UK Newspaper Archive 1999 - 2002
|July 7, 1999||The Sun||Dominic
Mohan - Fleetwood Mac; Bizarre. (Features)
MY prediction for the next colossal dance hit is - wait for it - a remix of FLEETWOOD MAC's Big Love by BLEACHIN.
|August 15, 1999||Sunday Times||Snapper
chiefs in Pounds 9m rock buyout. (Business)
A music company that owns the rights to some of the classic punk and rock albums of the past two decades has been bought by its managers for Pounds 9m. Snapper Music controls the rights to albums by Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Jones, The Everly Brothers and Van Morrison. It also has an extensive rock and punk back catalogue featuring Sham 69, Iggy Pop, The 4 Skins, Exploited and Wasp. The company manages Peter Green, award-winning blues man and founder of Fleetwood Mac, and Tarrie B, the heavy metal diva beloved of the rock press. Jon Beecher, chief executive, said the deal would enable the company to buy out an investor and put Pounds 6m into developing the business. It would look at a flotation in the next two years. Beecher said: "Record companies can be a bit of a lottery. Our business model is based primarily on bands that have a fan base. "It's a bit like the paperback book market. If you've got good titles you just put them on the shelves and they keep selling. Mid-price records sell all day long."
The company will look for
growth from its current signings. After a decade without a record contract
Green has now sold 200,000 units of his last four albums and recently won
the prestigious WC Handy Award for his Robert Johnson Songbook album.
Beecher said the company was planning to set up an American office to
promote Green and Tarrie B and look for other signings. It is keen to take
on acts neglected by larger record labels. Snapper also wants to develop
its internet music company, worldwidetribe.com, which broadcasts SF
Sorrow, a rock opera by The Pretty Things, over the net. Snapper's buyout
was advised by Forum Capital, a corporate financier, and the equity
investors are Credit Agricole Indosuez and ACT, the Irish private equity
|Oct 19, 1999||The Times||Fleetwood
poised to float Point; Point Group. (Business)
MICK FLEETWOOD, founder of Fleetwood Mac, the band, is considering floating Point Group, his high-tech music company, on the stock market with an estimated value of Pounds 100 million. Point Group, which is in negotiations to take over the back catalogues of several famous rock stars, will soon launch an Internet music shop partly funded by Microsoft, the US software group. Mr Fleetwood, 52, is offering to split royalties equally between artists and the Point Group, which he 50 per cent owns and which will make profits of about Pounds 5 million on sales of Pounds 33 million in the current financial year.
|Oct 24, 1999||The Independent on Sunday||Old
rockers net new fortunes
ROCK DINOSAURS don't die,
they just evolve into internet entrepreneurs. Mick Fleetwood, founder of
the multi-million selling band Fleetwood Mac, looks set to become the
latest rock & roll survivor to make a fortune from the net. Fleetwood,
52, is considering floating his hi-tech music company Point Group on the
stock market, which could earn him up to pounds 100m, it was reported last
week. The company is thought to be negotiating with several other famous
names to use their hits in an internet music service with backing from
Microsoft. But the news has received a cautious welcome from some experts.
Justin Urquhart-Stuart, director at Barclay's Stockbrokers, says:
"People investing in these internet companies have to be very
careful. Some will make money, but you might have to wait a long time for
a return. I regard it as quite a lottery." Fleetwood, the drummer son
of an RAF wing commander, formed his band in 1967 with guitarist Peter
Green. They became a driving force in the blues explosion of the late
Sixties, before achieving their first million seller with the reissued
"Albatross" in 1973. By that time Green had left the band,
disappearing at the height of his fame into years of drug abuse and mental
problems. He worked as a gravedigger, wandered from country to country and
grew his hair and fingernails to outlandish lengths. But in recent years
Green has returned to music, revitalised and acclaimed for the depth and
power of his blues.
|March 19, 2000||Sunday Times||Star's
internet firm 'on rocks'. (Home news)
MICK FLEETWOOD'S much-hyped
business venture to sell music direct over the internet is on the verge of
collapse, writes Adam Nathan. Fleetwood, 52, co-founder of rock group
Fleetwood Mac, is a leading shareholder in the London-based Point Group.
Plans to float the company as a Pounds 100m "glamour stock" - he
recently featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal - have
collapsed. The failure reflects growing concern in the market over the
internet "bubble" stocks. Last week nearly Pounds 100m was
knocked off the price of lastminute.com, the shopping site, in just one
day's trading. Point Group, which hit the headlines with the arrival of
Fleetwood in June 1999 to launch the industry's first internet download
site, is in "serious financial difficulties", according to one
|June 23, 2000||Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service||Tap,
tap, tapping, once again, on rock fans' spinal mania
Set your amps to 11 and get
that spandex out of mothballs _ Spinal Tap is back. The three original
members _ David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls, plus Fleetwood
Mac's Mick Fleetwood on drums _ appeared live on VH1's "The
List" on Thursday.
|Sept 25, 2000||The Times||Mick
Fleetwood launches e-business; News bite. (Features)
Mick Fleetwood, founder of
Fleetwood Mac, is launching a new e-business. In association with auction
master Ted Owen, www.fleetwoodowen.com will be auctioning
entertainment memorabilia and collectables. Such delights as Led
Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham's drum kit, Keith Richard's Gibson Les
Paul, no less than four guitars owned and used by Noel Gallagher at the
peak of Oasis' career and the piano used by John Lennon for
|Oct 1, 2000||Sunday Herald||Racing
The Clouds Home Julienne Taylor
ANYTHING described as folky-pop
should rightly be treated with deep suspicion. Julienne Taylor's debut
album showcases an undeniably sweet voice, but the songs themselves stink.
Why would anyone want to do a cover of Fleetwood Mac's Second Hand News?
Taylor adds a lot of diddley-dee and Celtic sounding effects to anchor her
firmly in the folk camp, but it's a flimsy and ineffective garnish. Still,
it will probably appeal to people with dubious facial hair and a
collection of Arran jumpers. She does sound a little Rickie Lee Jones-ish
on occasion, but it's not enough to lift this dire selection above
mediocre. Which is a shame. Get some better songs and decent arrangements
|Oct 20, 2000||The Times||Too
square to be hip: 20 albums that could compromise your cool;
Alanis Morissette Jagged
Little Pill (1995) Calm down, dear
|Dec 29, 2000||The Mirror||Surfing
with.. MICK FLEETWOOD. (Features)
FLEETWOOD Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood has teamed up with friend and auction expert Ted Owen to start up an online memorabilia auction house called FleetwoodOwen which trades in memorabilia of the rich and famous. Mick tells DAN WILLIAMSON how his interest in the web has made him ditch his drumsticks for mouse clicks.
WHAT gave you the idea?
HOW long have you been
using the internet?
WHAT'S your favourite
DOES your family use the
DO YOU use the web to
keep in touch with other members of the band?
WHAT'S the weirdest web
site you've seen?
WILL the web destroy the
|Feb 27, 2001||International Herald Tribune||People:
The piano John Lennon kept
in his New York apartment just before his death in December 1980 is going
on sale on March 27 as part of an auction at London's Hard Rock Cafe,
organized by Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac and the auctioneer Ted Owen.
Bids will also be accepted online. Also for sale will be Lennon's 1970
|April 2, 2001||The Herald||Nicks
hits the road again.
FLEETWOOD Mac's Stevie
Nicks gave a private concert at the weekend to unveils ongs for her first
solo album since 1994. Nicks, 53 in May, will now tour America, starting
in June, performing and promoting the album, Trouble in Shangri-La. Sheryl
Crow, who produced some of the songs, put in a guest appearance with Nicks
and her seven-man band. Nicks was last on the road with Fleetwood Mac when
the group reunited with the 1997 concert album, The Dance.
|May 1, 2001||Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service||A
wiser Stevie Nicks builds her new Shangri-La.
Despite the portentous title of Stevie Nicks' first solo CD in seven years, the Fleetwood Mac singer assures fans her "crystal visions" are clear again. "Trouble in Shangri-La," her collection of relationship-based songs, hits stores this week and the tracks come "pretty much from my life," Nicks says. But the CD's release comes at a time that finds Nicks healthy and seemingly in vogue again. Such wasn't the case when her last album, 1994's problematic "Street Angel," nearly capsized her career. Now, today's pop stars like Sheryl Crow, Courtney Love, Sarah McLachlan and Macy Gray are citing Nicks' influence on their music. Destiny's Child samples Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen" on its new CD.
reports that Nicks' distinctive, witchy wardrobe found favor with fashion
designers like Oscar de la Renta, Jill Stuart and Bob Mackie, who all have
created Nicks-inspired threads. "Trouble in Shangri-La" also
finds some of her famous fans joining her. Crow, Gray, McLachlan and Dixie
Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines sing harmonies. Even ex-lover and
Fleetwood Mac bandmate Lindsey Buckingham appears for the first time on
one of her solo albums, playing guitar on "I Miss You." And no,
that particular song is not about him, Nicks says, stifling the likely
assumption. After Nicks' summer tour ends she and Buckingham will reteam
with the other members of Fleetwood Mac (minus a retired Christine McVie)
to record a new group CD. "If you take Christine's synthesizers and
organ out of the mix then the whole thing will go back toward the guitar
so that's an exciting premise for all of us because we love to rock,"
Nicks says enthusiastically.
Finally, the chosen "Shangri-La" guests were custom fit to each track. Crow has become "a very good friend" and has performed often with Nicks. "To even be in the same room as Stevie was a dream come true for me. To work with her was beyond description. It was extraordinary," Crow said in a release.
Singing the country-rocker "Too Far From Texas" with Maines was a highpoint. "Natalie is a trip," Nicks says. "She came in and knew her parts so perfectly and we cut that song live. ... When we got (the guests) we had to work quickly. But it was like Natalie and I were singing together for 100 years, like we were two little mountain singers. What a pleasure. "The last of our problems was the singing. Getting everyone there was hard but the singing was the easiest thing."
More than a quarter-century ago, a more innocent Nicks sang wistfully how "Time makes you bolder/Even children get older/And I'm getting older too." Turning 53 on May 26, Nicks has finally caught up with her own words. All those years of hard living as a rocker will tend to do that _ if you can survive intact. "I'm smarter and wiser," Nicks says happily. "When I sing `Landslide' now I think, `You really were such a baby when you wrote it!' I think I've always felt like an old soul. I've always felt like I was reincarnated a million times just rehearsing for this particular life." But maturity and ditching bad habits like abusing cocaine and alcohol haven't altered how Nicks writes her songs. Fans who longed for another album on par with her 1981 chart-topping solo debut "Bella Donna" will find a familiar Nicks on "Shangri-La." The songs remain personal glimpses into her storybook life.
"A lot of me HASN'T
changed," Nicks says. "I'm very much the same writer who tries
to stay a little bit naive and a little bit believing in the childlike
innocence of people so that I can write the songs that help people because
I'm not writing from such a jaded point of view. I have not been married
and had a terrible divorce like so many women my age have. Or had three or
four children which I would have stopped everything for. I did not go
through those experiences. And I made the choice NOT to, maybe because I
DIDN'T want my writing to change. "The trends and the fads around us
change but the things I write songs about really don't change. I'm still
dealing with relationships," she continues. "As it is, I'm not
really going with anyone so I live in a pretty romantic state of mind.
"At any moment I could meet my soul mate. I may never meet that
person. But the possibility is always there and that makes you still
believe in that childlike innocence," Nicks says, echoing a lyric
from one of her oldest songs: "Love is only one fine star away/Even
though the living is sometimes laced with lies/It's alright/The feeling
remains even after the glitter fades." "I haven't had a
terrible, terrible experience that has just wiped out my ability to write
beautiful things anymore."
|June 23, 2001||The Times||Fleetwood
Mac; Also out. (Features)
THE late Sixties Fleetwood Mac were on top of their game. They had more
hits than the Beatles and in their leader Peter
Green they arguably had the finest white
blues guitarist of all time. This compilation
of previously unreleased tracks includes amazing material from
gigs immediately prior to the original band's disintegration. The rock'n'roll
covers are less than riveting, but faithful versions of Don't Be Cruel
and Great Balls of Fire are the price you have to pay for some of the
tightest blues rock ever recorded. The classic
three-guitar line-up of Green, Jeremy Spencer
and Danny Kirwin was a wonder to behold and the second CD captures
them in full flight, just weeks before Spencer joined a religious cult
and Green withdrew from the fame game. Extended
versions of Black Magic Woman and Green Manalishi are just two of the
highlights. Best of all, though, are the tracks that
feature Green playing solo, an unassuming
master of his craft.
|Sept 2, 2001||Wales On Sunday||HOW
BRITS PUT THE FIZZ INTO POP AWARDS. (Features)
THE Brits has long had a reputation for causing some of the most explosive scenes in showbiz. A host of stars are expected to turn up to the Writ awards, so we could be in for a lot of fun.
Here are just some of those
magic Brit moments: MICK FLEETWOOD & SAM FOX: The ex-drummer in
Fleetwood Mac and the famous Page 3 girl got together to present the Brits
in 1989. Unfortunately, it wasn't a huge success. The autocue went, the
pair didn't seem to know what they were doing and it went down in history
as one of the worst Brit awards ever!
|Oct 9, 2001||International Herald Tribune||People:
A company co-owned by Mick
Fleetwood, a founder of the rock band Fleetwood Mac, has been sued by a
man who claims that it sold him a bogus Elvis Presley guitar. Gordie Brown
asserts that he bought the guitar for nearly $63,000 through an Internet
site operated by Fleetwood Owen, which is owned by Fleetwood and the
auctioneer Ted Owen. The Chet Atkins Gretsch guitar was said to have been
used by Presley during a show on the opening night of the Las Vegas
International Hotel in 1969, the lawsuit says. But Brown says Presley's
estate owns the actual guitar and houses it at Graceland, Presley's
mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. Brown wants a refund.
|Nov 30, 2001||Daily Telegraph||People:
One of the rock icons of
the 1990s has suffered a knock-back from one of the rock icons of the
1970s. Sheryl Crow had hoped to replace Christine McVie in Fleetwood Mac.
Mick Fleetwood let her down gently. "Sheryl called me and expressed
an interest in joining the band following lots of speculation in the
American press about it," said Fleetwood at this week's auction of
Beatles memorabilia. "Sheryl already has a very close friendship with
our band member Stevie Nicks and was keen to join our ship. But I told her
there isn't room for another member. Sheryl is a great songwriter and an
accomplished keyboard player, but we don't need anyone else. There is no
place for another member and never will be." It's a harsh decision.
Crow personally inducted Fleetwood Mac into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
|March 30, 2002||The Times||A
second coming; Profile. (Features)
Since overcoming mental
illness in 1995, the Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green has
proved he still has that guitar magic, says John Clarke.
It is ironic that the life of Peter Allen Greenbaum, born in 1946, has been a ill-fated and harrowing as the blues that he sings. Mind-expanding drugs left this supremely talented artist a schizophrenic who had to undergo legally enforced psychiatric treatment, including electroconvulsive therapy. The fact that after more than 20 years in this wilderness he was able to start performing again is something to be marvelled at.
The son of a tailor turned postman, Green was brought up in Bethnal Green, East London, and Putney in southwest London. He bought his first guitar at the age of ten and, though he left school at 15 to become a trainee butcher, music remained a strong calling. He turned professional in 1965 and caught the eye of the godfather of British blues, John Mayall, who asked him to fill in when Eric Clapton went on holiday. Such was the impression he made that when Clapton left permanently Green was brought back. It was a hard act to follow. "I knew Peter was going to have to deal with Clapton comparisons," said Mayall, but he quickly built up a following and emerged with honours on Mayall's top-selling A Hard Road album.
In 1967 he formed his own band, recruiting two former Mayall sidemen, the bass player John McVie and the drummer Mick Fleetwood, to become Fleetwood Mac. "The name just came to me," Green said. "I thought Fleetwood sounded like an express train." With the addition of the guitarist Jeremy Spencer, the group was complete. A triumphant appearance at the Windsor Jazz and Blues festival in 1967 was followed by the group's first album, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, which spent 37 weeks in the charts. More albums and even greater success followed, including the track that Green now refers to as his Santana number, Black Magic Woman, in 1968. Later the same year came one of the most memorable sides that the British blues boom produced, Green's poignant take of the Little Willie John song, Need Your Love So Bad, complete with strings. Even greater success came with a dreamy but compelling instrumental called Albatross, which catapulted the band to No 1 in the charts. It wasn't long, though, before the demons started closing in. Alongside such hits as Oh Well and Man of the World, there came some heavy drug use.
"When I took LSD, it was like breathing under water," Green recalled later. Unfortunately, he wasn't breathing, he was drowning. Matters came to a head in Munich in 1970 when the band was on tour. "He disappeared for three days...he was spiked with acid...when he came back that was it," McVie remembered. Green quit Fleetwood Mac and after one solo album gradually dropped out of the music scene. The onset of his mental problems manifested itself in a desire to give away his possessions and then to refuse his royalties.
In the twilight years that followed there were musical comebacks interspersed with periods of ill health and some strange jobs, including one spell as a grave-digger. The vibrancy and verve of his early guitar-playing days were gone. Then an old friend, Nigel Watson, started playing with him. In 1995 Green stopped his medication and, with Watson, Neil Murray and the drummer Cozy Powell, formed the Splinter Group. Seven years on, they are an established club and festival draw with several albums under their belts.
There have been too many casualties on the rock front, but the man whom B. B. King acknowledged as "the only man to make me sweat" deserves his place on the podium.
Peter Green and the Splinter Group play the Jazz Cafe, London NW1, on Apr 2 &
CV. Peter Green
|Sept 3, 2002||The Evening Standard||Albatross
flies again as Green returns to the blues; POP. (Review)
Peter Green and the Splinter Group, Jazz Cafe, NW1
RARELY has a song
title been so apt, for Albatross remains the big bird hung round
Peter Green's neck. That classic instrumental
gave his band Fleetwood Mac a number one hit, but overshadowed
Green's career as a virtuoso blues guitarist to rival Eric Clapton.
Addled by drugs, it is no wonder he left the band to dig graves. Green
went on to release some missable solo records and avoided the stage for
20 years, with no adequate explanation as to why he
stayed away for so long.
|Sept 20, 2002||The Daily Mail||Ignore
those rumours, the Mac are back.
WITH close to 30 million copies sold worldwide, it's one of the biggest- selling albums of all time.
But the story behind how Fleetwood Mac put together the seminal Rumours is just as jaw-dropping. The internal tensions that, for a while, split Fleetwood Mac are to be the subject of a West End play with music - as long as group members agree to allow the tracks from Rumours to be used in the show. It will be an intimate production; not as loud and over-the top as the Queen show We Will Rock You and the planned Rod Stewart musical.
Matthew Vaughn, producer of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Guy Ritchie's forthcoming film with Madonna, Swept Away, has joined forces with theatre and film impresario Robert Fox to acquire the music rights and to find a writer - possibly Patrick Marber - to do the book.
Fleetwood Mac's line-up has changed many times. In the early Seventies, Christine McVie joined husband John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. Americans Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were then added. Success soon turned sour - the McVies divorced in 1976 and Buckingham and Nicks later broke up. Those tensions - not to mention drug use and other complications - formed the basis for the songs on Rumours. Buckingham once said that the two couples brought a lot of baggage which was part 'of what made the music interesting'.
Fans obviously agree because it still sells well, although these days to a younger crowd as teens and those in their 20s realise most Top 20 performers are utterly forgettable.
When I reached Mr Vaughn,
after he and Mr Fox were spotted at The Ivy, he told me the group control
the rights and the show can't go forward until they agree to let the
producers use their album. 'We are all excited about trying to make it
work. It's going to be credible - not a singalong about relationships.'
|Oct 15, 2002||The Sun||Stevie
Nicks; Bizarre. (Features)
SINGER STEVIE NICKS has hit
out at popstars who flash too much flesh, such as BRITNEY SPEARS,
CHRISTINA AGUILERA and SHAKIRA. The FLEETWOOD MAC star said: "Their
jeans are too low, their tops are too see-through. Sexy is keeping
yourself mysterious." Surely, Steveie's not just bitter she can't get
away with wearing those kinds of outfits any more, is she?
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