The duelling frontman antics of Riley Keough and Sam Claflin in “Daisy Jones & the Six” have led to a number of fan hypotheses about the genuine classic rock stars from the 1970s that served as inspiration for these characters. The issue of whether Fleetwood Mac or another genuine band served as an inspiration for “Daisy Jones & the Six” arises in light of the many admirers who have pointed out parallels between former bandmates Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.
Author Taylor Jenkins Reid, whose work made Daisy Jones famous, has previously discussed her writing process’s many inspirations, including rock, disco, and the whole Laurel Canyon milieu. Yet in Reid’s thoughts, Fleetwood Mac was never far from the forefront. According to the author, “I began with the seed of Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and Fleetwood Mac,” in an earlier interview conducted by her publisher. But, when she did her study and looked to a variety of ’70s performers for inspiration, she gave credit to Fleetwood Mac as well as Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
Reid acknowledges that she started her “Daisy Jones & the Six” writing and research process by listening to and viewing a “lot” of recorded Fleetwood Mac interviews. Reid stated, “It’s an album, but it’s also a soap opera, so for me it was the beginning of it. “The rumours circulating around Stevie and Lindsey. Also, the song reflects the amazing things that were happening between John and Christine McVie. I thus began there.
Regarding performances, the 1997 Fleetwood Mac reunion on MTV’s “The Dance” was a huge source of inspiration. The same may be said about Stevie Nicks’ “warm and personal, but mysterious” performance of “Landslide” with Lindsey Buckingham, her ex-bandmate and boyfriend, which she recalls first seeing when she was a young adolescent. “He was obviously smitten with her. Reid wrote the following for the Hello Sunshine website: “And the way she smiled back at him, the way she appeared so at ease in his gaze, she must adore him, too. Imagine my amazement when my mother subsequently revealed that, despite having dated in the past, they were no longer a couple. This seemed to defy all sense to me. Yet they cherish one another! I really witnessed it!”
For co-star Claflin, Buckingham and Springsteen served as inspirations. The actor said to Variety that he first struggled to recognise Billy’s voice and that he really “terribly” auditioned by singing Elton John’s “Your Song.” Claflin, though, was able to draw inspiration from modern bands as the show went on, such as James Petralli from White Denim, who said, “I don’t do a very good copy of him at all. But it served as kind of my map. So I began experimenting with my own style as I became more at ease with it, Claflin remarked.
Although Fleetwood Mac served as the initial source of inspiration for the plot, the cast and crew included rock vocalists who were associated with the band in the 1970s with more support and inspiration than fans may realise.