On Saturday night, Stevie performed a benefit show for St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, California. The special dinner and concert were held at the City…
Do people often ask about your songwriting process? They do. You know, they say, “Do you write about people? Do you write about love affairs?…
The Queen of Rock and Roll slays on The Late Late Show, charms Taylor Lautner On Thursday, Stevie Nicks appeared on The Late Late Show…
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I’m really starting to get sick of myself (to quote the great Matthew Sweet) and since there is a limited supply of band photos, we have made some changes. I have asked The Be to shoot or video some new content before I really do hate myself from having to look at me too much. So along with some Fleetwood Mac related content, you will see some new photos that in this instance were taken by Stacy in my front yard. It’s spring in the desert and the cacti are really giving up the flowers this year after a good shimmering spring rain. The natural beauty of the desert this time of the season always has me “Mystified” and I am honored to share some with you. The version of “Mystified” you are hearing is another early mixing board rough captured on cassette for home listening reference. A magical song to be sure and Christine at her finest in any version. A big thank you to Stacy Be for taking the pictures and putting together this piece for all of us to enjoy. Your spirit touches my heart…r
Some 40 plus years ago, Stevie, Lindsey, and myself would quite often get together with the Curtis Bros., either their house or ours, to play and write music. Most of the time as we would sit around, I would watch Lindsey, Rick and Michael Curtis, (Rick & Michael wrote “Blue Letter” on the first Mac album that included Stevie and Lindsey.) Stevie, and other various friends, play & jam together. Quite often, I would record those smoke filled jam sessions with a cassette player, and apparently, one or two of the cassettes have survived. I believe this to be Lindsey and Rick Curtis playing guitar together, working on a song idea, that we found on one of the cassettes. Never before heard by anyone but us for over forty years, we can now present this for your ears, a real treat and a melodic time machine…r
Happy 29 years of “Tango In The Night”
One of the gems that we uncovered in the many cassettes left in storage over the years is this early, unfinished rendition of “Tango In The Night”. I really like the raw nature of this version, the overly limited/compressed sound of the cassette tape, and in your face. We also thought to add some of our favorite pictures to go along with it. Most you have already seen, and perhaps a couple you haven’t. Make sure to stick your head in the middle of the speakers or head phones and crank it up! Enjoy.
A big thank you once again to Kevin Moran, who’s love of music and great patience has allowed for this to even happen. Your reshearch and time are greatly valued. If it was left up to me, I would have surely lost or discarded these old cassettes long ago. Also, I would like to thank Stacy B, for her hard work and dedication to Fleetwood Mac music. Without her, none of this happens, just that simple…….r
Actually this looks like a moment from the Putney house when we were living together in West Los Angeles. He has the “on the phone with the manager” look on his face judging by the psychical nature of his expression. If I had to guess what he was saying, “Oh no, not another interview. I need time to write the darn songs first.” Lol
Here is a photo that I have personally never seen before. It seems to be from the Judy Wong collection. I can only imagine what Stevie was telling me, but if it’s a secret, I’m still keeping it. Thanks for the use of this photo Landon…r
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Another little slice of Fleetwood Mac life headed for the archives of “The Penguin’s Tale” website. Most of the video quality is shit, but we put it up anyway after digitizing it, before it had completely deteriorated. The visuals are from the recording of “Tusk” and the sound is from a rehearsal April 9, 1978, apparently an early version of “Storms”….Enjoy….r
“Apparently John didn’t want to hear about Christine’s suggestion and was letting us know about it.” Lol…r
A serious moment in the studio as Lindsey and Stevie discuss a part in one of her songs on “Tango In The Night”. I’m guessing the cigarette was a Kool. She liked her Kools every now and again, and cool she was. But not always when it came to working on her songs, if they turned out below her expectations. This appears to be one such moment before it was finally worked out…r
To our friends in Australia, great memories, great country, great beer. The promoter, “Paul Dainty”, gave us these Aussie style hats and yes we did wear them for a moment. Here is a rare shot of Lindsey in a hat, off stage…r
Classic Fleetwood and an image from the id. “It’s a long story folks.” Lol. …r
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Anon request: Stevie with Tom Petty. Here’s an older photoset with different photos.
No I think that other anon was speaking hypethetically, as far as I know they never dated.
Hell no, bring em on!
But seriously, I see nothing wrong with spreading his great legacy, the pics are medium quality and watermarked and intended to be looked at. He wasn’t very business savvy himself and apparently unable to milk the popularity of vintage rock & roll photography, but a while ago there was a facebook page that was selling all kinds of items with his rare photos printed on them, like scented candles, soaps, lights switch covers and christmas tree ornaments. It was often just very ugly edited and awful, his work deserves better. But here people are sharing and appreciating his photos they way they were intended, I’m sure he would like that.
They would be the coolest grandparents ever. I’ll post a set tonight!
“best” is subjective but most people would probably consider the Bella Donna era her strongest, songwriting and vocal-wise. My favourite is Bella Donna and the Rock A Little era, so different but both awesome. I also have a soft spot for the aesthetic of late 80′s/ early 90′s Stevie, but that’s not everyone’s cup of tea 😛
I think it’s somewhere in part 3 or 4 posted here, I don’t remember where exactly but you could listen to the whole thing, it’s pretty interesting.
Is that really a bad thing to say tho? I don’t know, they did mention in their autobiography that they couldn’t keep up with Stevie’s coke intake in the 80′s and Stevie was not pleased with that.
Gosh thanks, I wish I had more energy for this blog tho, I’m just so tired lately.
I believe most things Stevie says are sprinkled with a bit of fiction, because everything is more fabulous or dramatic in her head.
Yeah I have good hopes.
Yes they always argue, it’s their thing and yes Christine back in the studio should help with that. Stevie probably knows that, she’s just being stubborn.
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Aw anon, but she’s just played ‘Gypsy’ so many times during ‘On With The Show’, I understand you’re sad if it’s your favorite but think about it this way, it made room for songs we’d never thought we’d hear her sing live. And she might just sing ‘Gypsy’ again when Fleetwood Mac goes out on tour next.
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