There is a chance that I may change the name of this blog in the future, so I was wondering if you would like to help me with a new name? Something that would look good on a t-shirt, maybe? I have some ideas myself, but I don`t feel I have found the ultimate name yet. I don`t think it should contain the word “Article” as that would be kind of boring, and the word “Kerrang” is already taken. It`s hard….
Well, something that may be a little easier is to read this article from a very turbulent time in this band`s career. A lot of changes would eventually make this band end up in a very special place, so maybe all the turmoil was a good thing?
But please – don`t forget to name this blog – all suggestions can be written as a comment here, sent to my e-mail or posted in my Facebook-group.
The new Mac will never let you down
Interview by Steve Peacock
If you ever had those Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, John Mayall Can`t Fail Blues that Adrian Henri used to sing about you`ll know all about the late sixties British bloose boom.
And the chances are, you`ll know a bit about the band called Fleetwood Mac in late 1972 as well. Two original members remain, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie; there`s Christine McVie (neè Perfect) from Chicken Shack; and there are the newest additions, Bob Weston and Dave Walker from Savoy Brown, another of the British Bloosers who surely would have made Henri`s song if they`d rhymed with anyone else. Bob Welch, from California, is the outcast, but then I suppose devious introductions can`t have everything.
Fleetwood Mac have been through some changes since halcyon days of the late sixties. They have, in Christine`s words, got off the blues, and the faces have changed as well. Peter Green left, Christine joined; Jeremy Spencer left, Bob Welch joined; and now Danny Kirwan (who Peter brought into the group after it had started) has left, and Bob and Dave have joined.
That last shuffle, says Christine, was “just one of those things. He wanted to do other things and it was a basically amicable thing where he wanted to leave and we basically wanted to say cheerio, you know? We were finding we couldn`t really work together so it had to happen. He was really more interested in recording and writing his own material – he was halfway through doing his own solo album anyway, so I presume he`ll finish that and go on doing that kind of thing.
“I don`t think he`ll ever want to go on stage again – really I don`t think he enjoyed that side of it very much. It was just a parting of the ways.”
Christine, Bob and Dave were sitting in their publicist`s office, fresh from rehearsing the new band, and very enthusiastic about the music they were making. They were a bit at a loss to say how the changes had affected the band, but Christine said: “One thing is that everyone seems to get on very well with each other now, an extremely friendly state of affairs which is nice, and I would imagine rather rare. A lot of bands seem to have problems about that. Musically the band seems to be a lot harder than it`s ever been, more positive.”
They`ve known each other from way back of course, and when Fleetwoods did a three-month tour of the States earlier this year Savoy Brown were there, too. As Bob pointed out, this made the changes easy: “Everyone is very much aware of what everyone else can do, and we were even before we joined up. We`d watched each other on stage and got to know each other, so all those preliminaries were out of the way before we started.”
Christine: “It`s not as if we did any auditioning or anything, we didn`t have to go through all that rigmarole of trying people out. We already knew who we wanted, and fortunately we were able to get `em.”
The new Fleetwood Mac will be back on the road in November, gigging in Britain for the first time in nearly a year. “The band hasn`t played in England for so long that it`s hard to know how people are going to react,” she said. “Or whether they`re going to turn up even. We really don`t know what`s going to happen, but from our side of it we`re confident we can put on a good show, so let`s just hope that England`s ready for a few more changes in the Mac.
“It`s funny, but that doesn`t seem to matter so much in America – they don`t go to see personalities so much, they go to see a band. If they come to see Fleetwood Mac they don`t seem to care all that much who`s in the band as long as it turns them on. If that happens they`ll give you the response.
“I think in England we`ll probably get people coming along out of curiosity as much as anything else, just to see what`s happening with the band now. And probably we`ll get a percentage of them coming along to pull us to bits like a lot of them do. It`ll be interesting whatever happens.”
It`s a strange thing, the way Fleetwood`s popularity in this country started to go down at the same time as it started to go up in America. That was about the time Peter Green left the band: “I think a lot of people probably found someone else to like then,” says Christine, “because he really was the mainstay of the band then.” Dave agreed: “I think it was down to the thing of audiences still liking guitar stars a lot, and Peter was a bit monumental.”
Christine: “I think it was with `Kiln House`, the first album after Peter left, that the record sales began to go noticeably down, like crossing off a few noughts, and our albums haven`t sold well in this country for a couple of years now. But in America that was the first one that really sold at all, and they`ve gone consistently up since then.
“Going back to what we were saying about audiences before, I think American audiences maybe do come to see personalities as well, but they`re far more aware of whether they`re enjoying themselves at a gig as well as anything else. They tend to create an atmosphere among themselves whereas I think English audiences want it all to come from the band, which puts a lot of strain on you. If you play badly over there though it`s just tough shit, because you`ve got everything going for you before you start.”
But obviously they`re hoping they`re going to make it in England again this time round. As Dave said rather wistfully: “I think for Bob and I it would be extra satisfying. America and the money is all very nice, but…”
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This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Melanie, Roxy Music, Medicine Head, Jimmy Cliff, John Entwhistle, Paul Simon, Yes, Nick Mason, Steve Tilson.
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