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Daily Record UK 23 Feb 2016 By Gary Cruden

Fleetwood tribute welcome former Mac guitarist to line-up for Scottish shows


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AS one of music's best tribute acts hit the road again then they will be joined a former Fleetwood Mac guitarist.

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac will welcome Rick Vito to the line-up for eight shows - including all their Scottish dates.

Vito replaced legendary Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham in the band when he quit in 1987, ahead of the Tang In The Night tour.

He later quit in 1991 to spend more time on his solo career but once again joined his former bandmates to play the pre-game Super Bowl show in 1993.

Rumours have played to millions of fans since they former over a decade ago and won a huge catalogue of admirers – including Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood, who has also played with the band and granted it his seal of approval.

The band will arrive in Glasgow tonight before heading to Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee, Edinburgh and Edinburgh.

Vito admits he is excited to be rejoining his old friends on stage and says he rates the tribute highly.

“They are friends of mine, they are a good bunch of people,” the 66-year-old said.

“They really are exceptionally good at what they do.

“They are faithful to the music, have a lot of reverence and put in a lot of work.

“Of course they have been doing it for over 15 years and it's a very good show.

“I'm doing about eight shows this time including the ones through Scotland. I like playing in Scotland they are nice people.

“I love coming over there it's great.”

Vito first met Rumours when he was invited over from America to a guitar festival.

It was there he was asked to join the band for a few songs.

“I was going over to Liverpool to play at a guitar festival a couple of years ago and they asked if I would care to sit in with them,” he said.

“I did and I had such a great time that we talked about doing some guest appearances from time to time just for fun. That's what this is.

“They are very nice people and for me the biggest part of anything I've become involved with is the people and that they have a good attitude – it makes all the difference.”

Despite admiring the musical ability for the whole line-up, there was one aspect that Vito described as “spooky” - the voice of the band's Stevie Nicks, Louise Rogan.

“It's interesting because their singer, Louise, sounds to me more like young Stevie Nicks than Stevie Nicks does now,” he said.

“It does have that spooky effect.

“With her in the show there's quite an air of authenticity and the others go to great lengths to really nail the arrangements and the sounds and everything.

“The funny thing is she's able to turn it on and off – it's not her normal singing voice.

“She's been doing it for so long and been doing it from such a young age that it is part of her professional thing. She's a great country singer as well.”

One aspect of the show that Vito says draws him to the line-up is the chance to play Peter Green Fleetwood Mac songs, including the likes of Black Magic Woman and Albatross.

“The main thing for me was coming on to do the Peter Green segment of the show because that was always my big influence with that era of the band – it wasn't the 70s era,” Vito said.

“I saw the original group in Philadelphia when I was a kid and that made a huge impression on me – it gave me a bit of a direction.

“It was very authentic, convincing sounding blues played with a lot of feeling. That was more what I wanted to do.

“In a sense it's what I grew up on. I was listening to BB King and other first generation blues guys as well.”

Vito still has close ties to the real Fleetwood Mac and plays as part of the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band – who recently teamed up with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler for a few shows.

Despite having nearly five decades experience in the music business the guitarist still appreciates being given the opportunity to play to an appreciative crowd.

“It's a real gift any time you get to go on stage and people are clapping for you,” he said.

“I mean how many people can do that in life?

“Most people don't get appreciated for what they do and I try to always remember that.

“I was sort of semi-professional at 18 and then I move to LA when I was 21 and was full-time.

“It's been a real gift.”

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac will play at the Glasgow Pavilion on February 23, Aberdeen's Music Hall on February 24, Inverness' Eden Court on February 26, Dundee's Caird Hall on February 27 and Edinburgh's Queens Hall on February 29.

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