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REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney

Fleetwood Mac’s Sydney show was a touching celebration of their legacy and longevity

There aren’t many bands in the world with a history and legend as colourful as Fleetwood Mac.

For over 50 years, we’ve listened and watched in rapt attention as they weathered love, break-ups, infighting, drug addictions, and loss in the public arena — pouring it all into songs that defined multiple generations.

It’s not like these years are long behind them either — last year’s news that longtime guitarist and songwriter Lindsey Buckingham had been unceremoniously booted from the line-up didn’t come so much as a surprise as it just felt like Fleetwood being Fleetwood. As writer David James Young described for Junkee at the time, there are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and some sort of drama in the Fleetwood Mac camp.

Fleetwood Mac, Neil Finn, Sydney, August 15 2019
Stevie Nicks performs with Fleetwood Mac at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. (Dean Hammer)

The decision to replace Buckingham — an unenviable task, given his towering presence within the band and on-stage — with both Neil Finn and Tom Petty and Heartbreakers’ guitarist Mike Campbell was inspired. Throughout the lengthy show at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena (their 65th of their current tour) they don’t harshly impose on the chemistry of the original members, and Campbell’s dynamic and ferocious guitar playing is one of the highlights of the evening.

Finn, particularly, looked like he was having the time of his life, beaming and flicking his silver hair across his face. It’s clear the crowd are happy to see him too — he arguably gets a bigger roar then any of the original Fleetwood members when he’s introduced. A homegrown (well, close enough) boy done good.

“Remember, you’re out of the inner city now, so that means you can have a good time. You can drink and dance as much as you like,” Finn told the Sydney crowd halfway through the show, ribbing the city’s scorned lockout laws. “You know you want to.”

Indeed, one of the highlights of the night comes not from a Fleetwood track, but from the Crowded House catalogue. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” is gifted to a sea of waving phone lights and singing audience members (one punter near me was overwhelmed from the off, shouting “Oh FUCK!” the moment Finn opened his mouth).

As for the original band members, they are clearly still relishing the opportunity to be on-stage. Mick Fleetwood is relentlessly energetic, whether he’s slamming down the first kick drum of opener “The Chain,” or grabbing a bongo and leading the audience through his 15-minute drum solo. Christine McVie and John McVie are more restrained, the former’s voice a little rattled from the long years, but she nonetheless strongly leads the charge through crowd favourites “Say You Love Me” and “Everywhere.”

A MILLION COVER BANDS CAN TRY — BUT THERE’S A MAGIC TO THESE SONGS BEING WIELDED BY THEIR WRITERS THAT IS SIMPLY UNTOUCHABLE.

And, of course, there is Stevie Nicks. Dressed, as usual, in all black and a shawl, clutching her tambourine, her magnetism is palpable, and though she noticeably avoids any of the high notes she could hit back in the day, it doesn’t matter. Her voice rolls out richly across the arena during tear-jerking classics like “Dreams” and “Rhiannon,” and she transcends during “Gold Dust Woman,” twisting in the gold light.

There’s a certain mental dislocation in witnessing these songs played live. Like first glimpsing a landmark you’ve seen depicted in thousands of films and on postcards, the cadences and lyrics are so etched within your brain that finally hearing them delivered by their creators is almost disorienting. A million cover bands can try — but there’s a magic to these songs being wielded by their writers that is simply untouchable.

Two moments in particular bottled the magic: the chill-inducing “Landslide,” delivered acoustically by Nicks and Finn right after “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” and the Tom Petty tribute “Free Fallin’,” set against a slideshow of Petty’s life in photos. Even the notoriously terrible “Don’t Stop” — which has to be, if not the worst recorded song of all time, then certainly the worst Fleetwood Mac song — is elevated in the celebratory surroundings.

“Take care of yourselves,” Mick Fleetwood says as parting words after a long standing ovation. “And take care of each other, and thank you for allowing us to keep doing this.”

The pleasure is all ours.

All photos courtesy of Dean Hammer (@deanhammer)

Jules LeFevre / Junkee / August 16, 2019

 

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REVIEW: FLEETWOOD MAC- ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE

Fleetwood Mac – Rod Laver Arena , Melbourne
Monday September 2, 2019
Review: Greg Phillips. Photos: Jason Rosewarne

In an era full of so much forgettable, disposable pop music where today’s chart topper is just as sure to be tomorrow’s compost, it’s comforting to know that there’s always Fleetwood Mac. Born in the late sixties, the band has often gone through personnel changes from the Peter Green blues days, to the game-changing Buckingham Nicks inclusion, to the in and outs of McVies and a cavalcade of guitarists such as Jeremy Spencer, Danny Kirwan, Bob Welch, Billy Burnette and Rick Vito. However, when it was announced last year that Lindsey Buckingham had been sacked and replaced by Crowded House’s Neil Finn and The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell, you’d be forgiven for checking to see if the date was April 1st. It was with much anticipation that Fleetwood Mac fans awaited first news of how this strategy would play out live on stage. Initial reviews of the band’s American tour were favourable but obviously Australian fans were keen to judge for themselves and finally our leg of the world tour had arrived … tonight it was hello Melbourne!

Fans outside nervously checked their watches and the black clouds above as they endured the long wait to get into the venue due to the added security and unique Rod Laver Arena queuing system (i.e. none). The first night crowd of a four date residency is always going to be full of the band’s biggest fans and the excitement in the air was tangible. Finally around 8.20pm, Fleetwood Mac Version 2019 hit the stage and launched into “The Chain” from 1977’s mega-selling Rumours album. Back in the day, the song was used as a show stopping encore but with an unlimited supply of hits in the catalogue and a point to prove, they came out punching hard. The signature interconnecting guitar parts between Finn, Campbell and additional guitarist Neale Heywood were working a treat and vocally they were hitting all the right notes as well. “Little Lies” then drew our focus to Christine McVie and the realisation that there is a ridiculous amount of talent in this band. “Dreams” followed with the crowd joining Stevie Nicks in singing the iconic lyrics, “Thunder only happens when it’s raining.” Whether you’d never learned the words intentionally, we all know them via osmosis anyway, these songs are part of our DNA.

“Black Magic Woman,” a song made famous by Santana, was a staple of the original Fleetwood Mac and this was the first of three nods to the Peter Green-era catalogue for the night. This band’s rendition was powerful. For Neil Finn, who spent a significant part of his musical life in Melbourne, this evening was like bringing the band home to meet the family. Taking front of stage to acknowledge the part this city has played in his career, they launched into a punchy version of the Split Enz tune “I Got You” and the crowd quite naturally went nuts for it. It would be a tough call to top that one but Rhiannon was always going to do the trick, named in a Rolling Stone magazine list as one of the greatest songs of all time.

Fleetwood Mac, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, September 2 2019
Neil Finn and Michael Campbell. (Jason Rosewarne)

The percussive nature of “World Turning” gave band founding member Mick Fleetwood licence to indulge in an extended drum solo showcasing his exuberant eccentricity and it was also a chance to feature master percussionist Taku Hirano. Tonight there would be no filler, Fleetwood Mac are in the business of hits and they continued to flow. Stevie Nicks and “Gypsy” from 1982’s Mirage album had the audience singing and swaying again … not that they’d ever stopped.

Neil Finn then plucked out the obscure but beautiful Peter Green tune Man of the World before Mike Campbell took the spotlight to firstly salute Mick Fleetwood and John McVie as the world’s longest standing rhythm section and secondly, to lead the band in the avalanche of guitar riffs that define Green’s classic tune “Oh Well.”

The impossibly tall frame of Mick Fleetwood left his drum kit fortress again to introduce a song which “touched his heart” from the moment he first heard it. In a show full of highlights, Neil Finn performing “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” a song written in Melbourne, sung to and sung by a Melbourne audience, was indeed a special moment. Session stalwart Ricky Peterson added a sublime touch on keys. Stevie Nicks took the time to remind Neil that it’s a “once in a lifetime” song and that he should never forget it. Finn responded by suggesting that Nicks herself had written some significant tunes and one of her finest, “Landslide” followed, with the Melbourne crowd once again singing along to every word.

Fleetwood Mac, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, September 2 2019
Christine McVie (Jason Rosewarne)

There’s a touch of the Rolling Stones Rock ’n’ Roll Circus or even Joe Cocker and Leon Russell’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen about this band at the moment, so much rock history on stage and so much legendary music coming off it. Rather than any hint of a farewell, this mix has opened up a pandora’s box of new possibilities.

With our heartstrings well and truly tugged and so many classic Mac songs already in the can, it’s with a sense of wonder that an even higher level of nostalgia overload is achieved with “You Make Loving Fun,” “Gold Dust Woman” and “Go Your Own Way.” If you hadn’t already been struck in the feely bits, then “Free Fallin’,” the tribute to Tom Petty featuring footage of Tom and his guitarist Mike Campbell on screen certainly did it. The connection between Nicks and Petty and Campbell’s inclusion in this band suddenly made a lot of sense. “Don’t Stop” was a fitting end to the party and a comprehensive end to any speculation that his collection of seasoned pros couldn’t pull off a truly great rock show. Tonight was not only a celebration of one of the world’s finest ever rock bands but also a nod to an era of songwriting talent that we’ll probably never experience again.

Fleetwood Mac play Rod Laver Arena again on:

Wednesday September 4
Saturday September 7
Monday September 9

Greg Phillips / Australian Musician / Tuesday, Sep 3, 2019

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Fleetwood Mac: Still going their own way

Since it began as a British rock band in 1967, Fleetwood Mac has undergone 19 iterations while steadily adding Americans and, most recently, a New Zealander to its line-up. Its only remaining founding member is drummer Mick Fleetwood, who recently described each version of the group as “incredibly different musical episodes in this Shakespearean play we blundered into.”

Whether at work, at play, at each others’ throats or at risk of dying young from excessive drug consumption, this group of artists has produced some of the finest songs in popular music, which is why tickets to these tours continue to sell at premium prices, and why audiences continue to show up by the tens of thousands.

Few albums in rock ’n’ roll history have sold more copies — or prompted more commentary about the unique interpersonal dynamics that surrounded its creation — than 1977’s Rumours. Towards the end of the year of its release, the group — Fleetwood, singer Stevie Nicks, singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, singer-keyboardist Christine McVie and bassist John McVie — visited Australia for a tour named Rockarena, on a bill that also featured Santana and Little River Band.

As documented in Iain Shedden’s 2010 biography of promoter Michael Chugg, the instruction from the band’s Los Angeles headquarters before its arrival was this: “The promoter’s rep will meet the band’s tour manager in the car park of Sydney Airport with two ounces of cocaine.”

On stage at each show were two tents with card tables laden with powder-filled Heineken bottle tops pushed together to form capsules. “During the performance, each of the band in turn would wander off to get a little card table action,” Chugg recalled. “All of them except drummer Fleetwood. His needs were somewhat greater than those of his colleagues, so he had his own card table within arm’s reach just behind him.”

Such indulgence is not necessarily conducive to longevity. Thankfully, all five of the musicians who appeared on that tour 42 years ago are still with us, though Buckingham no longer is with the band. His sacking was announced in April last year, prompting acrimony — with this band, was there any other way? — followed by lawyerly interventions and an eventual settlement.

Taking his place as lead vocalist for the band’s current Australian tour is Neil Finn, while the bulk of Buckingham’s lead guitar work is handled by Mike Campbell. Both are familiar and comfortable with playing arenas, with their acts Split Enz and Crowded House, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, respectively.

Personnel changes aside, the chief challenge of writing hit songs in your 20s and 30s is figuring out how to carry those arrangements into your 60s and 70s with energy and vitality. Only fools would expect facsimiles of the original recordings from a hard-living act with this many kilometres on its collective odometer, yet to its credit Fleetwood Mac shoulders that weight of history without much of a struggle.

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Whether through technical issues or some other unseen force, though, the opening salvo at the first of three shows at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Tuesday night failed to connect.

What was intended to be a walloping opening combination of three of its most popular songs in “The Chain,” “Little Lies” and “Dreams” instead came across as sluggish and wayward.

From that underwhelming point, however, the six main players — backed by another keyboardist, guitarist, percussionist and two back-up singers — gathered a momentum that continued for more than two hours. The first truly beautiful moment was Christine McVie’s “Everywhere,” whose stacked vocal harmonies in the chorus perfectly exemplified the classic sound that endeared this group to millions of fans.

There is no escaping the fact Nicks’s voice has changed in the years since she laid down the evocative chorus to “Rhiannon,” but what she lacks in a higher register is covered by the extraordinary tones she still coaxes from the middle and lower end of her range. Towards the end of the 21-song set list she performed “Gold Dust Woman” with a sincerity that was mesmerising.

The abundance of musicians on stage meant that some of the band’s most layered songs were overwhelmed by a busy mix. This was most apparent on “Go Your Own Way,” which was dominated by acoustic guitar and percussion, burying John McVie’s bass. It was only halfway through that Campbell’s lead parts were pushed to the fore, allowing the song — and the set — to end on a high, with he and Finn locking into an extended jam before the drummer brought it to a thumping close.

Christine McVie, left, and Stevie Nicks performing in Brisbane on Tuesday. Picture: AAP
Neil Finn, left, and Michael Campbell. (AAP)

With his rock-dog persona Campbell, wearing his uniform of black hat and sunglasses, fits right into this group of weirdo outsiders who somehow ended up, despite themselves, at the centre of popular culture. Before the second song finished, he had played three guitars; by set’s end, that number had reached double figures. His playing covered Buckingham’s exhaustingly diverse range of techniques, styles and parts, while his fellow newcomer was allowed to take a few leads, too.

Finn’s addition to the group has been of particular interest to this part of the world, with the sheer curiosity of the Crowded House frontman being sucked into the machinations of this rock institution perhaps providing reason enough to convince a few fence-sitters to open their wallets to see how he performs on this tour. The Kiwi rose to the occasion with aplomb, alternating between the spotlight and stepping back as needed. As well, he was at the centre of two towering mid-set highlights.

With an acoustic guitar in hand and backed by the gentle playing of a keyboardist and percussionist, he sang his 1986 hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” prompting phone torches held aloft throughout the arena. Nicks joined him for the final verse and chorus, then told him a song like that came along only once in a lifetime. “So good one, Neil,” she said. “Now I’ve got to try to follow that.”

She then bested him, as only Nicks could do, with the cutting beauty of 1975’s “Landslide,” featuring Finn beside her on acoustic guitar. Her timeless song about the passage of time takes on more meaning and pathos with each passing year. When one of the most remarkable voices in music history sang those lines — “But time makes you bolder, even children get older / And I’m getting older too” — at 71 years, the result was a poetic resonance that surely would have made Shakespeare shed a tear, too.

Fleetwood Mac’s tour continues in Brisbane (tonight and Saturday), followed by Sydney and Melbourne.

Andrew McMillen / The Australian / Thursday, August 22, 2019

Andrew McMillen is an award-winning journalist and author based in Brisbane. Since January 2018, he has worked as national music writer at The Australian. Previously, his feature writing has been published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone and GQ. He won the feature writing category at the Queensland Clarion Awards in 2017 for a story published in The Weekend Australian Magazine, and won the freelance journalism category at the Queensland Clarion Awards from 2015–2017. In 2014, UQP published his book Talking Smack: Honest Conversations About Drugs, a collection of stories that featured 14 prominent Australian musicians.

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Seeing Fleetwood Mac in 2019 is a strange experience — but they’ve always been a strange band

If their songs weren’t so strong, endurance may be Fleetwood Mac’s greatest legacy

Thirty minutes into Fleetwood Mac’s set at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre this week, Stevie Nicks admitted that she didn’t realise “Black Magic Woman” was a Fleetwood Mac song until well after she’d joined the band.

It’s an astounding admission. Sure, the song had been popularised by Santana’s 1970 cover, but to not know the extent of your new band’s catalogue – especially the hits – before joining is almost unthinkable.

But this says more about the strange and complex entity that is Fleetwood Mac than it does Nicks’ own knowledge gaps. This is a band whose history is confusing, whose music is wildly diverse, and who continue to keep us guessing.

Who would have thought that we’d still be seeing Fleetwood Mac in 2019? Moreover, who’d have thought that Neil Finn and Tom Petty collaborator Mike Campbell would join the band?

You don’t get a timeline like this without a strange history.

That’s why the prospect of seeing this wildly new incarnation of one of the history’s most celebrated rock bands doesn’t seem completely unfaithful. Consistency is not Fleetwood Mac’s strong-point. When their line-up has remained staid, their very existence has been precarious, reportedly fraught with infighting and ill-feelings.

If nothing else, you have to respect the band’s endurance. That they are still touring in any form feels almost miraculous.

But are they any good?

Having not witnessed Fleetwood Mac in the 1970s or 80s, I can’t faithfully suggest that they were perhaps once a better live prospect. But given the way that songs like “Say That You Love Me” and “Rhiannon” lose steam soon after their iconic intros, you’d want to hope so.

It’s not that they are bad, it’s just that Nicks and Christine McVie don’t have the vocal ranges of their younger selves. At 76 and 71 respectively, can we really expect them to?

The mix sounds thin and disjointed, miles away from the taut and compressed radio-ready production on their classic records. The atrocious acoustics of the embarrassing, cavernous venue in which they play offer no assistance in this regard either.

One aspect of this band that remains amazing is their musicianship. Mick Fleetwood’s drumming is thunderous, Christine McVie’s flawless keyboard work remains the unsung hero of the band, and it seems clear the whole operation would fall over without John McVie’s quiet contribution on bass.

Finn is predictably solid in taking Lindsey Buckingham’s spot out the front of the band, while Campbell’s effortless (and tasteful) shredding is enough to make you wish the Heartbreakers made one more trip to Australia before Tom Petty’s passing. It’s nice to see him with such a prominent gig though, and he more than makes the most of it.

Many of the songs shine; Stevie Nicks saves her best performance for “Gold Dust Woman” towards the set’s end, reminding us that it remains a special cut of psychedelic pop. The all-in sing-alongs of “Go Your Own Way,” “The Chain” and “Dreams” stand up as titanic forces of popular music. It feels significant to be in their very presence.

Fleetwood Mac remain a capable band, but to say that they are at the top of their game would be a bald-faced lie.

What is the point of Fleetwood Mac in 2019?

Legacy is a strange thing in music. Some bands go to extreme lengths to ensure theirs remains intact, knocking back lucrative opportunities so not to sully the good name and reputation of their group.

But what if your band’s legacy has always been a little bit crooked? What if the band was already something of a mess before its most popular line-up coalesced?

For some, Fleetwood Mac’s finest legacy ends with founding member Peter Green, whose bluesy vision on their first album is a million miles from the pop heights the band would soon hit.

For others, the thought of Fleetwood Mac without Lindsey Buckingham is unconscionable.

There is no perfect distillation of Fleetwood Mac. No epitome. They are an ever-changing beast whose endurance would be their greatest legacy if they didn’t have so many amazing songs.

With most members now well into their 70s, you wonder whether they’re doing the right thing by continuing to milk this band when their best performing years are behind them.

But I saw the faces of the eager fans who’ve gleefully let this band soundtrack their lives. I watched them dance, I heard them unabashedly scream along to those big hits.

They didn’t care about the past or the future of Fleetwood Mac, they were just thankful to see these songs come to life in front of them.

Maybe, after all these years, we need to acknowledge that Fleetwood Mac is more about its fans than its members.

No amount of over analysing will change the fact that this is a band that still matters to so many. If they can continue to spread their joy, who are we to question it?

Besides, it’s pretty awesome hearing Stevie Nicks sing “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”

Fleetwood Mac play the following shows:

Thursday 22 August – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Saturday 24 August – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Tuesday 27 August – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Thursday 29 August – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Monday 2 September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Wednesday 4 September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday 7 September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Monday 9 September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Dan Condon / ABC / Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Fleetwood Mac brings old magic back to Perth

The soundtrack of my youth was eclectic. Seattle grunge bands. Alan Parsons Project. Chemical Brothers. Tchaikovsky. Spice Girls. The Doors. Radiohead.

But it was my dad who introduced and captivated my ears with the signature sounds of the 60s and 70s. The Beatles. Pink Floyd. America. Simon and Garfunkel. And of course Fleetwood Mac.

It was Perth in the 80s. Dad would hit the road in our orange Datsun 180B, cassette tape playing, as we set off on the de rigueur summer holiday down south.

Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, Perth, Australia, RAC Arena, August 11 2019
Fleetwood Mac in Perth. (Andrew Ritchie)

I sat squished between my siblings. A towel splayed across the back seat, protecting the backs of our legs from third degree burns threatening to percolate from the vinyl seats on a scorcher.

A lot has changed over the decades, including for the legendary Fleetwood Mac who kicked off the Australian leg of their tour at RAC Arena on Friday night.

The Grammy award-winning band has sustained more melodrama than an episode of The Bachelor over the past 52 years.

Most recently the unceremonious dumping of guitarist Lindsey Buckingham who reportedly reignited his feud with ex-lover Stevie Nicks on the eve of their world tour.

Enter the new line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Nicks, and Christine McVie, along with newcomers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and adopted Aussie Neil Finn of Crowded House fame.

Fleetwood Mac, Michael Campbell, Perth, Australia, RAC Arena, August 11 2019
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell joins the Fleetwood Mac Line-up. (Andrew Ritchie)

Fleetwood Mac kicked off their Perth gig with “The Chain” released on their critically acclaimed, best-selling album Rumours. It was followed by hits “Little Lies” and “Dreams” before Finn took the lead vocals on “Second Hand News.”

Say You Love Me was followed up with Black Magic Woman. It seemed apt with Nicks dressed head-to-toe in black, long blonde locks flowing over a shawl, working the stage like a mythical occult leader.

“Everywhere” was followed by the Finn-fronted Spit Enz hit, “I Got You.”

Finn appears a left-field choice. An unlikely coupling, but a match made in heaven. Like a great Kiwi pinot with a hunk of nutty gruyere.

Mike Fleetwood said the group has always been about an amazing collection of songs performed with a unique blend of talents. And the chemistry with Campbell and Finn really works, It’s something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound.

“Rhiannon” drew huge cheers from the crowd, but “World Turning” didn’t appear to be a fan favourite with a mini exodus for the bar.

Fleetwood Mac, Neil Finn, Perth, Australia, RAC Arena, August 11 2019
Aussie Neil Finn of Crowded House fame on stage. (Andrew Ritchie)

The nostalgic swaying started when “Gypsy” played and was followed by “Oh Well” recorded by the band in 1969.

With Fleetwood Mac 63 shows into their world tour the fatigue was at times palpable notably from Christine McVie and Nicks. But then these seasoned rockers are no spring chickens with most of the band firmly in septuagenarian territory.

With a little help from Nicks, Finn dug out the Crowded House anthem “Don’t Dream It’s Over” prompting a sea of mobiles to come out in a flickering tribute to one of our nation’s favourite songs. Nicks told the crowd that a “magnificent” song like this comes along once in a million years.

While “Go Your Own Way” is rapidly becoming a licensing tragedy courtesy of an overplayed car commercial, the rousing rendition delivered a standing ovation.

The night took a sombre turn as a slideshow of the late Tom Petty played on the screens while the band played “Free Fallin’.”

The night was nearly over but it couldn’t end without an encore. It was time for “Don’t Stop.”

As the haunting guitar-based instrumental “Albatross” filled the Arena, concertgoers took their cue and flocked to the exits. A wave of nostalgia washed over me and I couldn’t help wishfully thinking it seemed only natural that Crowded House should reunite for a tour. It’s been too long.

Fleetwood Mac will perform their second Perth show tonight, Sunday, August 11.

Sarah Brookes / Western Suburbs Weekly / Sunday, August 11, 2019

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Australian tour opens with emotional first night

If Lindsey Buckingham must be replaced, best to do it with the likes of Neil Finn and Mike Campbell. In the legendary band’s latest incarnation, the magic of the music lives on

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Fleetwood Mac at RAC Arena, August 2019
RAC Arena, Perth

The tracklist featured highlights from the band’s long career – with nods to Crowded House and the Heartbreakers too. Photograph: Duncan Barnes

Fleetwood Mac are a lore unto themselves. While the Rumours-era line-up holds the romance (mostly broken) for the majority of its fandom, it is the 11th line-up in a total of 19. This is a band who, aside from the rock-solid rhythm section footing of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, has weathered more life and loss than most. Anyone else, no matter how famous or beloved, has come and gone … some returning, and then going again.

So despite the uproar that followed the 2018 announcement that Lindsey Buckingham had been let go, it was, in the context of history, less of an anomaly and more a case of showbusiness-as-usual. The regard held for new members Neil Finn and Mike Campbell is clear and present all evening on the opening night of the band’s Australian tour – from the sentiments offered from the stage by Fleetwood, vocalist Stevie Nicks and vocalist/pianist Christine McVie, to the time given to showcase the talent of the new breed.

Mick Fleetwood walks out onstage first to a legion of cheers, promptly applauding the crowd before his bass drum brings in “The Chain” and his bandmates take the stage. It’s spine-tingling from the get-go; Stevie Nicks is reassuringly draped in black with sleeves, long lace, braids and beads on her microphone stand and arms, while John McVie’s classic bass intro to the song’s outro is just well, classic. Notably, Neil Finn on guitar/vocals is immediately a strong presence as is former Heartbreaker Mike Campbell, who owns the lead break.

“Welcome Perth. We’ve done 62 shows in the US and Europe and this is show 63,” Nicks says by way of greeting. The singing icon sounds worryingly hoarse, but her voice warms to the occasion within a few songs.

Fleetwood Mac, Neil Finn, Perth, Australia, RAC Arena, August 11 2019
Stevie Nicks (Duncan Barnes)

Stevie Nicks and Neil Finn Crowded House’s Neil Finn looks ‘like a kid who cannot believe his luck’. Photograph: Duncan Barnes

Christine McVie’s “Little Lies” raises spirits and hands, and “Dreams” is suitably dreamy: Nicks’ voice folds warmly into it, her hands exuberantly working a tambourine. A huge chandelier hangs from above, its grandeur complemented by video screens switching from noir-framed mansion staircases to sunny Californian coastlines in washed-out ‘70s colour.

Fleetwood Mac, as such, are augmented by keyboardist Ricky Peterson, guitarist Neale Heywood, percussionist Taku Hirano and backing vocalists Marilyn Martin and Sharon Celani, though everyone is working up a storm onstage. Second Hand News finds Finn on lead vocal, turning slightly sideways to face Nicks as they sing, similar to the time-honoured manner she did with Buckingham.

“Say You Love Me” brings the smiles, but when Nicks introduces Black Magic Woman claiming that she initially thought it was by another big band (that’s Santana, by the way), she takes band-founder Peter Green’s vocal and sings it “from the eyes of a woman and here she comes now”. The song becomes an extended blues jam, all personnel shining, all giving each other perfect space.

“Okay now for a complete contrast,” says Christine McVie, as the pop feel of “Everywhere” is followed by the Finn-fronted Split Enz hit, I Got You. The contrast continues with “Rhiannon” immediately bringing the crowd to its feet. There’s tingles aplenty as the older voice gives new weight to this dark, Welsh tale and Nicks receives absolute applause for her signature song.

Live set mainstay, “World Turning,” is led vocally by Finn and McVie but remains Fleetwood’s showcase, from the video montage of the man through the years to his wild, lively call-and-response drum solo, which features master percussionist Hirano. He soon comes to the front of the stage armed with his beloved African talking drum, shouting joy at the crowd before the band closes the song, and Fleetwood delivers some loving band introductions, notably for Campbell and Finn, the latter’s name almost bringing down the roof. McVie is described as “the songbird”, Nicks the “eternal romantic” and lastly, bassist John McVie as being “always on my right-hand-side, no doubt the backbone of Fleetwood Mac”.

Fleetwood Mac, Neil Finn, Perth, Australia, RAC Arena, August 11 2019
Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (Crowded House) are the latest additions of Fleetwood Mac’s touring band. (Duncan Barnes)

Nicks’ eternal romance is showcased in “Gypsy” and “Landslide,” though those two songs are split by Campbell fronting a mean and dirty run through Peter’s Green’s “Oh Well”: all riffage and world-weary with angry-young-man attitude.

From rock to jewel, Fleetwood gives a heartfelt introduction to Finn’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over”. The Crowded House staple is delivered with expected tender gusto from Finn, but as Nicks takes the lead on the final verse it steps into a previously unexpected dimension. “A song like that comes along once on a million years,” she says at the end. “It’s magnificent.”

In 1982, “Hold Me” – from the band’s album Mirage – was quite the hit single, but over the years seems largely forgotten in the haze of decades of multi-platinum success. Tonight it returns, a compelling soft-rocker that allows each member to shine. It’s followed by Christine McVie’s Rumours-era track “You Make Loving Fun,” about the man she left John McVie for in 1977. One wonders what he makes of it all, playing this irresistibly giddy love song every night on tour.

From Rumours’ happiest moment to perhaps its most ominous, “Gold Dust Woman” find Nicks in a golden shawl, delivering a trademark dark Hollywood Hills evocation. It’s a bravura performance that inspires a fair few arms-undulating “Stevies” in the audience, too.

“Go Your Own Way” provides a majestic and rousing end to the main set, with Finn – having completed a winning lead vocal – ending the song on the drum riser, eye-to-eye with Fleetwood, looking for all the world like a kid who cannot believe his luck.

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The full stage set-up of the current tour. (Duncan Barnes)

Campbell, meanwhile, continues to bring a raw swagger to the lead breaks. With a slideshow of the late Tom Petty through the decades showing on the screens, the man’s sterling single “Free Falling” features Nicks on lead vocals. The whole thing is just poignancy personified, and there’s eyes out there just bursting to water.

“Yesterday’s gone,” as the final song for the night, “Don’t Stop,” accurately reminds us. Buckingham’s gone too, and while his name is not uttered from the stage, his mark is still there. If an icon must be replaced, best do it with those who have excelled in their own 40-plus year careers. This is yet another worthy incarnation of the band called Fleetwood Mac, and as the members – older and newer – sauntered offstage it was a rather emotional Fleetwood who farewelled the full-house with the words, “be kind to one another. We love you so much”.

The saga that continues to be Fleetwood Mac suggests that kindness may have taken a backseat on occasion, as it does for us all. However as the Peter Green-penned instrumental Albatross echoes across the arena upon exit, it’s another reminder that what truly remains is the music: from all of those Fleetwood Mac members, and for all of us.

Fleetwood Mac’s Australian tour continues through August and September, before the band head to New Zealand on September 14

Bob Gordon / The Guardian (Australia) / Friday, August 9, 2019

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RECAP 8/9/2019: Perth (Night 1)

On Friday, Fleetwood Mac kicked off the Australian leg of the tour in Perth, Western Australia, performing at RAC Arena.

Little Lies

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Dreams

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Gypsy

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World Turning Drum Solo

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Fleetwood Mac Sunday Night Australia TV Special

Set List

  1. The Chain
  2. Little Lies
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Say You Love Me
  6. Black Magic Woman
  7. Everywhere
  8. I Got You
  9. Rhiannon
  10. World Turning
  11. Gypsy
  12. Oh Well
  13. Don’t Dream It’s Over
  14. Landslide
  15. Hold Me
  16. You Make Loving Fun
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. Go Your Own Way
  19. Free Fallin’
  20. Don’t Stop

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2015 On With The Show Tour - Australia/NZ

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

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

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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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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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VIDEO: Fleetwood Mac tours Australia