Fleetwood Mac on Tour
As a band, Fleetwood Mac has had a long and successful career since its formation in London in 1967. The relationship between band members has been tumultuous at times, with some of its best music coming out of conflict. Named for original band members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, the band has had a number of changes in its line-up, with the unique vocals of Stevie Nicks becoming an undeniable hallmark of Fleetwood Mac. So when the band (John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood) reunited on stage, it was no surprise that the ‘songbird’ stole the show, showing the audience that while decades may have passed, none of her star quality has faded.
Their performance at the Hollywood Bowl had the jam-packed auditorium singing along to old favorites, including Secondhand News, Dreams, Tusk, Gold Dust Woman, The Chain and I’m So Afraid, and closing with a Nicks/Buckingham duet on Say Goodbye. Having started their tour in Vancouver on May 19, Fleetwood Mac are performing at more than 25 venues in the United States and have recently announced they will be touring in Australia in November.
One of the band’s greatest successes was with the album Rumours produced in 1977. The album remained at the number one spot on the American albums chart for thirty-one weeks and produced the hit single Dreams – a Stevie Nicks composition. To date Rumours has sold more than 40 million copies and is the eighth highest selling album of all time.
Stevie Nicks was born on May 26, 1948, in Phoenix, Arizona. Her paternal grandfather, Aaron Jess Nicks, taught her to sing and by the time she was four years old she was performing duets with him. Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix were the inspiration behind her early music, and as a member of a band called Fritz, Nicks had the opportunity to open for both these legendary musicians. In her lengthy career Stevie Nicks has produced more than forty Top 50 hit songs and sold in excess of 140 million albums. Rolling Stone magazine has dubbed her ‘The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll’ and she is counted among the ‘100 Greatest Singers of All Time’.