Peter Green, one of the founding members of the band Fleetwood Mac, has passed away at the age of 73.
The shocking death announcement was made on Saturday by Green’s family, who said that he had died peacefully in his sleep.
Green was a British guitarist and songwriter from East London. Back in the late 1960s, he, Mick Fleetwood, and Jeremy Spencer came together to form the well-known band Fleetwood Mac, which originally was called “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac.
Just like Green, the band, early on, had more of a blues style, with hits like “Oh Well” and “Man of the World.”
The band would go on, in the following decades, to morph into more of a pop-rock sound. But, that all happened after Green had left.
Green struggled with mental health issues, which, in 1970, forced him to retire from the band. He went on to release some solo albums, and, in the late 1990s, he formed the “Peter Green Splinter Group,” which also produced a number of albums.
In 1998, Green was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Roughly twenty years later, in 2019, he was ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time, coming in at number 58.
Tributes are now pouring in following the news of Green’s death. The most touching of which came from fellow Fleetwood Mac founder Mick Fleetwood.
“For me, and every past and present member of Fleetwood Mac, losing Peter Green is monumental,” Fleetwood said, referring to Green as his “dearest friend.”
“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 continued.
“Peter, I will miss you, but rest easy your music lives on,” said Fleetwood. “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.”
Fans around the world will be joining Fleetwood in celebrating the life of Green.