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Fleetwood Mac ranks #6 on Pollstar Top 20

Fleetwood Mac has ranked No. 6 on Pollstar’s Year End Top 20 Worldwide Tours, with total gross sales of $125.1 million and an average gross of $2 million per show. In 2015, the band took its ON WITH THE SHOW TOUR to U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Here is how the rest of the Top 20 looked:

Pollstar Top 20 Tours

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Stevie, Mick return from New Zealand

On November 24, X17 obtained exclusive footage of Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), having just returned from New Zealand. In the brief video, Stevie is seen wearing a black headscarf, walking discreetly outside the airport with Mick and Stevie’s assistant Karen Johnston to a waiting SUV.

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Fleetwood Mac tops Boxscore

Ticket sales for Rumours-era lineup shows increased by 25%

Fleetwood Mac leads the latest slate of Boxscores at No. 1 based on ticket sales reported from a three-show engagement in Australia during the final leg of the band’s On With the Show Tour. The trek is the band’s first visit to Australia and New Zealand with its Rumours-era lineup since 1980.

Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, one of two Aussie venues to host the tour for three nights, logged $5.5 million from 37, 443 sold tickets at performances on Nov. 2, 4, and 6 to earn the top slot. Fans in the Sydney market also had three chances to see the tour in October at Allphones Arena. Reported in a previous week, the Sydney concerts on Oct. 22, 24, and 25 grossed $5.4 million from 39, 577 sold seats.

The group played the same two venues during its Unleashed Tour — without recent returning member Christine McVie — that covered North America, Europe, and Oceania in 2009. The Sydney venue, then dubbed Acer Arena, hosted the band for two concerts during the final leg of the tour that launched in Melbourne on Dec. 1. At each venue, both the gross and attendance increased with this year’s tour by about 25%.

Bob Allen / Billboard Biz / Saturday, November 28, 2015

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VIDEOS 11/22: Leg 4 ends in Auckland

Fleetwood Mac has completed four legs of the On With the Show Tour, performing 120 shows! The band wrapped up the New Zealand leg of the tour on Sunday night with a final performance at Mt Smart Stadium in Penrose, a suburb of Auckland. Unlike the previous night, showers subsided enough for fans to enjoy the show comfortably without having to wear their ponchos.

Angus and Julia Stone were the support act. Since the beginning of the tour, the Australian duo has posted pictures from their touing experience on Twitter.

Angus and Julia Stone
(Photo: @angusjuliastone)

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Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/phatphillynz/status/668365849909051392

https://twitter.com/phatphillynz/status/668337367787241472

https://twitter.com/JessVKnipping/status/668307479197913088

Videos

Thanks to Craig Beardsley, David Marx, MorganGKelly, msnod3, Robs Music Videos, Greg Shepard, Jackson Whitham, and r Wong for capturing and sharing this footage!

COMPILATION: You Make Loving Fun / Everywhere / Say You Love Me / Sara / Gypsy / Littles Lies/ Go Your Own Way / Songbird (Greg Shepard)

COMPILATION: Second Hand News / Dreams / Rhiannon / Everywhere / Tusk / Say You Love Me / Landslide / Never Going Back Again / Think about Me / Gypsy speech / Gypsy / Go Your Own Way / World Turning / Don’t Stop / Silver Springs / Songbird / Mick’s speech (MorganGKelly)

The Chain (David Marx)
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The Chain – partial (msnod3)

You Make Loving Fun (msnod3)

Dreams – short clip (Craig Beardsley)

Dreams (msnod3)

Rhiannon (msnod3)

Rhiannon (Mike Devery)

Everywhere (David Marx)
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Everywhere (msnod3)

Tusk (msnod3)

Big Love (Greg Shepard)

Big Love (msnod3)

Landslide (msnod3)

Landslide (r Wong)

Gypsy – intro (Mike Devery)

Little Lies (msnod3)

Gold Dust Woman – partial (msnod3)

I’m So Afraid (Robs Music Videos)

Go Your Own Way (msnod3)

Go Your Own Way (Jackson Whitham)

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. Bleed to Love Her (replaces I Know I’m Not Wrong)
  8. Tusk
  9. Sara (replaces Sisters of the Moon)
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Big Love
  12. Landslide
  13. Never Going Back Again
  14. Think About Me (replaces Over My Head)
  15. Gypsy
  16. Little Lies
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. I’m So Afraid
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore 1)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Songbird (encore 2)
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REVIEW: Despite storm, Fleetwood Mac smash out the hits

Thunder only happens when it’s raining: Fleetwood Mac performed for two hours in a storm.

If you’re planning on heading to Fleetwood Mac’s last show in Auckland tonight, listen to your Mum’s old advice and take an extra layer, even if you think you don’t need one.

Last night’s concert at Mt Smart Stadium saw thousands of Mac fans drenched in the beginnings of a storm, barrelled by wind and generally, just a bit miserable.

If you’re at all familiar with the wicked witchery of Stevie Nicks you’d be convinced the songstress brought last night’s storm on herself.

Fleetwood Mac’s Hollywood, Dream and many more songs hail the rain.

Lindsey Buckingham
(Photo: Chris McKeen)

Take; “I don’t care for sunny weather / I like the change of seasons better / I love the feel of rain upon my face” and “Thunder only happens when it’s raining…When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know, you’ll know”.

And suddenly, despite the fact that everyone was soaked through and freezing cold, we were still dancing to the sounds of Lindsey Buckingham’s rock voice and insane guitar skills, Christine McVie’s fingers moving over the keys and her rasping voice belting out the songs, Mick Fleetwood bashing away at the drums and of course, Nicks’s higher register ringing through the stadium.

The lights, the slightly hazy images of Nicks’s tassled gypsy outfit as she spun in circles, the sound of thousands singing “Tell Me Lies” over the sound of rain, the eerie sound of Nicks and Buckingham’s voices on the long-held notes of “Rhiannon” while the wind blew – there was something kind of magical about it.

Nicks talked extensively about the All Blacks – because when in Rome – and Buckingham talked candidly about how the foursome had come through their hard times to still be together on stage now, and how it’d only made them stronger. And he and Stevie played on their old romances throughout the night, leaning in close, whispering to one another.

And McVie looked pleased as punch to be back, rejoining the group after missing the last tour.

Christine McVie
(Photo: Chris McKeen)

However, conscious of the fact that we were all dripping wet, they kept the banter to a minimum and just smashed out hit after hit, all voices unfailingly on point, the crowd singing, dancing, swaying and spinning along with them.

Tonight is Fleetwood Mac’s last show of their tour, and they’re stoked to be ending it in “such a cultural place”.

I’d recommend you go, especially if the sky stays blue but if not, rug up warm.

Siena Yates / Fairfax New Zealand / Sunday, November 22, 2015

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REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac in Auckland

Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac perform at Mt Smart Stadium in front of a rain soaked audience. Photo / Steven McNicholl (Photo: Steven McNicholl)

The title of Fleetwood Mac’s 15-month world tour ‘On With The Show’ felt especially fitting as the heavens opened above Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland last night in a pre-summer monsoon.

But the rain did little to dampen the spirits of the 38,000 people who’d turned out for the second to last night of the tour – the biggest crowd the legendary five-piece have played to since they reunited in September last year.

The audience might have been getting soaked, but for many this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie all together once more, and they were ready to let the rain wash them clean, go their own way, and break some chains.

And so were Fleetwood Mac. Their two-hour set was laden with hits, and right from opener “The Chain,” it was clear the five longtime bandmates and one-time lovers have put the years of turbulence well behind them, and now delight in giving these songs a truly heartfelt rendition.

There was no sign of any lagging energy from the group, who are now all close to 70.

Fleetwood Mac fans
Fans braved the weather in rain coats and ponchos. (Photo: Steven McNicholl)

In fact they seem invigorated by the tour, with Buckingham especially spirited, occasionally prowling round the stage like a big cat as he led with his guitar, and Stevie Nicks as other-worldly and vivacious as ever with her husky tones and gothic gypsy-queen outfit.

Their mid-set stripped back numbers together, “Landslide” and “Never Going Back Again,” were beautifully tender, while Buckingham’s “Big Love” solo was a stormer.

It was a particular highlight to see McVie come out from behind the keyboard for “Everywhere.” And her piano-accordion playing on “Tusk” was a wonderfully eccentric addition to the song.

Huge singalongs are what Fleetwood Mac has always done best, though, and last night was no exception with “Dreams,” “Little Lies” and “Go Your Own Way” providing the high points.

With so many hits already fired from the cannon, the crowd was curious to hear what the encore would bring, but it was a pleasure to see Fleetwood become a wild cave man drummer on “World Turning,” and it wouldn’t have been a complete evening without “Don’t Stop” or “Silver Springs.”

To top it all off, hearing McVie sing “Songbird” was a perfectly poignant end to an incredible concert.

Fleetwood Mac play Mt Smart Stadium once more tomorrow night, and there are still select tickets available.

Lydia Jenkin / New Zealand Herald / Sunday, November 22, 2015

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Richie McCaw meets Stevie Nicks

Richie McCaw meets Stevie NicksOne is a World Cup-winning All Blacks captain. The other is an all-time queen of rock and roll.

But it appears they share a respect for each other.

Richie McCaw has posted a photo of him meeting Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks on his Facebook page. The pair met backstage at Fleetwood Mac’s concert at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, on Saturday night.

An absolute privilege meeting the legend Stevie Nicks at last nights Fleetwood Mac concert! An All Blacks fan to boot.

Posted by Richie McCaw on Saturday, November 21, 2015
Also present: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, his wife Tash, and McCaw’s girlfriend Gemma Flynn. In the photo, the gang crowds around Nicks, who holds a 2015 world cup All Blacks jersey.

“An absolute privilege meeting the legend Stevie Nicks at last night’s Fleetwood Mac concert! An All Blacks fan to boot,” McCaw wrote with the post.

Richie McCaw Facebook status

Most Kiwis commenting thought Nicks was the lucky one.

In an earlier post, McCaw said he and Flynn were “huge fans” of Fleetwood Mac.

During the band’s set, Nicks revealed she was a big All Blacks fan.

She said she had stayed up late to watch New Zealand beat Australia in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final. Initially she only intended to watch the haka, but was so enchanted by the display, and with McCaw in particular, that she watched for the rest of the match.

Around 38,000 people turned out for Saturday’s show at Mt Smart stadium, braving high winds and rain.

Fairfax New Zealand / Saturday, November 21, 2015

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VIDEOS 11/21: Mt Smart Stadium, Penrose NZ (Night 1)

Fleetwood Mac concert tickets
(Photo: David Marx)

On Saturday, Fleetwood Mac performed the first of two shows at Mt Smart Stadium in Penrose, a suburb of Auckland in New Zealand. Rain gear was once again the fashion of choice, as wind and showers swept through the area for most of the evening.

Angus and Julia Stone were the support act.

Recording artist Lorde took to social media to post her experience of attending the “best concert” of her life.

Lorde Instagram post
(Lorde via Instagram)

Fleetwood Mac performs again at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday.

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Videos

Thanks to Andy p, Mike Devery, Brendan Lynch, David Marx, David Spear, and jaseirvine for capturing and sharing this footage!

COMPILATION: Sara / Go Your Own Way / Don’t Stop / (jaseirvine)

The Chain (David Marx)
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Dreams – partial (Brendan Lynch)

Rhiannon – partial (Mike Devery)

Tusk (David Spear)

Big Love – partial (David Spear)

Landslide (Mike Devery)

Sara (Mike Devery)

Sara – partial (Andy p)

Think about Me (David Marx)
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Gold Dust Woman – partial (Mike Devery)

Go Your Own Way (Mike Devery)

Go Your Own Way – partial (Brendan Lynch)

Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/graysonottaway/status/667968998047264768

https://twitter.com/graysonottaway/status/667965360981737472
https://twitter.com/graysonottaway/status/667962256303349760
https://twitter.com/graysonottaway/status/667952039310131200
https://twitter.com/niamh_priest/status/667928408404262912

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. Bleed to Love Her (replaces I Know I’m Not Wrong)
  8. Tusk
  9. Sara (replaces Sisters of the Moon)
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Big Love
  12. Landslide
  13. Never Going Back Again
  14. Think About Me (replaces Over My Head)
  15. Gypsy
  16. Little Lies
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. I’m So Afraid
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore 1)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Songbird (encore 2)
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REVIEW: Multitudes held in harmonic thrall

Relationship issues, personal turmoil . . . and that’s just some of the audience.

No, but seriously.

Last night, at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium, Fleetwood Mac added further resonance to songs that long ago escaped the confines of urban cool and found a home amid millions of suburban lounges.

Having honed the template for soft-rock singalongs and a radio-friendly slickness belying the hurt and heartbreak often integral to a tune’s genesis, the group reminded all that the distance between stage and stadium seats is best spanned by a combination of honest communication and energy.

That was best personified by guitarist-singer Lindsey Buckingham, who led the band in many respects.

Certainly, he, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, all responsible for groundbreaking 1977 album Rumours, lived up to the title of their tour, ”On With The Show”, performing for more than two and a-half hours.

The excellent, slightly unhinged guitar solos of Buckingham and the drumming flurries of the seemingly octopedal Fleetwood notwithstanding, the band’s best moments came by way of those famous vocal harmonies, even if their musical machine took a few songs to get warm on a night less about rock chic as rugged-up sensibility.

Nicks’ rendition of the laidback “Sara” was one highlight, as was “Rhiannon” (even if it began slightly sluggishly) and impeccable versions of mega-hits “Little Lies” and “Go Your Own Way” (the latter prompting one youngish man to gain the stage only to be promptly removed) and a Nicks-Buckingham duet, “Landslide,” which they dedicated to the late Jonah Lomu and the All Blacks.

The title of “Don’t Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)” and its words (”yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone . . .”) might suggest it’s better to look forward than back.

Thus, let’s not salute this band’s staying power, but rather the power these musicians hold when they inhabit the moment.

Among the echoes of a set-list to die for?

About 35,000 voices roaring as one.

Shane Gilchrist / Otago Daily Times / Thursday, Nov 19, 2015

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VIDEOS 11/18: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin NZ

On Wednesday, Fleetwood Mac performed before a sellout crowd of 35,000 people at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium, opening a short run through New Zealand.

Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to late All Blacks rugby player Jonah Lomu, 40, who died unexpectedly in Auckland.

During “Go Your Own Way,” an overzealous fan made his way onto the stage. The bloke simply stood at the center of the stage with his arms raised. Security quickly carried the man off the stage after about 20 seconds (pictured below). The band members seemed unfazed by the incident.

Angus and Julia Stone were the support act.

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Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/leeflockton/status/666924524449828864

https://twitter.com/PippiLongsock/status/66687725938754764978317002252288

https://twitter.com/JonathanPowles/status/666871556115533824

https://twitter.com/RyanWatsonJones/status/666826956055277568

Videos

Thanks to Shane Dando, Abby-Rose Evans, Kara Hayes, Leroy Bull Photography, and Otago Daily Times for capturing and sharing this footage!

COMPILATION – The Chain / You Make Loving Fun / Dreams / Rhiannon /  Everywhere / Tusk / Sara / Big Love / Landslide / Little Lies / Go Your Own Way / World Turning / Don’t Stop / Songbird (Leroy Bull Photography)

Dancing man (Kara Hayes)

The Chain / You Make Loving Fun – partial (Shane Dando)

COMPILATION: You Make Loving Fun / Second Hand News / Rhiannon / Everywhere / Landslide / Gypsy / Go Your Own Way (Otago Daily Times)

Rhiannon – partial (Abby-Rose Evans)

Say You Love Me – partial (Shane Dando)

Big Love (Shane Dando)

Landslide – short clip (Otago Daily Times)

Gypsy – partial (Abby-Rose Evans)

Little Lies – partial (Shane Dando)

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. Bleed to Love Her (replaces I Know I’m Not Wrong)
  8. Tusk
  9. Sara (replaces Sisters of the Moon)
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Big Love
  12. Landslide
  13. Never Going Back Again
  14. Think About Me (replaces Over My Head)
  15. Gypsy
  16. Little Lies
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. I’m So Afraid
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore 1)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Songbird (encore 2)
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VIDEOS 11/15: Hope Estate Winery, Pokolbin NSW (Night 2)

Fleetwood Mac performed a second show at the Hope Estate Winery in Pokolbin’s Hunter Valley on Sunday night. For a second night, fans endured wet and soggy weather conditions to see the highly anticipated concert.

Angus & Julia Stone were the support act.

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Videos

Tusk (Sandy Shakes)

Tweets

https://twitter.com/sezdra/status/665788522662486019

https://twitter.com/Store_Club_Fan/status/665360439283421184

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. Bleed to Love Her (replaces I Know I’m Not Wrong)
  8. Tusk
  9. Sara (replaces Sisters of the Moon)
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Big Love
  12. Landslide
  13. Never Going Back Again
  14. Think About Me (replaces Over My Head)
  15. Gypsy
  16. Little Lies
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. I’m So Afraid
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore 1)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Songbird (encore 2)

Reviews

Fleetwood Mac packs them in over two nights at Hope Estate (Maitland Mercury)

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REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac packs them in at Hope Estate

The grey sky that hung over Hope Estate on Saturday evening eventually fulfilled its promise of rain.

But it would take more than a downpour and cold wind to dampen the ­spirits of 19,000 Fleetwood Mac fans, who danced and sang to a marathon 23-song set.

The legendary rock band were fulfilling their promise of returning to Australia after cancelling a national tour scheduled for late 2013 due to founding member and bassist John McVie’s cancer diagnosis.

Luckily he recovered and remains in the band.

It was also the first time in 16 years that co-vocalist, keyboardist and songwriter Christine McVie had been a member of the group.

After dark Fleetwood Mac opened the Hunter leg of their On With The Show tour with four tracks from their landmark recording Rumours – rocker “The Chain,” the Christine McVie performed and penned “You Make Loving Fun,” “Second Hand News” and “Dreams.”

Then it was time for “Rhiannon.”

It was evident that this classic five-piece line-up, which transformed Fleetwood Mac from a blues band into a pop-orientated juggernaut with their eponymous 1975 debut record, remain a tight, seamless live unit.

A stand-out moment was the stripped-back acoustic performance of “Landslide” by guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and sorcerous singer Stevie Nicks.

Also memorable was an extended heavy, spacey rendition of “I’m So Afraid” in which guitarist Lindsey Buckingham stretched out into an epic guitar solo, showing off his distinctive finger-picking style.

But aside from the polished performance and stream of classic songs was evidence of a band that, despite their colourful and tumultuous history, still manages to hone in on the chemistry that makes them one of the most loved acts in music history.

They remain a joy to watch.

Nick Milligan / Maitland Mercury / Monday, November 16, 2015

Fleetwood Mac rock Hope Estate

THE hairlines have changed, so too the facial lines that come with four decades on stage, but not the music which was as sweet as ever.

Despite light showers, almost 30,000 people saw Fleetwood Mac light up Hope Estate Winery in the Hunter Valley during the weekend. The grass might have been soggy, and ponchos the preferred attire, but few left disappointed after the two hour performances on Saturday and Sunday nights which kept many in the huge crowds on their feet all night.

Led by Stevie Nicks in platform heels and Mick Fleetwood, the band ran through their many hits including “Rhiannon,” “Tusk,” “You Make Loving Fun,” “Landslide,” “Little Lies,” and “World Turning,” which featured an epic Fleetwood drum solo.

Lisa Rockman / Newcastle Herald / Monday, November 16, 2015 

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VIDEOS 11/14: Hope Estate Winery, Pokolbin NSW (Night 1)

On Saturday, Fleetwood Mac performed at the Hope Estate Winery in Pokolbin, a rural city in the Hunter Region of New South Wales Australia. Fans prepared for the wet night ahead, bringing their ponchos and other rain gear to the show.

Fleetwood Mac closes out the Australian leg of the tour with a second and final show at Hope Estate Winery on Sunday. On Wednesday, the band will be in New Zealand’s South Island city of Dunedlin, where they will perform at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

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Videos

Thanks to deberigny, Mischamaui and Nicole Rebeira for capturing and sharing this footage!

Dreams – partial (Nicole Rebeira)

Rhiannon – partial (Nicole Rebeira)

Landslide (deberigny)

Landslide – partial (Nicole Rebeira)

Don’t Stop (deberigny)

Don’t Stop (Mischamaui)

Silver Springs – partial (Nicole Rebeira)

Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/Store_Club_Fan/status/664344603982757888
https://twitter.com/Store_Club_Fan/status/665360439283421184

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. Bleed to Love Her (replaces I Know I’m Not Wrong)
  8. Tusk
  9. Sara (replaces Sisters of the Moon)
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Big Love
  12. Landslide
  13. Never Going Back Again
  14. Think About Me (replaces Over My Head)
  15. Gypsy
  16. Little Lies
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. I’m So Afraid
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore 1)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Songbird (encore 2)
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VIDEOS 11/12: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall (Night 2)

On Thursday, Fleetwood Mac performed at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Boondall, the second of two shows in the Brisbane area.

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Videos

Thanks to Nicole Barker and jgarner444 for capturing and sharing this footage!

The Chain (jgarner444)

You Make Loving Fun (jgarner444)

Dreams (jgarner444)

Dreams (Nicole Barker)

Rhiannon (jgarner444)

Everywhere (jgarner444)

Tusk (Nicole Barker)

Sara (Nicole Barker)

Bleed to Love Her (Nicole Barker)

Big Love Intro (Nicole Barker)

Landslide (Nicole Barker)

Gypsy Intro (Nicole Barker)

Little Lies (jgarner444)

Gold Dust Woman (Nicole Barker)

I’m So Afraid (jgarner444)

Go Your Own Way (Nicole Barker)

Encore (Nicole Barker)

Silver Springs (Nicole Barker)

Finals bows (Nicole Barker)

Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/natashasromanof/status/664933121662435328

https://twitter.com/TECHNSAVE/status/664796103477342213

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. Bleed to Love Her (replaces I Know I’m Not Wrong)
  8. Tusk
  9. Sara (replaces Sisters of the Moon)
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Big Love
  12. Landslide
  13. Never Going Back Again
  14. Think About Me (replaces Over My Head)
  15. Gypsy
  16. Little Lies
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. I’m So Afraid
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore 1)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Songbird (encore 2)
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REVIEW: Pure Fleetwood Mac magic

This is what ‘Dreams’ are made of: Fleetwood Mac in action after all these years

Do you know who the third highest paid female musical artist is in the world? Nestled in between Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga is a name as much loved by Katy Perry fans as it is by Beatles fans: Fleetwood Mac.

If it’s any surprise to you that Fleetwood Mac should hold a position in the top three female artists, then these clips of last night’s concert in Brisbane will surely remind you that they are, quite simply, the greatest band still touring, with both Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie worth close to $60 million.

Last night’s concert was apparently something of a revelation. With Stevie Nicks having vowed the band will be “doing this until we’re 9000 vampire years old,” the band started off on a dull note. But then the unthinkable happened. During the song “Tusk,” they completely messed up and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham told the audience, “We’re going to say we’re not perfect, and we’re going to start that one again, OK?”

From there on in, it was pure Fleetwood Mac magic.

One reviewer described it like this: “There was just no sparkle – at least not until the second the band hiccupped. When the group hit silence – a musical brick wall – something magic happened. It was like they’d been given a wake-up call, a nudge to say they were slightly off their game, an embarrassing kick in the guts.”

Here are some of the highlights from the concert last night – what do you think? Have they still got it?

Fleetwood Mac will release the remastered edition of their 1979 album Tusk on December 4. Tusk was the follow-up to the band’s 1977’s iconic Rumours and it sold four million copies.

Starts at Sixty! / Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac show dull, pedestrian

Review: Fleetwood Mac, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, November 10, 2015

Stevie Nicks John McVie
(Photo: Pat Scalia)

About 30 seconds into a song called “Tusk,” Fleetwood Mac stumbled. Like someone who’d lost their place on a page in a book, the band stopped. “We’re going to say we’re not perfect, and we’re going to start that one again, OK?” lead guitarist Lindsey Buckhingham said.

Until then, a full house at Boondall wanted badly for the show to be great. But it wasn’t. It was pedestrian at worst, ordinary at best.

One of the world’s greatest bands seemed to be going through the motions, playing like it was the 114th concert on a long two-year roadtrip.

Chart-toppers “Rhiannon,” “Everywhere” and “Dreams” had all been rolled out, and it was Fleetwood Mac. They had to be brilliant, right? There was nothing horrible about the first few songs – it was certainly no Meat Loaf moment.

There was just no sparkle – at least not until the second the band hiccupped. When the group hit silence – a musical brick wall – something magic happened. It was like they’d been given a wake-up call, a nudge to say they were slightly off their game, an embarrassing kick in the guts.

Whatever it was, the on-stage mood changed. Their energy lifted. Each member of the band found something special. No longer were they motioning through a set of songs. They began to engage – with the audience, and with each other.

Stevie Nicks, who was previously more worried about her ear pieces as she hobbled around the stage in platform heels a size too small, suddenly commanded the stage.

Fleetwood Mac
(Photo: s7r4h4n)

Her shoes looked like they fit again. The queen of rock was back, sliding around the floor, spreading the wings of her black and gold shawls, swinging her flowing blonde locks in front of the wind machine, and reminding everyone why her voice had been regarded such a distinguishable commodity for more than 40 years.

No longer was she just singing songs. She was telling stories, as songwriters of the ’70s demanded their artists must do.

“Tusk” was the eighth song of the set. And while the first attempt was botched, the audience spreading at least three generations was highly forgiving.

Buckingham ensured the second time around was superb, as was his “Big Love” guitar solo shortly after, befitting of a man Rolling Stone included in the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

The 65-year-old is not a household name like Nicks, but he is the musical brains behind the operation. And he reminded people that the band’s imperfections were sometimes what helped them connect with so many people.

Part of the band’s appeal, he said, was that they had put their personal lives – not always intentionally – “out there for people to scrutinise”.

Buckingham and Nicks, who kissed and held hands through the performance, were of course once an item.

“We had to deal with those difficulties and one way was to write songs to each other, and about one another,” he said. “And we’re still here. Within these five people, there’s a great deal of love.”

Christine McVie, the lesser-known voice of so many Fleetwood Mac hits, and before married to bass guitarist John McVie, had been in hiatus until this tour. Her voice too seemed to change a key after the “Tusk” mishap. Her closing piano solo of “Songbird” was as beautiful as ever.

And Mick Fleetwood on drums, with his Santa Claus-type beard, receding hairline and grey pony tail, is quite simply the grandfather everyone ever wanted to have.

His black vest, red bandana around his neck, white T-shirt and bright pink leather shoes proved that while he might have lost a few follicles, he’s lost none of his cool.

His drum solo which kicked off the encore during song “World Turning” was as epic as it was entertaining. Fleetwood is a showman of the highest standard, and his closing line was apt: “One might say much fun was had by all.”

Setlist

The Chain
You Make Loving Fun
Dreams
Second Hand News
Rhiannon
Everywhere
Bleed to Love Her
Tusk
Sara
Say That You Love Me
Big Love
Landslide
Never Going Back
Think About Me
Gypsy
Little Lies
Gold Dust Woman
I’m So Afraid
Go Your Own Way
Encore:
World Turning
Don’t Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)
Silver Spring
Songbird

Simon Holt / Sydney Morning Herald / Thursday, November 12, 2015

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VIDEOS 11/10: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall (Night 1)

On Tuesday, Fleetwood Mac performed a sold-out concert at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Boondall, a suburb of Brisbane. The band plays a second show in Boondall on Thursday night.

The normally polished and well-rehearsed Fleetwood Mac made an uncharacteristic mistake during “Tusk,” which prompted the band to stop the song and start over. Things started to go astray at about the 1:30 mark, with Lindsey gesturing to John and Mick to cut. A few moments later, Lindsey walked up to the mic and conceded to the audience: “Well, we’re going to say we’re not perfect and we’re gonna try that one again, OK? Welcome to ‘earn-while-you-learn time in Brisbane!” (See the video below.)

Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to Dr Bill. “Over the years, this amazing doctor has taught us, anyway, taught me so many different things that really helped with, you know, keeping your health together and being able to do this until you’re like 9,000 vampire-years old. (audience laughter) You laugh, it’s not funny, it’s really true. This guy has been so helpful to us over many years  So I would like to dedicate this to you, Dr Bill. This is called ‘Landslide.'”

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Videos

Thanks to Nicole Barker, blue54band, Todd Ellis, mhhalda, and STELLA BELLA for capturing and sharing this footage. Check back soon for more videos!

The Chain (Nicole Barker)

Dreams (mhhalda)

Second Hand News (Nicole Barker)

Rhiannon (Nicole Barker)

Rhiannon (mhhalda)

Bleed to Love Her (Nicole Barker)

Tusk (Nicole Barker)

Sara (Nicole Barker)

Say You Love Me – partial (Todd Ellis)

Big Love & Landslide (blue54band)

Big Love (mhhalda)

Landslide (Nicole Barker)

Never Going Back Again (Nicole Barker)

Think about Me (Nicole Barker)

Gypsy (blue54band)

Gypsy (STELLA BELLA)

Little Lies (mhhalda)

Go Your Own Way (mhhalda)

Don’t Stop (mhhalda)

Songbird (mhhalda)

Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/nataliekernke/status/664083209626501120

https://twitter.com/MissBellT/status/664066642888908800

https://twitter.com/caitlinxxs/status/664034234051395585

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. Bleed to Love Her (replaces I Know I’m Not Wrong)
  8. Tusk
  9. Sara (replaces Sisters of the Moon)
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Big Love
  12. Landslide
  13. Never Going Back Again
  14. Think About Me (replaces Over My Head)
  15. Gypsy
  16. Little Lies
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. I’m So Afraid
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore 1)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Songbird (encore 2)

Reviews

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REVIEW: Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac bring hits back to party

Concert Review: Fleetwood Mac, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, November 10, 2015

Stevie Nicks
(Photo: Marc Robertson / The Courier Mail)

WELCOME back Chrissie.

Not that Fleetwood Mac didn’t play great shows in Christine McVie’s years out of the band. But her return for this tour brings so many big songs back to the party – from “You Make Loving Fun” to “Say You Love Me” and “Everywhere.”

Naturally this first Brisbane Entertainment Centre show last night was sold out – there are a few tickets left for a second tomorrow night.

You know what you are going to get, two-and-a-half hours, mostly of hits, plus some album favourites like “Gold Dust Woman.”

McVie retired from the band and missed their Australian tours in 2004 and 2009.

Last night she was in her element at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, as she has been throughout this world tour.

Lindsey Buckingham
(Photo: Marc Robertson / The Courier Mail)

The addition of her songs, lead vocals and harmonies lifts the night to another level from their tours without her.

Mick Fleetwood and John McVie remain a powerhouse rhythm section, Lindsey Buckingham ensures the energy levels never flag despite this being show No.114 of a world tour, and Stevie Nicks’s voice remains a thing of crystalline wonder, from “Dreams” to “Rhiannon,” “Sara” and “Landslide.”

It’s a beautiful and tasteful visual production, but with this many big songs, they could play by torchlight and still hold our attention.

The band took time off as bass player John McVie was treated for cancer and wrap up this world tour with shows in Auckland a week from now.

But a new album is set for release next year so the extraordinary story of the band will continue as they approach their 50th anniversary.

Fleetwood Mac play Brisbane Entertainment Centre again tomorrow night.

(Editor’s note: Mick Fleetwood has confirmed that the band,  except for Stevie Nicks, has recorded material for a new album, but the status of the release is unknown at this stage. Fleetwood Mac remains “hopeful” that the material will be released.)

Noel Mengel / The Courier Mail / Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac shine at A Day on the Green

Fleetwood Mac live were unbelievably good at their A Day On The Green outdoor concert on Saturday night (7 November 2105).

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Fleetwood Mac
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Fleetwood Mac At Mt Duneed Winery, Geelong, 7 November 2015, REVIEW

Fleetwood Mac just played the biggest show of their Australian tour in front of 18.000 fans at Mt Duneed Winery outside Geelong, one hour from Melbourne. It was the 113th On With The Show world tour. The weather was perfect, well, for everyone except California girl Stevie Nicks who struggled with a Melbourne spring, but the English contingency in the band seemed to feel right at home.

This was the Fleetwood Mac concert Australia had waited 35 years to see. Christine McVie was back in the band. She last toured Australia with Fleetwood Mac in 1980 and had left the band before the next tour in 1990. She was also still retired for the 2004 and 2009 tours and had this tour gone ahead as scheduled in November 2013, we would have missed out of Christine again.

The cancellation of the 2013 tour due to John McVie discovering he had cancer pushed the Australian dates back two years. One year ago, after a couple of guest appearances in London, Christine returned to Fleetwood Mac and Fleetwood Mac returned to greatness. John McVie has been given the all-clear from his disease but still looks frail on stage.

Without Christine, a major voice of the band, its history and its legacy, disappeared. “You Make Loving Fun,” “Everywhere,” “Say You Love Me,” “Songbird,” “Little Lies” and “Think About Me” depend of Christine’s voice, and the inclusion of the voice balanced by Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham’s key songs in total is the Fleetwood Mac sound. Buckingham and Nicks, already an established duo in California in the early ’70s, came late to the band in 1974, but it was their input that transformed one of Britain’s blues band into a supergroup.

Personally, this band is a soap opera. Even when you know the true-life story its hard to believe. However, it is the telling of the raw emotion of their lives in songs, being the open books that they are in their lyrics, that makes it possible for many struggling fans to deal with their own dilemma’s in private.

While the first album with Stevie and Lindsey Fleetwood Mac (1975) was a celebration of unity, the next one Rumours (1977) was a document of their personal destruction. Then came Tusk (1979) was a blueprint for excess. All three albums, lyrically, are a “tell-all”. There is nothing to reveal in a biopic, it has all been done in song. Maybe that is what makes these songs so powerful.

Stevie Nicks’ “Sara” is probably one of the saddest songs ever written. Only recently Nicks revealed Sara was her unborn child with Don Henley. Study the lyrics about a mother who has lost the only child she would ever have. To tell that story on stage is emotionally draining for Stevie, who looked visibly shaken when singing it and was hugged by Buckingham at the end as she worked off stage to reboot herself emotionally.

In this band, Buckingham is the rock star. That voice blended with Nicks and McVie at the start with “The Chain” sets the benchmark for the start of one of the greatest shows of all-time and for the next two and a half hours; they do not disappoint. Lindsey is the default spokesperson for the band and even talks of the destruction of their relationships but the common goal of greatness that brings them together each night.

72-year-old Christine McVie is stunning. She looks 30 years younger on stage and her voice is as stunning as what it was when she left the band three–and-a-half decades ago.

The glue for this structure is Mr Fleetwood and Mr Mc. Mick Fleetwood and John McVie started this collective in London in 1967. Christine Perfect of Chicken Shack, John McVie’s wife at the time, joined in 1970 and recorded with Fleetwood Mac using her married name. Lindsey Buckingham and his girlfriend at the time Stephanie Nicks joined on New Year’s Eve 1974.

Despite its long history before Buckingham and Nicks and its many line-up changes since, the iconic Fleetwood Mac line-up will always be Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie.

Magic happened with Fleetwood Mac performed at Mt Duneed Winery.

Will Fleetwood Mac continue after their last scheduled show on November 22 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand? Noise11.com will confirm right here, right now that there will be a brand new Fleetwood Mac album with this iconic line-up in 2016. The album has already been recorded but is yet to be announced. This story is to be continued…

(Editor’s note: Mick Fleetwood told The Australian that there would be a new record, but did not specify when (or if) it would be released. The band has cut tracks, which was previously reported, but Stevie Nicks has not yet contributed her songs to this project. Fleetwood Mac left the status of the new album vague and undecided, stating “I live in hope that it will work out.”)

Fleetwood Mac setlist, Mt Duneed Victoria 7 November 2015

The Chain (from Rumours, 1977)
You Make Loving Fun (from Rumours, 1977)
Dreams (from Rumours, 1977)
Second Hand News (from Rumours, 1977)
Rhiannon (from Fleetwood Mac, 1975)
Everywhere (from Tango In The Night, 1987)
Bleed To Love Her (from The Dance, 1997)
Tusk (from Tusk, 1979)
Say You Love Me (from Fleetwood Mac, 1975)
Big Love (from Tango In The Night, 1987)
Landslide (from Fleetwood Mac, 1975)
Never Going Back Again (from Rumours, 1977)
Think About Me (from Tusk, 1979)
Gypsy (from Mirage, 1982)
Little Lies (from Tango In The Night, 1987)
Gold Dust Woman (from Rumours, 1977)
I’m So Afraid (from Fleetwood Mac, 1975)
Go Your Own Way (from Rumours, 1977)

World Turning (from Fleetwood Mac, 1975)
Don’t Stop (from Rumours, 1977)
Silver Springs (b-side Go Your Own Way, 1977)

Songbird (from Rumours, 1977)

Fleetwood Mac dates

Au

October 22 and 24, Sydney, Allphones Arena
October 28, Adelaide, Coopers Stadium
October 30, Perth, Domain Stadium
November 2, 4 and 6, Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
November 7, Geelong, My Duneed Estate, A Day On The Green
November 10 and 12, Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
November 14 and 15, Hunter Valley, Hope Estate Winery

NZ

November 18, Dunedin, Forsyth Barr Stadium
November 21 and 22, Auckland, Mt Smart Stadium

Fleetwood Mac will tour Australia and New Zealand for Live Nation.

Paul Cashmere / Noise 11 / Sunday, November 8, 2015

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VIDEOS 11/7: Mt Duneed Estate, Geelong

Fleetwood Mac On With The ShowOn Saturday, Fleetwood Mac performed at Mt Duneed Estate in Geelong, the unique venue known as “A Day on the Green.” Approximately 17,500 concert revelers attended the outdoor event.

Sydney-based recording duo Angus & Julia Stone were the support act.

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Videos

Thanks to Darren J Pollard and Selectivelymute for capturing and sharing this footage!

Rhiannon (Selectivelymute)

Sara – short clip (Selectivelymute)

Tusk (Selectivelymute)

Say You Love Me (Selectivelymute)

Landslide – short clip (Selectivelymute)

Gypsy – short clip (Darren J Pollard)

I’m So Afraid – short clip (Darren J Pollard)

I’m So Afraid – short clip (Selectivelymute)

Go Your Own Way – partial (Darren J Pollard)

World Turning – short clip (Darren J Pollard)

Don’t Stop – partial (Selectivelymute)

Silver Springs (Selectivelymute)

Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/celinaroth04/status/662999491650301952

https://twitter.com/GeelongCatsRR/status/662633254374080512

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. Bleed to Love Her (replaces I Know I’m Not Wrong)
  8. Tusk
  9. Sara (replaces Sisters of the Moon)
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Big Love
  12. Landslide
  13. Never Going Back Again
  14. Think About Me (replaces Over My Head)
  15. Gypsy
  16. Little Lies
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. I’m So Afraid
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore 1)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Songbird (encore 2)
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VIDEOS 11/6: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (Night 3)

Fleetwood Mac rocked Rod Laver Arena once again on Friday night, closing out their three-night stay in Victoria’s capital city of Melbourne. The band now heads 45 miles southwest to the port city of Geelong, where they will perform at the Mt Duneed Estate on Saturday.

Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to “our wayward Australian man Patrick.”

“Patrick, we’re so glad you’re here. We’ve missed you. It’s not quite the same without you.”

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Videos

Thanks to ABSTRACTEMS, Nicole Barker, Ben Loke, and Rock Music. for capturing and sharing this footage!

You Make Loving Fun (ABSTRACTEMS)

Second Hand News (ABSTRACTEMS) 

Everywhere (ben loke)

Tusk (Rock Music.)

Sara (Nicole Barker)

Say You Love Me (Rock Music.)

Landslide (Nicole Barker)

Think about Me (ABSTRACTEMS)

Little Lies (ben loke)

Gold Dust Woman (Rock Music.)

Go Your Own Way (ben loke)

Don’t Stop (Rock Music.)

Silver Springs – partial (ABSTRACTEMS)

Songbird (Rock Music.)

Songbird – partial (ABSTRACTEMS)

Final Bows & Speeches (Rock Music.)

Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/nikkiteeuw/status/662618777771610113

https://twitter.com/ademczuk/status/662561946990874624
https://twitter.com/ademczuk/status/662556760364814336

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. Bleed to Love Her (replaces I Know I’m Not Wrong)
  8. Tusk
  9. Sara (replaces Sisters of the Moon)
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Big Love
  12. Landslide
  13. Never Going Back Again
  14. Think About Me (replaces Over My Head)
  15. Gypsy
  16. Little Lies
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. I’m So Afraid
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore 1)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Songbird (encore 2)
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VIDEOS 11/4: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (Night 2)

Fleetwood Mac performed at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Wednesday night, the second of three sold-out shows. The band wraps up their three-night engagement in Melbourne on Friday.

Videos

Thanks to Nicole Barker, Mike Devery, and Sarah Elsdon for capturing and sharing this footage! Check back regularly for new videos!

Everywhere (Mike Devery)

Bleed to Love Her (Nicole Barker)

Sara (Nicole Barker)

Sara (Mike Devery)

Big Love (Sarah Elsdon)

Landslide (Mike Devery)

Gold Dust Woman (Nicole Barker)

Go Your Own Way (Nicole Barker)

Encore (Nicole Barker)

Silver Springs (Mike Devery)

Songbird (Mike Devery)

Final bows (Nicole Barker)

Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/tellyouatale/status/661909098301009920

https://twitter.com/marklawi/status/661892767505883136

https://twitter.com/throwndownMSR_/status/661852667598082048
https://twitter.com/throwndownMSR_/status/661847263593955329
https://twitter.com/x_Niki/status/661829722603520001

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. Bleed to Love Her (replaces I Know I’m Not Wrong)
  8. Tusk
  9. Sara (replaces Sisters of the Moon)
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Big Love
  12. Landslide
  13. Never Going Back Again
  14. Think About Me (replaces Over My Head)
  15. Gypsy
  16. Little Lies
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. I’m So Afraid
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore 1)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Songbird (encore 2)
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The World’s Highest-Paid Women In Music 2015

The top-earning woman in the music business has been cashing in on a massive world tour, a constant stream of hit singles and a string of endorsements with a slew of major companies, while occasionally throwing thinly veiled barbs at her chief rival.

Sounds like Taylor Swift—but, in fact, it’s her frequent competitor, Katy Perry. Largely because of her Prismatic World Tour, which is now winding down, Perry pulled in $135 million this year. She grossed more than $2 million per city over the course of 126 shows in our scoring period, and added to her total through deals with Coty, Claire’s and Covergirl.

“I am proud of my position as a boss, as a person that runs my own company,” Perry told FORBES for our Celebrity 100 cover story this past summer. “I’m an entrepreneur. … I don’t want to shy away from it. I actually want to kind of grab it by its balls.”

Swift has also been having quite the year, claiming the No. 2 spot with $80 million. More than a year after the launch of 1989—the top release of 2014 with over 3.6 million copies sold—her latest single, “Wildest Dreams,” has ascended to the top of the charts, boosted by a music video with Scott Eastwood. But it was the beginning of her epic 1989 World Tour that placed her so close to the top of this list.

Rounding out the top three is Fleetwood Mac at $59.5 million. Though the band contains three men, it also boasts two high-profile ladies—Stevie Nicks and the recently-returned Christine McVie—rendering the group eligible for this list. Its On With The Show tour included 86 concerts during our scoring period, grossing well over $1 million per city.

“Fleetwood Mac is out there slogging it on the road,” says Gary Bongiovanni, chief of concert data outfit Pollstar. “From a fan perspective, I think that Fleetwood’s core fan base recognized that Christine McVie being back in the group was something special, and worth coming out for.”

Lady Gaga ranks fourth with $59 million, followed by Beyoncé at $54.5 million. The former played 66 shows during our scoring period, also cashing in on deals with Versace and MAC, as well as her own Fame fragrance. The latter’s On The Run tour with husband Jay Z grossed over $100 million for 19 North American dates, giving music’s first couple a nightly average comparable to that of the Rolling Stones.

Top 10 World’s Highest Paid Women in Music 2015

1. Katy Perry ($135 million)
Our Celebrity 100 cover star also claims the top spot on this list, largely because of her Prismatic World Tour. During our scoring period, Perry grossed more than $2 million per city over the course of 126 shows. She adds to her total through deals with Coty, Claire’s and Covergirl.

2. Taylor Swift ($80 million)
More than a year after the launch of 1989–the top release of 2014 with over 3.6 million copies sold—Swift is still selling. Her latest single, “Wildest Dreams,” has ascended to the top of the charts, boosted by a music video featuring Swift and Scott Eastwood. With her 1989 Tour grossing some $4 million per city, she’s got the early edge for the No. 1 spot on our list next year.

3. Fleetwood Mac ($59.5 million)
Though the band contains three men, it also boasts two high-profile ladies—Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie—rendering Fleetwood Mac eligible for this list. The group’s On With The Show tour included 86 concerts during our scoring period; it also boasted a staggering secondary ticket price of over $300.

4. Lady Gaga ($59 million)
Gaga has remained one of the biggest names in the music industry for nearly a decade, pushing limits with her over-the-top performances and fashion choices. Aside from playing 66 shows during our scoring period, Gaga also cashed in from deals with Versace and MAC, as well as her own Fame fragrance.

5. Beyoncé ($54.5 million)
Last year’s On The Run tour with husband Jay Z grossed over $100 million for 19 North American dates, giving music’s first couple a nightly average comparable to that of the Rolling Stones. Deals with Pepsi, L’Oréal and her own Heat fragrance add considerable cash to her plentiful coffers.

6. Britney Spears ($31 million)
The cyborg pop star continues to release new songs like “Pretty Girls,” her collaboration with Iggy Azalea, but it’s her Planet Hollywood residency in Las Vegas that accounts for the bulk of her bucks. She also cashes in on The Intimate Britney Spears, a lingerie line that sells globally.

7. Jennifer Lopez ($28.5 million)
Though she began her career as Jenny from the Block, she’s as nearly as far from music as she is from the Bronx these days: she played only five concerts during our scoring period. Lopez made double-digit millions as a judge on American Idol; recent acting roles include the film The Boy Next Door. With a residency at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood due to start in early 2016, though, a partial return to her roots is imminent.

8. Miranda Lambert ($28.5 million)
The country star scored Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, part of a huge year full of diverse income streams. Lambert boasts partnerships with Red55 Wine, Pink Pistol and Dixie Darlin, as well as her own line of clothing and pet accessories.

9. Mariah Carey ($27 million)
In May 2015 the golden-voiced diva joined a long line of cash queens in taking her talents to Las Vegas for a residency. Dubbed Mariah Carey’s #1’s, the series is set to stretch into 2016, making her an early favorite to land on next year’s list.

10. Rihanna ($26 million)
After seven albums in eight years through 2012, Rihanna has gone quite some time without a full-length release, and she only played nine dates in our scoring period—resulting in a lower-than-usual finish on our list. That’s set to change with the launch of new album Anti, and likely a tour, in the coming months.

Zack O’Malley Greenburg / Forbes / November 4, 2015

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REVIEW: ’70s superheroes still a fertile hit factory

Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac in the spotlight at Rod Laver Arena. (Photo: Pat Scala)

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FLEETWOOD MAC ★★★1/2
Rod Laver Arena, November 2

Like superheroes. Five mysterious individuals with unique powers, reunited against incredible odds to save the free world one more time. Like Kiss with better tunes, Fleetwood Mac is a band inseparable from its own mythology.

There’s mad uncle Mick Fleetwood in his eccentric country gentleman’s attire, biting bearded lips with bug-eyes rolling. He’s an inseparable bloc with his “truly dearest friend” John McVie, quietly plucking bass in the shadow of a flat golfer’s cap.

Messianic ringleader Lindsey Buckingham and witch-fairy Stevie Nicks are another unit: eternal king and queen of the Heartbreak High prom, playing up the sexual tension through misty eyes in the whispers of Landslide then re-enacting the finger-pointing rage in “Go Your Own Way.”

Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac in the spotlight at Rod Laver Arena. (Photo: Pat Scala)

Then there’s Christine McVie, returned at last to quietly steal the show with “You Make Loving Fun” and the gentle coda of Songbird, as if the 22 songs preceding hadn’t already made their case for one of the most fertile hit factories of the modern age.

Sure, some of the moves may have felt a little stilted. “Tusk” wasn’t quite the climactic eruption with its marching band horns caged inside a synthesiser. Nicks did duck out of few high notes in “Dreams” and elsewhere.

But from Buckingham’s psychobabbling song introductions and anguished six-string pyrotechnics to Fleetwood’s nutty crowd-baiting drum solo, to nearly every damn track plus B-sides of that album, Rumours, the world felt as harmonious as it’ll ever be.

Michael Dwyer / Sydney Morning Herald / Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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VIDEOS 11/2: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (Night 1)

Fleetwood Mac performed at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Monday night, the first of three soldout shows.

Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to a man whom she dubbed “Movie Mark.”

“Had it not been for ‘Movie Mark,” I would not have seen the second movie of the Twilight series, and therefore, I would not have written a song called ‘Moonlight” that I dearly love and that changed my life. And it’s all because of him. So thank you, Mark, for that magical moment that you created that ended up creating a lot of magic for me. So this is for you and it’s ‘Landslide.'”

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Videos

Thanks to Nicole Barker, Bella 4lana, Melody Fair, pjgirl23, and Valerie B for capturing and sharing this footage.

The Chain (Nicole Barker)

Dreams (Melody Fair)

Dreams (pjgirl23)

Rhiannon (Nicole Barker)

Everywhere (Melody Fair)

Tusk (Valerie B)

Bleed to Love Her (Nicole Barker)

Sara (Nicole Barker)

Say You Love Me (Nicole Barker)

Big Love (Nicole Barker)

Landslide (Nicole Barker)

Think about Me (Nicole Barker)

Gypsy – intro (Bella 4lana)

Gypsy (Nicole Barker)

Little Lies (Nicole Barker)

Gold Dust Woman (Nicole Barker)

Go Your Own Way (Nicole Barker)

Encore (Nicole Barker)

World Turning – drum solo (Melody Fair)

Don’t Stop (Nicole Barker)

Silver Springs (Nicole Barker)

Songbird (pjgirl23)

Bows (Nicole Barker)

Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/luckykays/status/660002443405594625

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. Bleed to Love Her (replaces I Know I’m Not Wrong)
  8. Tusk
  9. Sara (replaces Sisters of the Moon)
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Big Love
  12. Landslide
  13. Never Going Back Again
  14. Think About Me (replaces Over My Head)
  15. Gypsy
  16. Little Lies
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. I’m So Afraid
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore 1)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Songbird (encore 2)
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REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac make magic in Perth rain

A downpour of rain could do nothing but enhance the hippie-mystique of Fleetwood Mac’s leading lady Stevie Nicks last Friday night.

The poetic and magical performer behind Fleetwood Mac had 25,000 fans at Subiaco Oval mesmerised from the moment she stepped foot on stage.
Dressed in a black lace dress with her trademark ribbon-adorned tambourine in hand, she opened to a rapturous crowd with the band’s 1977 hit “The Chain.”

Her powerful vocals were backed by the musical talents of Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie, who reunited with the band after a 16-year absence.

Fleetwood Mac’s classic line up had returned for their On with the Show tour and as the rain pelted down on their Perth fans, they made sure they turned on one unforgettable show.

Drawing heavily on their 1970s hits from their most celebrate album Rumours, they took the start of the show up a notch with thrilling performances of “You Make Loving Fun,” “Dreams” and “Second Hand News.”

Nicks shared the spotlight with her former lover and legendary guitarist Buckingham who captivated the crowd with a series of flawless guitar solos and his comments about the band’s past exploits.

“There was a grey area between our personal and professional lives — but we have nothing left but love for one another and we’re still here,” he said before the band launched into “Rhiannon.”

The 1975 hit had the younger generation of late 20/early 30 year olds who were raised on their parents’ Fleetwood Mac albums, like myself, wanting to jump up and dance, which clashed with the baby boomer’s desire to stay firmly in their seats.

Christie McVie reminded everyone how missed her smoky vocals were as she sung “Everywhere” while perched behind her keyboard.

“Tusk,” “Sara” and “Say You Love Me” followed and were delivered with an effortless perfection that could only be achieved by a band with 40 years of musical chaos and creativity under their belt.

The night’s highlights included Nicks’ performance of “Landslide” — which showed why she was named one of the 100 greatest singers of all time – and Buckingham’s acoustic guitar solo of “Big Love.”

Nicks then gave what sounded like a 1960s hippy-inspired speech as she revealed the meaning behind “Gypsy” and sang it with such emotion it was as if she was still that struggling artist living in San Francisco.

The band’s original member Mick Fleetwood, who had been smashing the drums all night with the enthusiasm of a teenager, drew in the crowd with an eccentric drum solo behind his elaborate kit.

The heavy rain continued to fall and created a mythical ambiance as it caught the stage light while Nicks swirled around the stage setting the perfect scene for “Gold Dust Woman.”

“This is the strangest, most beautiful rainy night ever,” she said.

No one was left seated as the band finished their main set with “Go Your Own Way, a song that Lindsey wrote to mark the ending of his relationship with Nicks.

The drenched crowd rocked away to the elated encore “Don’t Stop,” before Christine McVie asked the crowd to tolerate the rain for one final stellar moment as she got behind a grand piano and finished with “Songbird.”

Sarah Waters / Community News / Sunday, November 1, 2015

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REVIEW: Rain fails to dampen spirits at Fleetwood Mac show

Fleetwood Mac gets off the chain at Perth’s Domain Stadium, despite pouring rain.

Fleetwood Mac live at Domain Stadium, Perth
A crowd of 25,000 watched on as Fleetwood Mac played in the pouring rain at Domain Stadium. (Photo: Domain Stadium)

I have never been so wet in my life. This was the thought running through my head as I walked away from Domain Stadium on Friday night completely drenched, with my water-filled shoes making an ungainly squelching sound with every step. But, it was quickly followed by another — it was worth it to see Fleetwood Mac in concert again.

The last time the band came to Perth in 2009 was the first concert my wife and I watched together, not long after we had started dating. So when an opportunity arose to review Fleetwood Mac’s return to Perth I jumped at the opportunity, thinking it was a chance to relive some wonderful memories.

However, I wasn’t prepared for the wild night which lay ahead — filled with sizzling guitar, mystical vocals, die-hard fans and never-ending rain. No sooner had we taken our seats when Fleetwood Mac’s smash hit “The Chain” lit up the stadium, much to the crowd’s delight. From there the band’s three main songwriters shared the spotlight with Christine McVie welcomed back to Perth with a rendition of “You Make Loving Fun,” followed by Stevie Nicks’ “Dreams” and Lindsay Buckingham’s “Second Hand News.”

As the heavens opened it also rained down hits with “Rhiannon,” “Everywhere,” “Tusk,” “Sara” and “Say You Love Me” enchanting the 25,000 fans who turned out for the show. Then the two McVies, Nicks and drummer Mick Fleetwood vanished from the stage while Buckingham delivered an outstanding solo, guitar-only, version of “Big Love.”

The rest of the band returned in style, and the hits continued and then the rain started to ease up as Nicks explained to fans the story behind the next song “Gypsy.” As the song progressed, Nicks twirled on screen mesmerizingly almost in what looked like a rain dance.

And, as if on cue, the rain started bucketing down heavier than before, ending any hope concert goers had of leaving Domain Stadium without being completely soaked. Although no one in the crowd seemed to mind as they were straight up out of their seats to dance as “Little Lies,” another of Christine McVie’s creations, resonated around the stadium.

Nicks’ mystical twirling continued as the band launched in to “Gold Dust Woman,” and then the focus shifted to Buckingham who showed he has lost none of his guitar prowess with a stunning guitar solo to finish off “I’m So Afraid.” Buckingham received rambunctious cheers for his bewitching effort, which turned to an even bigger roar as Fleetwood Mac quickly moved into “Go Your Own Way” to finish off their main set. The upbeat tune lifted any remaining seated fans to their feet, and when the song finished, the band received a standing ovation, whose enthusiasm was never dampened despite the pouring rain all night long.

Christine McVie’s return to the the band, after 16 years of semi-retirement, appeared seamless and her vocals added another layer to the Mac’s allure, taking fans back to their golden days. The excitement was evident on the faces of fans every time one of her songs started up, with some of the biggest cheers of the night reserved for the encore when “Don’t Stop” rocked the stadium, and the second encore as “Songbird” closed a memorable, but wet, Fleetwood Mac performance.

Tim Carrier / WA Today / Saturday, October 31, 2015

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VIDEOS 10/30: Domain Stadium, Perth

Fleetwood Mac plays all the hits, fans endure downpour in Perth

Western Australian fans braved the steady rains on Friday night, as they watched their heroes play onstage at Perth’s Domain Stadium. Despite the downpour, fans, many of which were decked out in rain gear, took the wet evening in stride. Many took to Twitter to comment about the unusual concert experience (see Live Tweets below).

Sydney-based Angus and Julia Stone opened again for Fleetwood Mac.

Fleetwood Mac traverses back eastward for a three-night engagement at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne (2-Nov, 4-Nov, 6-Nov).

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Thanks to Daniel Bromley, DragHagHaze, Tania Dodd, Acacia Gray, James Jeffery, and red jelly05 for capturing and sharing this footage!

Videos

The Chain (Tania Dodd)

The Chain (Daniel Bromley)

You Make Loving Fun (DragHagHaze)

Dreams (DragHagHaze)

Second Hand News (DragHagHaze)

Rhiannon (DragHagHaze)

Rhiannon (Tania Dodd)

Everywhere (DragHagHaze)

Everywhere (red jelly05)

Non-stop rain! (Acacia Gray)

Sara (Tania Dodd)

Say You Love Me (DragHagHaze)

Big Love (DragHagHaze)

Landslide (DragHagHaze)

Never Going Back Again (DragHagHaze)

Gypsy (Tania Dodd)

Gypsy (DragHagHaze)

Little Lies (Tania Dodd)

Little Lies (DragHagHaze)

Gold Dust Woman (DragHagHaze)

Go Your Own Way (Daniel Bromley)

Go Your Own Way (James Jeffery)

World Turning / Band Intro / Don’t Stop / Silver Springs / Songbird (DragHagHaze)

Silver Springs (Tania Dodd)

Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/DomainStadium/status/660105117509677057
https://twitter.com/pomers91/status/660101394670600192

https://twitter.com/DomainStadium/status/660054347733032964
https://twitter.com/sophstomorrow/status/660049847869792256

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. Bleed to Love Her (replaces I Know I’m Not Wrong)
  8. Tusk
  9. Sara (replaces Sisters of the Moon)
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Big Love
  12. Landslide
  13. Never Going Back Again
  14. Think About Me (replaces Over My Head)
  15. Gypsy
  16. Little Lies
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. I’m So Afraid
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore 1)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Songbird (encore 2)
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REVIEW: Fans brave Perth downpour for Fleetwood Mac

A LANDSLIDE brought down Subiaco Oval when all five original members of legendary band Fleetwood Mac stormed the stage in the midst of a torrential downpour.

It takes a special kind of die-hard fan to sit in a poncho for two hours on a Friday night while it’s bucketing down, but Perth fans would not be deterred from seeing the band reunited on stage for the first time in 16 years.

Accomplished singer-songwriter and keyboardist Christine McVie was welcomed back with open arms after leaving the band for personal reasons back in 1998 — the missing piece in the brilliant, complex jigsaw puzzle the band was so well-known for.

McVie said she was thrilled to be back with her “favourite people in the world” before dedicating “Everywhere” to the band.

While the Mac have enjoyed a huge amount of commercial success over the years, hits from the best-selling Rumours album were stripped back to basics as the band came clean about relationship struggles and internal dynamics.

“I think our professional lives and our personal lives have always been intertwined and that’s what’s part of the appeal,” vocalist Lindsey Buckingham said.

“The point is we’ve been together for a long time though and we’re still here. We all broke up and we all knew we had to fulfill our destiny and somehow we stayed together.

“We would bleed sometimes but I think what you have to say is that below the struggles we seem to rise with a great deal of love.”

And with that, the band broke out into an emotional rendition of “Bleed to Love Her.”

While Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks ended their relationship many years ago it’s evident some embers still burn.

The pair shared lingering glances and hand-holding during “Sara” and after an acoustic duet of “Landslide.”

Buckingham — whose guitar became an extension of his body on multiple occasions during the night — did not disappoint when he cut loose during a finger-prickingly good number on “Big Love.”

Drenching rain, sold-out ponchos and chilling winds were not enough to stop fans dancing in the aisles and cheering for the encore.

The show was a genuine reflection of the band’s journey over the decades: the love, the heartbreak, the turbulence, and the final reunion as friends.

Danielle Le Messurier / PerthNow / Friday, October 30, 2015

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REVIEW: Mac make loving them fun, even in the rain

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Thunder only happens when it rains, according to Stevie Nicks, whose legendary band Fleetwood Mac turned on a dream gig in the wet last night.

Playing to 25,000 adoring fans at Domain Stadium, the megastars promised a party in the rain. “My limousine driver told me it never rains in Perth,” Nicks said. “We bring the rain.”

The mighty Mac also brought the hits, plus an old friend in Christine McVie, much missed on the past two Perth visits.

The English singer, songwriter and pianist retreated from the spotlight after the band’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1998.

Fleetwood Mac were to visit in 2013 but cancelled after bassist John McVie was diagnosed with cancer. During the delay while McVie had treatment, drummer Mick Fleetwood convinced McVie’s former wife to rejoin the band. Christine McVie’s return meant Fleetwood Mac’s three great songwriters — the others being American ex-lovers Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, who joined the English blues band in 1974 —were back in the saddle for the band’s first Aussie tour since 2009.

After hitting the stage with “The Chain,” the Rumours rocker credited to the whole band, the trio shared the songs.

Other Rumours favourites — McVie’s “You Make Loving Fun,” Nicks’ “Dreams” and Buckingham’s “Second Hand News” — came in quick succession.

Classic pop hits —”Landslide,” “Everywhere,” “Little Lies” — rained down on fans as the Mac clung tight to their golden era.

The famous five, plus extra musicians and singers, delivered a marathon set at the fifth of 13 scheduled Australian dates for their On With the Show world tour. Classic songs, classic line-up and still plenty of drama.

Truly classic.

Simon Collins / The West Australian / Friday, October 30, 2015


Wet Fleetwood Mac gig extra memorable

Editor’s note: The writer published a lengthier review the following day.

Before reality TV, there was Fleetwood Mac.

Thirty-eight years ago, the legendary transatlantic band laid bare their drug-fuelled intraband bed-hopping in Rumours, one of the greatest and highest selling albums of all-time.

Unlike The Bachelor or Married at First Sight, the Mac don’t need to manufacture their drama – not even on the marathon On With the Show world tour, which stopped in Perth on a wet Friday night.

Rain bucketed down on 25,000 fans at Domain Stadium on an evening singer Stevie Nicks remarked was the “strangest, most dramatic, most memorable rainiest night” of the lengthy tour.

Fleetwood Mac performed in the rain for thousands of fans at Domain Stadium. Pictures: Simon Santi/The West Australian
The presence of English songbird Christine McVie, who reunited with the band last year after a 16-year absence, also heightened the sense of occasion.

The stormy weather didn’t prevent Fleetwood Mac from revisiting their personal tempests across a 23-song, two-and-a-half hour greatest hits show, which drew heavily on Rumours.

Nine songs from the 1977 opus were aired, starting with band co-write The Chain before You Make Loving Fun, Dreams and Second Hand News made for a stunning start to the show.

Rhiannon from the erstwhile British blues band’s 1975 self-titled album, the first to feature then-couple Nicks and guitar god Lindsey Buckingham, was a smooth, early highlight. As the Gold Dust Woman shimmied behind her trademark shawls and sang “woman, taken by the wind”, many in the crowd could empathise with the titular Welsh witch.

That was a time when cracks were seriously showing in the Mac, according to Buckingham, who said the members felt the need to stay together to “fulfil destiny” – that is, turn drama into an incredible parade of pop classics.

His solo acoustic performance of Big Love was a highlight, as was the now-expected performance on Nicks’ plaintive Landslide as a duo. The ex-lovers keep their romantic history front and centre throughout the show.

“Our hearts are into it,” Nicks joked as she moved her microphone back away from the rain. “In my mind, you’re dancing above the clouds.”

While some of the performance echoed previous visits for similar big outdoor concerts in 2004 and 2009 – band leader Mick Fleetwood’s eccentric drum solo during World Turning tested some drenched fans – the presence of McVie added something special to Friday night.

Eighties hits Everywhere and Little Lies, her verse on encore highlight Don’t Stop and solo rendition of signature piano ballad Songbird to complete the evening all made this gig extra memorable.

The relentless rain also helped make Friday night unforgettable, as fans danced in ponchos to the euphoric performance of Go Your Own Way. “If I could, baby, I’d give you my world,” Buckingham sang. How about some dry clothes and hot chocolate?

Simon Collins / The West Australian / Saturday, October 31, 2015

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REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac at Coopers Stadium

Fleetwood Mac’s full classic line-up was in fine form before diverse Adelaide crowd.

All photos by Kristy Delaine
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Recalling the sports stadium vibe of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” video, Coopers Stadium was an apt setting for one of the last true stadium bands (who surprisingly admitted they rarely play outdoor concerts).

On what could be their last tour, the classic line-up (sorry Peter Green fans) was in fine form in front of a diverse crowd that ranged from baby boomers to 30-somethings raised on their parents’ Fleetwood Mac albums and 20-something women dressed in their best Stevie Nicks-inspired gear. The post-1975 Fleetwood Mac era is one that has it detractors but the all-ages crowd proved how the Nicks/Buckingham era of the band has only become more influential as the years have progressed; excellent songwriting lasts as fashion fades.

Angus & Julia Stone seemed an odd opening choice but they represented a large percentage of the crowd, the children of the original fans. With four back-up musicians, the Stone siblings showed why they were a much better choice than the kinds of acts that usually get picked for these sort of tours (such as Jimmy Barnes or, god forbid, John Farnham), as their Nicks-influenced Gypsy mysticism was prevalent during their largely rock/blues set. The siblings also seemed humbled by the occasion; paying tribute to the headline act once they finished.

I’ve never described a concert as sweet before but the reunited transatlantic group was just that, as former partners Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham walked to the stage hand-in-hand, and Nicks blew kisses to long-time absentee Christine McVie (who has been living the quiet life in her English castle for the past 16 years). The dysfunction behind some of pop and rock’s greatest moments seemed to be all but forgotten. Beginning with “The Chain,” McVie’s brilliant “You Make Loving Fun” showed why she is the secret cog in the Fleetwood Mac machine. As one of the most underrated pop hit makers of the ‘70s and ‘80s, McVie’s collection of earnest pop (“Little Lies,” “Everywhere,” “Think About Me” and “Say You Love Me”) were some of the highlights of a greatest hits concert few bands could match.

Nicks’ “Rhiannon” was an early crowd-pleaser, as the audience up front temporarily got off their seats for the early Nicks/Buckingham Mac era classic. The light rig lowered for Buckingham’s experimental pop masterpiece “Tusk,” with the energetic visionary of the band (who looks extremely fit at 66 years of age) excited by the rousing performance of “Tusk,” jumping up and down at the completion of the marching band classic.

The middle of the show largely showcased Nicks and Buckingham, who proved to be one of the greatest ring-ins in music history when Mick Fleetwood recruited the struggling duo and they helped to turn his blues outfit into a stadium rock/pop behemoth in the mid-‘70s. Buckingham performed a rousing solo rendition of “Big Love” while Nicks’ “Landside” showed that famous husky voice has lost none of its enigma even though Nicks doesn’t twirl with as much as ease as she once did. “Gold Dust Woman” was pure magic before “Go Your Own Way” closed proceedings.

Despite some cheesy moments (drum solos and ‘inspiring’ anecdotes in-between tracks), you could feel the love between the band, who had to cancel their 2013 Australian tour due to John McVie’s (who played his bass unceremoniously in the background) cancer scare.

From a selfish music lover’s point of view, the positive to take from the 2013 cancellation is that the 2015 tour saw Adelaide witness the full classic line-up, complete with John McVie’s former wife, Christine, who drove home her influence with two of the encore’s highlights: “Don’t Stop” and a beautiful rendition of “Songbird.”

A brilliant night for young and old.

WHO
Fleetwood Mac

WHEN
Wednesday, October 28

WHERE
Coopers Stadium

RATING
4.5/5

TAGS
fleetwood mac

David Knight / Rip It Up / Friday, October 30, 2015

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Fleetwood Mac brings the love to Adelaide

Fleetwood Mac family finally felt complete.

All photos by Simon Cross
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FEW bands have been through as much as Fleetwood Mac and lived to tell the tale.

They took the ’70s ethos of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll to its limit, with the sex and the drugs threatening to end the rock ’n’ roll on more than one occasion.

Perhaps that’s why Wednesday night’s show at Coopers Stadium had such a feel-good vibe – the Mac are like a dysfunctional family who’ve had some therapy, buried the hatchet and turned up for Christmas lunch with smiles on their faces. And the family finally felt complete, with songwriter/keyboardist/vocalist Christine McVie back where she belongs after 16 years away from the band.

“This is quite an auspicious occasion,” McVie told the full stadium. “I haven’t been to Adelaide for 30 years.”

The crowd welcomed her with open arms – her voice and her songs are a vital piece of the Fleetwood Mac puzzle.

McVie looked effortlessly cool behind the keys, standing at the right hand of former husband and bass player John McVie who was, together with mercurial drummer Mick Fleetwood, rocking the “Morris dancers on acid” look. Stevie Nicks was front and centre, the eternal waif, and next to her was guitarist and vocalist – and former lover – Lindsey Buckingham, looking youthful and handsome in jeans and a sports coat.

The night began with The Chain, the stomping country rock anthem from Rumours, and from there on it was just a cavalcade of hits – Dreams, Rhiannon, Everywhere, a brilliant rendition of Tusk complete with a big-screen remix of the iconic marching band film clip, Sara and Say You Love Me, a song that showed off the McVie-Nicks-Buckingham harmony machine to full effect.

After that the band went off for a well-deserved breather while Buckingham laid down a truly beautiful solo version of Big Love. His guitar playing is a breathtaking mix of folk-styled fingerpicking and rock riffing, and his voice cut through the warm night as a full moon rose over the stands.

The band came back on for Landslide, and we got the first of Mick’s drum solos on Think About Me, before Nicks told the story of the inspiration behind Gypsy (it’s about an expensive San Francisco dress salon, Janis Joplin, and the moment she knew she was going to be a famous singer). I’m So Afraid saw Buckingham wowing with his guitar antics once more before the main set closed with a rousing rendition of Go Your Own Way that had the crowd on its feet and singing along (and one lady in the front row filming on an iPad. Get a phone, lady!)

There was an encore – that’s a given – and it started with World Turning complete with a five-minute Fleetwood drum solo/comedy routine, followed by Don’t Stop and Silver Springs. The night wound up, fittingly, with Christine McVie on a grand piano singing Songbird, accompanied by Buckingham on an acoustic guitar.

The applause was heartfelt, and the band genuinely seemed to appreciate it. The final word went to Fleetwood, the giant ringmaster, who thanked the fans for their support over almost five decades and implored everyone “in this seemingly crazy world that we live in” to “take such very good care of one another”. Yeah, Mick!

SET LIST

The Chain

You Make Loving Fun

Dreams

Second Hand News

Rhiannon

Everywhere

Bleed to Love Her

Tusk

Sara

Say You Love Me

Big Love

Landslide

Never Going Back Again

Think About Me

Gypsy

Little Lies

Gold Dust Woman

I’m So Afraid

Go Your Own Way

ENCORE

World Turning

Don’t Stop

Silver Springs

Songbird

Nathan Davies / The Advertiser / Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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VIDEOS 10/28: Coopers Stadium, Adelaide

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Fleetwood Mac performs “Landslide” under the full moon in Adelaide. (Photo: Vincent Mon)

On Wednesday night, Fleetwood Mac performed at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide, South Australia. The evening was graced with a full moon and balmy weather. Before The Mac hit the stage, supporting act Angus and Julia Stone, the sibling duo hailing from Sydney, warmed up the crowd with their blend of indie folk pop. Their acoustic melodies recalled the tones of Buckingham Nicks.

Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to the Adelaide crowd. “So, to you… OK, so anyway, I’m going to dedicate this to all of you, and keep this in your heart and whenever you’re at an outdoor concert, remember you’re supposed to have a lot of fun. This is called ‘Landslide.'”

Fleetwood Mac now heads to the city of Perth in Western Australia, where they will perform at Domain Stadium on Friday night.

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Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/Baxeybel/status/659350394087215107

https://twitter.com/MamaJinOZ/status/659330356399636480
https://twitter.com/MamaJinOZ/status/659324140139102208

See more tweets from Wednesday’s Adelaide show.

Videos

Thank you to George Cervini, Kathleen Howell, JESRosenzweig, Peter Kershaw, lynnnickstricks, Snook, and Vincent Mon for capturing and sharing this footage!

COMPILATION: You Make Loving Fun / Everywhere / Say You Love Me / Landslide / Little Lies / Go Your Own Way / Don’t Stop / Songbird (JESRosenzweig)

COMPILATION: Gypsy / Sara / Dreams / Little Lies / Go Your Own Way / Everywhere / Don’t Stop / Tusk / Go Your Own Way (reprise) / Little Lies (reprise) / Think about Me (George Cervini)

Tusk (Peter Kershaw)

Say You Love Me – short clip (Snook)

Landslide – partial (Vincent Mon)

Landslide – partial (Kathleen Howell)

Gypsy – short clip (lynnnickstricks)

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. Bleed to Love Her (replaces I Know I’m Not Wrong)
  8. Tusk
  9. Sara (replaces Sisters of the Moon)
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Big Love
  12. Landslide
  13. Never Going Back Again
  14. Think About Me (replaces Over My Head)
  15. Gypsy
  16. Little Lies
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. I’m So Afraid
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore 1)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Songbird (encore 2)
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Dressed-down Fleetwood Mac out and about in Adelaide

Fleetwood Mac: Supergroup being pretty low-key ahead of their Adelaide concert

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Mick Fleetwood outside The Intercontinental in Adelaide (Photo: Mike Burton)

THE members of legendary supergroup Fleetwood Mac are being pretty low- key during their Adelaide stay.

Heading out of the band’s city hotel yesterday wearing jeans and a T-shirt Lindsey Buckingham, greeted our shutterbug telling him to stay put because “there will be a raft of people for you to photograph’’.

He wasn’t telling Little Lies either because soon after appeared Christine McVie, who is back with Mac after 16 years, with an entourage. Like Lindsey, she was casually dressed and looking relaxed as she left to take in some city sights.

Mick Fleetwood was even more chilled out, rocking a beanie.

Fleetwood Mac is performing at Coopers Stadium on Wednesday night and there are Rumours the band will be at the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

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Lindsey Buckingham outside The Intercontinental in Adelaide (Photo: Mike Burton)

“Fleetwood Mac has been invited and inundated with requests to attend Cup Carnival events,” a source close to the band tells Confidential.

The Advertiser / Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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VIDEOS 10/25: Allphones Arena, Sydney (Night 3)

Fleetwood Mac performed their final show at Allphones Arena on Sunday night, the third of three concerts in Sydney. The band moves on to Adeleide, where they will perform at Coopers Stadium on Wednesday night.

Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to 2015 X Factor Australia contestants Jess & Matt last night in Sydney:

“I hope that you two… No matter what happens with this show, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you guys keep going and become that great duo because the world needs a great duo. And you can do it. So do it for me, do it for Lindsey, do it for music. Anyway, this is for you. It’s called ‘Landslide.'”

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Videos

Special thanks to Nicole Barker, dee tom, Mike Devery, and Andy Leo for capturing and sharing this footage!

Rhiannon (Nicole Barker)

Bleed to Love Her (Nicole Barker)

Tusk (Nicole Barker)

Sara (Nicole Barker)

Big Love (Nicole Barker)

Big Love (dee tom)

Landslide (Nicole Barker)

Think about Me (Nicole Barker)

Gypsy (Nicole Barker)

Little Lies – short clip (Mike Devery)

Gold Dust Woman (Nicole Barker)

Go Your Own Way (Nicole Barker)

Encore (Nicole Barker)

World Turning (Andy Leo)

Band Intros (Nicole Barker)

Silver Springs (Mike Devery)

Silver Springs (Nicole Barker)

Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/MandaSmuin/status/658252763965468672

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. Bleed to Love Her (replaces I Know I’m Not Wrong)
  8. Tusk
  9. Sara (replaces Sisters of the Moon)
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Big Love
  12. Landslide
  13. Never Going Back Again
  14. Think About Me (replaces Over My Head)
  15. Gypsy
  16. Little Lies
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. I’m So Afraid
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore 1)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Songbird (encore 2)
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VIDEOS 10/24: Allphones Arena, Sydney (Night 2)

Fleetwood Mac performed at Allphones Arena in Olympic Park on Saturday night, the second of three sold-out shows in Sydney.

Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to recording artist Chris Isaak, who has taken up residency in Sydney. He is currently a judge on X Factor Australia.

Videos

Thank you to Nicole Barker, BlogBrian, creativeshed, TheInkBlotter, redandwhitepebble, James Scurry, TheAussiemusicman, and toclement for capturing and sharing this footage.

The Chain (Nicole Barker)

Dreams (creativeshed)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tju_6lMPKI

Rhiannon (creativeshed)

Tusk (redandwhitepebble)

Tusk (TheAussiemusicman)

Tusk (Nicole Barker)

Sara (Nicole Barker)

Big Love (Nicole Barker)

Landslide (redandwhitepebble)

Landslide (Nicole Barker)

Landslide (toclement)

Never Going Back Again (toclement)

Think about Me (Nicole Barker)

Gypsy (creativeshed)

I’m So Afraid (James Scurry)

Go Your Own Way (TheInkBlotter)

Encore (Nicole Barker)

World Turning (TheInkBlotter)

Band Introductions (Nicole Barker)

Don’t Stop (Nicole Barker)

Silver Springs (Nicole Barker)

Songbird (The Aussiemusicman)

Songbird (BlogBrian)

Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/johnspatricc/status/657926552743604225

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. Bleed to Love Her (replaces I Know I’m Not Wrong)
  8. Tusk
  9. Sara (replaces Sisters of the Moon)
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Big Love
  12. Landslide
  13. Never Going Back Again
  14. Think About Me (replaces Over My Head)
  15. Gypsy
  16. Little Lies
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. I’m So Afraid
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore 1)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Songbird (encore 2)
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REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac still winning over generations

All Phones Arena, Sydney

The band who’ve made peace with the past put on a truly group effort, satisfying old, new and future pop lovers with a nostalgia-light set

What brings someone to a Fleetwood Mac concert in 2015? Hazy memories of Rumours the first time round. The bashed up vinyl inherited from a parent. An interview with Haim, wearing their influences as openly as their Stevie Nicks-inspired style. Or pure and simple love of pop, never mind the vintage?

Whatever the reason, Sydney’s All Phones Arena boasts a surprisingly all-ages crowd for the first of Fleetwood Mac’s anticipated Australian dates (a 2013 visit was cancelled when band member John McVie started treatment for cancer).

The band have been on hiatus for three months since the last leg of their On With The Show world tour. Lindsey Buckingham complains of blisters on his fingers. Stevie struggles to remember a well-worn anecdote of her first trip to the Velvet Underground in San Francisco.

At least, they tell us they’re blistering and struggling. From here in the side seats, they’re smashing it out of the Olympic park. And even if the three other bandmates vie for less attention than these famous ex-lovers – Mick Fleetwood happy for the most part behind his drumkit – this is a true group show.

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Fleetwood Mac performs at Allphones Arena in Sydney (Glenn Pokorney)

A 23-song set takes us from the predictable opener of Chains to the inevitable closer of Go Your Own Way, plus two encores, the second a stripped-down take on Songbird showcasing Christine McVie, back to complete the Rumours line-up. Between those bookends, the biggest crowd reactions come for Tusk, with its relentless Trojan marching beat and later, Buckingham’s guitar-geek pleasing – if somewhat indulgent – solo on Big Love.

You’d expect a night of nostalgia and, sure, we get some songs that haven’t been performed for years: Tusk album track, Think About Me, for example, which “didn’t do very well at the time but we’ve always been rather fond of,” says Christine McVie.

But overall, there’s a sense that the band who say they are in their “last act” have made peace with the past. Introducing Bleed to Love Her (last done live in 1997), it’s Buckingham once again who brings up the heartbreak and breakups and breakdowns that make up the Fleetwood Mac truth and myth.

With everyone back together, “you have to assume a great deal of love,” he concludes – what were songs of “alienation” are now songs of “meditation”. Don’t start, Lindsey. We’ve already got Stevie for all that hippy dippy stuff. The tiny queen of the twirl clops around unselfconciously in her black platforms and shawls, her voice as unforced as her persona.

What brings someone to a Fleetwood Mac gig? In my case, it’s rescuing a friend, a first-time mother who’s barely slept in four-and-a-half months. The wall-to-wall hits visibly revive her, but we each have our songs we need to hear. Mine’s Everywhere. It comes early and doesn’t disappoint, Christine McVie’s vocals unshowy, the song dripping with the tingly feels it’s always had.

My companion is waiting for Landslide, which doesn’t turn up for over an hour. Nicks launches into a rambling “Don’t give up on your dreams” speech before duetting with Buckingham into the familiar chorus: “Time makes you bolder / Even children get older / And I’m getting older too.”

The next day I get a message on my phone – “I was singing to Zara all morning” – and a photo of a smiling baby. Looks like the Mac magic is winning over another generation.

Fleetwood Mac play Sydney, 24 and 25 October, then tour Australia.

Nancy Groves / The Guardian / Friday, October 24, 2015

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REVIEW: What to expect at Fleetwood Mac show

Spoiler alert: What to expect from Fleetwood Mac’s Australian tour

Fleetwood Mac are an unmissable icons, and the opening night of their Aussie ‘On With The Show’ tour was a rockfest of the highest calibre. The famed five piece lineup – back together after 16 years of playing sans Christine McVie were on absolute top form, and all members played with the stamina and energy of performers decades their junior.

68-year-old Mick Fleetwood tore up on percussion, while guitar king Lindsey Buckingham went strong all night – the only member not to take a break for a single song the whole set.

Sydney’s Allphones Arena was buzzing with anticipation for the show’s start, and by the time the iconic opening riff of 1977’s ‘The Chain’ rang out, the atmosphere was at fever pitch, and fans were cheering from the get go.

With almost fifty years of first-class material to choose from, there wasn’t a single number the whole evening that wasn’t adored by the crowd. Hits ‘Second Hand News’ and ‘Rhiannon’ went off, and the older crowd demographic definitely didn’t hinder the upbeat, rocking ambience of the night.

An unexpectedly sweet highlight of the night was the rendition of ‘Bleed to Love Her’ from 1997’s The Dance album, the last record the group performed before Chrstine McVie took her departure. Buckingham shared the story of the song, a number that delves into some of the emotion and heartbreak the band has been through personally, and together as a group. Buckingham and McVie shared a couple of sentimental glances, and the number overall was quite touching and sweet.

Stevie Nicks was an absolute treat to look at in her opening ensemble, the kind of outfit that you could just keep looking at and discovering something new. Gypsy crow meets Slovenian grandmother probably describes it – flowing, lacy, glittery, and fabulous, it was classic Nicks, and it was glorious.

The ‘prodigal daughter’ of the group Christine McVie absolutely defied her age, looking elegant, playing beautifully, and bringing an understated air of graciousness to the stage.

Bassist John McVie kept it cool and calm in the wings, opting out of the spotlight and any showboating, but absolutely shredding the whole night. From his deep licks to his gritty endurance you’d never know he is suffering any health problems, and was a pillar and backbone to the whole night’s sound.

Taking a break from the hugeness of the rock show, Lindsey Buckingham performed a cranking solo of Tango in the Night’s single ‘Big Love’ before a short acoustic set with Stevie Nicks covering ‘Landslide’ and ‘Never Going Back Again’.

Rejoined by the rest of the band, they launched into ‘Think About Me’, before playing through an overwhelming stream of hit after hit. ‘Gypsy‘ followed by ‘Little Lies’, and ‘Gold Dust Woman’, before an absolutely massive ‘I’m So Afraid’ culminated in Buckingham screaming with reckless abandon slapping his frets and letting the front row fans play his guitar – the whole moment was so classic rock that it looked like it might end with Buckingham just smashing his guitar right there on stage, though fortunately he restrained himself enough to keep it to jumping on the spot while the crowd lost themselves in the rock.

Finishing up the set with ‘Go Your Own Way’, by the time the number was over not a single person in the arena was sitting, and there were more than a few people wiping a tear from their eyes.

It would be a sin for a band of this calibre to not come back out for an encore, and the crowd revelled in ‘World Turning’, which led into a several minute long Mick Fleetwood drum solo, a number that highlighted just how damn great the guy is, both behind a kit, and on the microphone. The crowd cheered, laughed, and played off Fleetwood as he mirthfully and wildly rocked out.

‘Don’t Stop’ was a roof raiser, with the whole arena harmonising, and would have been a massive high to finish on – however the group opted go out on a softer note, playing through ‘Silver Springs’ together, before finally closing on a Buckingham McVie duet in ‘Songbird’.

Following the final number Fleetwood returned to the stage for a heartfelt thank you to the fans, to his bandmates, and a timely reminder to take care of ourselves in this crazy world we now find ourselves in. From his little speech, echoing an earlier sentiment Nicks had shared, it’s clear the group is from another time, and however relevant they have made themselves in today’s culture, they are in fact a little world weary.

Fleetwood has hinted in recent interviews that On With The Show will likely be the very final tour of the band – at least as the iconic five-piece they have once again found themselves. His little speech was emotive, and perhaps a touching, if veiled farewell.

Maybe it was something in the water, but the 70s seemed to breed a different set of performers, and Fleetwood Mac are among some of the best. The group should basically be a ‘how to guide’ for current musos on how to put on an unforgettable performance. Thursday’s opening night of their Australian tour was absolutely exceptional, a simply wonderful night, and remarkable performance.

Setlist

‘The Chain’
‘You Make Loving Fun’
‘Dreams’
‘Second Hand News’
‘Rhiannon’
‘Everywhere’
‘Bleed to Love Her’
‘Tusk’
‘Sara’
‘Say You Love Me’
‘Big Love’
‘Landslide’
‘Never Going Back Again’
‘Think About Me’
‘Gypsy’
‘Little Lies’
‘Gold Dust Woman’
‘I’m So Afraid’
‘Go Your Own Way’

Encore
‘World Turning’
‘Don’t Stop’
‘Silver Springs’

Encore 2
‘Songbird’

FLEETWOOD MAC AUSTRALIA TOUR DATES

Thursday, 22nd October 2015
Allphones Arena, Sydney

Saturday, 24th October 2015
Allphones Arena, Sydney

Sunday, 25th October 2015
Allphones Arena, Sydney

Wednesday, 28th October 2015
Coopers Stadium, Adelaide

Friday, 30th October 2015
Domain Stadium (Formerly Patersons Stadium), Perth

Monday, 2nd November 2015
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Wednesday, 4th November 2015
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Friday, 6th November 2015
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Saturday, 7th November 2015
A Day On The Green, Mt Duneed Estate, Geelong

Tuesday, 10th November 2015
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane

Thursday, 12th November 2015
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane

Saturday, 14th November 2015
Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley

Sunday, 15th November 2015
Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley

Wednesday, 18th November 2015
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Tickets and info at www.livenation.com.au

Hannah Teape-Davis / Tone Deaf / Friday, October 2015

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VIDEO: Iconic band touring Down Under

Original Rumours Fleetwood Mac members reunite for tour

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Original embedded Daily Mail clip

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Mick Fleetwood: This is not a goodbye tour

Fleetwood Mac founding member Mick Fleetwood says Australian tour will not be band’s final goodbye.

They are one of the world’s most successful bands, defying all odds to remain intact after almost half a century.

Fleetwood Mac are currently touring Australia with the same line-up that produced one of the biggest selling albums of all time — Rumours.

Christine McVie is back in the band after 17 years in semi-retirement alongside Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and John McVie.

The band’s drummer and founding member Mick Fleetwood told 702 ABC Sydney Breakfast presenter Robbie Buck it was great to be back on the road.

“It has not got old,” he said.

“We have been on the road now with Christine for many, many months all over the world and it is truly amazing seeing this woman return.”

Fleetwood said this tour would not be the last time the Australian public would hear from the band.

“This is not goodbye,” he said.

“Stevie [Nicks] mentioned it to me the other night, saying: ‘this can’t be the goodbye tour because no one said that it was’.”

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Experiencing the first Australian concert

The opening Sydney performance for the On With the Show tour was the first in two months for the band, after a break from the US and European legs.

And while Buckingham cheerfully complained of new blisters on his guitar hand, there was no doubt amongst the audience this was a band that could still move as one.

The band wore its history on its sleeve with pride.

Fleetwood brimmed with energy behind his giant kit, while the recently returned McVie glowed as she delivered Songbird and Don’t Stop.

Nicks proved her voice was still top of the game, belting out Gypsy and Dreams, all the while executing her slow-motion dervish whirls.

Remembering Rumours

Although one of the highest selling albums of all time, the recording of Rumours was beset by a litany of relationship breakdowns within the band.

Fleetwood admitted he was still amazed the band has stood the test of time.

“I often go back to the feeling that I get when I see this strange convoluted bunch of people walking on that stage, they have all been involved at such high levels of emotion at various times,” he said.

“John and Chris were married and then went their separate ways, Stevie and Lindsay; I had a relationship for a while with Stevie.”

Fleetwood said some of the relationships would never be fully repaired.

“It is like the cauldron of emotive challenges,” he said.

“If you were looking at it on a piece of paper you would say ‘this is not possible, this script for this film is pure fantasy’.

“But we look back on it and we did survive it — with damage and also with growth.

“I don’t think any one member of this band would sit around and say this has not been worth it, even with the pain involved.”

Fleetwood Mac are currently in Australia playing shows in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Geelong, Brisbane and the Hunter Valley.

Robbie Buck and Brendan King / ABC News / Thursday, October 22, 2015

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VIDEOS 10/22: Allphones Arena, Sydney, Australia (Night 1)

Here are the latest videos from Thursday’s tour opener at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia. Special thanks to Nicole Barker, BlogBrian, Greg Haddow, and Teagirl009 for the fantastic footage from the tour opener!

Check back often for new videos.

The Chain (Nicole Barker)

You Make Loving Fun (Nicole Barker)

“Let’s Get This Party Started!” (Nicole Barker)

Dreams (Nicole Barker)

Dreams (Greg Haddow)

Second Hand News (Nicole Barker)

Rhiannon (TheInkBlotter)

Rhiannon (Nicole Barker)

Everywhere (TheInkBlotter)

Everywhere (Nicole Barker)

Tusk (TheInkBlotter)

Tusk (Nicole Barker)

Sara (Nicole Barker)

Sara (BlogBrian)

Say You Love Me (Nicole Barker)

Big Love (Nicole Barker)

Landslide (Nicole Barker)

Landslide (Teagirl009)

Never Going Back Again (Nicole Barker)

Think about Me (BlogBrian)

Think about Me (Nicole Barker)

Gypsy (Nicole Barker)

“The reason I’m telling you this story is because in this day and age when the most horrific things are happening in our world, I want you to know that if you have a dream and you believe in yourself and you believe that you can do this, don’t ever let anybody tell you that you can’t have your dream because that is crap. You can have anything you want. You just have to believe in yourself and you have to reach up into the stars and you have to grab that star and pull it down to you and go back to the Velvet Underground and stay there.”

Little Lies (TheInkBlotter)

Gold Dust Woman (Nicole Barker)

I’m So Afraid (Nicole Barker)

Go Your Own Way (Nicole Barker)

Encore (Nicole Barker)

World Turning – partial (Nicole Barker)

Don’t Stop (Teagirl009)

Silver Springs (Nicole Barker)

Songbird (Nicole Barker)

Farewells (Nicole Barker)

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REVIEW: Beloved rockers return to Sydney

Fans cheer, laugh, cry, and show love for Fleetwood Mac on their Australian tour.

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IF you could harness all the energy devoted to singing Fleetwood Mac songs in loungerooms, cars and bars over the past 40 years, it would create a mighty bang.

The audience at the opening Australian concert by the legendary band at Sydney’s Allphones Arena brought an energy powered by all those moments, whether a solo karaoke of their favourite song, perhaps “Go Your Own Way,” or the more universally sung-to-the-rafters “Don’t Stop.”

Their myth is rooted in the reality of their drug-fuelled romantic entanglements and bust-ups as documented so honestly and historically on the greatest breakup album of all time Rumours.

The Fleetwood Mac on offer in 2015 is one every fan had not dared hope for over the past 16 years; the return of the classic line-up featuring Christine McVie.

This reunion appears to have a restored a natural order, and much-missed songs, to the concert life of Mac and the band’s devoted fanbase.

On this greatest hits tour, resumed after bassist John McVie’s treatment for cancer, the beloved rockers sounded perfect and clearly enjoyed embarking on this concert caper again.

Yet this isn’t a band simply running through a well-structured hits set played with the ease of familiarity and virtuosity.

There was seriously a lot of love in the room, both on and offstage, even when Lindsey Buckingham got a little creepy with his vocals on “Never Going Back Again.”

And it’s not only the love these five musicians have for each other, which is truly astounding when you consider how they tortured each other back on the 70s and 80s.

Where the love, and the joy and even a few tears, really happens, is in the audience.

Like the three people behind me harmonising so tunefully to the opening track “The Chain,” the band’s statement of intent to keep it all together for this tour, at least.

Or the enthusiastic air drummers everywhere in the crowd who played along to “Tusk.”

Or the big Christine fan who almost busted out of his chair space as he danced and sang along to “You Make Loving Fun.”

Or me who may have got something in both eyes during “Sara,” a song introduced to the setlist for the Australian concerts.

That’s the thing about a Fleetwood Mac concert which remains truer now than ever in those creatively and personally tense eras.

The Mac are just such a big deal to the fans, and they respect that loyalty by not messing with the memories.

Stevie Nicks twirls is her layers of black and mic stand of scarves and ribbons.

Buckingham is an engaging guitar show-off, that rare musician whose hyper emotional performance somehow remains connected to the song rather than veering too far off into an indulgent display of proficiency.

Christine just delivers that understated and warm depth she always brought to the band.

And then there’s that devilishly handsome and beguiling rhythm section of bassist John and the masterful, commanding drummer Mick Fleetwood.

The world would have been a less magical and mirthful and musical place without Fleetwood making this band all those decades ago.

What remains at the end of a night which included “Tusk,” “Dreams,” “Rhiannon,” “Gold Dust Woman,” “Landslide,” “Big Love,” “Go Your Own Way,” “Everywhere,” “Little Lies” and “Songbird” are the feeling that the songs you have always loved from one of the world’s greatest bands still sound as good as they do in your memory.

And that rarely happens.

For all Fleetwood Mac concert dates, livenation.com.au

Kathy McCabe / Daily Telegraph / Thursday, October 22, 2015

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VIDEO: Fleetwood Mac tours Australia

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Fleetwood Mac kicks off Australian tour

The Mac is back with healthy John McVie, brand new set list at tour opener in Sydney

Fleetwood Mac was recharged and ready to rock Sydney on Thursday night, as they kicked off the fourth leg of their On With The Show World Tour. Australian fans have been patiently waiting for the supergroup to come Down Under ever since it abruptly cancelled the last tour two years ago after bassist John McVie was diagnosed with cancer. According to Mick Fleetwood, the venerable and resilient McVie is healthy once again, having responded well to chemotherapy treatments. But Fleetwood revealed that this may be McVie’s final tour, as the wear and tear of continual touring has worn him down.

But last night, Fleetwood Mac showed no signs of slowing down, performing the first of three shows at Allphones Arena at Sydney’s Olympic Park. After the band launched into the Rumours-phere with stirring renditions of “The Chain” and “You Make Loving Fun,” Stevie Nicks greeted the audience, as usual, and took a few moments to acknowledge Christine McVie’s 2014 return to the band. She then fired up the crowd with her concert battle cry: “Let’s get this party started!”

The band made a few changes to the set list for this leg of the tour, introducing three new songs: “Bleed to Love Her,” “Sara,” and “Think about Me” — one a piece for each of the three songwriters. Three songs replaced “I Know I’m Not Wrong,” “Sisters of the Moon,” and “Over My Head,” respectively in the concert set. Christine amused the crowd when she introduced “Think about Me”: “It was released as a single, although I don’t think it did do terribly well. But we like it.”

During the “Landslide” dedication, Stevie mentioned that she had already been staying in Sydney for the past two weeks visiting friends and family, such as her 86-year-old “adopted mom” Margaret Michaels, whom she befriended in 2005. She dedicated “Landslide” to Margaret and Margaret’s daughter Sally, who had been away during Stevie’s two week visit and had recently returned. So Sally received a special dedication.

“I just want you to know, Sal, that I love you and that the world is good and the colors are bright. And you have to open up and let God put his arms around you. And do that. You live in the most beautiful city in the world. So this is for Margaret and for Sally. It’s called ‘Landslide.'”

Fleetwood Mac performs again at Sydney’s Allphones Arena on Saturday and Sunday.

Fleetwood Mac performing onstage in Sydney
(Photo: Roger Kermode)
Fleetwood Mac performing onstage in Sydney
(Photo: Roger Kermode)
Fleetwood Mac performing in Sydney
(Photo: Sonia Surija)
Fleetwood Mac performing in Sydney
(Photo: David Sharaz)
Fleetwood Mac performing in Sydney
(Photo: Sasha Kate)

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Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/MackHilleard/status/657176109981675520

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. Bleed to Love Her (replaces I Know I’m Not Wrong)
  8. Tusk
  9. Sara (replaces Sisters of the Moon)
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Big Love
  12. Landslide
  13. Never Going Back Again
  14. Think About Me (replaces Over My Head)
  15. Gypsy
  16. Little Lies
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. I’m So Afraid
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore 1)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Songbird (encore 2)
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Mick Fleetwood hints at John McVie’s retirement

John McVie: This might be my final tour

TWO years after pulling the pin on their 2013 Australian tour following bass player John McVie’s cancer diagnosis, Fleetwood Mac’s most famous and most successful line-up landed in Sydney this week ahead of what McVie has indicated might be his last tour with the band that bears his name.

Founding member Mick Fleetwood, 68, was respectful when he spoke of McVie’s recent health crisis during a sound check at Allphones Arena yesterday.

“I raised a toast the other night with Christine (McVie). He’s well as well, absolutely (in) tip top health and that’s pivotal. And outside of it, it’s great to be here and playing.

“It’s a revisitation,” Fleetwood enthused of his 69-year-old creative partner with whom he founded the band in 1963.

“John’s very practical. He didn’t get into it (cancer talk) one way or the other. I’m an old drama queen but John just said, ‘OK, let’s get it fixed’ and that was that. Never heard any more about it and it was fixed, and we’ve been on the road ever since.”

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Mick Fleetwood: “Those days are long gone.’’ (Cameron Richardson)

In May, McVie said his playing days would soon be at an end: “How much longer can the Mac be a working band? Not much longer, for me anyway. It’s not the music. It’s the peripherals, the travelling. Mick will go on until they put him up against a wall and shoot him.”

The return to the line-up of McVie’s ex-wife, singer and keyboardist Christine, 72, who parted ways with Fleetwood Mac in 1998 and was retired from the music business, has been described by guitarist Lindsey Buckingham as “really beautiful”. Buckingham also quit the band for 16 years from 1987 to 2003.

“(Christine) just sort of woke up and said, ‘I’m not done. I want to be more alive’,” Fleetwood said.

Fleetwood acknowledges relations within the band, which includes three ex- couples — Buckingham, 66, and singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks, 67, the McVies and Fleetwood and Nicks — are still fiery 40 years after the most famous Mac five first collaborated in 1975.

“I don’t think Lindsey and Stevie will ever not be able to suppress various emotive buttons that exist. One lives in hope, as I think they do,” he said of the former lovers, who started working together at 16.

“Having Chris back is hugely amazing. I think Stevie’s loving it and Chris is, too.

Touring the world was “sort of” easier today, added Fleetwood, whose battle with cocaine addiction is the stuff of rock legend. (He once estimated that, laid end to end, the cocaine he consumed during his life would stretch seven miles).

‘‘Those, looking back on it, were sort of a bit harder. Harder to juggle feeling good and being professional. Those days are long gone.’’

Fleetwood says this time there will be only just the occasional “little jug” of wine during this tour.

The band plays Allphones Arena on October 22, 24 and 25.

Annette Sharp / The Daily Telegraph / Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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Rumours of Fleetwood Mac’s demise prove wrong

Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood takes pride in being part of one of music’s greatest soap operas, the band’s landmark 1977 album Rumours.

“The album is a chronicle of everything that happened with us on a personal level, which became a story almost too out of control, but the quality of the way we ­approached that album sonically, it’s very natural,” Fleetwood, 68, said in Sydney yesterday.

The drummer, a founding member of one of the world’s most successful and enduring rock acts, will be joined by Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie and Christine McVie on stage in Sydney tonight as the veteran band begins its On With the Show Australian tour.

The shows, which come at the end of a world tour, mark the return to the Australian stage of Christine McVie, who quit the band in 1998, but rejoined at the beginning of last year. Her return reunites the line-up whose fractious relationships formed the lyrical backbone of the Rumours album and shot them to international superstardom.

“She is a dear friend to all of us,” said Fleetwood, “even when she wasn’t in the band, so to have her back and with such a level of enthusiasm is a joy to see. It’s fair to say that Stevie is happy to not just be surrounded by a bunch of ex-boyfriends.”

Nicks was in a relationship with Buckingham when they both joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975, but after they split she had an affair with Fleetwood, who was married at the time.

Fleetwood has been the only constant in the band since it began as a blues rock outfit in ­England in the 1960s and believes he has been partly responsible for keeping the group together through its many turbulent ­periods.

“I don’t write the songs, I don’t sing the songs, but in a way that has been my contribution to a bunch of wonderful, crazy people, present and past, that have come through Fleetwood Mac.”

The drummer, who has also toured Australia with his blues band, said that a new album would be forthcoming from Fleetwood Mac.

“There will be a new record,” he said.

“John and myself and Lindsey cut a lot of stuff about three years ago, which remains in our swollen archive. Much later we recorded with Christine. Whether Stevie becomes a part of that we’re not quite sure. I live in hope that it will work out.

“We’re not done yet, that’s the main thing.”

Iain Shedden / The Australian / Wednesday, October 22, 2015

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Fleetwood Mac, Sydney

Legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac are together again for their On With the Show tour, with Christine McVie rejoining Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks after a 16-year absence.

Having performed a “just about perfect” set in London and at the Isle of Wight, they’ll play songs from their four-decade long career. Through years of drugs and breakups, they’ve held onto friendship, and belted out dozens of hits, including The Chain, Dreams, Second Hand News, and Don’t Stop.

Date: from 22 to 25 October 2015

Price: from $99.90

Website: Live Nation

Telephone: (02) 8765 4321

The Guardian (Australia) / Friday, September 18, 2015

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Local acts to support Fleetwood Mac tour

Our rolling Stones to join Fleetwood Mac tour

SYDNEY: Angus and Julia Stone will support Fleetwood Mac on their On With The Show world tour in Australia and New Zealand. The duo have just come back from playing at Coachella, America’s largest music festival. The brother and sister duo will play at all the outdoor venues of the tour, including Perth, Adelaide, Hunter Valley and Geelong. They will not play at the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane shows. Melbourne band Stonestreet will also join the tour at Fleetwood Mac’s Geelong and Hunter Valley shows. Singer Stevie Nicks and bandmates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie return to Australia after their sellout 2009 Unleashed tour.

Heart Beats Slow

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A Heartbreak

NT News (Australia) / Friday, July 17, 2015


2015-angus-julia-stoneDuo gets on with the show

Duo Angus and Julia Stone will support Fleetwood Mac on their On With The Show Aussie and New Zealand tour this year.

The criticallyacclaimed pair have been unveiled as the “very special guests” for the legendary group’s outdoor shows, including an October 28 gig at Coopers Stadium.

After a few years apart working on solo projects, the brother and sister singer-songwriters reunited last year, returning to the top of the ARIA album charts, and most recently have been playing soldout shows in Europe and the US, including the Coachella Festival and the New York City’s Governor’s Ball.

The Advertiser (Australia) / Friday, July 17, 2015


Melbourne's very own Stonefield
Melbourne’s very own Stonefield

It’s all relative for Fleetwood Mac

FLEETWOOD MAC are keeping it in the family, securing a pair of acclaimed sibling-led bands for their soldout Geelong show.

ARIA winners Angus and Julia Stone were yesterday announced as guests for all of Fleetwood Mac’s outdoor shows during its tour of Australia and New Zealand this year.
This includes the sold-out Day on the Green performance at Mt Duneed estate on November 7.

Melbourne’s Stonefield, featuring a trio of sisters, have also been included on the bill, having just released their new single Golden Dreams after two years of solid gigging.
Fleetwood Mac is touring as a five piece for the first time since 1998, performing in Australia for the first time in six years.

Golden Dream

Love You Deserve

Geelong Advertiser (Australia) / Friday, July 17, 2015

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SHoF: 2012 Awards & Induction Ceremony

June 14, 2012 @ Marriott Marquis, New York, NY

Inductees Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger, Don Schlitz, Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones and Jim Steinman, along with honorees Bette Midler, Ne-Yo, Lance Freed, Mike Stoller, Ben E. King and Woody Guthrie

New York, N.Y. – June 15, 2012 The 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame 43rd Annual Induction and Awards Gala was a sparkling success, as SHOF Chairman Jimmy Webb and President/CEO Linda Moran recognized and celebrated some of the key songwriting legends of our time. Last night, icons Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger, Don Schlitz, Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones and Jim Steinman were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Honored with special awards were Bette Midler who was presented with the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award; Ne-Yo, who received the Hal David Starlight Award; Lance Freed, who received the Abe Olman Publisher Award; Mike Stoller who was presented with the Towering Song Award for “Stand By Me,” Ben E. King who received the Towering Performance Award and the first ever Pioneer Award, was awarded posthumously to Woody Guthrie. His daughter Nora Guthrie accepted the award.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame, year after year, is a night full of unforgettable moments with music’s greatest. Some of 2012’s most incredible moments included a powerhouse medley of “I’d Do Anything For Love” and “Bat Out Of Hell” by Meatloaf, Constantine Maroulis and Patti Russo, which was followed by Meatloaf’s tearful tribute to his “best friend in the entire world” and inductee, Jim Steinman; Show stopping performances by Bob Seger, Valerie Simpson, Kenny Rogers, Don Schlitz, Steve Miller, Gordon Lightfoot and Cheyenne Jackson and in honor of her steadfast devotion to the craft of songwriting an emotional photo tribute was dedicated to the life of Frances Preston, who served as CEO and President of BMI for close to two decades. Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis were also among the music legends in the audience for one of the industry’s most intimate evenings.

Legendary multi-Grammy® award winning artist Bette Midler was this year’s recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to her by Stevie Nicks who sang a touching rendition of “The Rose.” Nicks called Midler “a songwriters dream” and a “fearless performer.” Midler, who received a standing ovation, kindly thanked all of the fans, songwriters, producers and others who have supported her throughout her life. Midler joked about her storied career saying, “first I was a tramp, then I was a visionary, then I was an icon, now I’m an institution.”

This year’s Hal David Starlight Award, which is presented to young songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry with their original songs, was presented to Ne-Yo by hip-hop artist and producer, Swizz Beatz. Ne-Yo said he was humbled by the award, accepting it with “100% gratitude.” Before an incredible performance of his hit, “So Sick,” Ne-Yo told the audience that he is so appreciative that he is able to do what he feels like he was born to do.

This year’s Towering Song Award, presented to the creators of an individual song that has influenced our culture in a unique way over many years, was presented to Mike Stoller, Jerry Leiber and Ben E. King for “Stand By Me.” Take 6 performed a stunning a capella rendition in honor of the chart topping hit with King lending his iconic voice.

The Abe Olman Publisher Award, named after one of the SHOF’s esteemed founders, goes to music publishers who have had a substantial number of songs that have become world-renowned and have furthered the careers and successes of many songwriters. This year’s recipient was Lance Freed, who was presented the award by A&M Records co-founder, Jerry Moss after singing sensation Emmylou Harris’ inspiring performance of “Tears In Heaven.”

L.P. and Take 6 presented and performed “This Land Is Your Land” in honor of Woody Guthrie, who would be celebrating his 100th birthday this year. Guthrie is the first ever recipient of the Pioneer Award, which honors the career of a historic creator of a major body of musical work that has had an incredible influence on generations of songwriters. Guthrie, who fondly referred to her father as a pioneer, chronicled some of his more than 3,000 songs with an A-to-Z title tribute.

The 43rd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner was truly a spectacular evening with incredible performances to remember that celebrate outstanding songwriters in the music industry. For those lucky to attend, it was a night one will never forget.

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‘Secret Love’ reaches No. 29 on AC chart

2011-0208 Secret LoveStevie Nicks returns to the Adult Contemporary chart at No. 29 with “Secret Love,” the first single from In Your Dreams, due May 3. She had last visited the list as a guest on Chris Isaak’s No. 25-peeking “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” in 2005 and had last charted as a lead artist with “Sorcerer” (No. 21) in 2001.

Billboard (p37) / March 12, 2011
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