Thursday, January 12, 2012

Review: Lindsey Buckingham "Seeds We Sow"

Lindsey Buckingham
Seeds We Sow
[Mind Kit Records/Eagle Rock (2011)]
by: TJ McGrath

Seeds We Sow is Lindsey Buckingham‘s sixth solo album since leaving Fleetwood Mac, and his first self-release effort. As a guitar player, Buckingham ranks as one of the best, and this album serves as a reminder of just how good he is. Many of the tracks demonstrate Buckingham’s glissando guitar attack, a 6-string fingerpicking method which seems to defy time and space and gravity.

The title track, a self-confessional that edges into a brittle, preachy protest song, has a blistering “sheltering sky” aura, with plenty of reverb and echo and swirling dynamics, and is faster than the speed of light almost. [Lindsay Buckingham defies laws of physics. News at 11. -ed] “Stars are Crazy”, another whirlwind of cascading notes, seduces with its angry, dangerous tone and threatens to run off a cliff with its barrage of pulsating rhythms and bouncy tempos.

Full Review at Driftwood Magazine

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Video: Lindsey Buckingham goes deep! Explains each track on new album "Seeds We Sow"

Gain a different perspective on tracks from Lindsey's new album "Seeds We Sow". He walks you through each track explaining the inspiration behind each.  You'll also see Lindsey in his home studio with Brett, Neale and Wally jamming the new tunes and also Lindsey alone playing acoustically... Great stuff!  Lots of never before seen or heard footage.

Check out the video at

 "Seeds We Sow" was released September 6, 2011 and is available on iTunes and Amazon

Monday, January 09, 2012

Mick Fleetwood Interview: 8 Page Purple Magazine Spread

In the late ’60s Fleetwood Mac, the band led by the guitarist and singer Peter Green, was one of the most influential groups in Britain. Their music was dark, heavy, haunted, minimal, hypnotic, and sexy. In 1970 Peter Green quit the band due to a nervous breakdown,but he left behind a template for his bandmates. In the following five years, during which the band made six albums, drummer MICK FLEETWOOD, bassist John McVie, and keyboardist/vocalist Christine McVie maintained the Fleetwood Mac sound using various front men. 

In 1975 they hooked up with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in Los Angeles and within weeks recorded one of the biggest-selling rock records of all time. Amazingly, the band achieved great success without having any management: Mick Fleetwood and John McVie steered the band through the ’70s, cocktails in hand. Fleetwood Mac never had a stylist-assisted image or a management company’s plan. Yet their music and visual style continues to inspire and influence young people. 

I was lucky enough to talk to Mick Fleetwood about the elements that comprise the Fleetwood Mac style.

interview by MATT SWEENEY
portraits by ANNABEL MEHRAN

To read the full interview - log in with Facebook at Purple Fashion Magazine

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Annual NYC Event NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STEVIES Announces Date & Theme

Annual New York City event Night of a Thousand Stevies has announced this years date and theme:

FRIDAY MAY 11, 2012


Last years event included an appearance by Stevie herself via a surprise video which was shown at the beginning of the night... Really cool of her to do that!

All the details you should need at the following links:

Chart Update: Australia Still Loves Fleetwood Mac

AUSTRALIA Album Charts - January 9, 2012
(previous week in parenthesis)
Top 50 Catalogue Albums Chart
# 2  ( 2)  Fleetwood Mac "The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac"
# 16 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac "Greatest Hits"
# 24 (16)  Stevie Nicks "Crystal Visions... The Very Best of Stevie Nicks"
# 26 (35)  Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"

Top 100 Albums Chart
# 31 (32) Fleetwood Mac "The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac"
# 86 (82) Stevie Nicks - Crystal Visions... The Very Best Of Stevie Nicks"

Top 40 Music DVD Chart
# 15 (39) Fleetwood Mac "The Dance"

Friday, January 06, 2012

Photos: Mick Fleetwood performing with Steve Miller Band - Maui

Photos of Mick Fleetwood performing with Dave Mason and Steve Miller Band this past December 11, 2011 on Maui at Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC).

Mick was a guest drummer and played on a few tunes during the set.

Check out more photos from the night at Aubrey Hord Photography

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Pollstar Top 200 Tours: Stevie Nicks Solo + with Rod Stewart & Lindsey Buckingham

Pollstar’s Top 200 North American Tours for 2011

# 35 Rod Stewart / Stevie Nicks - 22.1 Million
Average Ticket Price: $106.60
Average Tickets Sold per show: 12,195
Total Tickets: 207,317
Average Gross: 1,300,000
Cities/Shows: 17/18
Promoter: Artist Group Int'l / The Howard Rose Agency

# 157 Stevie Nicks - 4.6 Million
Average Ticket Price: $40.63
Average Tickets Sold per show: 5,391
Average Gross: 219,048

PDF File of the Top 200 via Pollstar

Lindsey Buckingham "Seeds We Sow" Tour Stats Update

- Added Royal Oak, MI to the list of published tour data.

Chart Updates: Fleetwood Mac | Stevie Nicks - Australia, UK & USA

AUSTRALIA Album/DVD Charts - January 2, 2012:
(previous week in parenthesis)

Top 50 Catalogue Albums Chart
#  2 ( 3) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of
# 16 (11) Stevie Nicks - Crystal Visions... The Very Best Of
# 35 (47) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

Top 100 Albums Chart
# 32 (37) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of
# 86 (82) Stevie Nicks - Crystal Visions... The Very Best Of

Top 40 Music DVD Chart
# 39 (32) Fleetwood Mac - The Dance

UK Albums Chart - January 7, 2012

Top 40 Catalogue Albums Chart
# 32 (31) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

USA - Week Ending January 1, 2012
Fleetwood Mac re-enters the Catalogue Album Charts with two titles.

Top 200 Catalogue Albums Chart
# 137 (-) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
# 200 (-) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits sold 2,297 copies for the week ending January 1, 2012 down 21% from 2,910 copies sold the previous week in the lead up to Christmas.  This was good enough to re-enter the chart at #137 on the Top 200 Catalogue chart.  Total sales for Greatest Hits since 1991 when Soundscan began tracking = 4,514,063.

Fleetwood Mac's Rumours sold 1,946 copies for the same period down 33% from 2,912 the previous week leading up to Christmas. The albums also re-entered the chart at #200. Total sales for Rumours in the US since 1991 = 2,915,532.

"Rumours" had an amazing year in 2011.  For the calendar year 2011 the album has sold 144,000 copies in the US, enough for it to land at #40 on the Top 50 Catalogue Album Sales tally.


FORMER Fleetwood Mac guitarist and songwriter Bob Weston has been found dead in bed at home.

L-R: Bob Welch; Christine McVie; John McVie; Mick Fleetwood; Bob Weston

Weston, 64, who lived alone, was discovered when police broke into his flat in Brent Cross, north London, after friends raised the alarm.
He had been due to work on a new album yesterday with former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.

Weston’s brother Peter, 53, said last night: “He was a lovely, gentle bloke. It’s a shock. He’d everything to live for."

He was in Fleetwood Mac from 1972 to 1974. Police are not treating his death as suspicious.

Musical minds still active: Lindsey Buckingham "Seeds We Sow"

Published by @Nickslive for Fleetwood Mac News and Reviews
Musical minds still active
Rock legends get creative in producing new and old material

Some veteran rock musicians - as Jim Messina and Hall of Fame member Dave Mason said in 2011 interviews with the Record - have stopped creating original music or releasing new records.

At least that's what they said. Why bother?

In the free-market Internet era, their material either gets stolen or it's subsumed in the vast mass of musical stuff available at the stroke of a computer key or two.

Still, some veteran musicians - twice the age that the Who's Peter Townshend was content with 46 years ago - kept creating in 2011. Some of them very impressively.
  • The Cars "Move Like This" 
  • Glen Campbell "Ghost on the Canvas" 
  • Jimmy Cliff "Sacred Fire" 
  • Garland Jeffreys "The King of In Between"
  • Lindsey Buckingham "Seeds We Sow": Known best for helping make Fleetwood Mac become a conquering force in the 1970s, Buckingham, 62, has released a series of quirky, inventive, imaginative solo albums that defy the Mac's commercial realities but satisfy his experimental urges and encyclopedic guitar stylings. Just like this one.
  • Paul Simon "So Beautiful or So What" 
  • Nick Lowe "The Old Magic"
By Tony Sauro

Mick Fleetwood Sighting: Duluthian PGA Volunteer sits and Chats with Mick

Published by @Nickslive for Fleetwood Mac News and Reviews
This past Tuesday, Mick Fleetwood was spotted at LAX a couple of times first in the terminal, then on the flight over to Hawaii.  Here are a couple of Tweets:
Turns out he sat next to PGA Golf Volunteer Brad Ballantine.  Here's a snippet of the article in the Duluth News Tribune where Brad was interviewed and talks about his encounter with Mick.

Duluthian gets ‘chance of a lifetime’ as PGA volunteer
Brad Ballantine must have thought he was dreaming Tuesday.

The avid Duluth golfer was bound for Hawaii for the PGA’s season-opening Tournament of Champions, where he will work for the first time as a volunteer, and sitting next to him on his flight was Mick Fleetwood.

That would be drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac.

“Mick and I had a nice chat on the way over here, and when we left he said, ‘Good luck with your golf tournament. That’s really cool,’” Ballantine said.

If Mick Fleetwood thinks what you’re doing is really cool, it’s really cool.

“Mick came across as a very nice guy. It was awesome. I don’t know what to tell you. I get goose bumps just thinking about it. He’s a golf nut. He has an estate here not far from the course. I was hoping for an invite, but I didn’t get one.”

Full Interview article with Brad Ballantine at Duluth News Tribune

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

12 for '12 Fleetwood Mac on list of 12 - 2012 Potential Tours

12 for '12
Stones, Sabbath could top concert calendar
By Darryl Sterdan

Are you ready to rock? Well, you’d better be. It sounds like 2012 is going to be a busy year for live music, with everyone from classic rockers to contemporary popsters hitting the road. Here are 12 big-time rock stravaganzas — from sure things to rumoured reunions — that could be comin’ to your town to help you party down in ’12. Start cashing in your annuities now.

1. The Rolling Stones
2. The Beach Boys
3. Bruce Springsteen
4. Black Sabbath
5. Coldplay
6. Roger waters
7. The Who
8. Van Halen
9. Madonna
10. Lady Gaga
11. Fleetwood Mac
In the fall, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham told me he “would be shocked” if something didn’t happen on the Mac front next year. He thinks making a new album might be nice; I’d wager another tour is far more likely (and profitable).
12. Rush

This article ran in the Toronto | Edmonton | Calgary | Winnipeg Sun Newspapers today in Canada + a ton of other smaller regional newspapers.  Full Article HERE

... I still say it'll be 2013 before we see anything from Fleetwood Mac!