Friday, March 14, 2014

Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks set to perform on the ACM Awards April 6th

Country stars Eric Church, Toby Keith and Lady Antebellum with special guest Stevie Nicks have been added to the performers lineup at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music. The show will take place SUNDAY, APRIL 6th at the MGM GRAND in LAS VEGAS, and be televised live on CBS-TV at 8p (ET).

The 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, will broadcast LIVE for the first time in Australia on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 10:00AM AEST on Foxtel’s Country Music Channel (CMC) and again in primetime at 8:00PM AEST.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014: The Rich List Fleetwood Mac No.10

Fleetwood Mac
2013 Earnings: $19,123,101.98

As befits this classic rock mainstay, the bulk of Fleetwood Mac’s earnings came from its 2013 world tour, which covered 34 cities and take-home pay of $17.4 million. The trek’s high point included three nights at London’s O2 Arena. There, Christine McVie, 70, joined the band for the final two shows to perform “Don’t Stop” — a prelude to her coming back full-time for 2014’s Reunion Tour (that trek was potentially sidetracked due to the recent cancer diagnosis of John McVie, 68). The band also released its first new studio material in a decade, "Extended Play." It reached No. 48 on the Billboard 200.

Continue to Billboard for the Top 40 Money Makers 2014

Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones earn more than 
One Direction in the US
The two 70s bands break into the top ten for US earnings in 2013

Continue to The Telegraph

"Stevie Nicks has to me, maybe the best voice of any female artist, I think, ah ever" - Adam Levine

Kat Perkins Audition: "Gold Dust Woman" (The Voice Highlight) - from last nights show (March 10th).

Obviously she's no match to Stevie Nicks and the original "Gold Dust Woman", but Kat Perkins did the song justice and she does have a pretty strong amazing voice.

You can download her performance of Gold Dust Woman on iTunes.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Fleetwood Mac have 2 albums in the UK Top 50 this week... PLUS Chart Updates for other contries

UK - March 15, 2014
Fleetwood Mac's Rumours takes a giant leap up the Top 100 Albums Chart this week in the UK moving almost 50 place to No.48 this week from No.97 last week.  Clearly all digital sales if you look at the Digital Albums Chart, the album rockets from No.159 last week to No.40 this week.

# 45 (37) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of
# 48 (97) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (Remastered)

# 18 (21) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

# 39 (159) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (Remastered)

SCOTLAND - March 15, 2014
# 38 (34) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

USA - March 15, 2014
Stevie's DVD 'In Your Dreams' drops off the Top 40 Music DVD Chart this week after a 12 week run. The good news is that if you have Netflix, the documentary can be streamed online.  Look for it in the documentary section under the documentary subheading 'Music'.

# 26 (20) Sound City - Real To Reel (Feat. Stevie, Lindsey and Mick)

AUSTRALIA - March 10, 2014
For the first time in a really long while Fleetwood Mac don't have an album in the top half of Australia's Top 100 Albums Chart.  "25 Years - The Chain" slides back to No.52 from No.45 last week.

# 52 (45) Fleetwood Mac - 25 Years - The Chain [box set]

# 48 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits

# 32 (29) Fleetwood Mac - The Dance

# 36 (40) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
# 50 (47) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

IRELAND - March 6, 2014
# 53 (42) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

CANADA - March 2, 2014
# 49 (43) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours 

Mick Fleetwood: 50 years since the Marquee Club shaped and changed the course of my life

IT WAS 50 years since The Beatles first played the Ed Sullivan Show, and 50 years since the Marquee Club shaped and changed the course of my life.

By: Mick Fleetwood
Published: Sun, March 9, 2014
Sunday Express

It was there I made life-long friends, saved sweethearts and survived fights. It was there I went from complete obscurity to learning the tools of my trade from the musical masters of our time.

The Marquee was the jewel of the London clubs. All the musicians wanted to play there. It was a jazz club until the brilliant, groundbreaking management of John Gee, who guided its metamorphosis into the seminal rock and roll/rhythm and blues club whose influence is still relevant today.

I have a first, stomach-turning memory of playing the Marquee with my band The Cheynes. We had no following and it was a miracle to have been asked to back the legendary blues star Sonny Boy Williamson. This giant of a man played a tiny harmonica and dressed in the coolest suits, all mismatched fabrics in wild designs. We had studied his albums and learned his every note by heart to prepare for this honour.

On the night Sonny Boy went totally off book, dropping into the middle eight at different places. We just didn’t get it and kept trying to play the song the way we had learned it. We even tried to correct him by corralling him back to the way the song was supposed to go.

This did not go over well. He stopped playing in mid-song and bawled us out in front of the audience for not following his lead, not listening or watching for his signals.

The Marquee Club relocated to Wardour Street, where I saw the greats: Zoot Money and Cyril Davies, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, the Stones, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Mick Taylor, The Yardbirds, The Moody Blues, John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers just to name a few. So many screaming fans, crammed into that tiny sweatbox!

Early Fleetwood Mac was actually banned for a time from playing the Marquee. We were opening for John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers. Jeremy Spencer and I had a running joke at every gig involving a sex toy (that we had named Harold) which would be ceremoniously hung on the top of my bass drum for the duration of the show.

People loved Harold but one night, Jeremy appeared on stage with Harold dangling out of his trousers! Suffice it to say that we were severely reprimanded and Harold would never again make an appearance at the Marquee. (Harold’s showbiz life came to a crashing end at an American Southern Baptist college, where we were very nearly arrested for his performance. Poor Harold was too much for them and, much to my wife’s chagrin, he ended his days on show, sitting on our pine corner cabinet).

It’s a funny thing, going back to an iconic place to commemorate the fact that something great happened there.

I remember walking into the Marquee on a rainy day in the early 1980s like a ghost, wandering through a unique moment in time. I was there at the club’s inception and became a part of its history. This was where I came up the ranks, this was where I met John McVie, this was where the rhythm section of Fleetwood Mac was born. I hold it in my heart with utmost gratitude.

Mick Fleetwood joined the Sunday Express (UK) as a guest columnist beginning with his first column on February 16th . Previous columns below:

Mick Fleetwood Goes His Own Way: New Technology 
Mick Fleetwood Goes His Own Way: Custom fashion
Mick Fleetwood Goes His Own Way: Dreams of vinyl

For more on the Marquee club, check out these websites: the Marquee Club | The Famous Marquee Club

Friday, March 07, 2014

Coming Soon: Mick Fleetwood's Memoir co-written by @AnthonyBozza1 #FleetwoodMac

Mick Fleetwood's Memoir
co-written by Anthony Bozza
Scheduled for release: Fall 2014

A Tweet from Anthony a few days ago indicate things are progressing along...

Looking forward to this!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

UK TV March 8-12: New Show "Discovering: Fleetwood Mac" PLUS Stevie Nicks Soundstage

Discovering: Fleetwood Mac
New. Discussing the soap opera that is Fleetwood Mac’s 46-year history is a big ask for a show of only 30 minutes, but critics Camilla Pia, Will Hodgkinson and John Aizlewood tackle the incredible story tonight. They focus on how the group’s turmoil-filled personal lives were exposed in Rumours, their 1977 masterpiece. - Length 30 mins

Sky Arts 1
March 8th  - 8:30pm
March 9th  - 1:30am
March 11th - 6:00pm
March 12th - 2:00pm

Soundstage Presents Stevie Nicks
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stevie Nicks gives a radiant performance of her greatest hits, proving why she is one of the best-loved female artists in rock history. - Length 1 hour

Sky Arts 1
March 8th  - 9:00pm
March 9th  - 2:00am
March 9th  - 8:30am
March 11th - 6:30pm
March 12th - 2:30pm

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

AUDIO: Stevie Nicks indicates Fleetwood Mac Tour Rehearsals begin end of Summer, or do they?

Nicky Campbell from BBC 5 Live Breakfast spoke with Stevie Nicks on the Red Carpet at Vanity Fairs Oscar Party on Sunday night. Stevie revealed that Fleetwood Mac will not be playing Glastonbury this year (no surprise), but said one day it'll happen. She also said that tour rehearsals for Fleetwood Mac possibly begin at the end of Summer... Then she almost back tracks a bit as if she's giving away too much information.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks Out Oct 21, 2014 #FleetwoodMac

A new biography on the queen of Fleetwood Mac looks like it finally has a release date: October 21, 2014. October 27, 2015

Update: US Amazon now has the book listed as Oct, 2015


We first told you about the biography back in August, 2012 when details first emerged that St. Martin's Press had acquired the rights to the biography - to be written by Stephen Davis.

Stephen Davis, met Ms. Nicks in the 90s when working on Mick Fleetwood’s autobiography, Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac. This new book will chronicle the songstress’ forty year career, including those ten years she spent shying away from the spotlight after the breakup of her band and the dissolution of both her major love affairs.

Read more from the initial post

Couple of side notes:  Steven Davis on the book cover is spelled wrong, it should be Stephen Davis.  And shouldn't the book be a "Biography" and not an "Autobiography"?

PHOTOS: Stevie Nicks at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party w/ Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler, Bill Murray

Stevie Nicks at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party with Steven Tyler, Lady Gaga and Bill Murray.

With Steven Tyler, Bill Murray and Lady Gaga Photos Kevin Mazur

From left: Stevie with Music Producer Richard Perry and Jane Fonda. 
Sitting with Photographer Terry Richardson and Lady Gaga

More Photos on Facebook

Arriving at the Vanity Fair Party

On The Red Carpet

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Fleetwood Mac re-enter the UK Top 40 Albums Chart this week with "The Very Best Of"

UK - March 8, 2014
Fleetwood Mac are back in the UK Top 40 Albums Chart with "The Very Best Of" at No.37 this week up from No.41 last week.  Rumours re-enters the Top 100 at No.97 this week from below the Top 100 at No.111.

# 37 (41)  Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of
# 97 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

# 172 (190) Crystal Visions - The Very Best Of Stevie Nicks

# 21 (9) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

SCOTLAND - March 8, 2014
# 34 (32) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

USA - MARCH 8, 2014
# 20 (17) Sound City - Real To Reel
# 30 (24) Stevie Nicks - In Your Dreams

"In Your Dreams" Chart run thus far:
TW      LW    Weeks On
30       24     12 In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks
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)

CANADA - February 22, 2014
# 43 (27) Fleetwood Mac - The Dance (Sales in Canada to date: 74,068)
# 49 (38) Sound City - Reel To Real (Sales in Canada to date: 6,665)

Ireland, Australia, New Zealand below

In the early days of Fleetwood Mac we liked to push the naughtiness envelope. - Mick Fleetwood

Mick Fleetwood Goes His Own Way: Custom fashion
By: Mick Fleetwood
March 2, 2014
Sunday Express

IT'S NOT exactly breaking news, my many dalliances with addiction in my life, but one hasn't been well-documented, and that's my absolute love of fashion.

Not so much fashion per se, rather my personal pursuit of theatrical self-expression through my clothes and what I present to the world.

Here's a riddle for you: What can a broke, 18-year-old, 6ft 6in beanpole find to wear in a ready-made shop? Answer? Absolutely nothing. I was left to scour the markets, usually ending up at the Army and Navy surplus store.

Then I met Rod Stewart and the incredible blues artist Long John Baldry who, incidentally, was 6ft 7in. Imagine my initial envy, seeing this tall man in garb I'd only dreamt of.

I played with Rod for two years and I attribute much of my fashion savvy to him and John. Not only were they renowned for their style, they shared their secrets, showing me the ways of bespoke tailoring on the cheap in London's East End.

I saved up for one thing that fit properly - a pair of trousers, a shirt - at a time. I was hooked. Finally, I had clothes that fit.

Then I acquired a bolt of Levi's denim (fallen off the back of a lorry) and had my first pair of jeans tailor-made. I thought I was in heaven. They were my prized possession until my poor mum washed them and then put them in the dryer.

She actually cried when she saw how distraught I was. I spent the entire day on the verge of tears, lying in the bath, trying to stretch them back to their original size, to no avail.

I still love having my jeans tailor-made (at The Stronghold in Venice, California) but trust me, I'm a stickler for pre-washed, pre-dried denim.

I really wanted a costume that stood out when I played gigs.

It had to be original, not too hot to play in and cheap.

I still had my school gym kit and fencing gear. I wore the knickerbockers, tore the sleeves off the jacket to make a waistcoat, put my gym shoes on.

That was the start of my stage costume, captured on the iconic Rumours cover, and I've worn some version of that ever since.

In the early days of Fleetwood Mac we liked to push the naughtiness envelope. At one gig I came back from a toilet break with the lavatory chains, a ball attached at each end, wrapped around my waist.

I did a solo, hitting the balls into the microphone, just to make the lads laugh. Talk about spontaneous expression! The funny part is, my balls never went away.

I began wearing wooden balls in everyday life, attached to my belt - quite the conversation starter. To this day I never play without them.

I was only one of the pioneers for diversity. Sir Mick Jagger, David Bowie and countless others who wanted to be outrageous and self-expressed, pushed the envelope of what was considered "masculine". We opened minds by blowing minds.

I say hats off to the Lady Gagas of today's world, those who challenge society's expectations and encourage people who are different from the mainstream to stay that way. Bravo.

There are a lot of minds that still need opening and blowing and much work to be done.

Mick Fleetwood is a guest Columnist with the Sunday Express.  This is his third contribution, his first two articles appeared on February 16th and February 23rd - you can read his first two columns here.