The music of Fleetwood Mac is among the most cherished of all time, but before the band broke through with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, it was an entirely different group — helmed, of course, by co-founder Mick Fleetwood.
And on February 25, 2020, Fleetwood will pay homage to that early phase of his iconic band — specifically the era involving the band’s co-founder, Peter Green — with a special, star-studded concert at the London Palladium.
Said Fleetwood in a statement, as passed along by Rolling Stone:
“The concert is a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it’s important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music,” Fleetwood said in a statement. “Peter was my greatest mentor and it gives me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I am honored to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician.”
Rolling Stone also noted that the concert will be filmed and released at some point in a production directed by Martyn Atkins.
The list of participating musicians that will be joining him on stage for this once-in-a-lifetime concert include David Gilmour, Billy Gibbons, Jonny Lang, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Steven Tyler, Bill Wyman and Zak Starkey, barring any additional announcements and/or surprises.
The early days of Fleetwood Mac found a much different sound than the one that exploded later with Rumours and other soon-to-be-classic albums, in large part due to Green.
As Rock Cellar’s Ken Sharp summed up in a 2016 interview with Mick Fleetwood:
Fronted by one of Britain’s most respected and revered lead guitar players, Peter Green, the early form of Fleetwood Mac was a raw blues band that won over audiences with its dynamic, blues-drenched sound with such signature classics as Albatross, Oh Well, Rattlesnake Shake and Black Magic Woman.
Mick Fleetwood, reflecting on his work with Peter Green, in that same piece:
I have to say Peter Green affected so many people and still does. He was that extraordinary; his talent within the ranks of Fleetwood Mac bled out as an individual that affected people musically and that would be a perfect story. Everyone had a lot of reverence for him.