I’ve been a Fleetwood Mac fan for most of my life. Lindsey Buckingham is a god to me. I can’t get enough of the Lindsey/Stevie era of Fleetwood Mac which is roughly from 1975 to present day (with some years off in the 80s and 90s). Before Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac, they were a duo known as Buckingham Nicks. Their one and only album has never been issued on CD, though it’s quite easy to track down on the internet in digital format. It was overlooked at the time, but it’s really a perfect record. It was actually how Mick Fleetwood discovered the pair and subsequently asked them to join Fleetwood Mac. A song from the sessions that has never been released has recently been unearthed and for the 40th anniversary of Buckingham Nicks, they recorded a new version of the song. I never thought it possible that the song would be released and performed live, but on April 8, 2013 at Madison Square Garden they blew my mind and performed the gorgeous track “Without You.” For being a fan all these years, it’s my absolute pleasure to present a live version of “Without You” to you my readers and to all the Fleetwood Mac/Buckingham Nicks fans out there! Sorry if it gets a little blurry in some spots, but what can you do?
Rumours (literally) have been swelling that Fleetwood Mac will revisit a never before released Buckingham Nicks classic on their upcoming 2013 tour and we’ve learned that the song will be “Without You.” If you’re a diehard Buckingham Nicks fan, your head is probably caving in right now since it’s such a beautiful song. This is going to be an exciting year for Fleetwood Mac fans and it’s already gotten off to a great start with the re-release of the Rumours album, which features a disc of unreleased rough demos that have never been heard before and the jewels in the crown include a Stevie Nicks demo of “The Chain” (with completely different music and lyrics aside from the lyrics of the chorus) and also a Christine McVie demo called “Keep Me There” which is also a rough demo of “The Chain.” It features the music we’ve all come to know and love, but again, with completely different lyrics! This set is a must have if you want to hear the process in making what is one of the best albums of all time!
Some people will always remember the 5th of November. I’ll always remember the 4th of November, 2011. It’s the day that I met one of my musical gods – Lindsey Buckingham. The 92Y in New York presented an hour and a half program called “A Conversation with Lindsey Buckingham,” and it was a die-hard fan’s dream come true. He was interviewed by Anthony DeCurtis, who is obviously a fan of Lindsey’s music, so the discussion was relaxed, open, honest and it really felt like eavesdropping into the mind of one of the biggest musical geniuses of my lifetime. So many questions I’ve been dying to know the answers to were answered as Lindsey Buckingham talked about everything from his love for the Brian Jones era of the Rolling Stones to the creative genius and madness of Brian Wilson to the changes of the marketability of music, some of his current favorites (including Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projectors), his kids listening to the music of Katy Perry to getting to and being in a place where his life is totally enriched by being a family man – which wasn’t always the case in the “glory days” of Fleetwood Mac. He was even asked what he would have done if Fleetwood Mac didn’t happen and though Lindsey found the question to be interesting, he said it was too hard to speculate but he also reiterated the magic event of himself and Stevie Nicks getting the opportunity to become members of Fleetwood Mac and how it changed the direction their lives took.
Lindsey has a new solo album, the excellent “Seeds We Sow,” and he talked about how the album came about, as well the differences between being a solo artist and being with a super group such as Fleetwood Mac – the small machine and big machine, as he put it. Lindsey Buckingham has clearly thought through his incredible journey and is incredibly optimistic about his outlook on life. This conversation was very intimate and from reading recent interviews, it’s interesting to see how his words can get twisted. For example, he prefaced rumours (pun sort of intended) of getting back together with Fleetwood Mac and he was honest by saying, Lindsey, Stevie, Mick and John are down for it, times are being scheduled for 2012 for the Mac to get together, but also things can change because that’s just how life goes sometimes. The press likes to turn that into definite statements.
Lindsey fans – read on – there’s info about Buckingham Nicks after the jump!
On this day in 1949, the world was blessed with the birth of the rock and roll guitar god, Lindsey Buckingham!
Lindsey Buckingham’s music has made my life so much richer, as a part of Buckingham Nicks, Fleetwood Mac and with his solo career. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Lindsey Buckingham live both solo and as a part of Fleetwood Mac and those experiences make you realize that he is a creative genius that can sing and play guitar with the best of them.
For those that have any doubts, you MUST see his performance of the Fleetwood Mac classic “I’m So Afraid.” The man tells a story with a 6-minute guitar solo (and please note that he does not use a guitar pick. He plays with his bare fingernails!) that will leave you breathless.
Hey New Yorkers! The Mac is back for the second leg of their Hits Unleashed Tour. They’ll be at Madison Square Garden tonight. The photos you see here were taken by me on March 19, 2009 when they came around the first time. Christine McVie is no longer with the band, unfortunately, but you’re sure to get your Stevie Nicks fix with a little help from the underrated guitar god Lindsey Buckingham. Let’s not forget John McVie on the bass and of course, Mick Fleetwood on drums. While it’s a little disappointing that they didn’t play anything off their legendary Buckingham Nicks album, the show was excellent. See the set list and a few more pix after the break.