Bob Weston (guitarist)
|Birth name||Robert Joseph Weston|
1 November 1947|
Plymouth, Devon, England
|Died||3 January 2012
Brent Cross, London, England
|Instruments||Guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, vocals|
|Associated acts||Fleetwood Mac (1972–74)|
|Gibson Les Paul|
See Bob Weston for the American bassist and recording engineer.
Early life and career
Weston was recruited into the Fleetwood Mac line-up in late 1972 as replacement for the recently sacked guitarist Danny Kirwan. Together with fellow new band member, vocalist Dave Walker, Fleetwood Mac recorded the Penguin album in January 1973. Weston's contribution to the album was mainly as a lead guitarist alongside Bob Welch, but he stood out thanks to his slide guitar, especially on "Remember Me", and his accomplished harmonica and banjo playing. He also sang with Christine McVie on the song "Did You Ever Love Me", and wrote the instrumental that closed the album, "Caught in the Rain".
Later in 1973 Dave Walker was asked to leave the band, and the remaining members of Fleetwood Mac recorded their next album, Mystery to Me. Weston contributed more solid guitar work, for example his slide intro on "Why", a song for which he felt he did not receive the credit he deserved. He also co-wrote one track, "Forever", with Welch and John McVie.
During a tour of the US in late 1973, when the band were beginning to gel particularly well onstage, it emerged that Weston had been having an affair with Mick Fleetwood's wife, Jenny Boyd. Fleetwood tried to carry on regardless, but eventually after a gig in Nebraska, he had had enough. Weston was fired and the rest of the tour was cancelled, the band members each travelling to a different part of the world to gather their thoughts. It was this situation which gave rise to the "Bogus Fleetwood Mac" affair in which manager Clifford Davis recruited a new group of musicians, passed them off as Fleetwood Mac, and sent them out to complete the tour. Although the fake band were quickly rumbled by fans, the subsequent legal battle lasted years, preventing Fleetwood Mac from recording.
Arguably Bob Weston had a very big effect on the Fleetwood Mac story, perhaps greater than his musical legacy, since it was this turmoil which strongly contributed to Welch's disenchantment with life in Fleetwood Mac, and his departure in late 1974 paved the way for the arrival of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, who would help the band on to superstar status.
Weston went on to record with Murray Head, then briefly join, along with bassist Nick South and drummer Ian Wallace, Steve Marriott's newly formed All-Stars Band. When Marriott opted to play lead guitar himself, Weston went on to do a few solo albums, all of which are now quite hard to find. Perhaps proving that there were no hard feelings, Mick Fleetwood contributed drums to one track on Weston's second solo album, Studio Picks.
In January 2008, Weston announced he started working on new recordings, which would be released later in the year and would be recorded at Markant Studios in the Netherlands.
While Frank Baijens, a Dutch singer-songwriter, was recording his own album Odd Man Out, he accidentally met Weston who was doing the same thing, recording his. Frank asked Weston if he would care to play on one of the tracks "Where the Heart Belongs", which he did with an extraordinary result.
Weston, who lived alone in a flat in Brent Cross, London, was found dead on 3 January 2012. He is survived by his younger brother Peter. His post-mortem showed he died of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage.
With Fleetwood Mac
- Night Light (AZ International 1980)
- Studio Picks (AZ International 1981)
- There's a Heaven (Private pressing 1999)
Other releases featuring Bob Weston
- The Kinetic – Live Your Life (1967)
- Ashkan – In From the Cold (1969)
- Chimera – Chimera (1970 – Released 2008(?))
- Graham Bond – Bond in America (1971)
- Ashman Reynolds – Stop Off (1972)
- Long John Baldry – Everything Stops for Tea (1972)
- Dana Gillespie – Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle (1974)
- Murray Head – Say It Ain't So (1975)
- Sandy Denny – Rendezvous (1977)
- Adrian Wagner – Instincts (1977)
- Mark Ashton – Solo (1979)
- Danny Kirwan – Hello There Big Boy! (1979)
- Murray Head – Between Us (1979)
- Robbie Patton – Distant Shores (1981)
- Dick Morrissey – Souliloquy (1986)
- Bob Welch and Friends – Live from the Roxy (2004)
- Frank Baijens – Odd Man Out (2008)
- Telegraph obituary
- Brunning, Bob (1990). Fleetwood Mac: Behind the Masks. London: New English Library. ISBN 0-450-53116-3. OCLC 22242160.
- The Penguin Q&A with Bob Weston, December 6–19, 1999
- Bob Weston official website
- Fleetwood Mac star dies
- "Bob Weston 1947-2012". Bob Weston official website. Retrieved 6 January 2012.