Fleetwood Mac announced they will hit the road this year with the “An Evening with Fleetwood Mac” North American tour. The tour will begin on 3rd of October 2018 with a show in Tulsa and will wrap up on 5th of April 2019 in Philadelphia. The tour will include stops in 50 locations, such as Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, Nashville, Washington, New York, and Boston.
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In January 2018, the band was honored at the “MusiCares Person of the Year” and during their work on reissuing the self-titled album from 1975, tensions reportedly began to rise. Vocalist and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham – the voice behind many hits of the band – refused to sign his participation in the coming tour, an event that the band has prepared for more than a year.
Although nobody from the band mentions the word “firing”, it seems that Buckingham’s refusal to be on the tour led to his dismissal. After this decision, the remaining band members – Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, John, and Christine McVie – have met at a theater in Maui and called up Mike Campbell, the guitarist of “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” and Neil Finn, the former frontman of “Crowded House”. The group spent several days playing some of Fleetwood Mac’s songs, to see if musical chemistry kicks in. And according to Christine McVie’s statement, it did: “I immediately felt like I’d known them for years”.
Campbell joined Tom Petty at the beginning of the ‘70s, coming from “Mudcrutch”. He has been Tom Petty’s closest collaborator until his death in 2017. Campbell worked throughout the years also with other music icons, such as Johnny Cash, Don Henley and George Harrison.
Finn entered the music industry in 1977 by joining “Split Enz”, a band in which he developed also as a songwriter. In 1984, the band split and Finn founded “Crowded House” whose most important hit was “Don’t dream it’s over”. 10 years later, the band broke up and since then Finn released several solo albums and performed in a couple of reunions of “Crowded House”. Returning to the rock arena was the last thing on his mind, yet he did it with great excitement, confirming his membership in Fleetwood Mac with a tweet from 09th of April.
The new line-up plans to begin formal rehearsal shortly, with the intention to include in the coming tour songs from the entire discography of the band and not just hits from the Buckingham/Nicks era (1975-1987). The band is aware that a tour without Buckingham will provide a different experience to its audience, but the group managed to tour also in the past without some of its key members: Buckingham missed from the 1987 “Tango in the Night” tour, while Christine McVie missed 17 years from the band’s touring, between 1998 and 2015.
The Grammy-award winning band is actually known for its ability to carry on, despite line-up changes.
The only thing that hasn’t changed is the core – Mick Fleetwood and John “Mac” McVie, who provide together with the rhythm section, while also giving the name of the band.
Fleetwood Mac debuted in August 1967 at the “British Jazz and Blues Festival”. The band was formed by Peter Green, John McVie, Jeremy Spencer, and Mick Fleetwood. After landing a contract with a record company, the band became popular in Great Britain, with its debut album staying close to top positions of the British chart for 13 months. The ‘70s brought more hits for the band in the UK: “Black Magic Woman” and the instrumental “Albatross”.
America, however, was a different story: neither Jethro Tull, neither Joe Cocker was very popular here, so the appearance of Fleetwood Mac in their tour passed unnoticed.
After recording, in 1969, the self-titled album (which was released only in 1971), Green left the band in 1970 in pursuit of his religious beliefs. That meant the end of the band’s blues sound, the new-comers Christine Perfect and Danny Kirwan bringing more melodic rock tone to the group. Christine married McVie, then got a divorce and after several changes in the group’s line-up, the “Rumours” album came out. It was the “Number One” of 1977, it sold in 17 million copies, won the Grammy award for “Album of the year” and gave fans hits such as “Dreams”, “Go Your Own Way”, “You Make Loving Fun” and “Don’t Stop”. After the less successful yet ambitious project “Tusk” (released in 1979), the “Live” double album was released. 1980 marked “The Visitor” album, for which Fleetwood and producer Richard Dashut visited Ghana and also the first solo LP of Stevie Nicks, called “Bella Donna”. Nicks’ project was a huge success: went “Number One” in charts and won quadruple-platinum with three singles that made it to “Top 20”. A year later, Buckingham released his first solo LP called “Law and Order”, less successful than the one of his bandmate.
In 1982, the band released “Mirage”, which produced the hits “Gypsy”, “Hold Me” and “Love in Store”. That year and the following ones saw more solo projects from Nicks, Buckingham and Christine McVie. The group decided to take a break, because of several factors: individual management of almost every member of the band, an increase of Buckingham’s authority in the studio work, the rising popularity of Nicks, “delivered” together with her addiction to drugs and Mick Fleetwood’s bankruptcy.
It was only three years later, in 1985, that the band began to work on a new album called “Tango in the night”. Buckingham left the group, unsatisfied with his position within the group and was replaced by Billy Burnette and Rick Vito. Released in 1987, “Tango in the Night” was a success, entering “Top 10” and providing everlasting hits such as “Everywhere” and “Little Lies”.
In 1990 Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie announced they will remain in the band, but no longer go on tours. The same year, the memoirs “Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac” of the band’s drummer was published. By 1993, Vito and Burnette have left the group, while Buckingham returned just to perform Bill Clinton’s campaign anthem, “Don’t Stop,” at his presidential inauguration.
After other changes in the structure, in 1998 the band was inducted in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”. The acoustic part they played was intended to be, according to his own statement, the swan song for Buckingham. By 2000, Fleetwood Mac became one of the most popular rock bands in history, with more than 100 million copies of its albums sold, from which 25 million were for the “Rumours” album alone.
In 2003, the band recorded “Say You Will” — their first album in 30 years without the voice of Christie McVie. The album sold in more than 500,000 copies and debuted at “Number Three” in the charts, the best debut performance since “Mirage” album.
2009 was the year of the “Unleashed” tour, which covered Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and North America. Now, the band which shifted from a traditional British blues band to one of the most successful rock bands in history is ready to provide its fans a new electrifying live experience with “An Evening with Fleetwood Mac” tour. Get your tickets for this amazing performance at all the best ticket sites online ver ahora.