December 28, 1968 ~ The Miami Pop Festival sets the stage for what was to come for major festivals.Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Steppenwolf and the Grateful Dead, land in Hallandale, Florida’s Gulfstream Park to entertain 100,000 fans at Miami Pop Festival II, the East Coast’s first major rock festival.
Woodstock will soon eclipse Miami Pop II in the popular American consciousness, but as Rolling Stone declares on February 1, 1969, the festival is “a monumental success in almost every aspect, the first significant – and truly festive – international pop festival held on the East Coast.”
September 3, 1982 ~ Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak throws the US Festival “for a few thousand friends” in hopes of uniting people through music and technology.
A crowd of at least 200,000 shows up in the blistering heat of San Bernardino, California, for three days of music and tech. Fleetwood Mac, performing for the first time in two years, headlines a bill that also includes The Police and the Grateful Dead.
Forty years ago — June 4, 1979 — Fleetwood Mac gathers the USC Trojan Marching Band and a crew of hundreds at Dodger Stadium to record the title track to “Tusk,” the follow-up to “Rumours.” The band’s a mess — John McVie is battling with Buckingham. But no matter — Mick Fleetwood’s brainchild comes to fruition and the film crew captures enough for an official video. Fleetwood Mac presents the USC Trojan Marching Band with a Platinum record the following year.
Fleetwood Mac have canceled the remainder of their North American tour, including an appearance at New Orleans Jazz Fest , due to singer Stevie Nicks ’ bout with the flu. “While she is feeling better already, management has consulted with her doctors and have decided to reschedule the remaining four shows of their North American tour to allow for her full recovery,” the band said in a statement.