at Idrottshuset Orebro, Sweden. November 23,1968.
was Fleetwood Mac's second Concert here
in Orebro. A lot things had happened since last
time. They had been on their first U.S. tour,
released their second album "Mr. Wonderful"
and augemented the band with a 5th member, Danny
Kirwan. I was very curious of course to find
out how these circumstances had effected the band.
met them backstage, and they remembered me from
Club 700. What was most obvious was the
change in Peter Green, he was still very
kind to me, I played on his guitar in the dressing
room. But it was noticeable that he was more self-confident,
and it was evident that he was the leader,
much more than before. I took Danny's pulse and
asked him if he was their new front-man, he was
very gently and said "of course not, first Peter
plays his songs, then I do mine, and then Jeremy
does his". Very sympathetic, I thought, this young
kid (only two years older than myself) had kept
his cool. I also did an interview with Mick
Fleetwood, which I got on tape.
Click here to listen to the conversation.
was a big change on the stage also. Gone were
the vaudeville days with assorted battered amplifiers.
There was a forrest of new Orange amplifiers.
Peter wore a beautiful white silk shirt
and brown leather pants. The faded denim days
were long gone.
opened their act with a stunning version of "Stop
Messin' Around" he played a brutally intense
guitar solo extended over many choruses, experimenting
with feedback. It was a new Peter, not only new
amplifier and clothes, but his playing had matured
remarkable since last time. Next he did "Driftin'
" at a slower suggestive tempo than on the
"Original Fleetwood Mac" album.
it was time for young Danny to do his his part.
When he played the intro on "Lawdy Mama"
he took us all by suprise, it was easy to understand
why they had inluded him in the band. Danny had
a wonderful warm finger vibrato and a nice tone
on his Gibson Les Paul gold top (with P-90's).
His second song was his own composition "Something
Inside Of Me".
now Jeremy Spencer had been playing piano.
Now it was his turn do some numbers. When the
slide hit the strings on his Gibson ES-120T
I heard that Jeremy's playing was more substantial
than before. He really loved to do those Elmore
James songs, and did it with a sincerity that
is unsurpassed yet. Jeremy did a truthful version
of "Crossroads" and then Homesick James
Williamson's "My Baby's Sweet".
it was time for the bandleader to master the stage
again. Peter did a fervent version of Otis
Rush's "Homework" again including feedback
in his solo, he played with a force that was unmistakable.
His next was B.B. King's moody "Worried
Dream" and played the blues like only he could.
played "Jigsaw Puzzle Blues" the B-side
of "Albatross" that had been released the
day before the concert. It was nice, a change
from the 12-bars. Danny was a reinforcement, no
doubt about it! It had come to a close, and Jeremy
delivered an extendend version of their tour-de-force
"Shake Your Moneymaker" . Everybody was
dancing on the floor, even their recording manager
Mike Vernon shook his hips.
was round midnight and they had to stop, but Messrs
Green, Kirwan, Spencer, McVie and Fleetwood
didn't want to stop. Then somebody suggested that
they should move over to a local blues club called
Power House and have a jamsession there.
took some time before the stage was set at Power
House, but everybody was in such a good mood
and did not care waiting, the beer was flowing...
a local blues group, Blues Quality, who
had been Fleetwood Mac's support act played
some numbers. Then Mike Vernon joined them
on stage for some songs. The members of Fleetwood
Mac enjoyed seeing their recording manager on
stage and soon mixed with the swedish musicians,
and finally took over. It was a magic night
and everybody experienced a night that they would
a few songs Peter Green saw me and invited
me to play with them. First it scared the the
hell out of me, and I gently said "thanks, but
no thanks", but Peter insisted, and I found the
courage to join Fleetwood Mac on stage. We did
"Stop Messin' Around".
played guitar solo for one chorus, and stopped,
Peter nodded at me to go on, and so I did, with
new gained conviction. Everybody was cheering
and shouted for more, so we did a 12-bar bluesjam
in E. Incidentally, Nicke Strom, who played
bass with Peter Green on his tour here in Sweden,
February 1999, was there in the audience and saw
me playing with Fleetwood Mac.
this was one of the happiest and most influential
days in my life. I understand how much I owe to
Peter for becoming a professional musician, he
was my pathfinder in way. Thanks Peter!
1999. Copyright Bela Stephens 1999
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