Fleetwood Mac Perform at MusiCares Event: Watch

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Fleetwood Mac performed at an event held in their honor on Friday night (Jan. 26). The group were being honored as the 2018 MusiCares® Person of the Year recipients, the first time in the benefit’s history that a band was chosen for the annual charity event that coincides with Grammy® Week. The benefit concert, at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, is said to have raised $7 million and featured numerous acts performing the band’s songs.

Fleetwood Mac–Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks–performed just two concerts in 2017: last July’s Concert West at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Concert East at Citi Field in New York.

But Friday night’s performance will be the first of many for the reunited band. Both Fleetwood and Christine McVie have acknowledged that the group are planning “a massive trek around the planet.”

Earlier in the evening, the lineup–including Imagine Dragons, Alison Krauss, Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, John Legend, Lorde, Keith Urban, and more–performed such Mac classic rock favorites as “Landslide” (Cyrus), “Second Hand News” (Urban) and “Gypsy” (Haim).

Then Harry Styles introduced the band and joined them on their first number, “The Chain.”

Watch Styles’ intro and the full song

Watch Fleetwood Mac perform “Gold Dust Woman”

Previous Person of the Year honorees include, among others, Tom Petty (last year), Bob Dylan, Bono, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Paul Simon, Sting and Brian Wilson.

Fleetwood Mac were presented with their MusiCares® award by former President Clinton, who famously used the group’s “Don’t Stop” as his 1992 campaign song.

On Thursday (Jan. 25), SiriusXM announced it will launch a limited run channel devoted to the band. The Fleetwood Mac Channel will debut on channel 4 on Feb. 1, no doubt to tie into the anticipated fervor over the upcoming tour. The channel will feature the band’s music, solo material, live songs, rare demo tracks and musical influences. It will also include special hosted shows by band members.

As one of the best-selling bands of all time, Fleetwood Mac have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and established their place in music history. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Related: Fleetwood Mac’s 1975 self-titled album is the latest in their catalog to receive a deluxe edition

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  1. Jack
    #1 Jack 27 January, 2018, 05:23

    I’m a big fan of “The Mac”. Definitely one of the greats in the history of R&R. The group started out, after being formed by Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, & John McVie, as an English Blues band. After several line-up changes, that included the adding of Christine McVie, Green leaving the group, and short stint by Bob Welsh, it was the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks that put Fleetwood Mac over the top.
    After a very successful self-titled first release by the newly formed quintet of Fleetwood, the two McVies, Buckingham and Nicks, it was their sophomore effort that hit the “jackpot”. While “Rumours” is one of the best selling albums of all-time, it’s their follow-up, “Tusk”, that I find their most interesting album to date. Though initially panned by critics, over time it has become a very respected offering.
    Like The Beatles White Album, the songs on The double album “Tusk” seem to be much more “individualized statements” by the three primary singer/songwriters, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, & Christine McVie than a full fledged group effort. However, it differs greatly from the WA, in that there is an underlying “orchestration”, which was done by Buckingham who served as producer. In addition, this was where he truly became the driving force in Fleetwood Mac.
    The follow-up albums, “Mirage” and “Tango in the Night”, both successful though underrated, cemented “The Mac” in R&R history. After periods that saw both Buckingham and C. McVie leave the group for extended amounts of time, they regrouped and now tour as the Fleetwood Mac that we know today.

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