With Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham has sold around 120 million albums and filled the biggest arenas in the world. But he hasn't been truly happy with it - the eternal feud with Stevie Nicks has sapped his nerves and his health. After being kicked out in 2018 and suffering a near-fatal heart attack the following year, the guitarist and singer is now attempting a fresh start with his seventh solo album, which he himself describes as "the small machine" and "musical painting". What does he mean by this? eclipsed got to grips with the almost 72-year-old.
The man from Palo Alto, whose first name often leads to false assumptions about his gender, is getting on in years: His body looks haggard, his features sunken, his hair a whitish gray. "I put all my energy into this band - this is the result," he jokes with fine cynicism. After all, it was largely thanks to Buckingham that the band, formed in London in 1967, achieved superstar status in the 1970s and '80s:
In the film "24 Carat Gold - The Concert", filmed on two evenings in 2017, Stevie Nicks spreads out her eventful life before the audience: Not only did she become the frontwoman of Fleetwood Mac, she also managed a highly successful solo career. Blessed with a unique smoky voice, the power woman in the Bohemian-Gypsy look enchants not only a generation of rock fans to this day. But where there is light, there is also shadow - be it drug problems, bereavement, relationship dramas or an abortion
Excess and emancipation
Next to Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, he was the third great virtuoso of the electric guitar in the 60s: Peter Green became famous with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, founded Fleetwood Mac and gave the world song classics like "Albatross" and "Oh Well". In 1970, after little more than three years, he left the band and only appeared sporadically in the spotlight after that. An obituary for a mentally unstable genius who was one of the greats of the classic rock era.
It is hard to imagine what would have become of this man with his sensitive fingers if he had finished the butcher apprenticeship he had begun. The excursion into the bourgeois working world, however, remained a brief intermezzo in the life of Peter Allen Greenbaum, because the 15-year-old soon put the butcher's knife aside in order to devote himself entirely to the guitar from then on. It was to lead him into the clear heights, but also into the darkest abysses.
It was a damned difficult birth: What would follow "Rumours", the highly acclaimed 1977 Grammy-decorated album sold in astronomical numbers? Fleetwood Mac gave the answer two years later with the double LP "Tusk" - commercially not as successful as its predecessor, it offered a series of experimental approaches, which mainly sprang from Lindsey Buckingham's wealth of musical ideas.
The next big thing
The new album is here! It's called "The Incident." As with every new recording of Porcupine Tree, the expectations of fans and critics are enormous: The band has long since earned a reputation as an innovator of art rock. Will the album be the next big thing? Or is it a lot of smoke for nothing? According to bandleader Steven Wilson, "The Incident" is one of the best things he has ever created.
Metamorphosis of a Band
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.