Rumours: The Fleetwood Mac Masterpiece Forged In Chaos
By | June 15, 2021
In 1967, Fleetwood Mac was formed in London by guitarist Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood, and guitarist Jeremy Spencer. After bassist John McVie joined the group, they released their self-titled debut album. In 1968, Danny Kirwan became the group’s third guitarist. McVie then married keyboardist Christine Perfect, who joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970. They started ast a British blues band, and had a UK number one with “Albatross,” as well as other hits. The three guitarists all either left of were dismissed, and Fleetwood Mac lacked a male lead vocalist and a guitarist. Then, in 1974, they were introduced to Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks while they were checking out Los Angeles studios. They invited Buckingham to join, and he agreed on one condition: Nicks had to join as well. Their arrival changed the sound of the band and their 1975 self-titled album hit No. 1 in the U.S.
Trouble In Paradise
Then the drama began. Just after a six-month American tour, they were back in the studio in 1976 to record their follow-up album, Rumours, which had the working title of Yesterday’s Gone. While they were working on the album, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, who had been both musical and romantic partners split up, and when they weren’t recording, they were screaming at each other. Christine was the in midst of a divorce from John McVie and they weren’t speaking to each other unless they were working on the album. And Mick Fleetwood’s marriage was falling apart as he had discovered his wife was having an affair. Later, Fleetwood and Nicks would have a brief affair. The turmoil was compounded by excessive consumption of alcohol and drugs. They were divided in terms of their intoxicant of choice, with Buckingham and Nicks smoking pot and the rest of them drinking. However, cocaine entered the scene and the drug use was so extreme that Mick Fleetwood claimed that if all of the cocaine he had ever snorted were laid out in a line, it would stretch for seven miles. According to Stevie Nicks, the coke was a necessity to deal with the multi-hour sessions. As she told Mojo in 2012, “You felt so bad about what was happening that you did a line to cheer yourself up.”