at Club 700, Orebro, Sweden. May 11, 1968.
This was a longed-for Concert. Fleetwood Mac
had released two singles; "I Believe My Time
Ain't Long" and "Black Magic Woman"
which were very popular in Scandinavia and their
debut album "Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac".
Peter Green became a name here in Sweden
already when he toured with John Mayall.
We were all eager to see Peter with his own band.
have many fond memories from this very concert,
the first of totally four concerts during 1968-69.
I recall when I was in their dressing room and
took up Jeremy Spencer's guitar. (I was
only 16 years old and had no inhibitions). I was
trying to be kind and tune his guitar since I
was "out of tune".
came in the room and saw me and asked "what
the hell I was doing". I told him "I'm tuning
your guitar since it's out of tune". Jeremy
laughed his head off, and showed me that it
was tuned in an open E- chord. I had never
seen or heard of that before, so we all had
a good laugh. Jeremy showed me some riffs
that he played on "Shake Your Moneymaker".
Peter Green then showed me licks and gave
me some tips. He also told me that his main
influence was B. B. King and mentioned
Little Richard and Elvis as
favourite singers, which really suprised me
then. One of the main reasons that I got along
so well with Peter was probably that I talked
with him about music and influences from a
philosophic point of view. Other people tired
him with the usual questions as "what strings/amps
do you use".
was the most cheerful concert I experienced
with Fleetwood Mac. They were laughing
a lot and they made the audience laugh also with
their at times bizarre humour. This was
before they had encountered heavy chemicals, the
only "drug" was alcohol. They were four young
(poor) bosom pals playing their hearts out. Jeremy
was eating a bag of cheeze doodles, he apologized
for not letting me share, but that was all he
had eaten that day, he said. Peter wore sneakers
and no socks.
those days Fleetwood Mac had 3 shows within
the show. First Jeremy doing his Elmore James
routine, then Peter Green playing some of his
early compositions (Evil Woman Blues, Black
Magic Woman, I Loved Another Woman etc) and
some B.B. King numbers (Worried Dream,
Sweet Little Angel) and finally Jeremy turning
Fleetwood Mac into an american style Rock "n"
Roll band. John McVie and Mick Fleetwood
was the tighest rhythm section you could imagine.
was the first time I saw a Gibson Les Paul.
Peter played his beautiful 1959 sunburst Les Paul
thru an old Vox amp with a 4x12 cabinet.
I had never heard somebody play like that before,
his tone was so warm and soulful and still so
powerful. Peter had a funny habit changing the
or the tone control after almost every single
phrase on his guitar.
(I remember I thought to myself that this guy
must be very critical and hard to please).
Green played a lot of harmonica and
did it with a remarkable delicacy. Peter's singing
and playing moved me in a way that was unprecendented.
It was almost like a religous experience. (I realize
this is the same kind of experience as to find
the concert we helped Fleetwood Mac and
their roadie Huw with their equipment.
They were very polite, shook hands and thanked
us for helping them.
went home as a newborn person, I had fell in love
with their music and have been ever since.
1999. Copyright Bela Stephens 1999
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