Sunday, January 26, 2014

Chart Updates: Fleetwood Mac | Stevie Nicks - US, UK, AU, NZ

US - February 1, 2014
The big news on the U.S. charts during this Grammy Awards week is that Fleetwood Mac's 1977 album "Rumours", is back on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at No.200.  Rumours won the "Album of the Year" category at the 20th Annual Grammy Awards in 1978 - 36 years ago!  The album was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in January, 2003.  And TONIGHT... Lindsey performs on The 56th Annual Grammy Awards... The finale with Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor and QOTSA promises to be a memorable moment... so don't miss it.  8pm/7c CBS.

On a side note:
There has been a lot of confusion over the years when a press release comes out for the band, or for the individual members for various projects where the release will state "Multi-Grammy Award Winner" (insert name). Many have said this is false, they have only won one Grammy.  Where this comes from, is up until 1980 a self-produced artist received one GRAMMY Award as an artist and an additional GRAMMY Award as a producer in Record of the Year and Album of the Year categories. In the case of "Rumours" winning "Album of the Year" in 1978, not only did producers Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut take home a Grammy for producing, but each member of Fleetwood Mac did as well.  As Artists, each member took home a Grammy and as Producers each member took home a Grammy.

Also significant this week, is Stevie's "In Your Dreams" documentary film on DVD moves up a notch to No.17 on the Top 50 Music Video Sales Chart in it's 7th week of release.

# 200 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"

# 39 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"

# 17 (18) Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams"

"In Your Dreams" Chart run thus far:
TW     LW        Weeks On
17       18      7 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
18       21      6 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
21       22      5 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
22       18      4 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
18       12      3 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
12        7      2 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
 7         -      1  In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks (Debut)

UK -  February 1, 2014
"Rumours" zooms back into the Top 100 in the UK at No.60 from outside the Top 100 last week at No.122.

# 45 (45)  Fleetwood Mac - "The Very Best Of"
# 60 (122) Fleetwood Mac - "Rumours"

# 10 (13) Fleetwood Mac - "Rumours"

SCOTLAND -  February 1, 2014
#39 (36) Fleetwood Mac "The Very Best Of"

AUSTRALIA - January 27, 2014
# 20 (16)  Fleetwood Mac - "25 Years - The Chain" [box set]
# 72 (39)  Fleetwood Mac - "The Very Best Of"

#  2  (2) Fleetwood Mac - "25 Years - The Chain" [box set]
# 14  (7) Fleetwood Mac - "The Very Best Of"
# 29 (36) Fleetwood Mac - "Greatest Hits"

# 46 (47) Fleetwood Mac - "Greatest Hits"

# 19 (28) Fleetwood Mac - "The Dance"

NEW ZEALAND - January 27, 2014
# 24 (26) Fleetwood Mac - "25 Years The Chain" [box set]

Friday, January 24, 2014

Grohl, Reznor, QOTSA and Lindsey Buckingham to perform 2 song medley

Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor Rock Hard at GRAMMY Rehearsals
Photo: David Wild @Wildaboutmusic
 By Phil Gallo

Grammy Rehearsal break-down.. This is an excerpt of the full article at Billboard

The Reznor-Grohl-QOTSA outfit took the stage and spent a good 15 minutes getting the drum and electronics sound correct before rehearsing the song.

They, like all of the 21 scheduled performances, run through the song four times. They then bring in the lights, camera and effects for another four run-throughs.

A voice boomed over the PA -- "Dave wants more shaker" -- after one run-through and as they set about building their two-song medley (GRAMMY organizers want us to keep it a secret), they very loudly applied one layer atop the other.

Full article at Billboard
Photo: troyvanleeuwen

Rock Icon Mick Fleetwood to be Special Guest Star at World Whale Day on Maui

Mick Fleetwood will be a special guest star at the 34th Annual World Whale Day Celebration on Saturday, February 15 at Kalama Park on South Kihei Road, Kihei. 

A community event attended by more than 25,000 Maui residents and visitors last year, World Whale Day starts at 9 am and continues until 7 pm. Admission is free. 

Mick Fleetwood will be taking the stage at World Whale Day as a guest performer with the R.E. Metoyer Blues, Rock and Soul Revue. 

He will also be serving as the Grand Marshall in the Parade of Whales, which kicks off the World Whale Day festivities at 9 am along South Kihei Road.This colorful parade begins at Alanui Keali'i Drive, proceeds north along South Kihei Road and ends at Kihei Public Library on Waimahaihai Street.

Fleetwood Mac Begin Recording with Christine McVie in March! New Tour This Fall

According to an interview Jon Woodhouse of Maui News had with Mick Fleetwood right after the Willie K BBQ Blues Festival on Maui on January 11th, Mick again confirmed Christine's return to the band but also added that she's composed new songs and that Christine will begin recording with most of the rest of Fleetwood Mac beginning in March.  Mick also indicated to Jon that the new Fleetwood Mac tour with all five members will begin this fall.  He didn't indicate where the tour would start.

Mick also said that the door to Christine's return all began on Maui in early 2013 when she appeared on stage for the first time in 15 years with him and his blues band at Castle Theater. You can read all about that night here and also here.

Photo by: Matthew Thayer

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Video: Stevie Nicks talks working with @DaveStewart on "In Your Dreams" film

Two new video segments posted today by Ultimate Classic Rock.  Stevie sat down for interviews in December upon the release of her "In Your Dreams" documentary... Below she speaks about working with Soldiers and along side Dave Stewart producing the film.

Stevie's "In Your Dreams" documentary is available now on DVD at Amazon


Lindsey Buckingham to Perform Grammy Awards Finale with Dave Grohl and Nine Inch Nails #FleetwoodMac

Nine Inch Nails, QOTSA, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham to Perform Grammy Awards Finale
Grohl is the connective tissue for SMH pairing of alt-rock icons with Fleetwood Mac man

Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and special guest Lindsey Buckingham will give the closing performance at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, SPIN can exclusively reveal. 

"We're incredibly excited about this number," Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich said in a statement. "There's nothing better than when the Grammys can rock out, and to have these artists all together on one stage, doing a number that, when they presented it to us, knocked us out, is going to turn out to be one of those Grammy moments that people talk about for a long time. Long live Trent, Josh, Dave and Lindsey and these great bands!" It will be the first-ever Grammy telecast performance for Nine Inch Nails and QOTSA.

Thirteen-time Grammy winner Grohl, as usual, is the connective tissue, having performed extensively with both bands, most prominently on QOTSA's 2002 LP Songs for the Deaf and Nine Inch Nails' 2005 album With Teeth. Fleetwood Mac guitarist/singer Buckingham, of course, is the wild card, and his role — singing a kickass version of "Tusk" or "The Chain," maybe his solo hit "Go Insane"? — remains to be seen. Buckingham appears in Sound City: Real to Reel, the Grohl-directed documentary about the legendary, now-shuttered L.A. studio where many classic albums were recorded; his Fleetwood-Mac-mate, Stevie Nicks, appears in the film and also joined Grohl on the Sound City Players album and tour last year.

The Grammy Awards will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Full Article at

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Chart Updates: Fleetwood Mac | Stevie Nicks USA, Australia, New Zealand, UK

USA - January 25, 2014
After re-entering Billboards Top 200 Albums Chart last week at No.192 Fleetwood Mac's 1988 "Greatest Hits" package takes a giant leap all the way up to No.137 this week.  On the Top 50 Catalogue Albums Chart the same album is back in the Top 20 at No.20.

Stevie's new film "In Your Dreams" moves back into the US Top 20 in it's sixth week of release moving up three places on the Top 40 Music Video Sales Chart to No.18 - right behind another DVD she appears in "Sound City" at No.17.

# 137 (192) Fleetwood Mac - "Greatest Hits"

# 20 (40) Fleetwood Mac - "Greatest Hits"

# 17 (19) Sound City "Real To Reel" (Feat. Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood)
# 18 (21) Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams"

"In Your Dreams" Chart run thus far:
TW     LW    Weeks On
18       21      6 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
21       22      5 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
22       18      4 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
18       12      3 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
12         7      2 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
  7         -      1  In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks (Debut)

NEW ZEALAND - January 20, 2014
Down 11 spots this week in New Zealand... Fleetwood Mac's "25 Years - The Chain" in it's 40th week in the Top 40 slides to No.26.

# 26 (15) Fleetwood Mac - "25 Years The Chain" [box set]

AUSTRALIA - January 20, 2014
Fleetwood Mac's 4CD box set "25 Years - The Chain" drops a spot this week to No.16 while "The Very Best Of" moves up 8 spots to No.39 and "Greatest Hits" re-enters the Top 100 this week at No.96.  On the Catalogue Chart "25 Years" relinguishes the no.1 spot to Australia's own INXS, "The Very Best Of" holds at No.7 and "Greatest Hits" is up to No.36 from no.44 last week.  The latter two albums also appear on the Top 40 Digital Albums Chart at No.28 and No.47.  "The Dance" DVD also moves up the Music DVD Chart to No.28 from no.37.

# 16 (15)  Fleetwood Mac - "25 Years - The Chain" [box set]
# 39 (47)  Fleetwood Mac - "The Very Best Of"
# 96 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - "Greatest Hits"

#  2  (1) Fleetwood Mac - "25 Years - The Chain" [box set]
#  7  (7) Fleetwood Mac - "The Very Best Of"
# 36 (44) Fleetwood Mac - "Greatest Hits"

# 28 (36)  Fleetwood Mac - "The Very Best Of"
# 47 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - "Greatest Hits"

# 28 (37) Fleetwood Mac - "The Dance"

UK - January 25, 2014
Up eight spots this week in the UK Fleetwood Mac's "The Very Best Of" narrowly misses the top 40 moving up to No.45 from No.53 last week.  Also up on the Top 40 Catalogue Chart "Rumours" moves up to No.13 from No.21 in the last reporting period.

# 45 (53) Fleetwood Mac - "The Very Best Of"

# 13 (21) Fleetwood Mac - "Rumours"

SCOTLAND - January 25, 2014
Fleetwood Mac re-enter the Top 40 Albums Chart in Scotland last week with "The Very Best Of" and move up to No.36 this week

#36 (39) Fleetwood Mac "The Very Best Of"

Refried Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks

Brandi Carlile covers "The Chain"
Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes Sweetheart 2014, a collection of indelible, handpicked covers from a remarkable group of modern musical dreamers who artfully grapple, in one way or another, with that most vexing of subject to ever befall mankind, L.O.V.E. Sweetheart 2014 is an adventurous Valentine’s Day collection featuring Jim James, Vampire Weekend, Fiona Apple, Phosphorescent, Brandi Carlile, Beck, The Head and the Heart, Ben Harper, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Valerie June, Blake Mills, Bahamas and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.

Sweetheart 2014 (Hear Music/Concord Music Group) will be available on CD exclusively at Starbucks and all digital outlets beginning February 4th, 2014. Sound clips available (including Brandi Carlile's cover of "The Chain") at the Sweetheart website.

Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs cover "Trouble"
Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs tackle the 80's in volume 3 of their cover albums series. Lindsey Buckingham's "Trouble" is included on this one with Susanna taking the lead.  Sounds great and close to the original. Check out the sample at Amazon and get the album if you like.  Also available at iTunes.

You may recall that on Volume 2 back in 2009 Matthew and Susanna covered Fleetwood Mac's "Second Hand News".

Res - Refried Mac
Soul singer RES and producer Tim Spiker rework Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks classics: Rhiannon, Dreams, The Chain, Little Lies and Edge of Seventeen on this 5 track EP that was released late last year.

Res has a beautiful voice and really takes these four Fleetwood Mac tracks, plus one solo Stevie Nicks track to a different place injecting a funky vibe, a lush chorus (Rhiannon) and infectious beats (Edge of Seventeen and The Chain) that harkens back to early '90's Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I especially love the stripped down reinterpretation of Dreams driven by a what sounds like a ticking clock and a finger popping bass line. 

Refried Mac is available at iTunes and Amazon


Friday, January 17, 2014

"The best of the bunch was this haunting number done with Stevie Nicks"

Nice mention for Stevie's contribution to the Sound City soundtrack "Real to Reel" with "You Can't Fix This"

Lana Del Rey, The xx and Stevie Nicks miss out on Oscar nominations for Best Original Song – what else did the Academy overlook?

“You Can't Fix This” from Sound City (performed by Dave Grohl and Stevie Nicks)

Considering songs from Sound City for consideration sort of feels like cheating, since the film, produced and directed by Dave Grohl, was about the historic Los Angeles recording studio where he and Nirvana recorded Nevermind in 1991 (and where we met him and Rick Rubin last year). For the film Grohl collected a group of all-star musicians to record a song with him on the equipment he salvaged. Among them were Paul McCartney, with whom he and the rest of Nirvana recorded the somewhat unfortunate “Cut Me Some Slack”, which, like the album itself, was nominated for a Grammy. The best of the bunch was this haunting number done with Stevie Nicks, who can't not be haunting come to think of it.

Continue to Dazed and Confused for the full list of oscar snubs

Fleetwood Mac's pre-"Rumours" days are rich with bluesy offerings that are well worth revisiting

‘Fleetwood Mac: 1969 to 1972’
Available at Amazon
Sun.Star Weekend

The first thing that comes to mind when mentioning Fleetwood Mac is their seminal album “Rumours.” But the band’s pre-”Rumours” days are rich with bluesy offerings that are well worth revisiting on the new box set “Fleetwood Mac: 1969 to 1972.”

The highlight of the four-album, vinyl collection is the first re-mastered edition of “Then Play On,” Fleetwood Mac’s 1969 debut album on Reprise Records. This is a raw, young blues-fueled Fleetwood Mac and the sense of urgency to their music is on full display. The opening, bongo-backed track “Coming Your Way” bristles with pace and the all-out house rocker “Fighting For Madge” showcases guitarist Peter Green as a force to rival Eric Clapton of that era.

“Future Games” is another winning platter, though it presents a softer Fleetwood Mac. By 1971 we find them putting together the less edgy sound that would prove to be the backbone to their radio mainstay hits to come. “Fleetwood Mac: 1969 to 1972” aptly presents the formative years of one of the most successful bands in history.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Christine McVie completes a line-up that millions of fans the world over thought that they’d never again see

Newsmaker: Christine McVie
by Kevin Hackett
The National

Not many of us can claim to have been born perfect, but Christine McVie – or Anne Christine Perfect on her birth certificate – definitely can. The 70-year old British singer-songwriter, famed for her work with the rock group Fleetwood Mac, was born “oop north” in Bouth, England, in July 1943, to Cyril and Beatrice Perfect, and has, of late, been rather quiet. But this past Tuesday morning, word started circulating that she would be rejoining her former bandmates and embarking on a world tour, completing a line-up that millions of fans the world over thought that they’d never again see sharing a stage.

No doubt this news will have gone straight over the heads of today’s youth, but those of a certain generation will know exactly why this is such a big deal. Because while today’s immaculate, manicured and coiffured young pop stars are groomed to perfection by armies of agents and publicists, the story of Fleetwood Mac reads like an epic, tragic blockbuster akin to Pride and Prejudice. They just don’t make them like that anymore, and Christine Perfect, once she became Mrs McVie, played a starring role in one of the great rock soap operas of our time.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

John McVie extends admin agreement with Reach Music for Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain"

John McVie Renews with Reach
Fleetwood Mac bassist and co-writer of their classic song "The Chain", John McVie has extended his administration agreement with Reach Music. "The Chain" has been covered by artists such as Shawn Colvin and Tantric, while also being sampled by Bone Thugs-n-Harmoney and Project Pat. It is also credited as the only Fleetwood Mac song written by all of the original members (Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie).

Reach Music is the foreign publishing administrator for John McVie's share of “The Chain”.

via Reachmusic