Preview ‘Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate Peter Green’ with Steven Tyler & Billy Gibbons’ Performance of ‘Rattlesnake Shake’

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One year ago today — Feb. 25, 2020, just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down — Mick Fleetwood and an assortment of his fellow music legends gathered at the London Palladium to pay tribute to Peter Green and the early music of Fleetwood Mac. The timing of this event proved prescient, as Green passed away in July at age 73.

On April 30, the official live concert film/album capturing the magic of that evening will be released, shortly after the film debuts on digital platforms. To mark the one-year anniversary of the actual concert event, a clip of Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons performing “Rattlesnake Shake” was shared on Thursday:

Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate Peter Green will be released in a variety of physical formats:

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The participants 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.

Here’s a trailer for the concert film:

In a recent feature interview with Rock Cellar’s Jeff Slate, Mick Fleetwood discussed this musical salute in detail, explaining how it came about and how some of the musicians in the show jumped at the opportunity to toast early-era Fleetwood Mac and Peter Green:

I didn’t know who was really going to be the people playing on various songs, and there’s a couple completely out of left field, but one of the first people was Steven Tyler, who’s a dear friend. And since the history of Aerosmith is hugely locked into those songs, it really kick-started things. Because Steven had told me, “I wouldn’t have joined Aerosmith if I hadn’t heard Joe (Perry) playing “Rattlesnake Shake” in the garage and thought, “I want to do that.”

And then I thought, I’m going to phone David Gilmour, who I did not know very well, but he still has a home where I started my whole little career, in London, in Notting Hill Gate, in a place called Harbury Mews, which is a Mews cottage cul-de-sac. And David still has a small home there in London. I wrote him a letter saying, “Would you consider …” Because I knew that he liked Peter’s playing. And you can tell from the deference in his playing, which was sort of out of left field.

And I got a lovely letter back, and he said, “Well, I don’t know if I’m going to be good enough to step into Peter’s boots.” Amazing, right?

I wrote back saying, “Well, nothing of the sort. Are you kidding me?” And he replied, “I’ll tell you what. If this thing ever comes together, by then, I’ll have hopefully plucked up courage.” So, all this lovely stuff started way, way back, and then Fleetwood Mac did their usual thing, where out of the blue we all decided to hit the road for several years. And when I got back, more power to the people I’ve mentioned, because I thought, “Well, everyone’s just going to say well, that was a good idea, but not anymore.” But it was nothing of the sort. So when I knew that the last tour was coming to an end, I cranked all this up again. And all of these pieces, which are quite unbelievable, came together, because everyone involved seems to have a story to tell, and were astoundingly connected to Peter and the early band, like John Mayall and Jonny Lang, and, obviously, Rick Vito.

Click here to read our full Mick Fleetwood interview.

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