Bob Weston: 1 November 1947 – 3 January 2012

Ex Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston passed away on Tuesday January 3rd after suffering an internal gastric haemorrhage and cirrhosis of the liver.

Weston played with Fleetwood Mac as second guitarist in 1972, appearing on their ‘Penguin’ and ‘Mystery To Me’ albums, both of which were released in the US in 1973. His work with the band is often overlooked, since neither of the albums on which Weston appeared received a UK release at the time, appearing only as reissues after the band’s big 1975 comeback with Lindsey Buckhingham and Stevie Nicks.

As two of the best albums released during Mac’s “wilderness” period, Weston’s contribution to the band should not be overlooked, especially since he contributed both great playing and occasional writing. This is especially true of ‘Penguin’ which stands among the band’s best releases.

Weston’s tenure within Fleetwood Mac was relatively short. During a tour for ‘Mystery To Me’, it emerged that he was having an affair with Mick Fleetwood’s wife, Jenny.

Although it is for his work with Fleetwood Mac Weston is best remembered, he went on to record with Steve Marriott’s All Star Band, before making three solo records of his own – the last of which, ‘There’s a Heaven’, was released as a private pressing in 1999.