According to reports, one of the original members of Fleetwood Mac, Danny Kirwan, passed away yesterday at the age of 68. Danny played a key-role in Mac’s band during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
At the moment, it isn’t exactly clear how he died, but the band’s founding member, Mick Fleetwood, acknowledged in a statement on Facebook on Friday evening that Danny had died.
Fleetwood wrote on his Facebook that “Danny was a huge force in our early years,” and his love of the blues led him into the band back in 1968, fifty years ago.
That’s where he made his home for several years. Kirwan continued, stating that his legacy would live on in Fleetwood Mac’s music. “You will forever be missed!” the singer-songwriter explained.
DANNY KIRWANMAY 13, 1950 ~ JUNE 8, 2018A TRIBUTE FROMMICK FLEETWOOD AND FLEETWOOD MAC Today was greeted by the sad…
Back in 2015, during an interview with the New York Observer, Tim Sommer said Kirwan was one of the “great lost figures” in the history of rock music. Kirwan joined the group when he was just 17-years-old, and went on to lead the English blues scene for several years.
The very first album he recorded with the band was on their 1969 compilation album, English Rose, which included tracks like Albatross, and Jigsaw Puzzle Blues.
When they went on tour in Germany, Kirwan and Green – one of the other members of the band – both took LSD laced with some kind of powerful ingredient which “changed their behavior” in the following years.
Reportedly, Green left the band shortly after. Kirwan continued to play in the group and wrote songs in the LP’s including, Future Games, and Bare Trees. Kirwan wrote some of the key tracks on those albums, “Sands Of Time,” “Child Of Mine,” and “Bare Trees.”
However, Danny’s drinking continued to get worse, and he would often get into altercations with other band members, including Welch and Mick Fleetwood. They fired him in 1972.
For several years, Kirwan worked on his musical career, and he recorded three solo albums from the period between 1975 and 1979.
But due to his continued struggle with alcoholism and mental illness, he wound up homeless on the street. Moreover, when the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inducted the band into the organization in 1998, Kirwan didn’t even attend the ceremony.