Former Fleetwood Mac members: where are they now?

Music 11/04/2018

Fleetwood Mac have had a few different lineups over their long career.

Their classic lineup with the most popular music consisting of Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.

The band had a few different guitarists and singers before Nicks and Buckingham arrived in 1974.

13 years later Buckingham left the band and Nicks left four years after. Their classic lineup reunited in the mid 90's and now Buckingham has left again, as of this week.

Neil Finn and Mike Campbell will step in for him on upcoming tours.

Here's the past members and what they've done seen they left the band thanks to Ultimate Classic Rock:

Bob Brunning:

After Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood renamed their new group Fleetwood Mac, John McVie didn't want to leave his gig as bassist for John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. So they got Bob Brunning in with understanding that he would be gone if McVie changed his mind, which he did a few weeks later. Brunning was in Savoy Brown for a year then became a teacher while playing with blues bands on the side. He died in 2011 from a heart attack aged 68.

Peter Green:

He was Fleetwood Mac's first lead guitarist and wrote 'Albatross', 'Oh Well' and 'Black Magic Woman' (which became a hit for Santana). Green left the band in May 1970 after suffering from mental illness and drug use. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the mid 70's but featured on Fleetwood Mac's 'Tusk' in 1979 and did a few solo albums in the 80's. He formed the Peter Green Splinter Group in 1997.

Jeremy Spencer:

The guitarist co-founded Fleetwood Mac in 1967 and stayed through the release of 1970's 'Kiln House.' He mostly gave up music for a religious group called Children of God, with which he is still reportedly affiliated, he picked up his music career in the '00s and has released several albums since 2006.

Danny Kirwin:

In 1968 Fleetwood Mac expanded into a three guitar quintet with the arrival of Danny Kirwan. His ended up clashing with Bob Welch and was fired in 1972 after he smashed his guitar and refused to go onstage. He had a solo career that lasted through the late '70s before giving up music.

Bob Welch:

Joined Fleetwood Mac in 1971 through his friend Judy Wong. His arrival helped bring the band in a more pop-oriented direction, and his last album with the band, 1974's 'Heroes Are Hard to Find' was their first to hit the Top 40 in the U.S. He left Fleetwood Mac for a solo career and died on June 7, 2012, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

Dave Walker: 

After Danny Kirwan's left he was replaced by singer Dave Walker and guitarist Bob Weston. Walker wasn't considered to be a good fit for the group and appeared on only two tracks on 1973's 'Penguin' before being fired. From there he played with a few bands even joining Black Sabbath briefly from 1977-78 when Ozzy Osbourne temporarily left. Walker spent the late '80s and early '90s in Savoy Brown and since 2007, has fronted a self-titled band.

Bob Weston:

Bob Weston wasn't in the band much long than Walker, playing on 'Penguin' and 'Mystery to Me' before being fired supposedly due to an affair he had with Mick Fleetwood's wife, Jenny Boyd. Weston played with Murray Head, Sandy Denny and Steve Marriott and made a few solo albums. He died in January 2012, of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage.

Billy Burnette:

After Buckingham's first departure from Fleetwood Mac in 1987 he was replaced on the tour by guitarists and singers Billy Burnette and Rick Vito. He played on the band's 'Behind the Mask' and 'Time' albums before leaving when they went on hiatus in 1995. Burnette and another member of Fleetwood Mac, Bekka Bramlett, formed Bekka & Billy, recording an album together in 1997.

Rick Vito:

Before he joined the band he had a career as a session musician playing with Jackson Browne, Bob Seger and others. He left Fleetwood Mac after 1990's 'Behind the Mask' to focus on his solo career and released 12 albums.

Dave Mason:

Before joining he'd been in Traffic and recorded with major rock acts, including playing acoustic guitar on Jim Hendrix's 'All Along the Watchtower'. He joined the band with Bekka Bramlett in 1993 and stayed for 1995's 'Time'. He still tours and records.

Bekka Bramlett:

She came to the band after Stevie Nicks left and has already worked with Mick on his solo project the Zoo. She left the band in 1995 and has since had a career as a back up singer.

Lindsey Buckingham:

He joined in 1974 with his then girlfriend, Stevie Nicks. They helped bring Fleetwood Mac to new heights with 'Fleetwood Mac' and 'Rumours'. He first left in 1987 before returning with the classic lineup in 1996. He was reportedly fired in April 2018 due to a disagreement about the band's upcoming tour.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock