“You changed our lives”: Stevie Nicks pays tribute to guitarist Peter Green

“My biggest regret is that I never got to share the stage with him”

Stevie Nicks Onstage

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Stevie Nicks has paid tribute to Fleetwood Mac guitarist and co-founder Peter Green, who died Saturday (25 July) at 73.

In her tribute message, Nicks revealed that Green’s guitar playing was one of the reasons she decided to join Fleetwood Mac in 1974, some five years after Green’s departure. She tweeted: “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.”

Green’s family announced on Saturday that the guitarist had died “peacefully in his sleep”. He, alongside drummer Mick Fleetwood, bassist John McAvie and guitarist Jeremy Spencer co-founded Fleetwood Mac in 1967.

Green established his reputation as an adept songwriter while in Fleetwood Mac. He has penned hits such as Albatross and Black Magic Woman, the latter of which was famously covered by Santana.

Mick Fleetwood mourned Green’s passing in a statement made to Rolling Stone, saying that the loss was “monumental”.

Earlier this year, Mick Fleetwood organised a concert in celebration of Green’s career. The likes of David Gilmour, Billy Gibbons, Kirk Hammett and Noel Gallagher were among the many who paid tribute to the guitar great.

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