Fleetwood Mac are a legendary rock band that remain one of the most ubiquitous names in the music industry. However, despite all the time they have spent in the spotlight, there are still some interesting facts that many people don’t know about the band. With that in mind, here, MusicSnake Magazine presents a list of twelve facts you probably didn’t know about Fleetwood Mac.
Number One: Fleetwood Mac’s Danny Kirwan Left After a Nervous Breakdown. Guitarist Kirwan experienced a breakdown in which he ran into a bathroom while the band was tuning and smashed his head into a wall. He then proceeded to destroy his guitar.
Number Two: Mick Fleetwood’s Wife Had an Affair With His Best Friend. He was married to model Jenny Boyd. However, she had an affair with Mick’s best friend and former band member Bob Westen throughout the mid-70’s.
Number Three: The Lineup You Think of as Classic Is Not Really Classic. Most people associate Fleetwood Mac with the lineup of Fleetwood, Nicks, Buckingma, Christine and John McVie. However, that lineup came after 9 other ones before theirs failed.
Number Four: Silver Springs Got Cut. Stevie Nicks ‘ Silver Springs got cut from Rumours because there was not enough space and the other band members did not think it was the right fit. The song ended up on the b-side of Go Your Own Way.
Number Five: McVie Was Not a Fan of Dreams. McVie really didn’t like the song that ended up being their biggest hit. The singer was turned off by the original chords until Buckingham altered the song to make it more interesting.
Number Six: One of the Founding Members Left to Join a Cult. One of Fleetwood Mac founding members was Jeremy Spencer who ended up leaving the band in ’71 to join a cult called the Children of God.
Number Seven: The Chain Was Created by Merging 3 Songs. The Chain is also the only song credited to all 5 members of the band’s classic lineup. The song merges 3 other songs involving Fleetwood Mac members – Buckingham Nicks’ Lola (My Love), an unfinished track written by McVie called Keep Me There, and an earlier version of The Chain that was acoustic and quite different.
Number Eight: Christine McVie Wrote You Make Loving Fun About an Affair. She was having an affair with Fleetwood Mac’s lighting director, Curry Grant. Christine wrote You Make Loving Fun about her relationship with Grant.
Number Nine: Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks Joined on a Fluke. Buckingham and Nicks were recruited after Fleetwood visited the recording studio and asked to listen to the album that was most recently recorded there. It just so happens it was the album featuring Buckingham and Nicks.
Number Ten: Nicks Got Sued for Sara. A songwriter named Carol Hinton sued her because she thought Sara was too similar to something she had written and submitted to Warner Bros. However, she dropped the suit after Nicks proved her wrong.
Number Eleven: Nicks Abused Cocaine. In fact, the singer abused cocaine so much in the 70’s and 80’s that she burned a hole in her nose’s cartilage. She became motivated to stop after a surgeon told her she could lose her nose.
Number Twelve: Nicks Wrote Gypsy About Her Own Poverty. Nicks and Buckingham were living together in extreme poverty. She wrote Gypsy about their time together when they were sleeping on a single mattress on the floor. Thanks for reading!
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