There aren’t many bands bigger than Fleetwood Mac. And there haven’t been many greater controversies than their sacking of Lindsay Buckingham from the band last year, only to be replaced by Crowded House’s Neil Finn and Tom Petty’s former guitarist Mike Campbell.
Now, in what is set to be the most anticipated tour of 2019, we’ll have the opportunity to see for ourselves how the Mac minus Buckingham, who has been so integral to their previous live shows, stacks up when they play RAC Arena on Friday, August 9. Tickets on sale 12 noon Perth time, Friday January 25.
It’s not the first time the band has endured major line up changes. “Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents. We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound,” said drummer Mick Fleetwood.
“We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the calibre of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family. With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs,” said the group collectively. “Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”
Fleetwood Mac was founded by Peter Green in 1967 and was named after Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie. After Green left in 1969, Fleetwood and McVie remained as original members, and the band has since featured a cast of amazing talents. Most notably, Christine McVie joined the band in 1970, with Stevie Nicks and Buckingham joining in 1974. Fleetwood Mac has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and the GRAMMY Award-winning band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
The new line up includes Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie along with newcomers Campbell and Finn, and they should be in good nick following the band’s 50+ city North American tour.
Fleetwood Mac play RAC Arena on Friday, August 9. Tickets on sale 12 noon Perth time, Friday January 25 from livenation.com.au.