Showing posts with label Rumours 35th Anniversary Edition. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rumours 35th Anniversary Edition. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Fleetwood Mac 'Rumours', an album released 35 years ago that continues to haunt the lives of everyone involved

Mick Fleetwood: 'Rumours is who we are’
With their 35-year-old album back in the charts, the Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood talks to Neil McCormick about its stormy story and long legacy.

By Neil McCormick
The Telegraph

'It’s good therapy,” says Mick Fleetwood, settling back to talk about Rumours, an album released 35 years ago that continues to haunt the lives of everyone involved. “There’s still a fascination about it, it’s who we are and what we are, the reason why we made all that music. It forces you to think about yourself, how you’ve developed or undeveloped, screwed up or not, what you learnt from that, and whether you have truly moved on from the hurt, fear and loathing.”

Fleetwood Mac’s classic 1977 album is back in the charts, a reissued expanded edition going straight in at No  3 this week. “It’s this mutant thing, with a life of its own,” says Fleetwood about the enduring appeal of an album that has already sold more than 40 million copies. “It shaped me as a person, because we went through a damage, making that album,” admits the tall, hirsute, elegantly attired 65-year-old drummer. “I know it sounds like, 'Oh my God, when will those people grow up?’ Well, the reality was maybe we didn’t actually ever grow up. But it’s never too late. We’re not finished yet.”

In February 1976, the five members of the Anglo-American rock band convened at the Record Plant in Sausalito, California to record a follow-up to the previous year’s four-million-selling Fleetwood Mac album. After eight years of shifting line-ups and stylistic changes, the band formed by Fleetwood with bassist John McVie had achieved new success. But on a personal level, they were in deep trouble. The bassist and his wife, keyboard player and vocalist Christine McVie, were in the throes of divorce, ending nearly eight years of marriage. The other couple in the band, guitarist-vocalist Lindsey Buckingham and vocalist Stevie Nicks, were high-school sweethearts whose intense 10-year relationship was falling apart.

Drummer Fleetwood had domestic problems of his own, his marriage to model Jenny Boyd at the end. “It was a poignant moment,” says Fleetwood. “It could have exploded and imploded the band right there. We could have got half-way through and everyone tell everyone to ---- off.

“But because we kept going, we emotionally crippled people, we’ve carried this with us ever since.”

Rumours is justly celebrated as one of the great break-up albums, conjuring up a bittersweet tension between the strong emotional content of songs like Don’t Stop, Go Your Own Way, Dreams, Songbird and Oh Daddy and the gently rocking, beautifully harmonised, shimmering arrangements. “There’s a duality to the album,” acknowledges Fleetwood. “It sparks all of the personal stuff but I don’t listen to the music differently. I’m really happy that we didn’t overproduce, because we were all of a mindset of being pure.

“It’s not full of fluff and, to my perception, it doesn’t sound dated, because there’s no weird echoes or plastic drums. A lot of our contemporaries were doing funny things in the studio that spoils stuff from that period. But Rumours could have been made yesterday.”

Stylistically, he says, there was no masterplan, it was just a culmination of the music they all liked, embracing a Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter blend of intimacy and melody with sleek, harmonic Seventies Californian soft rock and an undercurrent of the grittier British blues-rock roots of the long-serving rhythm section. “We knew, in a very organic way, that something was horribly right about what we were doing. We were in charge of our own destiny, and yet our destinies were all falling apart on a personal scale.”

Fleetwood claims that recording was straightforward, on a musical level at least. “We made decisions on songs fairly early. The real work was stripping it down to stuff that sounds very simple, and then layering it up, especially the vocals.” Two CDs of out-takes (released as part of the new Rumours package) illuminate the process, both in terms of the care taken with arrangements and the core strengths of songs that sound perfectly formed even as rough demos. Emotionally, it was another story. “It’s not the easiest thing to imagine having to be with someone 24-7 when you don’t want to be or, even worse, you want to be with but can’t.”

Fleetwood characterises the band’s whole career ever since as being one of dealing with the aftermath of Rumours. “The album was our baby. You and your wife break up, you wanna do the right thing, not to hurt the children. That’s what made an impossible thing possible. It was like, 'Let’s do our best to turn up and go to that play together and let those children know Mum and Dad are here.”

For Fleetwood, there was a long period of denial and escape. “You anaesthetised yourself emotionally. The wound was cauterized but underneath was chaos. Fleetwood Mac became the bandage, just wrap it up and keep it wrapped up.” For he and Nicks (who had an affair behind the back of Buckingham during the recording of 1979’s experimental double album Tusk) “the bandage included a whole lifestyle of toys and substances, a big old circus that never stopped, with loads of jugglers with balls being thrown up and catching them just in time.

“And that’s what Lindsey eventually ran away from. And I don’t blame him.”

Buckingham left the band after the recording of 1987’s Tango in the Night.

McVie retired in 1998, and though relationships remain strong she has made it clear she does not wish to be involved any more.

“I’ve had to agree to stop asking her,” notes Fleetwood, with a guilty smile. In 2003, Buckingham returned to the fold, which seems to have opened up old wounds and helped heal others. “Me and Stevie are very similar, a couple of old drama queens who got into the whole drug thing. We were nuts, totally out of our minds at one point. Lindsey was just not that type of guy. He’s very metred about stuff. Well, to see Stevie, just a week ago, saying to Lindsey that she understood that he left because he couldn’t stand to see her destroy herself in front of his eyes. Because he loved her.

“It was a heavy, good moment.” Fleetwood gets suddenly moist- eyed. “See, I’m moved even talking about it,” he sniffs.

Although they last toured in 2009, the band haven’t released an album since 2003’s Say You Will. But Fleetwood reveals that they have been recording again. “The seeds have been sown. I will be cheeky enough to say it’s the best stuff Lindsey’s done since I first met him. It’s all coming good.”

Fleetwood Mac have announced UK dates for September and October this year, and Fleetwood hopes they will have new music out by then.

“The biggest misconception to me is that these people really don’t like each other. That’s the worst rumour about Rumours,” says Fleetwood. “There’s bands out there, usually a bunch of guys, who don’t give a ---- about each other. They just come to an arrangement. We can’t do that! We’re all ex-lovers, so we don’t have that corporate, guy thing where it’s just 'get the job done’. I think it bodes in our favour that, in a funny, shaky way, there is some integrity. We do actually love each other, for real. Unfortunately. ’Cause it’s tough.”

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Fleetwood Mac Dominate iTunes Rock Albums Chart in 5 Countries

Fleetwood Mac on the Top 10 Rock Albums Chart on iTunes
It's amazing what a tour announcement and an album reissue can do to catalogue sales. Sure brings back a lot of interest... Number 1 in 5 countries with either "Rumours" Deluxe Edition or "Greatest Hits"

"Landslide" is currently the #1 Rock song in the USA after the Superbowl airing of the Budweiser commercial that used the original version.  The track is also #3 in Canada.  "Go Your Own Way" is currently #10 in the UK and #10 in The Netherlands. "Tusk" is #2 in New Zealand (They must have seen the FX TV Show "The American" that featured "Tusk" quite heavily through out the debut episode this past week.)

Monday, February 04, 2013

Fleetwood Mac 'Rumours' Re-issue UK 1st Week Sales = 25,675

Music Week (UK)
It's nearly 35 years since Fleetwood Mac's seminal 1977 album Rumours reached number one - and to mark the occasion it has been released in expanded and remastered editions, with a triple CD set containing the original album in remastered form, unreleased live recordings from a 1977 tour and previously unissued outtakes.

A deluxe edition of Rumours adds a DVD featuring a 1977 documentary, and a vinyl edition of the album. Helped by the re-screening of the 2009 documentary Don't Stop on BBC2 eight days ago, and group leader Mick Fleetwood's subsequent appearance on BBC1's The One Show, the newly retooled set sold 25,675 copies last week to re-enter the chart at number three. It is its first appearance in the Top 10 since 25 March 1978, though it did reach number 18 in 1997.

Although now one of the UK's 20 biggest selling albums, with sales of 3,437,677, Rumours started slowly. First charting on 26 February 1977 - nearly 36 years ago - it debuted at number 57, then jumped to number seven and reached number one for the first and only time on its 48th appearance in the chart, nearly a year later. Four singles from Rumours made the Top 50 but none made the Top 20, with Dreams providing its highest charting hit by reaching a modest number 24. But the album had massive staying power, and according to OCC its tally of 493 weeks on the chart is the highest of any album.

The chart organisation has marked the occasion by revealing Fleetwood Mac's biggest-selling tracks of the digital era here - which shows five of Rumours' 11 tracks to be among the Top 10. To supplement that list, we present Rumours' tracks ranked in order of their popularity as stand-alone downloads in the context of both the album and Fleetwood Mac's entire catalogue. The first position shown is their Rumours ranking, the second (parenthetical) figure is their overall rank among Fleetwood Mac downloads in the digital era, the third is the track's title and the fourth is a comparative sales ranking : 

1 (1) Go Your Own Way
2 (2) The Chain - 78, 
3 (5) Dreams - 41, 
4 (8) Don't Stop - 21, 
5 (10) Songbird - 19, 
6 (17) You Make Loving Fun - 9, 
7 (18) Never Going Back Again - 9, 
8 (22) Second Hand News - 5, 
9 (23) Gold Dust Woman - 5, 
10 (28) I Don't Want To Know - 4, 
11 (30) Oh Daddy - 2. 

Stevie Nicks wrote the number three track Dreams but also all of the three least popular. Overall sales of tracks from Rumour passed the 500,000 mark last week.

WIN CD's and Fleetwood Mac Tickets in Ireland

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All this week (Feb 4th - 8th) from 9am – 5pm to celebrate Fleetwood Mac coming to Dublin Radio Nova giving you the chance to qualify to win:
A copy of Fleetwood Mac – Rumours 36th Anniversary edition each hour

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Win Fleetwood Mac Tickets to the O2 Show in Dublin!
Everyone who qualifies during the week will be put in the draw at the end of the week to see for two of the best seats in the house for Fleetwood Mac in The O2 on Friday the 20th of September with overnight accommodation.

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Tickets from €65.45 (Inc booking fee) will be available to purchase from 100 Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online at on Friday 8th February at 9am. 

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The Current's Fleetwood Mac Rumours Deluxe Edition Giveaway

The Current is giving away four copies of the deluxe edition of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. 

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Sunday, February 03, 2013

Fleetwood Mac Rumours Re-Enters UK Top 100 at #3 | Irelands Top 100 at #12 | Netherlands Top 100 at #7

UK Top 100 Albums Chart - Feb 9, 2013
Fleetwood Mac's Rumours debuts at #3 in the UK.  The reissue is their highest UK chart peak in more than 20 years after 1990's Behind The Mask reached No. 1 in 1990.

# 3 (NEW)  Fleetwood Mac - Rumours 35th Anniversary Edition

Ireland Top 100 Albums Chart - Week ending January 31, 2013
Rumours is new on the chart this week in Ireland as well re-entering at #12.  Greatest hits has been back on the chart a few weeks and moves into the Top 20 at #19.

# 12 (NEW)  Fleetwood Mac - Rumours 35th Anniversary Edition
# 19 (33)   Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits

The Netherlands Top 100 Albums Chart - February 2, 2013
Rumours is new on the charts in The Netherlands on the Dutch Charts entering in the Top 10 at #7.

# 7 (NEW) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Box

Belgium Top 100 Albums Chart - February 2, 2013
Rumours is new on the Top 100 Album Charts in Belgium at #72.

# 72 (NEW) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Box

Australia Top 50 Catalogue Charts - February 4, 2013
The Rumours reissue was just released on February 1st in Australia, so will likely appear on next weeks charts.  In the meantime "Greatest Hits" and "The Very Best Of" have been enjoying some renewed interest linguring around the Catalogue Charts for the last few weeks.  Also, new on the Top 40 DVD Chart is the re-entery of Fleetwood Mac's "The Dance".

# 14 (12) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of
# 21 (30) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits

Top 40 Music DVD Chart

# 31 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - The Dance

USA Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart - Feb 2, 2013

# 156 (195) Greatest Hits, Fleetwood Mac

Second week for Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits back on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart. Sales for the week ending January 20th = 2,754 up 12% from 2,465 units sold in the US the previous week in which the disc re-entered the chart at #195 on a 66% sales boost. Sales for the week prior to its re-entery were 1,482 units.  Sales for the last 3 weeks for this album alone were: 6,700.  Total US sales to day (Since Nov, 1991) = 4,614,926.

Sales and Rank:
2,754 - #156 Billboard Chart
2,465 - #195 Billboard Chart
1,482 - Not charting

Billboard Top 200 Catalog Albums Chart - Feb 2, 2013

# 31 (44) - Greatest Hits, Fleetwood Mac - 473 weeks on chart accumulated

On the Top 200 Catalogue Chart, Greatest Hits moves up 13 spots to #31 from #44 the previous week.

Greatest Hits has subsequently dropped out of the Top 200 Albums Chart on billboard for the February 9th issue... Fully expect the re-issue of "Rumours" to enter next weeks chart... Where it will re-enter is anyones guess.

Mick Fleetwood recalls the nightmares behind a dream album, writes Kathy Mccabe

 Rumours were all true
by Kathy McCabe
The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney, Australia)

Fleetwood Mac's famed heartbreak album Rumours is being re-released

MORE than 35 years ago, Fleetwood Mac forged Rumours in the grip of relationship implosion medicated by substance abuse.

As the anniversary is marked by the requisite reissue, even band founder Mick Fleetwood shakes his head at how they managed to write and record one of the greatest break-up albums of all time in the midst of such heartache.

These days, as the Mac prepare to embark on a world tour, the lanky drummer and his bandmates Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and John McVie share that comfortable affection which comes with the survival of such a long marriage.

You could fill a library with lurid stories from Fleetwood Mac’s past

Their own way
Sunday Star Times
by Grant Smithies

You could fill a library with lurid stories from Fleetwood Mac’s past, but everything you need to know is in the 12 songs of Rumours.

AH, YES, 1977. I remember it as if it was yesterday. It was a year of great rejoicing among the old and tired, due to the launch of the new National Superannuation Scheme, but, elsewhere, political tensions ran high. That old bully Muldoon was still in power, presiding over the shameful dawn raids in which hundreds of Polynesian ‘‘overstayers’’ were deported, and a group of Ngati Whatua was ensconced at Bastion Point, protesting government inaction over land claims. Sleeping Dogs was screening in our cinemas, a movie that imagined Aotearoa as a police state, complete with bombings, torture, and reluctant revolutionary Sam Neill hooning around in the Coromandel bush.

I, meanwhile, was marinating in male hormones in Whanganui, riding the rapids of puberty while listening to a steady soundtrack of David Bowie, The Commodores, and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours.

Mick Fleetwood cheerfully admits, talking about Fleetwood Mac is like free therapy

As Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours celebrates its 35th birthday, drummer and band lynchpin Mick Fleetwood tells Charlotte Heathcote how he's kept the volatile band going so long.
By Charlotte Heathcote
Daily Express Weekend

AS Mick Fleetwood cheerfully admits, talking about Fleetwood Mac is like free therapy. The result is an unusually candid interview, tying in with the 35th anniversary re-release of the rock juggernaut that is Rumours, one of the bestselling albums in history.

Its success is largely thanks to it being an almost perfect record and one strewn with classics; but much of its emotional intensity flowed from the well-documented romantic, drug-fuelled dramas playing out in the studio.

Stevie Nicks had ended her relationship with Lindsey Buckingham after five years (so Stevie aimed Dreams at Lindsey who retaliated with the bitter, brilliant Go Your Own Way); while Christine McVie was splitting from her husband John (and taunting him with a song about a fling, You Make Loving Fun). At the same time, Fleetwood was divorcing his own wife Jenny. Not enough heartache and tension for one band? Mick would complicate matters by embarking upon a two-year affair with Nicks.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Video: Fleetwood Mac - The Truth Behind Rumours

Review: Fleetwood Mac 'Rumours' The album that made divorce cool

Stevie Nicks, that five-foot-one-inch rock goddess in a floppy hat, one-time lover of cocaine, tranquilizers, Lindsey Buckingham, Don Henley and Mick Fleetwood, a woman who doesn’t just live in California but embodies that state with every fibre of her tiny, glittering, ragged-voiced, flat-ironed blond being, once said that “to be in Fleetwood Mac is to live in a soap opera.” And so it proved to be.

She went on to add, in a much more recent interview, that 2013 would be “the Year of Fleetwood Mac.” Here, again she was correct.


While classic-rock reunions come and go – a tedious conveyor belt of pot-bellied boomers in pleather pants desperately cashing in on youthful glory – this year’s much-anticipated reunion of Fleetwood Mac could not have been better timed. It’s been three and a half decades since the band members overcame their toxic web of mutual heartbreak, divorce and addiction, crammed themselves into a sweaty studio, and emerged with Rumours, quite possibly the most uplifting collection of breakup songs ever written. Just rereleased as a digitally remastered box set, the album, which produced four Top 10 U.S. singles, is the eighth-highest-selling album of all time.

In addition to the new release, the band is preparing for its most ambitious North American tour since the eighties. It won’t be a full reunion – Christine McVie, ex-wife of bassist John McVie (whose name accounts for the “Mac” in Fleetwood Mac) and one of the band’s best songwriters, will not be taking part, having long ago scooped up her royalties and permanently retired to the English countryside.

Full Review at The Globe and Mail

Thursday, January 31, 2013

STEVIE NICKS: "The truth about Rumours," she says, "is that Rumours was the truth." #Fleetwoodmac

Fleetwood Mac on 'Rumours,' Breakups and a 50th Anniversary Concert
by Chris Epting

They remain one of the world's most beloved bands, an eclectic blend of Englishmen and Americans called Fleetwood Mac. This spring they will hit the road once again, embarking on a significant North American tour that will run until late summer.

They also have just released an expanded version of their magnum opus, 1977's Rumours. The sprawling edition goes way beyond the basic album, which since its release has sold over 40 million copies worldwide.

Great interview below from - 10 minutes in length.  The entire article can be read at

The art of falling apart
John Robinson
The National

The only group composition on an album made by self-obsessed individuals, it is The Chain that best articulates Fleetwood Mac's situation at the time - its three discrete elements articulating the band's estrangement from one another. As you can hear over the course of this set, one part comes from a rather sleepy Nicks song called The Chain. The concluding guitar blowout comes from an outro to a McVie composition called Keep Me There. The verse comes from a reworked old song by Buckingham. It's not called The Chain because of some cosmic understanding between band members. It's called The Chain because it comprises three utterly separate elements that have been pragmatically stuck together by Lindsey Buckingham. Hence, one presumes, his exasperated swearing on the lead-in.

Time has made it an anthem, but the expedient composition of the song reveals an important truth about the pragmatism at the heart of Fleetwood Mac. Once a stalwart hard rock band, necessity had forced them to change so often that by the time they arrived at the line-up that made Rumours, the band were in their third distinct phase. Fronted by the mercurial Peter Green, at the end of the 1960s the band had enjoyed chart success with an eerie and lyrical take on the blues. When Green left, mellower songs were written to diminishing commercial returns by another guitarist, Bob Welch. When Welch departed, Mick Fleetwood (the drummer for and sergeant major of the band) doggedly searched again for new musicians.

Full Review at The National

'Rumours' – pop-rock perfection

Irish Times

If you’re looking for full-on drink and drugs debauchery, celebrity psychosis, überdysfunctional inter-band relationships, lashings of money and ego, and extremities of fear and loathing, you have to look past the usual suspects (Zeppelin, Mötley Crüe et al) and steady your gaze on Fleetwood Mac. Going into the recording of Rumours – still one of the bestselling albums of all time – things weren’t pretty. Bass player John McVie and keyboardist Christine McVie had just divorced and weren’t on speaking terms. Singer Stevie Nicks and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham were in the middle of breaking up but still on speaking terms – if shouting at each other in ferocious rage counts as speaking terms. Drummer Mick Fleetwood had just got divorced, the group had just sacked their manager and their producer, and they were doing enough cocaine “to turn horses into unicorns” as the saying went. For good measure, Nicks and Mick embarked on a shortlived and very drunken affair.

These five people – all of whom had been romantically/sexually engaged with another band member at some time – had to sit in a room together and come up with 11 songs for a record companyimposed deadline. The only other time this kind of situation had occurred with a major band was with Abba – and they used the adverse circumstances to record some of their biggest hits. As did the Mac. But just to give some idea of the level of tension, suspicion, hatred, insecurity and paranoia that prevailed at the songwriting sessions, Christine McVie brought a new song to the table called You Make Loving Fun.

It was written about her new postdivorce boyfriend (who was also the band’s lighting director) and was seen as a personal attack on her erstwhile ex-husband. At around the same time, Mick Fleetwood started going out with Stevie Nicks’s best friend. The blizzard of cocaine was such that the band, seriously, wanted to give their dealer a credit on the album. The label demurred and a stand-off was only averted when said dealer was shot dead, allegedly by an organised crime gang.

Given all that went on, Rumours should have been a mess. The songs were recorded in a small, wooden, windowless studio with the band arriving at 7pm each night, getting off their collective heads until the early hours and only putting down music and vocals when they were too whacked out to keep on partying. Yet it’s as close to a near perfect pop-rock artefact as you could ever hope to hear, and its appeal lies in the fact that we are listening in to love breaking down. How did the band manage to stay together to finish the album?

Stevie Nicks now recalls it was a case of “I’m not the problem, I’m not quitting. You’re the problem, you should quit.” With no one prepared to give in, they effectively stayed together out of spite. Rumours is 35 years old now and there’s a special commemorative, expanded edition of the album just released. Pure music reality TV.

Fleetwood Mac 35th Anniversary Expanded and Super Deluxe Editions Available Now.

@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.

REVIEW + Q&A with Mick Fleetwood on Fleetwood Mac "Rumours" via @uncutmagazine

The game-changing ’70s AOR blockbuster turns 35 with a super deluxe boxset
by Piers Martin

“Times were a lot crazier then – anything was possible. Budgets were not important and doing drugs was the norm. In the mid-’70s there was a sense that you could do no wrong.” So said an eyeliner’d Lindsey Buckingham, reminiscing in the 1997 Classic Albums documentary on the making of the ultimate classic album, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Thirty-six years after its release – and with more than 40 million copies sold (so far) in at least 80 official international editions – you would imagine that every last drop, every demo, druggy anecdote and hazy recollection, has been squeezed out of one of the biggest records of all time, the eighth best-selling LP in history. You’d assume that anything worthwhile that could add to the enjoyment and understanding of Rumours must have surfaced by now. For a start, Mac completists and even fairweather fans will already have the 2004 2CD reissue that came with a full set of rough mixes and outtakes from those fabled album sessions at the Record Plant in Sausalito, just north of San Francisco. Worryingly, that same disc is included in this “super-deluxe” 4CD+DVD+LP boxset – a package designed to celebrate the album’s 35th anniversary but which actually turns up, as if stoned, the following year.

Like Star Wars or Snickers, there’s never really a bad time to reissue Rumours. Sooner or later everyone finds a way in to it – or looks for a way out, if your parents raised you on Rumours and Tusk in the ’80s. It’s the evergreen baby boomer blockbuster that eased Bill Clinton into the White House and now finds itself a post-ironic hipster lifestyle accessory; Florence Welch, for one, is an eternal student of Stevie Nicks’ cosmic witchcraft. Today, 45 years after they formed, Fleetwood Mac’s twilight period – commencing with 2003’s reunion for Say You Will and drifting through two further “reunions” for world tours, including one this year – has lasted far longer than the band’s vital, late-’60s incarnation.

And it’s all because Rumours is as near perfect an album as anyone will ever make, and its lurid backstory of emotional turmoil and narcotic excess, endlessly recounted in prurient detail, is never less than fascinating. Though short on wildly revelatory material, this boxset ties up a number of loose ends from 1976-’77, focusing on the period when the Mac set about recording the follow-up to ’75’s Fleetwood Mac, a surprise US No.1 and the first album made by the group’s new line-up after fate had parachuted in two young Californian dreamers, Buckingham and Nicks, in late ’74 to rescue Mick Fleetwood’s rudderless British blues outfit.

The chemistry between the five was immediately apparent. Now there were three distinctive songwriters in the group, Buckingham, Nicks and Christine McVie, who would also complement each other in harmony. Buckingham, the firebrand guitarist and craftsman, began to develop an intuitive musical partnership with McVie on piano that started with “World Turning” and led to them fleshing out McVie’s Rumours cuts such as “You Make Loving Fun”. His lover Nicks cast her spell with “Rhiannon” and “Landslide”. John McVie and Fleetwood, solid but soft, glued it all together.

UK Interview: Mick Fleetwood on Magic 105.4 Magic Breakfast Friday AM TUNE IN!

Mick Fleetwood Scheduled UK Media Appearances

Mick Fleetwood is on a UK Media Blitz next week.
With the 'Rumours' re-issue being released on Monday in the UK - Micks headed over to support the release with a round of interviews and press.  So far he'll be appearing on one TV program and one radio program, there will likely be more.

Rumour has it he'll also be picking up and old friend to bring back to Hawaii for a visit.

MAGIC 105.4FM (Feb 1st)
Mick Fleetwood will be on Magic Breakfast tomorrow morning! He'll be talking about the Rumours re-issue and Fleetwood Mac's 2013 World Tour! (What's interesting about this, is that Magic 105.4 was the station in the UK last weekend that initially posted the 4 UK tour dates along with a contest to win tickets (which they've subsequently taken down).  Maybe Mick will have some good news for the UK tomorrow Morning! Listen Live HERE

The Alan Titchmarsh Show - Friday, February 1st (3-4pm)
The host is joined by Mick Fleetwood, the drummer and co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, and Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood for another edition of the programme featuring music and chat.
The Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV, STV, UTV  the STV Player will have the show on-line if you miss it

Top Gear - Episode 2 "Reasonably Priced Car" Feb 3rd (BBC 2)
The brand new series of the world's most popular car show continues with an epic road trip across the western side of the United States in three front-engined supercars. With Jeremy Clarkson in a Lexus LFA, Richard Hammond driving the new Dodge Viper and James May choosing the latest Aston Martin Vanquish a glorious soundtrack is guaranteed, as are furious arguments about which is best as the trio head from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and on to Palm Springs. Along the way, the three presenters take in racing circuits, airborne attacks and a race against the police before making a break for the Mexican border with a terrifying penalty for the last car to make it. Meanwhile, back in the studio, legendary Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.
BBC 2 - Sunday, February 3rd at 20:00

Be sure to catch these interviews... Hopefully Mick will give listeners more details on Fleetwood Mac in the UK and maybe Europe as well... Plus a more definite timetable.

BBC Radio 2 - Monday, January 28th  (2-5pm)
Jo Whiley sits in for Steve Wright in the afternoon on BBC Two, Mick Fleetwood joins Jo along with gardener Monty Don. Re-listen the program on the BBC iplayer here.  Micks bit starts about 36 minutes in.
BBC Radio 2 

The One Show - January 28th 7pm (BBC One)
With guests Cockney comedian Micky Flanagan and Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood. If you miss the show and you are in the UK, check the iplayer for the repeat.  If you are in the UK you can check out his interview here

Photo by Phillip J Holmes

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

WIN Fleetwood Mac 'Rumours' Expanded Edition from Popdose

Who doesn’t love Rumours? (The “iconic Fleetwood Mac album” kind, not the “Jeff Giles‘ wedding song was Rod Stewart’s ‘Love Touch’” variety.) This week, Warner Bros. reissued the greatest pop/rock album recorded while its members were enduring painful romantic splits with each other – a triple-disc affair featuring Rumours and non-LP B-side “Silver Springs” on one disc, another disc of live cuts from the band’s ensuing tour and a third disc of demos, early takes and other studio ephemera loosed from the vault for the first time. (None of the songs on that disc featured on the bonus disc from a different expanded edition in 2004, so there’s much less guilt than usual to be had about double-dipping!)

To add this nice little package to your collection, it’s simple! 
Send esteemed Popdose Editor Dave Lifton an e-mail at with the subject line “Lindsey Buckingham’s Open-Collared Shirts” and provide your best theory as to why the Mac’s iconic 63-year-old guitarist is still able to get away with such an outré fashion choice.

Review: Fleetwood Mac 'Rumours' 41/2 Stars (out of 5)

Album of the week: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
36 years on, 40 million people can’t be wrong
Herald Sun
By Cameron Adams
★★★★1/2 Stars (out of 5)

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Rumours is one of those albums where you know every song. Even if you think you don't, they've crept in by soft rock radio osmosis.

The band work on Mac time, so this 35th anniversary reissue actually arrives 36 years after the album was released in February 1977.

Rumours - already in 40 million homes - is one of the most complete albums in history and was fuelled by class A harmonies, class A drugs and beautiful music being made in studios and bedrooms between band members.

The vaults have been raided for more unreleased demos to show rock classics as works in progress. Lindsay Buckingham sniffles his way through an early take on Second Hand News with mumbled vocals and a runny nose and there's Go Your Own Way with lyrics - and vocals - that were yet to be polished. Buckingham says "That was good" at the end - he clearly hadn't heard his flat vocals back yet.

An early demo of Stevie Nicks' timeless Dreams manages to be acoustic but also intense. The album was so strong gems such as Nicks' Planets Of the Universe were left off - she'd later finish it and release it in 2001. "Did you get that? It wasn't wonderful or anything," Nicks says at the end of this demo. She's wrong. Her early Gold Dust Woman rocks too.

There's Christine McVie's Keep Me There (once called Butter Cookie) which ended up being an album highlight and The Chain (a Nicks solo version of which is a find here).

One of McVie's songs that did make the album (and made the album), Songbird is here in simple demo form - it'd be honed vocally later to become a soundtrack to weddings for decades to come. There's also an instrumental Songbird for Mac trainspotters' karaoke competitions.

Deluxe versions have a warts-and-all, un-airbrushed live concert from 1977 (check out Rhiannon), which captures a band who really loved each other flying high in their prime.

In stores in Australia - Friday, February 1st.

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.

Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ Spills Secrets of Love, Chaos

Fleetwood Mac’s nightly recording sessions in a cramped, windowless studio were fueled by booze and cocaine. The band’s complex romances left every member heartbroken. Shouting matches lasted longer than the songs.
By Mark Beech

Today, 35 years on, an anniversary box set of “Rumours” shows how the musical cocktail of two women and three men was shaken and stirred by their romantic splits. Newly released material shows the tracks getting endlessly reworked and improved as they squabbled.

It was a “crucifyingly difficult” process, drummer Mick Fleetwood notes. He was going through a divorce, with his wife dating his best friend. He never imagined the chaos would lead to a 40-million-selling LP: the best of 1977, according to the Grammy judges, and one of the finest efforts of the 1970s, maybe even of all time.

The American couple in the band added a pop edge to British blues. Californian Lindsey Buckingham had been inseparable from his singer girlfriend Stevie Nicks for five years. When Fleetwood asked him to join, Buckingham insisted she be included too. Now they were all arguing, and the frustrated guitarist started writing a bitter rant called “Strummer.”

On the box set, we hear how this evolved from a simple acoustic demo into a Celtic rag and finally a sleek piece of disco with hints of the Bee Gees, retitled “Second Hand News.” There’s a percussive roll which, it now turns out, was made by bashing an old Naughahyde chair near the mixing desk.

Romantic Links

Buckingham throws the opening words at his ex: “I know there’s nothing to say, someone has taken my place.” (Nicks was romantically linked to Don Henley of the Eagles, then Fleetwood himself.)

Her own breakup lyric “Dreams” is a swift rejoinder: “Now here you go again, you say you want your freedom.” The song’s first mix, nowhere near so radio-friendly, puts her voice starkly to the fore and buries its optimism.

This creative jousting inevitably leads to Buckingham replying, bluntly inviting her to “Go Your Own Way” because he was “Never Going Back Again.”

The band’s other couple, the McVies, were walking from the wreckage of an eight-year marriage. They were on such bad terms that they would only speak about music.

Christine McVie defiantly shows how she’s moved on with “Don’t Stop” about her on-tour romance with the band’s lighting director. “You Making Loving Fun” tells her husband that her new flame is much better.

Tender Songbird

Coproducer Ken Caillat recalls how huge rows in the Sausalito, California studio would be followed minutes later by the composition of sweet harmonies. He deserves credit for singling out the most tender ballad, “Songbird,” and taking it somewhere else -- more precisely, to the Zellerbach Auditorium, Berkeley, which had the right acoustic and a Steinway piano.

The younger Nicks had the tougher words, but McVie is outstanding with her performance here: “And I love you, I love you, I love you, like never before, like never before.”

When the LP came out, I was a very young punk bassist and hated it, of course. This expensively produced, sentimental mush was exactly the stuff we were rebelling against. Just a few years on and I got it. “Songbird” now moves me every time. The record’s soft rock has echoes in acts such as Sting, Heart, Kelly Clarkson and Neko Case, to name just four.

The creative madness which had threatened to sink records as varied as “Exile on Main Street,” “Pet Sounds” and “Station to Station” again resulted in an act coming out with its best. Miracles do happen. As the lyric has it, “thunder only happens when it’s raining.”

The album is available on Warner as a remaster; a 3-CD version including the original album, bonus tracks and live material ($16); and a box with further outtakes, a DVD and a vinyl LP ($86). Rating: ***** for the shorter versions; *** for the large box because it’s too much for all but the most dedicated fans.

Fleetwood Mac’s tour starts in April.

Fleetwood Mac's 35 years of 'Rumours'

By Denise Quan, CNN

It's 35 years after the release of Fleetwood Mac's groundbreaking album "Rumours," and Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are holding hands.

Maybe it's true that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Or maybe it's a put-on, knowing that fans are still intrigued by the complicated interpersonal drama that drives the band.

"Rumours" gave listeners a voyeuristic peek into the messy romantic lives of the quintet. "Go Your Own Way" was Buckingham's anguished kiss-off to Nicks. "Don't Stop" was Christine McVie's song of encouragement to her soon-to-be ex-husband, John McVie.

A special anniversary reissue of "Rumours" is now available, with expanded and deluxe versions featuring previously unreleased demos and early takes, along with a dozen live recordings from the group's 1977 world tour.

In April, Nicks and Buckingham will join drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie for their first tour in three years. In addition to their arsenal of beloved hits, they're hoping to crowd-test three newly recorded tracks.

"We have two brand new songs and one really, really old song," Nicks said.

The "old" tune predates Fleetwood Mac: an unreleased nugget written for the "Buckingham Nicks" LP, which marks its 40th anniversary this year.

The two "new" tracks were penned by Buckingham. Last year, he went into the studio with Fleetwood and McVie to record eight songs they hoped would become the catalyst for a new Fleetwood Mac album. But Nicks had reservations.

"We really didn't want to rent a house for a year and then make a whole record with 13, 14, 15 songs on it, then have most of the people who are thinking about buying it buy one song," she explained. "So we did the three songs, and we'll see how the world reacts to that. If they love those three songs, then maybe they might talk us into doing something else."

Maybe Nicks and Buckingham's hand-holding isn't for the cameras. Maybe it's to remind each other that despite their differences, they remain personally supportive and unified in their commitment to the juggernaut that is Fleetwood Mac -- even if it means playing mostly vintage hits for their upcoming tour.
"That's okay," Buckingham conceded. "That's part and parcel with what we do."

"We laugh," added Nicks, "but (the classics are) why we all have a beautiful house."

Monday, January 28, 2013

FLEETWOOD Mac will include Australia on their world tour

FLEETWOOD Mac will include Australia on their world tour, which kicks off in the US in April.

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney)
January 28, 2013

On the eve of the release of the 35th anniversary edition of their Rumours record, Mick Fleetwood said it looked like the band would be on the road for the next year.

With more dates being added to the US run and a European tour to fit in before the end of the year, we may not see the rockers here until early 2014.

‘‘As you are well aware, we always love to come down and play and do the thing there but we’re still scheduling dates in America — 30 shows became 60 shows — and then we go to England and then it’s your turn,’’ Fleetwood said. ‘‘ So yes, it may be next year if things keep going as they are.’’