Fleetwood Mac remain one of the most ubiquitous names in the music industry. The British-American rock band that brought us “Rhiannon” might be a little less relevant than they once were, but they are still going strong. However, despite all the time the band and its members have spent in the spotlight, there are still some things that many people don’t know about them. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Fleetwood Mac. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: They Were Originally Led by Peter Green. Peter Green is widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest English blues guitarists, and he led the original Fleetwood Mac. However, he left the band in 1970.
Number Fourteen: One of the Founding Members Left to Join a Cult. One of Fleetwood Mac’s founding members was Jeremy Spencer, but he ended up leaving the band in 1971 to join a cult called the Children of God.
Number Thirteen: Danny Kirwan Left After a Nervous Breakdown. Guitarist Danny 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 Twelve: Christine McVie Was Perfect. It’s true! McVie’s maiden name was Perfect. She even released her first solo album under the name “Christine Perfect.”
Number Eleven: Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks Joined on a Fluke. Buckingham and Nicks were recruited after Mick 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: 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 nine other ones before theirs failed.
Number Nine: Christine McVie Was Not a Fan of “Dreams.” McVie really didn’t like the song that ended up being their biggest hit. She was turned off by the original chords until Buckingham altered the song to make it more interesting.