Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NEW Untitled Stevie Nicks Solo Album

Photo: Dave Stewart
Created a page for this new adventure Stevie's embarked on with Dave Stewart in Nashville... It's a compilation of the information gathered thus far... A timeline if you will.

A Tale of Two Recording Sessions

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Talk on the town says she might go solo: Stevie Nicks recording new album with @DaveStewart in Nashville

Here she is... In Nashville!  Couple of facebook postings today from Dave Stewart in Nashville with Stevie recording... What they are recording hasn't been officially announced from either Stevie or Dave or made clear from the little information that's been gathered, nor for what project, whether it be solo or Fleetwood Mac... All we have to go on is what Mick indicated at a recent book signing with Jenny Boyd in L.A. on April 26th.  It's feeling like we'll be seeing a new solo album from Stevie before long!  And if they've been recording since Easter Sunday, and Mick believes they've got about 2 weeks to hammer it out, then they've got the rest of this week to get'r done!

Mick Fleetwood signing books at Barnes & Noble in Los Angeles yesterday (April 26, 2014) had the opportunity to speak with fans for a moment or two while he was signing books.... During one exchange with a Fleetwood Mac fan known on the ledge as HelloMonster, Mick dropped a few tidbits of info about what Stevie is doing in Nashville... Actually, more than a tidbit... it's more of a bombshell.

Photo: The Sound LA

Here's the conversation transcribed from an audio recording after the initial greeting and takes off where the Nashville topic was brought up:

"What's going on in Nashville?"

"Ah, she's making ah, Stevie's making an album."

"her own, or not"

" I think it's going to be a first for her where's she's doing that Nashville thing where they go in and just all the musicians just play the songs and they get it all done really quickly... we're hoping."

"I heard that she is there with Dave, and Christine was seen in Nashville too, are they all doing something together".

"Dave's producing it.. Stewart. Ah, and she's using the wrecking crew down there, to my knowledge, where they all just come in and jam out the songs in like two weeks and tell you to go home.

"but it's not for your new album" (meaning Fleetwood Mac)

"If she doesn't, she's not going to finish her album."

And that was all the audio that was captured...  So.  Here we have Stevie in Nashville working on a new album, with Christine and Dave while Lindsey, Mick, Christine and presumably John have or had space rented at The Village working on new Fleetwood Mac tunes, or demos or something... This is kind of confusing.  It's cool if Stevie's working on a new album, and I suppose if you are looking for a way to make that happen in a short period of time, then Dave Stewart, his crew of musicians in Nashville and Blackbird Studios is the way to go... given that Dave was able to knock out his last two albums with the same crew in Nashville spending very little time recording.  Let's see where this all leads.  I'd prefer new Fleetwood Mac music with the 5 back together given that we've had solo albums recently from Lindsey and Stevie and haven't heard anything from Christine in years... But if Christine is involved with Stevie's new project, then this is cool... It just seemed to make a little more sense to have a full on Fleetwood Mac project on the go, to go along with the tour, given the reuniting of the famous 5.  But at this stage in the game... I'll gladly take new music from any of them in any form.  As long as they are creating and moving forward, that's the main thing.

Thanks to HelloMonster for the audio recording.

Created a new page for these new albums "A Tale of Two Recording Sessions"

Kat Perkins nails Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" on #TheVoice song rockets to No.1 on iTunes

Kat Perkins nails another Fleetwood Mac tune on last nights "The Voice".  This time... Fleetwood Mac's beautiful "Landslide" written by Stevie Nicks. She really did a nice job on the song.  Kat has such a strong voice. It's hard to cover songs so ingrained in the heart and soul of Fleetwood Mac fans... but I think her interpretation only elevated the song.

After the performance Adam Levine made a great point by saying he was happy she introduced the song to people who may not be familiar with the 1970's hit.

Take the response on iTunes for instance.  Kat's version of "Landslide" is currently the No.1 Rock Song in the U.S., with the original version by Fleetwood Mac at No.3.  On the Top 200 Singles Chart the original Fleetwood Mac version of "Landslide" is No.180.

You can download last nights performance of Landslide on itunes

You may recall Kat sang "Gold Dust Woman" earlier in the season.  Again, she did the song justice. You can check out that performance HERE. She also performed the Kenny Loggins and Stevie Nicks 1978 top 5 hit "Whenever I Call You Friend".  It's also available on iTunes.

Photo: Kat Perkins

Sunday, April 27, 2014

This is hilarious! Mr. Buckingham relaxing with his dogs at home

This is hilarious! Mr. Buckinghams dogs just hanging out at home on the bed... But that bone has caused some tension.  Lindsey looks like he's just relaxing...Lindsey says. "Mommies going to post this, see... That's the problem. It's going to end up on, you know, Jimmy Fallon or something".... Then Lindsey says "Hi Jimmy why don't you have me on your show".

Fleetwood Mac Chart Updates PLUS Stevie Nicks sales boost in wake of Tonight Show performance

Two weeks worth of updates.

U.S.A. - April 26, 2014
In the U.S., on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart, Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" moves up to No.132 in it's second week back in the top 200 after re-entering at no.187 the previous week.  A nice boost for the album after Stevie appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon April 9th. During the sales period that ended April 13th, "Edge of Seventeen" also saw a nice gain in sales registering 5,000 downloads following her performance - it's best sales week in exactly a year according to Billboard. When you think of it, it's a little odd "Edge of Seventeen" saw the sales boost given that "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", also performed that night, with Jimmy and Stevie re-creating the 1981 video, was more of a media sensation, yet "Edge of Seventeen" saw the sales bump.  Also up 12 spots on the chart is "The Very Best Of" to No.180.

# 132 (187) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 180 (192) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

# 23 (37) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 49 (39) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

U.S.A. - May 3, 2014
With Record Store Day on April 19th and the new single vinyl release of "Dragon Fly" from 1971, Fleetwood Mac register significant enough sales to enter the Top 25 Hot Singles Sales Chart at No.9. Not bad for a song over 40 years old... and on vinyl no less. In it's third week back on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart Rumours moves down to No.177.  The Very Best Of drops out of the top 200 this week and out of the top 50 on the Catalogue Chart.

# 177 (132) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

# (NEW) Fleetwood Mac - Dragonfly

# 33 (23) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

More charts from the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia below.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Mick Fleetwood goes his own way: "I AM A wearer of hats."

by Mick Fleetwood
Sunday Express

I've always worn hats, many hats, too many hats at times, and even though I've never given losing my hair much thought, hats have proven to be rather a chic fashion segue as the years have gone by.

Hats are poetic, romantic; they provide generous amounts of theatrics for an old drama queen like myself.

They're also handy to keep about in case things get desperate.

Did you know they make great coin collectors for busking?

My channelling of the Mad Hatter began as a "spark" from seeing my father getting ready for work, donning his Air Force peaked hats and berets.

I have memories of playing dress up in them.

I still have them but, after some 30 years in showbusiness, sad to say my head is somewhat larger than it once was, so my father's hats no longer fit.

I am a collector of hats.

Recently I went to the Westbrook Maker Hat Company in Venice, California, a fine place where all the felt hats are made the oldfashioned way, by hand.

After a lengthy fitting, I ordered several hats that I am excited to be wearing on our upcoming tour.

Hats have always been a big part of my showmanship.

Traditionally, after the encore, I walk on-stage to say my goodnights wearing a red, collapsible top hat, reminiscent of a mad ringmaster under the big top.

Even Stevie will don her top hat at some point during our show.

There are plenty of good hat wearers today but the guy I love the most at the moment is Pharrell Williams and his awesome hats.

I love even more the message of Happy.

That video going viral is a great example of the power of the internet to connect people world-over through music in a way that is both subversive and sublime.

Gotta love those "feelgood" songs!

Many years ago when I was short of a few bob and not "feeling so good" I was persuaded to visit a fortune teller.

Being a die-hard romantic and a believer in fairy tales, I was an easy mark.

Desperation makes us do strange things.

The dubious palm reader asked me what it was in life I needed.

"Well," I said. "I've run out of money!" She told me to bring her $10,000.

Then she instructed me to "donate" (we use this word loosely here) half of it to her "charity" (another loose translation) and the remaining $5,000 (all the money I had to my name) I was ordered to put inside my shoes and into the lining of my beloved hat.

Apparently I was to be rewarded a bounty worth one hundredfold of the investments I had just made.

I can say that it did feel different, walking around packed, head and foot, with the last bit of cash I had.

Photos: Mick Fleetwood at Barnes & Noble with Jenny Boyd #FleetwoodMac

April 26, 2014 - The Grove in LA today hosted a book signing and a "conversation with" event with Jenny Boyd to promote her book "It's Not Only Rock 'N' Roll".  Dr. Jenny Boyd, is joined by her twice ex husband Mick Fleetwood along with Stephen Bishop and Bernie Larsen.

 Mick looks healthy and happy!

Photos by (left-right) Silvox2 | Angelina541 Top Photo: Mallory

Above two photos: David Livingston

Friday, April 25, 2014

Fleetwood Mac "Rumours" Producer Ken Caillat coming to Charlotte and Salisbury, NC

Ken Caillat will be at Park Road Books located at 4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC on Wednesday, May 7th at 7:00pm. Drop in... Grab the book and get it signed by one of the producers of "Rumours"!

Ken will also be at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC on Thursday, May 8th.

Speaking of Ken... He ran into John McVie yesterday and said that John looked great and said it was nice to have Christine's energy back in the group!

You Can Win Your Own Way... to a Fleetwood Mac show!

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dr Jenny Boyd, 60s model and ex-wife of drummer Mick Fleetwood coming to Whitstable Literary Festival

Dr. Jenny Boyd at Whitstable Literary Festival
Sunday, 11 May (5:30pm - 6:30pm)
Horsebridge Centre, 11 Horsebridge Road, 
Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AF

In her first festival appearance, Jenny will be talking about her book 'It's Not Only Rock n Roll'

Published by John Blake Publishing Ltd.
How do the world’s most popular musicians create hit songs; is it natural talent, or do external influences affect their writing process? Dr Jenny Boyd, 60s model and ex-wife of drummer Mick Fleetwood, spent four years interviewing 75 world famous musicians and has now published her findings in a fascinating book, It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll. She talks to music expert Andy Miller about this original and inspiring collection, where iconic musicians reveal – many for the first time – their thoughts on creating music. Psychologist Jenny has probed the minds and souls of these artists and has delved into the drive to create, the importance of nurturing creativity, the role of unconscious influences and the effects of chemicals and drugs on the creative process. Music legends who contributed exclusive interviews include Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Julian Lennon, Don Henley, Hank Marvin, Keith Richards, Ringo Starr, Steve Winwood, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell.

Jenny Boyd has many personal ties to the music world as former wife of Mick Fleetwood and the inspiration behind folk-rock singer Donovan’s 60’s hit Jennifer Juniper.  She was in Rishikesh, India in 1968 with The Beatles and her sister Pattie, (former wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton). Jenny is the founder and director of Spring Workshops, organising psychotherapeutic groups for people in need of personal development.

Whitstable Literary Festival Website | Facebook

Los Angeles Event:
Jenny and Mick at Barnes & Noble
April 26, 2014

Join us for an amazing afternoon at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on Saturday, April 26 at 2pm, when Jenny Boyd visits in conversation with Mick Fleetwood, Stephen Bishop and Bernie Larsen. For event details, please contact the store at 323.525.0270. (NOTE: This is a wrist banded signing.)

Special Instructions
This is a wristbanded event. Wristbands for Jenny Boyd's event will be available after 9:00 am on April 26 with the pickup of It's Not Only Rock 'n' Roll. Mick Fleetwood, Stephen Bishop and Bernie Larsen will also be signing the book. (Mick Fleetwood will sign one other book/album/CD per wristbanded guest.)

Barnes & Noble at The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Here's your chance to ask Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie a question. Deadline 4/25

Photo Mark Allan
If you could ask Christine McVie just one question about her songwriting career, what would it be?

Darren Haynes, Editor of "The Works" magazine published by The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), has secured an interview with Christine McVie to be published in the magazine this June.  He's offering Fleetwood Mac fans, in particular, Christine McVie fans, the opportunity to ask Christine a question. 

With such a lengthy career crafting some of Fleetwood Mac's biggest hits, and a few solo hits of her own, I'm sure you've often wondered what certain songs she's written are really all about. Maybe your question is about some of the more obscure tracks on albums that weren't necessarily hit singles? What situation or person inspired her at the time she wrote a certain track, or maybe you are curious about her songwriting process. Does the music come first, or the lyrics? Does she keep a journal? After being away from the spotlight for a number of years, and with new music written, maybe you would like to know what the new songs are about and how she found writing again after so many years away from it. Wow... There are so many possible questions to ask... So much to learn.

So take a minute, think about it and submit your question.  

Remember, your question should focus on Christine's songwriting skills or the meaning behind certain songs/lyrics. 

The deadline for submissions is this Friday, April 25, 2014, so you only have a couple of days.  

All questions should be submitted by email to Darren Haynes.

Your subject line should read "Christine McVie Question".

Good luck... and ask away!

[Update: Saturday, April 26th:]

Thanks everyone who took the time to send in questions... Had a massive response!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Video: Check this out "Melody Maker Awards (1969)" Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood & Peter Green

Footage of Christine McVie accepting her award for Top Girl Singer at the 1969 Melody Maker Awards.  John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Peter Green are shown talking at the reception... Cool to see!