Saturday, July 13, 2013

Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac meets with students enrolled in USC's pop music program

USC Music School Teaches the Art of Making a Pop Hit
Photo from January 13, 2013 when Lindsey spoke at the USC Pop Music Forum
Full Story HERE

Friday, July 12, 2013

Happy Birthday to former Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter-keyboardist Christine McVie!

The amazing Christine McVie turns 70 today! 
All the best Christine on this momentous occasion! 
Although you decided long ago to call it a day as an active member of Fleetwood Mac, fans the world over miss you and still consider you to be a part of the group.  

Everyone is hoping you make an appearance later this year when Fleetwood Mac plays London.

Above photos of Christine taken at the 2013 Ivor Novello awards held at the 
Grosvenor House Hotel, London May 16, 2013.
Handbag by Stella McCartney

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The front lady of Fleetwood Mac comes alive yet again with her "Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams"

There isn’t anyone on the planet that hasn’t heard a Fleetwood Mac song, right? Dreams? Rumours? Yes? Well the front lady of one of the greatest bands of the last century comes alive yet again with her " Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams " let’s call it ’reality’ movie. In the vein of showing the behind-the-scenes, everything including guts and gore, the fans of aging rock stars want to either read their grotesque memoirs or see a rockumentary where their heroes reveal everything about their creative process.... and some more.

And the latest Stevie Nicks album, on which this film is based, with hits like "Secret Love" with its soft groans and "Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream)" acting as a the zeitgeist’s trance and a hopeful "You May Be The One" feels just right for this older, stronger so-called white-winged dove.

As the cameras follow the gypsy-like singer around her home with documentarian Dave Stewart (from Eurythmics fame) and crew, you realize just how talented and beautiful this Phoenix-born singer truly is. Forget the awards especially the eight Grammy nominations (holding the record for most nominations for Best Female Rock Vocal without a win), the various hit singles, the fact that she slept with practically the whole band, the hysterical witchcraft allegations, the signature shawls and capes - the genius comes in the quieter moments where she wants to get her artistry just right. And she does that like a tight ropewalker above the clouds.

Purchase, then download or stream: "Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams" $9.99

by Daniel Scheffler
EDGE Contributor

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac Live in Sacramento... The end of the line.

JULY 6, 2013

Fleetwood Mac takes America once again
by Patricia Willers

Photos by Barry Wisdom - Check out more photos here

On tour for the first time in three years, Fleetwood Mac played Sleep Train Arena Saturday night, and it is now safe to say they made up for their cancelled show four years ago. Sacramento was the last stop in the U.S., so the group was ready for a much-needed break, and this fueled them to play a great show. Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham played for almost three hours, even after starting the show a little late. At the end of the show and after two encores, Nicks and Fleetwood remained onstage and spoke, both loquaciously grateful to their lifetime fans. Those in the crowd were just as appreciative to have another chance to hear such a classic group from their past.

To start the show, Buckingham and Nicks walked out onto the stage hand-in-hand, much to the delight of the audience. Everyone looked happy to be on stage performing again, and Buckingham even went as far as to vocalize it.

“…It appears that there are still quite a few chapters left in the book of Fleetwood Mac!”

Continue to the full review


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Monday, July 08, 2013

Gold Dust Woman "the perfect atmosphere for Stevie Nicks, who weaved a spell on the audience with her hypnotic vocal"

JULY 5, 2013

By Tim McPhate

"But time makes you bolder/Children get older/I'm getting older, too," Stevie Nicks gently sang during "Landslide" as a stoic Lindsey Buckingham plucked the song's familiar acoustic guitar accompaniment. On July 5 at Viejas Arena in San Diego, this particular Fleetwood Mac classic seemed to take on added meaning with each band member now north of age 60.

Despite the sobering reality of human mortality, the music of Fleetwood Mac stood timeless on this breezy summer evening as attendees swooned and sang along for the balance of a two-hour-plus set adorned with plenty of soft-rock jewels.

Right out of the gate, the quartet — Buckingham, Nicks, drummer Mick Fleetwood, and bassist John McVie — brandished three selections from their 1977 GRAMMY-winning opus, Rumours: "Second Hand News," "The Chain" and "Dreams." "Listen carefully to the sound of your loneliness, like a heartbeat," Nicks sang with a fiery urgency during "Dreams," the painful tale of the long-ago demise of her and Buckingham's explosive relationship.

Buckingham countered with plenty of his own sparks throughout the evening. The energetic musical maverick showed a complete command of his instrument, whether wielding delicate chordal sequences, summoning haunting melodies, strumming relentlessly, or losing himself in a chasm of improvisation on songs such as "I'm So Afraid" from 1975's Fleetwood Mac. Solo performances such as the bombastic "Big Love" and the rubato-styled "Never Going Back Again" provided shining examples of his quirky songwriting sensibility and impressive fingerstyle technique.

Dressed in all black, Nicks swirled and twirled gracefully across the stage, her distinctive voice filling the arena during songs such as "Rhiannon," "Sisters Of The Moon" and "Gypsy." Following a seductive performance of "Sara," the last of four numbers from 1979's Tusk, Nicks and Buckingham shared a warm embrace, one of the many outward signs of affection the two former lovers displayed onstage.

Not content to rely on their hits, the band also drew two songs from their recently released Extended Play EP, including "Sad Angel," a crisp Buckingham/Nicks duet with a melody befitting the song's title.

While Buckingham and Nicks exuded the star power, the understated duo of McVie and Fleetwood provided the rhythmic foundation with the precision of a finely tuned timepiece. The band also benefited from a troupe of four musicians who added instrumentation, background vocals and an extra layer of depth. (They were also perhaps a tacit reminder of the chair vacated by the angelic-voiced Christine McVie.)

The entire ensemble climaxed during a 10-minute-plus performance of Rumours' epic final track, "Gold Dust Woman." A sea of rich gold lighting enveloped the stage as Fleetwood's tribal beat, McVie's thundering bass and Buckingham's spooky harmonic framework created the perfect atmosphere for Nicks, who weaved a spell on the audience with her hypnotic vocal.

Love how she incorporates, by title and I'm sure by theme, the song "You Can't Fix This"
Thanks Jamie for capturing this!

Fleetwood Mac were welcomed back for no less than four emotional encore performances, including the upbeat "Don't Stop," the lovely yet mournful "Silver Springs" and the melancholy "Say Goodbye," a gem from 2003's Say You Will. The band members appeared genuinely moved by the audience's constant shower of adoration. In particular, Nicks thanked attendees for their support as she announced this concert was the penultimate date of their U.S. tour, which began in April.

"There are still quite a few chapters left in the book of Fleetwood Mac," Buckingham later added, as if to stave off the palpable bittersweet sense in the room.

Finally, the specter of mortality had seemingly all but evaporated when Fleetwood exclaimed before leaving the stage, "The Mac is back!"


Review: Fleetwood Mac Live in San Diego

Fleetwood Mac steamrolls Viejas Arena: Vicious ‘Rumours’

Concert reviews generally don’t write themselves. But what better time to let go of the wheel than a surefire, fired-up, three-hour detonation from a group of million-record-selling, Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famers?

But the problem with any spontaneously combusted recap of Fleetwood Mac’s July 5 Viejas Arena show is that it would focus entirely on the band’s earth-shaping popular music – Stevie Nicks’ whimsically whisky-voiced rendering of their “all-world” chart-topper, “Dreams,” or her equally splendid delivery of the spellbindingly lyrical “Gypsy” for instance.

Oh, it might mention the full-throated, 13,000-member backing choir that the Mac brought with them to sing every word on Lindsey Buckingham’s crackling masterpiece “Go Your Own Way” and the musical equivalent of the optimist’s creed, “Don’t Stop.”

Continue to the full article


Sunday, July 07, 2013

Fleetwood Mac: Album Charts PLUS Concert Tour Stats Update

1977's Rumours, 1988's Greatest Hits and 2002's The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac seem to be the three "go to" albums for Fleetwood Mac fans either just discovering the band or from fans with renewed interest in the band brought on by the 2013 tour. Below is a snapshot of some of the charts around the world where Fleetwood Mac is making an impact.

U.S.A. - July 13, 2013 
In the U.S., Rumours drops off Billboards Top 200 Albums chart completely this week but remains on the Top 200 Catalogue Chart along with 3 other titles moving down to #58 from #12 last week with a decline in sales of 44%.  Sales in the U.S. for the week ending June 30th were 2,002 units vs 3,604 the previous week. Total U.S. sales since November, 1991 = 3,204,568.

The Very Best Of also moves down slightly on the Top 200 Catalogue Chart with sales for the week of 1,801 units vs 1,909 the previous week. Total U.S. sales since 2002 = 1,582,421.

Greatest Hits moves down to #96 this week from #87 last week with sales of 1,709 vs 1,828 the previous week with sales in the U.S. since November, 1991 = 4,669,741.

Fleetwood Mac's 1975 white album moves down to #122 from #115 with sales of 1,514 vs 1,591 the previous week. Total U.S. sales since November, 1991 = 933,854.

# 58 (12)    Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"
# 79 (72)    Fleetwood Mac "The Very Best Of"
# 96 (87)    Fleetwood Mac "Greatest Hits"
#122 (115) Fleetwood Mac "Fleetwood Mac"

Of the 1,801 total units sold in the U.S. last week 1,561 were physical product - the rest digital.
# 194 (176) Fleetwood Mac "The Very Best Of"

"Lindsey Buckingham Is An Insecure Man" - Classic Rock Magazine Summer 2013

They've had their share of highs and lows, but rock's most dysfunctional band will be reeling back the years on their first tour in four years.

Short Q&A with Mick Fleetwood in the current issue of Classic Rock Magazine - UK. On Newstands now.

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VIDEOS | PHOTOS: Fleetwood Mac Say Goodbye To North America - Sacramento

JULY 6, 2013
(Review to follow)

Well that's it!  Fleetwood Mac hit the stage for their last North America show last night at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

Fleetwood Mac leave the North America stage after 3 months and 46 shows stretching across both the U.S. and Canada  feeling, I'm sure, a huge sense of accomplishment and gratitude to the over half a million or so fans that came out to see what many have said is their best tour ever!

With the right set list mix, that remained intact from day one and a well structured show along with the enthusiasm amongst the band to clearly be happy and excited to be performing together, they leave fans in North America satisfied, grateful, excited for the future and calling out for more!  The excitement and enthusiasm from fans of all ages seeing the band for the very first time, and from those that have seen the band multiple times was completely palpable. Dedicated fans traveled across the globe to catch this almost 3 hour show and to experience that ole Mac Magic that only rears its head once or twice a decade. 

From the opening song of the night, "Second Hand News" from "Rumours" to the last song of the night "Say Goodbye" the second to last song on their last studio release "Say You Will", fans were taken on a nostalgic trip back to simpler times, through the good and the bad, through the lives lived by the members of Fleetwood Mac. Along the way, we saw the band perform new music in the form of "Sad Angel" and "Without You" from the new "Extended Play" release, we saw the "Tusk" gems "Sisters of the Moon" brought back to life for the first time since the '82 Mirage Tour with great success plus "Not That Funny" for the first time since 1997. We witnessed Lindsey, a man of unbendable perseverance giving it his all ripping through guitar solo after guitar solo with precision, taking no breaks at all during the show. We were in awe as Stevie and the band developed and transformed "Gold Dust Woman" into this 10-12 minute show stopping stage piece that varied nightly proving that synergy still remains in this band when they are open to working together - producing perfect results. The song became fairly loose in the latter part of the tour to the point where you really never knew what Stevie was going to give each night.  That was exciting! The guarantees were that the song would be great, totally unpredictable and that the eerie and spooky element would be turned up to 10!  All this and you have the back bone of Fleetwood Mac, the steadfast John McVie and the ever entertaining Mick Fleetwood.  These four are still able to create that perfect storm on stage.

Above Photos: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty
This is not to say there weren't any bumps along the way.  Stevie suffered a reported leg injury in early May that almost sidelined the tour and its momentum, but with the help of a physical therapist in Calgary was able to soldier on. A couple of shows in June (Ft. Lauderdale and Montreal) were dropped from the itinerary to the disappointment of thousands. Nobody likes to see shows cancelled especially those that had bought tickets and I'm sure the band felt the wave of disappointment from the fans that had planned to attend.  Aside from these few exceptions, plus Lindsey breaking a nail on his right hand, this tour will likely go down as their most successful not just monetarily.

Big thanks to all the reviewers, photographers and to anyone that talked about the band during the tour.. and took the time to interacted with us here at Fleetwood Mac News - with comments on posts (good and bad), texts, Facebook and Twitter posts and comments... It's been great!... Thank you!

Next up - Ireland in September...


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Saturday, July 06, 2013

Peter Green Featured in the August, 2013 Guitar and Bass Magazine #FleetwoodMac

Discover the truth about the British blues legend and his mystical guitar 

Photos | Video: Fleetwood Mac Live in San Diego

JULY 5, 2013

Fleetwood Mac goes back & forth
Despite a few bumps, the veteran Anglo-American band played with purpose and passion Friday at SDSU,
By George Varga

Fleetwood Mac showed, and sometimes defied, its age during the legendary band’s generous Friday concert at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena.

As a result, “Don’t Stop,” the group’s 1977 hit and second encore, took on new poignancy with its now-weathered refrain: Yesterday's gone. So did 1975’s rustic ballad, “Landslide,” whose wistful chorus – Children get older / I’m getting older, too – assumes a different resonance 38 years later.

Then again, for a band that was formed in London in 1967 and whose enduring core members first joined forces in Los Angeles in 1974, Fleetwood Mac’s longevity and renewed energy is worthy of celebration and reflection. Its 23-song SDSU show offered ample opportunity for both, with the band’s members (all now past 60) and their multigenerational audience forming an unusually large, boisterous mutual admiration society.

The evening began with an impressive salvo of “Second Hand News,” “The Chain” and “Dreams,” all from the band’s epic 1977 “Rumours,” one of rock’s most popular albums, then and now. The concert, a notable improvement over the band's mostly rote 2009 San Diego Sports Arena show, concluded with four encore selections. They included the bristling “World Turning,” the jaunty “Don’t Stop” (the only song by former singer and keyboardist Christine McVie, who quit the band in 1998), the country-tinged “Silver Springs” and the gentle acoustic ballad “Say Goodbye.”

In between came a mix of classics (“Rhiannon,” “Go Your Own Way”) and deep album cuts (“Eyes of the World,” "I'm So Afraid"), plus one new song (“Sad Angel,” excellent), and a recently unearthed older one (the Cat Stevens-flavored ballad “Without You,” so-so). Guitarist-singer Lindsey Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks also did a few songs from their respective solo catalogs, a move that impeded the concert’s flow nearly as much as the four consecutive numbers from the band’s more experimental 1979 album, “Tusk.”

The absence of more new material did not appear to bother many in the enthusiastic SDSU audience. Nor did Buckingham seem concerned, as he noted in a U-T San Diego interview Thursday.

"Well, sure, of course you want to keep doing new material, if you can," he said in the interview. "But there is also, I would say, a point you get to where you do come to terms with the fact that you have this great body of work. And there's nothing wrong with going out and playing it. In a way, it can be a little freeing, because if you don’t feel you have to remake yourself every time (you tour), you can go put and deal with the (vintage) material in a slightly fresh way, every time.

"And that can be just as effective, once you come to terms with that, it kind of releases you and there's a point where you really need to come to that (realization). Because you have to understand that, probably, the audience is not really there to hear the new as much as to hear a reaffirmation of the body of work."

The underlying sentiments to parts of that body of work sometimes got jumbled during Friday's show. But that’s par for the course with this famously dysfunctional band, whose best songs from the mid-1970s were born from the crumbling love affairs between Nicks and Buckingham and between McVie and her-then husband, bassist John McVie.

Given this context, it kind of made sense that Nicks’ declaration early Friday night – “This party starts now!” – came just before “Dreams,” her wrenching 1977 song about the then-imploding relationship between her and Buckingham. The swirls and twirls that were once Nicks’ trademarks remain, but came only intermittently (and slower). During “Go Your Own Way” she playfully chased Buckingham, but not too fast, across part of the stage.

Nicks, 65, and Buckingham, 63, briefly held hands and embraced on stage several times. They also engaged in some between-songs banter that prompted Nicks to liken them to George Burns and Gracie Allen.

“Can’t we be someone younger?” Buckingham playfully responded.

Older and wiser, the two are keenly aware that their romance, while now decades in the past, still carries a special allure for fans. This holds especially true for those who might use “Rumours” as an emotional barometer of their own lives.

Bassist McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood, the band’s two remaining charter members still on board, were rock-solid throughout. The sound was enhanced by several instrumentalists and backing singers, including Lori Nicks (Stevie's sister), who gave added dimension to the music. Kudos, too, to the band's audio engineers, who achieved impressive warmth and a clear, crisp sound balance in the usually echo-heavy arena. (The secret, as in most sprawling venues of this size, is simple: The lower and more defined the volume, the less muddled the sound.)

Buckingham played guitar with finesse and ferocity. Refusing to rest on his laurels, he often sang with such passion that it almost seemed as if his career prospects depended on it. The 1975 song "I'm So Afraid" featured his most extended solo of the night, and he made every note count as he expertly built up the intensity. (The same song also featured intricate unison lines by Buckingham and second guitarist Neil Haywood that evoked the work of the English band Wishbone Ash.)

Nicks sounded more constricted, her trademark tremolo less tremulous, her lower vocal range somewhat diminished. But she is still a commanding presence and the sheer force of her personality usually made up for her technical shortcomings. In a few instances, her struggle to hit the notes of her youth lent added depth to the songs. In others, she simply fell (and sounded) a bit flat.

After the fourth and final encore, “Say Goodbye,” Nicks thanked the audience for making her and the band’s dreams come true over the past four decades. She also urged fans to listen to the band’s vintage songs in the future as if they were hearing them for the very first time.

It was sage advice at a nostalgia-fueled concert that could serve as a preview of the band's valediction (Buckingham's reference to "new chapters in the Fleetwood Mac" notwithstanding). No fewer than 15 of the 23 selections came from the first three albums he and Nicks made with the band: 1975’s “Fleetwood Mac”; 1977’s “Rumours”; and 1979’s “Tusk.”

But the high-tech stage production was very much of the moment. And Fleetwood Mac's best songs, like the group itself, both define and transcend their time. Don't stop, indeed.


Dedicated to San Diego and a few of Stevie's friends at the show.
Wow! They nailed this one!

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