Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Fleetwood Mac takes to the road for the first time in five years

By Rob Evans / LiveDaily Editor

Fleetwood Mac will take to the road for the first time in five years this spring during an outing that will spotlight the legendary band's greatest hits.

Dubbed the Unleashed Tour, the trek gets underway March 1 at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena. Fifteen shows are currently confirmed for March, and additional spring and summer dates will be announced, according to promoter Live Nation.

"We love our band and think the title of the tour "Unleashed" perfectly describes how we all feel when we get on stage together--especially in 2009," the band said in a joint statement. "We're so happy to get back out on the road, perform everyone's favorite songs and see our fans."

Tickets for the tour are scheduled to roll out on Dec. 15. American Express Cardmembers will have early access to tickets for most shows beginning Dec 8, according to a press release.

Current members of the band include Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. Longtime member Christine McVie last performed live with the group at its 1998 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In conjunction with the tour, Fleetwood Mac's classic 1977 album, "Rumors," is set to be re-issued as part of a special CD/DVD boxed set on Reprise Record. Additions to the set will include previously unreleased tracks recorded during the making of "Rumors," as well as a DVD component with never-before-seen footage of the band.

Fleetwood Mac last toured in 2003 and 2004 to support their 2003 album, "Say You Will."

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