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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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On With The Show? Maybe Not! Fleetwood Mac Cut Short Nebraska Show As Mick Falls Ill


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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.

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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.

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Fleetwood Mac Tour Tickets On Sale On Friday!


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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.

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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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Glastonbury Rumours: Fleetwood Mac Say No, Foo Fighters Say Maybe


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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.

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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”.

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Picture - Fleetwood Mac, John McVie, Christine... New York City New York United States, Thursday 9th October 2014

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 and Today
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Fleetwood Mac and Today

Stevie Nicks Returns With A New Album: '24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault'


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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.

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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.  

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Glastonbury Festival: Just Give Us The Wellies And "We're There" - Fleetwood Mac


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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.

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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."

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Miley Cyrus Has A New Puppy But Remains Conflicted Following Floyd's Death


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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.

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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. 

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A Week In News: 'Divergent' Dominates, A "Conscious Uncoupling," And Teenage Turtles Suit Up


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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.

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Christine McVie To Hit The Road With Fleetwood Mac, In Long-Awaited Reunion


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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.

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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.

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Grammys Finale: Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham Announced


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Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham have all been announced to play at the finale of the upcoming 56th annual Grammy Awards, which will take place on Sunday.

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Nine Inch Nails Have Been Confirmed To Play At The Grammys This Year.

Such a gathering of alt-rock icons will represent a Grammys first for QOTSA and Nine Inch Nails, true rock 'n' roll leviathans. "We're incredibly excited about this number," Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich said in a statement, via SPIN. "There's nothing better than when the Grammys can rock out, and to have these artists all together on one stage, doing a number that, when they presented it to us, knocked us out, is going to turn out to be one of those Grammy moments that people talk about for a long time. Long live Trent, Josh, Dave and Lindsey and these great bands!" Ehrlich added.

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Arcade Fire Confirmed As First Headlining Act For Glastonbury 2014


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Arcade Fire are officially headliners at Glastonbury 2014! After much speculation and finger crossing, the Canadian alt-rockers have been confirmed as the first headline act for 2014's outing at Worth Farm in Somerset next June.

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Arcade Fire will headline Glasto for the first time

The band confirmed their billing themselves, taking to Twitter to reveal a list of European dates due to take place in the same week at the end of June. As well as the stop off at Worthy Farm, AF will also be paying Rock In Roma and Villa Franca Di Verona a visit, as well as headlining a show at Marlay Park in Dublin. The band's own announcement was later followed up by a tweet from festival organiser Emily Eavis, with a statement from the festival's own Twitter page reading: "We're very pleased to announce that Arcade Fire will headline the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2014 on Friday 27th June."

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Christine McVie Is Open To Rejoining Fleetwood Mac Permanently


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Fleetwood Mac's reclusive former member Christine McVie has apparently voiced her interest in once again becoming a full-time member of the acclaimed, reformed group. After leaving the band for good in 1998, McVie came out of retirement in September this year to perform 'Don't Stop' with the rest of the band at London's O2 Arena and since then, it seems as though she's acquired the hunger for performing once again.

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The band (Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham pictured) have been back on the road without McVie

Speaking with The Guardian last week, the one-time key member of the group revealed her reason for leaving the band, but said that despite her feelings in 1998, she feels ready to face the world again and team up with the band as they continue to tour. The band are currently on hiatus from touring while Christine's ex-husband John McVie undergoes cancer treatment, however when they do return to the road, McVie's comments have suggested that she might be on the road with them.

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Chris McVie Cancer Cancels Fleetwood Mac Tour


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Fleetwood Mac have cancelled the Australasian part of their upcoming world tour due to the sudden news that bassist John McVie has been diagnosed with cancer, as announced via the band's website.

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Fleetwood Mac Bassist John McVie Diagnosed With Cancer.

"John McVie, one of the co founding and original members of Fleetwood Mac is now scheduled to be in treatment for cancer during that period of time," the statement reads.

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Fleetwood Mac Cancel World Tour After Bassist, John McVie, Receives Cancer Diagnosis


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Rock band 'Fleetwood Mac' is forced to cancel upcoming concerts in Australia and New Zealand from their worldwide tour after it was announced their bassist, John McVie, was diagnosed with cancer.

The 14 date leg of the two countries is cancelled so McVie can seek medical treatment for the diagnosis of an undisclosed type of cancer.

A statement was posted on the band's official Facebook page, stating, "Fleetwood Mac who has just completed the European leg of their phenomenally successful worldwide tour has announced the cancellation of their upcoming 14 date tour of Australia and New Zealand."

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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 and Lindsay Buckingham
Fleetwood Mac and Lindsay Buckingham
Fleetwood Mac and Lindsay Buckingham
Fleetwood Mac and Lindsay Buckingham

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