The Al­ba­tross days will be re­lived this Easter at By­ron’s Blues­fest

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WHY did Mick Fleet­wood de­cide to come back to Aus­tralia this Easter to play with his blues band right af­ter a suc­cess­ful tour of Fleet­wood Mac?

Speak­ing from his res­i­dence in Maui, Hawaii, the Bri­tish- born mu­si­cian said it was all be­cause of Neil Finn’s next mu­sic al­bum.

“I am go­ing to be down vis­it­ing a new mu­sic friend, Neil Finn from Crowded House,” Fleet­wood said.

“I in­vited my­self to play in Auck­land so I am go­ing down there first to work on his next al­bum, as a friend.

“Then I thought, if I am down there al­ready why don’t I see if any­one would like to do a few shows with my blues band?

“We got some sup­port and this lit­tle tour came out of nowhere in the three weeks prior to the an­nounce­ment. I am en­joy­ing com­ing back in less than six months.”

The two most suc­cess­ful pe­ri­ods for Fleet­wood Mac were dur­ing the late 1960s Bri­tish blues boom, when they were led by gui­tarist Peter Green and achieved a UK num­ber one with Al­ba­tross, and then from 1975 to 1987, as a more pop- ori­ented act, fea­tur­ing Chris­tine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Ste­vie Nicks.

Fleet­wood is bring­ing the orig­i­nal, blues ver­sion of the band to Blues­fest this Easter.

“It’s a four- piece band with Rick Vito, our lead gui­tar player and main dude at the front,” he said.

“Rick and I played in Fleet­wood Mac for many years, in the 1980s and 1990s.

“When Lindsey Buckingham left Fleet­wood Mac for a while, Rick be­came our lead gui­tar player and we toured all over the world, so I know Rick very well.”

I am go­ing down there first to work on Neil Finn’s next al­bum, as a friend.

— Mick Fleet­wood

MU­SIC LEG­ENDS: Gui­tarist Richard Fran­cis ‘ Rick’ Vito and drum­mer Mick Fleet­wood to­gether on stage.

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