Neale Heywood, August 16 - 31, 2000
You may be possibly be asked this question a lot during your Q&A Session so, please forgive me if I'm not the first one.
1. What exactly is holding up Lindsey's brand new solo album from being released this year. It's been at least two years in the making. I hear it's a good one. (Steve Elliott, Arlington, Virginia, USA)
Well, I don't believe there is any one thing holding up the record release. As you might guess there is a huge amount of planning and strategizing to be done in preparation for an album release-- T.V., radio, live shows, etc. This is where things are at right now so patience my friend, it won't be long now, and it will be worth it.
2. What are Christine, John and Mick doing now ? Any new music coming from Fleetwood Mac ? We all know that Stevie is releasing her new solo album this Fall. (Steve Elliott)
In response to your second question, I think there will always be the possibility of more music from the gang especially after the reception the last album received, I certainly would love to see that.
3. Are Lindsey, Stevie, Christine, John, and Mick aware of The Penguin's Q&A Sessions ? You should tell them to come on and do one, if they don't. It would be fun for them as well as us fans. Thanks for helping to make Lindsey's "Out of the Cradle" Tour a very enjoyable concert for me. (Steve Elliott)
Lastly, I think the guys and gals are aware of the Q&A sessions so the ball is in their court right now.
Hello Mr. Heywood! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions for us! I was wondering, and I'm sure many other people might be also, why was "Eyes of the World" only done in the opening show of The Dance tour? It is one of my favorite songs, and I love how it sounds live. Also, were there any other songs that Fleetwood Mac had talked about doing for The Dance tour, but didn't actually make the setlist? (Josh Williams, East Liverpool, Ohio, USA)
Which Malibooz album did you work on with Walter Egan? And what about the Sara Fleetwood vocals? Please tell us a bit about the film and TV work you have done since your move to Colorado. Thank You. (Timothy Kee, North Huntington, Pennsylvania, USA)
Hello Neale! I was wondering if you had gotten a chance to hear any of Lindsey's upcoming album? If so, what did you think? Word has it that he had recorded part of it with the Out of the Cradle band but that it didn't work out with the record co. Any ideas what happened? Can you tell him that A LOT of people want to hear it already! :-) Thank you. (Jensen, Larksville, Pennsylvania, USA)
Yes, I've been fortunate to hear a good portion of the new record pretty much from the begining of the process to present date. The work that was done with the band from the Cradle tour was more a way for Lindsey to flush out some ideas quickly as we'd just gotten off the road and were working well together. I don't think any of it was submitted to or rejected by the record company, as i say, more of handy platform for Lindsey to get things going. Numerous times during the whole reunion project a cassette would come out for an airing of the work in progress and back in LA after the tour I'd visit the studio where he'd settled in for a couple of months and have the honor really of a private listening. Everything sounds great to me, classic Mr. Buckingham I think.
You said in your biography that Lindsey taught you how to play his Buckingham Nicks classic 'Stephanie.' Can you tell us a little more about how that came about? It is very fascinating that the two of you would pick up and play that song. Any impressions of the rest of the Buckingham Nicks album? Thanks! (Jo, Larksville, Pennsylvania, USA)
Hi Neale Heywood,
First of all...was the fire near you in Colorado? I pray your property was spared! Such a beautiful part of this country! I Love It!
You are so fortunate to have played on Lindsey Buckingham's OOTC Tour ! Janet [Robin] told us what a fun time it was & that sitting down with Lindsey playing and discussing music, was like sitting down with Mozart ! She just absorbed so much from him musically! Lindsey commented that he was so pleased with the band he put together which felt just like a family! Can you comment on the gig and how was Lindsey to work with musically and personally? Thanks for the encouraging words about the album! Maybe LB has to come up with videos to support the work! What I have heard is awesome ! WOW !!! BRAVO Lindsey Buckingham my musical hero! Cheers for Great Musicians... (Charlotte Ann, North Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Are you and Ray Lindsey ever mistaken for brothers? LOL !!! (Michelle, Los Angeles, California, USA)
I'm flattered. Ray is a gorgeous man!
Hello, Neale! What was it like working with Brett Tuggle and so many other musicians on The Dance? Do you have an official website? Also, would you sign copies of the Dance that fans send to you? Much thanks! (Brian Larsen, Laurel, Maryland, USA)
Hello Neale, First off I wanna say that your a great guitarist! I really enjoyed listening to you in Lindsey's guitar army on the OOTC tour. I was at the first shows and you guys sounded great. Now to my questions....I'm sorta a guitar nut and was wondering what kind of guitars do you play? And have you ever played the Turner Guitar Lindsey uses? Also, will you be playing in Lindsey's band for his upcoming tour? Sure hope so. Thanks Neale and best to you. Cheers. (David Gaines, Norwalk, California, USA)
Do you mind telling us your first impressions of Mick, John, Christine, Stevie, and Lindsey when you first met them? Any interesting stories about any of them from the Dance tour? (Jo, Larksville, Pennsylvania, USA)
I met all the guys and gals at different times over a 10-15 year period so the first rehearsals weren't as overwhelming as they possibly could have been, although I do remember walking into the rehearsal room on the first day and seeing Lindsey, Stevie, and Christine around one microphone polishing up the Gold Dust Woman chorus harmonies and felt a little rush.
Hi Neale! I was pleased to see that you hail from sunny Southend - which pubs did you drink at when you lived here? Do you ever re-visit the area? I have two FM questions:
1. The guys' performance on The Dance seemed perfect throughout, but are there certain songs that they find more difficult to perform than others? If so, which songs do they find easier and which are more difficult?
2. Do you think fatherhood has changed Lindsey at all? Many thanks. (Jane, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK)
Hi Neale! Just wanted to say that I was at the Wiltern show in 1993 during OOTC tour and you guys rocked! My question is do you know if Lindsey's upcoming album is going to be a Lindsey solo album or is it going to be a Fleetwood Mac album? There was talk of slapping a FM label on it so it would sell millions and I was just wondering what was going on with it. Thank you. (Bill Strong, West Los Angeles, California, USA)
Hi, Neale. There were a few interviews that Lindsey did during the Dance tour where he said something to the effect of his new cd being about 90% complete. Since you had the advantage of hearing a great part of it during that time, did you feel that it was near completion (way back in 1997) or did you feel it was still very much a work in progress? (Regina, Bronx, New York, USA)
Finally (for now...I'll be back;-)...which member of Fleetwood Mac seemed to be the most affected by the reunion? It seems like it was one emotional love-fest out there and I just wondered if that was what it was like from your side of the stage. Also...did you feel you personally got as much professional satisfaction touring with FM as you did with Lindsey's Out of the Cradle group? Thank you. (Regina)
Hello again Regina,
Neale, thank you so much for doing the Q and A. My question is, do we know yet a definite song list for Lindsey's new album? I've seen two or three lists floating around the internet at various Lindsey and FM websites, but nothing I'd call definitive. If Lindsey tours for the new album would you be touring with him? Do you ever see Lindsey? If you do, please tell him for me that OOTC has to be the greatest album ever(Soul Drifter and Surrender the Rain being my favorite songs on the album) with Go Insane running a close second. The Dance concert I attended at Nissan Pavilion in Virginia was awesome!!! Were you there? It was the first time I had seen the band with Lindsey. He makes quite a difference;) (Vianna, Alexandria, Virginia, USA)
I saw a Neale Heywood listed as producer on a CD from a popular Irish band from Colorado. It also listed credit for guitar work on the CD. Being Irish, I'm curious. Are you that Neale Heywood? (Sean McBean, Denver, Colorado, USA)
How many musicians will tour with Lindsey, and approximately how many many venues are you contemplating? Do you or Lindsey have a fan mail address? We can't wait to see you in Minneapolis! (Jim Roberts, Edina, Minnesota, USA)
Buckingham told Mix magazine in 1993 that the challenge of using an "army of guitars" on his first solo tour was to "keep it from sounding like mush," & added that "on a lot of songs, you have people waiting to come in for something very specific, & then dropping out again."
I assume the arrangements were very rigorously planned & executed for the "Out of the Cradle" tour. Could you comment on that, & compare it with the way arrangements were approached for the Mac reunion tour? Similar ideas & execution? or were you & Brett encouraged to attack the songs in the Mac setlist more freely & spontaneously (without necessarily working out guitar parts in quite such a detailed way)?
My own perspective, as a besotted Machead for most of my life, is that I think the more rigorously orchestrated approach works best on a lot of Buckingham's solo material & on such tightly structured Mac songs as "You Make Loving Fun." At the same time, I really enjoy the band when they're able to let loose & improvise onstage when they perform tunes like "World Turning" or "Not That Funny" (John McVie used to say that they "bounced off" each other). (David, Los Angeles, California, USA)
1) Being a part of the "guitar army" of Lindsey's solo tour, how were the guitar parts distributed for that tour? And, how different was it doing "The Dance" tour in comparison as far as what parts you were asked to play? Was there any stipulation in what TYPE of guitar (Strat, Tele, Les Paul, etc.) you were to use?
2) It was "rumoured" (pun intended) that Lindsey's road band recorded a lot of tracks for the still-awaited follow-up. And, also it was rumoured that a complete album from those sessions was submitted for release. Anything you can confirm or deny regarding those?? (Steve Denison, Long Beach, California, USA)
Hi Neale! Thank you for providing answers to all of our questions! It really means a lot that you take the time to do this.
My question is: Have you heard any word about a re-release of the Buckingham-Nicks album or maybe even a Buckingham-Nicks II? I know that Lindsey and Stevie have both been asked in numerous interviews about what they plan to do with their pre-Mac work since they have the sole rights to it. It seems pretty unaminous with the fans that we would love to have it on CD version and have it see the light of day again...this time being much more successful! Just wondering if Lindsey has spoken of the idea recently to you. I know both he and Stevie have said that it's definitely something they are going to think about. Please let him know that their fans are yelling, "Go for it!" (Melissa, Cape Coral, Florida, USA)
Hi Neale, So good to make your acquaintance and to read your very articulate and interesting remarks! Fleetwood Mac and especially Lindsey had a Banner Year in 1998!!! My question... Did I see you on stage at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction and The Brit Awards and at The Grammy's? Are you the handsome guy with glasses...right behind John and Chris? Thoes were great moments to watch! I nashed my teeth, screamed at the tv and cried out when Lindsey did not win for his Musical Skills on The Dance Album!!! So-o-o-o Very Sad ! But Lindsey has * WON * in many wonderful ways!!! We think Fatherhood and a tad of grey sit very well on our Musical Hero...Lindsey BucKINGham!!! Cheers for Great Musicians!!! (Charlotte Ann, North Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Hello again Charlotte Ann,
Sorry for the redunancy of my first barage of questions...didn't see them being asked previously. Guess you got hit with all the similar questions at once. Hope the same isn't true this time. :-) On to the next round:
Being that "The Dance" was basically a reunion of the 'Rumours' era Fleetwood Mac and, as such, the set list focused mainly on the "white album" through "Tusk" years. Was the set list basically complete by the time you got involved (other than the "Eyes Of The World"/"Second Hand News" switcheroo)? Was there any discussion of them doing any tunes from earlier incarnations (i.e. "Oh Well", "Station Man", etc)? I have to admit, that after seeing them some 40+ times, it was the first tour I'd ever NOT heard them play "Oh Well". That came as a big surprise. (ranking up there in "surprise quotient" as much as the "Out Of The Cradle" band DOING "The Chain")
As you stated earlier, Lindsey preferred (prefers?) cardboard boxes to actual drums; was that the concept during "Out Of The Cradle" band not having a "kit drummer" per se, but using three "percussionists" to fill that gap instead??
During the "Out Of The Cradle" tour, the band played on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno"...if I'm not mistaken, it was a smaller band that the one I saw at the Wiltern...was there a personnel change during the tour, or was it just a truncated band for the TV show?? (Steve Denison, Long Beach, California, USA)
Great Q&A! I was lucky enough to see The Dance tour at three stops and if I never get to see the five of them together again, what a fabulous way to go out! The whole Dance band was top-notch. Now, to my question... When Stevie Nicks put 'Long Distance Winner' on her box set, I was as thrilled as anyone to finally hear a Buckingham/Nicks song on cd. It also made me wonder if that is how we're finally going to get that record on cd, split up on SN's and LB's solo records. That would be a shame, because people who have never heard Buckingham/Nicks would be amazed by how much Fleetwood Mac's sound was influenced by those two, right from the start! After one listen, Lindsey Buckingham's role in Fleetwood Mac's rise to the top becomes much more apparent! Think we'll ever hear B/N's on cd? In it's entirety? (Desiree, Virginia, USA)
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. As a die-hard Lindsey fan, I must say, the show I saw at the Bayou (RIP) in Georgetown, DC was the best I've ever seen. This won't be a popular opinion, but I was bummed about the FM reunion. I was anxously awaiting the new Lindsey album and tour, still am! I saw The Dance tour in VA also, and it was great, but I'd have prefered a solo Lindsey in a smaller venue.
Anyway, my question is this. Being that the first two singles from OOTC were "Wrong" and "Countdown", why were those songs not on the setlist when you hit the road? Did it have to do with arrangements (he did play "Countdown" on Letterman) or was there some other reason?
Again thanks for your time and I can't wait for the new tour! (Dave Lampel, Columbia, Maryland, USA)
Hi Dave, I'm looking forward to it to, glad you enjoyed the first one. You stumped me there for a moment with that question but as I sit here I do seem to remember doing Wrong two or three times maybe we didn't do it at the Bayou, same with Countdown. Unfortunately they didn't seem to work that well live, I can't really say why-- just happens sometimes.
All of the OOTC reviews for the album itself as well as the shows from the tour that I have read have been very, VERY positive...some bordering on gushing. Lindsey and the band had to be proud. But, the album didn't sell well. I was wondering if you have any feelings on why or if you can tell us how Lindsey handled it all (having slow sales and the contrasting image of awesome crowds at the live gigs along with awesome reviews). (Jo, Larksville, Pennsylvania, USA)
Thank you for providing such long and detailed answers. I know it must conumse a lot of time. Probably did not know what you were in for......
Anyway, I noticed on the Dance Tour you providing some background vocals. Do you consider yourself a singer or a more of a backing vocalist. Any songs out there with Neale Heywood on lead vocals?
On Lindsey's new album we have heard that Mick played quite a bit of Drums and Percussion, John some Bass, and Christine some vocals. Did you add any guitar to the album? Was the majority of the instruments again played by Lindsey? For all the talk about his guitar playing, Lindsey seems to be pretty good multi-instrumentalist. A very good Keybaord/piano player I have read. Have you noticed this? Do you have other instruments that you play well? (John, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA)