Sunday, August 19, 2012

It Happened: 15 Years Ago Today Fleetwood Mac released "The Dance"

Fleetwood Mac "The Dance" Released 15 Years Ago Today

August 19, 1997 - Fleetwood Mac released The Dance on the 20th Anniversary of Rumours, and the 30th Anniversary of Fleetwood Mac. The ablum went on to become the fifth best selling live album of all time in the US. To date US sales alone total over 5 million copies. The Dance marks the first album to feature the most successful line-up of Fleetwood Mac since the release of Tango in The Night in 1987 and the first album by the band to top the US albums charts since 1982's Mirage.  The album debuted on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart September 6, 1997 with sales of 199,000.  It would spend the next 12 weeks inside the top 10 and would sell its first million copies in the US within 8 weeks.

The album contained three new tracks - Temporary One from Christine McVie, Bleed To Love Her from Lindsey Buckingham and Sweet Girl from Stevie Nicks.

Neal Preston Photos

It all began May 22, 1997 when the band reconvened in a Warner Bros. Studio soundstage in Burbank, California where over the course of two evenings (May 22nd and 23rd), The Dance was filmed before a live audience.  MTV began airing the special August 12th and one week later Reprise released the album on August 19th.  Warner Reprise released the VHS video version first on August 26th following the album release, then on DVD September 23, 1997.  To date The Dance video has been certified platinum.

The DVD version contained five exclusive tracks not found on the CD: Songbird, Gold Dust Woman, Gypsy, Over My Head and Go Insane.

With the release of The Dance, it not only delighting exsisting fans world wide, but we fell in love with them all over again.  Fans had all but given up on the classic line-up ever getting back together again.  The Dance also introduced the band, and was the entry point for many new fans of Fleetwood Mac - thanks in large part to the MTV and vh1 airings of The Dance and also in large part to the singles releases from the album including "Silver Springs" which was a Rumours cut originally slated for the album, but was cut at the last minute because of vinyl limitations only making it to the B-side of the Go Your Own Way single back in the 70's and later in 1992 on Fleetwood Mac's box set "25 Years - The Chain".  The tune was issued to pop, AC and Mainstream rock radio July 22, 1997 with "The Chain" following as a promotional only CD issued to radio August 4, 1997.  "Landslide" was released, remixed and reached as high as #51 on Billboards Top 100 Singles chart.


Following the release, Fleetwood Mac mounted A huge 45 date US fall tour playing to sold out venues everywhere making this the first tour all 5 Rumours era members would be on stage together since 1982. It also marked the last tour with all five members as Christine McVie retired from the band in 1998.

THE DANCE - Photo Opp, Rehearsal & Interview
1 of 4 videos:


Anonymous said...

How time passes by its seems like yesterday. Still one of favorites of alltime.

greg said...

I truly believe if The Dance recording/reunion had never happened, Stevie's solo career would have gradually drifted away in the late 1990s.

It provided a much needed jump start that included a new appreciation and respect for her role in Fleetwood Mac.

Anonymous said...

I remember being exhilarated and moved by this reunion. The magic was still there but it had morphed and taken on new meanings with the passage of time. I remember an L.A. Times article before the release that asked the question (paraphrasing), "Can Fleetoowd Mac still do it?" It was soon answered in a VERY big way. Can't help feeling sad that it can never again be like this for so many reasons. Sigh....

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else catch the Stevie footwear issue in the first of the 4 photo opp/interview videos?

When Stevie first enters the room, Christine immediately looks her over and her eyes go directly to her shoes. A couple minutes later, both Lindsey and Mick notice her shoes and Mick actually questions her about them. I can't really make out what Stevie says in response, but it sounds a little defensive. Wisely, Mick chooses to end the conversation there. lol

It was a legitimate question on Mick's part. It was a photoshoot and the photographer was taking full body shots of the band. Even the dude running the video recorder zoomed in on her shoes...most likely a WTF moment in video speak. :-)

Anonymous said...

I always thought Fleetwood Mac was robbed at the Grammy's in 98 for "The Dance". They lost all three awards they were nominated for, including one for "Silver Springs". They should have won, but lost best pop album to a James Taylor album that wasn't even a hit, lost pop song to Jamiroqoai, who turned out to be a one hit wonder.

Anonymous said...

Anyone catch Video 1 around 11:50 where Stevie states "we didn't talk" and Lindsey whispers to her, "we talked." Way cool. Thanks for posting!

Amy Condit said...

At 10:38 Lindsey is poking or tickling Stevie and kisses her head! I love it!

Anonymous said...

I remember that Grammy show and remember thinking they were robbed also; especially when you consider the one hit wonder song. In total agreement with that.

Unknown said...

I am still so pissed they got robbed the grammy. That CD reintroduced new peeps to FM never mind the old...such as Silver Springs??? They totally got beat I wanna puke!!! It's not fair!!!

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