10 interesting facts you may not know about Fleetwood Mac

Music 19/08/2018

1. They re-entered the US charts in 2018 thanks to a Twitter meme.

The 1977 single 'Dreams' re-entered the US Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart in April this year, climbing to No. 16. It's resurgence was all thanks to a meme posted to Twitter of a marching band's dance troupe, captioned: "Fleetwood Mac's music is so boring you can't even dance to it", followed up by "Me, an intellectual" and this video: 

2. The 'balls' hanging between Fleetwood's legs on the 'Rumours' album cover are actually toilet chains.

The chain balls that hang from Mick's belt on the cover of 'Rumours' are his fashion signature - he wears them every time he performs. The look started when he stole the toilet chains from the bathroom at a club that the band was performing at for good luck. It then became a symbol for good luck for them and still is today. 

3. The lineup you think of as 'classic' is not really classic.

The lineup of Fleetwood, Nicks, Buckingham, Christine and John McVie was actually the 10th lineup of the band. 

4. Their founding member Jeremy Spencer abruptly left the band in 1971 to join the Children of God cult.

The first Fleetwood Mac guitarist Jeremy Spencer disappeared before a show the band was set to play in LA in 1971. He didn't turn up for days. It turned out that he had joined a Children of God cult and didn't want to rejoin the band. 

5. Guitarist Danny Kirwan was fired from the band in 1972.

Danny Kirwan was asked to leave the band after he flipped out while the band was tuning up before a concert. He ran into the bathroom and smashed his head against the wall before destroying his guitar, then refusing to go on stage and play.

6. More than 1 in every 6 househoulds in America owns a copy of 'Rumours'.

Fleetwood Mac have sold over 140 million album copies across their career to date, making them one of the best selling bands of all time. 

7. The follow-up album to 'Rumours' flopped in the marketplace because it was priced much higher than other albums at the time. 

'Tusk' was sold at $15.99 for the double vinyl set, which was much higher than the cost of most albums at the time. The band also allowed the album to be aired in full on the radio, where people were able to tape directly from the broadcast.

8. Fleetwood Mac were originally led by Peter Green.

Widely considered to be one of the world's greatest English blues guitarists, Peter Green led the original Fleetwood Mac, but he left the band in 1970.

9. Nicks' cocaine habit in the 70s and 80s was so bad that she burned a hole in the cartilage of her nose.

"He said to me: 'The next toot you do could be your last. The tissue in your nose is very delicate. It could go straight up to your head, and then you could drop to the floor and die a lousy, two-hour death.'" said Nicks, talking of what her doctor said to her. She managed to quit cocaine after a stint in rehab, but that led to going into psychiactric treatment, which led to her getting hooked on the powerful perscription tranquilizer Klonopin. 

10. In the 1970s, Fleetwood Mac was one of the most debauched bands of all time. 

Stevie Nicks was with Lindsay Buckingham, but was having an affair with Mick Fleetwood while he was ending his marriage. Christine McVie was married to John McVie but was also sleeping with the band's lighting director. All of the members were also heavily into cocaine.