Post by Michael Messer on Jul 25, 2020 17:15:46 GMT
Very sad to hear that Peter Green has died.
Peter's flame of creativity did not last as long as it should have and much of his life was spent in circumstances that can only be described as tragic.
Luckily for us and for generations to come, Peter Green left a legacy as one of the most important artists of the 20th century.
I have been listening to some of Peter's classic Fleetwood Mac recordings over the past few months, and even now with all the music I have listened to and been involved with in my life, I find his work as a writer, singer, arranger and guitarist, truly quite extraordinary. The people around Peter at the time were very lucky, because he took them to a place they never dreamed existed.
In 2001, along with a bunch of other artists, I shared the bill with Peter Green at the Bishopstock Festival in South West England. As all three of us were playing the same stage on the Sunday, I had the great pleasure of spending a couple of hours with Peter while watching Nina Simone. Peter was very friendly and humble, such a sweet and warm person.
Sat 25th, Main Stage Amor Sat 25th, Main Stage Ana Popovic Band Mon 27th, Main Stage Ben Andrews Sat 25th, Main Stage Booker T and the MG's Mon 27th, Main Stage Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Sat 25th, Main Stage Courtney Pine Sat 25th, Main Stage G. B. Leighton Mon 27th, Main Stage Gary Moore Sun 26th, Main Stage Jimmy Smith Mon 27th, Main Stage Johnny Winter Mon 27th, Main Stage Justin Adams Sun 26th, Main Stage London Community Gospel Choir Sun 26th, Main Stage Lynden David Hall Sat 25th, Main Stage Michael Messer Sun 26th, Main Stage Mighty Mo Rodgers Sun 26th, Main Stage Nina Simone Sun 26th, Main Stage Peter Green and Friends Mon 27th, Main Stage Sue Foley Sat 25th, Main Stage Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band Mon 27th, Main Stage The Delta Blues Cartel Homesick James, Honeyboy Edwards, Henry Townsend, Robert Lockwood Jnr Mon 27th, Main Stage The Fins Sun 26th, Main Stage Van Morrison ---------------------------------
Interestingly and according to Mick Fleetwood (he should know) Peter insisted the band should be called Fleetwood Mac without the Peter Green bit so that if in the future he moved on they would still have an identity.What did he know? He certainly knew at that point that stardom was not for him.
I haven't heard a lot of Peter Green, but listening to the videos Michael posted, I was astonished how similar some of the guitar playing of Man and Sassafras, 2 well known bands in Wales in the early 70s was.