Mick Fleetwood Remembers Late Bandmate Peter Green in Heartfelt Tribute

Tuesday, 28 Jul, 2020

The law firm, Swan Turton said in a statement that he had died in his sleep this weekend.

"Attorneys acting on behalf of Green's household stated that although some" further announcement will be supplied in the forthcoming days", those near the iconic Blues guitarist discuss" great sadness" on his departure. GREEN went through R&B outfits THE MUSKRATS, then the TRIDENTS and PETER BARDENS' LOONERS, where he first met MICK FLEETWOOD, making his recording debut with the single "If You Wanna Be Happy", an instrumental cover of a song by JIMMY SOUL.

But by the time of that session, "Albatross" had vaulted to No. 1 on the British chart, and Fleetwood Mac's sound altered quickly and dramatically; a US tour on which they played several dates with the Grateful Dead had introduced them to both the San Francisco group's jamming style and (via the American band's sound man and in-house chemist Owsley "Bear" Stanley) the potent hallucinogen LSD.

Nicks signed with the band in 1975, five years after Green had quit amid struggles with his mental health.

Green was meanwhile diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, given electroconvulsive therapy and drugged and arrested at various times during his life.

In 1998, Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with other past and present members of Fleetwood Mac. I know who I will be listening to today...

"When I first listened to all the Fleetwood Mac records, I was very taken with his guitar playing".

Fleetwood - who launched the band in 1967 along with Green, bassist John McVie and guitarist Jeremy Spencer - told Rolling Stone that "losing [Green] is monumental". Fleetwood Mac eventually expanded to include Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and others. "I have always been a huge admirer of the great Peter Green may he rest in peace". He blamed medication he was taking to treat his psychological problems making it hard for him to concentrate well enough to play guitar.

"It's important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music", Mick Fleetwood said in a news release for that concert.

"When I asked if he would like to have been in London, he shrugged a little, gave me a smile and said, 'No, I'm having a cup of tea with you.' He made great tea", Marsden concluded.

"RIP Peter Green. He played the sweetest, saddest blues guitar ever".

We're sending our thoughts and condolences to Peter's loved ones during this hard time. By 1967, they splintered off to form Fleetwood Mac.

Earlier this year, artists including Fleetwood, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and guitarists Jonny Lang and Andy Fairweather Low performed at the London Palladium during a gig celebrating the early years of Fleetwood Mac and Green.

Green is survived by daughter Rosebud from his brief marriage to Jane Samuels.