Friday, 19 October, 2018

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies at age 68

Fleetwood Mac's Danny Kirwan Dies at 68 Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Danny Kirwan Dead at 68
Charles Bowen | 10 June, 2018, 18:56

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan has died, aged 68, bandmate Mick Fleetwood has confirmed.

The iconic rock band broke the news by sharing a touching tribute post onto their Facebook page, revealing Kirwan had died in London on Friday.

'Thank you, Danny Kirwan. He wrote: "Danny was a huge force in our early years".

Wrote Fleetwood, "Danny's true legacy, in my mind, will forever live on in the music he wrote and played so beautifully as a part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac, that has now endured for over fifty years".

'You will forever be missed! He was still only 17 when he came to the attention of established British blues band Fleetwood Mac, while he was playing in London with his first band Boilerhouse.

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Kirwan made his recording debut on the band's #1 United Kingdom instrumental hit, "Albatross", released in November 1968.

However, at around the same time, while on tour in Germany, the group attended a party where Kirwan and Green reportedly took LSD laced with a powerful ingredient that, according to Fleetwood and McVie, apparently caused significant changes in their behavior for years to come. Unfortunately, Kirwan's struggles with alcoholism impacted his relationship with the band, and he was let go after the release of Bare Trees, just three years before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the group. It cites Kirwan's Bare Trees' track "Sunny Side of Heaven" as "one of the 10 best Mac songs ever recorded". Though the album failed to chart in the United Kingdom, it reached #70 in the U.S. Five of the album's 10 songs - including the title track - were written by Kirwan.

Later that year, Kirwan was sacked from the band, amid bad behavior and alcoholism.

Further details about Kirwan's death have not been released.

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