Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood shares insight about his band’s history in the season finale of the AXS TV series Brian Johnson‘s A Life on the Road, airing tonight at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Fleetwood chats with the AC/DC singer about the unique history of his band, which has enjoyed enduring success despite undergoing more than a few lineup changes during its 50-year-plus career.
In a sneak peek at the episode, Mick recalls that when band was recording its first album with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, he decided to visit the head of Fleetwood Mac’s label, Mo Ostin, to share his excitement about their new music.
Mick notes that Fleetwood Mac’s label, Reprise, had stuck with the band through its various lineup changes and commercially unsuccessful periods, and he wanted to make sure the company was still had the group’s back.
“While we were making that first album, I knew [that it was very good], and I went down the road, had a couple of brandies [to] give me the Dutch courage, [and] walked into the office with some of the tapes,” Fleetwood tells Johnson. “And I just said, ‘If you don’t hear what I’m hearing…just be honest and tell me. And then, if you don’t hear it, would you let us go?"”
He recalls that Ostin commented, “Mick, what are you talking about?” to which he responded, “[We’ve] only started this album, but something’s happening, and I just, I want you to feel the same way.”
Ostin did feel the same way, and soon the fans would too: Fleetwood Mac’s 1975 self-titled album went on to top the Billboard 200, setting the stage for the band’s massive 1977 follow-up, Rumours.
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