Mu­sic Spin Doc­tor and the lat­est al­bum re­leases

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Iain Shedden spin­doc@theaus­tralian.com.au

In what was a spec­tac­u­larly busy week for in­ter­views, one of the high­lights was spend­ing time with drum­mer Mick Fleetwood, a man whose con­tri­bu­tion to Fleetwood Mac has been con­stant since the band’s bluesy be­gin­nings in Lon­don in the 1960s. Back­stage at Syd­ney’s All­phones Arena the dapper 68-year-old had quite a lav­ish pad for a dress­ing room, com­plete with his own nifty-look­ing elec­tronic drum kit set up in the cor­ner. As some­one with an in­ter­est in such things I was kind of hop­ing he would get around to play­ing it, which he didn’t, but he did re­veal his favourite drum­ming mo­ment in a ca­reer span­ning 60 years. Per­haps un­sur­pris­ingly for Mac trag­ics, it’s Tusk, the 3.29-minute per­cus­sive ti­tle track of the band’s 1979 al­bum, the fol­low-up to the mon­ster Ru­mours. “The whole mytho­log­i­cal ap­proach to that song was a lot of fun,” he says. “Part of that was my lu­nacy with the march­ing band.” Fleetwood came up with the idea of hir­ing the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Tro­jan March­ing Band to pa­rade around Dodger Sta­dium in Los An­ge­les for the video clip for the song and to ap­pear on the record, which was also recorded live in the sta­dium. “We had so much cre­ativ­ity work­ing with them,” he says. “It hap­pened in my mind in a very lu­natic way. It was out-of-your-mind stuff and I can take quite a lot of the re­spon­si­bil­ity for that part of it. I re­ally en­joyed it.” The more than chatty sticks­man also re­veals that he hopes to bring his blues band back to Aus­tralia at some point next year and to pos­si­bly en­list the ser­vices of an old mate, a cer­tain J. Barnes. “It would be fun. He’s a great rock ‘n’ roll singer and in truth a great blues singer. He’s re­ally adept at it.” As we went to press Bar­nesy wasn’t aware of this de­vel­op­ment, but hope­fully he soon will be.

SD caught up also with Mr City and Colour, Dal­las Green, here on a fly­ing visit to pro­mote his new al­bum, If I Should Go Be­fore You, and to an­nounce an Aus­tralian tour in ad­di­tion to City and Colour’s ap­pear­ance at Blues­fest over Easter. The Cana­dian singer looked par­tic­u­larly pleased dur­ing a quiet beer at a Surry Hills hostelry when news fil­tered in that his coun­try had a new prime min­is­ter, 43-year-old Justin Trudeau. “In Canada we def­i­nitely need a change and Trudeau is hope­fully the face of some change.”

More than ever, this year the In­de­pen­dent Mu­sic Awards, which took place on Thurs­day in Mel­bourne, were a pointer to the ARIA awards that take place in Syd­ney on Novem­ber 26, with many in­die artists in con­tention for tro­phies at both events. If the indies are any in­di­ca­tion of what will hap­pen on the big night in Syd­ney, Court­ney Bar­nett must be par­tic­u­larly en­cour­aged by the re­sults on Thurs­day night. The Mel­bourne-based singer took out the big ones, in­clud­ing artist of the year, best al­bum for Some­times I Sit and Think, and Some­times I Just Sit and best sin­gle or EP for Depre­ston. Well done to her.

Happy birth­day to former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, who is 79 to­day, and to former Sil­ver­chair drum­mer Ben Gil­lies, who turns 36. Amer­i­can pop singer Katy Perry is 31 to­mor­row.

City and Colour, Dal­las Green

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