Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer School of Rock ~ Fleetwood Mac

Another band that was originally on my list that I just didn't get to the first time around, Fleetwood Mac will always hold a special place in my heart for a reason that most people won't really relate to all that much. I'll get to that in a bit.

First though, let's talk a bit about the band.

They formed for the first time in 1967 in London. The lineup has gone through a substantial number of changes over the years with people coming and going, taking on solo careers, coming back and so on. The only member who has been consistently with the band for all this time is the namesake, Mick Fleetwood.

Though I'm sure there are others who have a different experience with this band, to me they will always be most identifiable by the very unique voice of Stevie Nicks. Some people just have the kind of voice that you can identify within nanoseconds and she is one of them. The band was together a long time before she even joined though, so I know plenty of people who see her as a late-comer.

The group started out playing mostly the blues, but morphed into more of a pop band as time went on. They've sold more than 100 million albums total and (some of the band) was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

They made music news this year when Christine McVie rejoined the band. They are currently working on recording a new album and are in the process of planning a world tour in 2015.

Landslide will forever be one of my favorite songs.

Their music is the kind that fits just right for unwinding and relaxing. The blues sound is still rich and pure, the core of what they do. The vocals are haunting and deep.

Stevie had some fairly significant solo success as well...easy to do with a voice like hers. Her individual songs tend to be a little harder and edgier.

My personal love for the band was solidified in college. I went to USC, home of the marching band featured in the song Tusk. The song morphed into one of the cheers played at all the football games, and from time to time, they still call up the band director for some back up in live performances, which is pretty awesome.

Here's what it sounds like at the games. I'm getting all nostalgic.

Here are all the other bands and artists featured so far, if you haven't seen them already.

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