You’ve got to hand it to conglomerate music marketers. They sure know how to make a classic rock anniversary an event.
Here at Tunes & Tix, two anniversaries over the last year come to mind; on one side, you have the golden anniversary of “Please Please Me, the Beatles’ first chart-topping single, which would cause a ripple effect changing popular music forever.
On the other side, you have the 35th anniversary of “Rumours,” Fleetwood Mac’s era defining 1977 release. From it’s dominance on pop radio in 1977 and 1978 to its place in regular rotation on classic rock radio to an entire episode of “Glee” devoted to the album, “Rumours” remains a pop culture mainstay and a big-seller in any form of musical means. When the set was saluted by “Glee” last year, it was an iTunes top 10 hit.
Not to diminish the staying power of the set, but turning the 35th anniversary of any major release into an event reeks of boardroom conception.
Celebrating the 20th and 25th anniversary of a popular music set or event is commonplace and much more easy to get behind, and the 50-year milestone – especially of something as the start of Beatlemania – is surely something to acknowledge. But the 35 year-mark is pushing it in terms of significance.
Needless to say, both Fleetwood Mac and their corporate machine appear more than happy to recognize “Rumours” at 35. In February, a multi-disc reissue hit the shelves and the `net, and this comes nine years after their first expanded, vault-raiding reissue of the album.
The most interesting event tied to “Rumours” in the last year, though, is in book form.
Album co-producer and engineer Ken Caillat released a warts-and-all memoir, “Making Rumours,” last year. The tome pretty much confirmed the bacchanalian circumstances and creative and romantic tensions that surrounded the album, not to mention painted band songsmith Lindsey Buckingham in a not-so-stellar light.
Let’s see what the Mac and Co. come up with next year, when “Tusk” turns 35, by the way. Here at Tunes & Tix, “Tusk” reins supreme.
Fleetwood Mac, 8 p.m. April 13, United Center, 1901 W. Madison, Chicago. $49.50, $79.50, $149.50. FYI: (312) 455-4500, UNITEDCENTER.COM
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