Originally Posted by chiliD
Uhhhh....no. That's wrong.
It wasn't until the whole Mystery To Me tour, "bogus band" fiasco in '73/74 that Welch suggested they emigrate to the US (SoCal in particular) to be physically closer to their record company's headquarters. From the time he joined the band until they moved to California, Welch, I think, was living at the Fleetwood Mac "commune" Benifolds. (Right, Bob? If you happen to read this.)
By all accounts (Mick's, Bob's, Clifford Davis's) Bob was the reason they relocated to the US. What I don't know is if the relocation happened at the end of 73 or the beginning of 74.