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Stevie Nicks Discusses Fleetwood Mac’s Tour Plans, New Songs

Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tickets for select concerts on Fleetwood Mac’s 2013 North American tour went on sale Friday, Dec. 14.  According to several media reports, the band initially had planned to launch the outing earlier this year, but singer Stevie Nicks had wanted to extend her own trek in support of her 2011 solo album In My Dreams.  In addition, singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham made good use of that extra time to tour extensively behind his own 2011 effort, Seeds We Sow.

Nicks tells ABC News that now, however, she and Buckingham are fully committed to Fleetwood Mac and are looking forward to hitting the road with the group.

“The great thing about having a solo career and having a Fleetwood Mac career is that you can go back and forth, and that really makes for never a dull moment,” she said.  “So now we’re ready to put what we did away and we’re ready to start with this, and it’s exciting.”

The singer says she and her band mates have yet to decide on a set list for the tour, pointing out that they intend to pick the tunes during rehearsals, which will begin in the middle of January.

Noting that Fleetwood Mac has “10, 11, 12 big hit songs that we know our audience wants to hear,” Nicks notes that the band members still have to put their heads together on “the other 12 songs, because we do about 21, 22 songs in two hours and a half.”

The singer says at the beginning of rehearsals, the band members each bring in their own lists of additional tunes they’d like to perform, and “we put all these songs up on a big blackboard.”

“We start going…'You know, this one is really going to work,’ ‘this one isn’t going to work,’ and it’s interesting also because, like, in the year 2013, one song might work really beautifully that didn’t work in 2009 or that might not have worked in 2003.  So, you never kind of know,” she said.

A couple of tunes Nicks is hoping will “work” are the brand-new tracks she added vocals to a few weeks ago.  The songs, which, according to a recent Billboard article, are titled “Sad Angela” and “Miss Fantasy,” were written by Buckingham and were among several new recordings he, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie put together earlier in 2012.  Nicks says the tracks will be released in conjunction with the tour, but she isn’t sure exactly how they’ll be issued.

Nicks says she’s impressed at how vital the new material sounds.  “If I was 20 and I heard that, I’d definitely want to join that band,” she insists.  “I think what we do now is very modern and very now, and it kind of surprises even me that we can sound very young and very excited and very hip.”

“I keep an eye on music so I know what that is, you know.  And, I think [the new songs will] blow people’s minds,” she adds.

Fleetwood Mac’s 2013 North American tour kicks off on April 4 in Columbus, Ohio.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Bob Welch, Ex-Fleetwood Mac Member, Dead in Apparent Suicide

Fin Costello/Redferns(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch was found dead in his home in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, a police spokesperson confirms to ABC News Radio.  He was 66.

A police spokesperson told ABC News Radio that Welch was discovered dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday afternoon.  The spokesperson further added that Welch had recently been dealing with health issues.  A suicide note was left at the scene.

Welch played with Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974, before Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham joined the group and they became worldwide superstars.  He had been brought in to replace departing guitarists Jeremy Spencer, who left to join a cult, and Peter Green, who had drug and mental health problems.  Their first album with Welch was 1971's Future Games; Welch wrote the title track.  The other albums he appears on include Bare Trees, Penguin, Mystery to Me and Heroes are Hard to Find.  He resigned in 1974; Buckingham and Nicks replaced him.

Welch went on to have a solo career in the late '70s, scoring hits with "Sentimental Lady" and "Ebony Eyes."  He also formed another, short-lived group called Paris.

Oddly, Welch was not inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Fleetwood Mac when the band received that honor in 1998.  He said in 2003 that he felt that legal issues, plus the fact that he was estranged from Mick Fleetwood at the time, led to the snub.

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Fleetwood Mac Feud: Stevie Nicks to Blame?

Greetsia Tent/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Stevie Nicks has said that she’ll go on the road with Fleetwood Mac as soon as she’s finished touring to support her most recent album, In Your Dreams, which came out last year.  However, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood now despairs of Stevie ever rejoining the group, and tells Playboy magazine, “I don’t believe Fleetwood Mac will ever tour again.”

Fleetwood says that he understands Stevie’s desire to promote her album, but is upset that it’s coming at the expense of what would be an extremely lucrative tour. According to a promoter, Fleetwood, Stevie, Lindsey Buckingham and bass player John McVie could earn 10 million bucks’ apiece if they did an eight-month arena tour.  “It is certainly a blow to all of us financially,” admits the drummer.

Fleetwood tells Playboy that the Mac was supposed to go on the road in 2011, but agreed to delay their tour so Stevie and Lindsey could promote their albums.  But now, Fleetwood thinks Stevie’s gone overboard.  “It comes down to her, and for the first time, I think, even Lindsey has lost his patience,” he says.  “Stevie is really proud of her new album and I get that, but she will not let it go … she’s insistent upon working it until it is incapable of growing further … she has become enthralled and obsessed with her in album in a very nice but very inconvenient way.”

The drummer continues, “She’s working 20 times harder than she would ever have to do with Fleetwood Mac and not making anything close to as much money as she would with us.  But this is what she wants to do, and I respect that.”

While in the past, Fleetwood says, he would’ve “not taken no for an answer,” he claims he’s now ready to accept the fact that his beloved band may not ever see the road again.

“Stevie changed her program and changed her mind, and however willful anyone may be, this is what’s happening, or not happening, rather,” he tells Playboy.  “It’s quite simple.  Stevie changed her mind.  And you know what?  That is our innate privilege as humans.”

You can read the full interview in the new issue of Playboy, on newsstands Friday.

In July, Stevie will team with Rod Stewart for another edition of their Heart & Soul joint tour, which was a big success last summer.

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