They will gather at the historic Ritz Theatre in Sheffield on the Ides of March. Beware the Ides of March.  Fans of Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and early progressive rockers will come to see and hear the recreation of a chapter of 1960s and 1970s rock.

On Friday, March 15, "World Turning," the acclaimed Fleetwood Mac tribute band, performs at the Ritz at 7 p.m.  The Alabama appearance is the 10th anniversary of the Nashville-based tribute band.

World Turning will put on a two-and-a-half hour show recreating Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits, their B-sides, their early tracks, and solo songs from Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

More information here.

Tickets are $35 here.

The Sheffield area has more than its share of rock and roll fans.  It is the home of Muscle Shoals Sound recording studio, FAME recording studio, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Swampers musicians of old. It is also the home base of 12-time musician of the year Mac McAnally and guitar legend Travis Wammack.  Also, the late Percy Sledge (When a Man Loves a Woman).  Former teen idol and later State Sen. Bobby Denton (A Fallen Star). Who have I left out?

Expect some serious musicians to show up in the audience on March 15 to see the Fleetwood Mac recreation.

Fleetwood Mac is/was a British rock band formed in London in 1967 by guitarist and singer Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood, guitarist and singer Jeremy Spencer, and bassist John McVie. Soon to be added were guitarist and singer Danny Kirwan and Christine Perfect McVie.  Later, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

The name “Fleetwood Mac” was derived from two of the founders – Mic Fleetwood, the drummer, and John McVie (Mac), the bassist.

A history of the Fleetwood Mac band would read like a soap opera of a hugely popular rock band that couldn’t stay together but couldn’t remain apart. 

The group had major personnel changes in 1971 and 72. They were temporarily without a guitarist or male vocalist.  That loss may have ended up a blessing in disguise as a search found Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, who both became integral to the group.  Until they didn’t.

After the entire band quit and a fake Fleetwood Mac band completed most of an American tour, the group decided to move their home base from Britain to Los Angeles in 1974.

The new lineup recorded the album Rumours (1977) which sold 40 million copies and stayed at number one on the Billboard 200 for 31 weeks. It was awarded the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1978.

Three more albums followed, but by the late 1980s, the band began to disintegrate. Buckingham left in 1987. Stevie Nicks left in 1988.

A January 1993 one-time performance for the first inauguration of President Bill Clinton reunited the classic 1974–1987 line-up for the first time in six years. A full reunion followed four years later, and Fleetwood Mac released their fourth U.S. No. 1 album, The Dance, (1997), a live album marking the 20th anniversary of Rumours and the 30th anniversary of the band's formation.

In this latest (so far) rendition, Fleetwood Mac has continued to undergo major personnel changes. Christine McVie left in 1998, and they continued as a four-piece group. She rejoined in 2014.

In 2018, Lindsey Buckingham was fired and replaced by Mike Campbell formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Christine McVie died in 2022, putting the band's future in question.

Fleetwood Mac has sold more than 120 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands.

They have been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

"The band’s enduring legacy is largely due to their fascinating, powerful subject matter combined with concise, catchy lyrics and melodies. There’s also a sort of mystique about the group, owing to their complicated internal relationships and infamous behind-the-scenes drama." -

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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