Flashback to Fleetwood Mac’s 'Tusk' Live in 1982

Flashback to Fleetwood Mac’s 'Tusk' Live in 1982

Posted 24 Jun 2022
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Stevie Nicks & Lyndsey Buckingham. Photo by Richard McCaffrey/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

Fleetwood Mac’s twelfth studio album Tusk is a sprawling double number that took its influence from the new wave and post-punk revolution unfolding around it. Taking an intentional departure from the radio-friendly hits of its predecessor Rumours, the album is varied and edgy, verging on experimental at times, clocking in at $1 million, it was the most expensive rock album recorded to date in 1979.

For the album’s title track, Mick Fleetwood enlisted the help of the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band to incite a carnival atmosphere. Despite the track's jittery arrangement that includes two random drum freakouts, and sparse lyrics, it gave the moderately selling album (compared to its predecessor) a top 10 single in the U.S. 

Following the release of Tusk, the band embarked on a nine-month tour to promote the album, travelling extensively across the world, including the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK. In Germany with reggae legend Bob Marley. Here they are performing live in Los Angeles; Lindsey doing the best he can to recreate the carnival atmosphere with his unbridled energy. 

Fleetwood Mac | 'Tusk' [Live]

Here’s the original, featuring the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band. 

Fleetwood Mac | 'Tusk'

Fleetwood Mac's Tusk is available as a 2LP black vinyl set. Check it out below! Get it, here. 


Tusk 2LP Black Vinyl


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