Watch Billy Gibbons, Kirk Hammett Honor Fleetwood Mac Cofounder Peter Green
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
December 7, 2020
In lieu of a second trailer, Fleetwood has unveiled a full-length clip of that evening's performance of 1970's "The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)," featuring ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons on lead vocals and Metallica's Kirk Hammett on lead guitar.
The concert took place in London on February 25, 2020. Fleetwood organized it in an effort to welcome Green back to music (Green began work on a new album in 2019) and to celebrate Fleetwood Mac's beloved early years as a blues-rock combo.
Hammett's performance is of particular note because he plays Green's mythical 1959 gold top Les Paul, affectionately known as 'Greeny.'
Renowned for its unique sound — which is believed to have been caused by a happy wiring mistake — 'Greeny' was later owned by Gary Moore, in whose hands it contributed to many more classic blues-rock recordings. Hammett has owned the historic guitar since about 2014 and often uses it live with Metallica (he's denied rumors that he bought it for $1 million).
Hammett and Green made headlines early this year when they connected at Abbey Road studios in London and Hammett reunited Green with 'Greeny.'
Check out the video via the player above.
Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac will be screened across the world on March 23. A concert film and live album box set is scheduled for a release on April 30.
Other guests who appeared at the historic concert include Pete Townshend, Steven Tyler, David Gilmour, Bill Wyman, Christine McVie and others.
Sadly, Green himself passed away this past July at age 73.
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