Rapino claims that the press has "scared about every artist" from touring in the fourth quarter of 2010. Major acts have either cancelled dates, seen low takes on the ticket front or cancelled tours altogether. Still, that hasn't stopped Azoff from listing several "big name" artists that will be touring in 2011.
Journey, Kenny Chesney, Neil Diamond, Van Halen and Fleetwood Mac were among the names given by Azoff as artists planning to tour in 2011.
You know, I have absolutely no problem with a band touring in support of a new project. However, the last time Fleetwood Mac had something new to plug was 2003's Say You Will. And, speaking as a former long-time Fleetwood Mac fan, that wasn't really anything to be that proud of. Regardless of how bad Say You Will was, the band still had new material to promote and there were a few new songs being performed live. Then, there was the
What will the band be promoting this time around? Rumours: The 1,000th Re-Release? Rumours of the Greatly, Greater, Greatest and Even More Great Hits of Fleetwood Mac? Or perhaps they will be flogging the country version of Rumours that it has been rumored Stevie Nicks is in Nashville working on. Does the world really need to hear Taylor Swift flatly singing Dreams, Carrie Underwood bellowing out Go Your Own Way or Brad Paisley checking the Gold Dust Woman for ticks? I know Stevie loves to grandmother new female artists and she probably leaped at the chance to get to re-make Fleetwood Mac's most successful record because of getting to work with the likes of Swift and Underwood. That still doesn't justify a country version of Rumours, in my humble opinion.
As we all know, just because something is announced doesn't mean it is set in stone when it comes to the entertainment industry. With Dave Stewart having already made quite the issue out of working with Stevie Nicks on material for a solo project for the bedazzled beauty and Nicks returning the favor by appearing on a track on Stewart's new album it will be interesting to see how Stevie manages to fit her solo career in with another outing in the "boys club" she feels Fleetwood Mac has become. Quite frankly, I think Stevie should put herself above the band because at this point, brand new solo material from Stevie is a much better idea than another greatest hits tour from Fleetwood Mac.