Brett Tuggle, September 12 - 25, 2000
Hi Brett, thanks for spending some time with us and our questions. We appreciate it a lot. Do you have a favorite Stevie song to listen to? to perform? (Lesley, San Diego, California, USA)
On the Dance tour, with Lindsey and Neale Heywood as guitarists as well, which songs did you also play guitar on -- were there songs where all three of you played guitar? (Lesley)
On The Dance tour I think I played guitar and about a third or more of the set which I loved doing. Lindsey, Neale and I played on "The Chain." I played acoustic on that one. Christine's "Temporary One" I played acoustic and that was the three of us. Lindsey's "My Little Demon" I played guitar on with Lindsey and Neale, "Silver Springs" I played acoustic on as well as "Go Your Own Way" again all three of us on guitars and finally I played electric guitar with Lindsey & Neale on the encore song 'Farmer's Daughter." It made for a nice full sound having the three guitars sometimes.
Do you remain in contact with Mick? Having been in the last incarnation of the Zoo, did you get any feeling about whether that was to be the last Zoo band/album? Do you know if Mick still has any plans or desires to keep the Zoo going in some kind of incarnation in the future? (Lesley)
I usually speak to Mick from time to time but it seems he has fallen off my radar screen as of late. I saw him in Hawaii this last year when I was gigging with Chris Isaak on Maui and we had a nice visit. I know he has spent quite a bit of time in England doing some projects and we haven't gotten together in a while. As far as The Zoo, I really don't know what he is thinking. With Mick you never know. He is the best and I miss him dearly....
As you alluded to in a previous answer, gossip and rumors never cease about public figures. Being famous, but also especially because of being part of Fleetwood Mac's unique history in terms of interpersonal turmoil and strained friendships, there has always been a ton of gossip and speculation about the members of this band, even these days. Sometimes, even when untrue, gossip can be fairly harmless. But often, it spreads superficial, skewed, if not outright mean-spirited and false impressions, encouraging harsh feelings towards the subject of the rumor. Obviously the nature of the rumor might affect how feel about it, but having spent some time with the members of this much gossiped about band, can you tell if that sort of gossip or speculation hurts or bothers any of them much at this point in their careers? Can they laugh about it? (Lesley)
I can only tell you that as people we all get hurt by comments, rumors, or accusations especially when they are false or incorrect. The members of Fleetwood Mac are all very grown up people now. They have been through everything imaginable and still have still managed to let the music do the talking. I cannot and would not speak for any of them but I can only tell you I think at this point in their collective lives they are pretty much "over" all the B__ S___. ya dig??????
In this Q&A forum, we've gotten some fairly diverse opinions about each member of FM from different people. It's always interesting for us to hear each new thought and opinion. If it's not too much trouble, could you select a few words or relay a few thoughts that describe how you think of each member? Thanks again Brett. Best of luck to you! (Lesley)
I'm going to make this short and sweet....
Hi Brett. Thank you so much for participating in this Q&A! I have read several articles about Stevie's forthcoming album and have heard there is a 'world music' vibe to it. Can you confirm or deny? Her past albums have had a little bit of dance, country and rock mixed in. Can you give us a hint of what type of music to expect from Stevie this time around? (Tracy Garner, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
During the Dance tour, did the Mac ever get together as a group after a show or while traveling and just hang out or have dinner together? Did you do anything special after the final date of the "official" Dance tour? (Tracy Garner)
Were you a part of the *special* things the Mac did after the Dance tour ended (like the Brit awards)? If so, what was that like? (Tracy Garner)
Hi again Tracy,
From what I've read, the Dance video was filmed over two or three days. Were there any special moments that you recall which were not included in the video release? I have seen a picture from one of those nights where Lindsey and Stevie are standing together at one mic...did they happen to do a duet? (Tracy Garner)
The Dance took three days to film and record. We spent weeks rehearsing before the big shoot but they took the best stuff from the three days and put it together. There were of course some things that happened that no one saw unless you were there. One thing that comes to mind is when Stevie forgot the words to one of her songs. Can't remember now which song it was but she was so nervous that she just went blank. So we stopped the song and she mad a sweet comment to the audience about how nervous she was and the audience even loved her more for being so real and open about it. She didn't try to cover it up, or make excuses or get upset she just picked up and we started the song again and it was great. Never will forget those three days....
As a member of the Dance yourself, did you experience some of the magic that captivated so many of us when John's bass came on strong during the Chain or when Chris, Lindsey and Stevie joined voices on the chorus? Did it become old hat after 40 shows? How do you keep it fresh after performing the same set list night after night? (Tracy Garner)
At the last FM show in 97 at the end of Go Your Own Way...Lindsey marched up to Stevie and gave her a huge kiss. Stevie looked very, very shocked. Do you know what that was all about? (IMO, she looked like she wanted to hit him on the head with her tambourine! LOL! heh, heh.) Did Stevie say anything about it afterwards (They walked off stage hand-in-hand after that one)? (Jensen, Larksville, Pennsylvania, USA)
Hi again Brett! In one of your previous answers you said that all the emotions the Mac give on stage are true and real. I was wondering if they connected off stage? Did they get along when the music stopped? Who liked to hang out with whom? Do you think they'll work together again as Fleetwood Mac? Thanks! (Jensen)
Jensen, Hello again..
Hi-- I was wondering since you have said that Stevie's new album is so great if you could drop a few song titles or what you think they are called if she didn't tell you? I would also like to know if you know if the AHI benefit is going to be made into a live album and if not do you think she will ever release a live album? (John Kandalaft, Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA)
I also want to thank you for taking the time to do this Q&A. Sounds like you really enjoy your "job" and have worked with some really great people. You said you had a chance to listen to most of Stevie's new CD. I remember seeing a track listing posted to a newsgroup which included duets with Lindsey (Races Are Run) and Sheryl Crow (Sorcerer). Can you tell us the names of any of the songs on the CD? (Judy LaFleur, Vancouver, Washington, USA)
I can't really say anything about song titles yet. Stevie actually has recorded more songs than she can put on the album so until it is completely mixed and mastered I think it's best to wait and see which ones make the cut....
My question is can you give us any clue about the release date for Stevie's new CD? We fans have been waiting for a long time. The anticipation is killing us...lol (John Lilleston, Tampa, Florida, USA)
Hi Brett...You know I am sorry to say but I did not see you or Neale back there in the shadows behind the band playing on The Dance Video! When you say you play rhythm guitar and keyboards ..I understand...but how does one *play* a synthesizer ? Can you tell I am not a musician so much as just a singer? Do you manipulate keys in some way to enhance the mix or what? I am just curious how this works!
The chemistry between The Mac was very apparent and all the special tender moments added to our pleasure! :-)
When The USC Marching Band came on stage what did you do? Were you part of the fun? That was a great moment especially as they reprised it from Tusk...a good one I thought! Chris was so cute as she seemed delighted with this part...she must be a true musical joy to work with! I have read that Lindsey really admires her musical talents immensely! There was so much creativity and fun in this reunion that we just thank you all for a grand Moment with The Mac !!! Cheers for great Musicians! (Charlotte Ann, North Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Hi Charlotte Ann,
HEY Brett, thanks for answering my question....AWESOME! Well, I have another one. Stevie's next tour....anyone unexpected to be playing with her? Maybe another back up singer (I loved when Sara Fleetwood was on tour for the Street Angel album) And...maybe Waddy? or Lori to join her again? Just curious..and I'm counting down till the AHI show...I'll wave to ya! :-)))) (Shawn Collins, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Hi ya Shawn,
Hi. Since you have already heard Stevie new record ( lucky you!)..do you have any idea when it might be out...??? Thanks!! (Terri, Long Island, New York, USA)
Hey Terri, I just responded to someone else wanting to know the same thing. Should be early next year but no release date has yet been set. Once everything is perfect and packaged they'll get it out there and we'll go out on a nice long Stevie Nicks world tour. I can't wait.........See you out there OK??????
Hello again Brett. Thanks for answering my earlier question. I think it is great that you are so candid about your experiences. Will Stevie be playing any of her new music from the album she has yet to release at the AHI Benefit concert? I know I speak for a lot of her fans when I say the Frustration is killing us! Talk about this album release has been going on for a year now! What is the sound like? Has she changed her style a little? Or she still the same? I know she had Dallas Austin in the studio with her and I REALLY hope she puts some of that on top her album. I think he is great and she could do with some of the more modern funky sounds that are out right now. One more question...will she be considering a World Tour? I would love to see her but a flight to the US and everything else involved can be expensive... (Michelle, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom)
Hi again Brett! Just want to thank you for being so sweet for answering my question about Waddy and the accusations that surrounded him. It really is a relief to learn that, once again, this was just a situation that was perceived as larger than it really was. I hope you can understand that Stevie's fans were just wanting to get to the bottom of it. I know that your answer will at least enlighten all of us to what happened!
I have one more question for you if you don't mind. Stevie has spoken in the past about how she always wears fancy dresses as her attire on stage because she feels that this gives her more respect than when she used to go up on stag e in more casual clothes. I think she would look terrific in whatever style of clothing she wore! I was just wondering if Stevie has different style clothing off the stage. For instance, when she sits around in a casual setting does she wear a pair of jeans or does she always wear dresses even when off stage? (Melissa Emmerson, Cape Coral, Florida, USA)
Hi again Melissa,
Brett-- Thanks so much for doing the Q and A. For us fans this is the most incredible opportunity to talk to those close to the Mac. Probably as close as we'll ever get to them=:-)
First, when you see Stevie tell her she has a fan out here called Vianna and that there's many a night her music helped me to sleep in those last two or three years when my mother was ill and I was the primary caregiver. I was so stressed out by nighttime I usually couldn't fall asleep - too wired. I'd play something like Storms or Beautiful Child over and over..Sara will always be my favorite Mac song and was the one that "hooked" me on the Mac..
My question is - in an earlier answer you referred to John as "The Captain". I was wondering if you could explain that a little more? I love John - he seems so sweet and kind of understated..and like Chris and Lindsey, doesn't get the credit he deserves.
Are you in the video of the The Dance? If you are where should I look for you? You can see Mindy and Sharon but I never noticed anyone else-didn't know where to look for you. Did you get to meet any of the band members' families? Eddy Quintela for instance? What were they like? Chris is great, isn't she? You haven't seen her lately though have you? (Vianna, Alexandria, Virginia, USA)
Hi Vianna, That' so cool that Stevie could help you chill out when you were so stressed, that must have been tough on you. I also love the song Sara.
How did rehearsals go today for the upcoming benefit concert? There must be a lot of anticipation and excitement in the air! Tell Stevie we love her and can't wait for the new record. Give her a big kiss for me!!!! (Joe, Erlanger, Kentucky, USA)
Hello sir! Great Q&A! Maybe you can answer a question for me about the Enchanted tour? My hometown of Springfield, Illinois is about 100 miles northeast of St. Louis. You guys were to play the Riverport Ampitheatre (in St. Louis) on Saturday, July 11, if memory serves correctly. Posters were printed, promotional mailers were sent out (having paid for FM's Dance tickets with VISA the previous November, they got my address, undt voila, advertisements in the mail), we got seats really close to the stage (!!!) ... then a week after I bought the tickets (very early on), the show got cancelled and that night was rebooked for Kansas City. Which booking agent do I need to slap?! Is there more then one, 'cause I could get busy?!
Do you have any recollection of that shake-up, or the reason behind the change? Not getting a chance to see Stevie up close after all the impact her music has had on my life was bad enough ... what made it worse was that I was the guy who had to break the news to my Stevie-wannabe wife (and just by me saying "Stevie-wannabe," you already know there was hell to pay, don't you ... even though I had nothing to do with it, don't you! Hope you're grinning here ...). I suppose I don't really expect an answer, as things like that probably happen all the @#$%ing time, but thank you very much for letting me vent two years after the fact!
Wow! To stand in your shoes for five minutes on either stage (Dance or Enchanted) would be something I could never forget. You sir, are one fortunate man! Take care, and thank you for this opportunity to read about your experiences. (Tim Bucci, Springfield, Illinois, USA)
Hi again...With all the internet sites devoted to Stevie, and Fleetwood Mac....Do you visit many of them often? And do you surf the net at all? And if you do...what are some of your fave sites (ie...music sites, games, info/news, etc) I know I adore the Nicksfix and the Penguin...but I never get away from Billboard online. Being a music addict, I tend to go to anything in that area....and since you are a musician, was wondering if it did to you as well. Thanks so much..counting down the days till AHI. (Shawn Collins, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Hello again Shawn,
Hi Brett! Thanks so much for your great answers to everyone's questions. I am writing in regard to John and Christine McVie. Over the years, in various interviews, I've gotten the impression that those two have really gotten over any past anger at each other and have developed a really nice friendship. She seemed so proud that he was 'actually singing' on Say You Love Me. :-) I was wondering if you have any insight to how they got along on the road, if they 'hung out' together and seemed to enjoy each other's company. Also, was John's daughter Molly on the road with the band for any of the Dance tour? Thanks again and take care! (Kerri, Seattle, Washington, USA)
Hello, Brett! I'm so glad to have the opportunity to ask you a few questions. You're very generous for doing this for the fans.....
What does pre-show backstage typically consist of? Are all the players usually there? (I know that typically, Stevie always goes onstage exactly 1 hour and fifteen minutes after the scheduled showtime.) In the case of Stevie's band, is there something the band does all together to "hype" up for the show? How about Stevie, herself? (Kelly Anne, Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
Hi Kelly Anne,
How do you feel about the recording of live performances? If they are not being offered commercially, do you object to fans recording a live performance? If so, do you have any specific reasons for your objections? Have you ever discussed such recording with Stevie or the band and what, if any, is the majority opinion? Do you know if Stevie objects to her fans having unreleased demo recordings?
Thank you, again, for giving us a little insight into the performer's world. (Kelly Anne)
I think most artists are sensitive to being recorded live. The bummer about stuff being recorded without your knowledge is you never know where it will wind up. Sometimes there are people who will record you and have to nerve to turn around and try to sell the recordings overseas or whatever. I don't recall discussing this exact subject with the band but I am speaking on how I feel about it. Artists spend months making a studio record and prepare very hard to make a legitimate live recording as well. I just think if people want a recording they should just go buy the one the band releases at the local record store and come to the shows to enjoy the live performance not "bootleg" a recording. I'm not sure what Stevie's feelings are on this matter. Music is how we as artists and musicians communicate to the world so we want people to hear it. Hope to see you on tour, take care........
Hi Brett! Thanks so much for answering questions! I think you are very talented and I am looking forward to hearing you play again in Arizona next week. On to my question. I was at one of the "New Years Tour" shows on December 29th and was so touched at the emotion Stevie showed. She seemed incredibly amazed that we all knew all of the words to her songs and sang along with her, almost as if she were unaware of how important she is to us fans. Did she talk about this at all? And is she as truly unaffected as she seems? She seems so down to earth and approachable, not at all like someone who is so famous and universally loved! Thanks again! (Connie, Stockton, California, USA)