Mick Fleetwood Once Revealed The Real Mastermind Of Fleetwood Mac
That blues-rock band John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers significantly contributed to Fleetwood Mac and many other rock bands and musicians, such as Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, and Aynsley Dunbar. Also, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie played together in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in the early ’60s, before Fleetwood Mac.
While they were working, Mayall gave Green free time in the studio, and he, Fleetwood, and McVie decided to record five songs and named one of them ‘Fleetwood Mac,’ which would become the band’s name. It seems like Green enjoyed creating and recording as a trio so much that he came up with an idea. Therefore Peter Green offered Fleetwood to form a band together, which marked the beginning of the legendary band Fleetwood Mac.
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Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood wanted McVie to join them, but he didn’t initially want to give up on his steady income in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. So Green and Fleetwood formed Fleetwood Mac in 1967, and they recruited guitarist Jeremy Spencer and bassist Bob Brunning, who knew that he would leave as soon as McVie decided to join, and later Danny Kirwan. A short time after, McVie agreed to become the bassist, and they began writing and composing their first album.
The band released their self-titled debut studio album, also known as ‘Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac’ on February 24, 1968, and Fleetwood Mac reached great fame and popularity with the record. The success was followed by ‘Mr. Wonderful’ and ‘Then Play On,’ but after that, the crisis and problems between Peter Green and the other band members arose because of the guitarist’s LSD addiction that negatively affected his career in the band.
During Fleetwood Mac’s 1970 European Tour, Green used pure LSD at a hippie commune in Munich, and it was considered the main reason behind his disagreements with the other members. The band’s co-founder and guitarist left at the end of their tour, and they recruited Bob Welch as a replacement. However, Green played with them for a few shows until they found the band’s new guitarist.
Years after Peter Green’s departure, in one of the interviews he joined, Mick Fleetwood didn’t forget to pay tribute to the founding members, saying that he was the man behind Fleetwood Mac’s whole concept. He added that Green had the idea to form a band and wanted him to play the drums. The Fleetwood Mac icon defined the founding members as blues lovers who had no idea that they would gain money and success quickly.
As a result, even though Green and Mick Fleetwood parted their ways years ago, the drummer never forgot that they wouldn’t exist without Green. Furthermore, Fleetwood released his live album entitled ‘Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac’ to honor Green on April 30, 2021, after he passed away on July 25, 2020, at the age of 73.
In Fleetwood’s words, he said:
“That would be 1967 when Peter, John, Jeremy, and myself, shortly after that Danny Kirwan, formed Fleetwood Mac, and Peter was most definitely the guy that was behind the whole concept of doing. He asked me to play the drums, and it was a coming together of musicians that were completely involved in loving blues.
Peter came out of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Jeremy was a huge advocate of Elmore James, John, and myself likewise, so it’s perfect chemistry. It was just a bunch of lad convening to do that we had no idea that evening in those years. We almost immediately had a really good reaction to the band and success with Peter at the helm.”
You can watch the interview below.