Mick Fleetwood reflects on the 50 year anniversary since the Marquee Club changed his life forever.
Check out some of our highlights from Mick Fleetwood’s article in the Sunday Express.
‘It was there I made life-long friends, saved sweethearts and survived fights. It was there I went from complete obscurity to learning the tools of my trade from the musical masters of our time.’
‘The Marquee was the jewel of the London clubs. All the musicians wanted to play there.'
‘I have a first, stomach-turning memory of playing the Marquee with my band The Cheynes. We had no following and it was a miracle to have been asked to back the legendary blues star Sonny Boy Williamson. This giant of a man played a tiny harmonica and dressed in the coolest suits, all mismatched fabrics in wild designs. We had studied his albums and learned his every note by heart to prepare for this honour.’
‘On the night Sonny Boy went totally off book, dropping into the middle eight at different places. We just didn’t get it and kept trying to play the song the way we had learned it. We even tried to correct him by corralling him back to the way the song was supposed to go.’
‘This did not go over well. He stopped playing in mid-song and bawled us out in front of the audience for not following his lead, not listening or watching for his signals.’
‘It’s a funny thing, going back to an iconic place to commemorate the fact that something great happened there.’
‘I remember walking into the Marquee on a rainy day in the early 1980s like a ghost, wandering through a unique moment in time. I was there at the club’s inception and became a part of its history. This was where I came up the ranks, this was where I met John McVie, this was where the rhythm section of Fleetwood Mac was born. I hold it in my heart with utmost gratitude.’
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AWESOME Make sure you don't miss this! Anniversary signature t shirts will be available to buy on the online shop this summer!
Features gold foil and photo pint panel.
New range of collectable art to launch for Summer 2014!
Available as box canvases, high quality prints and posters.