Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Caitlin Rose covers Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks Track "That's Alright"

Add Nashville's Caitlin Rose to the ever-expanding list of American artists finding more welcoming arms -- and critical acclaim -- across the pond in the U.K. and Europe. While her new album Own Side Now draws stellar four-star reviews in London ("more than lives up to expectations...lovely stuff" -- Q, "major star alert" -- The Guardian) and gets an opening slot on the current Deer Tick U.K. tour, we wait patiently for a U.S release. Young singer/songwriters with a twang and an appreciation for alternative and traditional country styles (and who don't fit into the Nashville star-maker machinery) too often get neglected or pigeonholed. It's a shame, too. The fine, promising Own Side Now deserves greater exposure -- even in her own backyard.

Rose's debut has the classic rural tones of a Patsy Cline but this is a distinctively contemporary album in both lyrical depth and brash defiance of any particular one-note style. There are country/pop elements of Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt along with a version of the Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks song "That's Alright".


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Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Judd Apatow and Dave Eggers Host
An Evening of Music and Comedy to Celebrate the Release of the Anthology:
"I Found This Funny"

and many more guests soon to be announced...

Writers Guild Theater
Friday, October 29, 2010, 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:30 PM)
135 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Tickets $250-$500
All proceeds go toward 826LA’s free student programming

Judd Apatow and Dave Eggers host an evening of music and comedy to celebrate the release of I Found This Funny, a collection of humorous writing edited by Judd Apatow, with work by some of his favorite authors. The book will be released by McSweeney’s on October 22, 2010, and showcases many different styles of writing, from fiction to short humor to essays to comedy sketches to poetry. Featured writers include Nora Ephron, Paul Feig, Jonathan Franzen, Steve Martin, Lorrie Moore, Conan O'Brien, David Sedaris, and many more. Proceeds from the book will go to 826 National, a non-profit tutoring, writing, and publishing organization with locations in eight cities across the country.

All proceeds from event ticket sales will benefit 826LA. Now in its fifth year, 826LA’s fundraising events have established a reputation for being completely unique nights, filled with impressive lineups and side-splitting laughs. On this special evening, laughing at lowbrow (and highbrow) humor benefits the greater good, as the show’s proceeds directly fund student writing and tutoring programs at 826LA.

VIP and General Admission tickets are considered a tax-deductible donation. Adults only (18 and over).

About the Hosts:
Judd Apatow was co-creator and executive producer of The Ben Stiller Show and Undeclared; co-executive producer of The Larry Sanders Show; and executive producer of Freaks and Geeks. He’s produced many of the most successful films in recent years, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, which he also wrote and directed. Most recently, Apatow released his third directorial feature, Funny People, which the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair included on their lists of the top ten films of 2009.

Dave Eggers is the author of seven books and two screenplays, including Where the Wild Things Are. His book What Is the What was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of France's Prix Médicis Etranger. Eggers’ most recent book, Zeitoun, was awarded the American Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco. In 2002, with Ninive Calegari, he co-founded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco. 826 chapters have now opened up in eight cities, including Los Angeles.

About 826LA:
826LA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Its services are structured around the belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. In its fifth year, 826LA currently provides drop-in tutoring, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners and assistance with student publications. Drawing from a volunteer base of more than 1,600, which includes many teachers, writers and journalism professionals, 826LA unites eager students with eager helpers. All of 826LA’s programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently and in his or her individual voice. 826LA’s Echo Park Time Travel Mart store serves as a gateway to the community and offers all of its proceeds in support of student programming.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010


Fleetwood Mac's 5x platinum "The Very Best Of" leaps back onto the Top 50 Catalogue Album Chart in Australia at #9 for the week of September 27th. The disc was last seen on the chart at the end of May, 2010.

Friday, September 24, 2010


Medieval banquets, card tables full of cocaine… spoiled ’70s superstars Fleetwood Mac lived up to their mantra, writes promoter Michael Chugg in his new memoir

Michael Chugg was only fifteen years old when he began managing and promoting music in his hometown of Launceston, Tasmania. That was in 1962. Fast forward to the present, and "Chuggi", as he is affectionately known, has been a pioneer in bringing the newest, biggest and baddest musical acts to Australia.

These include The Police, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Jr., Fleetwood Mac, R.E.M., Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiss, Pearl Jam, and many more. Chuggi has developed a reputation as a hard-arse, often walking on stage to shout down the crowd or pull the talent into line. He also never minces words writing in shocking detail about what goes on behind closed doors when big international acts come to town.

This honest, open and blunt expose of the underbelly of Australian music events is both hilarious and fascinating.

Released in Australia: 01/10/2010

These are pages from The Weekend Australian Magazine September 25-26th edition
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Released in 1988, Fleetwood Mac's "Greatest Hits" continues to sell well.

For the most recent Billboard 200 Catalogue chart for the week ending September 19, 2010 "Greatest Hits" is sitting at #83 with sales for the week of 1,582 units down from the previous week of 1,798 units. Total US sales (1991 to present) the disc has sold 4,384,136 units. Since September, 2009 the compilation has sold a total of 112,152 units in the US.

"Greatest Hits" was last certified by the RIAA in 2000 at 8x platinum (8 million units shipped in the US).  Soundscan tracks actual sales, over the counter and digital, the RIAA tracks shipments.

Soundscan is the official method of tracking sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada. It began tracking point of sale (POS) sales in early 1991. SoundScan is the sales source for the Billboard music charts, making it the official source of sales records in the music industry.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Never going back again | The Australian

Never going back again | The Australian: "MICHAEL Chugg was an up-and-coming 30-year-old music promoter when his employer, Paul Dainty, gave him the gig of looking after the now legendary Fleetwood Mac tour in 1977."

Just as the band’s recently released album, Rumours, raised the bar for pop albums (it would go on to sell 40 million copies), the corresponding tour would similarly set new standards for rock and roll excess, especially in Australia.

“The promoter’s rep will meet the band’s tour manager in the car park of Sydney Airport with two ounces of cocaine,” was one of the first instructions Chugg received from Fleetwood Mac’s management. It set the scene for the rest of the tour, if not Chugg’s ensuing career.

Chugg was not a coke user – not then, anyway – and enlisted a roadie to score for him. The band had a crew of 67 people, which meant that they were able to float from one gig to the next with only their cocaine-fuelled performances to worry about.

Despite the lavish demands the band put on catering – extensive banquets accompanied by French champagne and Courviosier – Mick Fleetwood and his colleagues were never seen consuming food. “All of them were too wired to eat,” Chugg recalls. “The excess was outrageous. There was just too much coke and too much weed.”

Chugg, originally from Tasmania, was soon embracing the lifestyle. “That 1977 tour was the entrée to many wayward nights on the rock’n’roll circuit,” he says. “At its most outrageous, the nights rolled into days and just occasionally the days turned into weeks.”

Read more about Chugg’s initiation into rock promoting in Go Your Own Way, by music writer Iain Shedden, tomorrow in the Weekend Australian Magazine.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Story of Rumours by Fleetwood Mac BBC Radio 2

Next on: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 22:00 on BBC Radio 2
Duration: 60 minutes


On 4 February 1977, an album was released that would go on to be one of the best selling albums of all time. Paul Sexton tells the remarkable story behind the making of Fleetwood Mac's Grammy Award-winning album.

Rumours by Fleetwood Mac was made under the most bizarre circumstances. The two couples at the heart of the band, John and Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, were in the process of splitting up. No songs were written before going into the studio. And everyone was zonked on cocaine. So they wrote about it all as it happened, and one of the most successful albums of all time was the result.

The Story Of Rumours is told through new interviews with Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham, as well as some amazing studio tales from producer Ken Caillat. The other band members feature through archive interviews.

It's interspersed with classic hits from the album, including The Chain, Dreams, Don't Stop and Go Your Own Way.

Listen Now

Wednesday, September 15, 2010



The move came as a shock to some who hailed Whalley's commitment to Warner's acts. "He's an artist-friendly guy," one former staffer said. "A lot of the artists love him, and he loves them."

Among those mourning Whalley's departure was Fleetwood Mac singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks. "I love Tom Whalley," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "He has always been there for me and has been a huge support to artists during his tenure at Warner Bros. I'll miss him."

Hollywood Reporter

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Shake-Up At Warner Brothers, Whalley Out

Warner Brothers Records has shuffled its executive team. Rob Cavallo has been named chairman, Todd Moscowitz will serve as co-president and CEO and Tom Whalley, who has served as chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records since 2001, is exiting.

Tom Whalley

"Tom Whalley is one of this industry’s most accomplished executives and his contributions to WMG are enormous, having restored Warner Bros. to its leadership position. Just consider his near-decade of creative and operational success at Warner Bros., including ranking as one of the country's top three labels every year since 2003 and as the country’s top label in two of the last five years. Tom embodies a rare combination of great creative instincts with a deep understanding of the music business, and we are privileged to have had him lead Warner Bros." said Lyor Cohen, WMG’s Vice Chairman and Chairman and CEO, Recorded Music – Americas and the U.K.

Rob Cavallo

One of the top-selling producers in the world, Cavallo has produced or had creative involvement in albums that have sold more than 125 million units over the past 16 years, nearly 30 million of those units in the last five years alone.

In 1997, Cavallo was an instrumental force in reuniting the members of Fleetwood Mac at Warner Bros. for the band’s reunion album, DVD video and TV special, The Dance, which combined have sold more than six million units, and was a producer on the band’s following album Say You Will.

Diarmuid Quinn

Diarmuid Quinn, President of Reprise Records and Chief Operating Officer of Warner Bros. has decided that he will be stepping down from his position as well.


[hope this shuffle has no effect on the release of Stevie's album in 2011 through Reprise. Tom Whalley has reportedly heard what Stevie has recorded so far and according to an interview with Stevie she's quoted as saying he loved it!]

Sunday, September 12, 2010

CHART UPDATE: Fleetwood Mac's "The Very Best Of" & "Rumours"

For the week of September 18, 2010 on the official UK Albums Chart Fleetwood Mac's 2009 double disc release "The Very Best Of" drops out of the top 100 from #81 last week.

NEW this week on the Catalogue Top 40 Chart is Fleetwood Mac's 1977 release "Rumours" entering the chart at #37.

Friday, September 10, 2010


David Wild (Rolling Stone Contributing Editor) indicated today that he's being interviewed for a updated edition of Fleetwood Mac's "Behind The Music" that will likely air on VH1 Classic.  The original version, produced around the time of Fleetwood Mac's "The Dance" aired in 1997 .  He's being interviewed this Monday and has asked anyone on Twitter to tell him what their favorite Fleetwood Mac song is since "The Dance".  No word yet when the remastered edition of "Behind The Music" is expected.

Follow David Wild on Twitter for updates and Tweet him your favorite!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

SPEAKER TALK: Stevie Nicks Chooses Equator Q10 Monitors

Equator Q10 monitors to be used on Latest Nicks project.

Hollywood, California –September 8, 2010…In the world of rock stardom few stars have shined brighter than that of Stevie Nicks. Her pursuit of excellence and attention to detail has proven itself ever increasing with each new addition to her extensive discography. Her latest project continues in that tradition. For her monitors she has chosen Equator Audio Research Q10s.

The acquisition began when Scott Campbell, engineer for producer Glen Ballard, contacted Equator Audio to set up an evaluation. The speakers were brought to Ms. Nicks’ house where she would be recording tracks with Glen Ballard and Dave Stewart producing.

Monday, September 06, 2010


Who Will Come Out On Top Of VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time?

Starting Monday, September 6 with back-to-back episodes at 10/9c and 11/10c, VH1 will count down its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (the five-part countdown will continue every day at 10/9c through Thursday, Sept. 10).

VH1 has revealed the Top 5 (although their specific ranking will remain a secret until the final show airs).

In alphabetical order, they are:
  1. The Beatles
  2. Bob Dylan
  3. Michael Jackson
  4. Led Zeppelin
  5. Rolling Stones
Check out the actual rankings of the other 95 artists on the list, and make sure you tune in Monday, September 6 for expert commentary from artists on the list, artists not on the list, writers, critics and comedians alike…


The Top 30:

30. Aerosmith
31. John Lennon
32. Black Sabbath
33. Guns N’ Roses
34. Tina Turner
35. Johnny Cash
36. Paul McCartney
37. Fleetwood Mac
38. Sly & The Family Stone
39. The Kinks

Sunday, September 05, 2010

CHART UPDATE: Fleetwood Mac's "The Very Best Of" on the UK Charts

For the week of September 11, 2010 on the official UK Albums Chart Fleetwood Mac's 2009 double disc release moves down to #81 from #41 last week.  This is the 4th week back in the top 100 and it's 225th week on the chart (225 weeks combines the 2002 & 2009 release).


In 1982, the three-day 'US' Festival opened in San Bernardino, California on September 3rd. More than 400,000 people turned out to see bands like The Cars, Fleetwood Mac and Talking Heads. The show was expected to bring in ten million dollars, but lost money because of artists like David Bowie and Van Halen demanded huge fees.  Fleetwood Mac would appear on and close out the festival on day three September 5th.


Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac and Kristen Messner Buckingham attend Rafael Nadal second round victory at the 2010 US Open at Flushing Meadows, NYC.
(September 4, 2010 - Photo by Zimbio)

Saturday, September 04, 2010


Added a photo gallery...  It'll be an on-going process. The link is at the top of the page.

Friday, September 03, 2010


Stevie ranked #35 on this weeks Billboard Boxscore chart for her show in Santa Barbara August 4, 2010.

Stevie Nicks Santa Barbara Bowl
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Aug. 4, 2010
Gross: $281,085
Attendance / Available Tickets : 3,629 / 4,565
Shows: 1 / 0
Ticket Price Range: $123, $43
Promoter: Nederlander Concerts

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

(PHOTOS) A Couple of Photos of Stevie Nicks in Atlantic City

Photos by: (link) Irmen Images 


Spotted August 31, 2010 at Hawaii Prince Golf Course for the "Back in the Day C&K Golf Classic With The Legends" an event to benefit Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Center.

Photo by: by Mailani
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On this day (Sept 1st) in 1980, Fleetwood Mac ended a nine-month world tour with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Lindsey Buckingham announced on stage, “This is our last show for a long time.”
Lindsey Buckingham - Tusk Tour
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