Steve Smith: Fleetwood Mac plans first album in 14 years, U2 to play Rose Bowl, Joel at Dodger Stadium, and more

After taking 2016 off – except for a private concert for the Los Angeles Dodgers – Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie said that the band has been recording what will result in their first studio album in 14 years in the hope that it will be released this year. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the 73-year-old McVie, who retired from the band for 16 years, from 1998 until officially rejoining in 2014, confirmed: “We cut seven songs in the studio already for the start of a brand-new studio album.” She noted that these songs were recorded close to two years ago, adding: “We shelved that temporarily and then went out on the road and did the tour (on 2015).”
2 stop at the 12,200-seat Viejas Arena in San Diego). She says the band appears ready to finish the recording. “Lindsay (Buckingham) and I, we have plenty of songs. So, we’re going to carry on and try to finish the record.” She going on a solo tour at the moment (Nicks recently added 20 gigs beginning Feb.23 with Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders that includes a Mar. There are tons more in the bag that have yet to record – and they’re fantastic. “Now, actually, I think we’re going back in (the studio) in October to try to finish it off.” About Stevie Nicks’ participation, McVie added: “Stevie hasn’t participated yet, but hope springs eternal.

Select band members, including its current five members, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Contemporary American folk rockers The Lumineers will open the show. The following year they received the prestigious Brit Award for its Outstanding Contribution to Music. Among the new dates is his first ever gig at 56,000-seat Dodger Stadium on May 13. A week after Joel pounds it out at Dodger Stadium, Irish superstars U2 will play before approximately 65,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on May 20. Tickets go on sale today. JOEL, U2 GO BIG IN SOCALHere come the biggies: Billy Joel added six stadium shows to his 2017 tour schedule. Tickets go on sale Tuesday.

The last Fleetwood Mac album with all five classic era members (McVie, Buckingham, Nicks, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie) as the triple-platinum “Tango in the Night,” which came out 30 years ago, in 1987. One of the best-selling bands of all time, Fleetwood Mac, formed by Fleetwood and John McVie in London in 1967, have sold more than 100 million albums, including their 1977 LP, “Rumours,” that has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide and won the Album of the Year Grammy. The Mac’s last album, 2003’s “Say You Will,” was recorded without McVie during her retirement. 3 here and was certified gold. It hit No.