "Tusk" in 1979: "'Tusk' was 13 months at Village Recorders. Lindsey had tusks on the wall and all these weird Polaroids. I thought this must be what hell is like. With speakers. I felt like I was watching weirdo spirits. It's a lot more fun to tell stories about that record than it was to live through it."

More Photos at the "Continue Reading" link

Video: Stevie Nicks Shows Why She's A Reigning Queen Of Rock - @TheGRAMMYMuseum

Stevie Nicks Shows Why She's A Reigning Queen Of Rock 
CBS 2 / KCAL 9 Los Angeles
Stevie Nicks made a special appearance to benefit the Grammy Museum and Foundation. Suzanne Marques was there.  Stevie played 4 songs: Landslide, Rhiannon, Moonlight & For What It's Worth.  Rhiannon and Moonlight were on the piano.

Reviews X 2 for Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks - The Grove of Anaheim

Stevie Nicks - City National Grove of Anaheim – 10/12/11
Review & Photos by Chris Loomis

The Gold Dust Woman, Stevie Nicks made the fourth stop of her brief intimate five date fall 2011 tour at The City National Grove in Anaheim on Wednesday October 12 supporting her latest solo release In Your Dreams (released May 2011). Nick’s popularity is as strong as ever evidenced by the sold out show in Anaheim on this night. At 9:00pm the lights dimmed and the Missing Persons classic “Destination Unknown” was played until the Fleetwood Mac singer hit the stage and opened the show with the solo classic “Stand Back”. Stevie Nicks made it clear to the packed house that “This was not a greatest hits tour” and she was promoting her latest album and then continued on with her nearly 2hr set comprised of solo material old and new with some Fleetwood Mac classics mixed in.

Continue to the full review + photos

Lindsey Buckingham - City National Grove of Anaheim – 10/17/11
Review & Photos by Chris Loomis

Successful solo artist and Fleetwood Mac vocalist/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham brought his Seeds We Sow tour to the City National Grove in Anaheim Monday night October 17 just days after his Fleetwood Mac band mate Stevie Nicks rocked The Grove – Anaheim sure got its fix of Fleetwood Mac classics between the two. The Seeds We Sow tour is in support of Buckingham’s latest solo album of the same name which was released back in September. At about 8:40pm Lindsey Buckingham kicked off a 90 minute set of music from his entire career. Buckingham began the night alone on the stage playing five songs with just an acoustic guitar that included one of his most popular solo hits “Trouble” and the Fleetwood Mac song “Never Going Back Again”.

Continue to the full review + photos

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review: Lindsey Buckingham The Grove of Anaheim 10/17/11

Fleetwood Mac’s guitarist returned to the Grove with a sterling new batch of songs and stories to tell.

It’s been an exciting year for fans of live classic rock. In just the past six months or so, John Fogerty, the Zombies, Steely Dan, Paul Rodgers and even the Monkees have all delivered fantastic age-defying concerts throughout Southern California.

Add Lindsey Buckingham’s 95-minute set Monday night at City National Grove of Anaheim to the list. Performing both alone on acoustic guitar as well as with a terrific three-man band, the singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso – who appeared at the venue just days after Stevie Nicks sold it out – served up a mix of Fleetwood Mac classics, solo hits and new material that showcased how (like Neil Young) he is the rare 60-something who continues to challenge himself artistically while simultaneously creating some of the best work of his long career.

The Hall of Famer, who recently turned 62, is on tour in support of his September release Seeds We Sow, an outstanding 11-song disc that has deservedly garnered rave reviews. Many of the highlights of his 19-song set in O.C. came from that new album, including the experimental rocker “In Our Own Time,” the beautiful “Illumination” with its lush vocal harmonies, and a rousing take on “That’s the Way That Love Goes.”

Continue to the full review at the OC Register

Photos Slideshow HERE

PHOTOS: Lindsey Buckingham Live in Anaheim

Lindsey Buckingham Live in Anaheim, CA 
October 17, 2011 - The Grove
Photos by Photo Grafitti

Monday, October 17, 2011

Review: Lindsey Buckingham - Palm Desert, CA 10/15/11

Going his own way
The Desert Sun

Lindsey Buckingham put on a clinic Saturday for the type of show the McCallum Theatre should present more often.

Buckingham, who emphasized his solo material over his Fleetwood Mac repertoire, talked of being part of a “big machine” with Fleetwood Mac, while his solo career was like a “small machine.” Fans are attracted to his “big machine” songs, such as “Go Your Own Way,” “Big Love,” “Never Going Back Again” and “Second Hand News,” and he met those expectations in a nearly two-hour concert. But he also re-arranged those classics, performed solo hits such as “Trouble” and “Go Insane,” and introduced challenging new solo material to satisfy his artistic drive.

It was so compelling, it made me want to see more solo “big machine” artists - like Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey or Brian Wilson.

Buckingham showed off tremendous vocal and guitar skills, deftly finger- picking or creating orchestral sounds with his complex chords and dynamics. But, when he wanted to astound, he simply reached back to the 1975 self-titled Fleetwood Mac LP and shredded on “I'm So Afraid.” He also did an amazing arrangement of “Tusk,” simulating the power of the USC marching band on the original.

Buckingham could have brought the crowd to a more emotional climax by ending with another Fleetwood hit, such as “Monday Morning.” Instead, he chose to finish with the title track from his new “small machine” album, “Seeds We Sew.” It certainly reaffirmed his status as an artist.

Lindsey Buckingham LIVE IN L.A. Songs From The Small Machine @Palladia Tue 9pm EST

Lindsey Buckingham: 
Songs from The Small Machine- Live in L.A.
Tuesday, 10/18 at 9pm EST. Filmed in Beverly Hills in April 2011, "Songs From The Small Machine" captures Lindsey Buckingham showcasing tracks from his new studio album "Seeds We Sow," songs from across his solo career, and Fleetwood Mac classics. His distinctive guitar picking style and instantly recognizable voice are joined to his dynamic on stage presence to deliver a show that brings the audience to their feet and leaves them calling for more.

Tune in to Palladia. 

NEW VIDEO: Lindsey Buckingham "Stars Are Crazy" DVD Nov 1st

Second video release from the up coming DVD+CD / Blu-ray Lindsey Buckingham "Songs From The Small Machine - Live in L.A."  which hits stores November 1st in North America.

As usual... Click through to Youtube and check out the video and "like" it + leave a comment... Share it with your friends and family.... With Lindsey going all Independent of a record company for this and his Seeds We Sow album release... I'm sure he'd appreciate any of his fans spreading the word... Let's bring some awareness to this amazing artist!

Video: Stevie Nicks Performs Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" SOLO Clinton Foundation Gala

Stevie Nicks Performance Directed by Jonathan X
Landslide | Dreams | Don't Stop | 
The Clinton Foundation Gala October 14, 2011
Hollywood Palladium

STEVIE NICKS SINGS Happy Birthday to President Clinton

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hey Australia! WIN Front Row tickets to STEVIE NICKS

Stevie's “In Your Dreams” tour will hit Australia in November. She will play shows in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Wollongong and Canberra. Joining Stevie for these special shows will be celebrated musician and songwriter Dave Stewart from Eurythmics, who co-produced Stevie's new solo album,In Your Dreams. Fans of both Fleetwood Mac andEurythmics will be thrilled to know that Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart will be performing their greatest hits from their respective bandsas well as highlights from their solo careers.

To ENTER: tell us in 25 words or less Which song would you like to see Stevie Nicks & Dave Stewart perform live together and why?

MAX is lucky enough to have a double pass to the best seats (FRONT ROW) in the house to each of the following shows! Plus you will get a copy of Stevie's new album!

  • Saturday 19 November – Melbourne Sidney Myer Music Bowl – VIC 
  • Sunday 20 November – Mornington Racecourse – VIC
  • Wednesday 23 November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre – SA 
  • Tuesday 29 November – Sydney Entertainment Centre – NSW 
  • Wednesday 30 November – Newcastle Entertainment Centre – NSW 
  • Saturday 3 December – Brisbane Riverstage – QLD 
  • Monday 5 December – Wollongong Win Entertainment Centre – NSW 
  • Wednesday 7 December – Canberra AIS Arena – NSW

Competition closes on Sunday 30 October at 11:59pm AEST 

38 Stunning Photos: Stevie Nicks in Las Vegas @TheJointLV by Erik Kabik

Really amazing photos of Stevie Nicks live in Las Vegas last night ending the US leg of the "In Your Dreams Tour"

The Clinton Foundation Gala - Stevie Nicks, Bill Clinton & a Birthday Cake

Photo by The Clinton Foundation

It looks like Stevie sang Happy Birthday to the President!

If you missed it yesterday via Stevie's Twitter - the following photo and message were sent out.
"Stevie and President Clinton at his 65th Birthday Gala last night. What an amazing evening!"

Video: Stevie Nicks "Moonlight" Live The Fillmore San Francisco 10/9

This song takes on a whole other life now with the official video being released... Stevie looks incredible in this colour - and looks so cool flapping her arms around a bit like the owl in the offical video... Very dramatic. Love it!  

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Lindsey Buckingham talks solo work, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks & possibly Buckingham Nicks next year

Fireworks Magazine
October 14, 2011

It’s quite amazing when you consider that vocalist and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has co-written the ninth biggest selling album of all time, in the form of Fleetwood Mac’s legendary ‘Rumours’ record. Only his second record with the band, he penned three songs, including the huge hit ‘Go Your Own Way’ as well as a co-write - the contributions he and then partner Stevie Nicks made cannot be overlooked, as Fleetwood Mac became worldwide superstars. What is sometimes overlooked is the tasteful and skilled solo work that Buckingham has put out over the years. Releasing solo albums every so often, which showed off his skills as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist with a distinctive finger picking style, he has continuted to hone his craft alongside his work in Fleetwood Mac. With his sixth album ‘Seeds We Sow’, he has created a record that takes his love of recording songs with just vocals and guitar and meshes it with a fuller sound, to create one of his most accomplished efforts yet. James Gaden talked to Lindsey to find out all about it...

I’m impressed with your new album, I must say. It’s a very strong record. 

Thank you! It’s funny - I didn’t really plan on making a record this last year, Fleetwood Mac had just gotten off the road and the time opened up... so I thought I’d better fill it! (laughs) So, y’know, maybe one of the reasons it worked out so well was that I didn’t have any agenda going in, it was kind of an off-hand thing. I think that a lot of stuff that I have been working on over the last seven years or so, especially solo, all just came together in this one place.

That’s what struck me - I thought this album sounds like a bridge between the sparser music of ‘Under The Skin’ and the fuller sound of ‘Out In The Cradle’... I think it sits nicely between those two records.

Yeah - that’s exactly where I think it should be placed. It does seem to harken back to ‘Out Of The Cradle’ a little bit, which is a good thing, a lot of people seem to like that one!

I noticed that throughout your career you’ve been very adept at taking personal things that have happened to you and crafting them into songs... was there any specific theme or inspiration behind the material on this album?

It’s funny, the way lyrics have evolved for me, in terms of the process, the approach. It’s gotten kinda a little more elusive in a way, I think it’s growth. I don’t want to say my lyrics have become more poetic, but I do think they are more open to interpretation. Sometimes I’ll write it and even I’m not entirely sure what it all means until I start putting it together, then I might have a finished lyric and think ‘Oh yeah, now I know what that means!’ (laughs) But I think when I did look at the lyrics collectively when this project was done, the thread that seemed to run through was to do with actions having consequences and the choices you make, while not always easy to define or to judge in the moment, given the perspective of time, sometimes quite a bit of time, you can see what is good in your own life, in your relationship, what is good or bad in the world. It’s all down to this collection of choices we have all made in our lives. So there’s kind of a karmic theme there, that’s where the title comes from, sowing seeds... those come back later on in your life, be it good or bad. When I look back over the last ten or even twenty years, the way I’ve tried to work the big machine - Fleetwood Mac, with the small machine - my solo career, it’s like a big movie scenario versus a small independent film mentality that goes with my solo projects... the two would seem to be opposed but in a larger sense they tend to support each other. In order to do that, you have to keep your wits about you and make choices based on a certain set of values. I guess I was able to feel that the place that I’ve arrived at as an artist, as a person with my family and everything, it all seems a lot of my choices were for the good. So I guess that’s what is reflected on the album.

When you come to make a solo album, do you create a central theme before you start, like the karmic one on this record, or do you just write the songs and let them dictate the shape?

Well, it depends... you just mentioned ‘Under The Skin’ and when I did that, I basically said to the band that I wanted to do two solo albums more or less back to back, wanted to tour both of them and that they shouldn’t bother me for about three years. Just leave me alone! (laughs) For ‘Under The Skin’, that did have a very specific idea, which was to try to do something very sparse, acoustic and intimate. This particular album... as I say, I think the only thing I committed myself to this time was taking on as much responsibility for the process myself as I’ve ever taken, which included playing almost everything, mixing it, engineering it all... that was like a painting process, building up layers. But no, on this album I didn’t have a specific idea in mind, other than the approaches I have arrived at over the last ten years or so. One of those is taking one or two guitars at the most and having that be pretty much the bulk of the track, but still putting production values onto it. That’s something which I’ve been very interested in for a number of years and I keep refining and expanding on it.

With the song ‘Seeds You Sow’, you gave that away free on your website as a precursor to the album launch. Did you feel you had to do that in this day and age, or do you like the fact the internet offers that chance for your fans to come to your website and hear something early?

In America, we’ve put this album out ourselves, I did make some forays into seeing what interest there might be from larger labels... what few there are left! (laughs) I spoke to a friend, Rob Cavallo, who I’ve known for years who was in a good position at Warner Brothers, but I realised that he couldn’t change anything, the system would change him. I talked with my manager and we felt it was just too weird out there for an album like this, for someone like me, on a label. In the spirit of that, to put the record out ourselves, we could do it on our own terms and letting people hear something early allows you to loosen the formula up a little bit. Certainly using the website for that, we completely re-did it for when the album was done, that resonated with the spirit of how the album was going out, it seemed like the right thing to do.

I think with somebody like yourself, you have your own fan base who keep up to date with what you’re doing and I don’t think any of the, like you say, few major labels left could or would offer you anything you couldn’t do yourself at this stage of your career.

It’s true - for someone who is now in their sixties like I am, they’d look at me and think “Well...” There’s a kind of built in momentum with my fan base, you’re right. That comes with a built in fear of getting too involved, but I think people had enough respect for me to look at me, especially to the big companies, they’re so beholden to the boardroom mentality where everything is about the bottom line, nobody at these labels have the kind of autonomy that I saw when I started. They can’t make their own decisions for themselves anymore and I think they had enough respect for me to know they wouldn’t be doing the kind of job I feel the record deserves. And that’s fair enough.

Finally, speculation has been floating around about this for a while - is the Buckingham/Nicks album finally going to be officially released on CD?

Stevie has an album out right now as well, and when she was working on it I spent quite a bit of time over at her house... probably more time with her off the road than I had spent in ages. It’s so funny with Stevie and me, this is someone I’ve known since high school and obviously we’ve had a fairly difficult story to play out together at times, and you’d think by now there would be nothing left to work out, but apparently there is and I find that to be incredibly sweet. The thing between she and myself is still a work in progress and we did talk about it... I think the reason that album never made it to CD was down to inertia. We have talked about the possibility of putting it out, maybe sometime next year or the not too distant future, and you could put some bonus tracks on there, re-release it properly. We haven’t set a timeline or made a decision yet, but I think it would be appropriate. Maybe we could figure out a way to do some shows, just the two of us - that would be a nice change of pace too. So nothing is set in stone by any means, but things will happen next year... I’ll be shocked if there isn’t some Fleetwood Mac action next year. We’ll have to wait and see!

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Video: Lindsey Buckingham Live in Las Vegas "Go Your Own Way" 10/14/11

Lindsey Buckingham Live in Las Vegas
October 14, 2011
Aliante Station casino

More video from the show:
Tusk | Big Love | Trouble | Never Going Back Again

Photos: Stevie Nicks Blue Carpet Arrivals - President Clinton Foundation Gala

Singer Stevie Nicks attends the Clinton Foundation Gala in honor of “A Decade of Difference" held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on October 14, 2011.

Stevie performed "Landslide", "Dreams" and Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" (Video below)

Below: Fashion Stylist Rachel Zoe with singer Stevie Nicks 

Below: Kristen Aldridge interviews Stevie Nicks on the red carpet
Below: Actress Jessica Alba (L) and singer Stevie Nicks arrive at The Clinton Foundation's 'A Decade Of Difference' Gala at The Hollywood Palladium