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The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band

Recorded Jun. 10, 2014



Mick Fleetwood is best known for his tremendous success as the drummer of Fleetwood Mac, the wildly successful band he co-founded in 1967 with fellow John Mayall alumni Peter Green (guitar) and John McVie (bass).

Fleetwood was a self-taught drummer from his early childhood, after moving from a lacklustre academic performance at school to a love of music encouraged by his family, who bought him his first drum kit. His first years were heavily influenced by Tony Meehan and the Everly Brothers, and during his formative years in London during the late 1960s.

As founding member of Fleetwood Mac, Mick has seen the group through its many incarnations, through struggles and successes. His devotion to the band put stresses through his own personal relationships—he often seemed to be “married to the band.” He did eventually marry Jenny Boyd in 1970 and had two daughters; Amy Rose was born in January, 1971 and Lucy was born in April, 1973. In October 1973, Mick found out that Jenny was having an affair with bandmate Bob Weston—the tour was cut short and Weston had to be fired. After the legal battle that ensued with manager Clifford Davis (over the rights of who owned the name ‘Fleetwood Mac’), Mick took over the role of band manager and continued to do so until 1979. When Bob Welch decided to leave the group in 1974, Mick was the one who happened to notice the talents of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks while out looking for studio; Keith Olsen played him ‘Frozen Love’ off the Buckingham Nicks album to demonstrate the acoustics of the room. The drummer admits that his initial inquiry was “Who’s that guitarist?” but he very quickly learned that Buckingham would not join without his partner: ” I was aware of them coming as a package pretty early on, but there was a point where I was truly after Lindsey Buckingham, and the fact that Stevie was an afterthought is why she never forgave me. ” In the end, the two ended up hitting it off so well with the others in the group that they were hired without an audition.

In 1983 he formed Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo and recorded I’m Not Me. The album featured a minor hit, “I Want You Back”, and a cover version of the Beach Boys’ “Angel Come Home”. A later version of the group featured Bekka Bramlett on vocals and recorded 1991’s Shaking the Cage. Fleetwood released Something Big in 2004 with The Mick Fleetwood Band, and his most recent album is Blue Again!, appearing in October 2008 with the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band touring to support it, interspersed with the Unleashed tour of Fleetwood Mac.

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Mick Fleetwood, the iconic co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, is celebrating his blues heritage with The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, featuring Rick Vito. As well as their own material, the band pays tribute to the original Fleetwood Mac, the blues band that started it all in 1967. Bringing together four stellar Blues and Rock musicians, Mick Fleetwood presents Live at The Belly Up, a 2-hour live album featuring 17 tracks.

At the front of the group is Rick Vito, veteran Bluesman and former Fleetwood Mac vocalist and lead guitarist. Rick adds his personal touch while staying true to the styling of early Fleetwood Mac front man Peter Green. “A lot of guys can play the licks but Rick has the tone and that’s so important in real blues,” says Mick Fleetwood.  With Fleetwood anchoring the band on percussion, the “other half” of the rhythm section is Lenny Castellanos on bass. As Mick points out, “I’ve played with John McVie for 40 years, any bassist who plays with me has big shoes to fill.” Lenny does a great job filling those shoes while complimenting Mick’s unique and revered drum style. Mark Johnstone ties everything together on the keys and backup vocals, infusing a vibrant energy to the group.

The album features Fleetwood Mac hits like “Oh Well” “Black Magic Woman” & “Albatross” as well as Blues Rock standards like “Carol” and Blues classics like “You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover” and “Shake Your Moneymaker.”

Mixed by Lynn Peterson
Run Time: Approx 122 Minutes
File Size: 264 MB
Cover Design by Fred Andrews

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The What’s Up at the Belly Up Podcast is proud to present legendary Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Rick Vito, who together form the core of The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band. We talked about sleeping on instruments, cat ladies, set lists, English gangsters, boarding school, and not being too sure of one’s self. Look for a brand new Live at The Belly Up release from The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, featuring over 2 hours of great blues, out October 28 at and wherever digital music is sold.




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