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San Luis Obispo Tribune (07/16/2004), The truth behind the 'Rumours'

San Luis Obispo Tribune, July 16, 2004

The truth behind the 'Rumours'
Fleetwood Mac’s history has been full of both scandal and success

Unlike many bands that had their heyday in the ’70s, Fleetwood Mac hasn’t resorted to playing the state fair circuit. Which means the Chumash Casino must be putting up some fat cash to have them play two sold-out gigs this weekend at its brand-new 1,300-seat Samala Showroom.

Although the band has been around for more than 35 years, we figured you might still have some questions about the Mac attack — or you just might want to brush up for the eventual “Facts about Fleetwood” category on “Jeopardy.”

There was a Fleetwood Mac before the ’70s?

The band started out as Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac in 1968. Conceived as a British blues band, one of their biggest hits was “Black Magic Woman,” later made famous by Carlos Santana.

Since the band formed, they’ve released more than 20 albums — including the most recent DVD/CD combo “Live in Boston” — and roughly half don’t include Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

What happened to Green?

He dabbled in acid, started appearing on stage wearing robes and crucifixes and eventually asked the band to give most of its earnings to charity. When the band refused, he parted in 1970.

Wasn’t there another weird departure around that time?

A few months later, another guitarist, Jeremy Spencer, went to get a newspaper before a gig in Los Angeles and never returned. Spencer, who also used acid, had joined a religious sect called Children of God.

How did Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks join the band?

In 1974, Mick Fleetwood was checking out a recording studio in L.A. when the owner played him a tape to demonstrate the studio’s acoustics. Impressed, Fleetwood asked who was on the tape. It turned out to be a duo called Buckingham-Nicks, who would join the band soon thereafter.

And the rest was history?

The eponymous “Fleetwood Mac” album that followed featured mega-hits “Rhiannon,” “Say You Love Me” and “Landslide,” catapulting to No. 1 on the American charts. The next album, “Rumours,” is currently No. 6 on the all-time U.S. albums chart, having sold 19 million copies in America alone.

What about all that hanky-panky?

The Mac attack is certainly a love-torn lot. The “Rumours” album was inspired by break-ups between the McVies and the split between Buckingham and Nicks. Fleetwood — who would also have a fling with Nicks — was also on the verge of a divorce from his wife, Jenny Boyd.

Whose idea was it to have the USC marching band perform on “Tusk”?

Fleetwood. His original idea was to have USC perform on the album and a local marching band play on the song in each city they toured.

They’re Democrats, right?

Well, they did play at the White House twice during the Clinton years (“Bubba” used their song “Don’t Stop” as his campaign anthem in 1992), and they have reportedly been sharing a chartered jet with John Kerry. But, according to a Rolling Stone interview with Buckingham, John McVie is actually a “staunch Republican.”

Where’s Christine McVie these days?

Tired of touring, McVie retired from the band in 1997 and moved back to England. The woman who wrote “Don’t Stop,” “Say You Love Me” and “Over My Head” appears on the band’s latest studio album, “Say You Will” (2003), but only as a “guest artist” with no lead vocals.

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