Showing posts with label 2013 Interview. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2013 Interview. Show all posts

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Q&A with Mick Fleetwood on the eve of Fleetwood Mac Tour

The modern rumor-mill media world, with its Twitter gossip
and screaming TMZ headlines, has nothing on the dramas of Fleetwood Mac.

By  Kevin Joy
The Columbus Dispatch 

Although its past is littered with divorces, drugs, lineup changes and lustful behavior — including a painful split between singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and free-spirited frontwoman Stevie Nicks — the ensemble hasn’t buried its missteps.

“We still choose to be more revealed than not,” said drummer Mick Fleetwood, the only player to remain a constant since his namesake band’s 1967 inception. “I think you’d find in any of our interviews, Stevie, and even Lindsey, are almost too open about things that are very personal, really.”

The enduring group is known just as much for refined pop-rock and blues music — in particular, the aptly titled Rumours, which was reissued last year.

Released in 1977, the album recorded at the height of Fleetwood Mac’s turmoil ultimately yielded four Top 10 singles (Don’t Stop and Dreams among them) and, today, spawns a tour kicking off in Columbus.

The Rumours-era unit, reunited since 1997 — with the exception of keyboardist Christine McVie, who retired one year later — has continued to go its own way.

That stamina, said the 65-year-old Fleetwood, “really is charged with some of the real principles of people who have worked at being able to be together.

“This is a journey that is unfolding as we speak.”

He spoke to The Dispatch before tonight’s show in Nationwide Arena.  

Q: What has it been like preparing for this tour?

A: We’re pretty much closing in on the last four to five days of rehearsal. We’ve been at it for about six weeks. No matter what you do, you’re always down to the wire.

We’ve done this a lot through the years. There’s some anxieties — tweaking the set and wondering: “Is that the best song to do there; what would make it different for the audience?” — but we’ll be up and fighting. We always are. The band’s playing beautifully.

Q: Rumours turned 35 last year. Was that motivation to hit the road again?

A: We do it when we feel that this is really a cool thing — something that’s worth a (expletive). That’s the state of the nation with the four of us. We’re all happy to perform. We don’t have to do it.

We’re all in our 60s. We can’t run this like a huge business, which is quite apparent. We have to know that everything’s OK as people — which, for all of our problems, . . . we are feeling really good about all being together.

Q: What are the dynamics of a Fleetwood Mac concert in 2013? Might we see laser lights — or Stevie Nicks flying across the arena in a gilded cage?

A: Unless I fell asleep during the ’70s, which is highly probable, we’ve never been the sort of band that had their production be the reason someone comes to see us.

Having said that, we’re blessed to be able to make a really good effort. It has become grander, the technology we draw on. We don’t have firebombs — simple lights, some bigger screens than we ever used.

It’s going to be really aesthetically tasteful, to complement the songs in a holistic way.

Q: Why do listeners still maintain such a close connection with Rumours?

A: It is extraordinary that the album seems to rebirth itself quietly all the time. And, now (with the 2012 reissue), it’s been really rebirthed in a quite profound way.

One has to say that it’s a body of work that, sonically, does not age. Thank goodness we did not put all those cheap ’70s and ’80s effects with plastic drums, that sort of stuff. You don’t really know where this album was made.

It’s just very pure. There isn’t a lot of hype in the way we produced that album, a lot of care with the layering. The songs and the scenes and the story really seemed to take on almost a part of a responsibility of representing a generation.

That album became an iconic signpost for a lot of things that have nothing to do with music.

Q: An allusion to the musicians’ chaotic offstage lives?

A: This album opened a door that is still wide-open. I think the songs were well-crafted: Just when you think this could be getting a little sweet and cute, whatever they call accessible pop music, you suddenly realize it’s not.

Fleetwood Mac inherently has a dark side — these five people, now four, in a life puzzle. We were probably fairly naive in many ways. I think people identify with that. They’re invested in our story as people.

Q: How would you describe the relationship among band members today?

A: It’s all good, and it’s always interesting. We don’t always see eye to eye on bits and pieces. One of the biggest misconceptions with all the ups and downs and inroads and so-called horror stories — the one thing people forget is that we actually really love each other.

You see Stevie and Lindsey up there, knowing they’ve had huge differences of opinion. But they’r e there. They have a huge regard and love for their journey.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Watch: Fleetwood Mac Say They'll Debut New Songs on Tour

The band will keep working on new tracks, Stevie Nicks says, 'If the world does want more music from us'

 Continue to the full article at Billboard

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Video: Stevie Nick s & Lindsey Buckingham Reflect On Their Decision To Join Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham chat with Access about their decision to put their project, Buckingham Nicks, on hold to join Fleetwood Mac. At the time, how did Stevie rationalize the decision? Plus, what did Mick Fleetwood think of their music.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Video: Fleetwood Mac Talks Tumultuous Past: “We All Paid A Price For That Emotionally”

by Kate Spencer

We had the nerve-wracking honor of sitting down with Fleetwood Mac recently and chatted with the iconic band about their upcoming tour and the re-issue of their album Rumours, which celebrated its 35th anniversary this week. Most interesting was the group’s willingness to discuss their torrid, rocky personal past with each other, which included break ups, make ups, affairs, drug abuse and lots of legendary songs about it all.

Never break the chain, guys. Never break the chain.

NEW Interview with Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie

‘We were never too stoned to play’ Fleetwood Mac: the comeback interview 

The Mac are back, with live shows, songs and a re-release. Will Hodgkinson meets Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie
The Times

It is 36 years since Rumours, the soft-rock masterpiece by Fleetwood Mac, became the soundtrack to separation. Songs such as Go Your Own Way, The Chain and You Make Loving Fun articulated the new rules of relationships for the baby boom generation, capturing the reality of affairs, tensions, betrayals and break-ups and selling more than 40 million copies in the process. For much of the 1980s, arguing over who got the copy of Rumours was as much a part of divorce as lawyer’s fees and pretending to like each other in front of the

Rumours hit a nerve because it came from a place of truth. Fleetwood Mac’s keyboardist Christine McVie was divorcing its bassist John McVie. The singer Stevie Nicks was splitting with her childhood sweetheart, the band’s guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Stuck somewhere in the middle was the drummer Mick Fleetwood, who was recently divorced from his wife. Everyone dealt with the situation in the only way rock stars in the 1970s knew how: by taking huge amounts of cocaine.

It should have ended there, but as Fleetwood says, “Rumours is the thing that would not go away.” While the album has just gone back into the Top Three, four of the band members are putting aside the pain of the past and, in one of the biggest break up and make up stories of all time, getting ready to go out on the road again for a world tour. Only Christine McVie, who left the band in 1998, is staying away. She’s been leading a reclusive, distinctly non-rock’n’roll life in a Kent farmhouse ever since, having no involvement with Fleetwood Mac and never giving interviews — until now. 

Read the full interview/article at FleetwoodMac-UK

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Audio: Interview with Mick Fleetwood from last week...

Interview: Mick Fleetwood on Magic Breakfast
Mick appeared on Magic Breakfast in the UK last week... Here's his audio segments where he spoke with Neil Fox. They're short, but Part 2 is interesting - talks about encouraging Chris to say hello in some sort of way on stage when they play London this year...

I think it's going to happen!

Part 1 Part 2

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Video: Stevie Nicks: How Prepping This Tour 'Changed Us' #FleetwoodMac

Plus: Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood join their Fleetwood Mac bandmate to reveal the secret to their success.

Video: Mick Fleetwood UK TV Appearances... Alan Titchmarsh and The One Show

Mick Fleetwood Interview on UK TV program The One Show January 28, 2013 discusses Rumours and the upcoming Fleetwood Mac tour.

Mick Fleetwood Interview on UK chat show The Alan Titchmarsh Show Friday February 1, 2013 discussing the upcoming Fleetwood Mac tour and re-release of Rumours.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

@CBSNews Video: Fleetwood Mac still spreading "Rumours"

Fleetwood Mac has just re-released their 1970s mega-hit album, "Rumours," with a deluxe edition. CBS News' Teresa Garcia talked to the band in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Video: Anatomy Of A Song: Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham

Anatomy of "Go Your Own Way"

One of Fleetwood Mac's biggest hits -- "Go Your Own Way" -- tells a tale of love gone wrong between Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks and now the two open up that old wound for Access' Anatomy of a Song series.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Extra TV - Video! Fleetwood Mac Talks Band Reunion Stevie Nicks weighs in on Lance Armstrong Scandal

“Extra’s” Jerry Penacoli sat down with Fleetwood Mac; Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and Mick Fleetwood to talk about the band getting back together and returning to the stage for their seventeenth tour.

Nicks also commented on friend Sheryl Crow’s relationship with Lance Armstrong, and the doping scandal. Watch the interview to find out what she had to say.
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Video: Fleetwood Mac talks 2013 tour how music keeps them young - Lindsey & Mick speak!

Really sweet words from Lindsey... I hope they do follow through with more "Buckingham Nicks" type of singing on the tour.

Fleetwood Mac talks their 2013 tour

by Nichole Hamilton

Fleetwood Mac members Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood talked to about their upcoming 2013 tour, and how they've managed to maintain their fan following for so long.

"You can't really stop," Nicks told on January 24. "I have a friend, Doug Morris, who said to me once, 'when you retire, you just get small.' And I think that's really true - I love that. So, you can't just go on a three year vacation, because when you come back, it won't be there. And that's why a lot of the big bands that still try to play, and they don't play for eight or nine years, and then they try to play - they're not good anymore."

Nicks went on to say that while rehearsals are slated to start in February, the group is still debating on what the official set list will be.

"We're all just thinking now, and going over in our heads what, you know, which songs," Nicks said. "Because, there are those specific 10 songs, 12 songs, whatever, that you play because you - because the audience really wants to hear them, and because they are the foundation of the band, and because they are the reason we all have really nice houses. So, those are there. But beyond that, we have the other songs to play with, so it's really fun, but we don't really know yet because we haven't started, so it's really mysterious."

Lindsey Buckingham, the veteran guitarist, who once shared a romantic relationship with Nicks, explained how the close, songwriting pair are rediscovering their bond.

"We are still somehow inventing new dynamics within the two of us," Buckingham explained of his friendship with Nicks. "We are still discovering things about each other. Perhaps we are still getting back to things we once had ... It just makes it very sweet, that after all these years, we can perhaps now we can really start to address some of the love that's always been there, and some of the things that we have shared."

Full Article at On The Red Carpet

Video: Stevie Nicks confirms "Without You" as NEW Buckingham Nicks song & Sings 'Sad Angel"

Fleetwood Mac on New Songs & Tour, Dave Grohl, and Justin Bieber - Stevie sings a snippet of Sad Angel! 

PLUS confirms that "Without You" is the NEW Buckingham Nicks song that her and Lindsey recorded!  One of 3 newly recorded tracks.

Video: Fleetwood Mac prepares to go on tour again

Fleetwood Mac prepares to go on tour again
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- After a three-year break, Fleetwood Mac is hitting the road again for a major national tour. It also marks a milestone, the 35th anniversary of the release of "Rumours," one of the most successful albums of all time.

 Fleetwood Mac is preparing to go on a big arena tour, including stops in late May at Anaheim's Honda Center and the Hollywood Bowl.

"It makes you stay young. It makes you stay vibrant. We're in a wonderful, mysterious, crazy band. So we get to stay young because of this," said Stevie Nicks.

On the new tour, you will hear the songs that make up the foundation of the band, but it may have a different feel to it, according to Lindsey Buckingham.

"It's what you do around the edges, the colors that you use to sort of accent everything else that makes the set different," Buckingham said.

 A deluxe re-issue of "Rumours" comes out next week.

 George Pennacchio KABC