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FAN REVIEW: Christine McVie and me at the O2

(Lolly Does London)
(Lolly Does London)

In an 11-month, 13-country (so far) adventure there have been plenty of “I’d die happy” moments.

But, despite an ever-burgeoning passport, a self-satisfying list of European sights and South American escapades, and mastering the art of slipping through the masses to score the last empty seat on the Tube, I’ve struggled to think of another moment to top my list of moments since setting off on the Big OE.

Yes, folks, you might have tickets to Vector Arena but I defy you to trump seeing Fleetwood Mac belt out folksy rock jam after jam at London’s O2 Arena.

The evening did not start off the way I hoped.

After making the mistake of first heading to a bar in the Square Mile for some pre-show drinks (oh sure, I’ll pay [PndStlg]19 for a shared cocktail that arrives in a miniature bathtub filled mainly of ice- cubes not booze, and, oh sure, I’d love to be surrounded by Hooray Henrys loudly discussing how many zeros are in their salaries! That doesn’t sound irritating at all) we came to our senses and decided to venture to the surely packed-to-the-brim bars around the stadium.

From there the night was on a steady, skyrocketing improve.

In a moment of sheer brilliance, a consensus to buy some cheap Sav at a mini Tesco was reached so, upon arrival in Greenwich, we joined the troupe of concert-goers lounging around the concrete, supping in both London’s tacit approval of public drinking and the surprisingly balmy autumn evening.

(The evening’s warm-up entertainment: peering at the group of people taking part in the newest craze for London singletons, a group blind-date version of Up At the O2 — getting strapped into a harness and venturing out onto the 52m-high walkway, in the dark no less, is one way to sort the men from the boys, I s’pose.)

Then it was time for the night to reach what I thought would be its pinnacle — hours of live Fleetwood Mac listening pleasure.

There aren’t many bands that sound as good live as they do on their polished- to-perfection iTunes downloads. Even fewer that can make that claim, when the average age of its five “classic” members clocks in at 66.4 years.

Fleetwood Mac is not one of those bands.

Ignoring the buzz-kills who seem to crop up at every concert — I kid you not, the guy next to me had his fingers in his ears the whole time — and the burning in my heel-clad feet, I was one of those who defied the posse of lemony ladies, and the security guards they tried to enlist, who kept insisting everybody “sit down.”

At. A. Concert.

Most people have one act that serves as their happy place.

For me, that’s Fleetwood Mac, who have been a constant presence during summers in Wanaka, house parties, and road trips since ages ago.

So to be in the audience at the O2 — a venue that would be hard to beat, no matter who you’re listening to — was magic.

To be in the audience to witness Christine McVie — arguably the band’s most underrated member — perform with them since the Nineties, was even better.

That, my friends, was the pinnacle.

(Of the night, and possibly also my life.)

The only disappointment, apres- concert, was watching the video clips I somehow managed to shoot, and being confronted with now-irrefutable proof my alleged singing is actually more like tone-deaf warbling.

Once, I made a special point to thank Mum in public for teaching me all the words to Fleetwood Mac.

I’m not sure the people around me would agree — and maybe that explains the dude next to me — but what I said then still stands.

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Alana Dixon / Uptown Girl Abroad / The Southland Times (NZ) Monday, October 14, 2013

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AUDIO: Christine McVie chooses the ‘Tracks of My Years’

Christine McVie picks her 'Tracks of My Life' with Ken Bruce. (BBC Radio 2)
Christine McVie picks the ‘Tracks of My Life’ with Ken Bruce. (BBC Radio 2)

This week, former Fleetwood Mac band member Christine McVie chooses the Tracks Of My Years and she opens with a classic Beach Boys song from their groundbreaking album Pet Sounds along with a Steely Dan track featured on their acclaimed long player Gaucho. Plus there’s the Record and Album Of The Week and the Monday round of PopMaster. Christine McVie joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970 while married to founder member John McVie. She left the band in 1998 shortly after Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Christine is currently working on new solo material which is planned for a forthcoming album which she describes as marking a return to her musical sound from the seventies.

Christine McVie – Tracks of My Years
Former Fleetwood Mac band member Christine McVie picks the music for Tracks of My Years.


God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
Babylon Sisters – Steely Dan
I Know You’re Out There Somewhere – The Moody Blues
Man Of The World – Fleetwood Mac
Let’s Dance – David Bowie
That Ole Devil Called Love – Billie Holiday
Raspberry Beret – Prince
Races Are Run – Buckingham Nicks
Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
Mexico – James Taylor

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CONCERT VIDEOS: The five fireflies in London

The 5 fireflies (Melissa)
The 5 fireflies (Melissa)

Christine McVie graced the stage of the O2 Arena for a second night at the third and final London show of the 2013 European tour. McVie, who surprised concert attendees on Wednesday night with an appearance during Fleetwood Mac’s first encore, performed “Don’t Stop” and joined her former bandmates for a bow after the performance.

Fleetwood Mac continues the UK leg of the tour, moving on to Birmingham for a Sunday night show at LG Arena.

Watch Christine McVie perform ‘Don’t Stop’ with Fleetwood Mac

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Second Hand News (courtesy of MsCrims)

Sad Angel -partial (courtesy of Samantha Ellson)

Big Love (courtesy of jasonbuck)

Landslide (courtesy of MsCrims)

Landslide (courtesy of Megan S)

Gold Dust Woman (courtesy of MsCrims)

Go Your Own Way – partial (courtesy of Megan S)

Silver Springs – partial (courtesy of Samantha Ellson)

Photos by Erin Brown

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London setlist (Night 3)

01. Second Hand News 13. Without You
02. The Chain 14. Gypsy
03. Dreams 15. Eyes of the World
04. Sad Angel 16. Gold Dust Woman
05. Rhiannon 17. I’m So Afraid
06. Not That Funny 18. Stand Back
07. Tusk 19. Go Your Own Way
08. Sisters of the Moon 20. World Turning
09. Sara 21. Don’t Stop
10. Big Love 22. Silver Springs
11. Landslide 23. Say Goodbye
12. Never Going Back Again

European tour dates

20 Sep O2 Dublin Dublin, Ireland
21 Sep O2 Dublin Dublin, Ireland
24 Sep O2 Arena London, Great Britain
25 Sep O2 Arena London, Great Britain
27 Sep O2 Arena London, Great Britain
29 Sep LG Arena Birmingham, Great Britain
01 Oct Manchester Arena Manchester, Great Britain
03 Oct Hydro Glasgow, Great Britain
06 Oct Lanxess Arena Cologne, Germany
07 Oct Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands
09 Oct Sport Palais Antwerp, Belgium
11 Oct Percy Paris, France
13 Oct Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland
14 Oct Schleyerhalle Stuttgart, Germany
16 Oct O2 World Berlin, Germany
18 Oct Jyske Bank Boxen Herning, Denmark
20 Oct Oslo Spektrum Oslo, Norway
23 Oct Globen Stockholm, Sweden
26 Oct Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Fleetwood Mac 2013 Tour: The story behind Christine’s live return

Lindsey Buckingham nearly blocked last night’s onstage reunion, reveals Stevie Nicks in MOJO scoop.


Stevie Nicks has talked to MOJO about Christine McVie’s on-stage return to Fleetwood Mac last night at London’s O2 Arena.

Speaking in an interview to be published in MOJO 241 (UK shelf date October 29) the diminutive Mac singer confirmed that while McVie, who left the group in 1998, has “just returned to do one song” it could have been “a few songs” if it hadn’t been for one particular stumbling block.

“I think Lindsey’s words were ‘She can’t just come and go’.”

“Lindsey [Buckingham] is very funny about that,” Nicks told MOJO’s James McNair. “I think his words were ‘She can’t just come and go’. That’s important to him, but it’s not quite so important to me. Much as Lindsey adores her; and he does – she’s the only one in Fleetwood Mac he was ever willing to listen to – he doesn’t want the first night reviews to be all about Christine’s one song, rather than the set we rehearsed for two months.”

McVie was met with rapturous applause last night when she joined her old band to play keyboards and sing Don’t Stop, and she will be appearing with the group again at their final O2 show tomorrow. But, while the route to the stage hasn’t necessarily been a smooth one, Nicks also added that “it will be wonderful to have her back up there with us. And from there who knows.”

In a candid, funny and emotional interview, Nicks goes on to discuss her childhood, her solo career (“Fleetwood Mac weren’t that impressed”) the “unresolved” aspects of her and Buckingham’s relationship, and the bizarre night she slept on the floor of Prince’s purple kitchen.

Andrew Male / MOJO / Thursday, September 26, 2013

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12 things to expect from Fleetwood Mac’s London shows

Christine McVie, all of the hits and more

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Rock legends don’t come much bigger or more iconic than the Mac, and these shows look set to be typically historic. But what can fans expect from the most anticipated tour of 2013?

From rumours about Rumours, the return of Christine McVie, a hit-packed set list, celebrities and specials guests, here are 12 very special reasons to get excited at Fleetwood Mac playing live in London.

Christine McVie1. Christine McVie – She’s back in the Mac! Despite Stevie Nicks claiming that they were ‘never, ever, ever getting back together’, the reunion was confirmed earlier this year, with drummer Mick Fleetwood telling Gigwise: “I think she’s going to come and do the last two shows in London. It’s going to be great – Christine’s music is so much part of Fleetwood Mac. She’s been gone now for many, many years and she’s like my sister.”

2. Hits – When the band’s tour reached Dublin last week, they delighted fans with an epic, career-spanning 23 song set that packed in all of the fan favourites. Prepare to lose your mind to ‘The Chain’, ‘Dreams’, Rhiannon’, ‘Tusk’, ‘Don’t Stop’, ‘Go Your Own Way’ and many, many, many more.

3. All generations – Unlike some ‘classic’ bands, it won’t all be older people trying to relive their youth. Fleetwood Mac manage to appeal to everyone, so expect to see a complete mix of people – from children to grandparents.

4. The famous chemistry – The onstage tension between Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks is a thing of legend. From the way they hug at the end of ‘Sara’ to Stevie turning her back on Lindsey during the ‘shacking up’ line in ‘Go Your Own Way’, the history between the two of them only serves to add an extra-special magic to the songs.

Fleetwood Mac Rumours5. Lots of love for Rumours: The tour happens to coincide with the re-release of the famous Rumours, which could lead to more songs than usual from the ’76 album. Stevie said to Rolling Stone, “There are a lot of songs on Rumours that are in the set no matter what. I think what will happen is we’ll end up talking about it onstage. Most of those songs are in our set anyway. We’ll just end up telling stories and talking about how these things happen. It’s always fun to share that with your audience.”

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6. Eight minute drum solo – Last time of touring, Mick Fleetwood chose to perform an eight minute drum solo that teetered on the balance of brilliant and insane. As one reviewer put it, “This was a refreshingly spontaneous moment, including mostly incomprehensible calls from the drummer to the audience, ‘Are you blah blah blah?'”

7. Stevie Nicks solo material: The band dropped in the Nicks’ solo track ‘Stand Back’ at their Dublin show, and with her new LP In Your Dreams out soon, the band could well delight London with a couple more songs.

2011-tisl-promo-rhiannon-sleeves8. Stevie Nicks’ trademark twirls – Google ‘Stevie Nicks twirl’ and there are tons of results. Stevie’s trademark twirl is a thing to behold – and we doubt we’ll ever know how she manages that without seemingly ever getting dizzy. Witchcraft?!

9. Something different – Stevie Nicks told The Guardian, “This is going to be a very different tour. The audience is going to see a very different Fleetwood Mac up there – we talked about how we really need to appreciate what we have and who we are and how far we’ve come.” So who knows what you could see – although there’s no doubt that whatever it is, it’ll be worth it.

10. Celebrities – Yup, prepare to get celeb-spotting for those famous few that managed to swag a free ticket. The Mac’s recent US tour attracted the likes of Nicole Richie and Jennifer Aniston. The least we can hope for in London is Fleetwood superfan Jeremy Clarkson.

11. Special guests? It’s pure speculation, but here’s hoping that the Mac ‘do a Rolling Stones’ and invite a special guest or two on stage. Heaven knows there must be a long line of artists queuing up to perform with them. Notably, The Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart (pictured with the band here) recently worked with Nicks on her latest studio LP. Maybe he’ll come along?

12. A taste of what’s to come? Fear not, this may not be the last we’ve seen of The Mac. When asked if we can expect to see them at UK festivals next summer, Mick Fleetwood replied: “I hope so, I would love that. This has been a tough year on the road, but having said that, the boys in the band are hoping that our lady will think kindly about doing a few of the festivals.”

Andrew Trendell  / Gigwise (UK) / Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Fleetwood Mac: ‘Reuniting with Christine McVie will be amazing’


Rock icons speak about keyboardist returning

Fleetwood Mac have opened up about their upcoming reunion with former keyboardist Christine McVie at their upcoming London shows. Watch our video interview with Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood above.

The rock icons are currently on a critically acclaimed world tour that reaches the UK at the end of the month. Speaking to Gigwise at the London premiere of frontwoman Stevie Nicks’ new movie documentary about her new solo album, In Your Dreams, we asked band members about the hotly-anticipated London shows where McVie has been confirmed to rejoin the band on stage.

“I think she’s going to come and do the last two shows in London,” said drummer Mick Fleetwood. “It’s going to be great – Christine’s music is so much part of Fleetwood Mac. She’s been gone now for many, many years and she’s like my sister.

“We’re going to make her feel comfortable and have fun and I think people will love it. She’s always honoured by the nature of her songs and the depth of that. When she decided to leave 14 or 16 years ago, we were sad and thought that maybe she’d come back, but she made that choice.”

He continued: “A lot of people are saying ‘is she going to come back?’ and the answer to that is that she would be welcome, but that would be her choice. We will see. At some point we’re going to knock it on the head, I’m not sure when, but in that context it would be something that would be entertained.”

Frontwoman Stevie Nicks added: “She’s coming to do two nights here and probably do ‘Don’t Stop’. I’m not sure, but she’s coming to Dublin to rehearse whatever song she’s going to do. We never wanted her to leave, so for us it’s amazing that she is going to come.”

Stevie Nicks’ In Your Dreams will be released on DVD in November. The 4CD box set ‘Fleetwood Mac: 25 Years – The Chain’ is out now.

The UK leg of the tour starts in Dublin on September 20 and wraps up in Glasgow on October 3. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit Gigwise Gig Tickets.

Full UK tour dates:
September 20 – Dublin, O2
September 24, 25 & 27 – London, O2 Arena
September 29 – Birmingham, LG Arena
October 1 – Manchester, Manchester Arena
October 3 – Glasgow, The Hydro

Andrew Trendell / Gigwise / Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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Christine McVie reunites with Mac members for UK premiere

The cameras were flashing for this highly anticipated event: Christine McVie reuniting with members of Fleetwood Mac. On Monday evening, McVie and fellow guest Mick Fleetwood attended the UK film premiere of Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart’s In Your Dreams documentary. McVie looked charming as she smiled and posed alongside Dave Stewart and her former Fleetwood Mac bandmates.

McVie’s confirmed guest appearances at two London shows is also highly anticipated. McVie, who will rehearse with Fleetwood Mac later this week in Ireland, will perform with the band during “Don’t Stop.” The European leg of the tour starts on Friday in Dublin, Ireland.