Friday, January 27, 2017

Updated Tour Stats - Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold Tour

Nine shows reporting so far to Billboard Boxscore.

New to the list - The Forum in Los Angeles - Dec 18th

Stevie Nicks, The Pretenders 
Toyota Center - Houston, Texas - Oct. 29, 2016
Gross: $970,641
Attendance / Available Seats: 8,440 / 9,306

Stevie Nicks, The Pretenders
American Airlines Center - Dallas, Texas - Oct. 30, 2016
Gross: $930,988
Attendance / Available Seats: 9,409 / 10,299

Stevie Nicks, The Pretenders 
Amalie Arena - Tampa, Fla. - Nov. 2, 2016
Gross: $823,927
Attendance: 7,930 / 9,379

Stevie Nicks, The Pretenders
Verizon Center - Washington, D.C. - Nov 14, 2016
Gross: 836,038
Attendance / Available Seats: 7,678 / 11,872

Stevie Nicks, The Pretenders
Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN - Nov 17, 2016
Gross: $939,129
Attendance / Available Seats: 12,300 (12,300)

Stevie Nicks, The Pretenders
Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, Mich. - Nov 23, 2016
Gross: 772,272
Attendance / Available Seats: 7,863 / 9,982

Stevie Nicks, The Pretenders
Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, Conn - Nov 25, 2016
Gross: 627,559
Attendance / Available Seats: 7,431 / 7,431

Stevie Nicks, The Pretenders
Madison Square Garden - New York, N.Y. - Dec. 1, 2016
Gross: $1,575,376
Attendance / Available Seats: 15,167 / 15,167

Stevie Nicks, The Pretenders
The Forum - Inglewood, Calif. - Dec. 18, 2016
Gross: $1,379,531
Attendance / Available Seats: 14,210 / 14,210

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Update: Fleetwood Mac To Release 3CD/1DVD/1LP Deluxe Edition of Tango In The Night March 10th

Release Date
Fri, 03/10/2017


3CD/DVD/LP Deluxe Edition Includes Newly Remastered Sound, 
Unreleased Recordings, Rare Tracks, Music Videos And More 

Three Versions Available March 10 From Warner Bros. Records

LOS ANGELES – Fleetwood Mac released the second-best selling record of its career in 1987 with Tango in the Night, an album that’s sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. It topped the album charts in Britain, peaked at #7 in America, and scored major hits everywhere with “Big Love” and “Little Lies.”

Following the recent deluxe edition of Mirage, Fleetwood Mac continues to reissue its classic albums with the new TANGO IN THE NIGHT: DELUXE EDITION. The collection, timed to coincide with the album’s 30th anniversary, expands on the original with a selection of rare and unreleased recordings, newly remastered sound, plus several music videos. Available on March 10 from Warner Bros. Records in three formats:

-    Deluxe: Three CDs, DVD and LP. Original album with remastered sound on CD and 180-gram LP, rare and unreleased recordings, 12” remixes, plus a DVD with music videos and a high-resolution version of the album. $99.98 SRP
-    Expanded: Two CDs. Original album with remastered sound, plus rare and unreleased recordings. $19.98 SRP
-    Remastered: One CD. Original album with remastered sound. $11.98 SRP
-    Also available digitally

After topping the U.S. charts in 1982 with Mirage, Fleetwood Mac returned five years later with Tango In The Night. It currently stands as the final studio album released by the quintet of Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks. The album sent four singles into the Billboard Top 20: “Little Lies” (#4), “Big Love” (#5), “Everywhere” (#14), and “Seven Wonders” (#19). 

The deluxe and expanded editions of Tango In The Night both include a disc of rare recordings. Among those 13 tracks are unreleased gems like the alternate version of “Mystified,” a demo for the album’s title song, plus the rare b-sides: “Down Endless Street” and “Ricky.”

TANGO IN THE NIGHT: DELUXE EDITION includes a third disc that compiles more than a dozen 12” mixes. Dub versions of “Seven Wonders” and “Everywhere” are featured along with an extended version “Little Lies” remixed by John “Jellybean” Benitez. The collection also comes with a DVD that contains videos for five singles: “Big Love,” “Seven Wonders,” “Little Lies,” “Family Man,” and “Everywhere.” Also included in the deluxe edition is Tango in the Night as a 180-gram vinyl LP.

David Wild (on Twitter) recently eluded to writing new liner notes for Fleetwood Mac like previous reissues and he confirmed it on Twitter he's written the liner notes for Tango In The Night.

Links to pre-order are at the bottom. Release date: March 10th

Tango In The Night 

Disc One: Original Album - 2017 Remaster
1.    “Big Love”
2.    “Seven Wonders”
3.    “Everywhere”
4.    “Caroline”
5.    “Tango In The Night”
6.    “Mystified”
7.    “Little Lies”
8.    “Family Man”
9.    “Welcome To The Room… Sara”
10.    “Isn’t It Midnight”
11.    “When I See You Again”
12.    “You And I, Part II”

Disc Two: B-Sides, Outtakes, Sessions
1.    “Down Endless Street”
2.    “Special Kind Of Love” (Demo)*
3.    “Seven Wonders” (Early Version)*
4.    “Tango In The Night” (Demo)*
5.    “Mystified” (Alternate Version)*
6.    “Book Of Miracles” (Instrumental)
7.    “Where We Belong” (Demo)*
8.    “Ricky”
9.    “Juliet” (Run-Through)*
10.    “Isn’t It Midnight” (Alternate Mix)*
11.    “Ooh My Love” (Demo)*
12.    “Mystified” (Instrumental Demo)*
13.    “You And I, Part I & II” (Full Version)*

*Previously Unissued

Disc Three: The 12” Mixes
1.    “Big Love” (Extended Remix)
2.    “Big Love” (House On The Hill Dub)
3.    “Big Love” (Piano Dub)
4.    “Big Love” (Remix/Edit)
5.    “Seven Wonders” (Extended Version)
6.    “Seven Wonders” (Dub)
7.    “Little Lies” (Extended Version)
8.    “Little Lies” (Dub)
9.    “Family Man” (Extended Vocal Remix)
10.    “Family Man” (I’m A Jazz Man Dub)
11.    “Family Man” (Extended Guitar Version)
12.    “Family Party” (Bonus Beats)
13.    “Everywhere” (12” Version)
14.    “Everywhere” (Dub)

Disc Four: The Videos (DVD)
1.    “Big Love”
2.    “Seven Wonders”
3.    “Little Lies”
4.    “Family Man”
5.    “Everywhere”
Plus a High-Resolution Stereo Mix of the Original Album

Tango In The Night (Vinyl)
Side One
1.    “Big Love”
2.    “Seven Wonders”
3.    “Everywhere”
4.    “Caroline”
5.    “Tango In The Night”
6.    “Mystified”

Side Two
1.    “Little Lies”
2.    “Family Man”
3.    “Welcome To The Room… Sara”
4.    “Isn’t It Midnight”
5.    “When I See You Again”
6.    “You And I, Part II”


•    Deluxe (3CD/1DVD/1LP)
•    Expanded (2CD)
•    Remaster (1CD)
•    Deluxe 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Interview Stevie Nicks: ‘I was so sick — I couldn’t shower. I almost died’

Saturday's edition of The Times UK has a four page interview spread with Stevie. Check out the full interview at

The Fleetwood Mac singer talks about her past lovers, drugs hell — and why, at 68, she’s not too old to get married

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fleetwood Mac / Stevie Nicks Manager Howard Kaufman has passed away

Irving Azoff
Azoff Issues Statement Regarding Kaufman's Passing

Irving Azoff has released a short but moving statement about the passing of his former partner, Howard Kaufman. 

Howard was a giant among men. He never sought the spotlight, but was the best in the business.
We worked together for more than 45 years. He was a great influence on me and taught me a lot.
Despite his major health issues, he always wanted to work till the end and I’m glad he got his wish.
It’s a tragic loss for our industry. He will be missed by me as well as scores of others he touched.

Pollstar confirmed Thursday that Kaufman had passed away. No further details were available at press time. 

Kaufman was one of the most powerful managers in the industry despite keeping a low profile. At the time of his death his company, H.K. Management, shepherded acts like Stevie Nicks, Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Lenny Kravitz, Chicago, and Def Leppard, along with co-managing Fleetwood Mac.

Kaufman and Irving Azoff ran Front Line Management from 1974 to the early '80s until Azoff was named prexy of MCA Records. The two merged their companies in 2005 and resurrected the moniker.

Kaufman became a special adviser to Azoff when Ticketmaster bought the company in 2008 and Azoff was named CEO of Ticketmaster Entertainment. He is also credited, during his days at IFA, with encouraging Fred Bohlander and Dan Weiner to step out on their own and form Monterey Peninsula Artists.


Howard Kaufman
by Bob Lefsetz
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He famously told a household name band he'd make them more money in two years than they had in the previous twenty.

And then he did.

Most people don't know who he was. Because unlike those that followed him into the business, Howard was not about fame, he was about protecting the interests of his artists, and money.

And everybody cares about the money. Knock around this business long enough and you'll hear the famous cliche... "It's not about the money, it's about the money."

And Howard started off as an accountant. He worked with James William Guercio. And then he went on to partner with Irving Azoff and steer the careers of Jimmy Buffett and Stevie Nicks and Aerosmith and Def Leppard and... You want someone in your corner, and that was Howard. He could be funny and he could be stern, but one thing's for sure, you could not pull the wool over his eyes.

The first time I met him was on a plane down to Chula Vista, to see Jimmy Buffett, and he told me Fleetwood Mac was gonna reform and I asked him about new material and he told me he'd be happy if they never made another record. This was 2003, he already knew where the bucks were buried, on the road. You see old does not mean dumb, does not mean over the hill, oftentimes it means wisdom and foresight and Howard had it.

And now he's dead.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Stevie Nicks says another Fleetwood Mac album is unlikely but is happy for Christine and Lindsey

Stevie Nicks says another Fleetwood Mac album is unlikely: ‘We’re not 40 anymore’
The music icon says the band are more keen to focus on touring

Evening Standard

Stevie Nicks says she does not think Fleetwood Mac will make another album together — because they are “not 40” any more.

The singer, 68, believes the band  are more likely to focus on touring and doubts they will ever record a  follow-up to 2003’s Say You Will.

She said: “If the five of us were to get together to make a record it would take a year, which is what it always takes us.

"It would be a whole year of recording, then press, then rehearsal, and by the time we got back onto the road, it would be heading towards the second year, and I don’t know whether at this time it’s better for us just to do a big tour.”

The band has sold more than 100 million records and reformed with the classic line-up of Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John and Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood for a world tour, which ended in 2015.

Nicks said: “It’s every single penny we make divided by five, so the expense of making a record, which is huge, and then to get back on tour ... we are not 40.

"We have to take that into consideration — how long can we do tours that are three-hour shows? Would you rather spend a year in the studio or get back on the road? I think that the band would choose to tour.”

Nicks, who is focusing on her solo career, is also reluctant to make new music.

She said: “I don’t write as many songs any more because with the internet, the way that kids listen to music, all the streaming, and the fact that if they’re very savvy, if they want to get it and not pay for it, they can.

"It goes against the grain of our whole belief in, ‘You write a song, you record it, and you put it out there and people should buy it’.

"We realise it’s not our world any more and the younger kids don’t look at it like they’re taking from us... we don’t have the impetus to write 20 songs because we know that unless you’re under 20 you’re not going to sell many records.”

She is not involved with the new album by McVie and Buckingham, which is not a Fleetwood Mac record.

She said: “I’m sure it’s going to  be great, because Christine is super-inspired. I’m really happy for them.”

On July 9, Nicks will support her old friend Tom Petty with his band The Heartbreakers at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time in Hyde Park.

She said: “I’m the girl who always wanted to be in his band and he’s always the one who said, ‘No, no girls allowed.’ There’s just no one else I’d rather be on stage with than Tom.”

Friday, January 13, 2017

Buckingham McVie Duet Album Tentatively Scheduled For May Release

Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham talk about making their first duet album
By Randall Roberts

Longtime devotees of the rock band Fleetwood Mac might be forgiven for letting out a gleeful yelp when registering the news that singer-keyboardist Christine McVie shared with The Times in December while sitting next to her band mate -- guitarist, singer and producer Lindsey Buckingham.

“I've been sending Lindsey demos in their very raw form,” she says, sitting in the Village Studio’s storied Studio D in West Los Angeles, “and he's been doing his Lindsey magic on them, which I love.”

The product of that magic is tentatively scheduled to come out in May, and the two are at the Village to work on vocals. Working with them are two familiar names: Mick Fleetwood, whose towering drum kit is in the next room, and bassist John McVie.

The album coming out of these sessions, however, won’t bear the Fleetwood Mac imprimatur.

Rather, the release with the working title “Buckingham McVie” will arrive as the first full-length collaboration between the pair.

For hard-core fans, it’s not news that, save band mate Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac’s members have been holed up at the Village. At various intervals over the past few years, the band has acknowledged working on an unspecified project thought to be a new Fleetwood Mac album. 

In fact, during a studio visit in 2014, The Times’ Randy Lewis sat down with Christine McVie and Buckingham to discuss her return to touring after 16 years away from the band.  

“I thought, I'm really missing out on something — something that's mine, that I’ve just given up,” she said to Lewis. “I'm not paying respect to my own gift."

Nearly three years later, sharing a couch in the same suite where decades earlier Fleetwood Mac recorded its epic album “Tusk,” Buckingham says that after her return, he and McVie generated an entire album’s worth of material during the sessions.

“We got in here, and it made sense to me with what she had given me and what I done with it. But we still didn't know how it was going to play out in the studio,” Buckingham says. 

He quickly realized that he’d had a pent-up enthusiasm for this kind of collaboration. “I loved doing it, because it's something that I haven't had a chance to do for Stevie as much as I did in the past,” he says, stressing that he continues to compose for solo projects.

“Those are a little more esoteric and off to the side,” he says, “but that's not the same as doing it for somebody else.”

McVie says she reconnected with Mick Fleetwood prior to joining the 2014 Fleetwood Mac “On With the Show” tour. She’d been living a solitary life in rural England when the drummer traveled to London in order to escort her to Hawaii, the destination she chose to help her overcome her fear of flying.

“I'd been virtually doing nothing in the country in 16 years of being a retired lady. Being busy walking my dogs — actually not doing anything very constructive,” she says. “I made one little solo album in my garage.” (2004’s “In the Meantime.”)

Buckingham remembers Fleetwood calling him soon thereafter. “He said, Christine's been over here and, you know, she would like to maybe rejoin the band." For Buckingham, it was a no-brainer.

McVie lets out a big laugh. “It’s unprecedented!”

“Yeah, but a lot of things about Fleetwood Mac are unprecedented,” says Buckingham. “I left for a long time and you guys got two guitar players and went ahead and did that for a while. Then I came back.”

“Weird times,” McVie says.

“Yeah,” Buckingham agrees. “I mean it's a band like no other.”

McVie, who is best known for writing and singing Mac gems including “Don’t Stop,” “Over My Head” and “Think About Me,” acknowledges that, early on in the Buckingham-McVie project, she doubted her ability to reconnect with her muse.

“I suppose I wondered if I believed in myself,” she says. “But I was like, 'Go for it, Chris. Go for it.' And, you know, a better thing's never happened to me. I've reconnected with the band and found a fantastic person to write with.” 

Looking at Buckingham, she adds, “We've always written well together, Lindsey and I, and this has just spiraled into something really amazing that we've done between us.”

For his part, Buckingham’s initial songwriting contributions were the product of sessions with Fleetwood and John McVie, which Buckingham invited Christine McVie to augment. 

“It was just pieces with no wording,” she says. “ so I put melody and lyrics on some of his material.”

“That was a first,” says Buckingham. “She would write lyrics and maybe paraphrase the melody — and come up with something far better than what I would have done if I'd taken it down the road myself.”

Those up on the history of Fleetwood Mac might note in the Buckingham McVie moniker the echo of an earlier duet album, “Buckingham Nicks.” Released in 1973 by the two future Fleetwood Mac members when they were a romantic and musical partnership, the Nicks and Buckingham release led Fleetwood a year later to invite the couple to join his band. 

Nicks hasn’t contributed to the forthcoming Buckingham McVie project. She’s been on her own trip. In 2016, Nicks embarked on her “Rockin’ 24 Karat Gold Tour” with the Pretenders as openers. That tour will continue with a few dozen more dates across early 2017.

Her schedule, however, had little bearing on what Buckingham and McVie were creating, says Buckingham.

“All these years we've had this rapport, but we'd never really thought about doing a duet album before,” Buckingham says. “There is that album that I did with Stevie back before we joined the band, but other than that, it's all been Fleetwood Mac or solo.”

Interrupting with a tone of bafflement, McVie says, “And why on Earth? It seems absurd after 45 years.”

“Sometimes,” Buckingham says, “it takes, oh, about 40 years of perspective to figure it out.”

Friday, January 06, 2017

Fleetwood Mac help UK reach 25 year high in vinyl sales

Vinyl sales have been climbing steadily over the world but in the UK, it has reached a 25-year high with 3.2 million albums purchased on vinyl in 2016.  Fleetwood Mac's Rumours was the 5th best selling vinyl in the country for 2016.  Below is the Top 10.

OFFICIAL VINYL ARTIST ALBUMS CHART 2016 – © Official Charts Company

Pos.         Artist & Title  

1.  David Bowie / Blackstar
2.  Amy Winehouse / Back To Black
3.  Various Artists OST / Guardians Of The Galaxy - Mix 1
4.  Radiohead / A Moon Shaped Pool
5.  Fleetwood Mac / Rumours
6.  The Stone Roses / The Stone Roses
7.  Bob Marley And The Wailers / Legend
8.  The Beatles / Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
9.  Prince & The Revolution / Purple Rain OST
10. Nirvana / Nevermind

All about the lights... Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold Tour

Stevie Nicks has gone solo for the 24 Karat Gold tour playing more than two dozen arena dates in North America before the end of the year. Production designer Paul Guthrie of Toss Film & Design in Minneapolis chose 88 ClayPaky Mythos fixtures for the lighting rig.

He previously deployed Mythos on tours for Miranda Lambert and Macklemore. Nicks’ latest tour, in support of her album, 24 Karat Gold – Songs from the Vault, launched in Phoenix and will wrap in Los Angeles. While the iconic singer/songwriter appears as a solo artist, she tapped the Pretenders to open for her – delivering a powerhouse show for ticket holders.

A veteran of Nicks’ tours, Guthrie endeavoured to: “create something new and a bit more modern” for her new show. “Stevie enjoys using video content so the tour features a lot of video on an LED videowall backdrop and L-shaped scenic pieces,” he explained. “Our overwhelming lighting edict is always no smoke. So we defer to lighting the band and adding in layers of light to create new looks.” The versatility of Mythos offers myriad options to Guthrie. “It’s fun to have one light that can produce a multitude of different effects in the same head,” he said. “Mythos is basically the workhorse light in the rig.” He notes that the tour’s complement of 100-120 moving lights is now considered a medium- size rig for an arena tour adding: “It used to be that 16 were considered to be a lot! We’ve come a long way.” PRG’s Las Vegas office supplied the fixtures.

Eighty Mythos are mounted in the overhead lighting trusses where they form solid lines of fixtures. Guthrie reported: “On the downstage and mid-stage trusses they provide stage wash and beam effects. Those on the most upstage of the trusses, upstage of the videowall, create layers to add depth.” Eight more Mythos are positioned on the floor upstage of the band to illuminate their dynamic performance.

Tom Wagstaff, the lighting director for the Pretenders deploys about 60 Mythos, on the downstage and mid-stage trusses, and repositions the complement on the floor, says Guthrie. For the 24 Karat Gold Tour Thomas Mayer is the lighting crew chief and Cecil Nelson, Matt Schiller and Scott Naef are the lighting crew. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky. Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, added, “Mr. Guthrie always does great work and is trusted to work with great artists. It’s always a please to collaborate with him.”


Best Reissues of 2016 - Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks: “Bella Donna”/”The Wild Heart” (Atco/Modern/Rhino) -- The albums that established the charismatic Fleetwood Mac singer as a solo star get expanded nicely. “Bella Donna” gets supplemented with nine outtakes (including four worthy songs that didn’t make the album) and a 1981 concert. “The Wild Heart,” her solid, if overly synthy, 1983 follow-up, meanwhile has nine outtakes. Insightful liner notes help illuminate Nicks’ life and career during this period. -- Ratings: “Bella Donna” -- 4 stars; “The Wild Heart” -- 3 ½ stars

Fleetwood Mac: “Mirage” (Warner Bros.) -- Following the artistically bold, but commercially disappointing “Tusk,” Fleetwood Mac retreated to safer pop territory on “Mirage.” This reissue adds 20 outtakes to the finely crafted original album, including a pair of strong unreleased Stevie Nicks songs, “If You Were My Love” and “Smile at You.” -- Rating: 3 ½ stars