Out Now: ‘Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate the Music of Peter Green & the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac,’ on CD/Blu-ray/LP/Box Set

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On Feb. 25, 2020, mere weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic put a pause on everything the world over, Mick Fleetwood and a host of special guest celebrity friends/music legends gathered at the London Palladium to pay tribute to Peter Green and the early music of Fleetwood Mac.

The incredible evening of music and stories was professionally recorded and turned into Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate the Music of Peter Green & the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac, a live album/film that is now officially available in a variety of formats.

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Some context regarding the show: Fleetwood gathered a number of his fellow music legends for an unforgettable night of music and memories honoring Peter Green, who passed away in July of that year, just five months after this tribute event.

Accompanying Fleetwood on stage at the London Palladium that night included Neil Finn, Noel Gallagher, Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Kirk Hammett, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Jeremy Spencer, Zak Starkey, Pete Townshend, Steven Tyler and Bill Wyman. Legendary producer Glyn Johns joined as the executive sound producer and the house band featured Mick Fleetwood himself along with Dave Bronze, Jonny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, Ricky Peterson and Rick Vito.

In January, Mick Fleetwood spoke with Rock Cellar’s Jeff Slate about this once-in-a-lifetime concert event and what went into assembling such an impressive array of musicians all in the name of paying tribute to Green and the formative years of Fleetwood Mac.

Here’s what Mick had to say about putting the show together:

“He was super generous. He gave us the name Fleetwood Mac, after all, probably knowing right at the start that he would be moving on soon enough! And he could have become all of the things you said, though us bunch never knew what an aversion he had deep down to becoming the latest gunslinger. But no matter what he did, he was on that level, because he was so amazing and inspiring.

“It’s so evident in the power of what he did, and how it’s lasted, so yes, I couldn’t be more thrilled. For a while there, when the world stopped, I though, “Oh, you’re kidding me.” And during that time period, of course, Peter passed away, which was certainly unexpected by all accounts — he just went in his sleep. Like a king. So that was devastating. But it’s okay.

“When this comes out, it will eclipse all of the bits and pieces that went wrong, because everything has its place. And I have that to look forward to.

“So, “How does that feel, mate?” It feels that I’ve been able to do it, but you’re right, because I’m aware of that creeping thing where people say, “Well, why now?” And I said, “Well, I’m pretty sure there wouldn’t be a band known as Fleetwood Mac — which any way you look at it, is nearing some form of end — without Peter Green. So that’s what pushed this forward. Because ultimately it’s about a band that broke all the rules.”

The end result is quite a musical treasure combining the talents of a number of undisputable music legends. Listen to the live album component below.

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