Hello, Good Evening, and Remain Mindful Of All The Measures In Place To Protect Us Against COVID! Back in the Before Times, Mick Fleetwood held a tribute concert to celebrate the music of Fleetwood Mac’s soon-to-be-late original frontman: Peter Green. It had artists like Dave Bronze, Andy Fairweather Low, Neil Finn, Noel Gallagher, Billy F. Gibbons, David Gilmour, Kirk Hammett, Jonny Lang, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Ricky Peterson, Jeremy Spencer, Zak Starkey, Pete Townshend, Steven Tyler, Rick Vito, and Bill Wyman performing his songs on stage. To get a taste of how it went, here’s Billy Gibbons and Kirk Hammett (playing the actual guitar Peter Green used in his Fleetwood Mac days) playing “The Green Manalishi:”
If you want more of a taste of the concert, perhaps with the camera not focused exclusively on The Reverend Billy F. Gibbons and Kirk Hammett, the concert was professionally filmed, and it will be released next year. The plan is to release it in theaters on 23 and 28 March 2021 (although, given how this virus is going, I’m not certain a lot of people will go, even if they are die-hard fans of Peter Green.) For those of us curious but not willing to risk being cooped up with a lot of people during a pandemic, it will also be available in physical forms, specifically in two sets: a Quadruple-LP set, and a Double-CD set with a Blu-Ray. They will be available on 30 April 2021, but can be pre-ordered here. The new reissue of the band’s last album with Green, Then Play On, is also available from said store.
Quoth Mick Fleetwood: “The concert was a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it’s important to recognise the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music. Peter was my greatest mentor and it gave me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I was honoured to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician. ‘Then Play On’…”