16 Jun 19
The Scottish Sun
AS the backbone of rock legends Fleetwood Mac for more than 50 years, Mick Fleetwood has enjoyed more debauchery and hard living than just about anyone else.
Now 71, he became renowned as one of the wildest men in music, and in an exclusive interview during the band’s world tour he even confirms a long-standing tale about a seven-mile line of cocaine.
Mike Campbell, John McVie, Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood
Chatting in a dressing room, where his only indulgence is a glass of red wine, drummer Mick says: “We could sit here and I go into some war story about snorting seven miles of cocaine.
“I guess we figured we did X amount a day, and then some goofball got out a calculator and came up with that seven miles figure and said, ‘Isn’t that funny?’ And it sort of is. But not in the context of where I want to end up.
“There was never a conscious decision on my part to stop that lifestyle. I think it naturally just drifted away.
“I speak for myself, although Stevie (Nicks) has been outspoken about some of the choices she made too.
Classic Mac from left, Mick, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie and John McVie in 1975
“It came to an end, thankfully. Because, God forbid, it could easily have ended the really bad way — for sure, that could have happened. In some ways I’m happy I got through it and didn’t bite the big bullet. But I just had a profound awareness and a realisation that enough is enough.”
Larger than life, both in personality and physically, 6ft 5in Mick laughs as he recalls the tale about coke — known as gak — that was first made by a former sound engineer. But he adds: “I’m conscious that I want to speak appropriately about this. Because the romance of those war stories can adulate something which is not a good idea.
“The truth is the truth. But in many ways we shared too much information. Looking back, I can see an element of responsibility which I now regret not seeing before.”
The band’s world tour arrived in London last night, as they performed to a capacity 90,000 crowd at Wembley Stadium, with a second date tomorrow before they head to Australia, having already crossed much of North America.
The gigs pack in decades of hits and have received rave reviews for a band that is renowned for its ability to reinvent itself after a string of line-up changes sparked by internal feuding.
Peter Green, John McVie, Jeremy Spencer, Mick Fleetwood and Danny Kirwan in 1969
But as Mick admits, the acrimonious exit of guitarist Lindsey Buckingham 18 months ago after he refused to go on tour could have marked the end of one of rock’s great names. Instead he was replaced by two newcomers — Neil Finn of Crowded House and guitar virtuoso Mike Campbell.
Mick says: “Lindsey’s departure was traumatic and a major change for the band, but we decided we wanted to carry on. We made the decision together. Of course, we could have just stopped and it probably would have been an easy point to stop, but we definitely didn’t want to.
“Lindsay left fairly acrimoniously and we weren’t getting on well any more, and yes, it is a happier ship to be on. We have two new people in the band who have been hugely accepted and welcomed, but in many ways it does amaze me that we are still here all these years later, after all of the ups and downs.
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham before an acrimonious split saw the guitarist dumped
“Me and John (McVie) sometimes talk about it — we look around and say, ‘How did that all happen?’”
Mick confirms to me bluntly that he has not spoken to Lindsey since their bust-up, and adds: “I don’t think there will be a point where the band’s former members all end up back in a good place together.
“If you’d asked me that years ago I would have said so, being the old dreamer that I tend to be.
“But now I just accept things how they are, and try to be civil and open. All of these lovely people have put their hearts and souls into Fleetwood Mac, and the franchise should absolutely honour those people in every way, and it does.
“The music comes back to haunt everyone afterwards anyway — and usually that wins out in the end.”
He continues: “There’s no doubt those were hard-lived days. For a while within Fleetwood Mac there were romances and that lifestyle you mention and the other stuff got forgotten — and we really asked for that trouble.
Mick Fleetwood with The Sun’s Simon Boyle
“We were too open about who we were and what we were doing — probably very naïve.
“All anyone ever asked about was ‘Who is sleeping with who?’ or ‘Who is angry with who?’ And you start to feel it’s a shame.
“Now they intelligently talk about what we did musically. That’s import- ant to us. We never wanted to make fools of ourselves too many times.”
Today Mick accepts the band will not last for ever and says: “We’ve had a hell of a ride and we continue to, it’s amazing, really. We know that there’s an end in sight.
“People ask, ‘When are you going to hang it up?’ I’m asked, ‘Why are you still doing this? Need the money?’
“But imagine asking Paul McCartney or Elton John, the Rolling Stones — hugely iconic people, and you know they don’t need the money. It’s simply a case of that’s what they do.
“And this is simply what we do. It’s a huge privilege — and it isn’t really any more complicated than that.”
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Jameela’s frilled to get the Flack
JAMEELA JAMIL’s outfit choices are as bold as her opinions.
The TV presenter looked ultra-cool in this daring Balmain black, ruffled mini-dress at the MTV Movie & TV Awards.
TV presenter Jameela looked ultra-cool in this daring Balmain black, ruffled mini-dress at the MTV Movie & TV Awards
She was joined at Saturday night’s bash in California by Melissa McCarthy, Lizzo and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Jameela’s appearance comes after she locked horns with Caroline Flack over Love Island, saying the ITV2 show “could stand to have some more diversity”.
Caroline snapped back, saying the programme “isn’t about what you see on face value”.
I’m sure Jameela won’t let her have the last word.
V-IP Adele finally meets Spice Idols
SUPERFAN Adele made it a V-ery special night at the Spice Girls’ final UK gig.
She popped backstage after watching the fantastic show at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night to celebrate with her idols Emma Bunton, Mel B, Mel C and Geri Horner – and flash her trademark peace sign.
Adele popped backstage after watching the show at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night to celebrate with her idols Emma Bunton, Mel B, Mel C and Geri Horner
Adele said: “I finally got to meet Ginger, I got drunk with the girls and quite frankly I can’t believe how far I’ve come, thank you for the madness I get to live.
“I couldn’t have got here without you.”
Adele also shared an instagram post of her sobbing during Mama as the girls performed the start of the track with their young children at their side. In another post she said: “Last time I saw the Spice Girls at Wembley was 21 years ago. Tonight with my nearest and dearest I cried, laughed, screamed, danced and reminisced and fell back in love with my ten-year-old self.”
Adele reminisced how the last time she saw the girls at Wembley was 21 years ago
In an emotional end to the group’s hugely successful reunion, inset above, Geri finally apologised for quitting 20 years ago.
She told her bandmates and the 70,000 fans: “I was being a brat and I just want to say it feels so good to be back with the girls that I love and you lot.”
The British leg may have finished, but Mel B revealed the tour will soon be heading to Australia.
Hopefully Posh Spice will make an appearance next time.
Jess fest no-show
Young fans were left in tears after Jess Glynne pulled out of her Isle Of Wight Festival slot moments before she was due on stage
JESS Glynne pulled out of her Isle Of Wight Festival slot moments before she was due on stage.
Young fans were said to be in tears at the news. They were told Jess was “unable to perform”.
On Saturday she had supported the Spice Girls for their final gig at Wembley.
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Cross Me – Ed Sheeran and Chance The Rapper, 1.8m
Location – Dave and Burna Boy, 1.5m
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Bruises – Lewis Capaldi, 1.5m
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