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Fleetwood Mac (formed 1967) Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band famous for their hits 'Albatross' and 'Dreams'.

Formation: Fleetwood Mac formed in London when founder Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie were in a band with John Mayall called 'John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers'. 'Fleetwood Mac' as a band name came about when Green wanted Fleetwood to start a band with him and McVie, though McVie was initially reluctant due to not wanting to take a big career risk. They instead enlisted slide player Jeremy Spencer and bassist Bob Brunning into the band. They played a show at the Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival and McVie subsequently replaced Brunning.

Musical Career: Fleetwood Mac's debut album 'Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac' came out in 1968 on the label Blue Horizon. It was a blues collection and reached number 4 on UK charts but did have any singles. Their first charting singles were 'Black Magic Woman' and 'Need Your Love So Bad'. In 1968, they released second album 'Mr. Wonderful' featuring Christine Perfect on keyboards. They later added guitarist Danny Kirwan to their line-up and released UK number 1 single 'Albatross' and the album 'English Rose'. 1969 marked their last blues recordings when they moved to Immediate Records. On their new label, they released 'Man of the World' which peaked at number 2 in the UK. They changed label again when their manager Clifford Davis chose to sign them with Warner Bros.' Reprise Records on which their first album was rock-infused 'Then Play On'. Peter Green was suffering from his drug use and left the band in 1970 after a disagreement with the others when they refused to give all their money to charity at his suggestion. 1970 saw them release 'Kiln House' on which McVie's wife Christine Perfect contributed and was soon asked to join. Spencer disappeared suddenly in 1971 during a tour and the rest of the band later found that he had joined a cult called the Children of God. They persuaded Green to come back to help finish the tour. His return was not permanent, however, and they soon hired Bob Welch as a guitarist under a recommendation from a friend. With Welch they released the hugely different 'Future Games' and the subsequent 1972 album 'Bare Trees'. Kirwan was then fired due to his alcohol dependency which caused him to be difficult at live shows, at one point refusing to go on stage criticising his bandmates. After that, the line-up was regularly changed. They added guitarist Bob Weston and vocalist Dave Walker but Walker was fired after their 'Penguin' album tour in 1973 and Weston was fired for having an affair with Fleetwood's wife. Clifford Davis made rock history in a strange turn of events where he claimed he owned the band name and set up a fake Fleetwood Mac band with members who had never been in the real band. People were told that Welch and McVie had quit and that Fleetwood and Christine were soon to be joining. The band went through a struggle with their Warner Bros. label as they attempted to convince them of the real Fleetwood Mac line-up. They then decided to manage themselves. They released 'Heroes Are Hard to Find' in 1974, though Welch left soon after the tour. Welch was replaced by Lindsey Buckingham who also had his girlfriend Stephanie Nicks join the band. Their first album with the band was the 1975 self-titled record which reached number one in the US and sold 5 million copies. With 1976 came the break up of John and Christine McVie, Buckingham and Nicks and Fleetwood and his wife Jenny. However, in 1977 they released 'Rumours' which won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The band went on a hiatus after 1982's 'Mirage' album during which many members took up solo projects, Fleetwood had filed for bankruptcy and Nicks sought therapy for drug and alcohol addiction problems. Lindsey Buckingham left in 1987 and guitarists Billy Burnette and Rick Vito were added. The new line-ups first release was UK number one 'Behind the Mask'. In 1991, Nicks and Rick Vito both left the band but Nicks rejoined with Buckingham for U.S. President Bill Clinton's Inaugural Ball in 1993. Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks reunited in 1997 and released live album 'The Dance'. In 1998, Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and also won a BRIT award. However, Christine McVie left permanently that year. In 2008, there were reports that Sheryl Crow would join the band but this was later denied. They went on a world tour in 2009 which served as their first non-album tour and it grossed $71.2 million. In 2009, a one-hour documentary called 'Fleetwood Mac: Don't Stop' was broadcast in the UK on BBC One featuring interviews with the current band members. In 2011, Stevie Nicks announced another tour in 2012 as well as a new album, but, in 2012, Mick Fleetwood said he doubted it due to Nicks and Buckingham's solo work. However, Nicks confirmed that they would tour again in 2013. Since their last tour, there has been much tragedy surrounding the band. Former bassist Bob Brunning died in 2011, while former guitarist Bob Weston soon followed in 2012. Former singer and guitarist Bob Welch was also found dead in 2012 after shooting himself.



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Dave Stewart Opens Up About Night Of Passion With Stevie Nicks In New Book


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The Fleetwood Mac star had just split up with Eagles rocker Joe Walsh when she decided to check out a Eurythmics show at The Wiltern Theatre - and she convinced Stewart to join her for a cocaine-fuelled party at her house.

In an exclusive excerpt from his memoir Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: A Life in Music, obtained by Billboard.com, the British singer/songwriter recalls, "It wasn't really a party: just Stevie and her singers being very speedy, ­laughing and talking.

"The house seemed enormous to me, so I wandered around, and when I came back to the ­living room, they had all disappeared into a bathroom for what seemed like hours. Actually it was hours. At around three in the morning, I ended up saying to myself, 'OK, I'm really tired now and I have no idea where I am or which hotel Annie and the band are staying in'.

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Mick Fleetwood Finalises Divorce


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The drummer and Lynn initially separated in 2012 and filed for legal separation in 2013. His petition was later turned into a divorce case, and a judge finally granted Mick and Lynn a divorce on 20 November (15), according to court documents obtained by Billboard.com.

The judgement does not give details on how they will split their assets, nor do the papers indicate how the former couple will share custody of its 13-year-old twin daughters.

Mick initially cited irreconcilable differences as the cause of the split and he is requesting joint legal custody of the kids.

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Grace Slick: 'Fleetwood Mac Should Call It A Day And Retire'


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The White Rabbit singer, who quit the business in the late 1980s to focus on her love of art, admits she's still a fan of the band's music, but she can't bear to look at them.

"I saw on television a filming of Fleetwood Mac doing something and I was OK as long as I didn't look at 'em," she tells WENN. "I couldn't look at 'em. They sounded great... and if I looked away and imagined young people singing I was OK with it.

"There's something about old people singing rock 'n' roll lyrics that bothers me. It just doesn't match."

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Katy Perry Tops Forbes List Of Highest-Earning Women In Music


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Katy Perry has edged out her fierce rival Taylor Swift to be named as the highest-earning female musician of 2015, with estimated income of $88 million in a 12-month period, according to the annual article by Forbes.

Perry’s Prismatic world tour accounted for the substantial part of her earnings, as she took approximately $1.3 million on every stop on the massive haul. Sponsorship deals tied in with the tour also added to this number, with deals with cosmetics brand Covergirl and fashion accessories company Claire’s as well as her fragrances released in conjunction with Coty.

Katy PerryKaty Perry earned $88 million between June 2014-June 2015, making her the highest-earning woman in music

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Taylor Swift Scores A Year In The U.s. Top 10 With 1989


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The pop star's 1989 has spent the past 52 weeks in the Billboard 200 top flight, and the feat puts Swift in the company of Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Adele and Celine Dion.

Swift's November, 2014 release spent its 52nd week sliding down the chart from six to nine, but just managed to hang onto a top 10 spot. 1989 debuted at number one on the chart dated 14 November, 2014, and spent 11 non-consecutive weeks on top of the countdown.

Taylor now shares fourth spot on the all-time list with Fleetwood MAC's Rumours, seven weeks behind Celine Dion, whose 1996 album Falling Into You spent 59 weeks in the top 10.

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Fleetwood Mac Tipped For Glastonbury


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Fleetwood Mac are ''highly likely'' to headline Glastonbury 2016.

The 'Go Your Own Way' hitmakers - who topped the bill at the Isle of Wight Festival last year - are reportedly close to signing up to perform at the world Michael Eavis' iconic festival on Worthy Farm in Somerset, South West England.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''Glastonbury was always on the cards and they wanted to do it last year but they couldn't because of the deal they have signed with Isle of Wight organisers. Now they are free of that they can do what they want.''

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Voting Opens For Classic Rock Roll Of Honour 2015


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Voting has opened for the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards 2015.

Nominations have been announced for the prestigious awards, with the results being unveiled at a star-studded ceremony at the Roundhouse in Camden, London on Wednesday 11 November.

Siân Llewellyn, Editor of Classic Rock, said: ''What a great 12 months it's been for high-voltage rock'n'roll. And what a year for us to return to the Roll Of Honour's spiritual home at London's Roundhouse after celebrating its tenth anniversary in Hollywood.

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Foxes Inspired By Cyndi Lauper On Album


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Foxes has been inspired by Cyndi Lauper and Fleetwood Mac on her new album, 'All I Need'.

The solo singer recently completed work on her second studio record and admitted she was inspired by the lyrics of the 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' hitmaker and the five-piece band while working on the collection, but insisted the tracks don't all have the same 80s sound as her recent single 'Body Talk'.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz at MTV Crashes Plymouth - which will be shown on MTV Music at 9pm on August 7 - she said: ''The album isn't like that [song]. Production-wise I definitely pushed 'Body Talk' to a place that the rest isn't necessarily at, but I felt like the song lent itself to that when I wrote it. So the whole album isn't 80s. But there are elements of Fleetwood Mac I really love and I was inspired by a lot of females like Cyndi Lauper when I was writing the album so there are elements of 80s, but not really sonically, it's more in the way it's written.''

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Fleetwood Mac Headlining At The SSE Hydro

Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac headlining at the SSE Hydro at the SECC in Glasgow at SSE Hydro SECC - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Tuesday 16th June 2015

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Isle Of Wight Festival - 2015 Live Review


It's perhaps fitting that my prevailing memory of this year's Isle of Wight Festival will be guitars. This was after all the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's legendary performance on the Island, something that was being widely celebrated by festival organiser John Giddings and his team across the site. Fender, for example, brought some specially designed guitars to the party for artists including You Me At 6 to play, and there was also a world record attempt for the most number of people in one place to be wearing a mask, the face in question was naturally Hendrix himself. Despite that backdrop, it was some of the guitarists who played across the weekend that demonstrated the power of the instrument and reinforced that guitar based rock isn't on its last legs as some have speculated over the past few years.

Isle Of Wight Festival 2015 Live Review

The festival got into full swing with a Stones-esque swagger on Friday afternoon when The Struts took to the Main Stage. Their enthusiasm signalled a continuation of their set from the previous year's festival, indeed they are an ideal opening act when you want to energise a crowd. Their appearance at Download the following day, will no doubt have had a similar effect. There seemed to be a Rolling Stones theme to many of the acts getting the festival underway. Over in the Big Top The Ruen Brothers covered 'Miss You' during their rousing set that was well received.

The first moment that sent a shiver down my spine this year was the Counting Crows though. The guitar line to 'Round Here' sent a wave of excitement across the main arena. It was a strong opening statement in a nine song set that featured the likes of 'Mr Jones', 'Miami', and 'Rain King' into which singer Adam Duritz dropped some Elbow lyrics as a nod of the hat to Guy Garvey. If Counting Crows' guitars weren't haunting enough, it was actually The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach whose riffs were the most powerful and elemental of the day. The dirty Blues grit of Auerbach's playing was like a roll of thunder that saw the heavens open to drench the crowd in torrential rain. While much of the set was dedicated to material culled from 'El Camino' and 'Brothers', rather than recent record 'Turn Blue', the band's graduation to a headlining slot was well deserved and warranted. The final song of the set 'Little Black Submarines', which builds from a delicate solo performance to a dramatic climax, utilised every trick in the book for The Black Keys' expanded touring band. If Patrick Carney's drums and Auerbach's guitars are the perfect union on record, it seems their live shows rightly now have the power to command top billing with the inclusion of bassist Richard Swift and keyboardist John Clement Wood. 

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Isle Of Wight Festival Sees World Record Attempt In Honour Of Jimi Hendrix


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On the 45th anniversary of his legendary set at the venue, the organisers of the Isle of Wight Festival 2015 have honoured Jimi Hendrix by attempting to break a world record.

Amid the fun of four massive headliners over three nights – The Black Keys and The Prodigy sharing the slot on Friday, Blur on Saturday and Fleetwood Mac on Sunday – the IoW chiefs had been encouraging the 50,000 festival-goers to buy cut-out Jimi Hendrix masks in order raise money for its nominated charity WellChild.

Jimi HendrixIoW made the world record attempt to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Hendrix's 1970 set

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Fleetwood Mac Perform Live In Concert

Mick Fleetwood and Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac perform live in concert at the Ziggo Dome at Ziggo Dome - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Sunday 31st May 2015

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Fleetwood Mac Performing Live On The 'Today' Show

Fleetwood Mac, John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood - Fleetwood Mac performing live on the 'Today' show - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 9th October 2014

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Fleetwood Mac Playing A Headline Gig

Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac playing a headline gig at the Hydro in the SECC in Glasgow - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Thursday 3rd October 2013

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Fleetwood Mac Performing In Concert

Lindsay Buckingham - Fleetwood Mac performing live in concert at the Manchester Arena - Manchester, United Kingdom - Tuesday 1st October 2013

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