and the Billboard-NME message lives on (plus now bunch of Taylor Swift groups are transmitting it):
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FLEETWOOD MAC'S LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: 'I ACTUALLY LIKE TAYLOR SWIFT'
'I do admire her on some levels'
Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham likes Taylor Swift
Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham has admitted he "likes" and "admires" pop sensation Taylor Swift.
Speaking at the University of South California's Bovard Auditorium in Los Angeles on Wednesday (April 29) he was asked which current artist has the "staying power" of Fleetwood Mac and went for Swift.
Explaining his reasoning, Buckingham said: "I actually like Taylor Swift. I admire what she's been able to do on some levels... There are a ton of really good people out there. I don’t think music is any less vital (these days). I think it’s a little harder to churn out interfaces with sociology. When I was a kid and Elvis Presley broke through to a middle class, white audience, it was a sociological phenomenon that lasted through the Beatles and even a bit through Fleetwood Mac."
Meanwhile, Fleetwood Mac are currently gearing up for a string of huge UK shows, as well as headlining 2015's Isle Of Wight Festival. Upcoming tour dates are below. For tickets and information, visit here.
Wednesday 27 London The O2
Thursday 28 London The O2
Monday 08 Birmingham Genting Arena
Tuesday 09 Birmingham Genting Arena
Friday 12 Manchester Arena
Tuesday 16 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Wednesday 17 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Monday 22 London The O2
Wednesday 24 London The O2
Friday 26 London The O2
Saturday 27 London The O2
Tuesday 30 Leeds First Direct Arena
Wednesday 01 Manchester Arena
Saturday 04 Birmingham Genting Arena
Sunday 05 Leeds First Direct Arena
Wednesday 08 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham says he ‘likes and admires’ Taylor Swift
Buckingham made the comment at an event in Los Angeles on Wednesday (April 29)
Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has spoken of his admiration for pop singer Taylor Swift.
Buckingham, whose band kick off their 2015 European tour later this month, was speaking at the University of South California’s Bovard Auditorium in Los Angeles on Wednesday (April 29). According to Billboard, when asked by the night’s audience what current artist has the “staying power” of his group, Buckingham opted for Swift.
“I actually like Taylor Swift,” Buckingham said in response. “I admire what she’s been able to do on some levels… There are a ton of really good people out there [though]. I don’t think music is any less vital [these days]. I think it’s a little harder to churn out interfaces with sociology. When I was a kid and Elvis Presley broke through to a middle class, white audience, it was a sociological phenomenon that lasted through the Beatles and even a bit through Fleetwood Mac.
Fleetwood Mac will kick off their European tour with a series of UK and Ireland dates. The recently-reunited band will start things off with back-to-back shows at London’s 02 Arena at the end of May, before travelling to Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and Leeds during June. The band will also headline The Isle Of Wight Festival in June, their only UK festival appearance of 2015.
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Go Your Own Way
Lindsey Buckingham Talks, Performs for Student Entrepreneurs at Bovard
In what was arguably one of the most memorable final class sessions, Lindsey Buckingham and the USC Trojan Marching Band performed the iconic Tusk, from the 1979 Fleetwood Mac album of the same name, before a capacity crowd of students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends at Bovard Auditorium.
The April 29 event was the final meeting of David Belasco’s class BAEP 407--Taking the Leap, which focuses on the entrepreneurial mindset and has recently featured guests including Tom Barrack, Mark Cuban, Jessica Alba and Laird Hamilton. Belasco, co-director of the USC Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, had long hinted about his final special guest, and with an amplifier sitting onstage, it was clear this would be no ordinary lecture.
“We use the term ‘rock star’ a lot today to describe somebody who has done something great. But tonight,” he said, “we have an actual rock star.”
The evening was equal parts artistic discourse and concert, with Buckingham treating the audience to acoustic performances of classic Fleetwood Mac songs such as Never Going Back Again, Bleed to Love Her and Big Love.
The band’s 1977 album Rumours hit the top of the charts and stayed there for 31 weeks, selling some 40 million copies and becoming the sixth best-selling album of all time. Buckingham said it was the raw pain of breakups – he and singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks were splitting up after six years, and Christine McVie and her husband, bassist John McVie, had also separated – that fueled the music and lyrics to which so many related.
“It was laid bare for all to see,” he said. “The songs were true dialogues from three different writers. People felt that.”
The band’s next album, Tusk, was in large part an artistic backlash against superstardom, he said.
Tusk, of course, is the track that featured the USC Trojan Marching Band. It was Mick Fleetwood’s idea, Buckingham said, to mesh a marching band sound with a driving drum beat. “It was a sublime marriage of two completely different worlds.” The double-album, while critically panned, sold 4 million copies worldwide.
“Tusk is my favorite album because it set me on the path to be an artist, and not just a craftsman doing music,” said Buckingham.
The evening ended with Buckingham and the Marching Trojans performing Tusk and Go Your Own Way. Arthur C. Bartner, who for more than four decades has directed the Marching Trojans, and who was present at the 1979 Dodger Stadium taping, conducted onstage.
Earlier in the evening, the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies honored Ben Van de Bunt, a member of the Center’s advisory board, with the Lead Blocker Award, for his role in bringing speakers to USC. In addition to Buckingham, he helped bring Cindy Crawford, Tony Robbins and Gary Vaynerchuk to speak at the Center. Presenting the award were USC Athletic Director Pat Haden ’75 and J.K. McKay ’75, senior associate athletic director.
At the end of the program, Helena Yli-Renko, co-director of the Lloyd Greif Center, holder of the Orfalea Director's Chair in Entrepreneurship and associate professor of clinical entrepreneurship, awarded Buckingham with the Musical Entrepreneur of the Year award.
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