A member of the legendary blues-turned-rock band Fleetwood Mac since its inception in 1967, John McVie not only lent his name but formidable bass talents to the group's chart-topping music while maint...
Fleetwood Mac star Christine Mcvie and The Specials founder Jerry Dammers have been honoured with distinctions at the 2014 Ivor Novello songwriting awards in London. McVie was handed a lifetime achievement award at the 59th annual event, while Free Nelson Mandela hitmaker Dammers, dubbed "the Tsar of ska" by presenter Mick Jones, picked up the Inspiration Award.
Musician and producer Nile Rodgers enjoyed his second honour in as many days - he claimed the Ivors' International Award a day after old pal Simon Le Bon surprised the Chic star with the Legends Award at the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza on Wednesday (21May14).
Jimmy Page handed the Outstanding Contribution prize to fellow British guitar great Jeff Beck, while Mumford & Sons walked away with the award for International Achievement, and Tom Odell was named Songwriter of the Year.
The ceremony was held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane.
The full list of winners at the Ivor Novello Awards is:
Most Performed Work - Let Her Go by Passenger
The Ivors Classical Music Award - John McCabe
Best Television Soundtrack - Ripper Street by Dominik Scherrer
Best Contemporary Song - Retrograde by James Blake
International Achievement - Mumford & Sons
Best Original Film Score - The Epic Of Everest
The Ivors Inspiration Award - Jerry Dammers
Album Award - Push The Sky Away by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Outstanding Contribution To British Music - Jeff Beck
Best Song Musically And Lyrically - Strong by London Grammar
Songwriter Of The Year - Tom Odell
Outstanding Song Collection - The Chemical Brothers
Lifetime Achievement - Christine McVie
Special International Award - Nile Rodgers.
Veteran rockers Fleetwood Mac are heading out on their first full tour with singer/keyboardist Christine Mcvie since she left the band 16 years ago. The Go Your Own Way hitmakers confirmed McVie's return in January (14), and on Thursday (27Mar14), they announced she will be joining them for a 33-city tour of North America in September (14).
The group unveiled the plans during an appearance on U.S. TV show Today.
It will be McVie's first tour with the group since quitting in 1998, but she previously rejoined her bandmates in September (13) for brief appearances at two shows in London.
The On With the Show Tour kicks off in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 30 September (14).
It was announced recently that Christine McVie was reuniting with her bandmates in Fleetwood Mac after leaving the group in 1998. Fans can now be treated again to the group's Rumours-era lineup, with McVie taking back over vocals on her hits like "You Make Loving Fun" and "Hold Me."
With so many musicians cashing in on the money that can be made by going out on the road with a classic edition of their band, it's become hard to find acts that people clamor to have back together. Hard, but not impossible. Here are some artists that we'd like to see back in the band.
Slash, Guns N' Roses
Granted, Axl Rose is a nut-job and a major pain in the tuchus. Still, the demand for a tour featuring Rose, Slash, and the rest of the original lineup of GNR would be unbelievable and the group's core audience is now old enough to afford the ticket prices. If Don Henley, Glenn Frey and the other Eagles can spend years on the road taking separate busses and not speaking to each other, than there has to be a way for Axl and Slash to play nice long enough to cash in.
Beyoncé, Destiny's Child
Beyoncé certainly doesn't need to do anything that she doesn't want to do. Let's face it; Mrs. Carter has the entire world at her disposal. But, here's the thing, she's still friends with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, as evidenced by the recent photos of the three band members together at little Blue's birthday party. Beyoncé just released a 14-track "visual album" that nobody knew about in advance. If she's got that kind of time, then surely there's some extra to lay down some new DC material.
Roger Waters, Pink Floyd
Every subsequent generation has its own Floyd experience, whether it's watching late-night showings of The Wall or synching up Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz. Waters is a creative genius, and notoriously difficult to work with. He's also 70 years old. Waters and the other surviving Floyd members (David Gilmour and Nick Mason) have done some one-off shows over the years, but it's not too late to give those younger fans one more chance to see one of Floyd's legendary live shows.
Steve Perry, Journey
There have been rumors for a long time that Perry's voice isn't what it used to be, which is why the singer hasn't released any new solo material in nearly 20 years. Perry's camp has denied that there is anything wrong with his voice, but even if there is a vocal issue, a reunion is still eminently doable. Arnel Pineda, the current lead singer of the band, has been a nice story, so keep him around to help supplement Perry. It's a little late to cash in on the hype that Glee created, but the band still might actually be more popular now than they were in their '80s heyday.
Dennis DeYoung, Styx
At the very least, this one would make Adam Sandler, an unabashed fan of the "Mr. Roboto" group, happy. DeYoung, who handled vocals on most of the band's biggest hits like "The Best of Times" and "Come Sail Away," has continued to perform Styx material in his shows and the other members of the group have long been on the fair and festival circuit. Sure, DeYoung sued the others at one time over the use of the band's name, but lawsuits are as much a part of the music industry as guitars. A reunion would at least upgrade them to the top county fairs in the country.
Singer Christine Mcvie has officially rejoined Fleetwood Mac. Bandmate Mick Fleetwood announced her return to the line-up during a low-key show in Hawaii on Saturday (11Jan14), but the news wasn't confirmed until Monday (13Jan14).
Fleetwood Mac publicist Liz Rosenberg tells Billboard.com that McVie is set to rejoin the band she left in 1998, stating, "We are hoping to make an announcement about a possible tour for the full tilt Macsters some time in 2014."
The singer was previously a member of the group for 28 years after joining the line-up following her wedding to bassist John McVie.
She wrote hits including Don't Stop, Little Lies and Everywhere.
McVie sparked reunion chatter last year (Sep13) when she joined her former bandmates for two concerts in London, and then told the Guardian newspaper she would be "delighted" if the band asked her to play with them again.
Stevie Nicks has assured fans of Fleetwood Mac her bandmate John Mcvie is going to be "fine" after the band was forced to scrap a series of shows after he was diagnosed with cancer last year (13). The bassist learned he was ill in October (13), and he is currently balancing treatment with gigs.
Nicks insists her bandmate is doing well ahead of surgery next week (beg13Jan14).
She tells Us Weekly magazine, "He's got his treatment, and now he did a show on the 30th and 31st (December), another tomorrow night, then he has surgery next week... I'm not the least bit worried about John. He's very, very strong and a man of very few words. He's not a person to mess with.
"If I ever had any psychic knowledge about me in this body, I am telling you that John McVie is gonna be just fine... He's gonna have a little operation. He'll probably take a couple weeks to recover, and then sky's the limit!"
Fleetwood Mac cancelled 14 tour dates to allow McVie to undergo cancer treatment, but the bassist was back onstage for the band's New Year's shows in Las Vegas.
Veteran musicians Fleetwood Mac returned to the stage with John Mcvie on Monday night (30Dec13) for the first time since since the bass player's cancer diagnosis. The rocker's health scare prompted the band to axe a tour of Australia and New Zealand, but he returned to the stage with the group on Monday for a special end of year show in Las Vegas.
The public gig at the MGM Grand Garden Arena will be followed by a private concert on New Year's Eve (31Dec13) on Tuesday.
Speaking before the first show, frontwoman Stevie Nicks told America's ABC News Radio that the gigs will be "really good for John" so he can "get back on the treadmill" after undergoing treatment for cancer.
During the concert, Nicks thrilled a pair of famous fans in the audience by dedicated the band's song Landslide to John Mayer and Katy Perry.
Mayer was so thrilled about the shout out, he grabbed his girlfriend's cell phone and updated her Twitter.com account, writing, "John here. Katy can't write because she's getting over Stevie Nicks dedicating Landslide to us at the Fleetwood Mac concert. Unforgettable... While I'm at it I have a couple things I'd like to get off my - oh, she's motioning for the phone back. Gotta go!! -JM."
Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has dismissed rumours suggesting Fleetwood Mac will be among the headliners of the iconic British festival next year (14), insisting they are more likely to sign on for 2015. The reunited Dreams hitmakers became strong favourites to land a top slot at the summer 2014 bash after Eavis teased fans in September (13) by stating he was on the verge of signing three main headline acts who have not previously performed at the event.
Drummer Mick Fleetwood then appeared to drop a big hint indicating that Fleetwood Mac were in the frame for a Glastonbury gig, stating, "I don't know. They've probably got fed up of asking us. We were asked to do Glastonbury this year (13) and hopefully they'll ask us again."
However, Eavis insists the veteran rockers will not be a part of the next three-day festival - he's hoping they will be free the following year instead.
He tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "We're hoping to get them for 2015, but not next year."
Country superstar Dolly Parton is reported to be one of the big acts to grace the Glastonbury stage in Somerset, England in June (14), while Madonna and Prince have also been mentioned among possible headliners.
Fleetwood Mac's tour plans hit a snag earlier this year (13) when it was revealed bassist John McVie had been diagnosed with cancer, resulting in the band scrapping a scheduled trek in Australia and New Zealand this autumn (13).
John Mcvie's cancer treatment has given his Fleetwood Mac bandmate Stevie Nicks the chance to live out her dream to play a witch on TV. The classic band has scrapped a series of dates next year (14) to allow the bass player to take care of his health, and the unplanned hiatus means singer Nicks can shoot a cameo on one of her favourite shows, American Horror Story: Coven.
Creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed the Landslide hitmaker will play herself on the spooky drama after revealing she would be joining the cast for an episode, which is set to air next year (14).
However, he tells Entertainment Weekly the cameo almost didn't happen, because the singer's day job with Fleetwood Mac threatened to keep her from the set.
Murphy explains that her tour itinerary initially conflicted with the shooting schedule, but when the band was forced to cancel a string of dates so McVie could undergo cancer treatment, Nicks became available.
He says, "She called and said, 'I'm now available, sadly enough, if you wanna use me'. So I said, 'Let's do it!' So she's flying in for, like, two days and doing her scenes. I know every person in the show is like, 'I better be in that goddamn scene!' It's funny."
Nicks, who is often namechecked on the show, is set to appear in the 10th episode of Coven's current season.
Fleetwood Mac co-founder John Mcvie has been diagnosed with cancer, prompting the band to scrap dates in Australasia. The reunited group announced the news on its website, revealing the bass player is taking time off the road for treatment.
The statement reads: "Fleetwood Mac, who has just completed the European leg of their phenomenally successful worldwide tour, has announced the cancellation of their upcoming 14 date tour of Australia and New Zealand.
"John McVie, one of the co-founding and original members of Fleetwood Mac, is now scheduled to be in treatment for cancer during that period of time.
"We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates. We hope our Australian and New Zealand fans as well as Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best."
Ivan Keeman/Getty Images
For the last couple of years, Fleetwood Mac have been the latest vintage soft rock band to become fashionable among the sort of college students who still frequent used record shops. But it seems like only the Mac's 1975-'87 period, when Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were fronting the band and they were scoring massive hits, has penetrated the consciousness of today's bearded youth, with their earlier incarnations largely unknown. Let's rectify that with a countdown of the essential pre-Buckingham Nicks Fleetwood Mac albums.
The Best of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac (Blue Horizon Records 2002)
This 20-track CD supplants the 1969 singles compilation The Pious Bird of Good Omen by adding two hard-to-find but essential singles recorded in 1970 just as Fleetwood Mac's blues-rock-oriented first lineup was crumbling, "Man of the World" and "The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Prong Crown)." The latter was original frontman Peter Green's musical farewell note, a nightmarish drug-induced vision written and recorded shortly before he left the band to join a religious cult and largely give up music. The set also includes all of the Green-era band's other classic singles, the achingly beautiful instrumental "Albatross," the nine-minute epic "Oh Well (Parts 1 and 2)" and "Black Magic Woman." Yes, Santana had the hit, but it was originally a Fleetwood Mac song.
Kiln House (Reprise Records 1970)
Quite likely the most underrated album in the Fleetwood Mac canon, 1970's Kiln House intriguingly catches the group in a period of transition. With Green's sudden departure, his fellow singing guitarists Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan pick up the slack, but Spencer's unabashed love of '50s R&B and rockabilly and Kirwan's taste for Nick Drake-like folk-rock melancholy mesh somewhat awkwardly. Hard to tell what might have come next, since shortly after this album's release, Spencer suddenly quit the band mid-tour, running off with a notorious cult known as the Children of God. What was it about life in Fleetwood Mac that caused its frontmen to seek oddball religious solace?
Future Games (Reprise Records 1971)
With bassist John McVie's wife Christine added on keyboards and California-bred singer and guitarist Bob Welch newly installed as Kirwan's songwriting foil, this is the album that ditches Fleetwood Mac's blues-rock roots. A spacy, mellow record that sounds heavily influenced by the Laurel Canyon folk-rockers of the era, Future Games has long been the stoner's Mac album of choice. Welch's sprawling title track and Christine McVie's "Show Me A Smile" are particularly beloved by fans, but overall, it was Fleetwood Mac's first start-to-finish solid album.
Bare Trees (Reprise Records 1972)
From the chilly, fog-bedecked cover photo to its oddball closer (an old British woman reading her own poem "Thoughts on a Grey Day"), this is easily Fleetwood Mac's darkest record. It's also the one album on which Danny Kirwan dominates the songwriting, which may have something to do with its bleak mood; the guitarist had struggled with depression for most of his life, and his self-medicating alcoholism led both to his firing from Fleetwood Mac after this album's release and a descent into mental illness and periodic homelessness that followed. That said, this album remains best known for Welch's "Sentimental Lady," a genuinely brilliant pop song that the guitarist would later take to the top 40 as his first solo single in 1977. This version is better, though.
Mystery To Me (Reprise Records 1973)
After a misbegotten return to a blues-rock vibe with Penguin earlier in 1973, Fleetwood Mac righted themselves with Mystery To Me barely six months later. Their last album before the band moved from the U.K. to southern California, Mystery To Me feels like a dry run for the pure-pop sound the new lineup would perfect on 1975's Fleetwood Mac. Just with a less disciplined, looser sound that showcases the slide guitar of Kirwan's replacement Bob Weston, who was fired shortly after this album was completed for having an affair with Mick Fleetwood's wife. Barely a year later, after the halfhearted follow-up Heroes Are Hard To Find, Welch was also gone, replaced by an all-but-unknown singer-and-guitarist duo who called themselves Buckingham Nicks. But that's where we came in.
More:Tina Fey and Miley Cyrus to Host 'Saturday Night Live'Fall's 15 Most Anticipated Albums2013's Best Music Videos (So Far)
From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
A member of the legendary blues-turned-rock band Fleetwood Mac since its inception in 1967, John McVie not only lent his name but formidable bass talents to the group's chart-topping music while maintaining a relatively low profile amidst its ever-changing lineup. He began his career as a teenager with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers before joining drummer Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Peter Green in Fleetwood Mac. The group added McVie's talented wife, Christine McVie, in 1970, before completing what many considered to be the most acclaimed lineup with Americans Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. That final version of Fleetwood Mac burst into stardom in the mid-1970s, but the spotlight set long-simmering internal tensions to burning, including the McVie's marriage. Their 1976 divorce served in part as inspiration for the group's landmark album, <i>Rumours</i> (1977), though the individual members would put aside their differences and reunite on several occasions over the next three decades. Though never mentioned in critical circles with the same degree of praise as bassist monoliths like John Entwhistle or Jack Bruce, John McVie's tenure with Fleetwood Mac during its most successful years ensured his status as one of rock-n-roll's most successful rhythm players.<p>Born John Graham McVie in the London suburb of Ealing on Nov. 26, 1945, he developed an interest in music at an early age, but choose trumpet as his initial instrument of choice. With the rise of American rock-n-roll and British skiffle in the late '50s, he decided to take up the guitar, but switched to bass after seeing so many of his friends pick up that instrument in homage to the Shadows' extraordinary stringbender, Hank Marvin. McVie pored over albums by legendary bassists like Charles Mingus and Willie Dixon while honing his talents with the Krewsaders, a group of like-minded Ealing teens who played Shadows covers at local parties and weddings.<p>While training to become a tax inspector, McVie received his first big break as a member of the Bluesbreakers. His friend, bassist Cliff Burton, had been approached by John Mayall to join his new Chicago blues-influenced group, but Burton was already busy as a member of The Cyril Davies All-Stars. He suggested that Mayall contact McVie, who auditioned for and landed the rhythm spot in the Bluesbreakers while still only 17 years old. McVie's five-year tenure in the popular band was marked by frequent dismissals due to excessive drinking, a problem that would plague him for most of his adult life. Despite these lapses, he remained with the group from its earliest incarnation through its rise to stardom with the addition of former Yardbird Eric Clapton in 1965. When Clapton left the following year to form Cream, he was replaced by Peter Green, while journeyman drummer Mick Fleetwood stepped into the seat vacated by Aynsley Dunbar. McVie soon formed close friendships with both men, but balked at the opportunity to join a new band they had formed after exiting the Bluesbreakers in 1966. For six months, he fended off their advances, even ignoring the magnanimous decision to name the group in tribute to Fleetwood and himself. McVie finally relented, and joined Fleetwood Mac in 1967, with which he would remain for the next four decades.<p>Fleetwood Mac quickly made a name for itself on the British rock scene for its unwavering loyalty to the blues. Many former R&B groups, including Cream, had diluted their blues content with pop or psychedelia, but Fleetwood Mac remained steadfast in their commitment to playing unfiltered American roots music, as evidenced by their eponymous 1968 debut album, which includes tracks by blues legends Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James. They quickly became a favorite of blues purists throughout the U.K., as well as a fixture at jazz and blues clubs festivals throughout Europe. They also frequently shared bills with another R&B-driven group, Chicken Shack, which featured keyboardist and singer Christine Perfect. McVie soon fell in love with her, and the couple was married in 1968. The demands of their respective touring schedules made it difficult for the newlyweds to spend time together, so Christine McVie left Chicken Shack to lead a more domestic lifestyle.<p>Her retirement, however, was short-lived. For most of the early 1970s, Fleetwood Mac underwent a series of personnel changes, most notably the departure of Peter Green due to serious drug and mental health issues. McVie soon persuaded his wife to join the group, which relocated to Los Angeles in 1974. There, they struggled to keep the band afloat while McVie's drinking put considerable strain on his marriage. The addition of Americans Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, another volatile musical and romantic partnership, gave the group much-needed vitality as well as a new direction towards pop-rock. The new lineup's first release, an eponymous 1975 album, rocketed to the top of the <i>Billboard</i> album chart on the strength of warm, confessional singer-songwriter tracks like Christine McVie's "Say You Love Me" and "Over My Head," and established them as one of the leading rock acts of the period.<p>However, the newfound fame also put enormous strain on each of the band members and the group as a whole. The first casualty was the McVie's marriage, which splintered in 1976 under the weight of John's alcoholism and Christine's affair with the band's lighting director. Buckingham and Nicks drifted apart soon after, and even Fleetwood split from his wife, Jenny. The intense emotional upheaval felt by each member of the group was poured into their next album, 1977's <i>Rumours</i>. Songs like Nick's "Dreams," Buckingham's "Go Your Own Way" and Christine McVie's "Don't Stop" were the gorgeous, gilded end result of tumultuous recording sessions spurred into marathon psycho-dramas due to copious amounts of drugs. The McVies only spoke to each other in regard to music during this period, and the pain of hearing his ex-wife sing about putting their past behind her on "Don't Stop" nearly drove McVie to suicide. Despite the unchecked turmoil of the recording sessions, <i>Rumours</i> went on to become Fleetwood Mac's signature album, netting not only the Grammy for Record of the Year but critical acclaim as one of the best albums of the 1970s.<p>McVie married his former secretary, Julie Ann Reubens, in 1978, but the new relationship failed to quell any of his personal demons. The couple was arrested in 1981 after police found cocaine in their Maui home, and McVie briefly faced deportation before the charges were dismissed. He reunited briefly with John Mayall for a Bluesbreaker reunion tour that same year before returning to the Fleetwood Mac camp for their chart-topping album <i>Mirage</i>. Five years would pass before the group would reconvene for a new record, during which McVie suffered an alcohol-induced seizure that forced him to seek sobriety in 1987. He successfully reclaimed his health in time to celebrate the birth of his daughter, Molly, in 1987. That same year, the <i>Rumours</i>-era Fleetwood Mac put aside their differences to record <i>Tango in the Night</i> (1987), which became the second highest selling album in the band's history thanks to singles like "Little Lies."<p>Internal stresses once again rang down the curtain on the band, with Buckingham quitting shortly before a world tour to support the record. McVie busied himself by setting sail on one of his boats as well as cranking out his first and only solo project to date, <i>John McVie's "Gotta Band" with Lola Thomas</i> (1992) before reuniting with Buckingham, Nicks, his ex-wife and Fleetwood to perform at President Bill Clinton's inaugural ball that same year, as Clinton had made "Don't Stop" his official campaign song. The appearance sparked new interest in Fleetwood Mac, though not enough to bring Buckingham back into the fold. Undaunted, Fleetwood and McVie assembled a new line-up, which included Dave Mason of Traffic and Bekka Bramlett, daughter of famed '70s rock duo Delaney & Bonnie. The new configuration recorded 1995's<i>Time</i>, which saw dismal sales upon release. Its failure spurred Fleetwood to bring the group to a close after nearly three tumultuous decades.<p>But within a year, the McVies were working with Fleetwood and Nicks on a Buckingham solo project, which bloomed into a full-fledged reunion of the <i>Rumours</i> lineup in 1997. The revived Fleetwood Mac performed a concert at a Warner Bros. soundstage that was released as <i>The Dance</i> (1997). Its combination of classic songs and new material shot to No. 1 on the albums chart, the first Fleetwood Mac record to do so since <i>Mirage</i> in 1982. A massively successful world tour soon followed, as well as induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, one year after Fleetwood Mac celebrated its 30th anniversary.The reunion proved short-lived; Christine McVie retired from the band in 1998 post-tour, and did not participate in the making of 2003's <i>Say You Will</i>, which rose to No. 3 on the <i>Billboard</i> 200. The famed bassist devoted the next four years to touring with Fleetwood Mac.<p><i>By Paul Gaita</i>