Watch Neil Finn make his debut with Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac are embarking on a major tour later this year with a new lineup after firing Lindsey Buckhingham over supposed “scheduling conflicts.” Stepping up to fill the singer-guitarist’s shoes is New Zealand music royalty Neil Finn, alongside long-serving Tom Petty collaborator and Heartbreaker guitarist Mike Campbell.
The new look Fleetwood Mac have now made their debut as musical guests on Ellen. The group, featuring original members Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood, performed two classic songs, ‘The Chain’, with Finn taking guitar and lead vocal duties with Nicks, and ‘Gypsy’. Watch both below.
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Neil Finn recently released a collaborative album with his son Liam Finn, called Lightsleeper. The record features Mick Fleetwood providing drums on several tracks.
Speaking to Double J’s Zan Rowe about the connection, the frontman said the link-up for Lightsleeper predates his call-up to join Fleetwood Mac.
“We had met many years earlier, had a good conversation – that’s the extent of it,” Finn said. “Three years ago when they came through New Zealand, we had dinner, talked about playing music.”
“He’s a mad musician, loves to play… He just put his hand up and said ‘anytime you want to play some music, I’d love to’. We were going to make a record so I thought I’d just ask him.”
Mick spent 10 days in New Zealand recording with Liam and Neil Finn; “it was completely a pre-cursor and nothing directly related to what’s now unfolded.”
“I’ve had quite good success in the past with ‘maybe I should just ask if Eddie Vedder [Pearl Jam frontman] wants to come down and play on 7 Worlds Collide or Ed O’Brien [Radiohead], Johnny Marr [The Smiths] – we’d hardly met. Sometimes you just ring people on the right day, you weave a little invitational spell and they go ‘yeah, it sounds great’. Always this assumption that people are doing incredibly glamorous things and why would they bother doing something like that?’