If you’re as excited as me about seeing Fleetwood Mac (aka “Finnwood Mac”) in New Zealand in September you might want to know what the band is playing. Sure, okay, you might not! So in that case click out now. But with the new line-up solidified it looks like a new setlist has taken permanent shape – […]
The soap-opera of Fleetwood Mac has had me hooked since I was about 10 or 12. There was a doco – a bit of late-night music-TV that filled in all the blanks. I was, as a kid, already a fan, but I had no idea how the same band that sang Sara and Sweet Little Lies had jammed out an instrumental called Albatross. My brother recorded this thing called Fleetwood […]
Fleetwood Mac, The Alternate Tango In The Night (2018) There’s a great moment, in that Fleetwood Mac doco I’ve watched so many times – Fleetwood Mac at 21 – where the interviewer obviously relays a story from Lindsey Buckingham to Stevie Nicks; she either sees the footage or hears from the filmmaker that Lindsey saw […]
The Mountain Goats Goths Merge Records Some 20+ years ago John Darnielle bashes out an ugly/beautiful rendition of Steely Dan’s FM – taking off its sheen, reducing it down to urgent, thrashed chords. He punks up something formerly slick. It’s a wonderful trick – and part of the blueprint of the early sound of The […]
Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie Atlantic/Rhino Records Add another chapter to best (and ongoing) rock’n’roll soap opera that is the versions and vestiges of Fleetwood Mac. This time it’s a duo/duets album between Buckingham and McVie.
Many years back – a decade ago at least, I reckon, the editor of the then-Real Groove magazine asked me to compile a list of five favourite cover versions; he never ended up using it but wrote back to tell me he thought my list was weird but cool. I liked that. You hardly ever […]
You never even used to see this guy considered for The Best Guitarist lists…and, actually, maybe you still don’t, come to think of it…but I reckon something changed when the core version of Fleetwood Mac, the classic FM-music version of the group, reformed for Bill Clinton’s inauguration and started a victory-lap tour of sorts. (One […]
I have been obsessed with Fleetwood Mac – all versions of the band – since I was about 10 years old. People like to focus on the early blues years now, a different band entirely. But I still love the FM-radio version of Fleetwood Mac. As the documentary Fleetwood Mac at 21 puts it, “they […]