Mike Millard Master – 9/1/80 – The Heart of Markness Classic Rock Podcast
We listen to the last gig of Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk tour. September 1, 1980 at the Hollywood Bowl. This Mike Millard master recording is very Lindsey Buckingham heavy. You can really hear how good a player he is. A great show.
I also covered Mike Millard’s recording of the band in LA during the Rumours tour, and that can be found here.
This is an excellent recording of Stevie Nicks on her 12 date Bella Donna tour. She’s in Los Angeles, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on December 12, 1981. It’s great. She’s amazing as is her backing band.
Many people forget that before the mid 1970s, Fleetwood Mac was actually a pretty hard rock/blues band. There are about 5 iterations of the band other than the Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham days. Christine McVie was in the band for several lineups, moving from blues/hard rock gradually to the smooth, impeccable, California pop that was the Rumours lineup.
This song is from the Peter Green era of Fleetwood Mac. Green Manalishi is by all rights a metal song. It was covered by Judas Priest for Christ’s sake. In places this could be Black Sabbath, but it isn’t. It’s a top notch band playing stratospherically well, in that way that only the 1968-1972 era really contains.
It’s long. Like 15 minutes long, and from what I glean from the comments, this version is better than other (canonical) versions. I can see why. This is great. Heavy but still delicate. Out there but not too far. Yes, it’s super indulgent with the ten minute plus solo, but did you know much of that solo was played on a Fender Bass VI? That makes it cooler.
Basically, I’m sharing this because I recently discovered it, and it’s so damn good it should be heard by everyone. Enjoy.
This is a crosspost from another blog on which I write. This version is better.
Last evening, upon returning from Friday mass, I was moved to pray for the fine people of our great nation.
Not really. I got home super late last night, and it being Friday, I decided, “Fuck it. I’m going to get insanely high anyway.” So I did, and it’s legal here, so I’m not only a hero, I’m a great citizen.
So, a candy, a crazy potent brownie… (I’m not kidding. 500 mg THC brownie the size of 2/3 of a credit card. I have been nibbling it like a little mouse all week), a couple bowls of Animal Cookies weed (see the leafly review), AND infinite hits of the vape pen later (no half measures for this man)… I was super high.
I was so high that I decided to watch some crazy YouTube videos. I ended up watching/listening to old Fleetwood Mac songs. Old ones, from when they were a hard blues band, all the way to the fluff of the Rumours era. It was lovely. I dozed, I floated. I lucid dreamed Stevie Nicks vs the Green Manalishi… it was lovely. THEN the above video played (the blessing/curse of autoplay) and I was ripped from revery, and faced with this guy.
Crazy YouTube Videos = A Metaphor For 21st Century Life
Ok. Watch this video while you read this. This guy, Marvin Fleer, is so amazingly information rich…. it’s like Finnegan’s Wake on drums. Here’s why.
His drum setup is insane. Look at all the cymbals.
His drums seem wedged between a built in china cabinet and… another built in china cabinet?
I don’t know how, but I am sure that his mom is no more than 10 feet away
Little Lies? You’re going to live drum to an 80’s pop song from Fleetwood Mac? That’s your showpiece?
He’s not great
He’s not terrible
He has shared this with the world.
Half a million people have watched this
Despite half a million in the audience, our man is obviously very alone (mom doesn’t count)
We have only been able to share videos of ourselves doing shit like this for a few years. This is a new phenomenon.