Skip to comments.Former Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Bob Welch Dead (Suicide)
Posted on 06/07/2012 4:02:15 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
Early Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch was found dead Thursday afternoon (June 7) from what police are describing as a self-inflicted gun shot wound. According to the Associated Press, the 65-year-old Welch shot himself in the chest inside his Nashville-area home.
The rocker was a part of the group from 1971 to 1974, before the band really took off with the Fleetwood Mac and Rumours albums. He was a part of Future Games (1971), Bare Trees (1972) and Mystery to Me (1973). Those werent immediate commercial successes, but they went on to achieve Gold or Platinum certification in the U.S. After recording Heroes Are Hard to Find he was replaced by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
After leaving Fleetwood Mac he formed a rock band called Paris before beginning a solo career. His 1977 album French Kiss was his most successful project, featuring the song Sentimental Lady, which was originally recorded as a Fleetwood Mac song in 1972. He continued to write and record music of different styles until his death.
Controversy arose when Welch was not included among the members of Fleetwood Mac inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. He told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, It was an important period in the history of the band. Mick Fleetwood dedicated a whole chapter of his biography to my era of the band and credited me with saving Fleetwood Mac. Now they want to write me out of the history of the group. It hurts.
The AP reports that Bob Welch was found dead by his wife around 12:15PM. He had been suffering from health issues and left a suicide note.
People better step up with the hall of fame..a lot of rockers are dropping like crazy that should have been inducted years if not decades ago. A total disgrace that Welch did not get in. RIP.
You Hank Jr, one of the absolute best country stars ever is not in the Hall of Fame either. complete garbage who gets in and who doesn’t and these instances just go to prove it takes a lot of politicking and brown nosing to get in.
That’s too bad. I had the 45 of Ebony Eyes when it came out. Sentimental Lady and Precious Love were great songs as well.
With Jann Wenner involved it helps a lot if the artists are fags. I love that pre Buckingham-Nicks stuff.
eh? I was sympathizing that the guy hadn’t gotten into the hall of fame. What is your problem
Yeah, well Hank Jr isn’t gay, and wrote that “Dinosaur” song about not wanting to hear a song about the guitarist making love to his drummer.......maybe this Fleetwood Mac guy was too straight
I just heard this on the radio news break...how awful. Bob Welch was part of a wonderful, underrated era of Fleetwood Mac that was sadly forgotten upon the arrival of Buckingham/Nicks. He wrote and sang some truly beautiful songs...some spiritual, some rockin’...and they all took the listener someplace else, someplace good.
“Hypnotized” was his best, IMO.
What a snub that was! Particularly since other former Mac members WERE inducted! WTF?
‘Hypnotized was his best, IMO.’
You beat me to it. I bought a WHOLE CD just to hear that song! Haunting. RIP Mr. Welch
If you’re a true musician- you should play your instrument or compose music for the sheer joy of it. If you’re in it for the “awards”, then you’re a hack.
I Enjoyed his Era of Fleetwood Mac. And I Enjoyed his Solo Career. It said he had health problems. If he was looking at a dreadful ending via disease I can understand his choice of Suicide. I’ve had friends and family die horrible deaths hooked up to machines and living in constant pain. Hopefully he is at peace.
Many meds bring on depression and makes sense that he would do this after a successful life.
Fleetwood Mac...thought it was a fancy cheeseburger...must be older than I thought...back to sleep...
Beastie Boys are in. Bob Welch and Rush are not. 'nuff said about what a joke the RR Hall of Fame has made itself.
Concussions caused by too many solos.
Roger that. One of my all time favorites. Yeah, early Fleetwood Mac still wears well today. The Nicks/Buckingham stuff, not so much.
I was listening to some old Fleetwood Mac the other day and wondered what happened to Bob Welch.
They had some great songs back in the Bob Welch days. “Bare Tress”, Mystery to Me”, “Penguin” were all great albums. I personally thought Fleetwood Mac went down hill some without Welch. I personally liked Christine McVie more that Stevie Nicks, too. My favorite song is “She’s Changing Me”.
You are saying that Wenner is responsible for Welch's suicide? Good luck with that one.
I thought I was the only one that owned the Paris LP’s
Who else has Jan slandered? Can you tell me please? I'll be happy to tell them how valuable they were to us. Thanks and FReegards
Welch’s death is a reminder to how personal and fragile some of the musicians of our lifetime view their career. Welch never got over being dismissed from the Hall and he never held ill will toward Mac’s success.
Just a quick reminder...as of 2012...artists and bands currently NOT in the rock and roll hall of fame..keep in mind this is a list of 10% of artists who are eligible as of 2012...AND this quote from Wenner who stated why they had to start inducting rap and hip hop acts quote! “We are starting to run out of rock and roll acts so we have to open new doors”. UNREAL!
Faith No More
Huey Lewis and The News
Blue Oyster Cult
The Moody Blues
Three Dog Night
Ben E. King
The Doobie Brothers
Blood, Sweat, and Tears
Grand Funk Railroad
J. Geils Band
Steve Miler Band
Hall and Oates
New York Dolls
Average White Band
Kool and the Gang
Men At Work
Alan Parsons Project
Ronnie James Dio
Nine Inch Nails
Public Image Limited
Weird Al Yankovic
Tears For Fears
2 Live Crew
Jesus and Mary Chain
Pet Shop Boys
Alice In Chains
Bruce Hornsby and the Range
David Lee Roth
Goo Goo Dolls
The list just goes on and on and on and on...would be here all night. Yet the hall of fame is “running out of rock and roll acts”....right.
I don’t think he cared about the “award” he cared that he was purposely being written out of history...THAT is what pissed him off and rightly so.
Not directly...however...the depression it sent Welch into to be literally written out of history of a band he was a big part of when it was in its formative years...yeah..that is on Wenner’s hands. The 2 decades of depression...I’d say so.
damn shame indeed MFH
i saw his era Mac in the early 70s...how he could handle Danny Kirwan is enough cause to get inducted by itself
i live here around so many of that generation rockers and of course kuntry music folks
i ate lunch at Noshville Green Hills yesterday 20 feet from Steve Winwood and his kids...nearly grown now
so accessible and carrying on with the staff there...i left him alone but did want to tell him how much his music framed my early years in the late 60s and early 70s
i go to church with Jason Aldean out where I live now...
talked to Chris Hillman at a wine store a few months ago
saw JD Souther at dinner here in Franklin down the bar from me at Red Pony..last month
Sarah Evans at same joint recently...gorgeous...in a thin phase
Gretchen Wilson and Charlie Daniels and Clint Black wash at my car washes that I see repeatedly
I watched Kid Rock’s new Ferrari 599 unloaded in front of his West End digs a few weeks ago
and so it goes here...it’s pretty constant
my point being Nashville and environs are very cool for music celebs regardless the genre or generation and except for tourists on Lower Broad folks leave them alone though it took restraint to spare Mr Fantasy I admit
so it’s sad that for some it’s not so good and in the end they take their lives....Bob Welch..who was so great in the 70s...Stuart Adamson the lead singer for Big Country...another causualty....Townes Van Zandt...suicide by drink...
the pain they must have to have experienced the peaks an unequipped to handle the lows...so sad
btw Wenner is a pederast cakeboy...what can we expect...That Metal Show headbangers are right...TRRHOF sux
It’s a shame that the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” is taken seriously by so many people. Jann Wenner is a worthless scumbag.
Anyway, I was a huge Fleetwood Mac fan up UNTIL the pop era of Buckingham/Nicks, and finally got to see the guy who founded the band, Peter Green, about 12 years ago. Those first few albums, especially ‘English Rose’ and ‘Then Play On’, are still among my most cherished albums. ‘Kiln House’ (the first record after Peter Green left the band) was decent enough, but then Jeremy Spencer left and after that the band just wasn’t the same. The Bob Welch era, peaking with ‘Mystery to Me’, produced some good material but was not all that memorable, IMO.
When you have places like the Artichoke Hall of Fame, the very idea of “Halls of Fame” is a disgrace. Just ask Johnny Rotten about the R’n’R HoF!
There is no music made in that hall, just as there is no baseball played in the baseball’s hall, or artichokes to buy in that hall. Get over it!
I guess I don’t know the whole story. My memory is of Welch joining the band during it’s transition from a blues-based outfit to a more pop oriented sound. Bare Trees is a favorite album of mine from the 70s.
Bookmarking for that unbelievable list!
Too many to even get started but Ella Fitzgerald and Chubby Checker? Seriously?!?!?!
You left off Pere Ubu, Wire and Roxy Music.
I enjoyed what I heard of his solo work. But,,, I have a question. Was he in the Fleetwood Mac band that opened for Zappa on tour? If so, that band was awful. Everyone listened to two or three songs, and then headed out to the lobby and hallways. But,,, again, I enjoyed his solo work, and I hope he wasn’t in that Fleetwood band.
Music, like goodness, should be its own reward.
FM became total crap after Welch left.
Hmmmm, my earlier comment about your idiocy was right on the money after all.
A hall of fame should honor only the very best who changed the face of music. It should not include every successful act.
Boston? Foreigner? Pantera? UFO? Styx? Vanilla Fudge? Winger? The Melvins? If everybody is in the hall of fame, it’s not a hall of fame.
There are a few on your list that deserve consideration, but not that many. Two or three artists per year should be the maximum. How many new, original, history changing acts happen each year? I submit that most years it isn’t even one.
Kiln House was the only FM album I ever bought .
Aw, you’re just thinking of the ‘80’s. We all knew Katrina and the Waves sucked. Lost decade.
If there ever was a band with a big name, long lasting success and no signature sound whatsoever, it was Fleetwood Mac.