Friday, November 14, 2008

"Go Your Own Way" Best Break-up Song Ever Recorded

by Sarah-Jayne Couhault,
S.F. Rock Music Examiner

More Than Words: Dispelling the 'Rumours' behind 'Go Your Own Way'

Have you ever loved a song to the point of ridiculousness but no matter how hard you try, you just can’t understand the lyrics? What was the artist thinking when writing your favorite tune? More Than Words, a weekly column, will help to delve a little deeper…

Go Your Own Way, Fleetwood Mac (Rumours – 1977)

Fleetwood Mac’s guitarist and singer, Lindsey Buckingham, wrote the song “Go Your Own Way” which has since been touted as one of the best break-up songs ever recorded. Written about the failure of his relationship with blonde bombshell (and fellow Fleetwood Mac alum), Stevie Nicks, “Go Your Own Way” was released in 1977 on the album ‘Rumours’, which also won a Grammy for album of the year.

The title for ‘Rumours’ came about because of all the breakups within the band. Bassist John McVie split with his keyboardist wife Christine, drummer Mick Fleetwood separated with his wife Jenny (Boyd, sister of George Harrison’s former wife Patti), and Buckingham split with Nicks. Christine McVie later remarked that they were all writing about each other, hence the title of the album. Realizing that they had created such good music together finally lifted them out of their misery and the band arguably had its biggest success at this time.

“Go Your Own Way” was the first single released from the album, and it's also the one song that really summarizes the true meaning and feeling behind ‘Rumours’ as an album.

Buckingham wrote "Loving you isn't the right thing to do," and "Packing up, shacking up is all you wanna do," about Nicks, who appealed against the lyric. Buckingham refused to omit the line from the song despite her objections. Still, Nicks performed the chorus of the song.

Nicks once said to Rolling Stone, "I very much resented him telling the world that 'packing up, shacking up' with different men was all I wanted to do. He knew it wasn't true. It was just an angry thing that he said. Every time those words would come onstage, I wanted to go over and kill him. He knew it, so he really pushed my buttons through that. It was like, 'I'll make you suffer for leaving me.' And I did."

The lyrics “If I could, Maybe I'd give you my world, How can I, When you won't, take it from me,” suggests that actually Buckingham was the one who wanted more from the relationship. ‘Rumor’ has it that he proposed to Nicks who opted for a free-life rather that one tied down by marriage.

This theory is made even more apparent when analyzing the lyric “If I could, Baby I'd give you my world, Open up, Everything's waiting for you”. It is believed that Buckingham offered everything to Nicks who ultimately turned him down. “Go Your Own Way” signifies his wish to move on.

Nicks acknowledged during an episode of VH1's Behind The Music, "Devastation leads to writing good things."

“Go Your Own Way” is ranked #119 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Big Love & Tusk From A&E's Private Sessions 2 Video Downloads

Lindsey Buckingham
Big Love
Live on A&E's Private Sessions
Video Type: AVI
Video Size: 29mb

Lindsey Buckingham
Live on A&E's Private Sessions
Video Type: AVI
Video Size: 40mb

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Mick Fleetwood Rockpalast

German TV channel WDR will broadcast the Krefeld Germany show that The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band filmed on October 18, 2008. The broadcast is set for November 16th. According to Mark Johnstone's blog (keyboards, backing vocals, harp) the show was filmed with 12 cameras and looks fantastic!

Video of Rick and Mick (Backstage)

The setlist that night was:

01. Looking For Somebody
02. Fleetwood Boogie
03. Oh Well
04. Streamliner
05. Rollin' Man / Voodoo Woman
06. Eyesight To The Blind
07. Love That Burns
08. My Baby's Hot
09. Rattlesnake Shake
10. Black Magic Woman
11. The World Keep On Turning
12. Black Crow Blues
13. The Lucky Devil
14. World Turning
15. Shake Your Moneymaker
16. Albatross
17. Albatross
18. Homework

Monday, October 27, 2008

Boerderij in Zoetermeer - October 17, 2008

Mick Fleetwood Band - Boerderij in Zoetermeer - October 17, 2008

October 19th - Greve, Denmark

The Mick Fleetwood Band - October 19th - Greve, Denmark

Giving people what they want

The Mac are back
Croydon Guardian
Monday 27th October 2008

By Graham Moody »

They may have been in the music industry for more than four decades - but legendary rock group Fleetwood Mac are not quite ready to hang up their instruments just yet.

Next year the four-piece are hitting the road again on another world tour, the first time they will have worked together in four years - and they are even managing to keep the same line-up.

Sixteen different musicians have at some point played parts in the band’s history, but only Mick Fleetwood survives from the original members who first appeared at the Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival in 1967.

“It is sort of like the Rolling Stones or U2,” said Fleetwood, who will be joined on tour by John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

“They take breaks but keep on coming back and keep going. If people stop watching and enjoying us then we will know they have had enough.”

The tour will be a new experience for the band as they have no plans to release a new album at the same time but will instead concentrate on playing their classics.

“For the first time we are not going to have a new album to go along with the tour so we are just going out to have a lot of fun, it will be totally unique,” said Fleetwood.

“When we do an album we tend to want to play the new stuff and people have to put up with songs they don’t know, this time we are going into our back catalogue and giving people what they want.”

Despite being in his sixties Fleetwood is still full of love for the music industry and is currently touring with his blues band that includes former Mac Rick Vito.

“It is the same thing as if you were talking to BB King or Tony Bennett now,” he said.

“There is a bunch of people that tend to come from my generation of musicians where we started this not to be rich and famous, we started it because we wanted to be playing the music we love.

“We enjoy playing so much that we have been doing four of five gigs a week. Rick is playing his arse off on guitar.

“we have been playing together for a while and we take on some great old Fleetwood Mac stuff I haven’t played for 40 years and then we do some classics or not classics that we just like.”

The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, November 2, 8pm, £22.50 / £25. Call 020 8688 9291 or visit

Christine attends Mick Fleetwood's Show

Christine McVie sat behind the Soundboard during Mick's Sold Out Marlowe Theater show in Canterbury on October 25th.

The Mick Fleetwood Band continue their UK tour with only a few dates remaining:

  • Oct. 28th - Liverpool, UK Philharmonic Hall
  • Oct. 31st - Holmfirth, UK Picturedrome
  • Nov. 1st - Ipswich, UK Ipswich Regent Theatre
  • Nov. 2nd - Croydon, UK Fairfield
  • Nov. 3rd - Saint Albans, UK The Arena

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Nicks in Motor City

Stevie performed in Detroit last night... a random show to open the Motor City Casino's venue "Soundboard"... Some clips from last night:

Friday, October 24, 2008

The beat goes on for Mick after 40 years

Yorkshire Post

He was in one of the biggest bands of the '70s, so what's Mick Fleetwood doing in Holmfirth? He talks to Sarah Freeman about growing older, his love of blues and the infamous Brit Awards.

Mick Fleetwood has more than earned his place in musical history.

The driving force behind Fleetwood Mac, the Cornwall born-drummer lived through the excesses of the 1970s, battled drug addiction, survived bankruptcy and having to up sticks to America, and he remains the only original member of the band which has released 50 albums to date.

However, after playing pretty much every stadium going, next week Fleetwood's large 6ft 6ins frame will be occupying a much smaller stage, when he brings his blues band to the Holmfirth Picturedrome.

"I'm a blues man at heart and playing these intimate gigs is a real joy," says the 61-year-old.

"Everything from the Beatles to the current crop of guitar bands have their roots in blues and it was a big part of the Fleetwood Mac legacy.

"There's something about that sound which gets people's feet tapping, it's a real emotional connection. On a tour like this there's not the huge circus which accompanies a Fleetwood Mac gig. It's just four guys in a band playing for other die-hard blues fans."

During his 40 odd years in the business, Fleetwood has had the opportunity to play with the likes of Eric Clapton and BB King, but he gives the impression that as long as he had his drum sticks and an audience he'd be happy.

"When I started out, people played music for the sheer love of it," he says.

"Of course we all wanted to get signed, but that was always seen as a bonus. Now bands have too high expectations and the music industry is a much bigger machine. People are dropped if they don't make it after the first couple of years and to me that doesn't seem right. Bands need time to mature, to experiment, but today they aren't given the time to develop.

"For me and many of the other bands around in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it was never about the money or the lifestyle, it was about getting out there and playing to audiences."

While drumming may have been his true love, he did indulge in the lifestyle which came with fame, squandering thousands on drink and drugs. He admits he never bothered about his finances and, despite earning millions, in the mid-1980s, Fleetwood was declared bankrupt.

"I screwed some things up back then," says.

"I am honest about that side of my life.

"I spent a lot of money on drugs, I went bankrupt and personally things weren't going well. I don't mind talking about it, it's not something I want to cover up, but I do get fed up when that's all people want to talk about. Throughout my life, good times and bad, the one thing which has always been constant is music.

"A lot of other things were affected, but whatever else happened during my journey through life, the music has kept on going."

If Fleetwood became a pin-up for the perils of the music business, he also became a laughing stock after co-hosting the Brit Awards with Samantha Fox back in 1989.

The live show was shambolic, lines were fluffed, guests failed to show up and Fox and Fleetwood looked like an increasingly desperate odd couple.

For the following 18 years the show was pre-recorded.

"It was so not our fault, but it was absolutely crucifying," he says.

"We had rehearsed, we knew our cues, but on the night we were confronted by 300 screaming boy band fans who completely drowned out the people on the walkie talkies.

"I felt really sorry for poor little Samantha, but hey these things happen."

Now living in Hawaii with his second wife, Lynn, and twin six-year-old daughters Ruby and Tessa, life is certainly much calmer than it was back in Fleetwood Mac's heyday.

"I am the happiest I have ever been or at least the most content," says Fleetwood.

"I'm more aware of the need to be involved in my daughters' lives and I'm much more involved with the family than I was before.

"We are all in control of our own destiny, but when you're in the music business, sometimes it's hard not to believe your own hype."

Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, Holmfirth Picturedrome, Oct 31.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Stevie Delux Package This Saturday October 25th

MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit is offering Delux Packages for your night at the Casino to see Stevie Nicks "For One Night Only"...
To those going... Have a good time!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

REVIEW: Lindsey Buckingham - Last show of the Gift of Screws Tour... New York City

By: Stephen Rodrick
New York MagazinePhoto by: Michael Meyer
October 20, 2008

Lindsey Buckingham Tears Up, Plays Guitar With One Hand

Lindsey Buckingham is a certain type of Californian. Only seven years younger than Brian Wilson, he never hit the bloat phase, physically or musically. Now 59, he still sports sunken cheekbones and skinny jeans. Wearing a tight, black leather jacket last night at the Nokia, he resembled a louche Roman oracle. His music, particularly his fingerpicking guitar playing, has always been tightly wound, a neurotic style rooted in California’s cocaine-addled seventies. It has never packed the joy of the Beach Boys: Wilson’s orchestral masterpiece is the ecstatic "Good Vibrations;" Buckingham produced the beautiful but accusatory "Tusk."

Bliss eluded Buckingham well into his forties. He brooded over pressure from his occasionally insolvent Fleetwood Mac bandmates to give his best songs to them. His always-interesting, but weak-selling, solo projects were pushed back repeatedly. But that’s all over now. Buckingham is now married with three children. (They're prominently featured in the, yes, joyful video for “It Was You.”) He’s released two excellent solo records in two years, Under the Skin, and the new Gift of the Screws. Last night, he played about half his set from the two albums, tossing just enough Mac hits into the mix to keep the wolves at bay. The new songs center on his ethereal guitar playing and late-in-life serenity. Unlike most "happy" rockers, though, Buckingham has plenty of angst still in the tank. About halfway through the show, he launched into a monologue about the difference between his "big machine" work with Fleetwood Mac and "smaller machine" solo career. He discussed the left brain and the right brain, and the concept of esoterica. This brought a whoop from a fan. Buckingham grinned: "Yeah esoterica!"

Not that he left his arena-rock roots completely behind. His guitar playing ventured into the show-offy — at one point he played with just one hand — and whoever came up with the idea of a five-minute drum solo featuring the drummer playing his head like a coconut needs to be checked back into rehab. Still, Buckingham seemed grateful for the opportunity to play his songs without worrying about Stevie, Christie, John, or Mick. He closed with "Time Precious Time" from Gift of Screws, a lamentation about patience and wasted moments, and perhaps a nod to not being able to watch kids fathered in your fifties grow into adulthood. His guitar playing seemed to disappear into itself. This was the last night of his tour, and by the end of the song Buckingham had tears in his eyes. He mouthed the last word of the song — "remember" — smiled, and walked off into the darkness.