Mick Fleetwood: “Mac Matched Led Zep With Peter Green”

All five members of Fleetwood Mac in the new edition of MOJO (July 2015/ #260), out now in the UK.

Mick Fleetwood photographed for MOJO by Piper Ferguson

FLEETWOOD MAC WOULD have been a rock band “on a par” with Led Zeppelin if guitarist Peter Green had not quit their number – that’s the opinion of Mick Fleetwood.

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A classic shot of Fleetwood Mac on the cover of MOJO 260, on sale in the UK from Tuesday, May 26.

With all five members of the current line-up speaking in individual, extensive interviews in the new edition of MOJO (July 2015/ #260), out now in the UK, the drummer has given a tantalising glimpse of what might have been.

Founding member Green, left the group in 1970, but asked by MOJO’s Jim Irvin what might have happened if the then had made a record with him as the creative force beyond album Then Play On, Fleetwood in unequivocal about what the band could have achieved.

“I think it would have been really profound,” he declares. “I have no doubt what was missed. I think we would have had a place sort of like Led Zeppelin in America. The creativity was on a par with where they took themselves. That’s what I think would have happened. I think we would have had a really, really elastic musical trip. Experimenting with sounds and styles and orchestras.”

“The creativity was on a par with where Led Zeppelin took themselves.”

Mick Fleetwood on Peter Green

Asked about the impact of Green’s experiences with acid, the drummer agrees that the substance played a role in his trajectory away from the rest of the group.

“To do what we’re talking about here is incredibly vulnerable, sensitive stuff, that he delivered in a very powerful way, you would never think that the deliverer could not take the world,” suggests Fleetwood. “Maybe Peter was ill anyway. I’ve heard that the type of illness he got, his schizophrenia, might have happened anyhow. I don’t believe that. Peter… he was so fine.”

Get MOJO now for the full interview with Fleetwood, individual Q&As with John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, plus free 15-track CD The Roots Of Fleetwood Mac.

PHOTO: Piper Ferguson