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Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies, aged 68

Unread post by Saul » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:33 am

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Danny Kirwan 1950 - 2018
Mick Fleetwood has paid tribute to Danny via his Facebook Page.

DANNY KIRWAN
MAY 13, 1950 ~ JUNE 8, 2018
A TRIBUTE FROM
MICK FLEETWOOD AND FLEETWOOD MAC

Today was greeted by the sad news of the passing of Danny Kirwan in London, England. Danny was a huge force in our early years. His love for the Blues led him to being asked to join Fleetwood Mac in 1968, where he made his musical home for many years.

Danny’s true legacy, in my mind, will forever live on in the music he wrote and played so beautifully as a part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac, that has now endured for over fifty years.
Thank you, Danny Kirwan. You will forever be missed!
~Mick Fleetwood and Fleetwood Mac

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Re: Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies, aged 68

Unread post by Derek » Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:27 am

It's strange when you see the name of Fleetwood Mac that you think (or I do) of the band that came after the blues incarnation. They were two different bands really, and both iconic in their own way. RIP Danny.
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Re: Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies, aged 68

Unread post by Saul » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:17 am

That's very true Derek. I got into Fleetwood Mac during their first incarnation as a mainly blues band and pretty much stuck with them all the way through to sometime in the 90's when I moved onto other things. I do still listen to them occasionally and keep up with what they are doing but not as much as I used to.

Danny Kirwan was a wonderful guitarist who unfortunately was plagued by mental illness for a great deal of his life. I'm not sure if he always had those issues or it was a symptom of "the scene" back then. Peter Green was pretty much fine until he started messing with LSD on the bands tour of America. He was never the same after that :(
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Re: Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies, aged 68

Unread post by Miks » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:46 am

Sad to see that another great musician has left earth... :( RIP Danny

We're playing one of Fleetwood Mac's songs (Go Your Own Way) with the band since several month.
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Re: Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies, aged 68

Unread post by Saul » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:59 am

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We're playing one of Fleetwood Mac's songs (Go Your Own Way) with the band since several month.
Ahh that's from the 'Rumours' period. Written by Lindsey Buckingham I believe and reflected the break up of his relationship with Stevie Nicks.

Lindsey Buckingham is another fantastic guitarist that has now left the band although thankfully NOT the planet ;)
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Unread post by SysExJohn » Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:00 pm

RIP Danny.

Strangely, whenever I hear the name Fleetwood Mac it takes me back to a pub in a little town called New Haw, not too far from Weybridge in Surrey, and the jukebox playing Albatross, over and over. That must have been the late sixties I suppose.

Weird how names or tunes or smells can take you back to places you haven't thought about for donkey's years. :)

And the thought of that takes me back to a gig that John Mayall's Blues Breakers did in the youth club I used to go to.
Maybe May '65, Eric Clapton on guitar, John Mc Vie on bass. (If my memory serves me well.)
Happy, carefree days.

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Re: Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies, aged 68

Unread post by Derek » Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:50 pm

Albatross is probably the song that most people know from the "MK1" version.

In Echoes in 2006, we did Green Manalishi (most people know it is a Judas Priest cover!), which is about Peter Green going mad....

Saul is right: "Go Your own way" is about the break up of Lindsey Buckingham from Stevie Nicks, and if you read the lyrics they are so pointed (and Stevie had to sing the harmonies!)

If ever you can, look out for the Classic Albums series, which is usually on BBC4 or Sky Arts at some point and specifically the episode on the making of Rumours. There were two relationship breakdowns going on (Buckingham/Nicks and John/Chrissie McVie) and Mick Fleetwood was cheating on his wife (inc affair with Nicks), and they were all drugged up. Yet they managed to make one of the most classic albums ever, and a summer staple for the car (along with ELO and Supertramp)

I'm still intrigued as to how 'Mac will sound without Buckingham as his guitar playing (heavy on finger picking style) is so iconic. He has been replaced by Neil Finn (Crowded House) and Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers).
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Re: Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies, aged 68

Unread post by Asmikace » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:26 am

I was hoping he would been well enough to do a Fleetwood Mac concert. I hope he had some form of recovery before he died.
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Asmikace wrote:
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I was hoping he would been well enough to do a Fleetwood Mac concert. I hope he had some form of recovery before he died.
I don't think he would ever have played with Fleetwood Mac again or even played guitar at all. I was reading about him a few months back and he definitely was not mentally well then so prospects for the future were never looking bright.
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Re: Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies, aged 68

Unread post by Miks » Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:48 pm

Again sad news to tell: just came to know that Drummer Jon Hiseman (Ex Colloseum & Colloseum II) passed away today at the age of 74 :( R.I.P.
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Re: Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies, aged 68

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Miks wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:48 pm
Again sad news to tell: just came to know that Drummer Jon Hiseman (Ex Colloseum & Colloseum II) passed away today at the age of 74 :( R.I.P.
Sad indeed Miks.

A slightly scary stat but over 53 Million people die in the world every year! 8O So the death of some of our favourite musicians and artisists is probably not as surprising or unusual as we think it is? More so given that many of them will be in their 70's or 80's by now AND have lived a life of drugs, smoking and heavy drinking...not all of course but quite a few.
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Re: Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies, aged 68

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Saul wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:48 pm
...AND have lived a life of drugs, smoking and heavy drinking...not all of course but quite a few.
Yap - that's why I'm not taking drugs, drinking alcohol very moderat and stopped smoking 31 years ago. Hoping that this is suited to enlarge my life a little bit... :wink:
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Unread post by parametric » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:27 pm

That's Sad.

Jon was legendary, and pretty much played with everybody who was anybody back then . . .

Notably with John Mayall and Jack Bruce (probably with Graham Bond and Alexis Korner too -

though I've not checked)

Here's a clip from the 1971(?) BBC Documentary about Jack Bruce called "Rope Ladder to the Moon"

It shows Jack, Dick (Heckstall-Smith) and Jon . . . .(Warning - this is JAZZ . . . 8O )




Those wanting a real treat could do worse than sit through the entire Documentary from which

that clip was taken. There's some great performances . . . .




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Unread post by Derek » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:25 am

The Telegraph ran his obituary yesterday

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/ ... -obituary/

Interesting read.
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Re: Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies, aged 68

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Miks wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:04 pm
Saul wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:48 pm
...AND have lived a life of drugs, smoking and heavy drinking...not all of course but quite a few.
Yap - that's why I'm not taking drugs, drinking alcohol very moderat and stopped smoking 31 years ago. Hoping that this is suited to enlarge my life a little bit... :wink:
I thought it was just sex, drugs and rock'n'roll? Smokin' not for me so I'll settle for sex and drinking (and electronica). Mebbe that'll work!
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