Friday, November 14, 2008

Fleetwood Mac at the beginning of their last tour in 2004

Flashback to May 5, 2004 when Fleetwood Mac played a private corporate gig for the MTV Network Upfront Presentation at Madison Square Gardens in New York City.

"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