Peter Green dead at 73 – Mick Fleetwood pays touching tribute to band co-founder after he peacefully dies in his sleep

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MICK Fleetwood has paid tribute to his “dearest friend” Peter Green after he died aged 73.

Fleetwood, also 73, and Green formed Fleetwood Mac in London in 1967.

The musician called Green his “dearest friend” and added they “trail blazed one hell of a musical road for so many to enjoy”.

Fleetwood said: “For me, and every past and present member of Fleetwood Mac, losing Peter Green is monumental.

“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.”

Fleetwood added: “Peter, I will miss you, but rest easy your music lives on. I thank you for asking me to be your drummer all those years ago.

“We did good, and trail blazed one hell of a musical road for so many to enjoy.

“God speed to you, my dearest friend……. Love Mick Fleetwood.”

Green’s family said the music legend passed away peacefully in his sleep in a statement through solicitors.

The statement from Swan Turton solicitors said: “It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep.

“A further statement will be provided in the coming days”.

Peter was from Bethnal Green, East London and was a blues rock singer-songwriter and guitarist.

He co-founded Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick and Jeremy Spencer on guitar in 1967 – and performed as a British blues band.

In its early days it was called Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac.

The band’s early hits include “Oh Well” and Man of the World”.

Peter left Fleetwood Mac after a final performance in 1970 as he struggled with mental health difficulties.

He was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent time in hospitals undergoing electro-convulsive therapy during the mid-70s.

In 1974, Mick was introduced to Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks – who evolved the band’s music to a more pop-rock sound.

The band continued with a transformed line-up featuring a core group of Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie and Christine McVie.

This phase gave rise to their huge albums Fleetwood Mac and Rumours.

Peter was among the eight members of the band – along with Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie, Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer – who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

In 2019, Rolling Stone ranked Peter at number 58 in its 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list.

In 2017, Mick said in an interview with The Associated Press that Peter deserves the lion’s share of the credit for the bands success.

Peter went to release solo albums starting with the 1979’s “In The Skies”.

He also contributed to “Rattlesnake Shake ” and Super Brains” on Mick’s solo album “The Visitor” in 1981.

Peter then formed the Peter Green Splinter Group in the late 1990s, and released nine albums between 1997 and 2004.

Earlier this year, artists including Mick, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and guitarists Jonny Lang and Andy Fairweather Low performed at the London Palladium during a gig celebrating the early years of Fleetwood Mac and its founder Peter Green.

Artists have paid tribute to the legendary guitarist.

Guitarist Bernie Marsden shared a picture and his memories of Peter Green in a long tribute on social media.

The Whitesnake musician wrote on Instagram: “I can’t quite express my feelings this afternoon after learning of Peter’s death. I’m just thinking of the times we spent together in the last couple of years, hanging out with him at his home was very special.

“A memory I’ll cherish. He made me laugh, cry, wonder, and never failed to make me pinch myself when we were alone one to one.

“There I was, sat with my hero. As a musician I can only be one of the millions he touched, his talent for guitar playing, vocals and harmonica would have been more than most people could have possibly wished for, and then you add those wonderful songs, original, vibrant, atmospheric, outright psychedelic and so much fun, to listen to and witness. Those early days of Fleetwood Mac will stay in my mind forever.

“Many more words will be written and spoken about Peter, but I will – very simply – just miss him.

“This photograph was taken at his house in February – the day of the London Palladium show. He was in a cheeky mood, and when I asked him if he would like to have been in London, he shrugged a little, gave me a smile and said, ‘No, I’m having a cup of tea with you.’ He made great tea. Of course. RIP PG.”

Film director Edgar Wright tweeted: “RIP Fleetwood Mac co founder and original lead singer Peter Green. What a belter this is. ‘Oh Well’ (Live 1969)”.

Peter married Jane Samuels in January 1978 and they divorced in 1979.

They shared a daughter, Rosebud Samuels-Greenbaum, born 1978.

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