Mick Fleetwood is a drummer for the working class. He mostly taught himself how to play from an early age, and worked to improve himself as he went along in the early days of Fleetwood Mac. He’ll never be known as a virtuoso drummer on par with Neil Peart, but he has always gotten the job done and shown strong chemistry with the rest of the Fleetwood rhythm section.
Aside from his relatively straightforward playing style, Fleetwood is known for his passion and presence while performing on-stage. Confined to seating, drummers can rarely show the kind of charisma Fleetwood does while performing. That passion mostly shines through in Fleetwood’s facial expressions, which at times can be over-the-top.
But watching Fleetwood perform, it’s hard not to get caught up in the infectious energy, especially if you’re belting out a classic like “Dreams” or “Go Your Own Way”. Fleetwood himself has been known in his early days to sing along with songs so he knew how to keep the beat; he never stopped doing it, and it makes his performances that much better.
One glance at most of these faces might make you think Fleetwood is crazy. He’s not! Well…maybe he is, we don’t know for sure. But the faces Fleetwood makes while drumming are almost always epic, for one reason or another. Here are 10 of our favorite faces made by Fleetwood Mac’s namesake.
1. The “F*** Yeah! Free Beer!” Face
Drummer Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham perform during a Fleetwood Mac concert at Madison Square Garden, Monday, April 8, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision/AP)
2. The “Ooh, What’s That Behind Me?” Face
Drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac performs at the Staples Center on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
3. The “He Did WHAT???” Face
Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac performs at Philips Arena on Monday, June 10, 2013, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP)
4. The “I LOVE THIS CYMBAL!” Face
Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood performs in their first stop of the “Unleashed 2009” tour in Pittsburgh, Sunday, March 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
5. The “This is Just a Yawn” Face
Drummer Mick Fleetwood performs during a Fleetwood Mac concert at Madison Square Garden, Monday, April 8, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Jason DeCrow/Invision/AP)
6. The “This Pizza is Too Hot!” Face
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 26: Drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac performs at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 26, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
7. The “I Just Let Out a Satisfying Fart” Face
ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 23: Musician Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac performs at the Honda Center on May 23, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
8. The “Heyyy, Let’s Spark Up Again” Face
BURBANK, CA – APRIL 23: Fleetwood Mac, with Mick Fleetwood, performs on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” at the NBC Studios on April 23, 2003 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
9. The “Borderline X-Rated” Face
Musician Mick Fleetwood performs at a charity concert November 14, 2001 at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Sebastian Artz/Getty Images)
10. And Finally…The Official Mick Fleetwood O-Face!
NEW YORK – MARCH 19: Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac performs at Madison Square Garden March 19, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)