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Atlanta Journal, 1994 Interview

Atlanta Journal and Constitution (GA), August 26, 1994

Section: PREVIEW

Pop Music REVIEW Fleetwood Mac


8 tonight. Bad Company opens. $19.50, $32.50, $35.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Powers Ferry Road at Stella Drive. 249-6400.

There's the five-member touring group - a new band, co-founding drummer Mick Fleetwood says - that performs tonight at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. And then there's the six-member studio unit that will soon begin work on an album for release sometime in 1995.

The difference is Christine McVie, vocalist-keyboardist for Mac since 1970. "Christine elected not to travel any more," Fleetwood says from a stop in Philadelphia. "She's earned that right and we're a big enough operation that we can say, hey, why not?"

McVie will join the touring band of Fleetwood, original bassist John McVie, 10-year guitarist Billy Burnette and new members Dave Mason and Bekka Bramlett when they record. But the band's focus is settling into performing in its new five-person configuration.

Mason, onetime member of Traffic and a successful solo artist, and Bramlett, daughter of the 1960s duo Bonnie and Delaney, are debuting the same way the musicians they are replacing, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, did in 1974.

"We went out with Lindsey and Stevie back then as unknowns - somewhat of a risky thing, but it worked," Fleetwood says, noting that comparisons are inevitable, with most of them directed at Bramlett.

"There's no two ways about it - she's got some pretty big platform shoes to fill," Fleetwood says. ''Stevie was a major part of this band, but Bekka's not up there being forced to sing Stevie's songs. We do one, 'Gold Dust Woman,' but it's Bekka's version."

The touring Mac will do some tunes by Mason, whose songwriting credits include "Only You Know and I Know," "Feelin' Alright" and "We Just Disagree." The band will also include three new originals as a reminder that there's more to Fleetwood Mac than the classic songs that give yet a third persona - that of a golden oldie.

"We have to be looked at as a golden oldie to a certain extent," Fleetwood says. "But we're always in motion. We're not treading water, but making headway creatively. It has been four years since we did an album, but we don't pump them out like a conveyor belt. We don't do anything unless we've got something to say."

Date: 1994-08-26         Number of views: 1091

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