Thursday, August 22, 2013

[Video] Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ad Features Stevie Nicks' "Soldier's Angel"

New ABC commercial advertising the new Marvel series "Agents of S.h.i.e.l.d" features Stevie's "Soldier's Angel" from the "In Your Dreams" album.

How cool is that!

New Zealand: Buy Fleetwood Mac "25 Years - The Chain" on 4CD and enter to WIN Auckland Tickets

Purchase Fleetwood Mac "25 Years - The Chain" on 4CD from The Warehouse in New Zealand either in store or online between now and Tuesday 26 November 2013 and enter the draw to win 2 tickets valued at $150 each to Fleetwood Mac Live in Auckland plus one night's accommodation at Auckland Central City Hotel!  

Purchase "25 Years - The Chain" from The Warehouse for $19.99 HERE and then enter the contest HERE

Win a trip to Scotland to see Fleetwood Mac

You could win tickets to see Fleetwood Mac at The SSE Hydro, plus first class travel with ScotRail and a stay in the Crowne Plaza Glasgow.

You could win a pair of tickets to see Fleetwood Mac at The SSE Hydro in Scotland, plus first class travel thanks to ScotRail and an overnight stay (including hearty Scottish breakfast) at the adjoining Crowne Plaza Glasgow.

The mighty Fleetwood Mac, who have won many Grammy Awards and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will be gracing Scottish soil and playing a sold out show at The SSE Hydro on October 3 2013. The iconic structure stages around 140 events a year, hosting international music stars, global entertainment and massive sporting events.

Fleetwood Mac's 2013 world tour marks 35 years since the release of their classic album 'Rumours', one of the most successful albums in recorded history, and original band members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie will be performing alongside 1975 additions Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

For your chance to win, just answer the question at

WIN Fleetwood Mac 1969-1972 4LP Boxset from @Rhino_Records

Revisit the Fleetwood Mac’s early years when you enter to win a copy of FLEETWOOD MAC:

FLEETWOOD MAC: 1969-1972 features four complete albums – THEN PLAY ON (1969), KILN HOUSE (1970), FUTURE GAMES (1971) and BARE TREES (1972) – each lovingly reproduced on 140-gram vinyl and housed in a striking black slipcase. As a bonus, the set comes with an exclusive replica of the original 1969 7-inch single of “Oh Well – Pt. 1” b/w “Oh Well – Pt. 2.”

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Purchase will not increase chances of winning. Open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S./D.C. (excluding Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam), 18 and older (or 19 and older for residents of AL and NE) at time of entry. Void where prohibited. To enter: Visit between 12:00 p.m. PST on 08/21/13 and 12:00 p.m. PST on 09/30/13 and follow online instructions to submit entry. Limit one (1) entry per person/address/email address. Subject to Official Rules available at HERE.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sneak Peek... CMT Crossroads: Stevie Nicks & Lady Antebellum [Video]

Your first look at Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum together live on CMT's Crossroads. Look for it Friday, September 13, 2013 10/9c on CMT.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mick Fleetwood's new Autobiography to be titled "Play On" New Interview

Excess all areas

The Sunday Times 18th Aug 2013
by Matt Munday

Mick Fleetwood has survived nearly 50 years in rock’s most dysfunctional band, Fleetwood Mac. Now they’re back on the road.

Mick Fleetwood looks like a bohemian Santa with his bushy white beard, pastel shirt, black waistcoat and flat cap. Not all his tales from the rock’n’roll frontline are as jolly as his appearance, though. At one point he has to choke back tears of regret. He has lived a life of such abandon that he admits he is lucky to still be here. “I've inherited some good genes,” he explains.

It is often reported that Fleetwood put $8m of cocaine up his nose, and though this is an exaggeration, he says, if he hadn't stopped consuming the drug so vigorously “the next stop would hav5e been a wooden box”. His former bandmate in Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie, had earlier told me that the men in the band used to rack out lines of coke like “blooming great rails” – whereas she and Stevie Nicks, the female contingent, would restrict themselves to “ladylike” portions, carried around their necks in jeweled buckles that had dainty silver spoons inside. “It was the 1970s,” she shrugged. “There was a lot going around.”

“I’m not advocating cocaine at all, but the truth is, I had a good time,” says Fleetwood. “But then, without realising it, you’re getting too out of it. You’re sleeping for three days, or you’re up for nine days or whatever. And eventually you don’t feel good at any time.”

He quit taking coke “a long time ago”, but the booze has been harder to let go. “I haven’t been drunk for five months now,” he announces. With a 46-date tour of America about to begin soon after we meet, followed by European dates including four in Britain in September, he has had to shape up. “I knew I was drinking too much,” he says. “And the more I don’t drink, the more I realise I was really drinking too much.”

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Why still so excessive? Fleetwood is 66 — aren’t these meant to be the golden years, where living is easy? “We’re all still learning to take care of ourselves,” he says, “because Fleetwood Mac have worked really hard at pushing some envelopes. And of course you’ve got to change your behaviours, but I’ve had moments — really not that long ago — where I wasn’t getting it. I was still behaving like I was 32 years old, and you can’t be doing that shit. I suppose I was late getting off the bus.”

Mick's new Autobiography is titled "Play On" Published by Little Brown

Perhaps it has also been the process of writing his autobiography, Play On, due to be published by Little, Brown next year, that has helped Fleetwood to take stock and start implementing some changes. Toning down his lifestyle has not been easy — playing rock’n’roll is practically all he has ever done (aside from dabbling as a restaurateur, with rather mixed results).

Full Interview with Mick transcribed by Fleetwood Mac UK

He was born in 1947 in Redruth, Cornwall, to a military family. His grandfather, John, had been killed at Gallipoli in the Great War, and his father, Mike, had served in the RAF in the Second World War. Like many army brats, Mick was sent to boarding school, but hated it because he was an undiagnosed dyslexic, and as a result “didn’t learn shit”.

This gave him a lifelong fear of structured learning. “To this day, I don’t know what I’m doing,” he confesses. “I actually don’t know what a verse is, or a chorus. You can sing a song and show me, but don’t give me a bit of paper and say, ‘Oh, you know that bit there…’ ”

He says he is nervous about the tour, and still suffers from severe stage fright. “I’m just hoping I don’t forget all my parts.”

It seems extraordinary that he still feels so shaky — despite having spent the last 47 years performing in one of the most commercially successful British rock bands since the Beatles.

“It goes way back,” he says. “So this is going to be interesting. I’ll have a glass of wine beforehand, but I don’t want to drink myself into a stupor just so I don’t get frightened. If I have four glasses of wine during a show, that’s cool — so long as I don’t get on the plane and finish off two more bottles.”

It is also surprising how raw he seems. I suspect he may be playing up to his own mythology a little — he is a self-confessed drama queen — but the disquiet seems real. I ask if his fear of not feeling is ultimately the fear of losing his creativity. “It’s more a fear of losing my life,” he says, dramatically.

Fleetwood left school as soon as he could, at 16, and moved to London to join the thriving blues scene. In this milieu he would meet bass guitarist John McVie, son of a west London sheet-metal worker, and they formed a band in 1967 with the guitarist Peter Green, who was a big star back then, but also a troubled soul who hated the limelight. So Green named the group after its rhythm section — Fleetwood Mac.

Success would follow, as did numerous line-up changes. Peter Green dropped too much acid and developed schizophrenia, and a series of other guitarists each had their own failings. One, Danny Kirwan, was highly strung and wept while he played; another, Bob Weston, was sacked after an affair with Fleetwood’s first wife, Jenny; and a third, Jeremy Spencer, popped out of a hotel in Los Angeles to buy a newspaper, joined a religious cult and never returned.

When things fell apart it was often Mick who rallied the troops and kept things going — he even became the band’s manager for a spell. “Mick would never let it end,” says Christine McVie. “Fleetwood Mac is his baby.”

Having moved to America with the band in the early 1970s after a career lull, Fleetwood met two penniless musicians in LA, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, then a couple, and invited them to join.

The first record they did together in 1975, Fleetwood Mac, was a hit that sold 5m copies. But their career zenith arrived a year later with the release of the follow-up, Rumours. To date, the album has sold more than 40m copies and is the ninth bestseller of all time. And it is still winning them new fans: it was reissued in Britain in January this year and went straight into the album chart at No 3.

What made rumours such a powerful piece of work was an almost perfect storm of dysfunction that engulfed its creators — and which still affects the band now. As they recorded the album in Sausalito, California, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks’s 10-year relationship was ending; the eight-year marriage of the other couple in the band, Christine and John McVie, had just imploded; and Fleetwood’s marriage to the model Jenny Boyd, with whom he has two daughters, had also recently collapsed.

To make matters even more intense, their failed relationships became the subject of the bitter breakup lyrics, which were artfully juxtaposed with sweet soft-rock melodies. But despite the shared heartbreak (and mutual loathing, depending on who was in the room together), all could hear the music’s potential. Songs such as Dreams and Go Your Own Way would take them to the top of the charts in record-breaking style — “Michael Jackson territory” is how Lindsey Buckingham describes it. So they famously anesthetized themselves with cocaine from an ever-present velvet bag to endure the recording. Keep numb and carry on.

“Imagine your relationship fell apart, but you had children, and you both have to put your shit away to some extent and make sure the children aren’t damaged,” Fleetwood says. “The band was our child. We got through it, and not without some damage emotionally. Plus, it was the only thing we knew.”

Well, almost. Fleetwood also knew how to party. The bandmate he is most similar to in this regard, he says, is Stevie Nicks — the witchy blonde rock goddess whose long, and ultimately successful, struggle with cocaine and tranquillisers is well documented. “We’re totally driven by drama,” says Fleetwood. “I think we’re calming down a bit, but we’re terrified of not feeling. So if nothing’s happening you’ll worry yourself into creating a drama — just so you’ve got something to react to. It’s sort of an addiction, really.”

And a highly lucrative addiction it has been, thanks to Fleetwood Mac’s ability to convert personal tragedy into musical alchemy. Rumours made the five members of Fleetwood Mac — the “classic” line-up — extremely rich. Estimates of the net worth of Lindsey Buckingham (guitar, vocals, production), Stevie Nicks (vocals, tambourine), Christine McVie (keyboard, vocals) and John McVie (bass) range from $45m up to $65m.

Estimates for Mick Fleetwood’s haul are markedly more moderate: around $9m. This is partly because he has not been as prolific a songwriter as other members: he’s the drummer, so earns more from touring than from royalties. He has also lost a fortune on bad property deals and failed restaurants, though this hasn’t deterred him from opening another, Fleetwood’s on Front St, on the Hawaiian island of Maui, where he lives (he recently separated from his third wife, Lynn). A “Mick’s Margarita” from the cocktail menu includes tequila, elderflower liqueur, fresh-pressed lime juice, agave nectar and is “capped with Mick’s Pinot Noir”.

For years after Rumours, the private-jet lifestyle kept running into turbulence. The band were papering over the cracks, which must surely have widened when Fleetwood and Nicks had a fling, although Buckingham, her ex, denies it caused a problem.  “It was a reflection of the times we were living in,” he told me. “You can’t separate individual acts from the times. Stevie was prolific in that way, shall we say, and so was Mick — and so was I. So it never really bothered me at all. I had dealt with the hurt of losing Stevie long before that.”

But at least Mick was gentleman enough to tell Buckingham about the affair in person before the latter heard any, um, rumours. “He came over to my house and sat me down at my kitchen table and said, ‘Me and Stevie are an item,’ ” says Buckingham. “And I said, ‘Oh, OK.’ Because, really, should I have been surprised?”

The bubble was always going to burst. Christine McVie went on to date the Beach Boy Dennis Wilson — another renowned sybarite — before eventually burning out in the late 1990s, selling her LA mansion and moving to a Kent farmhouse to lead a “solitary life”. This, she told me, has recently become “rather lonely — apart from my brother and sister-in-law I still don’t know anyone down here”. She keeps in touch with the band, but insists she has no plans to rejoin and won’t be performing on this tour (she hasn’t ruled out a cameo appearance for the British dates, however). Buckingham, meanwhile, left Fleetwood Mac for nine years, before returning in 1996.

“We were Bonnie and Clyde, me and Stevie, and Lindsey got fed up with it,” Fleetwood says. “But he left out of fear — he didn’t want to be around us, because we were too stoned. Only recently, he admitted that he was really frightened that Stevie was going to die, and he didn’t want to be around it. That’s a really deep-rooted regard for someone. And that’s, ah…” his voice is suddenly trembling and his eyes are moist, but the British stiff upper lip fast reasserts itself. “That’s part of our whole thing.”

Predictably, this isn’t quite the way Buckingham recalls it. “Frightened may not be the right word,” he says evenly. “It was more frustrated. Or maybe I wasfrightened, but for myself. Everyone in that subculture thought that drugs were what you had to do; that turned out to be a load of crap. You can be just as creative when you’re sober. There was this idea that we were somehow rejecting values we didn’t believe in. And the irony was that we ended up becoming just as decadent as the things we were railing against.”

As the Fleetwood Mac tour got underway, news broke that Fleetwood’s third marriage had crumbled — it was reported that he had filed for joint custody of his twin 11-year-old daughters. I wondered whether he would find succor among his bandmates, and whether he would conquer his demons on the road.

Months later, I spoke to Stevie Nicks and asked how things were going. “I don’t know what’s come over Mick, but he’s on fire,” she said. “He’s playing better than he’s ever played. He’s rocking on that stage.”

According to Nicks, Fleetwood had been venting everything during the shows — but not in the bar afterwards. The party animal had remained in his cage. “I’m up there onstage looking at everybody and thinking this is amazing, because we’re all sober up here,” Nicks intoned in a husky voice full of warmth and melancholy. “Nobody’s drunk. And we’re all having an incredible time.”

Nicks also revealed that she and Buckingham had only recently made their peace, after falling out in 2003 over creative differences (neither will elaborate). Oh, the drama — when will it ever end? Anyway, Nicks had promised Fleetwood that she would try to repair the relationship before the tour.

“I said to Lindsey, ‘We have got to change this. We cannot be enemies for one more day,’ ” Nicks recalled. “Because you never know — things happen. You don’t know if you’ll ever tour again. So we have to walk on stage hand in hand, and we have to mean it.”

And, against all odds, that’s what they appear to have done. Peace has finally broken out among the ranks of Fleetwood Mac. God only knows whether it will last. There is even talk of a new album — the band brought out a four-track EP, Extended Play, in April, their first new material for 10 years, and it has been warmly received by fans and critics. Naturally it’s full of elegiac songs about dysfunctional relationships and aching hearts.

“This might sound corny,” Fleetwood had said to me, just before we said goodbye, “but the biggest rumour about Fleetwood Mac is that we don’t really like each other. I understand why people would think that, after everything we’ve said and done. But the reality is, we love each other. We just push the wrong buttons.”

This weeks Album Charts Update: Fleetwood Mac U.S., UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada

AUSTRALIA - August 19, 2013

Fleetwood Mac have four albums in the Top 40 this week in Australia, two of them within the Top 10. The recently certified gold "25 Years - The Chain" [box set] reaches a new high on the Top 100 Albums Chart moving up to No.4 this week.  "Greatest Hits" also makes a big move on the chart - up to No.8 from No.50 last week.  The last time Fleetwood Mac had two albums in the Top 10 was back in 1977 with "Rumours" and "Fleetwood Mac".  "The Very Best Of" re-enters the Top 100 coming in at No.40 marking it's 318th week on the chart continuing it's streak of the longest charting album ever in Australia.

On the Top 50 Catalogue Albums Chart you'll find the above four albums all within the Top 10 with "25 Years - The Chain" moving up to the No.1 position from No.2 last week. On the Top 50 Digital Albums Chart two albums re-enter the Top 50 "Rumours" and "The Very Best Of".  Last Sunday's broadcast of "Sunday Night" featuring interviews with the members of Fleetwood Mac certainly helped pushed all these albums up on the chart!

#   4   (6)   Fleetwood Mac - 25 Years The Chain [box set]
#   8 (66)   Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
# 37 (93)   Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 40 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

#   3  (22)  Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
# 31 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of
# 37 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

# 1  (2)  Fleetwood Mac - 25 Years The Chain [box set]
# 3 (10) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
# 5 (23) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 7 (38) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

#  6    (4)  Fleetwood Mac - The Dance
# 31 (27)  Fleetwood Mac - Tango In The Night

NEW ZEALAND - August 19, 2013
Exactly one year ago this week Fleetwood Mac's "25 Years - The Chain" box set debuted on the New Zealand Top 40 Albums Chart at No.29 and has been bouncing in and out of the Top 40 ever since.  This week the box set moves down to No.14 from No.11 last week.  "Rumours" re-enters the Top 40 at No.25

# 14  (11)  Fleetwood Mac - 25 Years The Chain [box set]
# 25 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

UK Department Store John Lewis to use Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" in new Ad Campaign

FLEETWOOD MAC are the latest act to get the John Lewis treatment. The posh department store plan to
use the band’s 1977 hit Don’t Stop in a new ad campaign.

Not sure what the ad campaign is based on or what they want to sell using the bands song - the full article is restricted to newspaper subscribers only.

The Sun

Update August 27th:

Turns out Nina Nesbitt covered Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" for the retailers Insurance arm of the company and they use her version over the commercial below.

Nina's version of "Don't Stop" will be her next single and you can look for that on iTunes in the future.

NINA Nesbitt admits she had to pinch herself after being made the new voice of the John Lewis adverts.

The Edinburgh singer is following in the footsteps of Ellie Goulding and Gabrielle Aplin after securing the role of featured artist on the latest £5million publicity campaign for the retail giants.

Speaking to Razz from Belgium, where she is playing the Pukkelpop Festival, Stay Out singer Nina, 19, said: “I’m really excited. It’s all come about quickly so it’s not really sunk in and won’t until I've seen it on TV. I only found out I got the job last week.”

Nina covered Fleetwood Mac’s Don’t Stop for the promo for the retail giants’ home insurance arm. The song runs over the story of a family and the contents of their house.

It’s also the 35th anniversary year for the band’s album Rumours. She said: “I’m a big fan of John Lewis adverts even though I don’t watch much TV. I always look out for them and I heard they were looking for someone to sing this year.

“They suggested Fleetwood Mac and I love them so I thought I’d give it a go. I recorded it that night and they told me last week they wanted to use my version.”

Daily Record

Korn / Ferry Briefings: Mick Fleetwood on The Business of Rock & Roll

Issue 16 of Korn/Ferry International Briefings magazine is now available! 
Mick Fleetwood graces the cover of this issue dedicated to The Business of Rock & Roll.

Full interview with Mick inside, or available online to subscribers. Mick speaks on the nature of talent and what it takes to lead a band for over four decades.

Below is interview footage from which the interview was taken with Michael Distefano Chief Marketing Officer, Korn / Ferry International and Joel Kurtzman Editor-in-Chief, Briefings Magazine.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood coming to VH1 August 17th

Dave Grohl's Sound City documentary coming to VH1.
The Documentary which features Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood will premiere on August 17th on VH1 and VH1 Classic.

If you haven't seen the film and VH1 is part of your cable package, don't miss it. It's a really cool look at the Sound City Studio and all the great music that came out of the place including a bunch of music from Fleetwood Mac!


Fleetwood Mac and Sound City Needs Your Vote!
The reissue of Rumours has been nominated for "Reissue of the Year" by Classic Rock Magazine.  Winners will be announced at London’s Roundhouse on November 14th.

Sound City the documentary is also nominated in the "Film / DVD of the Year" category.

Head on over to Classic Rock Magazine and vote!  All it takes is you providing your email address and your age and you are in!... Simple!.

46 Years and FLEETWOOD MAC are still going strong!
Back on August 13, 1967 - Fleetwood Mac made their live performance debut at the 7th National Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival in the UK.  Known at the time as "Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac" the band consisted of Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Bob Brunning and Jeremy Spencer.  John McVie would later join the band in December, 1967.

Monday, August 12, 2013


Dave Stewart posted a message on Facebook which suggests that STEVIE NICKS: IN YOUR DREAMS will finally have it's premiere in London, UK in September!

Great news for everyone in the UK that's been waiting and wanting to see the flick!

I'm not sure whether this is a theatre premiere and just in London or if it's a TV premiere and across the UK, or if it's just being made available digitally to buy. In any case, it looks like it'll be available in September. Wouldn't it be exciting if Stevie and Dave did similar Q&A's at a few screenings in the UK like they did in the U.S. and Canada?

Also, this film could very well be following Stevie and Dave around while they both tour Europe this fall. Dave's in Germany and Switzerland in October playing live to promote his new album "Lucky Number" and Fleetwood Mac are there for dates as well and they aren't too far off from one another.

More info will follow I'm sure.

Currently the documentary is available only in the U.S. and Canada via direct download from Stevie and Dave's site at $9.99 In Your Dreams Movie Website (Includes 2 Bonus Scenes), or through Amazon and the various cable providers via On Demand.  You can grab the film at iTunes as well.

2 Opening Acts Announced for Fleetwood Mac at A Day On The Green - Nov 30th Geelong, Australia

Richard Clapton & Stonefield named as Special Guests for Fleetwood Mac The Hill Winery, Geelong - Saturday November 30th.

Promoter Roundhouse Entertainment is pleased to announce the special guest support artists for the sold out Fleetwood Mac concert at The Hill Winery Geelong.  

Much-loved singer songwriter Richard Clapton and the blues-influenced rock of Stonefield will provide the perfect accompaniment to the legendary Fleetwood Mac.   

All tickets to the Saturday November 30 concert are completely sold out but promoters are keen to ensure a great value-for-money day with the inclusion of special guests to the bill.    

Richard Clapton is a huge a day on the green crowd favourite. He has endeared himself to music-lovers everywhere through his heartfelt inspired performances and a songbook that defines our times.  With hits like ‘Girls On The Avenue’, ‘Deep Water’, ‘Capricorn Dancer’ and ‘I Am An Island’ Richard was a thoroughly deserving and popular inductee into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.  In late 2012 he released his first album in eight years “Harlequin Nights” to universal acclaim.   

Opening the show will be one of the next big things in Aussie music, Stonefield. The four Findlay sisters from a small farming town in North Victoria were raised on their parents’ vinyl collection of Zappa, Hendrix and Zeppelin. Since winning Triple J’s 2011 Unearthed High competition, they have been solidly building a fan base through performances at major festivals including Glastonbury in the UK, supporting the likes of Kaiser Chiefs and Foo Fighters and at their own shows.  After several successful releases, the girls have just finished recording their first album, a dynamic collection of blues-influenced rock, set for release on October 11.

Playing times are:  
4.30pm Gates Open  
5.30pm Stonefield
6.45pm Richard Clapton  
8.15pm Fleetwood Mac  

More than 14,000 fans will attend the concert making it arguably the biggest ever staged in the region. Due to the capacity crowd, promoters suggest patrons leave the car at home and travel by coach.  For coach and shuttle bus enquiries, contact Melbourne On The Move 1300 558 686 and locally McHarry’s Coaches on 03 5223 2111.