These will be his first concerts since he was sidelined by a heart attack in February 2019.
“Unfortunately, the life-saving procedure caused vocal cord damage,” his family said in a statement at the time, “the permanency of which is unclear.”
He re-emerged just three months after the surgery to perform the Fleetwood Mac classic “Landslide” at his daughter Leelee’s high school graduation ceremony, but the students handled the vocal parts. He has not sang in public since the surgery and the state of his voice is not known, but last year his wife Kristen Tweeted out that he had met with vocal specialists. “We’re ready for whatever is next,” she wrote. “Love conquers all.”
Buckingham was let go from Fleetwood Mac in 2018 after years of tension with Stevie Nicks and replaced by Neil Finn of Crowded House and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He sued the band for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage. The matter was settled out of court.
Last month, Mick Fleetwood ruled out any scenario where Buckingham would return to the band. “We’re very, very committed to Neil and Mike, and that passed away a time ago, when Lindsey left,” he told Rolling Stone. “And it’s not a point of conversation, so I have to say no. It’s a full drama of Fleetwood Mac, no doubt. His legacy is alive and well, and as it should be. A major, major part that will never be taken away, and never be down-spoken by any of us.”
Lindsey Buckingham Tour Dates
Apr 25th – Las Vegas, NV @ Smith Center Apr 28th – Boulder CO @ Boulder Theater Apr 30th – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater May 1st – St Louis, MO @ The Pageant May 3rd – Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival May 5th – Atlanta, GA @ The Woodruff Arts Center May 6th – Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre May 7th – Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Center Arena May 9th – Wichita, KS @ Orpheum Theatre May 10th – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion May 12th – Tucson, AZ @ Fox Tucson Theatre May 13th – Cajon, CA @ Magnolia Performing Arts Center
Andy Greene / Rolling Stone / Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Fleetwood Mac debuts new members, pays tribute to Tom Petty during tour launch in Tulsa.
One year and one day after the loss of gone-too-soon Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac launched a new North American tour and unveiled a new roster at Tulsa’s BOK Center.
The additions, who came aboard following the departure of Lindsey Buckingham, are Mike Campbell, former guitarist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Neil Finn, vocalist for Crowded House and Split Enz.
“I can’t tell you how much it means to us that you are all here tonight to share this with us,” Campbell told a sold-out crowd.
Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood was asked in a pre-concert interview if the set list would include any Crowded House or Petty songs, or whether there might be a tribute to Petty.
“I can attest that there will be,” Fleetwood said.
Fleetwood didn’t want to cite specific songs — why ruin the surprise? — but answers came when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, no stranger to personnel changes, began a new chapter Wednesday night.
The Petty tribute, an emotional highlight of the show, came during the encore. The first song of the encore was Petty’s “Free Fallin’” with vocals provided by Stevie Nicks, a longtime Petty friend. Images of Petty were shown on a screen behind the stage as Fleetwood Mac performed the song. Judging by the number of mobile phones held high, it was the most video-ed moment of the night.
Two songs from Finn’s ouevre were on the set list, including “I Got You” (the highest-charting Split Enz single in the U.S.) and “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (Crowded House’s biggest hit, it went to No. 2 in 1986). Nicks contributed vocal help on both songs.
Immediately before Finn sang “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” Fleetwood said this: “Many years ago I heard this beautiful song and, for me, it opened many doors in my heart, so this all eventually led to this lovely gentleman sharing the stage with us in Fleetwood Mac, so make him really welcome as he sings this most beautiful song.”
The new kids and the Fleetwood Mac vets — Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie and Nicks — played for almost two and a half hours and, perhaps feeling adventuresome in the wake of a lineup change, detoured to some interesting places.
Almost half (11 of 24 songs) of the set was mined from a self-titled 1975 album and the 1977 juggernaut Rumours.
But the first hint Fleetwood Mac was going to dig deep came six songs into the show, when Nicks handled vocal chores on “Black Magic Woman.” Written by former member Peter Green, “Black Magic Woman” was recorded by Fleetwood Mac in the twilight of the 1960s. The song became a hit for Santana in 1970.
Also on the set list: “Tell Me All the Things You Do” from the 1970 album Kiln House, the Bob Welch-penned “Hypnotized” from the 1973 album Mystery to Me and “Oh Well,” which was sang Wednesday night by Campbell and was originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1969. (For context’s sake, consider that Nicks and Buckingham didn’t record with the band until 1975.)
Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac parted company in April. Do you really want a band with so many great songs to call it quits just because a key member is no longer part of the squad? Of course not.
Wanting to forge ahead, Fleetwood Mac took the hydra approach (lose one head; two will take its place) and announced a new tour.
At 8:14 p.m. Wednesday, when the new incarnation of the band took the stage, Fleetwood flashed a smile that was captured on the video screen. He and his band mates opened with “The Chain,” which has history as a show-starter and gave curious audience members a chance to immediately hear Finn at the microphone. The song didn’t match completely the version stuck in your brain from decades of hearing it, but Finn sounded like a natural fit in songs like “Go Your Own Way” and “Second Hand News.”
Introducing himself, Finn said, “My name is Neil and it’s a huge honor to be with you tonight with this magnificent band.”
A New Zealander, Finn also said this: “I would like to do a big shout-out to another fellow countryman who works just down the road, Mr. Steven Adams for the Oklahoma (City) Thunder. (He’s) the toughest guy in the league. I’m not even in the toughest person in Fleetwood Mac. I think that’s Stevie.”
Early in the show, Campbell looked at his new band mates and smiled. Nobody seemed to have more fun that Fleetwood, especially during a drum solo bookend-ed by the start and finish of “World Turning.” He introduced the rest of the band afterward and said it was a joy and privilege to welcome the new members.
Sometimes the whole cheer-for-an-encore thing feels too staged or expected, but the audience reaction (mobile phones illuminated, continuous roaring) suggested the crowd absolutely wanted more Fleetwood Mac, and that’s what they got when the anticipated Petty tribute arrived and was followed by two other songs — “Don’t Stop” and “All Over Again,” a song that Christine McVie said was about change.
A big change happened in the ranks of Fleetwood Mac. But here’s the takeaway: The tour launch didn’t feel like you were watching/hearing something less than Fleetwood Mac.
Fleetwood Mac set list
The Chain (Rumours)
Little Lies (Tango in the Night)
Second Hand News (Rumours)
Say You Love Me (Fleetwood Mac)
Black Magic Woman (English Rose/The Pious Bird of Good Omen)
Fleetwood Mac hits the road in October with new members Neil Finn and Michael Campbell. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, May 4.
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 25, 2018) – Legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band Fleetwood Mac announced today a North American tour, set to kick off in October and travel through 50+ cities ending in Spring of 2019. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will feature the newly announced line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn.
Tickets for the tour will go on-sale to the general public starting on Friday, May 4 at 10am local time. A complete Fleetwood Mac itinerary listing all tour dates follows this release.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Monday, April 30 at 10am through Thursday, May 3 at 10pm. A limited number of LaneOne VIP Packages will also be available, including amazing seats with premium benefits such as transportation, preferred entrance and more.
SiriusXM’s The Fleetwood Mac Channel begins on Tuesday, May 1st at 5:00 pm ET and runs through May, via satellite on channel 30, and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at http://www.siriusxm.com and will feature music, interviews and hosted shows from current and former band members.
“Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents. We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound,” said Mick Fleetwood.
“We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family. With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs,” said the group collectively. “Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”
Fleetwood Mac was founded by Peter Green in 1967 and was named after Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. After Peter Green left in 1969, Fleetwood and McVie remained as original members, and the band has since featured a cast of brilliant talents. Most notably, Christine McVie joined the band in 1970, with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joining in 1974. The enduring spirit of Fleetwood Mac stands for an incredible body of great music that has connected with generations of people all over the world for more than 50 years. Fleetwood Mac has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and the GRAMMY-award winning band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
FLEETWOOD MAC 2018-19 TOUR DATES
*All dates, venues and cities below subject to change.
Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham tells all about his collaboration with Christine McVie: “We didn’t have an idea what it was going to be, we just wanted to welcome her back,” Buckingham says. “Less than a week in we were like, ‘Oh, my god, this is better than it’s ever been.'”
Before Christine McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac in 2014 after a 16-year hiatus, she reconvened with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, bassist and ex-husband John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood in the studio. Buckingham was working on a solo album and, before rehearsals began for Fleetwood Mac’s upcoming tour, the four — sans Stevie Nicks — played around with some songs. “We didn’t have an idea what it was going to be, we just wanted to welcome her back,” Buckingham says. “Less than a week in we were like, ‘Oh, my god, this is better than it’s ever been.’ ”
They recorded for a few weeks and then put things on hold until the tour wrapped. The resulting album, Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, released this month, sounds like it could be a long-lost Fleetwood Mac album. It’s all there (except for Nicks): Buckingham’s jangly guitar and pop sensibility, Christine’s breathy vocals and melodic piano playing, the classic rhythm section. Express spoke with Buckingham ahead of the duo’s first tour, which stops at Wolf Trap on Monday.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but this album is the first time that you, Christine, Mick and John worked together in the studio since 1987’s Tango in the Night.
That is true. We did do a Fleetwood Mac album, [2003’s] Say You Will, without Christine. I’d never really thought of it that way.
For this album, it had been almost 30 years since you four had worked together in the studio.
Jeez, did you have to say that? Oh, my god, that’s scary.
Did it feel strange to be working together in this context again?
Well, no, not really.
It helped that you recorded the album at the same studio where you made 1979’s Tusk.
Yeah, that was a very conscious decision to sort of revisit a piece of our past. And that was a studio that, not only we’d helped to design, but we’d also spent almost a year there, and the Tusk album obviously represents a life choice for me. …
I had this conversation with [Christine] before formally saying, “Yes, come on back and rejoin the band,” which was basically, “Chris, we’d love you to come back, but you know if you do come back you can’t leave again.” I didn’t want it to be a whim for her or a knee jerk into something she felt she was missing but wasn’t willing to be grounded in and put in the discipline for. And she said, “No, no, no — I’d never do that.”
Do you feel like your creative relationship with Christine is stronger now that you’ve made this album?
Generally speaking, it kind of feels like there was always this mutual respect and always this mutual regard for each other’s artistry. But we never really tapped into it on this level. In retrospect, we’re sitting around going, “Gee, what took us so long?” So, we’ll just have to see where it goes. I have a solo album waiting in the wings that’s probably going to come out in January and of course the big machine [Fleetwood Mac] will come calling sometime next year as well, so I can’t really say what it all means other than we had a hell of a time doing it.
[Fleetwood Mac welcomed Christine McVie back to Verizon Center on Halloween]
What do you admire about her as a songwriter?
I love her sense of rhythm and her sense of melody. I love how she infuses her piano playing through the body, the fabric of the song in a way that’s really supportive and atmospheric. Just her ability to craft lyrics that are really strong rhythmically was brought to the forefront on this album because we did a lot of co-writing.
We’d done very occasional co-writing [in the past] — “World Turning” [for example]. I took great liberties with her songs and ended up sharing the writership on a couple of things she had. I gave her tracks that I had done in my studio that were all blocked out in terms of arrangement and chord changes and even melody. … And it was really fascinating to have her take the idea of the melody but then make it her own.
Do you have examples from the new album?
“Red Sun” is one of those. “Too Far Gone.” She would take the melody as it was expressed as a guitar line and be true to it and yet change it up and make it conversational and make it go with the pauses in her lyrics that would enhance the rhythm, and it was just really a nice thing to see evolve.
Is the plan for the tour to mix Fleetwood Mac songs with the new album?
Obviously, you can’t get away without doing some of the body of work. I think they’d probably run us out on the rail, so you try to find a balance. We’re going to possibly open up with a few things with just the two of us, maybe on acoustic and piano, and then by the time we get to the encore I think we’re doing eight of 10 songs from the new album. Then of course you have to throw in a few chestnuts. And that’s fine. I think it’s going to be a nice, fresh show.
Next month, you’ll play a couple of Fleetwood Mac festival dates, then next year is supposed to be a farewell tour, maybe?
Well, I’ve been hearing that, “farewell tour.” Where did that come from?
I read it in another article about the new album. Are you not ready to say goodbye to Fleetwood Mac?
It’s not a question of being ready or not ready, but we’ve never as a band talked about this being our last tour, so I’m a little curious about that.
You don’t see it as a farewell tour?
I certainly don’t. And given how long people seem to keep going and how we all feel individually, I would be shocked — but stranger things have happened.
Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna; Mon., 7:30 p.m., $45-$95.
Rudi Greenberg / Washington Post [Express – Blogs] / June 22, 2017
Fleetwood Mac will be reuniting with Stevie for a global tour, according to a new report. The most famous band lineup will begin rehearsing next March, with tentative plans to be on the road by June 2018.
Ticket sales for Rumours-era lineup shows increased by 25%
Fleetwood Mac leads the latest slate of Boxscores at No. 1 based on ticket sales reported from a three-show engagement in Australia during the final leg of the band’s On With the Show Tour. The trek is the band’s first visit to Australia and New Zealand with its Rumours-era lineup since 1980.
Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, one of two Aussie venues to host the tour for three nights, logged $5.5 million from 37, 443 sold tickets at performances on Nov. 2, 4, and 6 to earn the top slot. Fans in the Sydney market also had three chances to see the tour in October at Allphones Arena. Reported in a previous week, the Sydney concerts on Oct. 22, 24, and 25 grossed $5.4 million from 39, 577 sold seats.
The group played the same two venues during its Unleashed Tour — without recent returning member Christine McVie — that covered North America, Europe, and Oceania in 2009. The Sydney venue, then dubbed Acer Arena, hosted the band for two concerts during the final leg of the tour that launched in Melbourne on Dec. 1. At each venue, both the gross and attendance increased with this year’s tour by about 25%.