Drummer Mick Fleetwood, the founder of Fleetwood Mac has had a stupendous career but one thing that remains on his wishlist is, playing with The Rolling Stones.
Mick Fleetwood wanted to play with The Rolling Stones
“I used to go down and see the Rolling Stones at Eel Pie Island [in South London] when I didn’t know them at all,” Fleetwood recalled to Classic Rock, remembering his early years in the band the Cheynes. “We went on tour with them in 1964. And to this day Keith Richards is one of the three people who call me Michael; John McVie and Eric Clapton are the others.
“The Stones really are my favorite band,” the drummer continued. “My dream was always that Charlie Watts got the flu, and I get to save the day and play with the Stones for a week. But the call never came.” Steve Jordan now drums for the Stones, we’ll have to see if Mick Fleetwood can eventually join them.
Though Fleetwood has never drummed for the Stones, he has collaborated with many of the band’s members. In 1983, Fleetwood and Richards played with Jerry Lee Lewis on the short-lived variety show Salute! Fleetwood was also the drummer on Ronnie Wood’s 1979 solo album Gimme Some Neck, and in 2020, former Stones bassist Bill Wyman participated in Fleetwood’s all-star tribute to Peter Green.
Fleetwood Mac have been inactive since 2018/19 “An Evening with Fleetwood Mac” world tour. It saw the band going on the road for the first time in 20 years without guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. They had a turbulent split.
The musician was replaced with Crowded House’s Neil Finn and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell. Recently, longtime keyboardist and singer Christine McVie opened up about the band’s situation, and it’s not looking good.