Sirius XM Interview with The New Fleetwood Mac Lineup

Neil sounds like he's with Fleetwood Mac for the long-term. The band members seem ecstatic to have Neil (and Mike) in the band allowing them to play a ton of older songs.

They seemed very open to playing Neil songs and Mike Campbell songs. 

They said they have a list of sixty songs and they will spend two months (five days a week) practicing the sixty songs and seeing which sound the best. The tour will be three hour concerts.

They can't wait to revisit old songs like "Oh Well" (see below for an incredible cover by the band Haim as well as a video of Mike Campbell playing the song with the late great Tom Petty) which is a fantastic old Mac song written by Peter Green. Neil said that "World Turning" and "Gold Dust Woman" are his two favorite Fleetwood Mac songs.

They said that Mick made the choice to bring Neil in and that Mick is a master at recruiting new players for the band. 

Peter Green left the band and Mick found Bob Welch. 

Welch left and Mick found Lindsey Buckingham (and Stevie Nicks).

And this time it's Lindsey leaving and Mick found Neil (and Mike).

Mick said that he has adored Neil for a long, long time and he feels so fortunate that Neil agreed to join the band. Christine and Stevie seemed, likewise, very happy to have Neil in the band.

Thanks for typing that up Sugar Mouse.  I subscribed to Sirius XM for many years but dropped it recently when they moved the Loft to online only.

I know you and many others here are really into this, and I hate to be a downer about it yet again, but I still just don’t get it.

Honestly, I’m already bored by this. I just can’t get excited over the the thought of Neil spending the foreseeable future playing songs I loved and listened to 40 years ago but moved on from a very long time ago. A one-off would have interested me a lot (like Harry Styles and Stevie Nicks at the Troubador, which was great!), but “for the long term”? Yawn. The thought of him playing pre-Buckingham/Nicks Fleetwood Mac blues songs interests me even less...I didn’t even like those songs in my Fleetwood Mac fan heyday. I never thought Neil would put most of his energy into what is basically a nostalgia act. Oh well. Yawn.

I’m really sad that I feel this way, because I love Neil as much as anyone.  But Fleetwood Mac is the past and Neil has always been about the future. I look forward to whatever Neil will do outside of Fleetwood Mac, but it sounds like those projects will be few and far between.

brownie posted:

Thanks for typing that up Sugar Mouse.  I subscribed to Sirius XM for many years but dropped it recently when they moved the Loft to online only.

I know you and many others here are really into this, and I hate to be a downer about it yet again, but I still just don’t get it.

Honestly, I’m already bored by this. I just can’t get excited over the the thought of Neil spending the foreseeable future playing songs I loved and listened to 40 years ago but moved on from a very long time ago. A one-off would have interested me a lot (like Harry Styles and Stevie Nicks at the Troubador, which was great!), but “for the long term”? Yawn. The thought of him playing pre-Buckingham/Nicks Fleetwood Mac blues songs interests me even less...I didn’t even like those songs in my Fleetwood Mac fan heyday. I never thought Neil would put most of his energy into what is basically a nostalgia act. Oh well. Yawn.

I’m really sad that I feel this way, because I love Neil as much as anyone.  But Fleetwood Mac is the past and Neil has always been about the future. I look forward to whatever Neil will do outside of Fleetwood Mac, but it sounds like those projects will be few and far between.

A couple of reasons why I'm excited.

First, there are a ton of obscure Fleetwood Mac songs that I adore and would love to see performed live. Some of them are frankly very much in the Finn songwriting wheelhouse. Check out the song "Dust" as an example of a song that would sound great on a Finn Brothers album. Seeing any combination of rarities such as "Storms", "Beautiful Child", "Oh Well", "Dust", "Sisters of The Moon", etc. would be incredible.

Second, Neil is all about creativity.  I listened carefully to Stevie's comments in the interview and she said she hasn't wanted to make a new studio album because it "takes a year".  Lindsey Buckingham, for of his genius, takes a long, long time on studio albums and labors over everything. Although Neil has been known to take a while with studio albums, he's a much looser creative force who would likely make the creative process a lot easier and more fun than it was with Lindsey. Thus, I see a high likelihood of new studio work by this lineup.

I hear your concerns but I'm still excited and can't wait for the live shows!

I’m curious as to how they will sound. Curious enough to pay list price for tickets? No. But if the after market offers a deal, I will bite.

 Listening to the interview, I get a sense that Neil, the jovial chap from a stable upbringing, is visiting a dysfunctional family full of stories of abuse, dissent, and divorce.   Everyone is careful as to what they say, everyone is trying to impress and everyone is at their best behavior, but you sense that the skeletons in their closet are turning the door handle.

i hope Neil finds reward and inspiration from this experience.  It’s certainly unexpected.

I'm bored with it too. If you are a Fleetwood Mac fan and also a Neil fan then it's a win-win. But I wouldn't have gone to see Fleetwood Mac anyway. Just because Neil's playing with them still doesn't make me want to see them, because it is still Fleetwood Mac and I'm not a Fleetwood Mac fan. 

Talk of 'Mick, Lindsey, Stevie, Christine' etc etc just makes me think I'm in the wrong place. They mean nothing to me in the context of this forum. Is it time for there to be a specific Fleetwood Mac forum here so all this stuff can go in there and I can ignore it until it goes away sometime in 2019?!

 

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