- 26 Jul 20
The outpouring of love and respect underlines just what a blues and rock 'n' roll giant the Fleetwood Mac founder was
A slew of fellow musicians have been paying tribute to the late, extremely great Peter Green who passed away yesterday. What's immediately apparent is the way he transcended genres with punks, metallers, indie guitar gods and prog rockers all attesting to his almost supernatural powers.
“For me, and every past and present member of Fleetwood Mac, losing Peter Green is monumental!” Mick Fleetwood says in a statement to Rolling Stone. “Peter was the man who started the band Fleetwood Mac along with myself, John McVie, and Jeremy Spencer. No one has ever stepped into the ranks of Fleetwood Mac without a reverence for Peter Green and his talent, and to the fact that music should shine bright and always be delivered with uncompromising passion!!!”
Adds Stevie Nicks: “I am sorry to hear about the passing of Peter Green. My biggest regret is that I never got to share the stage with him. I always hoped in my heart of hearts that it would happen.
"When I first listened to all the Fleetwood Mac records, I was very taken with his guitar playing. It was one of the reasons I was excited to join the band. His legacy will live on forever in the history books of Rock n Roll. It was in the beginning, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and I thank you, Peter Green, for that. You changed our lives…”
"Peter Green, composer of the most incredibly beautiful haunting songs has passed on from this world," Annie Lennox messages. "He couldn’t handle the intensity of the music industry and left the band before they rocketed to global super stardom. What a beautiful legacy of songs he’s left behind... RIP sir."
"One of the great guitar players of all time," notes Steve Van Zandt. "The second of the three legends John Mayall featured in the Bluesbreakers. He somehow managed to follow Eric Clapton at his peak. That’s how good he was. (Mick Taylor would follow him). Started Fleetwood Mac. Big loss."
Agrees Johnny Marr: "A unique artist and a beautiful guitar player."
"Peter Green was one of my biggest inspirations when I first started playing guitar," recalls Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos. "I love the way he played and I probably play guitar now because I wanted to be like him.
"Shocked to hear about Peter Green’s death,@ reflects Steve Hackett. "He was an extraordinary guitarist and a great influence..."
"I mourn the passing and celebrate the life of Peter Green," rues Robyn Hitchcock. "Alumnus of John Mayall, founder of Fleetwood Mac, Green took blues guitar out of the fire and into the opaque depths of the soul. Thank you for your work, Peter - travel on
Scroll down for lots more tributes:
— Kirk Hammett (@KirkHammett) July 25, 2020
RIP #PeterGreen amazing ‘ 60’s guitarist B B King said out of all the British blues guitar players of the 60s and early 70s he was the only one who gave him chills! Praise indeed...
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) July 25, 2020
Sometimes when Peter Green took a solo he would turn his volume DOWN that’s how cool that dude was #RIPPeterGreen
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) July 25, 2020
Peter Green. Ah. What a great guitar genius he was. Born Peter Allen Greenbaum, of course. I do hope Wiley's tweets didn't finish him off.
— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) July 25, 2020
— Zakk Wylde (@ZakkWyldeBLS) July 26, 2020
Inductee Peter Green co-founded @fleetwoodmac & shaped their sound w/ his fluid blues guitar, gravelly vocals & evocative songwriting on hits like “Oh Well” & “Black Magic Woman.” His impact has endured, inspiring many Inductees from B.B. King to Eric Clapton to Kirk Hammett. pic.twitter.com/kt6ZZbD58E
— Rock Hall (@rockhall) July 26, 2020