If you just so happen to follow insiders on TV and social media, you might’ve brushed over them buzzing something about “TUSK!” or “OMG TUSK!” within the past week. Initially, any word of Fleetwood Mac makes me excited. And, as The Americans premiered on FX the other night, their use of the 1979 tension-filled horn-ridden orchestrated jungle-rhythm Fleetwood Mac song “Tusk” couldn’t make me more excited for Fleetwood Mac’s 2013 reunion tour. (That 6 or so-minute opening sequence was filmed so beautifully with such a pulsing, light-hearted ease. You can’t get that tune out of your head!)
I love it when bands are able to employ other talented artists in their works, especially students and groups of unknown collective units that never get noticed.
Fleetwood Mac initially employed USC’s Trojan Marching Band for this song. This is what it would look like if FM brought them to every show:
But, aside the case, Fleetwood Mac has an eclectic collection of songs that capture their heart, their artful songwriting, their love to bang on instruments, to croon, to sway, to rock out, to display such talented instrument-playing… I thought I’d never be able to witness the day this band would reunite and play live in concert during my young life.
FM has always been one of my all-time favorite classic-rock/oldies bands (alongside Hall & Oates and Heart), but their sound is so unique and universal at the same time. Whatever happened to artists and musicians creating intricate pieces of music–with all its instrumentation? (Another reason I’ve always been an old soul when it comes to music.)
If you don’t know how cool this band is, well… You’re missing out. Whether you like the “Landslide” or want to catch some “Dreams” with “Rhiannon”, maybe you should just “Go Your Own Way” if you don’t know their songs.
I’ll be seeing you at one of their shows this year. Save me a date (and some $)!