Showing posts with label Unleashed in Australia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Unleashed in Australia. Show all posts

Friday, December 11, 2009


Caught in the act - shopping for jewellery in Perth, Australia December 10th.
Photo taken from the West Australian 11/12/09 and provided by: chain2destiny on The Ledge

Can't say I would have recognized her if I passed her on the street

Monday, December 07, 2009


The Sydney Daily Telegraph

Mick from the Mac: Fleetwood Mac play at the Acer Arena tonight. They were founded in 1967 by British drummer Mick Fleetwood as a blues band but thrived on pop in the ’70s. Fleetwood is seen here (left) with the late Australian rocker Billy Thorpe during a 1991 visit to Sydney.


Saturday, December 05, 2009


"Stevie was the real cheerleader for this tour. The beancounters didn't want us to keep going after America, they didn't want to work so hard. So we had to say "Hang on a second, we actually want to go out and play... so you're going to have to work a bit harder. Go find someone to book us some shows in Europe and Austalia!"

Friday, December 04, 2009


Chair ban at Fleetwood Mac's Hope Estate concert

CONCERT promoters typically want bums on seats, but it's the seats that have been banned at Fleetwood Mac's Hope Estate concert tonight.

General admission ticket holders have complained that promoter Andrew McManus Presents has changed its seating policy at the last minute.

Fans say they were initially told full-size chairs were banned but low beach chairs were allowed.

However, Ticketmaster sent an email to ticketholders on Thursday informing them all chairs were banned.

Silvana Dugac, of Adamstown Heights, said she had a bad back and should not have to sit on the ground for seven hours, nor should the elderly or disabled.

"If I had known beforehand I don't think I would have gone," she said.

"Most of the people there are going to be over 40, it's not as if they're expecting wild crowds."

Michael Hope, of Hope Estate, said their general concert policy allowed low chairs but the promoter decided to change the rules for this event because of the 19,000 strong crowd.

Some of the confusion arose because the general information notice on the Hope Estate website said low chairs were allowed at concerts before it was updated this week.

Ian Weir, site manager for Andrew McManus Presents, said the company made the decision in October to try to limit seats in the general admission area for safety reasons because of the size of the crowd.

There will be more than 7000 people in the general admission area at tonight's concert.

Mr Weir said Ticketmaster had sent out a number of emails to ticketholders informing them of the rule, and Thursday's email was the final reminder.

However, Mr Weir said people with medical conditions would be permitted to bring in low chairs if they had a doctor's certificate or other evidence.

Ms Dugac said it was unfair to give people so little time to get a certificate.


Unfortunately, only those living in Australia can view this...

Thursday, December 03, 2009



Celebrating an early Christmas dinner at hot new Sydney eatery Bootleg (Victoria Street, Potts Point), we were super excited to be seated next to Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac who was dining with pal Pattie Boyd (former wife of Beatle George Harrison and Eric Clapton), and sister to Jenny Boyd, Micks ex wife. Pattie inspired the infamous song “Layla”. The Blender Gallery in Paddington is hosting 'Through the Eyes of a Muse: Photographs by Pattie Boyd'. Click here for more info on this art event.

Mick Fleetwood's Blues Band will be performing in Sydney and around Australia and New Zealand in February. He’ll be teaming up with five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) and Boz Scaggs to perform their greatest hits. Mick Fleetwood Blues Band will be joining them for select shows to perform their original songs and some Fleetwood Mac standards.  But first up are two shows with Fleetwood Mac in Sydney and Hunter Valley along with Brisbane, Perth and New Zealand.


° Fleetwood Mac
° Dr Karl
° James Mathison
° Metro Whip Around

Not sure what will be on, or even what this show is about, could be an interview segment with members of the band... In any case, it appears the online video will only be watchable if you are in Australia... So someone, please record this!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


Backstage with Mick & Lindsey
Melbourne, Australia
Interviewed by Nuala Hafner Sunrise 7


Two Tickets to See Fleetwood Mac Dec. 7 in Sydney! Includes Backstage Passes


Attention Fleetwood Mac fans! The winner and a guest will receive prime tickets to see Fleetwood Mac on Dec. 7 in Sydney, Australia. These tickets are enhanced by BACKSTAGE PASSES!

The proceeds for this item benefit The Museum of the City of New York

Donated by: Fleetwood Mac

Terms: Valid for two tickets and backstage passes on Dec. 7. Tickets cannot be exchanged, resold or re-auctioned. Backstage passes do not guarantee artist meet and greet.

Full details here

Monday, November 30, 2009


Diamond tickets to Fleetwood Mac on sale to raise funds for RSPCA Hunter

RSPCA Hunter Shelter have 10 Diamond tickets available for the FLEETWOOD MAC concert, this Saturday 5 December at the Hope Estate Winery in Pokolbin, Hunter Valley NSW.

The tickets are valued at $449 (ONO) and sale proceeds will go to the RSPCA Hunter Shelter. Ticket enquiries, please contact Michelle Gagno at the RSPCA Hunter shelter on 02 4939 1555.


MICK Fleetwood loves Australia so much he is visiting twice this Summer
Patrick Donovan

Over the next two nights, his band Fleetwood Mac will perform hits such as Go your Own Way, Don't Stop, Rhiannon, Gypsy and Tusk before sell-out crowds at Rod Laver Arena.

He will return seven weeks later with the Fleetwood Mac Blues Band to play at country wineries with Boz Scaggs and the Doobie Brothers' Michael McDonald. While only one song - 1967's Oh Well - is likely to feature on both tours, he says the blues band is his way of paying homage to the originators who started the band with him 40 years ago.

''Over my career I've been called a pop star and a rock star, yet in my inner heart, I will always be part blues man,'' says Fleetwood. ''On my journey from blues to a life of rock'n'roll, I've always remembered where I started.''

This week's shows, says Fleetwood, will feature a different set list to its last tour in 2004. Recent lists lean heavily on the classic 1977 Rumours and 1979 Tusk albums, as well as solo songs from members Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

''This tour will be different because we always usually play new songs - it's always fine and people bear with it - but this time around we don't have a new album,'' he says from his home in Maui, Hawaii. ''After 40 years of being who you are, it's cool to be less selfish. The crowds are loving it because they are emotionally connected to every single song.'' His return trip will be more of a show for blues purists.

''It will be for more of a boutique tour, but I think people will have a lot of fun playing songs like Oh Well, Albatross and Shake your Money Maker - all of the great old stuff that started Fleetwood Mac.''

Fleetwood Mac play Rod Laver Arena tonight and tomorrow. The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band play Sutton Grange Winery, Victoria, on Saturday, February 20, and Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa, Yarra Valley, on February 21.

Sunday, November 01, 2009


The Sunday Telegraph

One of the most influential rock bands of all time, Fleetwood Mac formed in 1967 and experienced huge success during the 70's and 80's.

Despite affairs and drug and alcohol addictions making for a tempestuous history, the supergroup re-formed in 1997 for their 20 year Rumours Anniversary and in December, 2008 announced their new tour Unleashed - minus Christine McVie - which they've been performing throughout North America since March.

"The chance to work together again without all the conflicts that had once made things so difficult and hard to restart" Stevie Nicks said.

Classic tracks such as Go Your Own Way and Black Magic Woman have fans lined up to see Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and John McVie perform in Sydney this year, and their Hunter Valley date in December will be the largest ever held in the wine growing region selling over 35,000 tickets.

For Tickets go to and

Thursday, October 22, 2009


I think I missed something!

I'm pretty sure I've read the article in this magazine, but can't see that I've posted it anywhere... I'll look further. But here's the cover of the magazine. It's from the August 23rd edition of the Austrailian Sunday Herald.
(click for a larger version)

Sunday, October 18, 2009


As confirmed earlier The Versus will be opening for Fleetwood Mac in Australia. They've recently signed with Warner in Australia, Fleetwood Mac's record company. They also have an EP coming out November 13th. The first single "Forever More" will hit radio in AU October 26th. They are offering the track as a free download from their website. I've downloaded it and it's pretty good - it has a retro 70's sound to it. They should be a nice fit for an opening act for Fleetwood Mac.

The Fleetwood Mac tour dates to catch The Versus:
1 & 2 December 2009 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
5 December 2009 – Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley
7 December 2009 – Acer Arena, Sydney
11 & 12 December 2009 – Members Equity, Perth
15 & 16 December 2009 – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


The Herald Sun is reporting that "The Versus" a newly signed group to Warners will be the supporting act for Fleetwood Mac in Australia at Rod Laver Arena on December 1 and 2

Herald Sun

KILLING Heidi siblings Ella and Jesse Hooper are set for a comeback to the charts.

The hit-making pair's new band, the Verses, has just signed with Warner Music.

The deal has also helped the band secure the coveted slot supporting Fleetwood Mac on its December tour of Australia.

Unlike Killing Heidi, the Verses have a country-tinged southern rock sound.

Aside from Ella's occasional appearances on Spicks and Specks, the Hoopers have kept a low profile since the end of Killing Heidi, to concentrate on their songwriting.

Now 26, Ella was 17 when Killing Heidi topped the charts in 2000, becoming the hottest band in the land.

The Verses have built a loyal following through residencies at the Toff in Town in Melbourne.

"We're country kids - we like things to go at a nice, slow pace - and we gave ourselves time: time to write, time to get inspired, time to try different things musically," Ella said.

"We were taking a holiday from the three-minute pop song, although funnily enough we've found ourselves coming back to that."

The first taste of the Verses will come with an EP released next month.

Curious listeners can download their new single Forever More free from as of Monday.

The band will support Fleetwood Mac at Rod Laver Arena on December 1 and 2.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Melbourne Herald Sunday Magazine Interview with Stevie Nicks from September 20, 2009.

A HUGE thank you to jovonfoool for providing the scan!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Rock 'n Roll Survivors


Rock 'n Roll Survivors
Rock 'n Roll Survivors
Reporter: Michael Usher
Producer: Sandra Cleary

Celebrity interviews aren't as easy as they look. You get used to spoilt stars who panic at the first sign of a personal question.

So meeting super-group Fleetwood Mac was a joy and a real revelation for Michael Usher.

There they were, some of the all-time greats, just itching to let it all hang out. What a story, a saga of passion, tangled love affairs, bitter hatred, acrimonious bust-ups and tearful reunions.

And in case you were wondering, there was plenty of the usual sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll, too.

Four decades of absolute mayhem and the miracle is they're still around, still making terrific music together.

Full transcript:

MICHAEL USHER: Far from the world's rock arenas and stadiums, the beat goes on for Mick Fleetwood, here, in his tropical hideaway in the Hawaiian paradise of Maui.

MICK FLEETWOOD: It's like a perfect hippie paradise. So, there you go, a mini Woodstock.

MICHAEL USHER: At 62, the legendary drummer and founder of Fleetwood Mac has got the band back together - Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and John McVie on the road again and halfway through a sell-out world tour.

MICK FLEETWOOD: I've always been the believer that we'd always keep going but, you know, over the last 16 years or so, I have to admit I'd go, I like, I wonder whether we can ever get this bunch out of Dodge again.

MICHAEL USHER: This bunch is one of the biggest-selling, most popular bands of all time. But, while they created unforgettable pop classics over four decades, behind the scenes, they lived the greatest rock'n'roll soap opera ever told - love triangles, broken marriages, tears, tantrums and drug addictions.

MICHAEL USHER: How do you describe that time now, looking back on it?

STEVIE NICKS: I would have been dead. It would have killed me. In another year, it would have killed me.

MICHAEL USHER: Centre-stage of the drama was the ethereal leading lady of the band, Stevie Nicks, the ultimate rock survivor at 61.

STEVIE NICKS: From the moment the lights go up and you walk out, as far as loving to sing, I love to sing more than anything. I think once you're in a band, and you like playing, and you like each other, and you like your music, what else do we do? It's who we are and it's what we do.

MICHAEL USHER: It's the music that held them together through the turmoil, and what's brought them together again for this tour.

MICHAEL USHER: That's beautiful. Do you still like playing it?

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: Oh, yeah, I love it, yeah.

MICHAEL USHER: For 59-year-old Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie's ex-lover, and the creative force behind the band, it's putting aside the bad times to celebrate all that was good.

MICHAEL USHER: Is it good getting back together again?

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: Oh, undoubtedly. I'm having the best time of my life out there. We are a band who is known to get together and then go away for a long time and come back together, and maybe that's how we've managed to stay together all this time, because our history has not been an easy one, personally.

MICK FLEETWOOD: I always joke with Lindsey and go, "It's the worst-run rock'n'roll franchise in the business!" We're all incredibly close friends that have been unbelievably dysfunctional at certain points and also been incredibly in love.

MICHAEL USHER: It was thanks to love that Stevie Nicks, a struggling singer-songwriter, even ended up in Fleetwood Mac. In 1975, her boyfriend, Lindsey Buckingham, was asked to join the existing band members, Mick Fleetwood and another couple, John and Christine McVie. He refused unless Stevie came too. One day, she was working as a waitress. Within months, she was touring with a hit album.

STEVIE NICKS: We were on the road in June and when we came back in September, October, Lindsey and I, together, had a million dollars.

MICHAEL USHER: A million dollars? 10 months earlier you were waiting tables?

STEVIE NICKS: Waitress, cleaning lady.

MICHAEL USHER: You literally had money all over the place?

STEVIE NICKS: We had hundred dollar bills everywhere. It was funny in a lot of ways because we'd been so poor that we were so stunned, you know, and, all of a sudden, you could really have anything you wanted. It was really something. I mean, it really was the dream come true overnight.

MICHAEL USHER: Their success was sudden and phenomenal. Their 1977 album 'Rumours' was one of the highest-selling releases of all time. But as the band hit a professional high, behind the scenes, their private lives were unravelling. John and Christine McVie's marriage was failing, and Stevie and Lindsey were about to split up.

STEVIE NICKS: We kept it together and then, you know, towards the end of the recording of 'Rumours', all the relationships really blew up.

MICHAEL USHER: All of them?

STEVIE NICKS: All of them, and nobody was going to leave, so, even if we were breaking up, we weren't, any of us, going to break up the band, and we were all writing great songs because we all had great sorrow to write about.

MICHAEL USHER: Inspiration.

STEVIE NICKS: Oh, yeah. So straight from the studios, straight to the piano in tears and to write a great song, you know, carry it back, play it for the band, and everybody would cry and everybody knew what it was about. But, on the other side of that, everybody is like, "Yes, one more great song!"

MICHAEL USHER: They were recording music, but barely speaking with each other. What they had to say, they said in song. It was Lindsey Buckingham who wrote 'Go Your Own Way', an anthem for the band's turmoil.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: All of that fuelled the music and, to some degree, it really was part of the appeal of 'Rumours', you know, the musical soap opera aspect of it. It kind of brought out the voyeur in everyone.

MICHAEL USHER: There was more to come in the Fleetwood Mac saga. Fresh from her break-up with Lindsey, Stevie began an affair with Mick. To make matters worse, along with the sex and rock and roll, they'd embraced a culture of constant drug use. How deep and how heavy were your indulgences?

MICK FLEETWOOD: As deep as they could get. I mean, the only blessing was I never, never took anything, quote, in the opiate area ever, thank God. Booze and cocaine. More booze, more cocaine, and that was me for a long time.

STEVIE NICKS: For us it was basically brandy, cigarettes, pot and coke, and that was just a wicked little circle - "rat's wheel" I call it, that everybody was on, you know. You'd do some coke and you were nervous, and then you'd smoke some pot and then you'd calm down. You were too stoned and then you'd do some more coke to wake up and then you'd have a drink 'cause you were too nervous and that it was just, you know, it was just a nightmare.

MICHAEL USHER: A nightmare that lasted 10 years before Stevie finally checked into America's most famous rehab clinic.

STEVIE NICKS: In 1985, I went to Betty Ford, which is the army - Betty's army. This is not 'Celebrity Rehab'. There's nothing fun about it. It's not a spa.

MICHAEL USHER: What was the wake-up call for you? When did you realise "This is too much?"

STEVIE NICKS: I had a very dangerous little hole in my nose, and it could've really threatened my voice.

MICHAEL USHER: The fallout continued. Lindsey Buckingham quit, not returning for 10 years, and Christine McVie walked away forever. But, for Mick Fleetwood, the spirit of his band never died, and the journey is far from over.

MICK FLEETWOOD: It really is fascinating. It should be a film, it should be a play or something of that nature. So much fire and passion and misguided emotions, you know - fascinating.

MICHAEL USHER: And, so, the soap opera goes on. They're back together, heading to Australia later this year. Stevie and her ex-lovers on stage, playing all their classics. An incredible musical legacy of those turbulent times.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: It's still a great band, you know? What can you say? I mean, under the worst of circumstances, it's still an extraordinary group of people whose chemistry transcends the individuals, and that's what we were, and still are, you know?

MICHAEL USHER: Stevie, what's your relationship with Lindsey?

STEVIE NICKS: Well, he's not my best friend and never will be because we were those kind of lovers and, when we broke up, it was awful, it was nasty and bad. We can never really be good friends. We care about each other very much but we don't hang out.

MICHAEL USHER: What's your relationship today with Mick?

STEVIE NICKS: We're best friends. We're still going to be watching movies and hanging out in Maui when we're 90.

MICHAEL USHER: She described you as her "best friend forever".

MICK FLEETWOOD: Yeah, it's a good thing.

MICHAEL USHER: That's a nice place to be in.

MICK FLEETWOOD: Yes, Stevie is a whole person and, for some years, she drifted away, you know, much like myself, and we came back. It's good.

MICHAEL USHER: You cherish that friendship obviously.

MICK FLEETWOOD: Very much so. She's a soul mate.

MICHAEL USHER: Stevie counts herself lucky to have survived it all and still be performing. She believes it was the music that saved her, and it will always be her first love. Is there room in your life right now for love or is it hard to be Mr Stevie Nicks?

STEVIE NICKS: It's hard. It's hard. It's very hard to be Mr Stevie Nicks and, so, right now, you know, I have - my relationship really is with my work, and I have a dog, a great dog, so, it's what I wanted. My life is what I wanted and the best thing is that I'm not going to die a drug addict and I am going to die someday a very happy artist who did everything that she wanted.

Friday, September 11, 2009


Fleetwood Mac featured on 60 Minutes Australia
Sunday, September 13th. Channel 9

Celebrity interviews aren't as easy as they look. You get used to spoilt stars who panic at the first sign of a personal question.

So meeting super-group Fleetwood Mac was a joy and a real revelation for Michael Usher.

There they were, some of the all-time greats, just itching to let it all hang out. What a story, a saga of passion, tangled love affairs, bitter hatred, acrimonious bust-ups and tearful reunions.

And in case you were wondering, there was plenty of the usual sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll, too.

Four decades of absolute mayhem and the miracle is they're still around, still making terrific music together.