Drummer felt sudden urge to pee before performance
Mick Fleetwood has revealed he urinated on the White House lawn feet away from the Clintons in his new autobiography.
The Fleetwood Mac drummer divulged his feelings of panic at the lack of available portaloos during a concert at the White House in 2001. His band were there for a surprise performance at Bill Clinton’s leaving party, but, as revealed in his new book Play On: Now, Then, And Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood had to make an emergency pit stop when he was unable to reach the toilets before the band played.
In an interview withThe Guardian, he said: “I was dying to pee and I didn’t have time to go back to the house before we appeared. I was saying to my manager, ‘What the fuck am I going to do?’
“I was dressed like Mr Rumours, in knickerbockers, with my wooden balls hanging out. The security guys must have heard because suddenly this fella with an earpiece said something like ‘permission granted to urinate on the lawn’. One of our musicians took a picture of me doing it.
“I don’t think Bill and Hillary knew about it, but they’d forgive me.”
The musician also spoke about his surprise at the return of Christine McVie to the band. “Not in a million years did any of us think it was a possibility,” he said. “When Chris left, she left. Stevie [Nicks] was saying the other day that it’s like when you break up with your partner. You always remember the moment when they look at you and you just know it’s over.
“I realised there was no point when she held my hand, looked me in the eye and said: ‘Mick … don’t ask me.’ I promised I’d never mention it. Coming back was her choice. Not to sound like an old hippy, but it’s like she never left.
“Christine is so happy to be doing it, and it’s powerful, magical, fairytale, mythological stuff.”
He also called stories about the band members hating each other and touring for money “a load of bollocks”.
Last week, Fleetwood Mac announced a massive European tour for 2015 after denying that they will be appearing at next year’s Glastonbury.