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Live is a double live album released by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac in 1980. It was the first live album from the then-current line-up of the band, and the next would be The Dance from 1997. The album was certified gold (500,000 copies sold) by the RIAA in November 1981.[4]

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ReleasedDecember 8, 1980
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerFleetwood Mac
Ken Caillat
Richard Dashut
Fleetwood Mac chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC+[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]

Live consists of recordings taken primarily from the 1979-1980 Tusk Tour, together with a few from the earlier Rumours Tour of 1977. Two songs were recorded at a Paris soundcheck and three at a performance at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium "for an audience of friends and road crew."

Of particular note are three new songs - Christine McVie's "One More Night", Stevie Nicks' "Fireflies", and a well-harmonized backstage rendition of The Beach Boys' "The Farmer's Daughter". The latter two were released as singles; "Fireflies" reached the top 60 in the US, while "The Farmer's Daughter" reached the top 10 in Austria. "Fireflies" was Nicks' rumination on the tumultuous recording of the "Tusk" album and her observance that the band stayed intact nevertheless. Her lyrics referred to band members as the "five fireflies." "Don't Let Me Down Again" is a song from the Buckingham Nicks album. Also notable are two Lindsey Buckingham guitar showcases. The first, "I'm So Afraid", was popular as a concert finale during this period. The second was Buckingham's take on former Mac guitarist Peter Green's signature number, "Oh Well" (originally a 1969 single release).

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."Monday Morning"BuckinghamTokyo3:51
2."Say You Love Me"C. McVieKansas City, Missouri4:18
3."Dreams"NicksParis (sound check)4:18
4."Oh Well"GreenSt. Louis, Missouri3:23
5."Over and Over"C. McVieOklahoma City5:01
Side two
1."Sara"NicksSt. Louis7:23
2."Not That Funny"BuckinghamCleveland, Ohio9:04
3."Never Going Back Again"BuckinghamTucson, Arizona4:13
Side three
1."Fireflies"NicksSanta Monica Civic Auditorium (for crew and friends)4:37
2."Over My Head"C. McVieNashville, Tennessee3:27
4."Don't Let Me Down Again"BuckinghamPassaic3:57
5."One More Night"C. McVieSanta Monica Civic Auditorium (for crew and friends)3:43
Side four
1."Go Your Own Way"BuckinghamCleveland, Ohio5:44
2."Don't Stop"C. McVieParis (sound check)4:05
3."I'm So Afraid"BuckinghamCleveland, Ohio8:28
4."The Farmer's Daughter"Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (for crew and friends)2:25


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Additional personnel

  • Ray Lindsey – additional guitar on "Go Your Own Way"[citation needed]
  • Tony Toadaro – additional percussion
  • Jeffery Sova – additional keyboards


  • Richard Dashut – producer, mix-down engineer, live engineering
  • Ken Caillat – producer, live recording, mix-down engineer
  • Fleetwood Mac – producers
  • Biff Dawes – live recording
  • Trip Khalaf – live engineering
  • Carla Frederick – studio recording assistant
  • Rich Feldman – studio recording assistant
  • David (Dominguez) Ahlert – studio recording assistant
  • Ken Perry – mastering
  • Larry Vigon – art direction and design
  • Chris Callis – cover and collage photography
  • Sam Emerson – collage photography
  • Sharon Weisz – collage photography



Year Chart Position
1980 US Billboard 14
1980 UK Album Chart 31


Peak Date Single Chart Position
February 28, 1981 "Fireflies" Billboard Hot 100 60


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Live at AllMusic
  2. ^ Music critic
  3. ^ "Fleetwood Mac: Album Guide". Archived from the original on November 1, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "American album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Live". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  5. ^ "British album certifications – Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac Live". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Fleetwood Mac Live in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.