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.
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.
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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The IoW organisers attempted to break the world record for most masks worn simultaneously at one place to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Hendrix's set.
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.
IoW made the world record attempt to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Hendrix's 1970 set
We preview some of the top acts on the bill this year.
Summer festival season kicks into high gear this weekend with the first big event of the calendar taking place on the south coast. Tens of thousands of people will be heading to Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight for a bill, which is top heavy on heritage acts that bring with them a sense of nostalgia. While recent years have welcomed the likes of Jay-Z, Calvin Harris and Kings Of Leon to headline, this time round it seems big names with an even bigger back catalogue are being used as the main attraction.
However, many of the headline acts seem to be experiencing a renaissance of sorts. For example, Blur, whose new album 'The Magic Whip', their first since 2003, has won critical acclaim. The former Britpop poster boys will take to the Main Stage on Saturday night in the knowledge that this is one of the first times that UK crowds will get to see this new material given the live treatment. You can expect a set heavy on those new songs, but peppered with all the classic singles, certainly a formula for a memorable festival appearance. It's a similar story for The Prodigy who'll headline the Main Stage on Friday after The Black Keys. Both acts have played the festival in recent years and here they're repeating the joint top billing that was given to Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris last year. As with Blur, The Prodigy's new album, 'The Day Is My Enemy', has revived interest in the band following an extended period out of the spotlight. Elsewhere, Fleetwood Mac will bring proceedings to a close on Sunday, bolstered by the return of Christine McVie to the band, a set covering Rumours era gems like 'Don't Stop' and 'Songbird' is a strong possibility.
The band finish show an hour early as Mick gets sick.
Attendees at Fleetwood Mac's Nebraska show on Saturday (January 17th 2015) were left disappointed when the band were forced to leave the stage an hour early as Mick was suddenly taken ill.
Drummer Mick Fleetwood falls ill in Nebraska
The band cancelled their latest gig mid-show at the weekend due to drummer Mick Fleetwood having to take time out to profusely throw up backstage as they played at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. 14,000 people had shown up expecting two and a half hours of their favourite Mac tunes and ended up leaving after just ninety minutes when they failed to continue without their drummer.
The popular band are coming to Europe next year
With Fleetwood Mac frontman Mick Fleetwood categorically stating that his legendary rock band will not be playing Glastonbury this year, European fans have been desperate to know when, and even if, they will ever get to hear any of their favourite Fleetwood tracks. Now they can despair no more as it was recently announced that the British-American band will be touring Europe next year, complete with full line-up including Christine McVie, after a 16-year hiatus.
Stevie Nicks is one fifth of Fleetwood Mac who are touring in Europe next year
Currently in the midst of a mammoth American tour, the band will continue their On With The Show tour in Europe and travel to cities including Amsterdam, Cologne, Antwerp, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin. They will conclude their UK trip on 30 June at Leeds’ First Direct Arena.
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Mick Fleetwood rules out any chance of headliners, but Dave Grohl is eager to be given the chance.
Glastonbury speculation time! Two bits of news have emerged in the last 24 hours that have changed the minds of opinion-formers as to who will be headlining the 2015 edition of the wildly popular British festival.
Foo Fighters' odds of headlining Glastonbury have been slashed after Dave Grohl (above) expressed interest
First of all, Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood has categorically denied that his band will be headlining the festival. Speaking on Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 programme, he said "One of the things that I'd like to clear up is that we're not playing Glastonbury. A lot of folks think that we are, so loud and clear: We love Glastonbury and all the surrounding history of such a lovely festival but we're not playing it." This squelches rumours that have been doing the rounds since May after Christine McVie said “if Michael Eavis provides the wellies I’ll be there”.
Continue reading: Glastonbury Rumours: Fleetwood Mac Say No, Foo Fighters Say Maybe
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
The eighth studio album from Stevie Nicks, '24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault', is set to be released on 6th October, 2014, following a string of singles over the past few months.
After a three year gap since her 2011 album 'In Your Dreams', Stevie Nicks is back with a brand new offering. '24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault' is due to be released on 6th October, 2014, by Warner Bros. Records.
Nicks began a tour with Fleetwood Mac during their 'On With the Show' tour in September, 2014
The album, which has been produced by Dave Stewart, Waddy Wachtel, and Nicks herself, was recorded in Los Angeles, California and Nashville, Tennessee. As a celebration of her career so far, the album will be packaged along with a collection of Polaroid photos, documenting key moments in almost 50 years of Nicks' time in the music industry.
One day. It'll happen one day, guys.
Fleetwood Mac is not making their long-awaited Glastonbury debut this year – the full line up has been announced, the posters have been made. Forget about it. But that doesn’t mean the legendary band won’t in the future, after Christine McVie confirmed the group’s desire to play the world-famous festival to The Daily Star.
Fleetwood Mac perform in Glasgow
Having just picked up her Lifetime Achievement Award at The Ivors, McVie – who re-joined the band full time not long ago, said: "If Michael Eavis provides the wellies I'll be there." It was a double scoop, too, as the singer confirmed that the band is recording another album. "We are making new music right now," she added. "It's half done, then the world tour starts in September."
Miley Cyrus has a new puppy but she is seemingly experiencing mixed emotions following the death last week of her dog Floyd.
Miley Cyrus' mother has attempted to mend her daughter's broken heart by buying her an adorable new puppy, Moonie. Sadly, Cyrus is experiencing mixed emotions concerning her new pet as it is less than a week since her dog, Floyd, passed away.
Miley Cyrus announced her dog, Floyd, had died on Tuesday.
In a series of tweets which would touch even the stoniest of hearts, Cyrus has expressed her sorrow at the loss of her beloved pet. Cyrus first tweeted the sad news on Tuesday (April 1st) and performed a special rendition of Fleetwood Mac's 'Landslide' in Boston whilst on her Bangerz tour. She wept whilst on stage, having apologised to fans in advance on Twitter stating "I'm sorry in advance if I'm not myself tomorrow Boston. I will try my best to be my best." Cyrus spoke to the audience about her state of mind following her loss, saying: "I'm sure you guys already know, but the reason that I'm so upset is my dog, I shouldn't say he was my favourite but he was my favourite, he passed away." She explained why she had chosen to sing a Fleetwood Mac song, stating she and Floyd used to listen to it together.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's was the split nobody saw coming this week, as Kate Bush's tour sells out and Joan Rivers stuck the knife into Lena Dunham.
Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Split: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin announced this week that they were splitting up. Well, instead they described their split as a "conscious uncoupling," a phrase that drew scorn and mockery from the internet. The pair had reportedly been testing their separation for a year and finally decided to go public. In an entry on the Iron Man star's website, the couple explained that being parents to their two children was the priority for them right now.
L'Wren Scott's Will: The last will and testament of the late fashion designer L'Wren Scott has been made public. The former model was found hanged in her Manhattan apartment on Monday 17th March whilst her boyfriend, Mick Jagger, was on tour with the Rolling Stones. Jagger is the only named beneficiary in L'Wren's will, with her adoptive siblings explicitly denied any of her $9 million estate. Scott's sister, Jan Shane, has lashed out at the Jagger's for turning the designer's death into a "media circus" - read about what else she had to say.
Fleetwood Mac have announced that they're going on tour in North America and that Christine McVie has rejoined the band!
Fleetwood Mac have announced that not only has Christine McVie joined the band's line-up but that they are headed on a full North American tour and are working on a new album. The band have confirmed the rumours themselves, leaving the scores of Fleetwood Mac fans both in North American and worldwide excited for more material and live appearances from the British-American rockers.
Christine McVie Is Set To Re-Join The Fleetwood Mac Touring Line-Up.
"I have very high hopes for all of this," guitarist Lindsey Buckingham told USA Today, adding "We've only been in the studio a week, and it's been really beautiful," she said. Buckingham spoke of how Christine had been getting reacquainted with the piano, having not performed professionally for so long.
5th August, 1967