December 1980: Fleetwood Mac Go LIVE

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After ending the '70s with the tumultuous one-two punch of Rumours and Tusk, Fleetwood Mac would close the year with a victory lap of a live album. Released December 8, 1980, the double-LP simply titled Live mostly chronicled the group's Tusk tour, with a couple of performances from the Rumours tour added for good measure. A special show at the Santa Monica Civic Center "for crew and friends" resulted in a handful of new songs: "One More Night" by Christine McVie, "Fireflies" by Stevie Nicks, and a cover of the Beach Boys' "The Farmer's Daughter." "Dreams" and "Don't Stop Believing" were captured during a soundcheck in Paris. "Fireflies" is notable as it finds Nicks reflecting on the notoriously contentious recording sessions that resulted in Tusk. Among the Live album highlights was a version of 1969 Peter Green-penned single, "Oh Well," which featured the guitar work of Lindsey Buckingham. The album was a brisk seller over the 1980 holiday season, finding its way to #14 on the Billboard 200 over the week of January 18, 1981. The #1 album in America that week: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy.