Mick Fleetwood Planning Benefit Concert to Help Those Affected by Maui Wildfires
Mick Fleetwood, best known as the drummer of Fleetwood Mac, is planning a very special benefit concert to help those affected by the devasting wildfires in Maui. The tragedy is close to Fleetwood’s heart as he lives in Maui and owned a popular restaurant there called Fleetwood’s on Front St., which sadly burned down in recent weeks.
Fleetwood said of the upcoming concert that is currently in the works, “I’ve already got a lovely sort of catalog of people that are concerned. I will remain mute on who they are, but I will either become part of something that we can do on a grand scale, which is great. Anything is great, and playing in Honolulu, about 2 weeks from now, and that concert’s becoming — Henry Kapono who lives in Oahu, was celebrating the 50th anniversary of his career — well, I’m going to be doing that show, supporting. So, all of this is unfolding is something I feel I can be apart, or really be spearheading. And it’s not now, but music heals, and music does its version of what I’m doing now.”
Fleetwood confirmed the sad news and said that the safety of his employees was his top priority right now.
The 76-year-old also opened up about how he calls Maui his home. He said, “I happen to live here. This is my home. I’m not passing through. People think, ‘Oh, how many times do you come here and see your restaurant?” I say, ‘No, no, no. I live here. This is the only home I have.’ And so all of that is something — not to jump too far ahead, but the intention would be absolutely to be part of, or to be right shaking the flag, to rally around and put on a great incredibly beautiful show. Which I know can be done.”
The wildfires first began at the beginning of August and have continued to ravage the island. At the time of posting, at least 99 people have been confirmed dead and the wildfire has become the deadliest one in over a century in the United States. The town of Lahaina has been hit particularly hard and many people are working to help the people who lived and worked there. Fleetwood is also using his foundation to help fund the Maui Food Bank, Maui Humane Society, and Hawaii Community Foundation – Maui Strong Fund.
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He also hopes to help rebuild the area after helping to raise money for the fire’s victims. He added, “Apart from raising the money, what I think is really, really important, me sitting here doing what I’m doing, and also the manifest of music coming to the fore… but what we can do has been proven to really rally, and keep the attention, keep the attention incrementally as this goes on, is something that I think music is really a powerful medium [for], and the people, whoever they might be, participating in that, is almost an endless way of, ‘Don’t forget, don’t forget and don’t forget.'” If you are interested in donating to the cause, check out Fleetwood’s Foundation.