Welch once said he never thought he would make an impact on the world and never set out to.
“I just wanted to play guitar in a good band,” he said. “I wanted to make the music I love. I wanted to travel the world and have adventures.”
Bob Welch was not a world shaker and certainly didn't receive the acclaim and success his Fleetwood Mac bandmates would later achieve. But he's still a part of me. I don't know why, but he is. "Ebony Eyes" and "Sentimental Lady" are songs that stay inside my head every day of my life. They give me secret hideaways where I can retreat into good feelings.
So I guess if I had to say anything, I'd say we shared dreams. That's the power of music, to share dreams with someone you've never met, a unity of love. I dunno, maybe I'm wrong after all. Maybe Bob was a world shaker - despite his best efforts. In the end, what do we have without our dreams?
Singer Stevie Nicks issued a statement on her old friend:
“He was an amazing guitar player – he was funny, sweet – and he was smart – I’m so very sorry for his family and for the family of Fleetwood Mac – so, so sad,” Nicks said.