Rest in Peace, Fleetwood Mac Co-Founder Peter Green: 1946-2020

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Peter Green, acclaimed musician, co-founder of Fleetwood Mac and an integral part of the band’s early era, has passed away at the age of 73.

The BBC published a statement on behalf of the family of Green:

“It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep.

“A further statement will be provided in the coming days.”

Mick Fleetwood remembered Green with a message of condolence shared to social media:

On Instagram, Stevie Nicks shared a heartfelt message of condolence:

Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac Featuring Jeremy Spencer was how the group was known in its earliest form, Green joined by Spencer, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie (who came over from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in 1968).

Green left Fleetwood Mac in 1970 due to some mental health issues, and was hospitalized in the mid-70s due to schizophrenia. He resurfaced years later and continued recording and performing music.

Green was among the eight members of Fleetwood Mac inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, alongside Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, Christine McVie, Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan.

In February 2020, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, Green was the focus of a star-studded concert tribute organized by Mick Fleetwood. Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green And The Early Years Of Fleetwood Mac took place at the London Palladium and featured Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Jonny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Zak Starkey, Steven Tyler, Bill Wyman, Noel Gallagher, Pete Townshend, Neil Finn, Kirk Hammett and many more.

Rest in peace, Peter Green.

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