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Fleetwood Mac Set Tour Dates, Discuss Lindsey Buckingham Departure
Reconfigured for a big tour that will feature "the unmistakable Mac sound," the GRAMMY-winning band is moving forward
On April 25 Fleetwood Mac announced tour dates for their new lineup without Lindsey Buckingham. The band has dealt with changing lineups before and it seems members Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Stevie Nicks are ready to move forward without their longtime band member.
Earlier in April, Fleetwood Mac announced they had parted ways with Buckingham, and would be joined on their upcoming tour by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House's Neil Finn. In their first interview since the band's split, we finally got a little insight into this new lineup rift. In short, Buckingham wasn't ready to go on tour.
"We were supposed to go into rehearsal in June and he wanted to put it off until November ," Nicks told Rolling Stone. "That's a long time. I just did 70 shows [on a solo tour]. As soon as I finish one thing, I dive back into another. Why would we stop? We don’t want to stop playing music. We don’t have anything else to do. This is what we do."
In an interview with "CBS This Morning," Fleetwood Mac also revealed the decision came shortly after they were honored as the 2018 MusiCares Person Of The Year for the band's philanthropy.
For those worried about the band's classic sound on their upcoming tour, not to worry. Not only will they bust out some favorite tunes from the early days of the band's history they haven't had a chance to play on tour previously, both Campbell and Finn have proven to be solid additions to Fleetwood Mac and their distinctive sound.
"Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents," Fleetwood said. "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."
Their massive 52-date North American tour will kick off Oct. 3 in Tulsa, Okla., before covering cities such as Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Toronto, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, San Diego, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York, and Boston. They'll wrap up their latest trek on April 5, 2019, in Philadelphia.
As if that isn't enough, starting May 1 you'll be able to listen to Fleetwood Mac coast to coast for the whole month thanks to SiriusXM's The Fleetwood Mac Channel, available on the radio's channel 30 or their mobile app and website. Not only will the channel feature the band's unforgettable music, but it'll also be bringing listeners interviews and shows hosted by various band members.
"We'll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs," the band said of their upcoming tour. "Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour."
Tickets go on sale beginning May 4 via their website.
Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY
Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business
The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.
In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs
Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage
What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.
Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show
Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion
There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.
The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.
This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.
"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."
Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.