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British musician Peter Green, guitarist and co-founder of rock band Fleetwood Mac, circa 1968. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Peter Green Co-founding Member of Fleetwood Mac Passes Away at 73

Peter Green, guitar legend and co-founding member of the legendary rock group Fleetwood Mac has sadly passed away at the age of 73. A family spokesperson announced earlier “It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep,” the statement reads. “A further statement will be provided in the coming days.”

Peter Green co-founded Fleetwood Mac along with Mick Fleetwood and Jeremy Spencer in 1967. Green eventually began suffering from mental health issues and would leave Fleetwood Mac in 1970. Green’s guitar talent had a huge impact in the music world, Rolling stone called him one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of all-time, as well. Green eventually reunited with Fleetwood Mac as he took the stage alongside Mic Fleetwood, Jeremy Spencer, John McVie, Danny Kirwan, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine Mcvie as the legendary rock group was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1988.

This past February,  Mick Fleetwood hosted a star-studded tribute concert for Green at the London Palladium for a collaborative performances from rock greats such as David Gilmour, Steven Tyler, Pete Townshend, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Bill Wyman, Kirk Hammett, and Noel Gallagher, among others. Fellow Fleetwood Mac members Neil Finn, Christine McVie, and Jeremy Spencer were also in attendance.












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Sad loss: Peter Allen Greenbaum, better known as Peter Green. After Eric Clapton left John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, he was brought in and had an equal impact on guitarists at the time. When studying the giants like Clapton and his own fellow Yardbird’s alum Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, you find out that Green was a name (like Mike Bloomfield) less known than those guys to the general public today, but whom all of them appreciated. Songs originally written and recorded by Peter Green include Santana’s “Black Magic Woman” and Judas Priest’s “The Green Manalishi.” His ‘59 Les Paul found its way to one of his disciples, the late great Gary Moore (who would go on to name an album after him, “Blues for Greeny”) , and is currently being well cared for by Metallica’s @kirkhammett. RIP #rippetergreen

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