If you’re a dedicated fan of Fleetwood Mac, then you certainly don’t need an intro to the beautiful chaos this music band is and continues to be to this very day.
If you only know of them in passing (please rectify that) or maybe because you’ve heard Landslide a few times here and there, let us get into the quick and dirty history of the music band. Quick and dirty — just the way I like it.
Now, the Fleetwood Mac we all know and love did not exactly start out that way. In fact, they used to be a blues band. Well, let’s allow Wikipedia to explain things a little bit more extensively: “The band was founded by guitarist Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Jeremy Spencer. They lacked a permanent bass player for the first few months before Green convinced John McVie to join, establishing the first official line-up in time to record their self-titled debut album. Danny Kirwan joined as a third guitarist in 1968. Keyboardist Christine Perfect, who contributed as a session musician starting with the second album, married John McVie and joined the band in 1970. At this time the band was primarily a British blues outfit, scoring a UK number one with Albatross, and had lesser hits with the singles Oh Well and Black Magic Woman. Personal problems led to original guitarists Green and Spencer leaving, to be replaced by Bob Welch and Bob Weston. By 1974 Welch and Weston had both departed, leaving the band without a primary male vocalist or lead guitarist. In late 1974, while Fleetwood was scouting studios in Los Angeles, he was introduced to folk-rock duo Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Fleetwood Mac soon asked Buckingham to be their new lead guitarist, and Buckingham agreed on condition that Nicks would also join the band. The addition of Buckingham and Nicks gave the band a more pop rock/folk rock sound and their 1975 self-titled album, Fleetwood Mac, reached No. 1 in the US. Rumours (1977), Fleetwood Mac’s second album after the arrival of Buckingham and Nicks, produced four US Top 10 singles and remained at No. 1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks.”
Yes, you read that correctly — Stevie Nicks only joined the band as a freakin’ favor. The members of the band at the time didn’t even want her, but Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie’s boyfriend at the time, insisted and so they obliged. In hindsight, the notion that a music band did not want a musical icon like Stevie Nicks sounds absolutely ridiculous, but she wasn’t exactly world-moving, Grammy-winning Stevie back then — just a girl with a dream.
And so, like any awesome band worth their salt, throughout the years Fleetwood Mac has had an UNBELIEVABLE amount of success, failure, and internal strife.
A wild amount of success.
A wild amount of money made.
A wild amount of internal strife, both of the personal and romantic nature.
A wild amount of drugs consumed.
A wild amount of money spent on drugs.
Hey, did I mention the amount of drugs this band consumed?
Sure, it almost sounds cliché to point out just how much musicians, especially musicians in those days, used to party. And by party, I mean do drugs. And by do drugs, I mean do an obnoxious amount of drugs. Just how much?
Part II continues here.