Fleetwood Mac have never been without controversy...or an ever-changing line-up! And it looks like their latest tour is set to be no exception, following the news that Neil Finn, from Crowded House, will be replacing Lindsey Buckingham. Lindsey was apparently fired because of disagreements surrounding the tour, according to Rolling Stone, and Neil has confirmed he'll be joining the band.
Keeping up so far? That's just the start of the drama, romance and endless line-up changes the band have been through...
7 reasons we love Fleetwood Mac
The members of Fleetwood Mac
The original line up was an impressive one: Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, Bob Brunning, John McVie and – of course – Mick Fleetwood. They were later joined by the incredible Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Danny Kirwan, Bob Welch, Bob Weston, Dave Walker, Billy Burnette, Rick Vito, Bekka Bramlett and Dave Mason. However you look at it – that’s a whole lot of talent.
Their Albatross single
The first number one for Fleetwood Mac in 1968, this pretty instrumental song still stands the test of time as one of our favourites (despite those M&S adverts). That’s why it’s sold more than 900,000 copies in the UK alone!
Let’s face it, which teens of the 1970s don’t have a soft spot for Stevie? She joined on New Year’s Eve in 1974 with her boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham and was soon providing the vocals for hits Rhiannon and Landslide.
Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours (the album)
Released in 1977 – not ideal as Fleetwood, the McVies and Buckingham and Nicks were all in the midst of painful break-ups – it was an instant hit, thanks to belters such as Dreams, Go Your Own Way and Don’t Stop. It’s now sold 40m copies world-wide, making it second only to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours (the actual rumours!)
From Jeremy Spencer going out to buy a magazine, and never returning as he’d joined a religious cult, to Peter Green getting kicked out of the band after suggesting they give all the money to charity – there’s never been a dull moment in Fleetwood Mac history! Danny Kirwan developed an alcohol problem, smashed his custom Les Paul guitar and was asked to leave the band, while Bob Weston had an affair with Fleetwood’s wife Jenny Boyd Fleetwood which, not surprisingly, also led to his dismissal. There was also an inter-band marriage between Christine Perfect and John McVie, then Christine McVie (who later split up).
Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in the Night album
Released in 1987, after Tusk and Mirage, this was their second best-selling album – and one that we still love today. Hit songs include Little Lies, Isn’t It Midnight, Seven Wonders, Everywhere and Big Love
Fleetwood Mac’s 2018 tour
The band are still rocking! The classic Rumours line-up have been touring the USA this year, and are planning to reunite next year for a world tour.
- Did you know….? Mick Fleetwood and George Harrison were brothers-in-law
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