at Concert Hall, Orebro, Sweden. November 6, 1969.
was Fleetwood Mac's fourth Concert here
in Orebro, and expectations were high. They had
now quite rightly and deservedly reached the status
of superstars. This very year Fleetwood Mac sold
more records than The Beatles and The
Rolling Stones. The newspapers said that they
were no longer a blues band, I was anxious to
find out what that meant. It sounded unlikely
that the world's greatest blues band no
longer played the blues!
I came in the dressing room Peter Green
was in the middle of an interview for the Swedish
Radio. He nodded at me with a smile. Here's
in print of the part that I overheard. The reporter
asked what Peter thought of the swedish audience.
"They have been very good this trip, much better
than last trip and the trip before, but I mean,
we're playing much better as well, so...". Is
the audience any different from the audience in
England? "Well yeah, all audiences are different
in all countries, different in a way, you know.
In England they do what they want to do, if they
wanna dance they; they dance. Usually in Scandinavia
they're very still, they make it like a Concert.
But this time is much more like England, so there
is less difference". Your music has changed?
"Well, we've got new things, the old things that
we used to play, is still the same as we used
to play them. If I do a number I did two years
ago, I'll do it exactly in the same way. So really
our music has not changed, it's just that, we
are putting in new kinds of music". What kind?
I don't really know, just different kind of songs!".
atmosphere in the dressing is hard to decsribe,
but it breathed "professionalism". These
were no longer five pals playing their hearts
out, for the fun of it. Keep in mind that this
was only 5 months before Peter announced the he
would leave. I got the feeling that they were
five individuals more than a group. I didn't
wanna be in the way, so I said to Peter that we
could talk after the Concert.
stage was crowded with Fender amps, only
John McVie had kept his Orange amp.
They were using a WEM P.A. system. Peter
played on Fender Dual Showman amp thru 3 tweed
did the opening number, Otis Rush's "It
Takes Time" with a tremendous authority. I
should have known by then, but it took me by surprise
every time, that Peter was that good. Peter
had recorded this song with Bob Brunning's
Sunflower Blues Band, one month earlier. Peter's
next song was Howlin' Wolf's "Sugar
Mama", which he played with an aggresion that
was rare. Don Brown, the Peter Green Connoisseur,
told me this week (March 1999) that Peter had
related the lyrics to a girlfriend called Barbara
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Kirwan, no longer "Young Eyes", now had a
cherry Gibson Les Paul sunburst (with PAF's),
played his own "Like It This Way". It was
delightful to hear Danny and Peter do this "call-and-answer"
tune, they were playing together like never before.
The next tune was Danny's "Something Inside
Of Me" Danny always played his own compositions
whereas Peter often choose to cover his favourite
before Jeremy Spencer showed his skills
on the piano on Peter's
and Danny's songs. Jeremy had different guitars
every time I saw Fleetwood Mac, this time
he played on a red Gibson Flying V.
His first song was a relaxed rendition "Got
To Move" written by Elmore James,
from their debutalbum. His tone was harder
than before, mostly because of the Flying
V, which is a solid body guitar, a hollow-
body guitar always gives a warmer tone. Jeremy's
next was Elmore's "Baby Please Set A Date".
follwing two songs were the highlights of the
show. First Peter performed a knock-out version
of "Rattlesnake Shake" from their current
album "Then Play On". This live version
was much longer than on the record, and later
on their last U.S. tour they would extend this
song to 30 minutes. This was not blues, but yet
fitted in so well in their act, this was what
Peter had refered to as "different kind of songs".
How odd it may seem, Peter was inspired by the
song "Dancing In The Street" when he wrote
played a beautiful intro on the next tune B.B.
King's "Worried Dream", before the
other members joined him on this terrible sad
song. This is one of the greatest solo I ever
had heard with Peter Green, no-one else could
play as emotional as he. He was so charismatic
that you could feel his soul.
was not an easy task for Danny following that
highlight, but he did an extremely inspired version
of his own "Only You". There are some different
versions of this one, but this was the best ever,
he most certainly did his best not to be upstaged
by Peter. Next song was again a selfpenned tune
by Danny, "Loving Kind", Peter did the
fills during the verses, and they did a tasty
twin-lead solo in octaves.
strapped on his Flying V again and delivered a
sparkling version of Elmore James' "Stranger
Blues" and showed that they still could move
like a bitch. Mick Fleetwood played some
frenetic drums. Next number was Elmo's
"The Sun Is Shining" which proved that
Jeremy had lost none of his admiration of Mr.
was Peter with "Oh Well" which he had written
as a stage number,
it was not intented to be recorded first.( But
it was, and became Peter's magnum opus). Jeremy
played maracas on this one, and Peter let Danny
play the guitar solos. It was hard for me to understand
why he would let Danny take the solos, it still
is! This kind of generosity backfired on
next contribution was the opening track from Then
Play On "Coming Your Way". Again he and
Peter played some beautiful harmonised guitars.
It is a pity that they never got the time to take
this further since Peter left the band shortly
ended the Concert with an inspired version of
Hammer/Blackwell's "Great Balls Of Fire".
Peter played some very nice solos on this last
song of the show, and they appeared to have fun.
audience went wild and wanted more of course,
but Fleetwood Mac left the stage. The storm of
applause wound not end and they finally came back
presented the first encore "this is dedicated
to everybody in Sweden, and everybody in the whole
wide world, isn't that nice?" Then they played
a hearfelt version of "Albatross", which
Peter used to call Albert Ross. When they
released this as a singel 1968, a lot of their
original followers shouted that "Fleetwood Mac
have gone commercial".
I don't understand how they could put down such
a lovely instrumental. It became a worldwide number
1 hit, and opened doors for them.
final encore Peter did Little Richard's
"Jenny Jenny", and it made sence why Peter
some 18 months earlier had told me that Little
Richard was one of his favourite singers. This
was a lenghten version, very similar to the one
on the "Boston Tea Party" sessions.
Concert is one of the musical highlights in my
life. After the Concert I had a talk with Peter
which was more of a private conversation and thence
of that omitted here. I followed Danny and showed
him the way to their hotel. That night it was
hard to fall asleep. I was on cloud nine.
1999. Copyright Bela Stephens March 26, 1999
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