Possibly one of the most influential bands of the twentieth century, Fleetwood Mac, and this is your chance to catch the ever impressive band as they tour the world, with StubHub now offering Fleetwood Mac tickets! With Mick Fleetwood on drums, John McVie on bass, Christine McVie back on keys, Stevie Nicks returning to vocals and Lyndsey Buckingham on guitar, the band continues to prove themselves some of the best in the business! So what are you doing still reading, make sure you grab your Fleetwood Mac tickets at StubHub!
Fleetwood Mac’s history is a well-known story among many music aficionados. With Mick Fleetwood standing as the sole founding member, the band’s past members almost list as a who’s who of the blues-rock oeuvre. Take for example Peter Green, who having originally co-founded the band after leaving blues band John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, had to leave Fleetwood Mac after his overt drug use, lead to Green wanting to give all of their money to charity. Surprisingly the rest of the band weren’t quite so compliant with his request, and what followed was it is now known to many as the transitional era. In fairness to the rest of the band at the time, Peter Green had never been an easy band-member to work with. With the original line-up consisting of Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and two extra guitarists in the form of Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan, Green had already displayed his displeasure at Jeremy Spencer’s lack of desire in contributing to any of Green’s songs, and his prolific drug-use saw the frontman become increasingly difficult to work with.
In fact, in 1971, something truly bizarre happened in which halfway through their tour, after Spencer said he was leaving to “get a magazine”, the man disappeared for several days! Even more astounding, when they found him, he was discovered to have joined a religious group known as the “Children of God”! Now an official liability, the band were actually forced to convince Peter Green to return to the band and finish the rest of the tour. Agreeing on a completely temporary basis, the band would continue to search for a new guitarist. Enter Bob Welch, friend of the band Judy Wong’s high school friend, in which after only a few meetings the band decided to enlist Bib Welches services, without actually ever hearing how he played.
Suffice to say with so many changes occurring in the band their next album Future Games, released later that year, had a completely different sound, unlike anything Fleetwood Mac had recorded before. In fact, the band’s new sound proved to be hit with a number of American fans, and interest for the band rose. It was because of this that the band’s label, CBS released Fleetwood Mac’s first Greatest Hits compilation album and featured mostly songs written and composed by Peter Green. With interest in Fleetwood Mac high, the band set to work on a follow-up album and by the following year, Fleetwood Mac released their sixth studio album, Bare Trees!
The last album to feature Danny Kirwan, Bare Trees, actually struck a chord with critics and fans alike. Going Platinum in the US, with favourable reviews, the album stood as a glance at things to come as Fleetwood Mac’s rise in popularity laid the way to where they are now. Oddly Rolling Stone magazine actually placed Kirwan at the centre of the album saying, “With his multiple skills, Kirwan can’t help being the focal point. It is his presence that makes Fleetwood Mac something more than another competent rock group. He gives them a distinctiveness, a sting. He makes you want to hear these songs again.”
Of course, success for rock stars can be a dangerous thing, with Kirwan developing an increasingly difficult alcohol dependency. During a particularly fierce outbust, when Kirwan smashed his Les Paul Custom guitar, refused to go on stage and criticised the band after the performance, the band had finally had enough. Firing Kirwan, Fleetwood Mac went through one of their most difficult periods, going through numerous line-up changes. The next album to follow came in the form of Penguin, which featured both Bob Weston and Dave Walker.
The first, and only, album to feature Dave Walker, the album’s namesake comes from John McVie’s fascination with the birds of the same name. The highest charting Fleetwood Mac album in the US at the time, Penguin was actually recorded in the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, where the band brought the studio to Hampshire to record within the domestic atmosphere of Benifold, their communal house! Featuring near-perfect pop tracks such as “Remember Me” and “Dissatisfied”, of course, what most of you Fleetwood Mac fans may know, is in the end the penguin would continue to be the defining mascot of Fleetwood Mac!
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