The early songs of Fleetwood Mac, when they were a blues band, will ring out over Easter with Bluesfest announcing The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band Featuring Rick Vito with a bunch of others included on the bill this week.
The band is led by the legendary Mick Fleetwood, the iconic co-founder and drummer of Fleetwood Mac, providing a backbone with his unmistakable power-house percussion and persona. And at the front is Rick Vito, veteran bluesman and former Fleetwood Mac vocalist and lead guitarist. He adds his personal touch while staying true to the styling of early Fleetwood Mac front man Peter Green, who along with Lenny Castellanos on bass and Mark Johnston on keyboard, will be delivering a world class blend of blues and rock to the Bluesfest audience.
Also just announced on the bill are Eagles of Death Metal. The Californian band outfit, making their Bluesfest debut, was formed by singer Jesse Hughes and drummer/guitarist Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age) in 1998, after Homme wondered what a cross between the Eagles and a death metal band would sound like. The Eagles of Death Metal recently released their first new studio album in seven years, Zipper Down. Coming to Bluesfest is front man and guitarist Jesse Hughes along with touring band, Eden Galindo, Dave Catching (Queens of The Stone Age) on guitars, Matt McJunkins on bass and Julian Dorio on drums.
Playing for Change Band, Chain, Backsliders, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Irish Mythen, Digging Roots, Frazey Ford, Marshall O’Kell, Sahara Beck and Emma Donovan & The Putbacks were also included in today’s announcement.
“Wow…..Mick Fleetwood’s Blues Band doing the early songs of Fleetwood Mac, when they were a Blues Band, plus current Blues Award nominee for Best Contemporary Blues album, Eugene Hideaway Bridges,” Festival Director Peter Noble said in his statement. “Then add Australia’s two greatest Blues bands ever, Chain and the Backsliders, Playing For Change, who continue through their good work and constant touring to build music schools in third world countries for young people to learn instruments, and literally play their way out of poverty, and showing great bravery to get out on the road, the Eagles of Death Metal – that’s an announcement. I have lost count, I think that’s our ninth, and of course, the other artists announced in this one are cracking too.
“Along with Kendrick Lamar, Joe Bonamassa, The National, City and Colour, D’Angelo, Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tom Jones and so many more, Easter at Byron Bay Bluesfest is the only place to be in 7 weeks’ time.”
Gold Coast’s very own Hussy Hicks will also perform at Bluesfest, with shows on Friday 25 and Sunday 27 March.
Bluesfest takes place over the Easter long weekend.