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Euro Blues Fest Scores Mick Fleetwood's New Band


Friday, Jun 6, 2008 4:02AM, Pollstar

Rock legend and Fleetwood Mac co-founder Mick Fleetwood's new group, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, will make its international debut this summer, headlining one of the largest blues festivals in Europe.

The International Notodden Blues Festival, which organizers expect 40,000 fans to attend, will take place July 31 to August 2 in Norway.

The lineup for the 21st outing of the fest also includes Ray Davies, Koko Taylor, John Hiatt, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Little Feat, James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite & Kim Wilson with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bobby Rush, Pinetop Perkins & the Legends of Chicago Blues Music Club NotoddenJaniva Magness, Bob Margolin & Jerry Portnoy, Omar Kent Dykes, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Louisiana Red Blues Band, Henry Butler and many, many other artists.

Tickets and complete info on the event are available at Bluesfest.no.
Fleetwood's new band, which features Rick Vito, Lenny Castellanos and Mark Johnstone, celebrates his blues heritage, as well as the original lineup of Fleetwood Mac.

The group, which also has a handful of U.S. dates on the books for this month, is expected to play pre-Buckingham/Nicks Mac hits like "Black Magic Woman," "Oh Well," "Rattlesnake Shake" and "Albatross."