Rumours, the Fleetwood Mac Tribute-Heads to Miller Theater
Presented by Friends With Benefits
Rumours, the redhot Fleetwood Mac tribute band, played their first gig at the tiny Star Bar in Little Five Points Atlanta in April 2015.
In less than a year, they would sell out the Georgia Theater in Athens.
“They played Sky City Master’s week two years ago and just blew everyone away,” said Friends With Benefits CEO George Claussen.
The band Fleetwood Mac just so happens to be one of Claussen’s favorites from back in the day, so he may be a little biased.
You may be aware of Fleetwood Mac more so than usual lately. Last April they fired longtime bandmate Lindsey Buckingham just as they were mounting a new tour.
At the time Stevie Nicks cited Buckingham wanting too much time off to concentrate on his solo work as the reason for his being kicked out of the band.
Yet speaking to Rolling Stone, Buckingham recounted what he says happened earlier this year.
He explained two days after the MusiCares concert late last year, the band’s manager, Irving Azoff, called him at home in LA to pass on a message from Nicks.
“Stevie never wants to be on a stage with you again,” he was reportedly told.
“We rehearsed for two days, and everything was great,” according to an article in NME.
Buckingham said of the days before the phone call “We were getting along great.”
But, during the conversation with Azoff, he was given a list of things “Stevie took issue with” in New York, including how he had “smirked” during her thank you speech and that he had had an outburst over the band’s intro music, ‘Rhiannon’.
It doesn’t help that they are former lovers navigating fame, egos and agendas.
Rumours fortunately has none of that.
“Probably one of the biggest nationally recognized tribute bands that there is,” Claussen continued. “Probably Fleetwood Mac twenty years ago…they’re young, they have the energy. I’ve never seen a cover band as on point.”
“Not too many tribute bands that can go into a place like the Miller and crush ticket sales like these guys have,” Claussen said.
With right at 500 tickets already sold, the band is almost halfway to a sellout, which is made all the more impressive when you take into account the show is general admission.
“We were saying if we could get to 500 tickets we’d be golden, and we’re already there with a month to go,” according to Claussen.
Rumours-a Fleetwood Mac Tribute
Thursday, September 12
Tickets $20 and available
Miller Theater 9 PM