Fleetwood Mac - Perth show to kick off Australian tour

Fleetwood Mac - Perth show to kick off Australian tour

If you’ve been living in space for the past 50 years, Fleetwood Mac are one of the biggest rock bands in history. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have sold more than 100 million records since forming as a blues band in the late 60s and their 1977 album Rumours is widely considered to be one of the best of all time.

But the firing this time last year of Buckingham, one of the group's key members and the one-time boyfriend of singer Stevie Nicks, led the guitarist and his former band to trade barbs publicly.

"Not a single member of the band called Buckingham to break the news to him," according to court documents filed when Buckingham sued Fleetwood Mac for breach of contract, claiming $US20 million in lost earnings.

That accusation was then disputed by the band, who in turn accused Buckingham of telling the media about his lawsuit before he told them.

The band’s current lineup features Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, alongside newcomers Finn and Mike Campbell, following the departure of Lindsey Buckingham last year.

“We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the calibre of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family,” said the band.

“With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs."

The new-look Fleetwood Mac have added a second Perth show to their Australian tour.

RAC Arena will host the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees on August 9 and again on August 11.

Promoters said “exceptional demand” for tickets to the first concert, which went on sale on Friday, had prompted the band to announce a second Perth performance.

Tickets for the new show are on sale now.

Demand for the legendary band has not waned due to the departure of long-time singer, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Lindsey Buckingham, and addition of Kiwi icon Neil Finn and guitarist Mike Campbell from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Buckingham was booted from the band due to disagreements about touring last year.

The latest incarnation of the Mac is now a six-piece which also includes co-founders, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, plus singer Stevie Nicks, who joined with then boyfriend Buckingham in 1975, and Christine McVie, who reunited with the Don’t Stop hit-makers five years ago.

Since forming as a blues outfit in London in 1967, Fleetwood Mac has had 18 official members with the rhythm section of Fleetwood and McVie the only constants.

Fleetwood said the band has “always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents”.

We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realise that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style,” the 71-year-old drummer said.

We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound.”

The RAC Arena concert will be the Mac’s first indoor gig in WA since in 1990 when they played two shows at the Perth Entertainment Centre on the Behind the Mask Tour.

Lindsey Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac last year after falling out over touring details

Buckingham was also missing from that that tour — the group’s last before Nicks left to pursue a solo career and Christine McVie retired from touring.

On their previous visit in 2015, the classic line-up of Fleetwood Mac featuring Buckingham and both McVies played a superb show in rain-sodden Domain Stadium.

The North American leg of the current world tour with Finn and Campbell began in October and resumes in January.

They play outdoor and stadium shows in Europe and the UK in June before heading Down Under.

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