Fleetwood Mac guitarist to join tribute act on stage in Gateshead
16:00, 8 Feb 2016 By David Whetstone Chronicle Live
A past members of one of the world's most successful bands is to appear with Rumours of Fleetwood Mac on stage at the Sage
The ultimate tribute to a tribute band must be when a member of the band to which you are paying tribute joins the line-up on tour.
You can understand Rumours of Fleetwood Mac wanting to boast about Fleetwood Mac guitarist Rick Vito joining for a string of February bookings, including Sage Gateshead on February 29.
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, who seem to tour endlessly, are less of a band than a show with more than 600 performances behind them.
They have the blessing of Mick Fleetwood, co-founder in the late 1960s of a band whose rock family tree is akin to Jack’s beanstalk.
The Fleetwood Mac legend described one of those 600-plus performances as “extraordinarily emotive”.
Rumours, released in 1977, was Fleetwood Mac’s 11th album. It topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, becoming a staple of most people’s vinyl record collections.
But Fleetwood Mac, with its comings and goings and legal battles and acrimony and reunions, has always been the subject of rumours. As the name for a tribute band, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac seems spot on.
Rick Vito, one of a long list of Fleetwood Mac past members, was in the band between 1987 and 1991, taking over as lead guitar when Lindsey Buckingham left to spend more time on a solo career.
He toured with Bonnie Raitt’s band in the 1990s and has often toured Europe with his own.
As a guest performer he has appeared with many of the greats, including Rita Coolidge, Jackson Browne, John Mayall and Bob Seger.
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, in which Alan Hughes performs as Lindsey Buckingham, Louise Rogan and Amanda Kostadinov are singers Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie and Allan Cosgrove (musical director) is drummer Mick Fleetwood, are back on tour with a new stage show.
On the set list, charting a course from the early days in the 1960s to the commercial heights of the 1970s and 80s, are notable hits including Black Magic Woman, Albatross, Go Your Own Way and Dreams.
Sage Gateshead is one of the February venues able to boast a guest appearance by Rick Vito.