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Fleetwood helps launch video series

October 12th, 2011

Fleetwood Mac founder and Maui resident Mick Fleetwood, left, joined chef Sam Choy at the judge's table for the 2011 Don the Beachcomber World's Best Mai Tai Contest in Kona on Aug. 13. (Star-Advertiser file)

Maui resident Mick Fleetwood has certainly been keeping himself busy in recent months.

Along with his bands — the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band and Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band — Fleetwood is in the home stretch with preparations for the opening of his namesake restaurant, Fleetwood's on Front Street. And the Fleetwood Mac co-founder recently confirmed that band will reunite for a tour in 2012.

Fleetwood's on Front Street in Lahaina. (Courtesy photo)

"All we know is we're working next year," Fleetwood told Billboard.com last month about hitting the road again with Fleetwood Mac. "I'll get a phone call that we're going to start rehearsing — usually in a blind panic because we leave everything (until) way too late.

"But we're all up for touring in the early summer of next year, I think, and once we start we're much like U2 and the (Rolling) Stones in terms of workload. We basically play until no one wants to book us anymore."

By then, Fleetwood's and its sister business, Fleetwood's Wine Cellar, should be open in the old Lahaina Store building on Front St. The rock star told the Associated Press that he "always wanted" to run his own restaurant/music venue but doesn't see it as a "shrine to Mick Fleetwood." And once Fleetwood Mac slows down a bit more with performing "within the next five to seven years," he's really looking forward to dedicating his efforts to growing as a restauranteur.

''It's a sense of plugging who I am and what I am into something,'' he said of his new restaurant. ''And for me it's the perfect vehicle.''

Nicole Atkins, left, and Mick Fleetwood during the taping of their inaugural episode of Cabo Wabo Tequila's new online conversation series. (Courtesy Cabo Wabo)

In August, Fleetwood welcomed a film crew from Cabo Wabo Tequila to Maui. Also on the island was singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins, who was there to participate with Fleetwood in a taping of Cabo Wabo's new online conversation series, "Off the Record."

The result was an interesting discussion between two artists — plus a live jam session to perform Atkins' track, "My Baby Don't Lie." The video below is a shorter version of a longer conversation that doubles as an extended commercial for Cabo Wabo; there's also a making-of-the-video segment posted on YouTube.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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