Back in 1981 Stevie Nicks released 'Leather and Lace', the second single from her solo debut album Bella Donna.
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Stevie Nicks pays emotional tribute to Peter Green: “You changed our lives”

Stevie Nicks, the lead singer of iconic rock group Fleetwood Mac, has paid tribute to the band’s late co-founder Peter Green.

The influential blues-rock musician, who was instrumental in the band’s success, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2020. Green’s family announced the guitarist’s sad passing via their solicitor and offered up a brief statement with more to follow at a later date.

Green’s estate announced today that the guitarist had died, saying in a statement: “It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep. A further statement will be provided in the coming days.”

The musician, born in the East end of London, hailing from Bethnal Green and formed Fleetwood Mac with close friend, and drummer, Mick Fleetwood way back in 1967.

Reflecting on the tragic news, Nicks has paid tribute to the musician and offered her regret at having never had the opportunity to perform live with him. “I am sorry to hear about the passing of Peter Green. My biggest regret is that I never got to share the stage with him,” Nicks said in a statement posted to social media. “I always hoped in my heart of hearts that that would happen.”

She added: “When I first listened to all the Fleetwood Mac records, I was very taken with his guitar playing. It was one of the reasons I was excited to join the band. His legacy will live on forever in the history books of Rock n Roll. It was in the beginning, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and I thank you, Peter Green, for that. You changed our lives.”

Nicks is just one of a number of iconic figures within the band and the music industry as a whole to have paid tribute to the band founder. Mick Fleetwood, who created Fleetwood Mac alongside Green in 1967, went on to continue with the group following Green’s departure in 1970, issued a statement to Rolling Stone: “For me, and every past and present member of Fleetwood Mac, losing Peter Green is monumental,” he said.

“Peter was the man who started the band Fleetwood Mac along with myself, John McVie, and Jeremy Spencer. No one has ever stepped into the ranks of Fleetwood Mac without a reverence for Peter Green and his talent, and to the fact that music should shine bright and always be delivered with uncompromising passion!” 

He added, “Peter, I will miss you, but rest easy your music lives on. I thank you for asking me to be your drummer all those years ago. We did good, and trailblazed one hell of a musical road for so many to enjoy. God speed to you, my dearest friend.”

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