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

Festival of blues with Mick Fleetwood this Easter

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."

At Crossroads Stage, Bluesfest, on Easter Friday at 9.45pm and Easter Saturday at 6.15pm.


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