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Fact #157693


Short story:

Fritz play at St. Albert's Teen Club, Palo Alto, California, USA. The group includes Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks who will find greater success as members of Fleetwood Mac.

Full article:

Stevie Nicks : I met Lindsey when I was a senior in high school and he was a junior, and we sang a song together at some after-school function. Two years later, in 1968, he called me and asked me if I wanted to be in a rock & roll band. I had been playing guitar and singing pretty much totally folk-oriented stuff. So I joined the band, and within a couple of weeks we were opening for really big shows: Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin. all of a sudden I was in rock and roll.
(Source : Stevie Nicks, Us Magazine, January, 1988)

Stevie Nicks : Our relationship started when I was twenty. I joined his rock and roll band called Fritz. I was in that band for three and a half years. Lindsey and I didn't write any songs for the band, which was a drag, but what we did get was three and a half years of preparation for Fleetwood Mac, 'cause we opened for Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, CCR and Chicago. We played the Fillmore, Winterland, the Avalon, simply everywhere. I was the center front stage singer in the band.
(Source : Stevie Nicks, The Island Ear, August 22, 1994)

I never in a million years expected it [stardom] to happen to me. I took typing and shorthand. I went to five years of college and I quit and also got into humoungous trouble from my parents for that. I moved to Los Angeles with Lindsey Buckingham, which was totally unacceptable to my entire family. Not only was I living with somebody, but I quit school. 'What are you gonna do? Be in the circus for the rest of your life?'
(Source : Stevie Nicks, Interview Magazine, 1997)

I met Lindsey in high school, near Cupertino. We played in a band there from 1968 to 1972. That's when Lindsey and I packed up and moved down here (to Los Angeles). When we were in a band up there, we opened up for all of these really big bands. We played up and down the Peninsula to Monterey and came down through the other side of San Francisco and all the way to Sacramento. Every Friday and Saturday we opened almost every big rock show that came through the area. Even though I only lived up there for my senior year in high school, that's where I feel like I'm from because that's where the music all happened.
(Source : Stevie Nicks, Bam Interview August 22, 1997)

Bob Aguirre (drummer, Fritz) : Our first paying job was for our high school’s freshman dance. Lindsey’s brother, Greg, who was attending Stanford, showed up with a couple of his frat brothers and asked us to play at their next party. It was there we met our future manager, David Forest.

He started booking us at Stanford frat parties and events and as we got better and he branched out, first starting his own agency in San Jose, where we started the playing the high school circuit, then to working for Bill Graham, and finally at CMA in Los Angeles, he took us with him, and we started playing better and bigger venues.

Our first big gig we opened for Janis and Big Brother at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. I had a rubber chicken hanging from my cymbal stand; Janis saw it at sound check and made a comment. She was nice enough and saved me any further embarrassment. I realized then and there, this was a whole new ball game. The chicken disappeared before the next show. We also played shows with Santana, Steve Miller Band, Moody Blues, Ike And Tina Turner, Chicago, War, Chuck Berry, The Youngbloods, even a West Coast tour opening for Poco and Leon Russell. We never got to meet Jimi.
(Source : https://smmirror.com/2015/03/before-fleetwood-mac-fritz-band-founder-qa-on-stevie-nicks-lindsey-buckingham/)