Fleetwood Mac (1967-)
Peter Green (guitar, vocal) 1967-1970
John McVie (bass) 1967-
Mick Fleetwood (drums) 1967-
Jeremy Spencer (guitar, vocals) 1967-1970
Danny Kirwan (guitar, vocals) 1968-1972
Christine Perfect (keyboards, vocals) 1970-1994; 1996-1998,
Bob Welch (guitar, vocals) 1971-1974
Bob Weston (guitar) 1972-1973
Dave Walker (vocals, guitar) 1972-1973
Lindsey Buckingham (guitar, vocals) 1974-1987; 1996-
Stevie Nicks (vocals) 1974-1993; 1996-
Billy Burnette (guitar, vocals) 1987-1993; 1994-1995
Rick Vito (guitar, vocals) 1987-1991
Dave Mason (guitar, vocals) 1994-1995
Bekka Bramlett (vocals) 1994-1995
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Christine Perfect married John McVie shortly after joining the band. She is now known as Christine McVie. They divorced in 1976.
Peter Green named the band after Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, but McVie didn't join the band until 4 months after they formed, as he was playing with The Bluesbreakers at the time. Green wanted to stay out of the spotlight, which is why he named the band after the rhythm section.
Fleetwood, Green, and McVie were all disciples of Blues guitarist John Mayall.
Their debut performance was at the British Jazz and Blues Festival in August 1967.
On their first American tour, Fleetwood Mac was billed third behind Jethro Tull and Joe Cocker.
When Green left the group, he declared money to be evil and gave it all away, and then got a job as a gravedigger.
Fleetwood was originally in a band called Shotgun Express, which had Rod Stewart as their vocalist.
Spencer disappeared and joined a religious cult called the Children of God (later the name of his 1973 solo album) in 1971. When he was found, his head had been completely shaved.
Perfect had sung with Spencer Davis and was a member of the blues band Chicken Shack when she started working with Fleetwood Mac. She had been named "Top Female Vocalist by Melody Maker."
Manager Clifford Davis sent out a fake version of Fleetwood Mac on tour in 1973. It was centered around Weston and Walker. The real band got an injunction and stopped them from playing as Fleetwood Mac. They changed their name to Stretch. Mick Fleetwood took over most managing responsibilities for Fleetwood Mac.
Welch left the group to form Paris.
Buckingham and Nicks had played together in Fritz for five years, and then recorded a duet album together before joining the band.
Nicks was always prone to throat nodes, which made touring a little difficult.
The Visitor LP was recorded in Ghana with African musicians.
The Rumours-era line-up briefly reunited to perform Bill Clinton's theme song "Don't Stop" at his inaugural celebration, but didn't officially get back together until 1996.
Bramlett is the daughter of Delaney and Bonnie, whose sidemen performed in Derek & the Dominos with Eric Clapton, who played John Mayall before Peter Green joined him. Five degrees of separation.
Mason enjoyed a healthy solo career and has been in Traffic, Blind Faith, and Delaney and Bonnie (before Bekka was born).
They have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
Fleetwood has played drums for Spinal Tap.
Fleetwood was the inspiration for the muppet character "Animal." They do look alike.
Mick Fleetwood's signature is that on the third verse of a song, he extends his drum fill over the bar to the second beat of the next phrase. He does this in several songs: "Everywhere," "Gypsy" and "Go Your Own Way" are a few. (thanks, Dave - Leesburg, VA)
In their early years, Fleetwood Mac was known for raucous stage behavior, and were even banned from the Marquee club in London. One of their tricks was squirting milk-filled condoms at the crowd.
When you hear the names Lindsey and Stevie, you're not sure of the gender, are you? Their record company didn't know either, and mixed up the names in a 1975 ad for the band in Billboard magazine.
Christine McVie dated Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys in the late '70s. He had a heart-shaped garden installed at her home as a surprise.
Christine McVie retired from the band and moved back to England following Fleetwood Mac's reunion tour in 1997. She refused to rejoin them for any of their subsequent concert treks until she made a couple of guest appearances during their September 2013 concerts in London. It was announced in January 2014 that McVie had rejoined the band.
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