Big 95 Music News: Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton

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FLEETWOOD MAC:  Being honored this month

President Bill Clinton has signed on to present the MusiCares Person of the Year award to Fleetwood Mac on January 26th at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The band is no stranger to the former Commander-in-Chief, having performed at his inauguration in 1993 after he adopted "Don't Stop" as his campaign theme song.

Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac recalls playing "Don't Stop" at Bill Clinton's first inaugural, 25 years ago:  

"It was so out of the context of anything we had experienced and it was just quite surreal. It was a strange, showbizzy kind of environment, as it must be, it was an inauguration. And then we come out and we're singing the song. And then we get to the tag and here's Bill and Hillary coming up. What I do remember, which I sort of regret, I was playing. And Bill's like waving and then he sort of is walking in front of each band member. And he comes and he puts out his hand to shake my hand. I don't shake his hand, 'cause I'm looking at him, 'I'm playing.' And he goes, 'Oh.' So he just keeps walking."

Fleetwood Mac is the first band to be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year. Past honorees include Bono, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.

ERIC CLAPTON:  Opens up about getting older

Eric Clapton made a startling admission in a rare media appearance on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday.

Visiting with host Steve Wright, he was plugging his documentary, Life in 12 Bars. Asked what his plans are for the year, he mentioned his show in London's Hyde Park this summer, but added that he's amazed he's still going:

"The only thing I'm concerned with now is being in my 70s and being able to be proficient. I mean, I'm going deaf; I've got tinnitus. My hands just about work. I mean, I'm hoping that people will come along and see me more than because I'm a curiosity. I know that is part of it, 'cause it’s amazing to myself that I'm still here."

MORE BIG 95 MUSIC NEWS HEADLINES:  January 11th

Paul McCartney has tabbed Jon Crocker to write the screenplay for a long-planned animated adaptation of his 2005 children’s book, High in the Clouds. McCartney is expected to voice a character and has written several original songs for the film. Others reportedly contributing music include Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and Lady Gaga.

Phil Collins’ daughter Lily Collins will star alongside David Oyelowo and Dominic West in a BBC TV production of Les Miserables that will start filming next month.

James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt will open Milwaukee’s annual Summerfest on June 28th.

Ray Davies has recorded the song “Broken” for the new BBC TV drama of the same name.

John Fogerty starts his Las Vegas residency at the Wynn tonight (Wednesday). He is doing six shows through January 20th.

The Beach Boys will be back on their home turf February 10th at Universal Studios in Southern California.

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