On this day (Oct. 17) in 1975, Fleetwood Mac played one of their first shows as the classic lineup featuring Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and John and Christine McVie. In July of that year, the once British-blues band released their classic self-titled album and welcomed Americans Nicks and Buckingham into the fold, solidifying the cast of characters we’ve come to know. When that record made its way to American shores, Fleetwood Mac springboarded to musical fame, gaining much pop clout with hits like “Rhiannon,” “Landslide” and “Over My Head.” At this 1975 show, they played several soon-to-be hits, and showed an American audience what the new Fleetwood Mac was all about.
Fleetwood Mac’s October 1975 performance at the now-closed Capitol Theatre in Passiac, N.J. is something of a legendary one. Though a short set, the band squeezed in time for classics like “Rhiannon” and “Landslide” as well as other tracks from Fleetwood Mac including “World Turning” and “I’m So Afraid.” They also cranked out a rare rendition of “Hypnotized” from 1973’s Mystery To Me.
This historic concert highlights Fleetwood Mac on their rise to pop stardom, as noted in Wolfgangs’ liner notes:
This recording captures the band at that exciting time, during their transition from British blues-rockers to Top 40 pop music superstars. Shortly after the recording of this show, the band’s status in the U.S. and the rest of the world would explode with the release of hits like “Rhiannon,” “Landslide” and “I’m So Afraid.” Each of those songs, along with the band’s rare version of the Welsh-written hit, “Hypnotized,” are part of this short but historic performance. Not to be missed.
Watch Fleetwood Mac perform “Hypnotized” below. Then listen to the entire historic concert further down via the Paste vault.