DRUMMER Allan Cosgrove never imagined when setting up tribute band Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, that he would later get to play alongside idol and the original band’s drummer Mick Fleetwood.
But Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, RFM, named after the original bands’ best selling 1977 album, have had such massive success since starting over 14 years ago, that Fleetwood’s blessing has been just the icing on the cake.
“He could have thrown us to the lions but he was great. He’s even played with us a few times,” said Cosgrove.
“Of course, as Mick’s the drummer, I’m on the maracas that night but we’re very humble to think that they would come out to see the show. It’s a real testament to what we’re doing.”
Cosgrove said he admired Fleetwood Mac as one of the “pillars holding up the music industry” but felt some modern acts could not measure up.
“Where Fleetwood Mac came from, their songs all had relevance, they really stood for something back then. A fan base could look into the music and see into the lives of the singers.
“I’m not knocking the XFactor but it does inhibit a lot of new music. We already know what will be number one for Christmas.”
Cosgrove called his band’s performance a “bank raid of greatest hits” which treated the songs with the “upmost respect.”
“We have no poetic license when it comes to the music, we can never make it our own, but we can put a little edge on it.”
He promised a knockout show for the band’s visit to Birmingham next month adding that the city would expect nothing less.
“Birmingham has a discerning audience and can be very unforgiving if you don’t get it right so you had better know you’re stuff!”
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac play Birmingham Town Hall on Tuesday January 31 at 8pm.
Tickets are £22.50 available from the Box Office on 0121 345 0600 or online at www.thsh.co.uk.