Fleetwood Mac – Albatross
Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in 1967 in London. Due to numerous lineup changes, the only original member present in the band is its namesake, drummer Mick Fleetwood. Although band founder Peter Green named the group by combining the surnames of two of his former bandmates (Fleetwood, McVie) from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, bassist John McVie played neither on their first single nor at their first concerts, as he initially decided to stay with Mayall. The keyboardist, Christine McVie, who joined the band in 1970 while married to John McVie, appeared on all but the debut album, either as a member or as a session musician. She also supplied the artwork for the album Kiln House.
The two most successful periods for the band were during the late 1960s British blues boom, when they were led by guitarist Peter Green and achieved a UK number one with “Albatross”; and from 1975 to 1987, as a more pop-oriented act, featuring Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Fleetwood Mac’s second album after the incorporation of Buckingham and Nicks, 1977’s Rumours, produced four U.S. Top 10 singles (including Nicks’ song “Dreams”), and remained at No.1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks, as well as reaching the top spot in various countries around the world. To date the album has sold over 45 million copies worldwide, making it the sixth-highest-selling album of all time.
The band achieved more modest success in the intervening period between 1971 and 1974, when the line-up included Bob Welch, during the 1990s in between the departure and return of Nicks and Buckingham, and during the 2000s in between the departure and return of Christine McVie. In 1998, selected members of Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The band has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. In 2014, Christine McVie rejoined the band.
Recent years and the return of Christine McVie (2008–present)
On 14 March 2008, the Associated Press reported Sheryl Crow as saying that she would be working with Fleetwood Mac in 2009. Crow and Stevie Nicks collaborated a great deal in the past and she has stated that Nicks has been a great teacher and inspiration for her.[ In a subsequent interview with Buckingham, he said after discussions between the band and Crow, the potential collaboration with Crow “lost its momentum”. However, in a June 2008 interview, Nicks denied that Crow would be joining Fleetwood Mac as a replacement for Christine McVie. According to Nicks, “the group will start working on material and recording probably in October, and finish an album.” On 7 October 2008, Mick Fleetwood confirmed on the BBC’s The One Show that the band were working in the studio and also announced plans for a world tour in 2009.
In late 2008, Fleetwood Mac announced that the band would tour in 2009, beginning in March. As per the 2003–2004 tour, Christine McVie would not be featured in the line-up. The tour was branded as a ‘greatest hits’ show entitled “Unleashed”, although they played album tracks such as “Storms” and “I Know I’m Not Wrong”. The first show was on 1 March 2009, and in February they announced a slew of new dates.
During their show on 20 June 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Stevie Nicks premiered part of a new song that she had written about Hurricane Katrina.
In October 2009, the band began a tour of Europe which carried on into early November, followed by a tour of Australia and New Zealand in December. Also in October, The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac was re-released in an extended two-disc format (this format having been released in the US in 2002), premiering at number six on the UK Albums Chart.
On 1 November 2009, a new one-hour documentary, Fleetwood Mac: Don’t Stop, was broadcast in the UK on BBC One, which featured recent interviews with all four current band members. During the documentary, Nicks gave a candid summary of the current state of her relationship with Buckingham, stating “Maybe when we’re 75 and Fleetwood Mac is a distant memory, we might be friends …”.
On 6 November 2009, Fleetwood Mac played the last show of the European leg of their Unleashed tour at London’s Wembley Arena. Christine McVie was present in the audience, so Stevie Nicks paid a tribute from the stage to a standing ovation from the audience, stating that she thought about her former bandmate “every day”, and went on to dedicate that night’s performance of “Landslide” to McVie.
On 19 December 2009, Fleetwood Mac played the second to last act of their Unleashed tour to a sell-out crowd at what was originally intended to be a one-off event at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Tickets, after pre-sales, sold out within twelve minutes of public release, and another date (Sunday 20 December), which also sold out, was added. The tour grossed $84,900,000 and was ranked #13 in the highest grossing worldwide tours of 2009.
On 19 October 2010, Fleetwood Mac played a private show at the Phoenician Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona for TPG (Texas Pacific Group).
On 3 May 2011, the Fox Network broadcast an episode of Glee entitled “Rumours” that featured six songs from the band’s 1977 album. The show sparked renewed interest in the band and its most commercially successful album, and Rumours reentered the Billboard 200 chart at #11, the same week that Stevie Nicks’ new solo album In Your Dreams debuted at #6. (Nicks was quoted by Billboard saying that her new album was “my own little Rumours.” The two recordings sold about 30,000 and 52,000 units, respectively. Music downloads accounted for ninety-one percent of the Rumours sales. The spike in sales for Rumours represented an uptick of 1,951%. It was the highest chart entry by a previously issued album since The Rolling Stones’s reissue of Exile On Main St. reentered the chart at #2 on 5 June 2010.
In a July 2012 interview, Nicks confirmed that the band would reunite for a tour in 2013.
Original Fleetwood Mac bassist Bob Brunning died on 18 October 2011, at the age of 68. Former guitarist and singer Bob Weston was found dead on 3 January 2012, at the age of 64. Former singer and guitarist Bob Welch was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 7 June 2012, at the age of 66. A spokesman at the scene Don Aaron states “He died from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound to the chest,” Aaron said. “A suicide note was found in the residence” (Tennessean Music Team). The musician had been struggling with health issues and was dealing with depression. His wife was the one to discover the body.
The band’s 2013 tour, which covered 34 cities, started on 4 April in Columbus, OH. The band performed two new songs (“Sad Angel” and “Without You”), which Buckingham described as some of the most ‘Fleetwood Mac-y’ sounding songs since Mirage, with the latter song re-recorded from the Buckingham Nicks era.
The band released their first new studio material in 10 years, Extended Play, on 30 April 2013. The EP debuted and peaked at #48 in the US, and produced one single, “Sad Angel”.
On 25 and 27 September 2013, the second and third nights of the band’s London O2 shows, Christine McVie joined them onstage for Don’t Stop.
On 27 October, the band announced that John McVie had been diagnosed with cancer, and that they were cancelling their New Zealand and Australian performances in order for him to undergo treatment. They stated that “We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates. We hope our Australian and New Zealand fans as well as Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best.”
According to an article in The Guardian on 22 November 2013, Christine McVie stated that she would like to return to Fleetwood Mac if they wanted her, and also affirmed that John McVie’s prognosis was “really good.”
On 11 January 2014 Mick Fleetwood announced that Christine McVie would be rejoining Fleetwood Mac, and the news was confirmed on 13 January by the band’s primary publicist, Liz Rosenberg. Rosenberg also stated that an official announcement regarding a new album and tour would be forthcoming.
On 8 May 2014, Fleetwood Mac said that they’ve almost finished eight songs for their new album. According to Buckingham, eight songs are about 75% completed. Stevie Nicks has not been in the recording studio due to other commitments. Buckingham has also stated that the new album will probably be released no earlier than 2015 due to their world tour. Among the partially completed tracks, seven of the eight were written or co-written by McVie. These tracks include “Too Far Gone”, “Carnival Begin” and “Red Sun”.
On with the Show, a 33-city North American Tour opens in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 30 September 2014. A series of May-June 2015 arena dates in the United Kingdom went on sale on 14 November, selling out in minutes. Additional dates for the British tour have continued to be added, extending into July.
The 1967–69 era Blue Horizon albums (Fleetwood Mac, Mr. Wonderful, The Pious Bird of Good Omen and Fleetwood Mac in Chicago) and 1971 outtakes album The Original Fleetwood Mac have been remastered and reissued on CD, as have the 1975–79 era Warner Brothers albums Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, and Tusk. Remasters were planned for the Reprise/Warner Brothers albums from 1971-1974 and 1980-1995, but were shelved. In 2013, “Then Play On” was remastered, which included four bonus tracks, and peaked at #112 in the UK.
Kiln House tour – 1970
Future Games tour – 1971
Bare Trees tour – 1972
Penguin tour – early 1973
Mystery To Me tour – mid-1973
Heroes Are Hard to Find tour – 1974
Fleetwood Mac tour – 1975 
Rumours tour – 1977
Tusk tour – 1979–80
Mirage tour – 1982
Shake the Cage tour – 1987–88
Behind the Mask tour – 1990
Another Link in the Chain tour – 1994–95
The Dance – 1997
Say You Will tour – 2003–04
Unleashed tour – 2009
2013 World tour – 2013
On With the Show tour – 2014–15
Main article: Fleetwood Mac discography
Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac (1968)
Mr. Wonderful (1968)
Then Play On (1969)
Kiln House (1970)
Future Games (1971)
Bare Trees (1972)
Mystery to Me (1973)
Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974)
Fleetwood Mac (1975)
Tango in the Night (1987)
Behind the Mask (1990)
Say You Will (2003)
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