Today’s trivia question. True or false, Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album “Rumours,” beat out The Eagles’ “Hotel California,” for the 1978 Grammy award for album of the year? True. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences determined that “Rumours,” was considered a better album than “Hotel California,” Steely Dan’s “Aja,” and John Williams’ “Star Wars Soundtrack.” However, songs off of “Rumours” such as “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way,” or “You Make Loving Fun,” were not good enough to edge out Debbie Boone’s “You Light Up My Life,” for the Grammy’s 1978 Song of the Year.
If you still smart from that injustice, you can join several thousand others in the Fleetwood Mac support group on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at the U.S. Airways Center, as Fleetwood Mac brings their 2013 tour to Phoenix. The touring line up consists of almost everyone found on the “Rumours,” album, founder, drummer, Mick Fleetwood (the Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac), bassist, John McVie (the Mac of Fleetwood Mac), vocalist and home town girl, Stevie Nicks and virtuoso guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Only keyboard player, Christine McVie will be missing from the live band, her having retired from touring back in 1998.
Fleetwood Mac wasn’t always the commercial success that still helps them sell out stadiums worldwide. Begun by former guitarist Peter Green in 1968 as part of the popular British blues rock movement of that time, the early versions of Fleetwood Mac never really caught on in the United States. Despite nine studio albums released from 1968 to 1974, Fleetwood Mac’s highest charting album in the United States was 1974’s “Heroes are Hard To Find,” which peaked at #34.
With rapid personnel change in the band, Mick Fleetwood struck gold in 1975 when he heard a track from “Buckingham Nicks,” and invited Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to join Fleetwood Mac. The result was 1975’s “Fleetwood Mac,” which featured singles such as “Over My Head,” “Say You Love Me,” and Rhiannon.” “Fleetwood Mac,” would be the first of three number one albums the band would release in the next seven years.
The current tour of Fleetwood Mac celebrates the success of the Buckingham/Nicks era of the band including the thirty-fifth anniversary of “Rumours.” Additionally, Fleetwood Mac just released an EP of new studio material, “Extended Play,” which has three new Fleetwood Mac songs and a fourth cut which is an old Buckingham Nicks tune. Expect to hear some of “Extended Play,” in Fleetwood Mac’s appearance.
Tickets for Fleetwood Mac’s U.S. Airways Center show still remain, but are going fast. Information and ticket sales can be obtained through Live Nation or Ticketmaster. Ticket prices range from $58.00 to $159.00, although currently only single seats remain in the lower section of the arena.