Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fleetwood Mac in Vancouver 5/15/09

New on Ticketmaster - Fleetwood Mac in Vancouver, B.C., Canada - May 15, 2009 at General Motors Place.

Stevie Nicks looking forward to Fleetwood Mac tour

January 13th, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - It's been five years since their last tour, but Stevie Nicks says chemistry is still strong among the members of Fleetwood Mac. Nicks says they're gelling as they prepare for their "Unleashed" tour.

She says the magic is still there, and they're all excited to get back out on the road.

The group _ which these days consists of Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and John McVie _ announced last month they were going on tour for the first time since 2003. Now they've announced new dates that include Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles.

The tour kicks off March 1 in Pittsburgh.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Fleetwood Mac - Unleashed in Sacramento, CA May 18, 2009

Live Nation has confirmed that on May 18, 2009 Fleetwood Mac will play Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA. The Live Nation pre-sale begins January 23rd, tickets on sale to the general public beginning January 26th.

Additional dates can be expected.

Abe Vigoda = Wild Heart

Abe Vigoda covers Stevie's "Wild Heart" taking inspiration from the old demo version that's been floating around on youtube.

Abe Vigoda - Wild Heart

Abe Vigoda To Release New EP
1/12/2009 By Brock Thiessen

L.A.'s tropical freak punks Abe Vigoda will soon kick-start their 2009 by way of a new five-track EP. On February 17, the tropical-loving quartet will drop Reviver, a release that finds the band "claiming new, darker musical territory" with a "more experimental direction," according to an online statement.

Like the group’s hotly tipped Skeleton LP, this release will come courtesy of Post Present Medium (the imprint run by No Age’s Dean Spunt), which will press this release on both ten-inch and CD. Among Reviver’s five tracks, you’ll find “Don’t Lie,” a song that’s made frequent live appearances, a cover of Wild Heart” by Stevie Nicks and a demo of the Skeleton track “Endless Sleeper.”

Abe Vigoda are reportedly getting ready to kick off another North American tour and are expected to announce their confirmed tour stops shortly. In the meantime, here’s the tracklisting for Reviver:

1. “Don't Lie”
2. “House”
3. “Endless Sleeper”
4. “Wild Heart”
5. “The Reaper”

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Stevie has been one of the magical things in my life

Billboard Q&A: Songwriter Rick Nowels
By Hillary Crosley, L.A.
January 09, 2009

After penning songs for the likes of Stevie Nicks and Belinda Carlisle, veteran pop songwriter Rick Nowels used 2008 as the year to write for the urban pop audience. As such, Nowels, who lives in London, traveled to Los Angeles and helped balladeer John Legend write his uptempo song, "Green Light," which currently sits at No. 6 on the R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart. In December, "Green Light" was nominated for a Grammy for best rap/sung collaboration and here Nowels spoke to Billboard.biz about his inspiration, writing "Heaven is a Place on Earth" and why he loves Kanye West's "Love Lockdown."

What was your inspiration for "Green Light?" 

We wrote the song a year ago in Los Angeles, I was playing electric guitar and John was singing. My inspiration was Curtis Mayfield and Prince.

When did you begin song writing, what were your first hits? 

I started writing songs when I was 13. I did a lot of performing throughout my teens and twenties. Then, in a very random way, Stevie Nicks heard a few of my songs and we ended up writing together.

We had a hit with "I can't wait" in 1986, which led to writing for and producing Belinda Carlisle. Ellen Shipley, another songwriter, and I wrote "Heaven is a Place on Earth" and "Circle in the Sand" and I produced the "Heaven on Earth" album. That set me on the path I am today as a writer/producer.

How would you describe your chemistry with Stevie Nicks? 

Working with Stevie has been one of the magical things in my life. When she walks in the room you feel that old school otherworldly rock star thing. When you hear her voice coming through the speakers you know you're hearing greatness. She's a poet. I've been lucky to have written songs with her on every record she's made since "Rock a Little" in 1986. We had a big hit in 1989 called "Rooms on Fire". Stevie opened the door for me in the music business. 

Thursday, January 08, 2009

"The SoundStage Sessions," Stevie Nicks (March 24)

According to HeraldTribune.com Stevie's The Soundstage Sessions will be released on Tuesday March 24th.  I'm assuming the DVD Live in Chicago will be released on the same date.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Mick Fleetwood has spoken out


SHERYL CROW's role as a single mum may have cost her the chance to join FLEETWOOD MAC.

The supergroup's main man Mick Fleetwood has spoken out about reports suggesting Crow was considered as Christine MCVie's replacement in the band for 2009 tour dates, and admits motherhood may have ruined her chances.

Crow prematurely announced her MAC hopes last year (08), but Fleetwood and his bandmates have since insisted she isn't a part of their plans.

And now Fleetwood says, "Sheryl's an incredible talent, but she's started a family as a single mother and is still promoting her own album.

"Going off into the sunset with Fleetwood MAC for a couple of years just wouldn't have worked." 


Stevie Nicks - Smile At You (Youth's Going Home Dub)

Smile At You (Youth's Going Home Dub) 

I'm not a huge fan of mashups or remixes from amateurs especially when it comes to Fleetwood Mac or Stevie Nicks songs - and I've never heard of this particular remixer before - but this is actually really good!  They've used the old demo vocal of Stevie's "Smile At You" and I think they've captured the mood of the song pretty well.

Courtesy of: Masshyperbole

Monday, January 05, 2009

Lindsey Buckingham's Gift of Screws EP Available on itunes

Lindsey Buckingham will release a Gift of Screws EP on itunes on Tuesday January 6, 2009.  The EP includes the following tracks for $9.99:

1. Did You Miss Me 3:57
2. Love Runs Deeper 3:55
3. Did You Miss Me (KBCO Studio C Sessions) 4:18
4. Time Precious Time (KBCO Studio C Sessions) 4:22
5. Big Love (KBCO Studio C Sessions) 2:54
6. (Video) Wait for You (Track Commentary) 1:32 Album Only
7. (Video) Love Runs Deeper (Track Commentary) 1:13 Album Only

Also available on Amazon for $4.99:

1. Did You Miss Me 3:57
2. Love Runs Deeper 3:55
3. Did You Miss Me (KBCO Studio C Sessions) 4:18
4. Time Precious Time (KBCO Studio C Sessions) 4:22
5. Big Love (KBCO Studio C Sessions) 2:54

(Part 2) Island Rumours Band Show

Mick Fleetwood - The Show

by: Deborah Chesher
Everybody I Shot is Dead

Following the interview, we (me and the assembled 4 person crew) headed over to the Spotlight 29 casino for the big show. It was mid-afternoon so I figured we'd have plenty of time to suss out the venue and lighting, meet with the sound guy and still have time for a nice sit-down meal before Tyler arrived with one more camera and an operator.


As it turned out, there wasn't a second to spare between hitting the venue and the doors opening. Fortunately, the band was having one last sound check before the show so we could get the logistics down of where to put each camera/operator and what coverage they were responsible for. It was also an opportunity for the sound guy to set up and figure out his levels.

(Part 1) The Interview

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Mick & Rick Interviewed and Filmed in Palm Springs for DVD

Mick Fleetwood - The Interview
by: Deborah Chesher

Deborah was a rock'n'roll photographer back when the music business was about the music. She has just released her new book "Everybody I Shot Is Dead", a collection of her photographs of the musicians who have passed, along with her personal stories.

"Are you able to film an interview with Mick Fleetwood and his band on Saturday afternoon in Palm Springs?"

It was originally a question for me to pass on to Tyler, since he's the one that just got out of NYU film school and has the mad shooting and editing skills. But he had a production meeting on Saturday afternoon for some reality pitch he was editing so I stepped in and organized the shoot. I found a guy with a camera and lighting package that could do it within the budget and, just like that, it was a go.

The purpose of the interview was to create a special features segment for a DVD of a concert they shot in London of Mick and his Blues Band. But then everything changed. The fates stepped in on Thursday and I was asked about the possibility of setting up a five camera shoot for the concert Mick was doing on Saturday night...


Miss them at your own peril

Five most anticipated pop music events for 2009
Sunday, January 4th 2009
New York Daily News

FLEETWOOD MAC UNLEASHED: HITS TOUR Nearly six years ago, Fleetwood Mac launched its first tour without deep-voiced Christine McVie since the early ’70s. The loss wound up changing the whole dynamic of the band — and in fascinating ways. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, as the focal points, related to each other in a way they hadn’t since before they joined Mac back in 1975. That pulled different emotions out of the entire band, while also providing more room for Lindsey’s frenzied and astute guitar solos. Now Mac returns with dates March 13 at Nassau Coliseum, the 19th at the Garden and the 21st in the Meadowlands. Miss them at your own peril.