2020’s Peter Green Tribute Concert, 5 Months Before He Passed

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The original ad for the event on Feb. 25, 2020. Many additional stars were added to the lineup

Guitarist/vocalist Peter Green, who co-founded Fleetwood Mac more than 50 years ago, was the subject of a celebratory concert held at the London Palladium on Feb. 25, 2020. The all-star event, billed as “Mick Fleetwood and Friends Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac,” featured such acolytes as David Gilmour, Pete Townshend (who was not originally listed on the bill), Billy Gibbons, Christine McVie, Steven Tyler, and others.

The event was filmed for an audio-video collection. A Super Deluxe edition, comprised of 4-LPs/2-CDs/Blu-ray, as well as other configurations, was released on April 30, 2021. It’s available to order in the U.S. here and in the U.K. here.

Green, born Oct. 29, 1946, died five months after the concert, in July 2020

Original Fleetwood Mac member, Jeremy Spencer, made a surprise appearance, performing on “The Sky is Crying” and “I Can’t Hold On.” The guitarist left the band in 1971. Listen to his performance and many others below.

Watch David Gilmour perform “Albatross” on pedal steel guitar

On the one year anniversary of the concert, a performance of “Rattlesnake Shake” with Steven Tyler and Billy Gibbons was released.

Others on the bill included Neil Finn, who joined Fleetwood Mac for their recent tour, former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, John Mayall, Zak Starkey, Jonny Lang, Kirk Hammett, Noel Gallagher, and Rick Vito.

The performance of “The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown),” led by Fleetwood, Gibbons and Hammett (playing Green’s legendary 1959 Les Paul) was the first official release from the collection.

Clips from members of the audience have been available since the performance.

McVie sang “Stop Messin’ Around” and “Looking For Somebody.”

Townshend sang lead on “Station Man,” from Fleetwood Mac’s early Kiln House album.

Watch the official trailer for the concert film

Before performing “Man of the World, Finn said, “Tonight I get to pay my respects to the man who started it all, Peter Green. He wrote songs that were sad, tender and truthful.”

The Feb. 25 celebratory concert was at the intimate London Palladium, which seats less than 2300.

Watch Gibbons and Tyler, featured on “Oh Well (Part 1)”

Fleetwood, Dave Bronze, Andy Fairweather Low, and Ricky Peterson served as the house band. See the setlist below.

The event sold out almost instantly. The proceeds of the concert will benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Just eight days earlier, another mighty assemblage of rock legends took place on a different London stage, to celebrate the musical life of Ginger Baker, who died at 80 on October 6, 2019. That show was organized by Eric Clapton, and included fellow British rockers Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood, Roger Waters, and more.

Peter Green (Photo by Barry Plummer)

Guitarist Green, drummer Fleetwood and bassist John McVie were all members of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers when they recorded a handful of songs together (one of them an instrumental titled “Fleetwood Mac,” named after the rhythm section). A short while later, Green and Fleetwood broke away to start their own band, joined by second guitarist Jeremy Spencer and bassist Bob Brunning. The latter was replaced a few weeks later by McVie and the new group took on the wordy name Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac featuring Jeremy Spencer. Green left the group in April 1970.

Listen to Spencer and Bill Wyman perform “The Sky is Crying”

Before introducing Gilmour, and his performance, on pedal steel guitar, of the Green composition, “Albatross,” Fleetwood said, “In 1969, after a long, long night driving back from a gig way up north… I was looking for a way to keep awake. I had the radio on. The Beatles were talking about an album that had come out that day, Abbey Road. Either George or John said, ‘This is where we do our “Albatross” thing, like Fleetwood Mac.’ Our minds were truly blown.”

Fleetwood then dedicated its performance to Green and to George Harrison, whose birthday it was on the day of this concert.

The entire lineup returned for the evening’s final song, a rousing performance of “Shake Your Moneymaker.”

Mick Fleetwood and Friends Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac Setlist

Rollin’ Man
Doctor Brown (with Billy Gibbons)
All Your Love
Rattlesnake Shake (with Steven Tyler)
Stop Messin’ Around (with Christine McVie)
Looking For Somebody (with Christine McVie)
Sandy Mary (with Noel Gallagher)
Love That Burns (with Noel Gallagher)
The World Keeps Turning (with Noel Gallagher)
Like Crying
No Place To Go
Station Man (with Pete Townshend)
Man of the World (with Neil Finn)
Oh Well, Part 1 (with Billy Gibbons and Steven Tyler)
Oh Well, Part 2 (with David Gilmour)
Need Your Love So Bad
Black Magic Woman
The Sky is Crying (with Jeremy Spencer)
I Can’t Hold On (with Jeremy Spencer)
The Green Manalishi (with Billy Gibbons and Kirk Hammett)
Albatross (with David Gilmour)
Shake Your Moneymaker

Watch the official rehearsal trailer, released on the day of the concert

When the Green concert was announced on Nov. 11, 2019, Fleetwood said, “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 honored 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.”

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  1. FM, Back To The Blues
    #1 FM, Back To The Blues 12 November, 2019, 01:00

    This is a nice honor to Peter. I remember seeing them in the late 60’s as an opening act at the Fillmore East. Those were the days when FM was a blues band & not this top 40 pop shit they put out these days. Peter did a lot of hallucinogens back then & walked away in the middle of one of their tours. Bob Welsh stepped in and after him Lindsey Buckingham. Unfortunately, Lindsey brought Stevie Nick’s into the band & that was the end of the blues & FM as we knew them. The band moved on to record mainstream pop songs that they so despised in the early days of their formation. Hopefully this tribute will bring them back to the blues even if it’s just for one night : hopefully Peter will play along with them…

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  2. Mack
    #2 Mack 12 November, 2019, 08:39

    One of my favorite bands back in the 60’s and early 70’s. Too bad about all the acid. Didn’t do me much good either, but I might have survived a little better then they did.

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  3. Dane
    #3 Dane 1 February, 2020, 14:28

    Will the Peter Green tribute concert be on video or record that we can buy?

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    • George
      George 28 February, 2020, 23:24

      From the article: “With the legendary Glyn Johns serving as the executive sound producer, the concert was recorded for release in a variety of formats, including a Super Deluxe Edition box set consisting of 4-LPs/2-CDs/Blu-ray. A film of the concert, directed by Martyn Atkins, will screen in theaters in various countries on June 2 and June 7.”

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  4. Colorado Slim
    #4 Colorado Slim 30 October, 2020, 09:24

    Woah. Jeremy Spencer playing some slide blues. How delicious. Great show in tribute to a great guitarist and singer/songwriter. Mayall’s A Hard Road is on the current playlist. RIP, Peter.

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  5. TS
    #5 TS 6 March, 2021, 20:53

    Was Snowy White invited? Or Bernie Marsden? Both friends of Peter, they would have been naturals for this.

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  6. Batchman
    #6 Batchman 8 April, 2021, 16:59

    When either George or John said, ‘This is where we do our “Albatross” thing, like Fleetwood Mac,’ he (presumably John) must have been referring to the opening of Sun King. Listening to the YouTube clip of Albatross definitely puts me in mind of that Abbey Road track.

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  7. Max
    #7 Max 9 April, 2021, 10:31

    I don’t remember a pedal steel guitar on Albatross. Very strange rendition that makes a beautiful song quite eerie and creepy.

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  8. Muddywatersmann
    #8 Muddywatersmann 30 October, 2021, 02:50

    This concert had its fine moments, but honestly I prefer to listen to the original FM tracks on original albums…

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