Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Night of 1,000 Stevies, the 24th incarnation of the largest Nicks fan event in the world

Night of 1,000 Stevies: Originality Reigns Supreme
By R. Kurt Osenlund

Stevie Nicks remains the key inspiration of her largest fan event, but the diversity of its talent and turnout proves you can be her disciple and still go your own way.

Tambourines were tossed from the stage into a decadent crowd of hundreds, and ample black shawls were available for sale, but Stevie Nicks’s trademark accessories were hardly a requirement at last Friday’s Night of 1,000 Stevies, the 24th incarnation of the largest Nicks fan event in the world. Held at New York’s Irving Plaza, its sixth—and grandest—venue, the mystical affair attracted fans and performers who each found a way to uniquely channel Fleetwood Mac’s witchy woman.

Continue to the full review at OUT.com

Check out the photos from the event

Here's one of the videos produced for the event... Really well done.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Album Chart Update: Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac albums on the charts in North America, UK, Ireland and Australia. (Previous week in parenthesis)

UK - May 17, 2014
# 99 (86) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

# 25 (21) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

U.S.A. -  Chart date May 17, 2014
# 46 (50) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac

CANADA - Chart date May 4, 2014
# 36 (33) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 100 (101) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits

IRELAND - May 8, 2014
# 67 (63)  Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

AUSTRALIA - May 12, 2014
# 70 (32) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

#  6 (3)   Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of
# 32 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - 25 Years The Chain [box set]

# 18 (10) Sound City - Real To Reel (features Lindsey, Stevie and Mick)

Friday, May 09, 2014

Photos: Lindsey Buckingham spotted in the studio with Empire Of The Sun

"spent the day with one of my heroes Lindsay Buckingham.
I wish all superstars were this cool."
Lindsey in the studio with Peter Mayes and Empire Of The Sun?

Not sure what this is all about... The only info is that the colour photo is from May 8th and the black and white photo is from May 9th. Posted to Peter Mayes instagram account.

Peter Mayes is an Australian musician and producer widely known for being a leading member of dance act Pnau. He is longtime collaborator with Nick Littlemore and has produced and mixed many of his projects, most notably the platinum selling album Walking on a Dream, for Empire of the Sun, and the art-rock act Teenager. He has also done work with Elton John, Mika, Karen O, The Killers, Ellie Goulding, Sia, ESG, Lover Lover and Van She.

"Lindsay Buckingham in the studio again today"

"Happy Times with Lindsay Buckingham and Empire of the Sun"

"Lindsey Buckingham , Will Buckingham , Empire of the Sun and @mosessumney"
Photo: Nick Littlemore

Thursday, May 08, 2014

AUDIO: Christine McVie describes the NEW Fleetwood Mac Sound

While fans have been buzzing about the return of Christine McVie for a tour this fall, most of Fleetwood Mac has quietly been in a Los Angeles studio working on new material.

Here's a short clip of Christine describing the sounds Fleetwood Mac are producing:
"There's a whole variety of songs, starting from sort of blues-based songs to very commercial songs, really. It's very, very exciting and very, very...I don't know. We get chills when we hear them."

Buckingham says the group worked on about eight songs -- whose titles include "Carnival Begin," "Red Sun" and "Too Far Gone" -- and also has material he, bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood worked on prior to last year's Fleetwood Mac tours of North America and Europe. Stevie Nicks will also be making contributions, he says, but there are no firm release plans yet:

"There was never really any intention to try and finish this album and put it out to promote on this particular tour that we're about to embark upon because we all felt that maybe the smart call was to go out and have the novelty of Christine being back in the band be the cleaner and more to-the-point place to start, and so to go out and just re-include her songs in the body of work and have that be pretty much the presentation of that set seemed to be the right thing to do, and then to come back and when we're done with that (tour) and finish this up with Stevie, who has...assured us she will be ready to do that then. And then we'll have something to gout and promote with some new music. So it becomes sort of a long-term plan, so we're all very excited about that."

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Press Release: 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony Feat. Stevie Nicks Debuts May 31st on HBO

Inductees Are Nirvana, The E Street Band, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, KISS, Brian Epstein And Andrew Loog Oldham

Nirvana, The E Street Band, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and KISS are the performer inductees, and Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham are the non-performer inductees, in the exclusive HBO special 2014 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY, debuting SATURDAY, MAY 31 (8:00-11:15 p.m. ET/PT). This year’s ceremony featured an impressive array of guests, including Bruce Springsteen, Lorde, Chris Martin, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Nicks, Glenn Frey, Sheryl Crow, Tom Morello, St. Vincent, Joan Jett, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Kim Gordon, Michael Stipe, Questlove, Youssou N’Dour, Art Garfunkel and Peter Asher.

Other HBO playdates: 
June 04 (9:00 p.m.),
June 07 (4:45 p.m.),
June 10 (2:30 p.m., 4:15 a.m.),
June 16 (5:15 p.m., 2:00 a.m.),
June 22 (8:45 a.m.),
June 27 (1:45 p.m.)
June 30 (8:15 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: 
June 03  (11:00 p.m.),
June 06  (9:00 p.m.),
June 08  (2:45 p.m.),
June 11 (8:00 a.m., 9:00 p.m.),
June 19 (4:45 p.m.),
June 24 (11:45 a.m.)
June 29 (8:45 a.m.)

The 29th annual induction ceremony took place April 10 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, marking the first time the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony has been held in Brooklyn. The HBO special features some of the biggest names in music in celebratory reunions, rousing tributes and heartfelt speeches from both presenters and inductees.

The HBO special features:  Performer Category

Peter Gabriel
Induction: Chris Martin
Performance: Peter Gabriel and Chris Martin perform “Washing of the Water.” Youssou N’Dour joins Gabriel for an uplifting performance of “In Your Eyes.”

Linda Ronstadt
Induction: Glenn Frey
Performance: Carrie Underwood begins with Ronstadt’s “Different Drum.” Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris join her for a sultry “Blue Bayou,” adding Sheryl Crow for “You’re No Good” and Stevie Nicks for “It’s So Easy.” The supergroup closes with a rousing “When Will I Be Loved?”

Continue below for more:

via Billboard Fleetwood Mac Revives Chemistry In Studio: 'We Get Chills,' Says Christine McVie

Fleetwood Mac Revives Chemistry In Studio: 'We Get Chills,' Says Christine McVie

By Gary Graff
Source: Billboard

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie talk about collaborating ahead of the band's upcoming tour. "We've been working very closely together, so there is a freshness"

It appears that Christine McVie will be returning to Fleetwood Mac to do more than play some old songs in concert. The group -- sans Stevie Nicks, who was busy with "some other commitments," according to Lindsey Buckingham -- has just finished a nearly two-month run in Studio D at the Village Recorder in Los Angeles, where Fleetwood Mac made 1979's "Tusk" album, working on a batch of new songs by McVie and Buckingham.

"This has kind of been a project in slow motion, that's the only way I can put it," Buckingham tells Billboard. "We got in the studio not knowing what to expect, and the chemistry was just unbelievable... We got eight tracks very far along, like, 75 percent done. It just played out really organically in a way that seemed appropriate." Buckingham says the new songs came from ideas McVie brought into the band, and coupled with material he worked on previously with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, the group has "about 14 or 15 things, and some other things we want to get to down the line" even before Nicks begins making contributions. 

"We're all very excited about it. Knowing me, I'm going to be pushing for a double album," Buckingham says with a laugh.

Describing the new songs -- which include "Carnival Begin," "Red Sun" and "Too Far Gone" -- McVie says, "There's a wide variety, starting from sort of blues-based songs to very commercial songs. It's very, very exciting. We get chills when we hear them. They sound really fresh. There's an element, I guess, that hasn't really existed so much in the past although it has been there in the fact Lindsey and I have been collaborating more. We've been working very closely together, so there is a freshness and obviously there are parts for Stevie to sing on all of these songs, which she will do eventually."

When the rest of the world hears them remains up in the air, however. Fleetwood Mac released a four-song digital EP in April of 2013, and Buckingham and McVie say they don't expect to have a new album ready before the group's upcoming tour starts September 30 in Minneapolis.

"We haven't finished what we've done here," McVie explains. "these are just tracks with some overdubs, and they're certainly not finished. I go back to England now until the beginning of rehearsals, which is the end of July, and then we're rehearsing and then we're touring, so we won't really have time to (finish the songs). There's some talk about some time next year. Fleetwood Mac always take a long time to make a record -- you know what."

Buckingham concurs, though he acknowledges that there may be a bit of clamor for the new music once word of the sessions leaks out, which may effect the timetable for the material's release. "We want to plant some seeds of awareness about what we're doing," he says. "We won't want to pretend it doesn't exist. We're very proud of it, and we do want to get the word out. But we'll have to see how much clamor there is by the time we get into rehearsal and we have some time to let these seeds grow and see what kind of interest there is. That may inform our decisions one way or the other."

Buckingham, meanwhile, says he's particularly stoked that making new music is part of McVie's return after a 16-year absence. "It just took on a life of its own for sure," he says. "For years I was telling everybody, 'Y'know, she'll never be in the band again. She's gone.' I really believed that. But right now the whole thing has really got such a circular feel to it. And if you're talking about one more act for this play or whatever you want to call it, I can't think of a better way to do it." 

Fleetwood Mac formally announced McVie's return in January after she joined the group on stage in London last September. McVie -- who released one solo album, 2004's "In the Meantime," during the interim but mostly spent her time as "a retired lady of leisure with the Range Rover and the Dogs" in rural England -- has gone through therapy to overcome a fear of flying that was one of the reasons he left the group. And she promises that she's back in Fleetwood Mac "for perpetuity, yeah. For as long as I'm around. I'm here. I'm committed." And she adds that returning to the studio with the group was like getting back on the proverbial bike.  

"I thought I was going to get nervous coming in the studio, but it's felt very easy and natural," she says. "Before I got to L.A. Lindsey and I had been ping-ponging ideas on computers and that; I'd send him my very, very rough, funky demos and he made some kind of sense out of them and sent them back to me with him playing guitar and they started to turn into really lovely ideas. I really missed playing with them and the chemistry of it all and started to really, really desire to start doing something again, and the only people I could think of that I would have any desire to do anything with would be them, Fleetwood Mac."

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

INTERVIEW: Lindsey Buckingham talks about Village Recordings w/ Christine McVie for NEW Fleetwood Mac Album


Lindsey Buckingham revealed that Fleetwood Mac is currently in the studio recording its first studio album in over a decade -- with the full classic lineup teaming up for the first time since 1987. Buckingham explained that a substantial amount of the material came from the group's 2012 sessions for their Extended Play EP, released last year: 

"There was a bunch of material that I cut with John (McVie) and Mick (Fleetwood), about a year-and-a-half ago, before we hit the road last time. And a couple of those made it into the show and we put out this little EP from that -- but there were quite a few other things. So, y’know, we had that as a starting point for an album."

"We were here at the Village for I think 4 weeks, then we took a week off, and then we were here for another 4 weeks. And this is our last few days.  And we got 8 tracks, very far along... You know like 75% done in that amount of time. And all of those except for 1 are Christine, or co-writes between Christine and myself. Because it seemed like the priority was to work on her stuff then to get her feeling comfortable and feeling far along with this process and we managed that very well".

Listen to the Audio of Lindsey explaining their time at The Village:

Part 1 Basic Tracks | Part 2 Eight New Tracks

Source: 100.9 The Mix

Monday, May 05, 2014

VOTE for Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum "CMT Performance of the Year" Award at CMT.com

Please vote for Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum for "CMT Performance of the Year" Award for  their performance of "Rhiannon" from last years Cross Roads.  Vote HERE at CMT. You can log in with Facebook / Twitter or by logging in to CMT.  Must be a U.S. resident over 13 to vote.  Vote in each category... Stevie and Lady Antebellum's category is "Performance of the Year".  Make sure you read the RULES.

More on their episode of Cross Roads HERE.

Neil Young , Stevie Nicks and Lionel Richie are among several artists from outside the world of country music who scored nominations for the 2014 CMT Music Awards .  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will compete against each other for the CMT Performance of the Year prize at the ceremony, which will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 4, at 8 p.m. ET on CMT.

Young received a nod for a duet rendition of his song "Long May You Run" with his old buddy Willie Nelson , which was featured on an episode of CMT Crossroads titled Willie Nelson & Friends from Third Man Records .  Nicks, meanwhile, was nominated for a performance from her own CMT Crossroads appearance, which featured her performing with Lady Antebellum .  They're nominated for their collaborative version of her Fleetwood Mac classic "Rhiannon."  As for pop/R&B legend Richie, who had a surprise hit with his 2012 country duets collection, Tuskegee , he garnered a nod for his medley performance of "Oh No"/"All Night Long" with Luke Bryan from the 2013 CMT Artists of the Year special.

Other nominees for CMT Performance of the Year include modern-rock band Fall Out Boy   and pop group OneRepublic , who are being recognized for their respective CMT Crossroads duets with Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry .

Miranda Lambert is the leading nominee for the 2014 CMT Music Awards with a total of six.  Voting for the CMT Music Awards is now open at CMT.com and will run through June 1 at midnight.  Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday May 10 at 11 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.

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Sunday, May 04, 2014

Chart Updates: Fleetwood Mac "Rumours" "Greatest Hits" and "The Very Best Of"

Nothing too remarkable going on this week with albums charting in various countries... Few ups and downs and a couple of re-entries.

(Previous week in parenthesis)

U.S.A. -  Chart date May 10, 2014
# 49 (33) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 50 Re-entry: Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac

AUSTRALIA - Chart date May 5, 2014
# 32 (29) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

# 50 Re-entry: Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits

# 3 (4) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

# 10 (8) Sound City - Real to Reel (Feat. Lindsey, Stevie and Mick)

CANADA - Chart date April 20, 2014
# 21 (27) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 81 (49) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits

UK - Chart date May 10, 2014
# 85 (86) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

# 21 (17) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

IRELAND - May, 2014
# 63 (48)  Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Photo: Mick Fleetwood chillin on a plane Maui bound with headphones on #FleetwoodMac

Mick Fleetwood spotted on his way back to Maui, May 1, 2014

Photo by: Sirius Summit

Daily Mail
Mick was actually on his way to Maui, not landing in Los Angeles as the article suggests.  And he's carrying a Ukulele not a guitar.

Going his own way! Legendary musician Mick Fleetwood opts for serious flower power as he lands in Los Angeles  

He is one of the most successful singer/songwriters in the world, noted for his contribution to Fleetwood Mac's commercial success which first exploded in the 1970s.

But Mick Fleetwood was still channeling something of a flower-power vibe when he landed in Los Angeles airport on Friday.  

The 66 year-old was clearly going his own way as he arrived in California, where he stood out from the crowd in a clash of colours. 

The acclaimed musician - whose hits include Tusk, You Make Loving Fun and Go Your Own Way - looked like he was back on the east coast to write or record new music as he carried his guitar.

Wearing a bright yellow jacket with pale blue trousers, he accessorised with a pink and white floral scarf and a pair of tan boat shoes.

He also wore his hair in a ponytail, although much of it was covered by his purple-rimmed hat.

Clearly dressed to impress, he attracted many onlookers with his quirky attire as he walked through the airport's arrivals terminal.

But the attention will be welcome now that the British-born star is about to embark on a Fleetwood Mac reunion tour from September, which will see all five original back together on stage.

This will see them perform until 20 December, performing all of their favourite hits.

The Chain group - featuring John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks - have recently welcomed back Christine McVie.

After 15 years of living in the tranquil English countryside, the 70 year-old has made the decision to return to the band for a planned tour. 

The British-American band were formed in 1967 in London. Their smash-hit album Rumours sold 40 million and topped the U.S. chart for seven months, but their stardom was blighted by cocaine-fuelled excess.

Photo: Dave Stewart and Waddy Wachtel at the mixing desk working on new Stevie Nicks album

Photo: Dave Stewart

Things appear to be moving along quickly... Today, Dave posted a picture on Facebook of himself and producing partner Waddy Watchel at the mixing desk working on Stevie's new album.  Which to me indicates the recording is done and they are at the mixing stage... or does that happen as you move along during the recording process?

"at the mixing desk with my great pal and producing partner Waddy Wachtel for 
Stevie Nicks new album"

Friday, May 02, 2014

Australia TV Alert: @StevieNicks @FleetwoodMac and Lindsey Buckingham in May

Oprah's Master Class with Stevie Nicks 

Channel 128 Discovery Health
Saturday 3 May, 2014 1:30pm
Sunday 4 May, 2014 8:30am

Soundstage: Fleetwood Mac
Join MAX as we bring you an exclusive Fleetwood Max event that takes you closer than no other.

Channel 805 MAX - Duration 90 mins.
Sunday 4 May, 2014 8:30 am
Monday 5 May, 2014 7:00 pm.
Tuesday 6 May, 2014 6:00am.

Talks Music with Lindsey Buckingham

Channel 132 Studio - Duration 60 mins.
Wednesday 14, May, 2014 5:30pm
Thursday 15, May, 2014 4:00am
Thursday 15, May, 2014 1:30am