“2013 is going to be the year of Fleetwood Mac,” Stevie Nicks told Rolling Stone when it was announced earlier that the band would be on stage for a reunion tour next April. We caught the news on Gothamist, and the website reports that although Christine McVie won’t be part of… Read More
Detroit’s Grande Ballroom is a piece of music history. Famed promoter Russ Gibb bought the former dance hall in 1966, and the venue became a psychedelic hangout to watch bands like The Who, Jeff Beck, Janis Joplin, MC5, Cream, Buddy Guy, and Fleetwood Mac. The colorful musical period lives on in a collection of handbills that website Retronaut spotted on Flickr from member Detroit Bob. We’ve featured some of the mind-bending flyer collection past the break, which includes artwork from well-known artists like Gary Grimshaw, Carl Lundgren, Harry Pumpkins, and Donnie Dope. It’s cool to see acts like Fleetwood Mac paired with The Stooges amongst the 1967 and 1968 shows — both bands still quite new to the scene. Click through for more electrifying handbills, and visit Flickr for the details behind each show. … Read More
It’s Monday, which means it’s time for another edition of our regular start-of-the-week stream-a-thon, wherein we scour the Internet for worthy and/or noteworthy albums that are streaming this week at absolutely no cost. This week, our ears are equally balanced between better-than-expected group efforts and bands we’d almost forgotten about surging back into our hearts with a vengeance — with some preciously new Irish indie in the mix just for fun. Click through to get a little of everything — from updated punk rock to Antony Hegarty’s excellent cover of “Landslide” to Wayne Coyne weirdness to the first new stuff from Sebadoh in 14 whole years. … Read More
Although we can’t usually muster much excitement for tribute albums, we have to hand it to Just Tell Me That You Want Me, the indie-rock tribute to Fleetwood Mac that comes out August 14th. In streaming many of its tracks over the course of several weeks, it’s convinced us it’s worth our time. So far, our favorites have been Antony Hegarty’s delicate take on “Landslide,” Lykke Li’s icily enchanted “Silver Springs,” and The New Pornographers’ raucous, synthy “Think About Me.” Today, we’re adding a new highlight to that list, as Stereogum points us to a strange and multifaceted re-imagining of “Sisters of the Moon” by Shudder to Think’s Craig Wedren and the ever-spectacular St. Vincent. Listen to the cover below, and then see if you can stop yourself from revisiting Tusk. … Read More
Music is a passionate occupation to pursue, and it makes sense that some of our favorite musicians have, well, hooked up with some of our other favorite musicians in fiery ways throughout the years. This is something we’ve been chewing on ever since we first got former Fleetwood Mac co-figurehead Lindsey Buckingham’s last solo record,… Read More
1. Of course there’s a rumor floating around Hollywood that Angelina Jolie is in interested in directing Universal’s film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. [via Deadline]
2. Bob Welch, an early guitarist for Fleetwood Mac, was found dead yesterday at his home in Nashville from an apparent suicide. “He was a huge… Read More
Former Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch was found dead in his home after committing suicide. He was 65 years old and had been suffering from recent, undisclosed health issues according to the LA Times.
Welch was an influential early member of the 1970s rock group. He played a pivotal role in the transition away from their bluesy sound. The California musician — whose father had roots in film as a producer and screenwriter for Paramount Pictures in the ’40s and ’50s — felt he was snubbed when the rest of the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Eventually he sued several group members over a royalties dispute.
Welch left Fleetwood Mac just before they achieved mainstream success with their self-titled 1975 album and 1977′s Rumors, replaced by Lindsey Buckingham (who joined with then girlfriend Stevie Nicks). He had a successful solo career and is know for the 1977 hit “Ebony Eyes.” We’ve shared some of Welch’s biggest contributions to Fleetwood Mac past the break. … Read More
1. Patti Smith and the Kronos Quartet accepted the 2011 Polar Music Prize at a ceremony in Stockholm yesterday. The annual award — which is Sweden’s highest music honor — was founded by Stig Anderson (aka ABBA’s manager), back in 1989. [via BBC]
2. Hopping on board the ’90s nostalgia bandwagon, ABC is… Read More