List of Fleetwood Mac members

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The current lineup of Fleetwood Mac in 1977, from left to right: Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

Fleetwood Mac are an English-American blues rock band from London. After being fired from John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, guitarist and vocalist Peter Green and drummer Mick Fleetwood formed Fleetwood Mac in July 1967 with slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer and bassist Bob Brunning, the latter of whom was replaced by John McVie – Green and Fleetwood's original choice for the role – in September.[1][2] Danny Kirwan was added as a third guitarist following the release of Mr. Wonderful in August 1968.[3] Green suddenly left the band in 1970 due to problems with drug abuse and mental health issues, playing his last show with the band on 20 May.[3][4] McVie's wife Christine – who had collaborated with the band multiple times – joined on keyboards and vocals shortly after Green's departure, officially becoming a member in August.[5]

During a United States tour in February 1971, Spencer departed Fleetwood Mac after leaving the band's Los Angeles, California hotel and not returning; it was later revealed that he had joined the Children of God organisation.[6] Green temporarily returned to take Spencer's place on the tour, with Bob Welch joining after its conclusion.[3] Kirwan was fired by Fleetwood in August 1972, after he got into a drunken fight with Welch backstage, injured himself, broke his guitar and refused to perform.[3][7] He was replaced by Bob Weston the following month, when vocalist Dave Walker also joined the band.[8] Walker had left by June the following year, shortly after the release of Penguin.[8] Weston stayed to perform on its follow-up Mystery to Me later in the year, but was fired in October after having an affair with Fleetwood's wife Jenny Boyd Fleetwood.[9]

After spending much of the year involved in a legal dispute with former manager Clifford Davis, the four-piece Fleetwood Mac returned in late 1974 with Heroes Are Hard to Find.[10] By the end of the year Welch had left the band, with his replacement Lindsey Buckingham joining on New Year's Eve 1974 alongside his girlfriend, vocalist Stevie Nicks.[11] This lineup of the band remained constant for over twelve years and multiple successful releases, before Buckingham left in August 1987.[12] He was replaced by two guitarists: Billy Burnette and Rick Vito.[13] Nicks and Christine McVie both retired from the touring lineup of the band after the last show of the Behind the Mask Tour on 7 December 1990,[14] although McVie contributed to recordings for the band's next studio album Time in 1995.[15] Vito also left the band in October 1991.[16]

The 1974–1987 lineup of Fleetwood Mac reunited for a performance at Bill Clinton's inauguration on 20 January 1993.[17] Nicks and Burnette left the band shortly thereafter, with Bekka Bramlett and Dave Mason, respectively, replacing the departed members later in the year.[18][19] Both performed on 1995's Time, which also featured a returning Burnette on guitar.[20] Shortly after the album was released in October, Fleetwood Mac disbanded.[3][21] Within a year, however, the band had returned with a lineup including Nicks, Buckingham, the McVies and Fleetwood.[3] They returned to touring in 1997, releasing the live album The Dance in August,[2] before Christine McVie left again in 1998 and all but retired from music.[22] McVie returned to Fleetwood Mac sixteen years later in January 2014.[23]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
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Mick Fleetwood
  • 1967–1995
  • 1996–present
all Fleetwood Mac releases
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John McVie all Fleetwood Mac releases except Live at the Marquee 1967 (1992)
Christine McVie - Fleetwood Mac (1977).jpg
Christine McVie
  • 1970–1995
  • 1996–1998
  • 2014–present
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Stevie Nicks
  • 1974–1993
  • 1996–present
  • all Fleetwod Mac releases from Fleetwood Mac (1975) to In Concert: Mirage Tour '82 (1983)
  • Tango in the Night (1987)
  • Behind the Mask (1990)
  • The Dance (1997)
  • all Fleetwood Mac releases from Say You Will (2003) onwards
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Lindsey Buckingham
  • 1974–1987
  • 1996–present
  • all Fleetwod Mac releases from Fleetwood Mac (1975) to In Concert: Mirage Tour '82 (1983)
  • Tango in the Night (1987)
  • The Dance (1997)
  • all Fleetwood Mac releases from Say You Will (2003) onwards

Former[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
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Jeremy Spencer 1967–1971
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Peter Green
  • 1967–1970
  • 1971 (substitute)
  • all Fleetwood Mac releases from Fleetwood Mac (1968) to Then Play On (1969)
  • The Original Fleetwood Mac (1971)
  • Live in Boston (1985)
  • London Live '68 (1986)
  • Live at the Marquee 1967 (1992)
  • Live at the BBC (1995)
  • Shrine '69 (1999)
Bob Brunning 1967 bass
  • Fleetwood Mac (1968) – one track only
  • Live at the Marquee 1967 (1992)
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Danny Kirwan 1968–1972
  • guitar
  • vocals
  • English Rose (1969)
  • Then Play On (1969)
  • Kiln House (1970)
  • Future Games (1971)
  • Bare Trees (1972)
  • Live in Boston (1985)
  • Live at the BBC (1995)
  • Shrine '69 (1999)
Bob Welch and Jimmy Robinson at the Record Plant in Sausilito CA.jpg
Bob Welch 1971–1974 all Fleetwood Mac releases from Future Games (1971) to Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974)
Bob Weston 1972–1973
  • guitar
  • vocals
  • harmonica
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Dave Walker
  • vocals
  • harmonica
Penguin (1973)
Billy Burnette
  • 1987–1993
  • 1994–1995
  • guitar
  • vocals
  • Behind the Mask (1990)
  • Time (1995)
Rick Vito 1987–1991 Behind the Mask (1990)
Bekka Bramlett 1993–1995 vocals Time (1995)
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Dave Mason
  • guitar
  • vocals

Touring[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Nigel Watson 1971 congas Watson joined Fleetwood Mac alongside Peter Green for the band's early 1971 tour of the United States.[24]
Doug Graves 1974 keyboards Graves joined the band as a second keyboardist for the Heroes Are Hard to Find Tour in late 1974.[10]
Bobby Hunt Hunt replaced Graves during the Heroes Are Hard to Find Tour, remaining until its conclusion in December.[25]
Ray Lindsey 1979–1982 rhythm guitar Lindsey Buckingham's guitar tech Lindsey contributed guitar during shows between 1979 and 1982.[26][27]
Jeffery Sova 1979–1980 keyboards Sova and Todaro performed on the Tusk Tour from 1979 to 1980, featuring on the 1980 Live release.[26]
Tony Todaro percussion
Sharon Celani
  • 1987–1990
  • 1997–present
backing vocals Since joining on the Shake the Cage Tour in 1987, Celani has performed on multiple Fleetwood Mac tours.[28]
Okyerema Asante 1987–1990 percussion Asante joined Fleetwood Mac on percussion starting with the band's Shake the Cage Tour in 1987.[29]
Lori Nicks
  • 1987–1988
  • 2009–2016
backing vocals Nicks performed with Fleetwood Mac on the Shake the Cage Tour, and later from 2009 to 2016.[30]
Eliscia Wright 1987–1988 Wright toured with the band as one of three backing vocalists on the 1987–1988 Shake the Cage Tour.[31]
Lynn Mabry 1990 Mabry and Likins toured with Fleetwood Mac as two of their backing vocalists for the Behind the Mask Tour.[32][33]
Liza Jane Likins
Steve Thoma 1994–1995
  • keyboards
  • percussion
  • backing vocals
Thoma joined the band for the Another Link in the Chain Tour in 1994, and performed on the album Time.[34]
Brett Tuggle 1997–present
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
  • rhythm guitar
  • samples
Tuggle and Heywood have been constant members of Fleetwood Mac's touring band since their return in 1997.[35]
Neale Heywood rhythm guitar
Mindy Stein 1997–2003 backing vocals Stein joined Fleetwood Mac's touring lineup for The Dance Tour, remaining until the 2003 Say You Will Tour.[36]
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Lenny Castro 1997 percussion Castro performed percussion on the band's reunion tour The Dance in 1997.[37]
Steve Rinkov 2003–present
  • percussion
  • drums
Rinkov has performed additional percussion and drums for the band since their 2003 Say You Will Tour.[38]
Carlos Rios 2003–2004 rhythm guitar Rios and Hirano performed with Fleetwood Mac between 2003 and 2004 on the Say You Will Tour.[39]
Taku Hirano percussion
Jana Anderson 2003–2009 backing vocals Anderson joined partway through the Say You Will Tour, replacing former backing vocalist Mindy Stein.[40]
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Stevvi Alexander 2014–present backing vocals Alexander joined as the band's third live backing vocalist starting with the On with the Show Tour in 2014.[41]

Timeline[edit]

References[edit]

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