Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green Controversial Rifle Threat

01/26/2011
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(Gibson) On this day in 1977, former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green threatened his accountant Clifford Adams with an air rifle when he was trying to deliver a 30,000 ($51,000) royalty check to him. Gibson takes a look back:

Funny thing is, when given the chance to talk about his version some of the great "Peter Green" stories, Green is remarkably down-to-earth, matter-of-fact and he explains how everything, invariably, gets blown up by the press.

The story goes that on this day in 1977, Green was arrested for possessing a gun without a license and using threatening behavior. He supposedly tried to shoot his ex-manager Clifford Davis when he delivered his royalty check. The police came and arrested Green and he was put in prison. But Green, while not denying the story's basic facts to Q magazine in 1997, does have a somewhat less dramatic memory of events 20 years previous. For one thing, he says, the gun in question was a .22 rifle, the kind you'll find at a fairground, and he didn't even own any bullets. As for actually threatening to shoot his ex-manager, Green explains that while a threat was made, it was made on the phone. But, as he told Q, the media always like a good story. more on this story

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