Showing posts with label Unleashed Promotion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Unleashed Promotion. Show all posts

Saturday, January 02, 2010


Stevie Wonder Seek and Ye Shall Find
Winnipeg Free Press

In her June 7 review, the Free Press's Melissa Martin awarded the Fleetwood Mac concert at the MTS Centre four out of five stars. Tim Magas, a postal carrier who collects anything/everything associated with the band's ethereal vocalist, Stevie Nicks, gave it a significantly higher grade.
A story about Magas's Nicks-knacks ran the same day as the show ("Nicks Fix," June 6). "I haven't seen Stevie since they played here; they just finished their European tour and are now in Australia," says Magas, who, to date, has seen Nicks perform live on 19 separate occasions.

During the last few months, Magas has added T-shirts, hoodies and tuques to his mix, but his newest Nicks-related item doesn't exactly fall under the category "officially licensed merchandise."

"Michael wanted to get a third dog but I didn't," Magas says, referring to his partner. "To coerce me, he said I could name it anything I wanted. Well, (four) weeks ago, our new dog came home from the Humane Society and yes, I now have a Stevie, and I love her."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop BBC One Documentary & Johnnie Walker's Sounds Of The 70's

All you BBCer's in the UK - keep your eyes peeled for late this Sunday night on BBC One a Fleetwood Mac Documentary called "Don't Stop" will be on... Not sure if this is a new doc on the band, or a rebranding of something old... In any case, here are the details:

Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop
Sunday, 22:20 on BBC One (except Northern Ireland)

Fleetwood Mac, one of the biggest-selling bands of all time, are back on the road again. Their story, told in their own words, is an epic tale of love and confrontation, of success and loss.

Few bands have undergone such radical musical and personal change. The band evolved from the 60s British blues boom to perfect a US West Coast sound that saw them sell 40 million copies of the album Rumours.

However, behind the scenes relationships were turbulent. The band went through multiple line-ups with six different lead guitarists. While working on Rumours, the two couples at the heart of the band separated, yet this heartache inspired the perfect pop record.

Sun 1 Nov 200922:20BBC One (except Northern Ireland)
Sun 1 Nov 200922:50BBC One (Northern Ireland only)

Johnnie Walker's Sounds Of The 70's
On BBC Radio 2's Johnnie Walker's Sounds Of The 70's - Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham join Johnnie Walker to discuss the stories behind their incredible 70s back catalogue, which includes the hits Go Your Own Way, Dreams, The Chain and Rhiannon.

Mick and Lindsay have reunited with Stevie Nicks and John McVie for Fleetwood Mac's first live tour in five years and have released a remastered collection of their greatest hits.

Next on: Sunday, November 1st - 15:00 on BBC Radio 2

Monday, October 26, 2009


Fleetwood Mac make their Sheffield Arena debut!

One of the most successful Rock bands in history are back. With their best-selling line up featuring Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac make their Sheffield Arena debut on Monday 2nd November AND The star have 5 pairs of tickets to give away.

Since forming in 1967 the only thing about the group that hasn't changed is the rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. Through the '70s, the band's personnel and style shifted with nearly every recording as Fleetwood Mac metamorphosed from a traditionalist British blues band to the maker of one of the best-selling pop albums ever - Rumours. From that album's release in 1977 into the present, Fleetwood Mac has survived additional, theoretically key, personnel changes and yet remained a dominant commercial force.

Fleetwood Mac has sold more than 100 million copies of its albums — including 25 million for Rumours alone — making it one of the most popular rock bands in history, don’t miss out on this rare outing for the band.

If you are not one of our lucky winners don’t worry tickets are still available to buy from The Arena Box Office priced £75, £60, £45 (subject to booking fee) and are available in person at the Arena box office, by phone on 0114 256 5656 and online at .

For your chance to win this fantastic prize simply enter our free prize draw by text or online at

Text STARFLEET and leave a space, followed by your members zone number, full name, postcode and house number, then send to 81800.

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Deadline for all entries is Friday Oct 30th at 10am.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Mick Fleetwood puts rumours of the band's hedonism to bed
Sunday October 25 2009

If one band summed up the hedonistic eighties more than any other, it was Fleetwood Mac.

Now founder member Mick Fleetwood admits that it was early to bed on Friday night in Dublin in advance of their two gigs at the 02 Arena.

He's a little shamefaced to say that he had dinner at his hotel with his sister, who travelled over from Cornwall with a mutual friend.

"A lovely quiet evening. The old hedonism sometimes rears its head when I discover I've had too much wine but these days we are all very well- behaved. It's one glass of wine and five glasses of water."

The band has been exploring Dublin.

"Lindsey (Buckingham) loves walking and loves architecture so he was off exploring the city. He seems to always find his way back to the hotel in time for the gig."

The current tour features Buckingham and Stevie Nicks along with the legendary rhythm section of Fleetwood on drums and John McVie on bass.

Despite their best efforts it proved impossible to lure Christine McVie, writer of some of their biggest hits, out of a self-enforced retirement.

"Christine hates flying, which is something of a impediment when it comes to a world tour. We are still all close to Christine and looking forward to catching up with her in London," he says.

But before that there may be another reunion.

Peter Green, the original creative genius behind Fleetwood Mac during their heydey as one of the most influential British blues bands, is playing the Academy on Monday night with his own band.

"Is Peter playing? Brilliant, it's my night off. I would love to go. When I'm not with Fleetwood Mac I have my own little band playing small venues and we play all of the old stuff that Peter created. I'm so glad you told me that," he added.

Last night's gig at the 02 was a sell-out but there are still tickets left for tonight's concert promoted by MCD.

Mick is convinced that there is another album in the band -- possibly next year.

"We are all up for it but Stevie is a little bit reluctant to commit to a time."

"I truly hope we get it together. It's tough committing to a new album. Stevie works incredibly hard and she is the lady of the band.

"We are trying not to really discuss it yet," he added.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Fleetwood Mac, On tour
The Guardian - Guide:  If you needed to describe the 1970s in two words, "Fleetwood Mac" would do pretty nicely. Some of this is down to what we know about the group outside the recording studio – all heavy relationship drama and era-defining drug problems. More significantly, the band put all this into their music, creating along the way a divorce rock triptych – their Fleetwood Mac, Rumours and Tusk albums – which brought sumptuous musical expression to the phrase "we need to talk about us". Most of the Mac's music still sounds great, a canon that will be faithfully revisited here by Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Lindsey Buckingham – Christine McVie could not be tempted out again.

The O2, Dublin, Sat & Sun; Manchester Evening News Arena, Tue; Wembley Arena, London, Fri

John Robinson

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


As Fleetwood Mac return to Britain 40 years after they first formed, the band that once outsold The Beatles have proved extraordinary survivors

‘We were selfabsorbed… it’s more fun now’
By Adam Edwards

IF THE brass trumpet that kicks off the Beatles’ All You Need Is Love is the defining sound of the late-Sixties then the falsetto chorus of Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way is the soundtrack to the second half of the Seventies.

It was the opening track to the band’s 1977 album Rumours, the best-selling LP of that decade and still one of the 10 best-selling albums of all time. I doubt if there are many fortysomething men who don’t think fondly of blonde singer Stevie Nicks when they hear The Chain, the music that nowadays introduces Formula One motor racing on TV.

Yet there was no more curious group than this unstable offspring of the Sixties that metamorphosed into a soap opera. And despite the madness that was “The Mac”, the one-time blues combo still managed to become one of the biggest bands in the world.

This week The Mac return, starting tomorrow in Glasgow and taking in Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Dublin and London’s Wembley Arena, after a six-year absence. The Unleashed Tour is their latest offering in a saga that has lasted 40 years.

And yet when they started the band’s fans believed that there was not a gang of more ordinary blokes. Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, so-called because its three stalwarts were Green on lead guitar, John McVie on bass and Mick Fleetwood on drums, was heir to the legendary British blues acts such as John Mayall, the Yardbirds and Cream.

The music transcended the fashion – or lack of it. The band’s raw first LP, released in 1968, called simply Fleetwood Mac, has variously been described as “a masterpiece” and “the best electric blues album in a generation”.

It had to be good, as were its two follow-ups, because when one looked behind the album covers it was impossible to believe that the collection of hairy musicians could ever be rock stars, let alone one day win adulation as superstars.

The 6ft 7in drummer looked like an upturned mop, the brilliant lead guitarist Peter Green went bonkers after taking too much LSD, a second lead guitarist Jeremy Spencer joined a religious sect and guitarist Danny Kirwan was such an alcoholic that he was sacked. And all this was before the girls joined.

In California, left with only the rump of the band, Fleetwood and McVie teamed up with singer Stevie Nicks and her partner Lindsey Buckingham. With McVie’s wife Christine on vocals the five began to evolve into what the world would come to know as the classic Fleetwood Mac.

Furthermore, while the members were beginning to establish themselves as a first-rate soft rock outfit their relationships were in turmoil. Nicks and Buckingham were breaking up while the marriage of McVie and Christine was on the rocks. Meanwhile Mick Fleetwood (who was having an on-off affair with Nicks) was in the throes of divorce from his first wife Jenny Boyd – sister of Eric Clapton’s wife Patti.

The break-ups were chronicled in the Rumours album, so-called because the band members were all writing songs about one another (Buckingham’s Go Your Own Way was aimed at Nicks, for example, while Christine McVie’s Don’t Stop was about her husband.) The record was described by one band member as “bringing out the voyeur in everyone”.

Whether that was true or not it was a piece of recording brilliance that sold more than 40 million and sent the band into the stratosphere.

But the record came with a price. Christine McVie began a series of relationships with various rock stars including Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. Nicks became addicted to cocaine and then prescription drugs and had affairs with two different members of The Eagles.

McVie became an alcoholic and was arrested for possession of a gun while Fleetwood incomprehensibly went bankrupt after a series of property deals. He also remarried Jenny Boyd and then divorced her again.

“We decided to be comfortable and lost control,” was how Fleetwood would later describe those years in his autobiography.

Since those heady days the band has broken up and re-formed at regular intervals. Buckingham left for nine years and in 1998 Christine McVie retired and lives quietly in Kent.

Now The Mac are about to perform their greatest hits across the UK. Despite the current incarnation of the band featuring Nicks, Buckingham, Fleetwood and John McVie, it is, says Stevie Nicks, very different to its heyday in the Seventies. There are no drugs, no dippy guitarists and no damaging affairs (and no Christine McVie of course).

“Thirty years ago we were all so self-absorbed,” says Nicks. “Things are a lot more fun now.”
But it is worth remembering that self-absorption produced one of the great post-war musical achievements. For if the Sixties legacy was Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles, then the Seventies have left us Rumours by rock ’n’ roll’s strangest band – Fleetwood Mac.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


IN A frank interview, the Fleetwood Mac star tells CHARLOTTE HEATHCOTE about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll and how, despite being battered by all three, she's emerged stronger than ever.

Fleetwood Mac are as famed for their in-fighting, feuds and messy, almost incestuous inter-band romances as for Go Your Own Way, Don’t Stop, Everywhere, The Chain and countless other adult-oriented rock songs that have seen them shift more than 100million records.

Stevie Nicks, however, makes absolutely no attempt to put a shiny PR gloss on the legendary tensions.

“We did our first tour and we were p***** off with each other then. We made another record [Rumours] and we were all angry with each other afterwards. We did Tusk and that was 13 months of anger. We did an 18-month tour and by the time that was done everyone was really not speaking...”

She’s half-weary, half-wry. “It’s really nothing new. It’s been happening since time began but if this was a bland, boring band we’d definitely not still be together.”

Stevie and her then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham brought a stability of sorts to the shape-shifting line-up of Fleetwood Mac in 1975, joining Mick Fleetwood, John and Christine McVie.

Christine left 11 years ago, ground down by relentless touring, and Stevie misses her ally “every day”.

The other four remain a unit, on the whole, which is especially miraculous when you consider that Stevie and Buckingham’s six-year relationship foundered during the recording of the drug-fuelled Rumours in 1976 (the McVies were splitting at the same time) and, shortly after the Rumours tour, Stevie fell for Fleetwood. They separated for the sake of the band.

By the time of Fleetwood Mac’s last tour, 2003’s Say You Will, Stevie’s relationship with Buckingham had become so fraught that, unless he treated her better this time around, she threatened to walk away “so fast that palm tree tops will fall on his head”.

Now, she says the underlying problem was how much she hated the Say You Will album.

“It was five years ago now so I can say I didn’t like it at all; I didn’t like making it, I didn’t like the songs, so that tour was very hard for me.”

On a Greatest Hits tour, however, there is no new material to quibble over.

“Doing all the very famous material is actually more fun,” insists this born entertainer. “It’s been a breath of fresh air for us to not have to worry about trying to sell [new] songs.”

With five platinum-selling solo records to her name, Stevie is easily the most successful member of Fleetwood Mac. Wasn’t she tempted to walk away during Say You Will?

“Well, I’m a peacemaker and I didn’t want us to break up because the music didn’t go my way. If I’ve learned nothing else in my 61 years it is that four years down the line you’re over it.” She sees the remaining foursome touring for another seven or eight years.

“I’m a performer and an entertainer, that’s what I live for. I would be dancing on tables in bars if I wasn’t in Fleetwood Mac, doing small shows all over the world, driving my van.”

Stevie’s passion for entertaining runs so deep, however, that she admits she has sacrificed all of her romantic relationships for the band but with no regrets.

“My love affair is with my work. I’ve had many wonderful relationships but I could never give up what I do for a relationship; in all of my relationships, at some point, that [prioritising] came up.

“Am I sad about the fact that I don’t have a relationship? No. I’m going to Europe to stay in the best hotels, to play huge shows, playing my music, to meet lots of interesting people. So I really don’t care.”

To Stevie’s amusement, her 81-year-old mother reckons she still hasn’t met Mr Right. She’s all too happy for her mother to be proved right but, to date, the love of her life is a member of the Eagles and not the one you’d expect.

After her split with Buckingham she spent 18 months with Don Henley but, of his bandmate Joe Walsh, she says: “He was the great love of my life. I fell in love with Joe in the same way that Lindsey fell in love with me.”

As their cocaine addiction spiralled out of control in the early Eighties, though, Walsh reluctantly left her for both of their sakes. Now she muses: “Maybe the people you can live best with aren’t the great love of your life; the men you love deeply, the calmer, more loving, more solid people but who you weren’t super passionately crazy in love with. The ones to marry aren’t the ones as crazy as you are.”

Her romance with Walsh was not the only fall-out of her drug addiction. Cocaine has left a hole in her septum, leaving her wishing her generation had not been told that cocaine was “safe, recreational and not a bigger deal than smoking pot or cigarettes”.

A bigger regret is that, after successful treatment for cocaine addiction, her friends persuaded her to see a psychiatrist, hoping this would ensure she avoided a relapse. The doctor prescribed the tranquilliser Klonopin.

“That took eight years out of my life,” she says.

“Those were my prime years, my 40s, when a lot of my heavy, creative activity was really happening. Klonopin grabbed hold of you and made you sit down on your couch and not get up.

“I just watched TV for eight years in a daze. I’m sorry I didn’t have a car crash on the way to seeing that doctor.”

So when Stevie finally got herself back on track, she needed to make up for lost time. “I made a decision a long time ago to follow my artistry. I decided that my mission here on this earth was to write songs for people and make them happy.”

● The UK leg of Fleetwood Mac’s Unleashed tour starts on Thursday and the double CD The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac is out tomorrow.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Fleetwood Mac's unfinished business
If the bust-ups are over, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham still have unfinished business as their latest tour hits the UK
Dan Cairns

Mick Fleetwood, 6ft 6in of military bearing, white beard, gold watch chain and pinstriped waistcoat, sits back in an armchair that can barely contain his extensive frame. “You know what I’d love?” the Fleetwood Mac drummer says to a hovering assistant, eyeing the bottle of water in front of him with some disdain, “A little glass of red.” In the old days, that little glass of red would have been the first of many libations, accompanied by copious quantities of cocaine: when the band recorded Rumours, a velvet bag full of the drug was kept beneath the studio mixing desk, for dipping into at will.

Nowadays, the group’s remaining co-founder is drug-free, and, though he still carries about him an unmistakable whiff of volcanic unpredictability, the 62-year-old seems to be settling into his role as the calm centre of the Fleetwood Mac storm. During the band’s mid-1970s commercial heyday, he served briefly as their unofficial manager, which, considering that he was running amok on brandy and cocaine, probably says a lot.

Thirty-plus years on, the group have individual managers, together with an impressive number of helpmeets, chauffeurs and eagle-eyed enablers. The band appear to travel for the most part separately, with their own retinues. What Lindsey Buckingham will later describe as the “residue” of historic dysfunction still requires placating. They could surely, I suggest to Fleetwood, just sort it all out themselves, couldn’t they?

“It could be a lot easier,” he agrees with a characteristic chuckle. “You know, make a decision and move on. We all used to be so much more in control of our own destinies, we just bundled along ourselves and did pretty well — considering. I always call the managers, and I don’t mean it nastily, the Gang of Five [Christine McVie, who left the band in 1998, is still represented], like a kind of Maoist thing. So, yes, things take a little more time now. But, you know, we’re still here.”

Fleetwood is holding court in a hotel suite in Copenhagen, the city where, several days later, the four surviving members of the Rumours line-up — Fleetwood and his fellow original bandmate John McVie, plus Stevie Nicks and Buckingham, who both joined in 1974 — are due to kick off the European leg of their current world tour. To accompany the dates, a double album of greatest hits is being released, featuring the songs that make up the majority of the set-list they will perform. It is the first time they have headed out on the road without a new studio album to promote, but that, says Fleetwood, has its advantages. “There’s a lot less of that pressure, of having to rehearse a load of new songs, then force people to listen to them.” Does he wonder why they didn’t try it years ago?

“I always joke with Lindsey,” he replies, “that we’re probably the worst run but most ongoingly successful music franchise in the business, if you look at what we don’t do and what we could have done. If you were a cynic and went, ‘Huh, they’re just doing it for the money,’ it’s like, ‘Hang on a minute, I wish we had.’”

None of this is said with any apparent bitterness: Fleetwood has the avuncular-referee role down pat. He admits the biggest pleasure he derives from the hits-only set list is the opportunity it gives him to place the band’s key albums in some sort of perspective. The biggest surprise, he says, is how linked they strike him as being: the feeling-their-way radio pop/lingering blues hybrid of the new line-up’s self-titled 1975 debut, the soft-rock masterclass of Rumours and the wildly experimental disjointedness of 1979’s Tusk. And how uncategorisable. “As poppy as our legacy is in many ways,” he says, “I think, equally, there’s a darkness about it. We’ve never done coy and cute.”

The tension Fleetwood admits marred the band’s previous world tour — to promote 2003’s Say You Will album — is, he believes, less evident now. Not that things don’t remain unsaid: this is Fleetwood Mac, after all. But there is still no chance, he says, of recruiting a group therapist, of the type documented in the Metallica film Some Kind of Monster. “At various times,” Fleetwood laughs, “I think we’ve all been to one on our own. When it sort of imploded with emotion was when all of us were besotted with emotional overload, so nobody could sort of take the back seat and come in impartially. But it’s like kids in a playground. Last week someone was your best friend, and this week they’re inviting someone else round for a play.”

Several days earlier, in a different suite at the same hotel, one of the other kids in the Mac playground reclines with a Lady Bertram-like torpor on a giant sofa, her eyes hidden behind vintage Aviator shades. It would simply not be possible to talk to either Nicks or Buckingham about their love affair, which famously crashed and burned during the Rumours sessions, in tandem with the collapse of the McVies’ marriage, without reopening a can of worms. “Residue”, Buckingham called it. I’m not sure that does it justice.

“Lindsey is definitely still angry with me,” Nicks says in her dusky drawl. “Absolutely. He’s never quite understood why we broke up. Even though he’s married and he’s very happy, and he’s a great dad, I think that he never really forgave me for breaking up our relationship.”

Long characterised as an away-with-the-fairies fruitcake, Nicks strikes me as having a core of steel, no matter her languor or penchant for woolly soliloquy. By her own admission the only member of the band who could rival Fleetwood — with whom she had an affair — for hedonism, she long ago conquered her drug addiction, then endured a lengthy and briefly life-threatening dependency on the tranquillisers she had been prescribed to wean her off cocaine. These days, she appears to be physically somewhat fragile, but the mischievous candour remains. She tells me she finally went to see a psychologist “about five years ago, a really sweet little lady, and we were just talking about my life, and I was telling her about those years, when Lindsey and I first moved to LA, and I was a waitress, a cleaning lady, and anything else I could do to pay our rent, and I said to her, ‘But there was something about those years that I really loved.’ And she said, ‘Well, in many ways, Stevie, the day you joined Fleetwood Mac was the saddest day of your life — because it was the day you stopped being the caretaker.’ You can imagine, there was a real big silence in the room when she said that”.

When Nicks and Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac, they were at the tail end of a four-year struggle to make it as a duo, and heavily in debt. But they both to this day believe that they would have made it on their own terms, and it is this sense of unfinished business and unrealised dreams, together with nostalgia for a time before what Nicks calls the “very fast and very hard” ascent to stardom they experienced with Fleetwood Mac, that appears to haunt them still.“It was scary,” Nicks continues. “To not have enough money to even file a tax return, then to have so much, eight months later, that you had to hire someone to file it for you. All of a sudden you have a big, huge house, and you end up filling up your time, doing drugs and just getting lost in that whole world. I didn’t any longer have the responsibility of having to watch out for Lindsey. We all just stayed in great places, and we got room service. Nobody had to cook, nobody had to clean up the kitchen.”

She looks suddenly lost. “We joined Fleetwood Mac, we made a record in three months, put it out, went on the road in May. We did a four-month tour, we got home and we had close to $1m between us. What Lindsey grieves for, in my opinion, is, if he had the chance to go back and decide, when we were beginning the second Buckingham-Nicks record and we got asked to join Fleetwood Mac, he would not join.” Again, she pauses. “If we had not moved to LA, would Lindsey and I have gotten married and had kids? Probably.”

The man she refers to, and whom she can, on one level, still not let go of, sits in a dressing room, legs up on the chair in the lotus position, the tension crackling off him as audibly as it does off his music. Easily the most uncomfortable interviewee — however courteous — of the three, the band’s 60-year-old sonic architect answers in carefully structured, emotionally arid chunks, cool where Nicks is confessional.

“When we first got together to talk about the tour,” he says, “because Stevie had some trust issues in terms of her perception of how things ended up at the end of the last tour, my comment was, ‘Stevie, if nothing else, you and I have known each other since high school, and we need to have this thing end up in a way that dignifies how it started.’ And you wouldn’t think that, at this point in our lives, it would be a work in progress. You’d think that things would be fine. But there is still an evolution going on.”

If he shares a similar degree of regret with Nicks about what they lost, rather than gained, by joining the band, he hides it well. His answers are startlingly impersonal. “When we made the decision to join, we both gave up something that had been more essentially ourselves. And it wasn’t just giving up the synthesis between the two of us in terms of how we wrote together, sang together. It was Stevie losing herself to having been singled out as Stevie Nicks, in capital letters. This is one of the things I think has been hardest for her over the years, having sort of been asked to be this person who’s out front, the pressure of that. And what I gave up was a great deal of my style as a guitarist. I mean, I had to adapt to an existing situation — something as fundamental as changing the guitar I used because it didn’t fit into the pre-existing sound.”

Watching Nicks apparently goading Buckingham during the rehearsal later, complaining about the loudness of his guitar and asking for further ear protection, you rewind to that answer — about his “style as a guitarist”, for God’s sake — and begin to see why she might feel the need to poke him for a reaction. Buckingham cuts a moody, needy figure, the human equivalent of a Just Married car, with others forced to bang and clatter along the road behind him. From his drum stool, Fleetwood observes the scene impassively, a weather eye on the sort of playground scrap he has doubtless witnessed many times before. Then the band strike up the opening chords of Dreams, Nicks purrs “Now here you go again”, and you think, that’s why we still bother. And why they do, too. Heaven knows, though, they don’t make it easy.

The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac is released tomorrow on Warners. The British tour opens in Glasgow on Thursday


HOT TICKET: On Page 16 of the "Review Magazine" inside the October 17th edition of The Daily Telegraph in the UK Fleetwood Mac are reviewed by Bernadette McNulty (click photo to enlarge)

Friday, October 16, 2009


Smooth Radio 105.2
is giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets
to Fleetwood Mac's Unleashed Tour Glasgow concert at the SECC on Thursday 22 October.
The band will be playing their greatest hits on the Unleashed Tour.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets
answer the question and fill in your full details.

To coincide with the British leg of the tour a 2CD re-mastered album The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac is being released on 19 October.



This full article was posted earlier, but I thought I'd post what the page looks like in the October 16th edition of The Daily Mail (P.54).

If you missed the article, it's here.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mick Brown charts the remarkable history of Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac: sex, drugs, fear and loathing
Ahead of a new tour, Mick Brown charts the remarkable history of Fleetwood Mac.

There is probably no group in the history of pop music that would provide such a diverting evening’s worth of pub quiz questions – and not one of them to do with the groups’s musical output.

No points for identifying Rumours as Fleetwood Mac’s biggest-selling album. But how much money did the drummer Mick Fleetwood fritter away on cocaine? Name the guitarist who in the middle of a tour walked out of a hotel one day to “buy some groceries” and instead vanished into a religious cult? Which prescription drug was the singer Stevie Nicks addicted to for eight years after she’d freed herself of her addiction to cocaine. And which male members of the group did Nicks not have an affair with – or at least, not as far we know?

The Rolling Stones might have been more dangerous, Led Zeppelin more debauched, but, when it comes to grand guignol drama, soap-opera bathos and sheer flagrant excess, it is Fleetwood Mac who take the biscuit – or, in their case, make that a crate of the Dom Perignon ’66, and be quick about it.

Fleetwood Mac are back on the road again for the first time in six years. It is the latest chapter in a saga that has lasted for 37 years, featured a cast of dozens and often resembled nothing so much as a kind of soft-rock version of the misery memoirs of Dave Peltzer.

In the beginning, they were a blues band, their name a cannibalisation of those of two of the founder members, the drummer, Mick Fleetwood and bass guitarist John McVie. The third founder was Peter Green, the most brilliant guitarist of his generation.

In 1969, the group had their first number one single, Albatross, and for a while their albums were matching the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in sales. Then the soap opera began. In 1970, Green took LSD for the first time, beginning a catalogue of events that would lead to him attempting to give away all his money and culminating in him being diagnosed as schizophrenic. On an American tour, the guitarist Jeremy Spencer walked out of his Hollywood hotel one morning “to buy some groceries” and didn’t come back – claimed by the Children of God cult. A third guitarist, Danny Kirwan, ended up in psychiatric hospital. A fourth, Bob Weston, was fired after conducting an affair with Mick Fleetwood’s wife.

By the early Seventies, Fleetwood and McVie were marooned in Los Angeles, seemingly on their uppers. They joined forces with a young couple Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, to form what would become the classic version of Fleetwood Mac, built on an improbable chemistry of opposites: the reliable old stagers Fleetwood and McVie; Nicks, the unreconstructed fantasy flower-child; Buckingham, the Byronic, brooding musical genius; and John McVie’s wife Christine, a sensible English girl who sang like an angel and, like her husband, was fond of a drink.

An eponymous album went to number one in America. The follow-up, Rumours, released in 1977, was the apoethosis of the California soft-rock sound, but what added immeasurably to its appeal was the tangled and incestuous mess that the album chronicled. Buckingham and Nicks were breaking up after five years together. The McVies’ seven-year marriage was coming to end, Fleetwood was conducting an on-off affair with Nicks while divorcing his own wife, Jenny Boyd.

Heartache, loathing and recrimination had never sounded so beguiling. Rumours, as Lindsay Buckingham put it, “brought out the voyeur in everyone”, and went on to sell more than 40 million copies, propelling the group into the realms of bacchanalian self-indulgence.

Christine McVie bought two Mercedes, with licence plates bearing the names of her dogs, to park outside her Beverly Hills mansion, and went on to have affairs with the band’s lighting director and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. Buckingham took up residence in the swanky Four Seasons Hotel – for two years.

Nicks went on to have affairs with both Joe Walsh and Don Henley of the Eagles.John McVie, meanwhile, bought an ocean-going yacht, suffered an alcohol-induced seizure and was arrested for possession of firearms.

“We decided to be comfortable and lost control,” Fleetwood would later reflect in his autobiography. He somehow managed to go bankrupt after a series of disastrous property ventures, while at the same time remarrying Jenny Boyd, only to divorce her again.

In the years since then, the group have broken up and and reunited with a regularity that has bewildered even their most devoted followers. Buckingham departed in 1988, following a particularly heated meeting. “It got physically ugly,” John McVie would later recall. “I just said, 'Lindsay, why don’t you just leave?’ He left. But what I meant was, 'Why don’t you leave the room?’” He was gone for nine years. In 1998, apparently exhausted by it all, Christine McVie retired altogether and now leads a quiet life in Kent.

But it is Nicks who has remained the most intriguing member of the group. With her improbable black-chiffon confections, her songs about Celtic witches and gipsies, her enthusiasm for Tiffany lamps and illegal substances, Nicks embodied the idea of rock music as a sort of romper room for grown-ups to act out their fantasies.

During the Seventies and Eighties, her addiction to cocaine became the subject of myth. She finally kicked her cocaine habit in the Betty Ford Clinic, but then became addicted to tranquillisers.

When the group toured in 2003, relations between them were said to be difficult. But, like so many groups of their era, they have discovered that the cachet of the brand name is far greater than the sum of its individual parts, and that no matter how painful it may be, habit, financial imperatives or the simple want of a better idea will inevitably bring them together again. Psychotherapists call it co-dependence. Nobody would call it love.
Reports from the current tour suggest the group are getting along famously. It would be the most unbelievable chapter in the saga yet.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


By Sandra Sperounes

The Edmonton Journal Gives Away 2 Tix
Hey, whatcha doing tomorrow (Wednesday) night? I've got two tickets to give away to Fleetwood Mac's rescheduled show at Rexall Place. You don't have to do anything special to enter -- just send me an e-mail with your name and phone number. We'll pick one winner at random.

Note: You'll have to pick up your tickets from the Journal's downtown HQ tomorrow. I'll announce the winner sometime around 11 a.m. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Stevie Nicks visits New Orleans...

[reprint of an earlier published article]

When Stevie Nicks visits New Orleans don't expect to see her using a cell phone
by Nekesa Mumbi Moody, AP Music Writer
Thursday June 18, 2009, 11:39 AM

NEW YORK -- Friends who want to get in touch with Stevie Nicks know not to send an e-mail, call on a cell phone, or reach out by text message, because she won't respond.

It's not that she's being rude: Nicks doesn't own a computer or a cell phone. The 60-year-old rock legend, who is currently on tour with Fleetwood Mac, is a proud technophobe. The band plays Saturday night at the New Orleans Arena.

"I believe that computers have taken over the world. I believe that they have in many ways ruined our children. I believe that kids used to love to go out and play," Nicks says in her famously smoky voice.

"I believe that social graces are gone because manners are gone because all people do is sit around and text. I think it's obnoxious."

Read the entire article


Tour unleashes best of Fleetwood Mac
By Dave Paulson

Considering the famously turbulent past and volatile chemistry of iconic rock band Fleetwood Mac, it appears that the stars, thankfully, are aligned for the group's current tour.

Drummer Mick Fleetwood says the "Unleashed" concert tour — the group's first in five years — has been blessed with a unique energy within the band and, according to him, a stronger connection with the audience than ever before.

Part of that surely has to do with the band's set list. The "Unleashed" tour is a first for Fleetwood Mac, as it isn't in support of any new album (their last, Say You Will, was released in 2003). Instead, Fleetwood, singer Stevie Nicks, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and bassist John McVie have been turning in evenings of wall-to-wall classics ("Dreams" and "Go Your Own Way" among them, of course) along with a crop of cuts that have rarely been played live.

Good luck finding time for a bathroom break when the band plays tonight at Nashville's Sommet Center. A strikingly kind and chatty Mick Fleetwood found time to speak with us about the tour while on the road.

Your concert in Nashville is one that was added as an extension of your tour. Can we take that as a sign that the tour has gone well?

My joke with Fleetwood Mac is that it's the worst-run rock 'n' roll franchise in the business. We don't really work much, and when we do, we hope that everything's going to be in place, and the audience is going to be in place. Trusting Fleetwood Mac's perfect timing — not — we wait for 5 1/2 years and go out in a huge recession. But amazingly, it's been absolutely fantastic.

This "Unleashed" tour, as you've said, marks the first time without a new album to support. How does that affect the band's set list?

What we did was craft a set with more space because we're not featuring four or five songs off a (new) album and shoving it down people's throats, going, "Look what we've done." In truth, artistically, you're always going to do that, but when you look at it objectively, it's a little self-serving, in a way.

We've often gotten so excited about a new album that we do too many new songs, and you go, "Well, (the audience doesn't) know the songs," and it does affect a show. This time, we haven't had that in the mix, so what we chose was to do some songs that we know that people love for sure, and then some songs like "Storms," for instance, that we've never done (live).

Audiences might be happy to hear more of your older tunes, but how does the band stay satisfied? How do you make this feel fresh for yourselves?

Well, you have to understand that we've never done this. This is actually a new system.

We're getting off on this extra (connection) that seems to exist between the band and the audience. It's really interesting. I think we're always fairly connected to our audiences, just because people inherently know too much about us, quite frankly (laughs), as people . . .

We're doing songs that we've never done or haven't done in so long, they might as well be new songs. We haven't done "Oh Well" in over 30 years, and now Lindsey's ripping "Oh Well" unbelievably. Of course, me and John are like pigs in (mud) being able to play one of the old songs that came from the Peter Green era of Fleetwood Mac.

Numerous reviews of recent shows are complimentary of the band's energy on stage — physical and otherwise. Have you noticed this energy yourself?

There is a really vibrant vibe on stage. You can't bottle it. It either happens or it doesn't. . . . Our live performance has always been really different on stage to the crafting of our albums. I think that's interesting to an audience. There are bands out there where you go, "Yeah, (the concert) was great, but it was just like putting the album on." It was so unbelievably cool, or delivered in such a metered way that it didn't come to life.

We're on the edge, or I certainly am on the edge of (messing) a drum fill up (laughs), but you get this weird tension that has a charm to it, and I think that works for us.

You mentioned touring in a recession earlier — did this make anyone in the band nervous when plotting the tour?

I don't think anyone was majorly (apprehensive). I probably think about that stuff more than anyone else in the band because I'm a news freak, a conspiracy theorist and God knows what else. So I'm going, "Oh my God, this is so not the right time to be doing this, but we're doing it."

It wasn't very long-lit, but it did cross my mind, and I think it crossed everybody's mind. All we had to reach on was, "Remember, in the Great Depression, the movie business did really well."

Stevie, pretty much every night — and she means it — says, "I am so overjoyed that you chose us to come and see." We've had a great run and it has always been good. People seem to be going away really happy, and when we do this, that's what we want to hear.

What: Fleetwood Mac
When: 8pm tonight
Where: NASHVILLE - Sommet Center (501 Broadway, 770-2000)


Considering the band's famously volatile chemistry, it appears that the stars are aligned for '70s rock icons Fleetwood Mac. Reviews for recent shows on their current Unleashed tour have noted their staggering performance strength — primarily in age-defying guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and thunderous drummer Mick Fleetwood — and the still-beguiling presence of Stevie Nicks (though time hasn't been all that kind to her singular pipes). As a bonus, the Unleashed tour isn't in support of any new album (their last, Say You Will, was released in 2003), so you can expect a set of wall-to-wall classics, along with a crop of cuts that have rarely been played live. Good luck finding time for a bathroom break.

Nashville, TN - Sommet Center(501 Broadway, 770-7825)
Show Date: Friday, June 19
Show Time: 8 p.m., Nashville, TN
Ticket Price: $45-$125


Fleetwood Mac will be appearing at Sheffield Arena

Classic Fleetwood line-up in concert

The classic Rumours line-up of rock legends Fleetwood Mac will be appearing at Sheffield Arena on November 2.

One of the most successful bands in history, Mac veterans Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Lindsey Buckingham will be strutting their stuff in the city for one night only.

Since forming in 1967 the only thing about the group that hasn't changed is the rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.

Through the '70s, the band's personnel and style shifted with nearly every recording as Fleetwood Mac metamorphosed from a traditional British blues band to the makers of one of the best-selling pop albums ever - Rumours.

Fleetwood Mac has sold more than 100 million copies of its albums — including 25 million for Rumours alone — making the band one of the most popular rock outfits in history, so don't miss out on this rare outing for the band.

Tickets are priced at £75, £60, £45 (subject to booking fee). They are available in person at the Arena box office, by phone on 0114 256 5656 and online by going to

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Fleetwood Mac Puts Stormy Past In Rearview Mirror

Few rock 'n' roll bands openly displayed their internal fissures like Fleetwood Mac - or rode them to greater success.

But the hurt feelings and emotional turmoil that were poured onto vinyl for 1977's mega-platinum “Rumours,” still one of the best-selling records of all-time, are decades behind them now. The band is currently winding down its “Greatest Hits Unleashed” North American tour. These days, everyone seems to be getting along swimmingly.

Being together off and on for more than three decades can do that to a band.

”We've been down this road, a long, long road, together,” songwriter-guitarist Lindsay Buckingham said while promoting the tour. “In some ways, we know each other better than we know anybody else. We share things with each other that we've never shared with other people. I think we all want to dignify the road we've been down.”

Adds drummer Mick Fleetwood, a wide-eyed giant of a man whose pounding drums have been a staple with the band since Day One, “It's something that has not always been easy. But change and surviving that change ... is somewhat of a miracle, to tell you the truth.”

For Fleetwood Mac, the road extends as far back as 1967, when some veterans of Britain's legendary John Mayall's Bluesbreakers decided to form their own group. Named for drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, Fleetwood Mac saw several members come and go before solidifying in the mid-1970s. Only Fleetwood and McVie remained from the original lineup, which now included vocalists Buckingham, his girlfriend, Stevie Nicks, and McVie's wife, Christine, who also played keyboards.

That lineup was responsible for a trio of landmark albums, including 1975's “Fleetwood Mac,” which established the blend of pop and blues-influenced rock that would briefly make them one of the hottest bands on Earth, and 1979's “Tusk,” a hodgepodge of musical styles and Buckingham's doodlings that stands as one of the decade's most daring musical experiments.

Between those albums came “Rumours,” made while the McVies' marriage was dissolving and Buckingham and Nicks were undergoing a not-so-amicable break-up. The result, filled with anger, yearning and some of the greatest hooks of the rock era, had sold some 40 million copies worldwide.

Fleetwood Mac's lineup would continue to shuffle, with Buckingham, Nicks and Christine McVie all leaving and rejoining the group at various times. This is the group's first tour since 2004, and the first without a new album to promote.

”We've been apart for four years, now we're back together and we're having a blast,” says Nicks, who recently celebrated her 61st birthday. “Had we been working every single year for the last four years and we were going out to do yet another tour this year, we would all be going, like, “Uh, OK.' So this makes it very, very different, and we're all excited.”

That excitement even extends to the idea of not having any new music to offer, of playing only their greatest hits. The band members say they're excited by the challenge of playing to audiences whose loyalties have stood the test of time. Even more, they say, they're looking forward to playing with and for one another.

Fleetwood Mac sits at or near the top of the list of emotionally dysfunctional groups

[repeat of a previously published article]

Q&A: Fleetwood Mac's still going its own way

The Arizona Republic

Plenty of classic-rock bands, including Led Zeppelin, the Who, the Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd, have been dangerously volatile away from the stage, falling victim to substance abuse, emotional turmoil, squabbles among members and even death.

Fleetwood Mac sits at or near the top of the list of emotionally dysfunctional groups, thanks to intra-band marriage, affairs and breakups, legal problems, a revolving door of members, a fondness for drugs and alcohol and, most important, the amazing ability of its members to emerge relatively sane and healthy after decades of drama.

Add to those challenges the fact that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band's current lineup, which has been intact for 11 years, features three strong personalities — singer Stevie Nicks, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and drummer Mick Fleetwood (the fourth member, John McVie, seems to roll with the flow) — that have repeatedly clashed on artistic and personal levels.

"We are a group of great contradictions, a group that in some strange way ... the members don't necessarily have any business being in a band together because of the range of sensibilities is disparate," says Buckingham, who was in a romantic and musical partnership with Nicks for five years before and during their early time in Fleetwood Mac.

"But that, in fact, is what makes Fleetwood Mac what it is. It's the whole being greater than the ... parts. It's the kind of energy that is created from that kind of contrast in personalities."

The four current members of Fleetwood Mac (all in their early 60s) participated in a conversation with journalists that lasted nearly two hours and provided a glimpse into the group's artistic and personal dynamics.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Fleetwood Mac going its own way again
Burlington County Times

When iconic bands reunite for a tour, it's often difficult for members of those veteran acts to resist the temptation to play old favorites with their former mates and to perform in massive halls with all the respect and amenities you can imagine.

Oh, and then there is that massive payday groups such as Fleetwood Mac receive for their two-hour shows.

However, Lindsey Buckingham didn't necessarily run back and join his ex-mates for a reunion.

After all, the vocalist-guitarist has been focusing on his solo work over recent years. He put out two of his finest solo albums: 2006's "Under the Skin" and 2008's "Gift of Screws." Both discs garnered critical acclaim and helped him pack theaters throughout North America.

"I needed a three-year period where they couldn't come knocking on my door," says Buckingham. "That allowed me to put out two albums."

Now that those solo efforts are out of Buckingham's system, he is more than happy to rejoin Fleetwood Mac for a tour, which stops Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

"I'm more than happy to make time for this band," says Buckingham. "I love being part of this group. I love the camaraderie, the songs and all that comes with being in Fleetwood Mac. Just because I delayed the group getting back together doesn't mean I didn't want to come back.

"We all have things to do. I have a family now with a wife and three young children (under 10). But now is the time to get back again. We're a band again - it's just a great situation."

Expect Buckingham and his bandmates - vocalist Stevie Nicks, bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood - to deliver plenty of hits during their "Unleashed" tour.

"The fans still want to hear songs like 'Go Your Own Way,' 'Dreams' and 'The Chain,' Buckingham says. "We still love playing the songs. We never get tired of them. It's something that I think we'll always love to do. This is interesting - going out for the first time without a new album to support. It's a blast doing the old songs."

Not that Buckingham would like to rest on his laurels. He hopes the group will write and record a new disc.

"Hopefully, the tour will spark us to make a new record," he says. "Let's see what happens. I'm open to anything."

If Fleetwood Mac doesn't craft a new disc, count on Buckingham to make another album on his own.

"I feel very creative right now," he says. "I like to keep putting out records. I'm sure I'll put another (solo) one out, but it would be really cool if we could make another Fleetwood Mac album."

Fleetwood Mac appears Saturday at Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets: $49.50, $79.50 and $149.50. Information: 800-736-1420.