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Back to the blues
Oct 17 2008 by Andrew Baldwin, Huddersfield Daily Examiner


AT 6ft 6in, Mick Fleetwood (pictured) has always been head and shoulders above mere mortals.

And now the iconic co-founder of Fleetwood Mac is heading to Holmfirth to celebrate his blues heritage with his new band, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band.

The band will perform classic original songs like Oh Well, Rattlesnake Shake, Albatross, Black Magic Woman and many more at the Picturedrome on Friday, October 31.

Rick Vito, Lenny Castellanos and Mark Johnstone will join Mick for what promises to be a musical experience that combines 40 years of excellence in blues and rock.

At the age of 61, drummer Mick spends his days in the Hawaiian sunshine.

“I’m coming all the way from paradise to be with you,” he laughs.

“It’s a long way to swim.”

What can we look forward to from the show?

A trib to the Mac’s early days, that’s what, when it drew heavily on American blues music.

“You won’t be hearing Rhiannon or Dreams. This is about my early days. It’s blues with a splattering of rock’n’roll.

“Back in 1968 when Fleetwood Mac started that was the music that we played.”

Rick Vito, veteran bluesman and former Fleetwood Mac vocalist and lead guitarist, is at the front of the group.

“A lot of guys can play the licks but Rick has the tone and that’s so important in real blues,” says Mick.