Friday, September 26, 2008

Gift of Screws Tour Stats (so far)

REVIEW: Lindsey Buckingham "Gift of Screws" Sound Check with Jesse De Leon
September 25, 2008

Musical greats reclaim identities
Lindsey Buckingham always has struggled. At the beginning of his career, his partnership (and romance) with fellow songwriter Stevie Nicks neither was spectacular nor lucrative. It was their collaboration LP, "Buckingham Nicks," that got the attention of Mick Fleetwood when he was looking for new talent for the ever-changing Fleetwood Mac.

The quirky guitarist would feel increasingly claustrophobic within the framework of Fleetwood Mac, and his departure in 1987 was a bold, assertive step in forging his own musical identity. His solo output, like the ramshackle "Law and Order," the slick "Go Insane," and the severely overlooked "Out of the Cradle" all got critical accolades.

Buckingham has continued a solo career, with 2006's excellent "Under the Skin,: a live album out last year and contributions to the "Elizabethtown" soundtrack.

His latest, "Gift of Screws" (Reprise), has lingered on the shelf for a while. That combination with new material makes for a cohesive collection.

The disc rocks with Buckingham's fiery guitar work; especially the title track and "Great Day." The more introspective tracks like "Underground" and "Time Precious Time" recall some of Buckingham's more memorable solo moments, but "Did You Miss Me" and the nearly perfect "The Right Place To Fade" sound like Fleetwood Mac outtakes. Ex-Mac-ers Mick Fleetwood and John McVie show up on a couple tracks.

The heartbreaking "Wait for Me" and the equally affecting resignation of "Treason" make unapologetic emotional statements. Each track explores opposite ends of romantic connection, with hopefulness at one end of the spectrum and betrayal at the other. It's a pendulum on which Buckingham often has swung, and that's what makes "Gift of Screws" a satisfying but unassuming tour de force.

Lindsey Buckingham has a winner

Thursday, September 25, 2008

In my humble opinion, Lindsey Buckingham's newest CD "Gift of Screws" is without a doubt his finest release to date.

The polar opposite of his last release, "Under the Skin," this CD is mostly a high energy electric offering with a few acoustic gems mixed in.

Let there be no mistake, though, this is a fairly intense and introspective set of songs representing his most potent song writing to date.

All songs on "Gift of Screws" were written or performed by Buckingham with very few exceptions, and the production is spotless.

The album opens with "Great Day," featuring red hot guitar solos that we have come to expect from Buckingham. But here he takes it to another level.

"Time Precious Time" is a dreamy introspective acoustic song that features Buckingham's excellent vocals and his unique ability to strum his guitar like a harp.

"Did You Miss Me" is a very catchy melancholy pop-rock song that may be an ode to his former love, Stevie Nicks, or it could be for his wife of many years, Kristen. Either way it would be an instant classic if it was on any Fleetwood Mac album and would have fit really well on "Rumours."

"Wait For You," the disc's fourth track, is a bluesy rocker that is more like Buckingham's solo work and reflects his views on getting older and less independent.

"Love Runs Deeper" is a classic Lindsey-era Fleetwood Mac rocker with terrific lead guitar work and, not so coincidentally Mick Fleetwood and John McVie on drums and bass, respectively.

If this song is not about Stevie Nicks then explain these lyrics to me, "I loved you little child, how you mystified," and "Black Angel can't be alone."

"Bel Air Rain," the album's sixth track is a lovely laid-back song featuring Buckingham's virtuoso acoustic guitar work. The introspective song is about being contented and more patient and relaxed by taking life as it comes at this stage of his life.

"The Right Place to Fade" is another introspective song about the good fortune of being able to realize what is most important in his life and how to appreciate it before it is too late. However, this song is a rocker with a freakishly wicked guitar solo at the end.

The title track, "Gift of Screws" is one that I haven't been able to get a handle on yet, but it sure sounds, like they had a lot of fun recording it.

"Underground" is a nice and melodic laid-back delivery for a song that shows his frustrations with the music business and the way in which it is run.

"Did I sell my heart for the dream in my head?" he wonders.

"Treason," the disc's closing track, is a beautiful song about love, hope and redemption with Fleetwood and McVie providing perfect accompaniment.

Everybody needs to know about this great CD. If "Gift Of Screw" was a Fleetwood Mac album it would be its best release since "Rumours," and the press would be all over it.

As it stands, it is Lindsey Buckingham's crowning achievement and one of this year's best albums.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Soundstage Sessions - Stevie Nicks

After months of release dates bouncing around from July all the way to December 31st, it seems that FINALLY Stevie's PBS Soundstage DVD and CD are going to be officially released on October 28th.

The track list for the DVD which is called "Live in Chicago" is similar to the version that PBS released, and is still selling, except this one includes "Dreams". It also includes as a bonus track - "Landslide" with an orchestra. Beauty & The Beast is the only song filmed that night that isn't included with the DVD. It's possible that there were some rights issues that prevent Beauty & The Beast from being on the DVD. Behind Stevie on the screens while she's performing - film footage from the film Beauty & The Beast is being shown. If you saw her in concert in 2007 the same footage played during the closing number of her shows.

The CD versions called "The Soundstage Sessions" and includes Beauty & The Beast which doesn't appear on the DVD - a nice marketing tool!

The cover for the DVD is slightly different then what PBS was selling, same image, just different colour. The CD is the same image without any background enhancements.

The CD and DVD track listing were provided by iamnotafraid from The Ledge. Please note that they haven't been confirmed and are not yet on Amazon .

Stevie Nicks "The Soundstage Sessions" CD

1. Stand Back
2. Crash
3. Sara
4. If Anyone Falls In Love
5. Landslide (Orchestra Version)
6. How Still My Love
7. Circle Dance
8. Fall From Grace
9. Sorcerer
10. Beauty And The Beast

Street Date 10/28/08 Sug. Retail $18.98


Stevie Nicks "Live in Chicago" DVD

1. Stand Back
2. Enchanted
3. If Anyone Falls In Love
4. Rhiannon
5. Crash
6. Dreams
7. Sorcerer
8. The One
9. Gold Dust Woman
10. I Need To Know
11. Circle Dance
12. Landslide
13. Sara
14. Fall From Grace
15. How Still My Love
16. Edge Of Seventeen
17. Rock And Roll

Street Date 10/28/08 Sug. Retail $19.99

Phone Interview with Lindsey - 103.7 The Mountain

A 5 minute phone interview with Lindsey Buckingham to Radio Station 103.7 The Mountain KMTT in Seattle. Interview took place on September 5, 2008.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Lindsey Buckingham: Official Soundscan Numbers - 1st Week Gift of Screws

Lindsey Buckingham's Gift of Screws was released on September 16th.

It came in at #48 on Billboards Top 200 Albums chart in the US.

First week sales are 9,588

Previous Albums on Billboard and Peak Positions:
Law and Order - Released October 1981
#32 - 24 weeks on

Go Insane - Released July 1984
#45 - 16 weeks on

Out of The Cradle - Released June 1992
#128 - 9 weeks on

Under The Skin - Released October 3, 2006
#80 - 1 week on

Lindsey Buckingham's Return to Rock

Fleetwood Mac leader crafts upbeat new disc, preps tour with the band


Rollingstone Magazine

In 2001, Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham had the intention of recording a solo album, but then his band showed up. "They said, 'Let's do a studio album!'" says Buckingham. "So the bulk of that material was folded into [2003's] Say You Will." Three years later, Buckingham finally struck out on his own with Under the Skin, a moody collection that highlights his virtuosic fingerpicking. On September 16th, Buckingham released a far more rocking sequel: Gift of Screws, named after an Emily Dickinson poem, is a wide-ranging collection of 10 songs he's written over the past decade. "I told the band that I wanted to be left alone for three years," he says, "so I could follow through with my plan: to put out two albums and to tour behind them."

The past 10 years have been particularly joyful for Buckingham. "There was a period where I was leading a fairly narrow life, focused exclusively on music," he says. "The past decade has been a revelation to me. Meeting my wife and having three beautiful children has infused another level of enthusiasm and optimism. You can get a sense of that in the new work." While the new disc displays the intensity that marks much of his solo work, there are moments of uncomplicated joy, such as the buoyant opener, "Great Day." And when John McVie and Mick Fleetwood join in on the galloping "Wait for You" and "The Right Place to Fade," you'll be transported to Fleetwood Mac's heyday.

After touring to support Screws through October, Buckingham will reunite with his bandmates again next spring for a tour. In March, Sheryl Crow announced plans to collaborate with the band, but Buckingham says the idea never moved beyond a casual conversation. "If you're bringing someone in just to do Christine McVie's stuff," he adds, "doesn't that sort of degrade it into kind of a lounge act?"

[From Issue 1062 — October 2, 2008]


Soundcheck... Lindsey Buckingham

Lindsey Buckingham
Volume 15, Issue 73
Published October 2nd, 2008
By Jeff Niesel
Originally, Fleetwood Mac singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was going to release his solo album Gift of Screws a few years ago. But when Fleetwood Mac came calling, he ditched the project and many of the songs ended up on the 2003 Mac album, Say You Will. Buckingham has since retooled the songs for the rock-oriented album, which finally got a proper release (after the initial offering was heavily bootlegged) this month. During a phone interview, Buckingham spoke from his Los Angeles home about the album and its various permutations. Oh yeah, he also had a few things to say about why he's stayed on the roller-coaster ride that is Fleetwood Mac.

I know you probably want to talk about your new album and upcoming tour, but why the hell is it so hard to find that Buckingham Nicks album anywhere?

It's an outgrowth of the convoluted politics in Fleetwood Mac and the politics that have existed in the past between Stevie and myself. If you look at any time period when it might have been retooled and put out on a CD, there have been business interests saying it wasn't the right time. That time has never come about. There has also been a level of inertia in terms of Stevie and myself. The masters are sitting in one of her managers' houses somewhere. I'm sure it will come out on CD. And I'm sure if someone wanted to find it, they would not have too hard of a time finding it. Probably on a commercial level, it will emerge in the next couple of years, I'm sure. You also said there might be a tour behind it.

Who said that? It's on your Wikipedia entry. Haven't you ever looked yourself up?

No. I should, but it's probably pretty bad. You can't be accountable for everything you say. Maybe I said that as a hypothetical. That doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility, but we're a ways away from that.

Is it true you originally planned to release this new album of yours several years ago, but the songs ended up becoming the Fleetwood Mac album Say You Will?

Not this album per se but a grouping of songs that was to be called Gift of Screws. The song "Gift of Screws" didn't make the cut on the Fleetwood Mac album because it was too raucous for the fabric of that album. In 2002 or 2003, I was going to put out a solo record, and it's not the first time the band has come in and had something like an intervention. That was cool.

When you're in a band, you think of the whole as much as you can. The material gets out to more people that way, too. So the greater part of the album got folded over into the Fleetwood Mac album Say You Will.

I like the fact that the new disc rocks much harder than Under the Skin. What prompted you to turn up the volume?

Well, nothing in particular. The last one, Under the Skin, was something I had been wanting to do for awhile. There are songs that I do onstage like "Big Love" that are single guitar and voice. I was interested in exploring that kind of approach on a record. That album was as much about what I wasn't doing. It was just one or two guitars and no bass or drums. When I came to begin work on new songs, I didn't think it would be as rocky. It seemed to want to go that way. You have to follow where it takes you.

There aren't any songs about going insane or getting in trouble, so would you say this is your most optimistic album?

It could be. I wouldn't want to admit that to the public. I haven't made comparisons. But if you want to look at the personal life behind it, it was made during a time when I was the happiest I have ever been. I watch a lot of my friends who were married and have children and not be there for them. I didn't want to do that and was lucky enough to find a beautiful woman and have three children. That puts a whole new face on every aspect of your life. It has not panned out that the children are the death to the artist as someone once said. It's been a great thing. You took the term "gift of screws" from an Emily Dickinson poem. What do you like about the phrase?

You know, it's not any one thing. I thought that phrase was very intriguing. You can take it in a sexual way or in the way I think she intended or as a school of hard knocks. I am not a scholar of Emily Dickinson. I had a pocket book of her poems. As you know, we're always looking for stuff we can rip off. I read the words to that line. It took me a few times to get a sense of what that meant. I don't know if I got it right. What I took from it is that there's a rose that grows, but what makes it more worthwhile is that someone has a vision for what to do with the natural gifts and has to pick the rose and the petals and turn the screws of the press to make the oil and the perfume. In order to get something out of it, you have to put some love and effort into it.

You've said "The Right Place to Fade" is about Fleetwood Mac. Yet the band hasn't entirely faded because you're working on a new album with them, right?

It wasn't about that part of the fade, and I don't know if it's particularly about Fleetwood Mac. It certainly resonates with how Fleetwood Mac plays into one's way of looking at the world. Speaking only for me, there's been a long period of time between 1980 and the time I left the band, which wasn't the best time for me. There was residue that I held onto for years. I pared my life down quite narrowly to just music. The music didn't provide the nurturing for me that I needed, and I pulled myself into a monk-like environment. That's what I'm talking about with the fading. I'm saying, "Let's fade that scene down."

Given all the behind-the-scenes history of Fleetwood Mac being common knowledge, is there anything you'd change if you could?

Oh, not really. I'm just glad that none of that happened in the environment we are now in. With the tabloids, we would have been exploited to death. I'm happy we went through that. It's unique and to some degree almost heroic that we were able to get through it, even at the cost of our emotional health at times. There's something to be said for pushing forward with that whole thing.

Do you ever wish you had stuck with water polo?

You know, it's funny, I live in Brentwood, and there's a restaurant across Sunset that I often go to. All the owner has is pictures of himself as a water-polo player. He's Italian and was on the water-polo team. I think, "He must not like the restaurant business much." No, water polo was pretty much a dead end for me.

Former Fleetwood Mac leader goes his own way

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is warming up for a worldwide tour. He's unleashed his second solo album in as many years, "Gift of Screws," and is polishing up a canon of Fleetwood Mac favorites for this Tulsa tour stop.

None of his solo work sold anything approaching the level of Mac's "Rumours," but they are distinguished and layered pop albums. His contribution to the movie National Lampoon's Vacation, the infectious "Holiday Road," has become an indelible cult classic.

Buckingham's solo albums


Release date: Sept. 16, 2008. Including: "Great Day," "Wait for You," "Gift of Screws," "Bel Air Rain." Features Fleetwood Mac band mates John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.

Said Buckingham in a recent interview: "This is probably the most rock 'n' roll album I've ever made. It probably sounds like I'm getting ready to break a string here and there."

Billboard magazine agrees, saying of the album (and of his current tour), "It's a louder, sunnier affair than 2006's intense, partly acoustic 'Under the Skin,' with a more rock 'n' roll vibe that su0used the entire show." Parts of an untitled album he was working
on were "pilfered" for Fleetwood Mac's 2003 release, "Say You Will."


ReleasedMarch 2008. CD + DVD set was recorded in January 2007, in Fort Worth.

That stellar concert included songs from "Under The Skin" and "Holiday Road" as well as FleetwoodMac favorites such as "Go Your Own Way."


Released 2006. Including: "To Try for the Sun," "Under the Skin," "Down on Rodeo."

It peaked at No. 7 on the Top Internet Albums chart in 2006. It was anointed in Uncut magazine's "50 Definitive Albums" and MOJO magazine's "50 Best Albums."

Wrote Rolling Stone: " 'Under The Skin' is a mesmerizing return to the side of Buckingham that birthed the proto-indie-pop strangeness of 1979's 'Tusk.' "


Released 1992. Including: "Spoken Introduction," "Surrender the Rain," "All My Sorrows."

Crooned Rolling Stone: "Lindsey Buckingham lives in a wonderful world of sound, an aural playground where guitars shimmer and shriek, voices chirp and flutter and almost anything is possible for those who understand the magic of the recording studio."


Released 1984. Including: "IWant You," "Slow Dancing," "Bang the Drum."

Often referred to as one of the most underrated albums in modern pop history, again Rolling Stone sang, " 'Go Insane,' Buckingham's second solo album, is a singular mix of '70s sheen and '80s edge, enormously inventive in every respect."


Released 1981. Including: "Mary Lee Jones," "Shadow of the West," "I'll Tell You Now."

The critics at Rolling Stone are unanimous: "Based on the evidence of 'Law and Order,' however, Lindsey Buckingham's biggest contribution to Fleetwood Mac has been his unabashed fondness for pop music at its most hokey and hooky – not just sculpting vocal harmonies but carefully designing each phrase to tickle some pleasure center, no matter what the lyrics happen to say."


When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St.

Tickets: start at $50, available at or by calling (866) 443-8849. Each pair of tickets also wins a free "Gift of Screws" CD. Details at

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Gift of Screws - LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM (Billboard Review)
Billboard Magazine
Lindsey Buckingham once sang about "Never Going Back Again," but he's
backtracked—sort of—on his fifth solo album. "Gift of Screws" picks up
where the rock auteur left off in the early days of this decade,
before he was lured back into the Fleetwood Mac fold for 2003's "Say
You Will." Mac minions will find this electric-flavored, band-sounding
album pleasing, but there's also the avant ambience that's
Buckingham's stock in trade. So while something like "The Right Place
to Fade" knocks off Fleetwood Mac's "Second Hand News" and the title
cut (one of three recorded with the Mick Fleetwood-John McVie rhythm
section) is charging garage rock, "Great Day" sports the stark and
primitive sonics of "Tusk" and Buckingham's early solo albums. —Gary

Chart Activity

Charts This week

Fleetwood Mac's "The Very Best Of"
Re-enters the Top 50 at #50 (Sept 22nd)

United Kingdom:
Lindsey Buckingham's "Gift of Screws"
enters the Top 75 at #59 (Sept 21st)

Lindsey Buckingham's "Gift of Screws"
enters the Top 40 at #17 (Sept 23rd)

The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band

Maui Weekly

A benefit concert for The MACC—plus dancing!

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center announces a special “MACC Benefit Concert” with the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band in the Castle Theater, this Friday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity for the Maui audience to catch the famous drummer and co-founder of Fleetwood Mac with his talented blues-band members before the band heads off on a 20-city European tour in October!

The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band is comprised of Mick Fleetwood on drums, former Fleetwood Mac bandmate Rick Vito on guitar and vocals, Lenny Castellanos on bass and vocals, and Mark Johnstone on keyboards and vocals. The band was formed in 2007 as an ultimate homage to “the originators” of Fleetwood Mac. Mick wanted to build a band worthy of recreating the sound and emotions he recalled from the first days and first songs of Fleetwood Mac. Always an innovator, Mick wasn’t seeking to copy his original band, but rather pay it tribute by creating something both historically respectful yet new and reinvigorated. The result of this quest reaching back to the beginning and forward to today is the album Blue Again, representing the full circle of Mick’s love and contribution to the blues and the band that launched his career, while making him an iconic figure in music and pop culture.

In August 2008, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band headlined the Nottodden Blues Festival in Norway. With 40,000 attendees, the band was the instant favorite and received glowing press. This Friday’s benefit concert at The MACC is your chance to catch the band before they leave for their European tour!

Tickets for this special concert are just $25, with all proceeds to benefit the Maui Arts & Cultural Center arts and education programs. All seats are reserved in the orchestra level, and there will be a dance floor in front of the stage! Tickets are available at The MACC Box Office and online, or call 242-SHOW (7469) to charge by phone, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For patron convenience 24 hours a day, purchase tickets online at