Mick Fleetwood has tapped Christine McVie, David Gilmour, Bill Gibbons, Zak Starkey, Steven Tyler, Bill Wyman, and more for an upcoming London salute to Peter Green and the early blues-based Fleetwood Mac. The show, which will be benefit the Who's patron charity the Teenage Cancer Trust, is set to play on February 25th at the London Palladium.
Among the other musicians on the bill are such heavyweights as Jonny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, and more to be announced. Legendary producer Glyn Johns will serve as the executive sound producer with the house band featuring Fleetwood himself along with Andy Fairweather Low, Dave Bronze, and Ricky Peterson.
Fleetwood said in the announcement for the show, “The concert is a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it’s important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music. Peter was my greatest mentor and it gives me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I am honoured to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician. 'Then Play On'. . .'
Peter Green, who wrote such early Fleetwood Mac staples as “Albatross,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Oh Well,” “The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown),” and “Man of the World,” left Fleetwood Mac in 1970, seemingly a victim of an intense LSD trip in Munich, after which he was never the same.
Although he has recorded and performed sporadically over the decades, Green who was considered among the top five blues guitarists of his generation, has never returned to his late-'60s heights. There's been no word as to whether Green, John McVie, or early Mac guitarist Jeremy Spencer will appear at the upcoming show.
We asked Mick Fleetwood if he ever imagines what would've happened had the beloved original lineup of the Mac stayed together: “There are moments — and will always will be — of what would've happened to that band musically and I have quiet thoughts about. . . I think Peter would've gone form strength-to-strength had he not lost that focus emotionally and then, thus musically eventually. He sort of quietly went away, really. So I bemoan that. There's nothing you can do about it.”