The drummer discusses the unlikely friendship in a new interview
The drummer has revealed how he met the young pop star after taking his children to a One Direction concert. Styles later appeared onstage to present fellow Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks with a birthday cake at one of their London shows last week.
Speaking recently to The Mirror, Fleetwood said of his friendship with Styles: “We’re penpals! I took my two 13-year-old daughters and their mates to see One Direction. And that point, the girls are going, ‘Dad, just don’t embarrass us! No dad dancing!'”
Fleetwood continued: “[We] had the meet-and-greet thing… and what happened in front of my daughters was Dad became a superstar! [One Direction] all wanted to meet me! My ante got upped! All their songwriting team wanted to meet me. That’s when I met Harry and he’s come to three of our shows. He writes to me from weird places.”
Meanwhile, Isle of Wight Festival boss John Giddings has claimed that money is what convinced Fleetwood Mac to headline his event over Glastonbury this year. Fleetwood Mac will top the bill at this year’s festival later this month, appearing alongside fellow headline acts Blur, The Black Keys and The Prodigy. The US band were among the favourites to headline Glastonbury this year but the Eavis family lost out to Giddings and his festival.
Speaking to Music Week, Giddings (who is also live agent for acts including Madonna, U2 and Sting) discussed his long battle to book the ‘Rumours’ band and what it means to beat Glastonbury to the big name booking. “Michael Eavis said, ‘How did you get Fleetwood Mac?’ I said, I paid them!” he joked. “Glastonbury are in a privileged position, whereby they sell out in advance. They could book my granny and still have a festival. The rest of us are still in the realms of having to book a decent line-up and make it attractive to people and want them to come.”
Adele and Florence Welch were spotted attending Fleetwood Mac’s opening gig at London’s O2 Arena on May 27.