Sunday, November 04, 2012

Buckingham is back, absent Mac

Arkansas Democratic-Gazette

Lindsey Buckingham has found success in a duo and a group, and is getting the same results as a solo act. Well, maybe not exactly the same, crowd size-wise, but in terms of personal satisfaction, he would say so.

The 63-year-old California-born guitarist-singer-songwriter joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 as a part of Fleetwood Mac, a group he helped move from cult status to superstars when he and then girlfriend  Stevie Nicks, became members in 1975, two years after the couple put out an album under their two last names.

With Buckingham and Nicks in the band, Fleetwood Mac became the most commercially successful group of the 1970s. The band’s self-titled album of 1975 sold more than 5 million copies, thanks to the songs “Rhiannon,” “Over My Head,” “Say You Love Me” and “Landslide.” Its 1977 follow-up, Rumours, with sales of more than 19 million copies, had as its memorable songs “Second Hand News,” “Never Going Back Again,” “Go Your Own Way,” “Songbird,” The Chain,” “You Make Loving Fun,” “Gold Dust Woman” and “Don’t Stop.”

After a dozen years, Buckingham took the advice of one of his songs (“Go Your Own Way”) and left the band, due to fatigue from touring and the dissension within the band, aggravated by over-the top success, drugs and crumbling personal relationships.

Thanks to a famous Arkansan, Buckingham began working again with his former band when Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992. Since a major part of the Clinton campaign had been its use of the Fleetwood Mac song “Don’t Stop” (the name of which some assumed to be “Don’t Stop Thinkin’ About Tomorrow”), the band was invited to perform at an inaugural event.

By 1997, band members were again on friendly terms, so they put together a reunion tour, although there was no new album until 2003. Say You Will became the first studio album in 15 years to include Buckingham and Nicks (although Christine McVie was missing, having left in 1998).

On his website, Buckingham indicates that his “intimate, one-man show” will feature songs from his solo albums, “along with a variety of Fleetwood Mac classics” for those wishing to hear their old favorites in a non band format.

He released his seventh solo album, Seeds We Sow, in September 2011 on his label after singing and playing every instrument, recording it in his home studio, plus producing and engineering the album. The only cover song on it is a 1967 Rolling Stones song, “She Smiled Sweetly.” He told Rolling Stone magazine a month before the album’s release that “the songs are all about the accumulation of choices that we make every day and the karmic part of that — which is where the title … comes from. In my own life I've made a lot of choices that weren't always popular with people around me. Only in the last few years have I been able to look at them with the perspective of time.”

Referring to his current tour, Buckingham says on his site: “As I've grown as an artist, I’ve gotten more and more in touch with my center and that center is voice and guitar. Over time it has become increasingly vital to express more with less; that is my touchstone now, and the embodiment of that philosophy is what will be largely represented in the new show. I've been thinking of doing this kind of tour for a while, and am quite excited to be doing something new, something outside my comfort zone.”

But something old is returning. There are reports — confirmed by Buckingham and Nicks — of another Fleetwood Mac reunion and tour in 2013, although McVie continues to resist offers to return to the band, which now consists of Buckingham, Nicks and original members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.

Tickets available for Monday's show at Juanita's Cafe and Bar

Lindsey Buckingham Live in Oklahoma City, OK November 3, 2012

Lindsey Buckingham Live in Oklahoma City, OK November 3, 2012

First show of the last leg of the tour, Lindsey played The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma last night and as usual blows those in attendance away!  Lounge like atmosphere similar to other small venue shows he's performed in during this tour.  Reportedly less than 200 people seated for the show.  Set list unchanged from previous legs.  Photos by: ACM@UCO, @fowwow

Check it out! New Stevie Nicks 'In Your Dreams' Movie website

It's finally here!  The website that was announced at The Hamptons screening of Stevie and Dave's movie "In Your Dreams" in early October is now on-line.

Check it out at 

Per Dave Stewart:
"lot's will be added as the movie moves towards release"

Friday, November 02, 2012

Lindsey Buckingham Talks Fleetwood Mac Reunion, Album and Solo Tour

Lindsey Buckingham: 'I Would Love to Do' a New Fleetwood Mac Album
Singer-guitarist talks possible studio reunion and his solo tour
Rolling Stone

"Fleetwood Mac is gonna start rehearsing probably the beginning of February and I'm actually looking forward to it. I miss those guys."

"Buckingham is also interested in recording with the band again, a project he says is on the "back burner" for now but not overruled. "Absolutely, absolutely I would," he says of creating a new album. "In fact, about six, seven months ago, John [McVie] and Mick [Fleetwood] were over here and we actually cut some tracks, and we did enough for maybe half an album. But you gotta get Stevie [Nicks] on board with that, and at the time, she was really quite caught up in what she was doing . . . but I would love to do that because John and Mick were playing their asses off."

Come on Stevie... Get on board! 

This month, he concludes a solo acoustic tour and digitally releases a live album on November 13th. (Rolling Stone will premiere one cut, Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love," next week.) After that, he will return to the Fleetwood fold for the band's massive 2013 tour.

Full Article at Rolling Stone

Enter to Win Two Free Tickets to See Lindsey Buckingham in South Milwaukee

Enter to Win Two Free Tickets to See Lindsey Buckingham!

Register now for your chance to win a pair of tickets to go see Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac LIVE at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 17th at 8PM. Don't miss this amazing performance!


Essential Buckingham

Lindsey Buckingham comes to ACM@UCO

Lindsey Buckingham is such a skilled, dexterous guitarist that when he left Fleetwood Mac in 1987, his old bandmates had to hire two people to cover his parts. His compositional abilities, production prowess and stylistic eccentricity made Buckingham a rarity — a cult act who also happened to be in one of the biggest bands in pop music.

Buckingham, 63, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan, and will play songs from all stages of his nearly 40-year recording career, and all periods of the singer-guitarist's creative work are worth studying.

“Buckingham Nicks” (1973). In the late 1970s, vinyl copies of this album could be found in almost every cutout bin, but “Buckingham Nicks,” the album that served as Buckingham and then-girlfriend Stevie Nicks' de facto audition for Fleetwood Mac, is rare these days — never released as a CD, unavailable as a download. Still, the album has high points that are every bit as good as material found on 1970s Mac classics.

Essential Buckingham: “Don't Let Me Down Again” and the original version of Fleetwood Mac's “Crystal,” featuring Buckingham on vocals.

“Fleetwood Mac” (1975). The former blues band had been trending toward pop-rock under guitarist Bob Welch, but Buckingham and Nicks made the transformation complete.

“Monday Morning” acts as a kind of bipolar codependent thesis statement for this new version of Fleetwood Mac, and singles such as “Rhiannon,” “Over My Head” and “Say You Love Me” are as notable for Buckingham's guitar parts as they are for Nicks and Christine McVie's leads.

Essential Buckingham: “Monday Morning,” “I'm So Afraid,” “World Turning.”

“Rumours” (1977). One of the biggest-selling albums of all time, “Rumours” is notable for the surface beauty masking the breakup nastiness going on in Fleetwood Mac between Buckingham and Nicks as well as Christine and John McVie. Enormous hits such as “Dreams,” “Go Your Own Way” and “You Make Loving Fun” sold the album, but the darker meditations on romantic loss made it resonate.

Essential Buckingham: “Go Your Own Way” “Never Going Back Again,” “The Chain,” “Second Hand News.”

“Tusk” (1979). Buckingham confederates think of “Tusk” as the album where Lindsey finally gets to be Lindsey. Compared to “Rumours,” “Tusk” is raw, experimental and messy with a few moments of crystalline beauty thrown in, such as Nicks' “Sara.” It sold far less than “Rumours,” but is much more interesting and is now recognized as a misunderstood masterpiece, a Southern California “White Album.”

Essential Buckingham: “The Ledge,” “Not That Funny,” “What Makes You Think You're the One?” “Tusk.”

“Law and Order” (1981). Buckingham's first solo album, “Law and Order” is a bag of exquisite nuts, like “Tusk” but more aggressively strange. The lush and lovely “Trouble” became his biggest solo hit, but soft-rock aficionados who bought “Law and Order” for “Trouble” might have suffered nerve damage from “Bwana” and “That's How We Do It in L.A.”

Essential Buckingham: “Trouble,” That's How We Do It In L.A.,” “Johnny Stew,” “Bwana.”

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Changes under way for Fleetwood Mac on-line

Fleetwood Mac's web presence is getting a make-over

The main site has been completely changed to a simple "sign up for the newsletter" starting page... 

The Facebook Page header has been updated just a short while ago as well.

Things are starting to happen!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Lindsey Buckingham in Madison, WI Nov 18th

Triple M 105.5 fm is giving you a chance to win tickets to see Lindsey Buckingham in Madison, WI on November 18th at the Barrymore.
Winners will be selected November 12th

Must be legal residents of the State of Wisconsin and 18 years of age or older on the date of entry.  

Enter with your email address or by using Facebook - ENTER HERE | RULES

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Day: Fleetwood Mac | Lindsey Buckingham | Stevie Nicks - Parties, Albums, Tours, Screenings

Tomorrow night in Lahaina, Maui at Fleetwood's on Front Street.  

Call 808.669.MICK for tix
Visit Fleetwood's on Front Street on Facebook

It was announced today that Dave Stewart will be attending (along with Stevie) the Las Vegas Screening of 
Both will take part in a Q&A during the Sunset Sessions event on Thursday, November 9th
from 8:30 - 10:30pm Ticket info


Beginning this Saturday in Oklahoma City, Lindsey kicks off presumably the last round of dates in support of his last solo album "Seeds We Sow" and this completely solo experiment he's been testing.  He's also putting out a new solo acoustic live album titled "One Man Show" documenting this experience/experiment.  The recording is of the Des Moines, IA show from this past September 1st.  Lindsey says it's "Live and Raw... and without post production!" Given Lindsey's penchant for noodling in the studio, this is completely out of character for him. Knowing that, this likely sounds amazing and I can't wait to hear it!  The digital only album is set to be released November 13th via itunes.

Fleetwood Mac's 1979 album "Tusk" will be re-released on vinyl November 19th. 

Fleetwood Mac, Tusk. 2-LP, 140 gram black vinyl pressed at The Record Industry in single-pocket jacket with capacity spine and inner & outer sleeves at Ross Ellis.

Available to pre-order on Amazon $42.92

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Bunny Ears and all... Stevie and her band made it happen in San Francisco last night at The Revamping benefit to raise funds to help refurbish the Strand Theatre.  Not a costume in sight on stage except for Stevie's Bunny Ears.

7 song setlist kicked off with Rock N Roll (see below).  All the usual suspects were on stage except that Rick Marotta replaced Jimmy Paxon on drums for the gig... Jimmy obviously had other commitements.

Here are some pics from last night courtesy of @curtisineurope, @ashleyglynn and @lilyOaks_

For American Conservatory Theater's first Halloween-themed fundraiser on Oct. 27, 2012, party host Ken Fulk (left) and his husband Kurt Wooton (right) invited singer Stevie Nicks to perform for guests. The event, which drew several hundred guests paying $500 to $5,000 a ticket, is expected to raise $250,000 for the theater group.
 Photo: Drew Altizer /

Celebrate Hollywood's Horror Classics with a Gala Street Party

310 Seventh Street, San Francisco

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Top Chefs In SF Come Together for One Spectacular Meal
A collaboration by Gary Danko, Tyler Florence
Nancy Oakes and Jennifer Puccio of Park Tavern

Complimentary costume rental offered by A.C.T.’s famed costume shop

Patron Table - $50,000
Grand Benefactor Table - $25,000
Patron Ticket - $5,000
Grand Benefactor Ticket - $2,500

8:00 pm
A Private Concert by the Ever-Enchanting Songstress
Plus DJs and dancing in the haunted PEEP SHOW
Tickets - $500


Must be 21 to attend.
For questions or to buy tickets and tables:

Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" Documentary Screening + Q&A Las Vegas Nov 9th

Stevie Nicks is set to attend Sunset Sessions Las Vegas at The Cosmopolitan Hotel which takes place between November 8th - 10th.  She'll be on hand November 9th to screen her new documentary "In Your Dreams - Stevie Nicks" and also take part in an Interview and Q&A session. The documentary screening and Q&A runs from 8:30pm - 10:30pm at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas according to the Sunset Sessions website.

(FYI, Dave Stewart also has the information posted in the events section of his website, but it's conflicting with the Sunset Sessions info.  Dave has Nov 8th at 4pm for the event but that's actually the start of the first day's Main Stage.)

This is the first time Sunset Sessions has opened the event to the public - so anyone can attend buy purchasing single day passes, or full even passes.  

The full 3 day event schedule can be found on the site.

Stevie's screening is part of the Private Sunset Sessions VIP Events.  To gain access to these events, particularly Stevie's screening and Q&A you'll need to support Stevie's charity of choice "Wounded Warriors" buy donating $1,250.  Ticket information 

Tickets to the November 9th main stage for $25 do not include access to the screening and Q&A.

Check out Sunset Sessions on Facebook.