Mick Fleetwood will appear in an intimate, talk-story format and perform with the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band Wednesday night in Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.
This Fleetwood @ the MACC show will feature the legendary drummer in the first half of the program talking about his early musical influences, the rise of Fleetwood Mac, and his insights into the band's classic songs.
For the second half of the show, Mick will join bandmates guitarist/vocalist Rick Vito, bassist Lenny Castellanos and keyboardist Mark Johnstone for a night of rocking blues encompassing Fleetwood Mac's 1960s roots and its later mega hits.
Fleetwood Mac's timeless classic "Rumours" album has recently been reissued as the band gears up to launch its 2013 tour.
This new three-disc, 35th anniversary edition includes the original album, a dozen unreleased live recordings from the group's 1977 world tour, and a disc of unreleased takes from the "Rumours" sessions. A deluxe version includes everything in the expanded edition, along with an additional disc of outtakes, a DVD of the 1977 documentary, "The Rosebud Film" and a copy of the album on vinyl.
A review of the expanded work in the U.K.'s The Times praised: "Thirty-five years after its release, we can revel in the most accomplished slice of adult contemporary rock ever made."
"It's been on the back burner for a couple of years," says Mick about the project, calling from the U.K. last week in the midst of a promotional blitz. "It's a whole hodgepodge of stuff from that time. It's good because the tour is close."
He had just done the popular TV motoring show, "Top Gear," popped in on radio shows, and was getting ready to meet the foreign press. "Everybody is really excited," he adds.
Fleetwood Mac's most revered album, "Rumours," has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide since its release in 1977.
"We didn't have any inkling of what would happen," he says about its phenomenal success. "It was way out of anyone's aspirations. We had made (the album) 'Fleetwood
Mac' with Stevie (Nicks) and Lindsey (Buckingham) and it had sold four or five million. So we felt we had a chance. It was number one for 18 months. But it was a very hard album to make with everyone love sick."
Regarding the upcoming Castle Theater show, Mick said he was encouraged by the MACC's Art Vento to conduct a talk-story session. "He's been talking to me about it for four years on and off. It became a moment where we said, let's try it. I will talk about how songs came about and Rick (Vito) will help me."
It looks like folks will be invited to submit questions beforehand-"If they have, I have always wanted to ask him blah blah"-and Mick will pick some to answer.
"It will be challenging but fun," he says. "It might be something I will do again."
* Fleetwood @ the MACC will be presented at 7:30 p.m Wednesday at Castle Theater in the MACC in Kahului. Tickets are $49, standard seating; and $149 for premium seats and rock-star package, which allows you to hang with Mick backstage, a VIP pass and signed poster (plus applicable fees). All ticket purchasers receive a $20 food gift card to Fleetwood's on Front St. For tickets and more information, call the MACC box office at 242-SHOW.
The Manzarek Rogers Band lands at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku on Friday night.
"The legendary co-founder of The Doors, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and critically acclaimed slide/blues guitar player, Roy Rogers, have put their artistic minds together and created a captivating new concert experience," praised Sacramento 365.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted, "You can hear echoes of The Doors, traces of blues, flashes of jazz and touches of rock."
"When I play with Roy and the band, it is like playing with The Doors," says Manzarek.
The keyboardist and slide virtuoso will release a new album, "Twisted Tales," in the next few months. The duo's debut recording, "Ballads Before the Rain," features pastoral instrumental versions of "Riders on the Storm" and "The Crystal Ship."
* The Manzarek Rogers Band performs at the Historic Iao Theater at 8 p.m. on Friday. Cost is $35; $55 for Gold Circle. Call (808)-896-4845 or visit www.lazarbear.com.
Great news that Bonnie Raitt will return to the MACC on March 15. Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," and one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time," Raitt has been receiving rave reviews for her terrific latest album, "Slipstream," which was released on her own label, Red Wing Records.
"'Slipstream' provides plenty of the many-sided, adult-contemporary pop that made Raitt a huge star in the late 1980s," noted National Public Radio. "Chosen with Raitt's usual impeccable taste from the cream of her songwriting circle, the bulk of 'Slipstream' serves Raitt's lifelong project of expressing how blues idioms apply to the life of the modern woman. It's simply a thrill to hear Raitt in her element."
After playing Hawaii, she will head to Australia and New Zealand. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday.
It's also exciting to hear that James Taylor will play the MACC on April 12.
One of only three artists invited to sing at President Obama's inauguration in January, Taylor has announced there are no plans for a major tour in 2013, so he can devote time to crafting a new album of original songs. We're blessed he's playing Hawaii.
Keyboardist Gene Argel is teaming with U.S Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin, kumu hula Ulalia Woodside and author/ecologist Joan Maloof to present a unique event, "Inside The Forest," at the MACC's Castle Theater at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Gene will premiere his original composition, "Alights on a Cloud" with 10 musicians, portraying the musical sound of the forest.
"It's not jazz and it's not funk and it's not blues," says Gene. "It's totally something different. I used three songs from the Pacific Northwest and I let them morph into something. We sing them inside the piece, but they're not the main focus."
"Alights on a Cloud" will be preformed by an ensemble with a violinist and cellist, and Marcus Johnson on bass with his daughter playing marimba. "I love the idea of Marcus and his daughter playing," Gene continues. "And there's a wonderful soprano singer. I don't think this has ever been done before. I can't even describe it. It's turned out to involve an immense amount of work."
* "Inside The Forest" will be presented in the Castle Theater on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 242-7469.
It's a good weekend to head over to Four Seasons Resorts Lanai for the free Lanai Film Festival, running Friday through Sunday at the Lodge at Koele.
The weekend begins with the premiere of Maui filmmaker, Kenneth K. Martinez Burgmaier's latest film "Malama Ko Aloha," which features musicians Keola Beamer, Kevin Brown, Sonny Lim, Palani Vaughn, Cyril Pahinui, Brother Noland, Calvin Hoe, Moanalani Beamer and Aunty Nona Beamer.
Other films screened include "The Land Has Eyes," "Rolling Down Like Pele" and "That First Glide." Musical events will also be held in Lanai City at the Island's Coffee Works, Cafe 565 and No Ka 'Oi Grinds, featuring Paula Fuga, Kevin Brown, Sonny Lim and Robbie Ray Lopaka.
* The Four Seasons Resorts Lana'i will offer special kamaaina room rates for Hawaii residents on select dates throughout the festival. For more details, see page 7. Or call (800) 321-4666.