Friday, February 28, 2014

Music and Sound Awards Announced: @ThreeUK wins for use of Fleetwood Mac's 'Everywhere' in Pony Ad

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The winner’s of this year’s UK Music+Sound Awards were presented at The Troxy in London last night. Awards are given out for the best music and sound design across all the visual media industries.

The use of Fleetwood Mac's 'Everywhere' used in the Three UK Pony Ad last year took home the award for:

Three ‘Pony’ (Universal Music Publishing / Warner Music / Wieden + Kennedy)


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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

25 Great Albums from the new Millennium: Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" ranks right there near the top

Stevie Nicks – In Your Dreams (2011)
Rock icon Stevie Nicks has put out some great solo records, but In Your Dreams ranks right there near the top. She collaborates with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, which proves to be a shrewd choice. Stewart is a master in the studio as well as an ace guitarist and songwriter, and one of the best producers in the business. Like Nicks, Stewart works best with a strong collaborator, as he did for so many years with Annie Lennox. In Your Dreams has some truly breathtaking moments, like the wistful ballad “For What It’s Worth.” One can’t help but imagine what some of these songs would sound like with Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie harmonizing along, but that’s just a testament to the strength of the material. The title song is another winner, and first single “Secret Love” is a strong opener. Dave Stewart’s blazing guitar takes center-stage on the excellent “Wide Sargasso Sea.” It’s a shame that In Your Dreams didn’t do better commercially. It did reach #6 in the U.S. upon its release (although with first-week sales of barely over 50k), but quickly tumbled down the charts. There seems to be a tendency by fans of older artists to ignore the newer stuff, and that’s a shame. This is still the same Stevie Nicks who wrote and sang classics like “Dreams,” “Landslide,” “Sara,” “Gypsy,” “Stand Back,” “Nightbird” and so many others.

by Chris Gerard 
MetroWeekly (Full list of 25)
February 26, 2014

Elizabeth Hopkins talks working with Lindsey Buckingham. #FleetwoodMac @DeltaRae

Delta Rae’s Elizabeth Hopkins Talks “Chasing Twisters” And Working With Lindsey Buckingham
by David Weiner
Emertainment Monthly

WORKING WITH LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: Rob Cavallo, our producer said, “Hey, did my assistant tell you the news? Well, I don’t know if you guys know Fleetwood Mac?” Do we know Fleetwood Mac? Of course we do, they’re one of our favorite bands. “Well I’m really good friends with Lindsey Buckingham and I had him over for dinner the other night and he asked to hear what I was working on.” Rob then tells us Lindsey started noodling around on our song and Rob stopped the song and was just like, “Lindsey would you mind if I laid that down?” And he was like, “Sure.” It was enough for us just the fact that Lindsey Buckingham liked our music, but that he was inspired enough to play on it was incredible.

Continue to the full article

Covering Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain"

Monday, February 24, 2014

Fleetwood Mac Tour Manager Marty Hom reveals how John McVie cancer diagnoses discovered

Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

Some of you have toured with the same bands for more than a decade. Describe the bonds that form between you and them.

Hom: I've been with Fleetwood Mac for 17 years, Barbra for 13 years. If you've toured with somebody long enough, they are your family. And you're kind of like the dad who takes care of them, and they depend on you. The younger artists are a little different in that they surround themselves with entourages now. They have assistants, they have managers who go on the road, publicists, they have people. The relationships are still good but they're not as personal because there are layers of people you have to go through.

Sounds like it can get pretty intimate.

Hom: Let me tell you how intimate. I had to tell Ian Astbury from The Cult that his father had passed away. They were onstage at the old Omni in Atlanta, and the manager called me. It was one of the hardest things I had to do.

I was just in Europe with Fleetwood Mac and [bassist] John McVie wasn't feeling well. So we got him to a doctor in Berlin. And he called me afterward and says, "Marty, can you come over to my hotel and talk to me?" I know that's not good, so I jump in a cab and go over to his hotel. We sit down and he says, "I've just been diagnosed with cancer." And John's sitting here and then Mick [Fleetwood] comes over, and we have a discussion of what we're going to do next. We ended up canceling Australia and New Zealand-15 sold-out shows. The band thought about moving on without a bass player can't get onstage without John McVie.

Full article at Billboard

You have to see this... NEW Video Surfaces of Fleetwood Mac Live in NJ 1975

This is UNREAL... 
We've seen older footage like this before but not without a time counter watermark.  I see these videos originated at the website.  In any case... Great stuff!


Fleetwood Mac Live Oct 17, 1975 Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ

Spare Me a Little
Get Like I Used To Be
Don't Let Me Down Again

More Video Below

Sunday, February 23, 2014

This week on the music charts. Fleetwood Mac reach milestone | Stevie Nicks film logs 11th week on DVD Chart

USA - March 1, 2014
Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' re-enters the Top 200 this week at No.190. Last weeks re-entery title "The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac" drops off the big chart this week and also out of the top 50 on the catalogue albums chart.

Catalogue Albums Chart Milestone: Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours", one of the biggest selling albums of the 1970's, reaches 100 (non consecutive) weeks on the Catalog chart this week. It is the 138th album to reach that milestone on the Catalog chart, and the second for Fleetwood Mac, along with "Greatest Hits". Both of these albums reached #1, making Fleetwood Mac only the ninth act to have both multiple Catalog #1's and multiple 100-week Catalog albums.

Stevie's 'In Your Dreams' DVD drops this week to No.24 from No.16 last week in it's 11th week on the Top 40 Music DVD Sales Chart.

"In Your Dreams" Chart run thus far:
TW      LW      Weeks On
24       16     11 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
16       27     10 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
27       22      9 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
22       17      8 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
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)

# 190 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

# 45 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

# 17 (17) Sound City - Real To Reel
# 24 (16) Stevie Nicks - In Your Dreams

Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and UK Album Chart Data below

Mick Fleetwood goes his own way: Dreams of vinyl

CALL me retro but I still love records. I have great memories of shopping for vinyl, playing amazing albums, listening to records with friends, trading music and discovering new sounds.

By: Mick Fleetwood
February 23, 2014

Records have always been a huge source of inspiration. To me there is nothing better than looking at the cover artwork, reading the liner notes and taking in the album’s entire experience.

The way they master music today, much of the integrity of the sound – the emotion and subtlety – is lost. Fleetwood Mac records have an organic sound that is more comfortable to the human ear. At least to mine!

I love listening. I am a great listener, although perhaps a few of my exes might not agree! But I repeat, I am a great listener. Being a drummer, I am well trained to listen. I am not playing a melody but listening to see where the beats come in, that is my skill. My hearing is sharp, acute, first rate.

When we were in the last phases of making the Rumours album, it dawned on the band that all that listening, playing, singing and writing, all that heartache and pain, time and poetry, was just sitting there on two reels of tape, totally vulnerable.

We realised that anything could happen to it. Of course, we never had a hard drive to back it up like you do now. It could all have been lost in an instant.

All kinds of what if? paranoia flooded our brains. What if there was an earthquake, a fire? What if a giant magnet came down from outer space and wiped out half of our reel? We made contingency plans and had copies made of the multi-tracks. Those we had locked up in a bank vault in Phoenix just to be safe.

We were like expectant parents with that album. We went so far as to accompany our “baby” to the “delivery room” and watched the first pressing of Rumours at the pressing plant. We stayed for hours, checking and rechecking to make sure the sound had kept its integrity.

We even hired an engineer whose only job was to watch over the quality of our sound. We were that protective.

My ears miss that analogue sound. Most people have no idea that what they are hearing on a daily basis is actually digital sound, or that digital sound has no sound waves, no high fidelity. All that compressing, in my opinion, takes a lot of the traditional dynamics out.

Fleetwood Mac released a full box set of vinyl recently and I know I am not alone in my fanatical audiophile ways. I just picked up a small, portable record player sold by Jack White’s Third Man Records. This record player actually has great sound.

I use it on the road so I can pacify my demanding ears and I have a lot of fun with it. At home I have a Thorens deck to play my beloved vinyl.

Did you know that you can actually play the gold ones, too? This, I discovered, after some hullaballoo in the late Seventies when people were complaining that their Rumours albums were not actually playing the album they had bought but a Frank Sinatra record instead.

I remember popping my gold record out of the frame to see what all the fuss was about. Sure enough, there was old Frankie Boy crooning away and my gold record spinning on the record player. Ironic after all the care we took at the pressing plant! I guess someone on the assembly line had gone to sleep on the job.

Of course Warner Brothers stopped the press but, hands down, I bet that Frank Sinatra/Fleetwood Mac album may be one of the most collectable we put out. Meet our precious baby, Frank. Isn’t he cute?

Mick Fleetwood is a guest Columnist with the Sunday Express.  This is his second contribution, his first appeared on February 16th - you can read that column here.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Jackie Factory Presents: Night Of A Thousand Stevies 24: "Spellbound"


Tickets available via LiveNation
$20.00 until February 24th, $25.00 thereafter (plus ticket fees)
Must be 18 + With Photo I.D.

The twenty-fourth annual NIGHT OF 1000 STEVIES - the largest and most beloved STEVIE NICKS fan event in the world - returns to NYC on May 9, 2014. The marathon evening - produced by THE JACKIE FACTORY - has moved to its sixth and largest venue - historic IRVING PLAZA in our home neighborhood of Union Square. This year's theme - SPELLBOUND - pays homage to Stevie Magic in all its many guises and songs - a magic that always touches NOTS. The 24th edition is also inspired by Stevie's WELSH WITCH persona, once again in the spotlight after her recent appearances on AMERICAN HORROR STORY:COVEN.

A very special Stevie Spell will be cast over the new NOTS stage and ballroom. The first confirmed performers for this year's edition are "Returning Legends of Stevie Realness" from all eras of the show. They are NOTS icon and YouTube star SHERRY VINE, beloved songstress AMBER MARTIN, showstopper and crowd favorite SWEETIE, gifted Stevie impersonator CHARLENE CORAN (COLORADO), Gothic Songbird LADY ZOMBIE, NOTS drag touchstone THE DIVINE GRACE, dark performance/dance ensemble THE RACHEL KLEIN THEATER, original NOTS DJ POISON EVE with burlesquer DARLINDA JUST DARLINDA, Butoh sensations THE VANGELINE THEATER, living artwork MACHINE DAZZLE and lavender soul sensation XAVIER (who debuted last year.) "Enchantresses of Ceremony"are show founder CHI CHI VALENTI and longtime co-producers HATTIE HATHAWAY and EDITRIX ABBY, and first confirmed DJs are SAMMY JO and VJ TRE (D.C.) who will again spin original Nicks multimedia and rare video clips for the first hour.

For more information visit Night Of A Thousand Stevie's and on Facebook

Video: Stevie Nicks and the late Ray Kennedy singing "Bring It On Home To Me" at Mick's Wedding

"Bring It On Home To Me" - featuring the late Ray Kennedy, Stevie Nicks, Dave Mason, and Robbie Patton on vocals, Mick Fleetwood on drums, John McVie on bass, Jeff Healey on guitar, and the LA Philharmonic players. Recorded at Mick and Sara Fleetwood's wedding in Malibu, California April 24, 1988.

Read more on Ray Kennedy at Ultimate Classic Rock

Another pretty cool thing that surfaced today is this photo of Stevie from 1997 shared on Facebook by Jim Marshall.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Stevie Nicks really wants to write music for 'Game of Thrones

Stevie Nicks really wants to write music for 'Game of Thrones' 
Last September, 2013 in an interview with the UK publication the Telegraph, Stevie Nicks threw out into the universe how much she adores the HBO series Game of Thrones and that she had written some poetry based on the show and its characters... saying:

“I lived in the Twilight world for, gosh, four or five years. But Game Of Thrones is just… heavier,” she says, eyes a-flutter. “And season three – the brutality is over the top!” she hoots, delighted. “The dragons are growing, and the characters are all brilliant. I mean,” she whispers, 
“I think of them like they’re real people.”

Nicks has duly done what she’s always done and put pen to paper. 

“I’ve written a bunch of poetry for each of the characters in Game Of Thrones. I’m always looking for that kind of inspiration.”

In a more detailed interview published in The Herald in Scotland in October, 2013, she elaborated a little more during an interview saying that after her mother passed away in December, 2011 she watched the entire first season of Game of Thrones and it really took her mind off of everything.

When Stevie was asked if she was a fan of the show?

"Yes! The author [George RR Martin] is my age and it blows my mind that he's able to create this vast, interlinked world. As a songwriter I write little movies. But I can't imagine sitting down and writing even one small book. But then probably somebody like him couldn't imagine writing Edge Of Seventeen or Rhiannon - couldn't write a whole little life in two verses and a chorus. And of course I would love to write some music for Game Of Thrones. I've written a bunch of poetry about it - one for each of the characters. On Jon Snow… On Arya… On Cersei and Jaime."

At the time, her interest in the show made quite a splash across the internet... She talked quite extensively in various interviews last year about her love for the series.

This past Sunday Sunday (February 16th), UK publication Radio Times magazine, published portions of Stevie's interviews in what seems to be publicity to build up the season four premiere of Game of Thrones on Sky Atlantic April 7th in the UK and also on HBO in North America.

As a result, The Hollywood ReporterCBS News, Rollingstone Magazine, the LA Times and Billboard just to name a but a few, picked up again on the article.  As a result, Stevie is/was trending on Yahoo today and Twitter somewhat exploded.

Great publicity for both Stevie and Game of Thrones.  I hope she does write some songs inspired by the show... It's a great show and it's right up her alley! Can't wait for season four!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Mick Fleetwood having a whale of a time on Maui

February 15, 2014 - Legendary rock 'n' roller Mick Fleetwood was the Grand Marshall in the Parade of Whales on Maui this past Saturday during the Maui Whale Day Festival. He rode in a carriage beside Mayor Alan Arakawa during the parade. Fleetwood later played on the Whale Day stage with the R.E. Metoyer Blues Rock and Soul Revue.

About Maui Whale Festival:
Celebrating the thousands of humpback whales that migrate to Maui each winter. Maui is the principal mating and calving area of humpback whales in the United States. Through fun and educational events, the Maui Whale Festival raises awareness about these cherished marine mammals and inspires care for the vital and unique whale habitat of Maui County. Pacific Whale Foundation is the host of the Maui Whale Festival. Pacific Whale Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization.  To get involved visit Maui Whale Festival.
Photo Matthew Thayer
Mick rockin out after the parade with the R.E. Metoyer Blues Rock & Soul Revue!

During the month of December, all proceeds from the "Gift of Life” appetizer at Fleetwood's on Front Street were geared towards helping to support Pacific Whale Foundation's whale research, public education and conservation programs to protect whales and the oceans.  Mick presented a cheque on behalf of Fleetwood's on Front St. with the funds raised from the Gift of Life Appetizer Program.
©2013 Selket Guzman
Pacific Whale Foundation

Photos below (from left to right) by: 
Cali Howell, Justin Paul, Sarah Nell, Maui Real Estate 808

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks make big moves on the US Album and DVD Charts

USA - February 22, 2014
This week in the U.S., Fleetwood Mac's "The Very Best Of" re-enters the Top 200 Albums Charts at no.170 and re-enters the top 50 Catalogue Chart at No.34.  On last weeks Top 200 Albums Chart in the U.S., "Rumours" was at No.59. On this weeks chart it completely drops off - which is a massive drop!  The album also disappears off the Top 50 Catalogue Charts from No.8 last week.  The other big mover this week is Stevie's "In Your Dreams" DVD which moves up to No.16 this week from No.27 last week. With it being its 10th week on the chart, that's a pretty healthy leap forward... Could still be the result of a bounce off the American Horror Story appearance.

Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and the UK charts below.

# 170 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

# 34 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

# 16 (27) Stevie Nicks - In Your Dreams

"In Your Dreams" Chart run thus far:
TW      LW      Weeks On
16       27     10 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
27       22      9 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
22       17      8 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
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)