Fleetwood Mac

Peter GreenGuitar, vocal1967-1970
John McVieBass1967-
Mick FleetwoodDrums1967-
Jeremy SpencerGuitar, vocals1967-1970
Danny KirwanGuitar, vocals1968-1972
Christine PerfectKeyboards, vocals1970-1994; 1996-1998, 2014-
Bob WelchGuitar, vocals1971-1974
Bob WestonGuitar1972-1973
Dave WalkerVocals, guitar1972-1973
Lindsey BuckinghamGuitar, vocals1974-1987; 1996-2018
Stevie NicksVocals1974-1993; 1996-
Billy BurnetteGuitar, vocals1987-1993; 1994-1995
Rick VitoGuitar, vocals1987-1991
Dave MasonGuitar, vocals1994-1995
Bekka BramlettVocals1994-1995

Fleetwood Mac Artistfacts

  • They formed as a blues band, reliably selling about 250,000 copies of every album until their 1975 self-titled effort, which was the first to include Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. That album sold over 5 million copies and introduced the group configuration that made them one of the most popular bands in the world, selling well over 100 million albums.
  • Peter Green named the band after Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, but McVie didn't join the band until four months after they formed, as he was playing with The Bluesbreakers at the time. Green wanted to stay out of the spotlight, which is why he named the band after the rhythm section.
  • Fleetwood, Green, and McVie were all disciples of blues guitarist John Mayall.
  • Their debut performance was at the British Jazz and Blues Festival in August 1967.
  • On their first American tour, Fleetwood Mac was billed third behind Jethro Tull and Joe Cocker.
  • When Green left the group, he declared money to be evil and gave it all away, and then got a job as a gravedigger. Green, who died in 2020 at 73, had an enormously troubled life. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and suffered bizarre paranoia on and off. LSD use may have been a factor in his erratic behavior.
  • Fleetwood was originally in a band called Shotgun Express, which had Rod Stewart as their vocalist.
  • Spencer disappeared and joined a religious cult called the Children of God (later the name of his 1973 solo album) in 1971. When he was found, his head had been completely shaved.
  • Christine Perfect had sung with Spencer Davis and was a member of the blues band Chicken Shack when she started working with Fleetwood Mac. She had been named "Top Female Vocalist by Melody Maker."
  • Manager Clifford Davis sent out a fake version of Fleetwood Mac on tour in 1973. It was centered around Weston and Walker. The real band got an injunction and stopped them from playing as Fleetwood Mac. They changed their name to Stretch. Mick Fleetwood took over most managing responsibilities for Fleetwood Mac.
  • Buckingham and Nicks played together in a 5-piece band called Fritz for five years, until Buckingham contracted mononucleosis, which effectively ended the group. He and Nicks, who was by then his girlfriend, formed Buckingham Nicks, which released one acclaimed but poor-selling album before joining Fleetwood Mac.
  • When Bob Welch left the group to form Paris in 1974, it put them in a bind. Mick Fleetwood found his replacement when he scouted Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California; when studio owner Keith Olsen played him a Buckingham-Nicks song to demonstrate the studio's acoustics, Fleetwood asked about the guitarist. Olsen told him that Lindsey Buckingham was the axeman, but he came as a package deal with his girlfriend Stevie Nicks and also with Olsen, who had signed them to a production deal and produced their first album. Fleetwood took that deal, making Olsen a co-producer of the Fleetwood Mac album and recording it at Sound City. Nicks ended up giving the group a distinctive voice and an additional songwriter that helped define their new sound. Olsen was jettisoned after that album and later sued the band for withholding royalties.
  • Nicks was always prone to throat nodes, which made touring a little difficult.
  • In 1981, Mick Fleetwood released a solo album called The Visitor that was recorded in Ghana with African musicians.
  • The Rumours-era lineup briefly reunited to perform Bill Clinton's theme song "Don't Stop" at his inaugural celebration in 1993, but didn't officially get back together until 1996.
  • Bramlett is the daughter of Delaney and Bonnie, whose sidemen performed in Derek & the Dominos with Eric Clapton, who played John Mayall before Peter Green joined him. Five degrees of separation.
  • Mason enjoyed a healthy solo career and has been in Traffic, Blind Faith, and Delaney and Bonnie (before Bekka was born).
  • Christine Perfect married John McVie shortly after joining the band, becoming Christine McVie. They divorced in 1976.
  • Fleetwood, who is 6'6," is one of the most distinctive drummers in rock. Many of his stories sound like they could be from the pages of Spinal Tap, and indeed, he has played with that band.
  • Fleetwood was at least partial inspiration for the Muppet character Animal. You'll see the resemblance.
  • Mick Fleetwood's signature is that on the third verse of a song, he extends his drum fill over the bar to the second beat of the next phrase. He does this in several songs, including "Everywhere," "Gypsy" and "Go Your Own Way." Fleetwood didn't have any formal training on drums. >>
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  • In their early years, Fleetwood Mac was known for raucous stage behavior, and were even banned from the Marquee club in London. One of their tricks was squirting milk-filled condoms at the crowd.
  • When you hear the names Lindsey and Stevie, you're not sure of the gender, are you? Their record company didn't know either, and mixed up the names in a 1975 ad for the band in Billboard magazine.
  • Christine McVie dated Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys in the late '70s. He had a heart-shaped garden installed at her home as a surprise.
  • Christine McVie retired from the band and moved back to England following Fleetwood Mac's reunion tour in 1997. She refused to rejoin them for any of their subsequent concert treks until she made a couple of guest appearances during their September 2013 concerts in London. It was announced in January 2014 that McVie had rejoined the band.
  • In a 2013 interview with BBC Radio 4, Stevie Nicks painted a picture of her relationship with McVie. "Both of us in a man's world, from the very beginning, we made a pact that we would be a force of nature together. And we were," Nicks said. "We had a lot of power when there were two of us. That wasn't really so noticeable to us because we just had it until she left. And then when she left I realized how much power we had when she was there, and how when she left she took 50% of the power with her… I felt powerless in many ways." >>
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  • Lindsay Buckingham's brother, Greg, was a competition swimmer. He won a silver medal in the men's 200-meter individual medley at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
  • Mick Fleetwood and John McVie kept the group going throughout the decades and across the myriad changes. Fleetwood says they stuck it out through "abject fear." "That's the nature of being in a rhythm section. You need someone to play with," he told Rolling Stone in 2017. "What the hell would we do if there was no band?"
  • Peter Green originally let Mick Fleetwood join his band in order to cheer him up, after he split from first wife. Fleetwood recalled to 6 Music's Georgie Rodgers:

    "I asked Peter on the phone, 'why did you ask me to play drums?,' and I was probably fishing for, 'Well I thought you were a pretty good drummer,' or something."

    "And Peter said, 'You were unhappy... you were devastated," he continued. "The reason I asked you to play drums is you are my friend and I wanted you to put yourself back together and you needed something to do.' I thought that was extraordinary and very moving."
  • Mick Fleetwood played a fish alien in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Manhunt." The drummer shaved his iconic beard for the part, and had to do 19 takes to say one line, "Food."

Comments: 26

  • Steven from Commerce GeorgiaI went to my first Fleetwood Mac in 2014 and it has to be in the top 5 concerts I've ever been to. That was the first year Christine had joined the group again. I think they all bring something special to the group. If I get another chance to see them live again I'll be the first one to buy tickets.
  • Gary Kicks from Big Bear City CaliforniaWithout a doubt Peter Green was the most talented member of the band not Buckingham as he loves to proclaim himself.
  • Dana from Woodbury, Mn, MnPeter Green is like the Brian Wilson of Fleetwood Mac. Same with Danny Kirwan.
  • George from Cornwall, NyDon't forget Bob Brunning was a member of Fleetwood Mac in the very early days. He was only a member for a very short time before John McVie. He wrote a rather long book about his experience although he was short lived.
  • Barry from New York, NcI have the album BUCKINGHAM NICKS, which was released in 1973. Got it transferred to digital because it might never be issued on CD. Pretty good album, but mostly foreshadows what would happen after they joined Fleetwood Mac.
  • Jerry from Los Angeles, CaI can't believe that Danny Kirwin hasn't been discussed here,any true Fleetwood Mac fan should be ashamed of themselves for not mentioning him. With the exception of Peter Green, Danny was a very important member of FM. Just listen to Kiln House which was recorded after Peter's departure. His songwriting and guitar work are magnificant. He had some problems but who doesn't, His early work playing along side Peter is also very intense and he deserves alot of credit for the success of that band. I understand that he just wander's around London these day's another tragic casuality of drugs and alcohol, which has ruined the live's of so people.
  • Donna from College Station, TxIs Peter Green same as Peter Greenbaum listed as Peter Baum at Jewsrock.org ?
  • Randy from Colerain Twp., OhMarlow, I had forgotten another group that had 16 different members in their lineup- 'King Crimson'. Some of the members that were included in that group are Ian McDonald, who went on to play for 'Foreigner'; Bill Bruford, who incidently was a drummer for 'Yes'; John Wetton, who later became the lead vocalist/bassist for 'Asia; and Greg Lake, of 'Emerson, Lake, and Palmer'.
  • Randy from Colerain Twp., OhMarlow from Perth, while Fleetwood Mac has had at least 15 different musicians/vocalists in their lineup, the group YES had 14. But YES also had many more of them rejoin the group- Check out their Artistfact.
  • Randy from Colerain Twp., OhDoes anyone recall a song from the 1970's entitled "Ebony Eyes"? It was recorded by Bob Welch- which I reckon is the same former band member.
  • Steve from Anaheim, CaThe "Fake Fleetwood Mac" was NOT "centered around Weston & Walker". No member, past present or future, of Fleetwood Mac was involved in Clifford Davies' phony Fleetwood Mac folly.
  • Kazryn from Potters Bar, EnglandThe Muppet character of Animal was actually based on Keith Moon of The Who.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaThis band really had a lot of problems didn't they
  • Scutter from Harrisonburg, VaI have to add this story from the Bekka Bramlett / Dave Mason incinarmation of this band. When I saw the band in concert with this stevie nicksless configuration, as Bramlett, a dead on Nicks impersonater if ever there was one, was onstage, a drunk was being escorted out of the Nissan Pavilion near Washington. He was arguing with the Police when he said "let me ask you a question...if I put on a badge, a hat like that, and dress up in something like that uniform .... what are you going to do to me?" the officer replied "arrest you for impersonating an officer"..when the drunk said even louder..."then you've got to arrest that woman onstage for the impersonation of stevie nicks she's doing right now if there is any justice."
  • Marlow from Perthi dont think ive seen some many changes to the musicians in one band! AMAZING..
  • Rick from Humboldt, IaJohn Mcvie is the greatest bassist ever. They are the greatest group ever, as long as they have lindsey buckingham with them. He is what makes the awesome. The rumours album was fueled by cocaine and pure hatred for each other, while say you will is fueled by forgiveness and regret. I'm 13 and I've never heard any better music in my lifetime.
  • Chris from Leeds, EnglandLindsey Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac in 1987 after a violent confrontation with Stevie Nicks. Stevie carried on to make 1990's Behind the Mask but left in 1992 after she was outraged by Fleetwood's "tell all" biography.
  • Corey from Woodstock, Vtgreat song, love the sound. heard it on forest gump.
  • Chris Labenne from Niles, OhMcVie is an awesome bassist! Great bass on all Fleetwood Mac records, especially Rumours.
  • Chris from Downers Grove, IlHey, Jared, I doubt Stevie's ever been to Vancouver. She was born in Phoenix, AZ. That's where she lives now. Her father worked for Armor Hotdogs and Greyhound bus. Never any brewing companies....
  • Brian from Corpus Christi, TxI met Stevie Nicks backstage while I was working security at the Erwin Center in Austin, Tx. I remember this meeting because I was working on a crazy engineering graphing problem from school and I asked her to autograph the back of the graph paper. She also asked the roadies to bring me out some food. An incident of more than 20 years ago left a lasting impression on me. Thanks Stevie
  • Chris from Bluffton, ScActually, John McVie is not a founding member of Fleetwood Mac. Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood tried to convince him to join their group but he was hesitant to leave the Bluesbreakers and so for a very short time Bob Brunning was Fleetwood Mac's bassist.
  • Jared from Winnipeg, CanadaStevie Nicks Is Actually origionally From Vancouver Canada, where her father was a high ranking exec for a national brewing company.
  • Don from Pittsburgh, PaThe original line-up recorded "Then Play On" in 1970. They were a blues-based band. Their first gig was in the summer of 69 at the British Jazz and Blues Festival. Peter Green wrote "Black Magic Woman" which Carlos Santana turned into a number one hit. From this album came the blues/rock muscular workouts "Oh Well" a nine minute opus,"Searching for Madge" amd "Fighting for Madge." Get this album.
  • Christine from Chicago, IlFor their Rumors tour, they spent thousands of dollars on an inflatable penguin but only used it once.
  • Brooke from Sedona, AzStevie Nicks is from AZ and has a home in Sedona, AZ as well.
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