Mick Fleetwood talks future of new Mac album

Mick Fleetwood says he hopes Fleetwood Mac finishes a new album ‘Before we hang it up’

Before Fleetwood Mac launched its 2014-2015 world tour, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood worked on some new tracks that have yet to see the light of day. Fleetwood says that “before we hang it up,” he hopes the band will complete those recordings and release a new studio album, while admitting that he isn’t sure if that will happen.

“We have what we would call a large stash of great music. I’m not quite sure what we’re heading to do with it,” he tells ABC Radio. “I hope that we are able to [put an album together]. It’s just getting everyone on the same page to finish off the work that we’ve been doing.”

Mick admits that one Fleetwood Mac member who currently isn’t on the same page is Stevie Nicks, who will be launching a new North American solo tour on October 25.

“She’s busy doing her own stuff,” he points out. “And in this point in life, we’ve all dedicated so much time to Fleetwood Mac, you go, ‘Hey, it’d be great if we could, but if not, don’t worry about it.’”

Fleetwood tells ABC Radio that even if Nicks chooses not to lend her talents to the project, he hopes the music that’s already been recorded will be released in some form.

“I think there’s some thought that some of that lovely music would come out as a sort of duet album, maybe…from Christine and Lindsey,” Mick poses. “And if not, it will stay in a room, waiting for the day that maybe it would make sense that all of us can contribute to that being a Fleetwood Mac album.”

He adds, “Before we hang it up in the next few years, I truly hope there’s another lovely album that will come out.”

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Mick Fleetwood talks Maui gallery, Fleetwood Mac’s future

“There really are dozens of songs,” drummer says of possible new studio album from ‘Rumours’ lineup

“People always say that corny thing: ‘Every picture tells a story,'” says Mick Fleetwood. “Well, they truly do! That’s what I love about them.” The 69-year-old Fleetwood, it should be noted, is certainly a fan of a good story. During a recent evening at Fleetwood’s on Front St., his restaurant and bar situated on the west Maui shoreline, the drummer regales Rolling Stone with an array of tales, from a dinner party with Willie Nelson at the island home of “supermensch” manager and agent Shep Gordon, to accompanying his daughters to a Justin Bieber concert (“He’s got some drum chops that I don’t have – a total shredder”) to a long-ago post-gig blowout in Honolulu that ended with Fleetwood, his mother and former Mac producer Richard Dashut covered in a whole lot of cake frosting – the aftermath of which is captured in a snapshot of a young Mick and mum drenched in buttercream that is hanging on a nearby wall.

Regarding his interest in photos, Fleetwood is here to discuss his newest endeavor, a partnership with the Morrison Hotel Gallery that has brought an outpost of the New York–based rock photography showroom to Maui. The new space, which opened in late June with a showing from acclaimed lens man Henry Diltz, is housed below the restaurant and adjacent to Fleetwood’s General Store (where one can purchase plenty of signed Mac memorabilia, among other items). “It makes sense to me to have it here,” Fleetwood says of the gallery. “Because it’s so connected to where I come from. Morrison Hotel is all about music.”

Fleetwood is still all about music as well. Next month the drummer will embark on a short fall tour of the west coast and Canada with the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, a unit that revisits Fleetwood Mac material from their late-Sixties formative years with singer and guitarist Peter Green. “It’s a reminder to me of from whence I came,” he says of playing songs like “Black Magic Woman” and “Rattlesnake Shake” again. Furthermore, he revealed that Fleetwood Mac, which less than a year ago completed a mammoth world tour with the fully restored Rumours-era lineup, will indeed be hitting the road once again at some point in the future. If all goes well (and if one member in particular gets on board) there may even be a new studio album from the band, their first since 2003’s Say You Will. “We have a cartload of recorded stuff, and I’d like to see if come out,” Fleetwood says. “Truly, I think there should be an album.”

Over dinner with RS, Fleetwood discussed the new Morrison Hotel Gallery, what brought him to Maui and the future of Fleetwood Mac. Then he retreated to the restaurant’s rooftop dining area, where he chatted with guests and sat in with local band the Houseshakers, drumming along on a short set of classic blues songs. “People see me around and they say, ‘How long are you here for?'” Fleetwood remarked of his presence on the Hawaiian island. “And I tell them, ‘No, no. I live here.’ All of this — the restaurant, the store, the new gallery — it wouldn’t work otherwise. This is my home.”

What led to the opening of the Morrison Hotel Gallery here in Maui?
I had met [Morrison Hotel founder] Peter Blachley 12 years or so ago during a Mac tour down in Australia, and I thought he was a super cool guy. I didn’t even know he had this gallery. Our paths crossed a few more times, including once in New York when Morrison Hotel presented a show of Stevie’s Polaroid photos [“24 Karat Gold”], and I went to support her. And I found myself thinking, “I wonder if …” But it just went off the radar. Then, more recently, Peter was in Maui on holiday, and when he came here to Fleetwood’s he saw the whole operation we have going on, and the great art scene that surrounds us. I mean, the Hawaiian islands are one of the top three art capitals of the world. They sell more art on these islands than almost anywhere. And so I brought up this idea and he was interested. Then I said, “How about we just pony up and have you come and really do this properly?” And now we’re off and running.

 

You actually do some photography yourself.
Well, yes … but not so much. I go out and take pictures of trees and things. So it’s not quite the same [laughs]. But for a long time on the road I was a snapshot-taker that annoyed everyone. I was always taking shots in Fleetwood Mac and boring people. But now I’m the one with all the pictures, for whatever purpose that serves! But for me, it’s always been about trying to freeze a moment in time and tell a story. We had a great opening at the gallery with Henry Diltz, and a lot of his work is hanging here at the moment. He did a wonderful meet-and-greet and slide show, and one thing I noticed when Henry was giving his presentation was that he started telling stories along with his photos, and the stories were so amazing. He takes great pictures, but I have to say the stories almost eclipse the pictures. And that’s what it’s about at the gallery. All our boys and girls went to New York to get trained, because it’s all in the storytelling. I love that stuff.

“The pictures are very much triggers to a bygone generation.”

Another great thing is that the Morrison Hotel operation is all very together. They’ve been doing it for years and they have a really beautiful collage of photos that are forever. Those photographs of Henry’s that are downstairs? They’re never going to go out of style. And why would they? You’re looking at the outtakes of a shoot of the first Crosby, Stills & Nash album. It’s storytelling of some mythological proportions, really. The pictures are very much triggers to a bygone generation. And people want to see that. Half the people who come to see Fleetwood Mac now are 20, 30 years old. And they come because there’s a story to be told. That’s the fascination. People go, “What’s this all about?”

Are there plans to launch additional shows similar to the Henry Diltz exhibit?
Oh, yes. We’re planning on having other photographers come in. Neal Preston is one of our featured photographers. I’m hoping that Pattie Boyd comes. I’m visualizing Stevie coming. And we’re going to rotate in some local talent that I think is worth a damn. Because the idea is also to support the scene. On an island, that’s what you should do. And it’s what I enjoy doing. I don’t know what it’s called, but it’s similar to some of the things I did in Fleetwood Mac — get a stage and find some lovely, incredible people to put on it.

 

How long have you been on Maui?
Actively, about 16 years. And for about seven years before that I’d be here half the year. I came here after we finished the Fleetwood Mac album with Stevie and Lindsey [Buckingham]. The reason was, this is where [producer] Keith Olsen had taken them when they had finished their Buckingham Nicks album [in 1973]. The Napili Kai hotel, to be exact. So then when we finished the Fleetwood Mac album they said “Why don’t we go?” And that’s when I fell in love with Maui. John [McVie] did too. And actually, the house I have in Napili is one I had originally turned John onto. He owned it for 30 years and then sold it back to me. And Stevie used to come out and spend weeks here. So there’s a lot of Mac history flying around the island.

As far as Fleetwood Mac is concerned, you guys wrapped up a world tour – your first in more than a decade with Christine McVie back in the fold – a little less than a year ago. What does the future hold for the band?
Well, we’re all dedicated to getting together about a year or so from now and going and doing another two years of touring all over the world, probably. And we also have a huge amount of recorded music. A huge amount. None of it’s with Stevie. Or very little. Some of it is very, very old stuff that Lindsey maybe did with her years and years ago. We’re not quite sure what will happen with it. But you know, doing this band is a huge investment. We’re only off the road for less than a year, and when you add in the time it takes to put a tour together, do rehearsals, get it up and running, the whole thing, it’s three years that you don’t do anything else. And Stevie has her own life and career and I think … you know, she just doesn’t want to spend the time right now. And we’re quietly saddened about that but also I sort of understand.

Do you think there will be a new record?
I really don’t know. The hope was that there was going to be. I do know that when Christine came back, she came back with a bag full of goods. She fucking wrote up a storm. She and Lindsey could probably have a mighty strong duet album if they want. In truth I hope it will come to more than that.

So nothing’s planned … but it could happen.
There’s always a “could happen” [laughs]. But one thing that’s for sure — there really are dozens of songs. And they’re really good. And so you think, “Shit, I don’t want it to be that, decades later, when we’re all pushing up daisies, someone hears this stuff and goes, ‘Well, that should have come out!'” So we’ll see.

Richard Bienstock / Rolling Stone / Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Fleetwood Mac to record new album in 2016

So: Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood were at the Broadway premiere of “School of Rock” Sunday night. Why? In the movie, Stevie’s “Edge of Seventeen” is cited and sung. In the musical, too. Big discussion of Stevie and Fleetwood Mac in the show, which got a lot of laughs from people in the audience who knew they were in attendance.

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Backstage, Stevie told me the first time she knew “Edge of Seventeen” was in the movie, she was at home by herself with Sulamith, her hairless Chinese Crested, and watching TV. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said, “and I had no one to share it with but her.”

Stevie told me that Fleetwood Mac’s long world tour is finally over. Now they will undertake a new album. Not just the four songs they released for download in 2014. “A whole album, we have plenty of songs,” she advised. This will be most welcome. Their last album came out in 2003, before I was born.

I also met the great Mick Fleetwood for the first time ever. He is very tall and extremely nice, with long gray hair tied into a pony tail and a matching beard. We talked about the pre-Lindsey Buckingham-Stevie Nicks pairing coming to the Mac in 1977 for the self titled album that launched a mega career for the group (and went on Rumours, Tusk, and everything since then). Do you go back as far as [original member] Peter Green, Mick asked? I do, I told him, and we talked about “Bare Trees,” “Heroes are Hard to Find,” and “Hypnotized.” Mick was surprised that I knew Peter Green wrote Santana’s hit “Black Magic Woman.”

Sting, who’d really never met Fleetwood, said he went back to the Mac 1968 hit “Man of the World.” Fleetwood was impressed. I think he was impressed we knew that Fleetwood Mac started out a blues band.

Also PS I did ask Stevie why the original Buckingham Nicks album has never been on CD. It remains one of the few oddities of the rock era still only on vinyl somewhere (like my record bin). Mick chimed in “It got them the gig.” That was FORTY years ago. Well? “The real answer is, I don’t know,” said Stevie.

So much for that.

Roger Friedman / Showbiz 411/ Monday, December 7, 2015

Stevie, Mick attend School of Rock Broadway premiere

On Sunday, Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood turned up at the Broadway premiere of School of Rock, a new musical based on the 2003 film, which starred Jack Black and Joan Cusack. Mick’s twin daughters Ruby and Tessa also attended the show, which is currently playing at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York. While on the star-studded red carpet, Stevie and Mick spoke to the press, such as ET (Entertainment Tonight).

Stevie and Mick were spotted later at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Squares, attending the School of Rock after party.

A huge fan of Broadway musicals, Stevie showed up again on the following night to watch another performance of School of Rock. And just two nights earlier, Stevie and Mick watched an evening performance of Wicked.

Photos by Jenny Anderson, Broadway World, Bruce Glikas, Elizabeth Helke, Cooper Lawrence, and @SoRmusical

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In the original film, Stevie’s 1981 hit “Edge of Seventeen” played an integral role to the plot. During the bar scene, substitute teacher Dewey Finn (Jack Black) plays one of Principal Rosaline Mullins’ (Joan Cusack) favorite songs (“Edge of Seventeen”) in an attempt to persuade the uptight principal to let him take their elementary school students to a concert. Tipsy from her beer, Principal Mullins starts to dance and sing aloud to the song.

Celebrity Sightings, reported by Jaime Rabb, OK! 
On Sunday, December 6, Fleetwood Mac icons Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood visited Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square as part of the after party to celebrate the Broadway premiere of School of Rock.

Coverage

Dressed-down Fleetwood Mac out and about in Adelaide

Fleetwood Mac: Supergroup being pretty low-key ahead of their Adelaide concert

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Mick Fleetwood outside The Intercontinental in Adelaide (Photo: Mike Burton)

THE members of legendary supergroup Fleetwood Mac are being pretty low- key during their Adelaide stay.

Heading out of the band’s city hotel yesterday wearing jeans and a T-shirt Lindsey Buckingham, greeted our shutterbug telling him to stay put because “there will be a raft of people for you to photograph’’.

He wasn’t telling Little Lies either because soon after appeared Christine McVie, who is back with Mac after 16 years, with an entourage. Like Lindsey, she was casually dressed and looking relaxed as she left to take in some city sights.

Mick Fleetwood was even more chilled out, rocking a beanie.

Fleetwood Mac is performing at Coopers Stadium on Wednesday night and there are Rumours the band will be at the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

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Lindsey Buckingham outside The Intercontinental in Adelaide (Photo: Mike Burton)

“Fleetwood Mac has been invited and inundated with requests to attend Cup Carnival events,” a source close to the band tells Confidential.

The Advertiser / Tuesday, October 27, 2015

VIDEO: Iconic band touring Down Under

Original Rumours Fleetwood Mac members reunite for tour

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Original embedded Daily Mail clip

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Fleetwood’s hits three-year mark with big bash

It’s been three years since legendary drummer Mick Fleetwood opened his restaurant in Lahaina. Now, Fleetwood’s on Front Street has a grand plan to celebrate, all weekend long.

Plan to start the party early? So do they. There’s a Throwback Thursday dance party on the restaurant’s rooftop patio from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. tonight, with deejay Gary O’Neal and “oldies” from around the year 2000.

Friday, August 21 features a Leather & Lace party to kick off the anniversary weekend, with a another rooftop dance party, this time to the live music of Maui’s own Kona Storm from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear their best “Leather & Lace,” the title of a popular song by Stevie Nicks, who joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975. If you get there early, happy hour runs 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday, August 22, “Elvis” enters the building in a Burnin’ Love show from 7:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the rooftop. Award-winning singer Darren Lee will perform as Elvis, in a show that’s known to be among Mick Fleetwood’s favorites.

A four-course dinner comes with that show, with offerings inspired by places Elvis used to live. They include chicken and waffles (Memphis) and steak au poivre (Hollywood), and even Executive Chef Eric Morrissette’s take on Elvis’ favorite sandwich, with a Peanut Butter Brûlée and Banana Tartlet for dessert.

Package prices for dinner and the show on Saturday range from $110 to $160.

As for Sunday August 23, the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band will take to the rooftop stage to perform with recording artist Gretchen Rhodes and other local musicians. Rooftop doors open at 6 p.m. with music by the House Shakers, then a four-course dinner service begins up there at 6:30 p.m.

The menu includes chilled jumbo shrimp, summer melon salad, a petite filet and Mahi Mahi combo, and Fleetwood’s signature pineapple rum cake. There’s also a vegetarian option with roasted cauliflower and butternut squash.

Elvis, performed again by Darren Lee, leads off the show at 7:45 p.m., then Mick Fleetwood takes the stage for an anniversary toast and live music until 9:30 p.m.

There are six different packages that include the Sunday show and dinner. Prices start at $133 for cabana seating and a standing-room show with television monitors, and run up to $503 for the Rockstar Package, which provides center-stage seating in Mick Fleetwood’s private section, along with autographed copies of his biography Play On and a Fleetwood Mac CD.

Kiaora Bohlool / Maui Now / Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mick hoping Fleetwood Mac will release new album

Mick Fleetwood hoping Fleetwood Mac will release new album ‘within the next couple of years’

Will Fleetwood Mac release a new album with longtime singer/keyboardist Christine McVie?  That’s a question on the minds of a lot of the band’s fans.  It’s no secret that the group has started amassing some material for a possible new record, but founding drummer Mick Fleetwood admits it may be a “couple of years” before he and his band mates will have the chance to complete the project since they’re currently focused on touring and will be for some time.

“This whole touring stuff is getting sort of totally, in a good way, out of control,” Fleetwood tells ABC Radio.  “We’re going all over the world now, so we don’t quite know how we’re gonna finish this [album] out.”

Fleetwood Mac is in the middle of its second North American tour leg since Christine McVie officially rejoined the band last year.  The current trek is scheduled to run through an April 14 concert in the Los Angeles area, and that will be followed by a European outing that runs from late May until the middle of July.  The group also is expected to visit other parts of the world before wrapping up the tour.

As for the new music Fleetwood Mac has been preparing, Mick tells ABC Radio, “We’re building up this whole sort of dossier of material, a glut of stuff.”  He explains that singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham “has a great chunk of wonderful songs, [most of which are] pretty flushed out and finished,” adding that the band also has “been in the studio with Christine in months gone by [and that] worked out amazingly well.”

Fleetwood says the only element that really is missing from the project is some new original songs from Stevie Nicks.  For her part, Nicks told ABC Radio late last year that she was unsure whether, after the band wrapped up its tour, she would be willing to keep her solo career on hold and “sign up for another year of making a record.”

And what are Mick’s feelings about the chances for a new Fleetwood Mac album?  “I hope it happens,” he says.  “My inclination is, the music will not be wasted.  It will come out one way or another.  And I truly hope, and I quietly believe it will be Fleetwood Mac, and Stevie will do some lovely stuff and within the next couple of years we will get that done.”

Here are the remaining dates on Fleetwood Mac’s current North American tour:

3/11 — North Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
3/12 — Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
3/15 — Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena
3/17 — Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum Complex
3/18 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
3/21 — Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
3/23 — Orlando, FL, Amway Center
3/25 — Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
3/27 — St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
3/28 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
3/31 — Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
4/1 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
4/4 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
4/6 — Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Arena
4/7 — Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
4/10 — Inglewood, CA, The Forum
4/11 — Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
4/14 — Inglewood, CA, The Forum

ABC Radio / Monday, March 9, 2015

VIDEOS 1/20: Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids MI

Fleetwood Mac Official StatementFleetwood Mac was fully regrouped on Tuesday night at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after drummer Mick Fleetwood’s sudden illness curtailed Saturday night’s Lincoln, Nebraska show by roughly an hour and 20 minutes. On Sunday, the band issued  an online statement, reporting that Mick had became ill with the stomach flu, but were still going forward with Tuesday night’s Grand Rapids show. With three days to recover, Fleetwood seemed to be in good spirits at Grand Rapids and was able to play the entire concert set. He addressed the crowd at the end of the show, with his usual bravado and charm.

Videos

Thanks to Mark Bast, Lonnie Decker, lrobb38, Susie Hasselfeldt, David Jankowski,  Arnie Lee, McBcblade, Kevin Mundwiler, Shannon Stauffer, TheQuinnski, WestMichiganSTAR for sharing these videos!

The Chain (Susie Hasselfeldt)

Dreams – short clip (WestMichiganSTAR)

Rhiannon (Shannon Stauffer)

Rhiannon (Lonnie Decker)

Tusk (Shannon Stauffer)

Landslide (WestMichiganSTAR)

Landslide (lrobb38)

Landslide (TheQuinnski)

Gypsy (Lonnie Decker)

Gypsy (Shannon Stauffer) 

Gypsy (TheQuinnski)

Gold Dust Woman  (David Jankowski)

Don’t Stop (Arnie Lee)

Silver Springs (Kevin Mundwiler)

Silver Springs (lrobb38)

Silver Springs (TheQuinnski)

Songbird (lrobb38)

Compilations

(Mark Bast)

(MrBcblade)

Reviews

Fleetwood Mac stirs up old emotions (MLive)

Set List

1. The Chain 13. Landslide
2. You Make Lovin’ Fun 14. Never Going Back Again
3. Dreams 15. Over My Head
4. Second Hand News 16. Gypsy
5. Rhiannon 17. Little Lies
6. Everywhere 18. Gold Dust Woman
7. I Know I’m Not Wrong 19. I’m So Afraid
8. Tusk 20. Go Your Own Way
9. Sisters of the Moon 21. World Turning
10. Say You Love Me 22. Don’t Stop
11. Seven Wonders 23. Silver Springs
12. Big Love 24. Songbird

VIDEOS 1/17: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln NE

Fleetwood Mac performed at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday night, the second show of the ON WITH THE SHOW TOUR, Leg 2. Things were going well until drummer Fleetwood suddenly became ill in the middle of the planned 2 1/2 hour show. After conferring with the other band members, Stevie announced, “So we’re having this talk because we just found out that Mick is really sick, and we don’t know what’s the matter with him.” A few moments later, Stevie apologized to the crowd and reassured that they would be getting a full show later. “We will come back, and you will get one and a half full-on shows.”

The band decided to perform just two more songs, “Go Your Own Way” and “Songbird,” with the band’s drum technician Steve Croes filling in on the drum kit for Mick during “Go Your Own Way.” The band ended up performing 16 songs of the 24-song set list.

Set List

1. The Chain 13. Landslide
2. You Make Lovin’ Fun 14. Never Going Back Again
3. Dreams 15. Over My Head
4. Second Hand News 16. Gypsy
5. Rhiannon 17. Little Lies
6. Everywhere 18. Gold Dust Woman
7. I Know I’m Not Wrong 19. I’m So Afraid
8. Tusk 20. Go Your Own Way
9. Sisters of the Moon 21. World Turning
10. Say You Love Me 22. Don’t Stop
11. Seven Wonders 23. Silver Springs
12. Big Love 24. Songbird

Videos

Second Hand News (Brent Royuk)

Tusk (Brent Royuk)

Landslide (Dan Parsons)

Landslide (kpoore57)

Landslide – partial (the truth)

Announcement / Go Your Own Way / Songbird (Brent Royuk)

Go Your Own Way (James Walker)

Reviews