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Neil Finn took a little convincing to join Fleetwood Mac

Must See 12/07/2018

Being offered a place in Fleetwood Mac "was a gift" says Kiwi Neil Finn.

This week he revealed he needed convincing to join the legendary British-American band.

In an interview with his son Liam on Australian talk-show “Interview”, he told the story of how he received the opportunity with a call from Mick Fleetwood himself.

His phone rang as Finn was on his way to sound check for an Auckland concert.

I just had this big goofy grin on my face and said, 'I'll have to let you know tomorrow, Mick. I've got to do a show

Although he has been busy working with his son Liam on their new album 'Lightsleeper' - due for release in August - Neil insists there was no way he could have turned down the opportunity to be a part of Fleetwood Mac.

At first, he wasn’t sure about the offer; "I was kinda nonplussed initially thinking, 'How do I react to this?'"

Finn revealed it took two days of jamming with Fleetwood Mac for things to click.

"… We had two days playing, and it was, you know, I wasn't sure," he said.

The first day, I kinda thought well… but the second day everyone came in a very more relaxed mode and we just sounded good straight away

He also reinforced that he is now a permanent member of the band- not a guest musician- and will continue with the rest of the group for their US tour.

Finn is replacing Lindsey Buckingham, a member of the band since 1975.

And about new music on the horizon?

"It feels like they're up for it.  They're really hungry to make new music; they're hungry to be as good a band as they can possibly be and above all, they're hungry to have fun."