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.
These deliciously witchy tunes are perfect for Halloween.
What’s more Halloween-y than getting your witch on? Thankfully, there are plenty of spellbinding songs out there to inspire you to dig out that old broomstick for some Halloween hijinks this year.
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The music that got our pulses racing in these iconic sports films.
As Europe is currently in the midst of a nail-biting UEFA European Football Championship, we’ve been in the mood for a few sporty flicks. One thing all our favourite movies have in common (despite our eclectic tastes) is that they’ve all got incredible soundtracks. And these five sports-based films are definitely no different.
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Bend It Like Beckham
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The New Zealand musician is a big fan of the Emerald Isle.
He has long been destined for a music's Hall of Fame as one of New Zealand's greatest exports, yet legendary Crowded House frontman Neil Finn admits a large slice of his soul will always be Irish.
The iconic songwriter who penned classic hits such as Weather With You and Don't Dream It's Over has had more than a little folk influence in his music down the years and it's no wonder, with his mother hailing from the Limerick town of Kilmallock, Neil feels very much at home every time he sets foot in Ireland.
Buckingham was ousted from Fleetwood Mac back in January this year.
The legendary group dismissed their former frontman and guitarist back in January this year, replacing him with Crowded House’s Neil Finn and former Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell for their recently commenced tour, An Evening With Fleetwood Mac.
According to documents filed in Los Angeles’ Superior Court this week, 69 year old Buckingham claims that he has lost up to $14 million as a result of the band’s internal power move to oust him.
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Tenacious D ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM + ANIMATED SERIES
Comedy music duo Tenacious D have announced their grand return to music after six years away. Comprising comedian Jack Black and bandmate Kyle Gass, Tenacious D’s new album will be titled Post-Apocalypto.
Produced by John Spiker, the record will also feature Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl on drums. It’s available on November 2nd via streaming, CD and translucent green vinyl.
With Lindsey Buckingham out and Neil Finn and Mike Campbell in, Fleetwood Mac will go on tour in America in October 2018.
Having recently revealed the departure of lynchpin guitarist Lindsey Buckingham from the group, Fleetwood Mac are getting ready to get back on the road, announcing an extensive North American tour later this year with a re-booted line-up.
The legendary rock group consisting of Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, John McVie and Christine McVie have announced that a new six-strong line-up, with the additions of Crowded House’s Neil Finn and former Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, will commence a 52-date North American tour later this year.
The lengthy schedule begins with a show on October 3rd at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and stretches into April 2019. Tickets go on sale on May 4th.
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The guitarist has allegedly been fired from the band.
Drama in Fleetwood Mac as it's revealed that guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has indeed been fired from the group, and his usual replacement isn't even being called in. Reports suggest his departure came in regards to some disagreements over the upcoming tour arrangements.
Lindsey Buckingham performing live in concert
He played for the band between 1975 and 1987 and then again from 1997, and he also joined Christine McVie for their own project last year. But Billy Burnette, who has in the past played guitar while Buckingham has been away from the band, revealed the news of his leaving in a shady Twitter post last week.
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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac perform an awesome cover of 'Don't Stop'.
Jimmy Fallon proves once again that no-one need spend thousands on expensive musical equipment when your typical elementary school instruments will do the job just fine. This time he was joined by Fleetwood Mac and a group of kids from the SeriousFun Children's Network.
Lindsey Buckingham performs live with Fleetwood Mac
Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac performed their hit song 'Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)' alongside house band The Roots and kids from SeriousFun using only classroom instruments on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' yesterday (June 12th 2017) - and they absolutely smashed it.
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'Lindsey Buckingham/ Christine McVie' is the first album from the Fleetwood Mac members.
The self-titled first album from Fleetwood Mac musicians Lindsey Buckingham And Christine McVie is coming this summer, alongside a 14-date North American theatre tour. The first single from the record, 'In My World', will be released digitally later this week.
Lindsey Buckingham performing live
The 10-track album, named simply 'Lindsey Buckingham/ Christine McVie', is their first project as a duo and one that began around three years ago with Fleetwood Mac's 'On With The Show' reunion tour. They recorded in the much familiar Village Studios in Los Angeles, with other band members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie also working on the record. It was originally meant to be an official Fleetwood Mac project, but they changed course with the absense of Stevie Nicks.
A huge deluxe collection comes out this spring.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of their legendary fourteenth studio album 'Tango in the Night', Fleetwood Mac are releasing a very special box set edition with previously unreleased recordings and remastered songs. If that wasn't enough, you'll also get several dub remixes of a handful of the tracks.
Fleetwood Mac unveil latest album boxed set
'Tango in the Night' was first released in 1987, and was the record that featured hits the likes of 'Little Lies', 'Seven Wonders', 'Everywhere' and 'Big Love'. It was their biggest selling album after 1977's landmark 'Rumours', having sold over 15 million copies around the globe. It also became number one in the UK charts for five weeks altogether.
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Fleetwood Mac Friday 30th October 2009 performing live in concert at Wembley Arena London, England