The Peter Green biopic came into focus when, along with Aussie rocker Mick Fleetwood, he unveiled the fictional universe the 1969 documentary about him was set to chronicle – 16 years after it premiered in 1971 – he retired from playing rock and roll.
The movie had the rare distinction of not receiving a film certificate after its theatrical release, which saw a resounding negative response from critics.
For his first public appearance in more than four decades, Peter Green joined Mick, Cherie and Stevie Nicks, among others, to perform a few original songs to the soundtrack. They all performed classic Fleetwood Mac tracks, except for Nicks’ rendition of “Crack.”
During the show, held at The Box in London’s Twickenham St. Pancras Station on Monday, Green said: “It’s a strange feeling to suddenly be back in my own plane, the one I left two decades ago.”
The Metropole Orkest Orchestra, led by Aaron Copland, delivered the beautifully backed first half, creating a striking atmosphere during Horn’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Led by Nicks’ son Nick, the band played at a measured pace throughout the show, displaying what Green called a “love for music, along with a love for humanity.”
There were no fail-safe illusions in the shape of holographic video projections that appeared on stage during Cherie and Stevie’s performances, giving the impression they had accidentally flown out of a jet into a prop designed by Air Force One designer Charles McKechnie-Davis.
Among those who did see Green perform live were Damien Rice, Jimmy Page, Joe Strummer, and Jimi Hendrix, who was one of the first to discover Green and his creation.