Rumours of Fleetwood Mac are regarded as one of the world’s best tributes to the famous band – even winning the backing of Mick Fleetwood himself.
Aberdeen has become almost an annual stop-off for the group, but this year’s visit, which takes place at the Tivoli tonight, will be somewhat different as they recreate the famous Rumours album in full.
Drummer Allan Gosgrove told the Evening Express: “We hit on the idea of 40 years of the Rumours album which we thought was a good idea.
“We haven’t played a gig like that where we play in track order like the piece of vinyl.
“So we thought it would be great to craft the show with the first half the rumours album and the second half the Peter Green stuff, where it all started for Fleetwood Mac,
“The only problem is a lot of the big hits have gone away in the first half because they were on that album.
“But you have five decades of hits to go on – so it still works.
“It’s been exciting to play the rumours album and I think it’s captured people’s imaginations because we’re on sell outs most places we go.
Fleetwood Mac’s 40 minutes masterpiece has shifted more than 40 million copies worldwide since its release in 1977 and Allan admits that recreating it has been a painstaking process.
“It was 100 hours of rehearsal time in the studio,” he said.
“Now we have a musical director for the show and he’s worked really hard.
“From my point of view it was changing a lifetime of how I used to perform it – it’s not an Allan Gosgrove drum fill, it’s a Mick Fleetwood one.
“I’ve got to keep my eye on the ball now when we play this stuff.
“We make a statement at the top of the show and say we’re going to try and do this as authentically as we can, which is a hard task.
“I grew up with that album, so you subliminally know it, but when it comes to performing it it’s a different thing. But it’s all working great.
“(It’s about the music) I’m not going on in high heeled shoes to look taller and sticking on a pony tail – it’s not about that.
“We love the material and have been influenced by it as players.”
At nearly 58-years-old Allan fondly remembers the album’s release – but he’s aware much of the audience at his band’s shows wasn’t.
“We ask who was born and half the audience go we were and half go we weren’t – half the band weren’t.
“With vinyl you had to put on the needle and let it roll and wash over you. Our audience base goes from 14 to older than 70.
“It was an iconic album. The Rumours album is about taking you back to a place and a time and I think people absorb the first half. We come back in for the second half and people are ready for lift-off.
“A G&T at half-time helps – and a beer for us.
“The 50 and 60-somethings remember the Peter Green stuff, remember Albatross, and are sat in front of us with their kids.
“A lot of their memories are pre Rumours.
“You get young kids saying ‘I didn’t know that was Fleetwood Mac – I thought it was Led Zepplin.
“But it’s great for them to realise it happened way back and they go looking for it on Spotify.
“We get a lot of messages asking what songs were at the start of the second half.”
Regular fans of the tribute band will notice a few line-up changes since it was last in the Granite City.
Allan explained: “It’s 18 years the band and show has been together.
“This touring season we are out to Europe and over to America, so the guys and the girls that have been in the show historically have had babies and life is going the way of next moves.
“It’s what happens with these shows – but what was special about the last cast is we were one big team and have done it an awful long time.
“It’s exciting but it’s sad as well.”
Allan said the band was looking forward to the sold-out show as the band prepares to set foot in the Tivoli for the first time.
“Whenever we come to Scotland and whenever I go north I feel like I’m going home,” he said.
“We were up before and it was a frenzy. I always feel at home and the audiences are exceptional and they always have been.”