Saturday, March 28, 2009

Fleetwood Mac-The Chain Broken & Repaired 1994 to 2009

In 1994 FLEETWOOD MAC went through a massive personnel shuffle. Rick Vito and Stevie Nicks had both left, and singer BEKKA BRAMLETT and former Traffic and solo star DAVE MASON joined the band. BILLY BURNETTE became the lead guitarist. Holdovers from the classic lineup were Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and Christine McVie.

They released the album TIME in 1995 and toured extensively in support of the new release. Public acceptance of the new lineup was practically non-existent, and record sales were very disappointing. In the past Fleetwood Mac had been able to reinvent and regenerate into something different; but it seemed the only version of FLEETWOOD MAC that the public would accept needed to include Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

The band collapsed, and Fleetwood Mac went into a period of suspended animation.

In 1996 the individual band members collaborated on various projects. The following year (1997) the classic RUMOURS lineup got together on a soundstage and recorded a live concert video, the result of which was the reunion album THE DANCE.

The lineup of Buckingham-Nicks-McVie-McVie and Fleetwood toured extensively through 1997 in support of the album, which sold over 5 million units. It was their biggest seller since 1987's TANGO IN THE NIGHT.

In 1998 Christine McVie retired as fullmember of the band, though she still contributed to subsequent projects for the Mac and its members, and as a soloist. Also in that year Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Included were the RUMOURS lineup, and early members Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, and Danny Kirwan.

SAY YOU WILL was the next release for the band (2003), their first without Christine as a band member since THEN PLAY ON in the Peter Green years. The CD was #3 in the Billboard Hot 200, and was followed by a successful tour.

FLLETWOOD MAC is currently engaged on their Unleashed tour, with dates through spring and into summer throughout North America. Chronicling the tour, Mr. Fleetwod is before the cameras on MICK TV.

5 comments: said...

Great stuff! Keep up the good work.

Hugh Jee From Jersey said...

Thank you! Drop in gets lonely in this basement!

Anonymous said...

FYI, Fleetwood Mac never toured in support of "Time." They toured prior to the album's release, took a break with the intention of touring in early '06, but Mick split it up in order to work with Lindsey Buckingham.

Hugh Jee From Jersey said...

My Bad!
You're right, the tour was prior to the release of TIME, with the basic lineup of the that version of FLEETWOOD MAC. Thanks for the corrections...and I think you meant "'96" instead of "'06".

Here's more.......

"Inspired by the new interest in the band, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and Christine McVie recorded another album as Fleetwood Mac, with Billy Burnette taking on lead guitar duties. However, just as they made the decision to continue, Billy Burnette announced in March 1993, that he was leaving the band to pursue a country album and an acting career. Bekka Bramlett, who had worked a year earlier with Mick Fleetwood's Zoo, was recruited. Solo singer/songwriter/guitarist and Traffic's Dave Mason, who had worked with Bekka's parents Delaney & Bonnie twenty five years earlier, was subsequently added. By March 1994, Billy Burnette, himself a good friend and co-songwriter with Delaney Bramlett, returned with Fleetwood's blessing.

The band, minus Christine McVie, toured in 1994, opening for Crosby, Stills, & Nash, and in 1995 as part of a package with REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar. The tour saw the band perform classic Fleetwood Mac songs from the initial 1967–1974 era. In 1995, at a concert in Tokyo, the band was greeted by former member Jeremy Spencer, who performed a few songs with them.

On October 10, 1995, Fleetwood Mac released the unsuccessful Time album. Although hitting the UK Top 60 for one week the album had zero impact in the US. It failed even to graze the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, a stunning reversal for a band that had been a mainstay on that chart for most of the previous two decades. Shortly after the album's release, Christine McVie informed the band that the album was her last. Bramlett and Burnette subsequently formed a country music duo, Bekka & Billy."

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