Fleetwood Mac tour hits Philips Arena in March

By NEDRA RHONE/ AJC Talk of the Town

Fleetwood Mac has announced dates for their long-awaited North American tour which begins in October and hits more than 50 cities through Spring of 2019.

The tour arrives in Atlanta on March 3 at Philips Arena.

The announcement comes just two weeks after Lindsey Buckingham, the singer-songwriter-guitarist who joined the band in 1974, was fired .

The new line-up includes Mike Campbell, from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Neil Finn of Crowded House to replace Buckingham.

“Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents. We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound,” said Mick Fleetwood in a statement.

Tickets for the tour will go on-sale to the general public at 10 a.m., Friday, May 4. For further information, visit www.fleetwoodmac.com.

American Express Card Members can purchase advance tickets in select markets from 10 a.m., Mon., April 30 through 10 p.m., Thurs., May 3.  There will also be a limited number of LaneOne VIP Packages which include prime seating and premium benefits such as transportation, preferred entrance and more.

Fans can also hear music, interviews and hosted shows from current and former band members on SiriusXM's The Fleetwood Mac Channel which launches on Tuesday, May 1 at 5 p.m. ET via satellite on channel 30, on the SiriusXM app or  online at www.siriusxm.com .

Fleetwood Mac was founded by Peter Green in 1967 and was named after Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. Green left in 1969 leaving Fleetwood and McVie as the only original members.

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Through the years, the band has featured a cast of musicians most notably Christine McVie who joined the band in 1970 and Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham who both joined in 1974.

The Grammy-award winning band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide over its 50 year existence and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Group members said fans can be sure the latest incarnation of the band will stay true to its roots.

“With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs,” said the group in a statement.

“Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour."

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Nedra Rhone
Nedra Rhone
Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.