All-Star Lineup of Rock Royalty, including Mick Fleetwood, Pete Townshend, David Gilmour, Bill Wyman, and John Mayall Pay Tribute to Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac
Few times in rock history has so much mind-boggling talent graced a single stage. Imagine a concert featuring members (and alumni) of Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Oasis, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, and Metallica. Not only did it happen on February 25, 2020, but the aforementioned bands represent only a portion of the all-star lineup that drummer Mick Fleetwood assembled to pay tribute to Peter Green (1946–2020) and the early music of Fleetwood Mac.
The jam-packed bill at London’s venerated Palladium included Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Jonny Lang, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Zak Starkey, Steven Tyler, Bill Wyman, Noel Gallagher, Pete Townshend, Neil Finn, Kirk Hammett, and many more. Legendary producer Glyn Johns joined as the executive sound producer, and the house band featured Fleetwood himself along with Andy Fairweather Low, Dave Bronze and Ricky Peterson.
Fleetwood, who curated the list of artists performing, said: “The concert is a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it’s important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music. Peter was my greatest mentor, and it gives me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I am honored to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician.”
Today, when many fans hear the name Fleetwood Mac, they think of the later, platinum-selling incarnation, featuring Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. But this album set provides stunning evidence of just how important the earlier, blues-rock incarnation of the band truly was.
In his five-star review of this box set in American Songwriter, Lee Zimmerman wrote, “To their credit, the majority of the musicians don’t attempt to overshadow the songs with their own singular stamp….. [These] artists refrain from any indulgence, paying heed to the music and reverence to the subject of the show himself.”
Reviewing the concert itself in The Guardian newspaper, journalist Robin Denselow wrote, “If Green was watching, he should have been delighted.”