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Fleetwood Mac in 1977, from left to right: Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

Fleetwood Mac were a British-American rock band originally formed in London. Formed in July 1967, the group originally consisted of lead guitarist and vocalist Peter Green, slide guitarist and vocalist Jeremy Spencer, bassist Bob Brunning and drummer Mick Fleetwood. At the height of the group's commercial success, the lineup included Fleetwood, bassist John McVie, keyboardist and vocalist Christine McVie, vocalist Stevie Nicks, and guitarist and vocalist Lindsey Buckingham. In 2018, lead guitarist Mike Campbell and rhythm guitarist and vocalist Neil Finn joined the band in place of Buckingham. Christine McVie died in 2022, which according to Nicks, ended all possibilities of the band continuing. [1]

History

1967–1973

Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band, originally formed in London. After leaving John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, guitarist and vocalist Peter Green and drummer Mick Fleetwood formed Fleetwood Mac in July 1967 with slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer and bassist Bob Brunning. In September, Brunning was replaced by John McVie, Green and Fleetwood's original choice for the role. [2] [3] Danny Kirwan was added as a third guitarist following the release of Mr. Wonderful in August 1968. [4] Green suddenly left the band in 1970 due to problems with drug abuse and mental health issues, playing his last show with the band on 20 May. [4] [5] McVie's wife Christine – who had collaborated with the band multiple times – joined on keyboards and vocals shortly after Green's departure, officially becoming a member in August. [6]

During a United States tour in February 1971, Spencer departed Fleetwood Mac after leaving the band's Los Angeles hotel and not returning; it was later revealed that he had joined the Children of God organisation. [7] Green temporarily returned to take Spencer's place on the tour, with Bob Welch joining after its conclusion. [4] Kirwan was fired by Fleetwood in August 1972, after he got into a drunken argument with Welch backstage, injured himself, broke his guitar and refused to perform. [4] [8] He was replaced by Bob Weston the following month, when vocalist Dave Walker also joined the band. [9] Walker had left by June the following year, shortly after the release of Penguin. [9] Weston stayed to perform on its follow-up Mystery to Me later in the year, but was fired in October after having an affair with Fleetwood's wife Jenny Boyd Fleetwood. [10]

1974 onwards

After spending much of the year involved in a legal dispute with former manager Clifford Davis, the four-piece Fleetwood Mac returned in late 1974 with Heroes Are Hard to Find. [11] By the end of the year, Welch had left the band, with his replacement Lindsey Buckingham joining on New Year's Eve 1974 with his girlfriend, vocalist Stevie Nicks. [12] This lineup of the band remained constant for over twelve years and multiple successful releases, before Buckingham left in August 1987. [13] He was replaced by two guitarists: Billy Burnette and Rick Vito. [14] Nicks and Christine McVie both retired from the touring lineup of the band after the last show of the Behind the Mask Tour on 7 December 1990, [15] although McVie contributed to recordings for the band's next studio album Time in 1995. [16] Vito also left the band in October 1991. [17]

The 1974–1987 lineup of Fleetwood Mac reunited for a performance at Bill Clinton's inauguration on 20 January 1993. [18] Nicks and Burnette left the band shortly thereafter, with Bekka Bramlett and Dave Mason, respectively, replacing the departed members later in the year. [19] [20] Both performed on 1995's Time, which also featured a returning Burnette on guitar. [21] Shortly after the album was released in October, Fleetwood Mac disbanded. [4] [22] Within a year, however, the band had returned with a lineup including Nicks, Buckingham, the McVies and Fleetwood. [4] They returned to touring in 1997, releasing the live album The Dance in August, [3] before Christine McVie left again in 1998 and all but retired from music. [23] She ultimately returned to Fleetwood Mac sixteen years later in January 2014. [24]

In April 2018, Buckingham was fired from Fleetwood Mac after a disagreement over touring; he was replaced by two guitarists, Mike Campbell and Neil Finn. [25]

Christine McVie died in 2022, putting the future of the band in question, with Nicks saying in October 2023 that she has no desire to continue the band after McVie's death. [26]

Members

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
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Mick Fleetwood
  • 1967–1996
  • 1997–2022
  • drums
  • percussion
  • occasional guitar, keyboards and vocals
all Fleetwood Mac releases
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Peter Green
  • 1967–1970
  • 1971 (substitute) (died 2020)
  • guitar
  • lead and backing vocals
  • harmonica
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Jeremy Spencer 1967–1971
  • slide guitar
  • lead and backing vocals
  • piano
  • all Fleetwood Mac releases from Fleetwood Mac (1968) to The Original Fleetwood Mac (1971)
  • Live in Boston (1985)
  • London Live '68 (1986)
  • Live at the Marquee 1967 (1992)
  • Live at the BBC (1995)
  • Shrine '69 (1999)
Bob Brunning 1967 (died 2011) bass
  • Fleetwood Mac (1968) – one track only
  • The Original Fleetwood Mac (1971)
  • Live at the Marquee 1967 (1992)
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John McVie
  • 1967–1996
  • 1997–2022
  • bass
  • occasional backing vocals and keyboards
all Fleetwood Mac releases, except Live at the Marquee 1967 (1992)
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Danny Kirwan 1968–1972 (died 2018)
  • guitar
  • lead and backing vocals
  • English Rose (1969)
  • Then Play On (1969)
  • Kiln House (1970)
  • Future Games (1971)
  • Bare Trees (1972)
  • Live in Boston (1985)
  • Live at the BBC (1995)
  • Shrine '69 (1999)
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Christine McVie
  • 1970–1996
  • 1997–1998
  • 2014–2022 (died 2022)
  • keyboards
  • lead and backing vocals
  • all Fleetwood Mac releases from Future Games (1971) to Mirage Tour (1983)
  • Tango in the Night (1987)
  • Tango in the Night Tour (1988)
  • Behind the Mask (1990)
  • 25 Years – The Chain (1992)
  • Time (1995)
  • The Dance (1997); as a session musician: Mr. Wonderful (1968)
  • Then Play On (1969)
  • Kiln House (1970)
  • Say You Will (2003)
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Bob Welch 1971–1974 (died 2012)
  • guitar
  • lead and backing vocals
all Fleetwood Mac releases from Future Games (1971) to Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974)
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Bob Weston 1972–1973 (died 2012)
  • lead guitar
  • backing vocals
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Dave Walker 1972–1973
  • lead and backing vocals
  • harmonica
Penguin (1973)
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Lindsey Buckingham
  • 1975–1987
  • 1997–2018
  • guitar
  • lead and backing vocals
  • keyboards
  • occasional bass, drums, percussion and programming
  • all Fleetwood Mac releases from Fleetwood Mac (1975) to Mirage Tour (1983)
  • Tango in the Night (1987)
  • The Dance (1997)
  • all Fleetwood Mac releases from Say You Will (2003) onwards; as a session musician on Behind the Mask (1990), 25 Years – The Chain (1992) and Time (1995).
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Stevie Nicks
  • 1975–1990
  • 1997–2022
  • lead and backing vocals
  • tambourine
  • occasional keyboards
Billy Burnette
  • 1987–1993
  • 1994–1995
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing and lead vocals
  • Tango in the Night Tour (1988)
  • Behind the Mask (1990)
  • 25 Years – The Chain (1992)
  • Time (1995)
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Rick Vito
  • 1987–1991
  • 1993 (one-off)
  • lead guitar
  • backing and lead vocals
  • Tango in the Night Tour (1988)
  • Behind the Mask (1990)
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Dave Mason 1993–1995 Time (1995)
Bekka Bramlett lead and backing vocals
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Mike Campbell 2018–2022
  • lead guitar
  • backing and occasional lead vocals
none
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Neil Finn
  • rhythm guitar
  • lead and backing vocals

Touring

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Nigel Watson 1971 (died 2019) percussion Watson joined Fleetwood Mac alongside Peter Green for the band's early 1971 tour of the United States. [27]
Doug Graves 1974 keyboards Graves joined the band as a second keyboardist for the Heroes Are Hard to Find Tour in late 1974. [11]
Bobby Hunt Hunt replaced Graves during the Heroes Are Hard to Find Tour, remaining until its conclusion in December. [28]
Ray Lindsey 1977–1982 rhythm guitar Lindsey Buckingham's guitar tech Lindsey contributed guitar during shows between 1977 and 1982. [29] [30]
Jeffery Sova 1979–1980 keyboards Sova and Todaro performed on the Tusk Tour from 1979 to 1980, featuring on the 1980 Live release. [29]
Tony Todaro percussion
Sharon Celani
  • 1987–1990
  • 1997–2022
backing vocals Since joining on the Shake the Cage Tour in 1987, Celani has performed on multiple Fleetwood Mac tours. [31]
Okyerema Asante 1987–1990 percussion Asante and Garfield joined Fleetwood Mac on percussion and keyboards starting with the band's Shake the Cage Tour in 1987. [32]
Dan Garfield
  • keyboards
  • programming
Lori Nicks
  • 1987–1988
  • 2009–2016
backing vocals Nicks performed with Fleetwood Mac on the Shake the Cage Tour, and later from 2009 to 2016. [33]
Eliscia Wright 1987–1988 Wright toured with the band as one of three backing vocalists on the 1987–1988 Shake the Cage Tour. [34]
Lynn Mabry 1990 Mabry and Likins toured with Fleetwood Mac as two of their backing vocalists for the Behind the Mask Tour. [35] [36]
Liza Jane Likins
Steve Thoma 1994–1995
  • keyboards
  • percussion
  • backing vocals
Thoma joined the band for the Another Link in the Chain Tour in 1994, and performed on the album Time. [37]
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Brett Tuggle 1997–2018 (died 2022) [38]
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
  • rhythm guitar
  • samples
Tuggle and Heywood were main fixtures of Fleetwood Mac's touring band between 1997 and 2018. [39] Tuggle left the touring lineup to play with Buckingham after the latter's dismissal. [40]
Neale Heywood 1997–2022
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing vocals
Mindy Stein 1997–2003 backing vocals Stein joined Fleetwood Mac's touring lineup for The Dance Tour, remaining until the 2003 Say You Will Tour. [41]
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Lenny Castro
  • 1997–1998
  • 2001
percussion Castro performed percussion on the band's reunion tour The Dance in 1997. [42] He also played at Clinton's "going away party" in 2001.
Steve Rinkov 2003–2018
  • percussion
  • additional drums
Rinkov has performed additional percussion and drums for the band from their 2003 Say You Will Tour until early 2018. [43]
Carlos Rios 2003–2004 rhythm guitar Rios and Hirano performed with Fleetwood Mac between 2003 and 2004 on the Say You Will Tour. [44] Hirano returned in 2018 for the An Evening with Fleetwood Mac tour.
Taku Hirano
  • 2003–2004
  • 2018–2022
percussion
Jana Anderson 2003–2009 backing vocals Anderson joined partway through the Say You Will Tour, replacing former backing vocalist Mindy Stein. [45]
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Stevvi Alexander 2014–2018 Alexander joined as the band's third live backing vocalist starting for the On with the Show Tour in 2014. [46]
Marilyn Martin 2018–2022
Ricky Peterson
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
Peterson replaced Brett Tuggle as Fleetwood Mac's touring keyboardist in 2018. [40]

Timeline

Official

Touring

Lineups

Period Members Releases
July – September 1967
  • "I Believe My Time Ain't Long" (1967)
  • Fleetwood Mac (1968) – one track only
  • Live at the Marquee 1967 (1992)
September 1967 – August 1968
  • Peter Green – guitar, vocals, harmonica
  • Jeremy Spencer – slide guitar, vocals, piano
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
August 1968 – May 1970
  • Peter Green – guitar, vocals, harmonica
  • Jeremy Spencer – slide guitar, vocals, piano
  • Danny Kirwan – guitar, vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
May – July 1970
  • Jeremy Spencer – slide guitar, vocals, piano
  • Danny Kirwan – guitar, vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
July 1970 – February 1971
  • Jeremy Spencer – slide guitar, vocals, piano
  • Danny Kirwan – guitar, vocals
  • Christine McVie – keyboards, vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
February – April 1971
  • Danny Kirwan – guitar, vocals
  • Christine McVie – keyboards, vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
  • Peter Green – guitar, vocals (temporarily rejoined to substitute Spencer, who left during a tour)
none
April 1971 – August 1972
  • Danny Kirwan – lead guitar, vocals
  • Bob Welch – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Christine McVie – keyboards, vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
September 1972 – June 1973
  • Dave Walker – vocals, harmonica
  • Bob Weston – lead guitar, backing vocals, banjo, harmonica
  • Bob Welch – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Christine McVie – keyboards, vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
June – October 1973
  • Bob Weston – lead guitar, backing vocals, slide guitar
  • Bob Welch – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Christine McVie – keyboards, vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
October 1973 – December 1974
  • Bob Welch – guitar, vocals
  • Christine McVie – keyboards, vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
December 1974 – August 1987
  • Stevie Nicks – vocals, tambourine
  • Lindsey Buckingham – guitar, vocals, keyboards
  • Christine McVie – keyboards, vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
September 1987 – December 1990
  • Stevie Nicks – vocals, tambourine
  • Billy Burnette – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Rick Vito – lead guitar, vocals
  • Christine McVie – keyboards, vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
December 1990 – July 1994
  • Billy Burnette – guitar, vocals
  • Christine McVie – keyboards, vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
  • 25 Years – The Chain (1992)– three new tracks " Love Shines", "Heart of Stone", and "Make Me a Mask", the last of which was contributed by Buckingham
July 1994 – January 1996
  • Bekka Bramlett – vocals
  • Billy Burnette – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Dave Mason – lead guitar, vocals
  • Christine McVie – keyboards, vocals (studio only)
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
Band inactive January 1996 – March 1997
March 1997 – March 1998
  • Stevie Nicks – vocals, tambourine
  • Lindsey Buckingham – guitar, banjo, vocals
  • Christine McVie – keyboards, vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar, vocals
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
March 1998 – January 2014
  • Stevie Nicks – vocals, keyboards, tambourine
  • Lindsey Buckingham – guitar, vocals, keyboards
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
January 2014 – April 2018
  • Stevie Nicks – vocals, tambourine
  • Lindsey Buckingham – guitar, vocals
  • Christine McVie – keyboards, vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
none
April 2018 – November 2022
  • Stevie Nicks – vocals, tambourine
  • Mike Campbell – lead guitar
  • Neil Finn – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Christine McVie – keyboards, vocals
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion
none

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