Brit Music: The Future of Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks and John McVie (Fleetwood not pictured). And, since both the NME articles I’m using as my sources use this picture, I’m using it, too.

Yep, it’s official. Fleetwood Mac are touring next year. The band has confirmed several dates from April to June of 2013 in America, with plans for shows in Europe as well.

Stevie Nicks said “It’s the perfect time to go back out. 2013 is going to be the year of Fleetwood Mac.”

In case you want to know what to expect, Lindsay Buckingham has said this: “We always have to play ‘Dreams,’ ‘Rhiannon,’ ‘Don’t Stop,’ ‘Tusk,’ ‘Big Love,’ ‘Landslide’ and all our most famous songs,” he said. “When you’ve gone through all your must-do’s, that’s 75% of your potential setlist. I think with the other 25 per cent, there are areas of our catalog that are more under-explored. Maybe we’ll play more songs from ‘Tusk’. I’d also like to see an extended middle portion of the show that’s just me and Stevie. This is just me talking from the top of my head. For now, I have no particular vision of what this tour is going to be.”

Stevie Nicks, in turn, said this: “We actually have two new Fleetwood Mac songs that I cut with Lindsey two weeks ago we might play. I had a really good time working with him for four days at his house. I got to hang out with his family and his kids, his grown up kids, and really connect with him again. We’re pretty proud of what we have done, and we’re looking at it through the eyes of wisdom now, instead of through the eyes of jealousy and resentment and anger.

However, while Fleetwood Mac has only confirmed shows in America, there are plans to go to Europe, and perhaps some shows in Australia. Quoth Stevie Nicks, “If everything goes will we’ll be in Europe doing festivals this summer. Then we’ll actually tour Europe, which is different than just doing festivals. Then we might do 15 or so shows in Australia.”

But, all this raises a big question: would one of those festivals be Glastonbury, by any chance? It’s been over a month since I’ve had any news on  who might be playing Glastonbury, and Emily Eavis has gone on record as saying: “I think Fleetwood Mac would be amazing to get, I’ll be totally honest we haven’t had any conversations with them yet but, you know, it is still early days.” Of course, nobody has been able to prove anything, as usual, but this may give up new speculation as to whether Fleetwood Mac could be Glastonbury headliners next year.  Of course, only time will tell.

The Dates on the U.S. Leg of their tour, for the Yanks in our audience:

Columbus Nationwide Arena (April 4)
Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center (6)
New York Madison Square Garden (8)
Washington Verizon Center (9)
Louisville KFC Yum! Center (11)
Chicago United Center (13)
Toronto The Air Canada Center (16)
Boston TD Garden (18)
Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena (20)
Ottawa Scotiabank Place (23)
Newark Prudential Center (24)
Pittsburgh CONSOL Energy center (26)
St. Paul Xcel Center (28)
Kansas City Sprint Center (30)
Tulsa BOK Center (May 1)
Little Rock Verizon Arena (3)
Winnipeg MTS Centre (12)
Saskatoon Credit Union Centre (14)
Edmonton Rexall Place (15)
Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome (17)
Vancouver Rogers Arena (19)
Tacoma Dome (20)
San Jose HP Pavilion (22)
Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl (25)
Las Vegas MGM Grand Arena (26)
Anaheim Honda Center (28)
Phoenix US Airways Center (30)
Denver Pepsi Center (June 1)
Dallas American Airlines Center (4)
Houston Toyota Center (5)
Tampa Bay Times Forum (7)
Fort Lauderdale BB&T Center (8)
Atlanta Philips Arena (10)
Detroit Joe Louis Arena (12)

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