Helped salvage two of
the band’s most underrated albums.
By Fred Mills
Rolling Stone is reporting that guitarist Bob Weston passed
away Dec. 2 at the age of 64, reportedly from “gastric intestinal hemorrhage,
cirrhosis and a throat ailment,” according to an autopsy.
The British musician is best known, of course, for his 1972-74
stint with Fleetwood Mac during that group’s post-Danny Kirwan transitional
period that yielded the Penguin and Mystery To Me albums. Although Weston proved
himself an able replacement for Kirwan and a solid songwriter-in-the-making, he
got the axe after he had an affair with drummer Mick Fleetwood’s wife Jenny
Boyd. Of course, inter-band affairs would soon become the norm for the Mac
following the arrival of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, but that’s
another story entirely.
In later years Weston played or recorded with Murray Head,
Ian Wallace, Sandy Denny and Steve Marriott, as well as fellow erstwhile Mac
member Bob Welch, additionally performing as a solo artist. Among Fleetwood Mac aficionados not blinded by the Buckingham-Nicks era, he is remembered with great fondness and respect. Check out this clip of the band from ’73 on the Midnight Special – that’s Weston in the white suit, with Welch in black on the right.