7 reasons Neil Finn joining Fleetwood Mac isn't as crazy as you thinkby Russell Baillie
There's more than one spooky coincidence when it comes to Neil Finn joining Fleetwood Mac.
"Two weeks ago I received a wonderful invitation to be a part of a truly great band,” Finn said. “A few days later I was standing in a room playing music with Fleetwood Mac.”
"It felt fresh and exciting, so many great songs, a spectacular rhythm section and two of the greatest voices ever." "Best of all, we sounded good together. It was a natural fit. I can't wait to play some more."
Also joining the touring line-up will be guitarist Mike Campbell, formerly of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
But what does the former Split Enz member and Crowded House frontman have in common with the vintage band whose history dates back to the late 1960s and which peaked in the late 1970s with the mega-selling album Rumours? Here’s what …
1. They both have songs which refer to the weather. Thunder that only happens when it rains. Sun shining on black clouds over the domain. That kind of thing.
2. They both have songs about dreams. One is called Dreams.
3. They both have songs that start with the word “don’t”.
4. They both have songs which mention “dust”, either of the gold or distant sun variety.
5. Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks had the ethereal Sara and Rhiannon. Back in his Split Enz days, Neil Finn had the slightly less ethereal Iris and Sandy Allen.
6. In 1981 Finn’s then band Split Enz toured the US with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Heartbreaker guitarist Mike Campbell is also joining Fleetwood Mac. Campbell has played on many of Nicks' solo albums.
7. The head of the Split Enz/Crowded House/Finn Brothers fan club is one Peter Green. The original guitarist in Fleetwood Mac was Peter Green. Coincidence? Probably.
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