December 1980: Fleetwood Mac Comes "Live"

UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 25: WEMBLEY ARENA Photo of FLEETWOOD MAC, L-R: Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham performing live onstage (Photo by Pete Still/Redferns)
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After ending the '70s with the tumultuous one-two punch of Rumours and Tusk, Fleetwood Mac would close out the first year of the 1980s with a live album.

Released on December 8, 1980, the double-LP simply titled Live mostly chronicled the group's Tusk tour, with a couple of performances from the Rumours tour added for good measure. A special show at the Santa Monica Civic Center "for crew and friends" would result in a handful of new songs: "One More Night" by Christine McVie, "Fireflies" by Stevie Nicks, and a cover of the Beach Boys' "The Farmer's Daughter." "Dreams" and "Don't Stop Believing" would be captured during a soundcheck in Paris. "Fireflies" is notable as it finds Nicks reflecting on the notoriously contentious recording sessions that resulted in Tusk.

Among the Live album highlights was a version of 1969 Peter Green-penned single, "Oh Well," which featured the guitar work of Lindsey Buckingham.

 

The album was a brisk seller over the 1980 holiday season, finding its way to #14 on the Billboard 200.

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