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|Birth name||Michael John Kells Fleetwood|
24 June 1947 |
Redruth, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
|Genres||Blues, blues-rock, rock|
|Labels||Blue Horizon, Reprise, RCA, Sanctuary|
|Associated acts||Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Mick Fleetwood's Zoo, The Zoo, Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band|
Michael John Kells "Mick" Fleetwood (born 24 June 1947) is a British musician and actor best known for his role as the drummer and namesake of the blues/rock and roll band Fleetwood Mac. His surname, combined with that of John McVie, was the inspiration for the name of the originally Peter Green-led Fleetwood Mac. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 for his work in Fleetwood Mac.
Aside from his work as a drummer, he also helped form the different incarnations of his band Fleetwood Mac, and is the sole member to stay with the band through its ever-changing lineup. In 1974, he met and invited Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to join Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham and Nicks contributed to much of Fleetwood Mac's later commercial success, while Fleetwood's determination to keep the band together was essential to the group's longevity.
Early life 
Fleetwood was born in Redruth, Cornwall, to John Joseph Kells and Bridget Maureen (née Brereton) Fleetwood. His sister, Susan Fleetwood, was an actress. In early childhood he and his family followed his father, a Royal Air Force fighter pilot, to Egypt. After about six years, they moved to Norway where his father was posted. He attended school there and acquired fluency in the Norwegian language. According to his autobiography, Fleetwood had an extremely difficult and trying time academically at the English boarding schools he attended, including the Kings School, Sherbone Park, Glos. He performed poorly on exams which he attributes to his persistent inability to commit facts to memory. He dropped out of school aged 15; and, in 1963, moved to London to pursue a career as a drummer.
Keyboard player Peter Bardens gave Fleetwood his first gig in Bardens' band The Cheynes, thus seeding the young drummer's musical career. It would take him from The Cheynes to stints in the Bo Street Runners, Peter Bs, Shotgun Express (with Rod Stewart), and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. After being dismissed from the Bluesbreakers for repeated insobriety during gigs, Mick Fleetwood was asked a few months later by singer and guitarist Peter Green to join him along with bassist John McVie in his new band Fleetwood Mac. Since then about 20 original albums have been released under the name Fleetwood Mac, by far the most popular being the two mega-platinum sets the group put out in the late seventies: Fleetwood Mac and Rumours.
While fighting for control over the Fleetwood Mac name, Fleetwood applied his skills to a recording project being done in George Harrison's studio; Harrison also contributed to the project. On the Road to Freedom, a collaboration from Alvin Lee and Mylon LeFevre was released in 1973. Also on the project were Ron Wood, Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi.
Fleetwood also led a number of side projects. 1981's The Visitor featured heavy African stylistics and a rerecording of "Rattlesnake Shake" with Peter Green. The song "You weren't in love" was a hit in Brazil because of the Soap-opera Brilliant. In 1983 he formed Mick Fleetwood's Zoo and recorded I'm Not Me. The album featured a minor hit, "I Want You Back", and a cover version of the Beach Boys' "Angel Come Home". A later version of the group featured Bekka Bramlett on vocals and recorded 1991's Shaking the Cage. Fleetwood released Something Big in 2004 with The Mick Fleetwood Band, and his most recent album is Blue Again!, appearing in October 2008 with the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band touring to support it, interspersed with the Unleashed tour of Fleetwood Mac. This music explores the blues roots of the Peter Green era of Fleetwood Mac.
Fleetwood has a secondary career as a TV and film actor, usually in minor parts. His roles in this field have included a resistance leader in The Running Man and as a guest alien in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Manhunt". Fleetwood co-hosted the 1989 BRIT Awards, which contained numerous gaffes and flubbed lines. In the wake of this public mishap, the BRIT Awards were pre-recorded for the next 18 years until 2007; the awards are now again broadcast live to the British public.
Also in 2007 Mick Fleetwood was featured on drums for the song "God" along with Jack's Mannequin in the Pop album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur, a collection of covers of John Lennon songs.
Personal life 
Fleetwood married Jenny Boyd in 1970, and the couple had two daughters (Amy and Lucy). They later divorced, remarried and then divorced again. Jenny is the younger sister of Pattie Boyd, whose first marriage was to George Harrison and her second to Eric Clapton. Fleetwood and his third wife Lynn had twin daughters (Ruby and Tessa) who were born in 2002.
He is the author of Fleetwood – My Life and Adventures with Fleetwood Mac, his memoirs of his life, especially with Fleetwood Mac, published in 1990. Included in the book are his experiences with other musicians including Eric Clapton, members of The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and an affair with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood also discusses his addiction to cocaine and his personal bankruptcy in spite of earning millions from his drumming career.
Fleetwood has lived in the United States since the mid-70s, and became a U.S. citizen on 22 November 2006 in Los Angeles, California.
Drumming equipment 
Drums: Drum Workshop Collector's Series Maple Drums in Natural Lacquer over Exotic Quilted Maple with 24k Gold hardware
- 18"×22" bass drum
- 6"×10" snare
- 6"×14" snare
- 8"×10" rack tom
- 9"×12" rack tom
- 11"×14" floor tom
- 13"×16" floor tom
Cymbals: (from left to right)
- Zildjian 15" K Mastersound Hi-hat
- Zildjian 20" A Custom Flat Top Ride
- Zildjian 22" A Custom Ride
- Zildjian 17" A Custom Crash
- Zildjian 17" A Custom Crash
- Zildjian 22" K Ride
- Zildjian 22" K Constantinople Medium Ride
- Zildjian 18" FX Oriental China Trash
- Fleetwood also uses Easton Ahead drumsticks in his current drum set up.
With Fleetwood Mac 
|1968||Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac)||198||4||–|
|1968||Mr. Wonderful||–||10||Fleetwood featured on the cover art|
|1969||Then Play On||192||6||Fleetwood was credited with the instrumental "Fighting For Madge"|
|1970||Kiln House||69||39||Fleetwood co-wrote "Jewel Eyed Judy"|
|1971||Future Games||91||–||Fleetwood co-wrote "What A Shame"|
|1973||Mystery to Me||68||–||–|
|1974||Heroes Are Hard to Find||34||–||Fleetwood featured on the cover art|
|1975||Fleetwood Mac||1||23||Fleetwood featured (with McVie) on the cover art|
|1977||Rumours||1||1||Fleetwood co-wrote "The Chain"/featured (with Nicks) on the cover art / 8th Best-Selling album of all time|
|1987||Tango in the Night||7||1||–|
|1990||Behind the Mask||18||1||–|
|1995||Time||–||47||Fleetwood co-wrote "These Strange Times"|
|2003||Say You Will||3||6||–|
Solo albums 
|1981||The Visitor||43||–||Featured two Fleetwood Mac remakes – "Rattlesnake Shake" & "Walk A Thin Line"|
|1983||I'm Not Me||–||–||Billed as "Mick Fleetwood's Zoo"|
|1992||Shakin' the Cage||–||–||Billed as "The Zoo"|
|2004||Something Big||–||–||Billed as "The Mick Fleetwood Band"|
|2008||Blue Again!||–||–||with "The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band feat. Rick Vito"|
See also 
- "Susan Fleetwood Biography (1944–1995)". Filmreference.com. 1944-09-21. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
- Fleetwood, Mick (1991). Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac. Avon Books. ISBN 978-0-380-71616-6.
- Blue Again press release San Francisco Business Times, 12 February 2009
- NPR interview of Mick Fleetwood 28 March 2009
- "Star interview: Blues legend Mick Fleetwood comes to Croydon's Fairfield with his new band". 15 October 2008.
- "Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood's Daughter Recovering After Pool Accident". 21 July 2008.
- Martin E. Adelson. "Mick Fleetwood". Fleetwoodmac.net. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
- Official website
- Biography from The Penguin
- Mick Fleetwood at Allmusic
- Mick Fleetwood at the Internet Movie Database
- Mick Fleetwood at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)
- Five interview segments with Mick Fleetwood