Unveiling The Fleetwood Mac Project

kiln-house-lineupIt’s hard to go anywhere around the world without hearing a Fleetwood Mac song.

But before their international stardom broke in the mid-’70s there were a few years that time has now forgotten.  Between their blues beginnings in the late 1960s and the arrival of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in 1975, Fleetwood Mac lost five years to history.

That’s a shame because between 1970 an 1974 Fleetwood Mac put out some of the more interesting, varied music of early part of the decade.  The group released six full albums during that time — Kiln House, Future Games, Bare Trees, Penguin, Mystery to Me and Heroes Are Hard to Find — and they’re far from receiving the appreciation they’re due four decades later.

Five of the albums released between 1970-74 featured future solo star Bob Welch, but so far they’ve not been remastered or reissued in any form since their original releases on vinyl, cassette and CD. Plus, virtually all the “best of” Fleetwood Mac compilations that have been issued over the years make the era between Peter Green’s blues and Buckingham/Nicks seem like it never existed.

I know it existed. In fact, I wouldn’t be alive if it didn’t.

My father, Colin Stone, was around for three of those years with the band, as one of three roadies the band employed as it toured the U.S. and Europe relentlessly. The band lost a big chunk of its Europe audience in 1970 when Peter Green left the band and took the blues with him.

Fortunately for me and my sister, Jessica, the band spent a good part of the 1971, 1972 and 1973 in America, making it possible for my father to meet my mother, Jill, in a New York bar in early 1972.

For years, I have loved to look at all my dad’s photos, videos, documents and hotel key door tags from all the Holiday Inns the band stayed at across America. Now, I want to share this under-appreciated era of the band with the world (partly through the eyes of my dad’s experiences).

FIRST PROJECT: A timeline of the years 1970-1974. It’s covering everything between the day Peter Green walked out the door until the day Buckingham and Nicks joined.

(If anybody has any information to add or correct in my research, please let me know!)

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