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REVIEW: Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie

Fleetwood Mac – Stevie Nicks = Buckingham/Mcvie. Typical Fleetwood Mac math, yet somehow it adds up to a pretty-good album.

Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVieOver past few decades, a couple of would-be Lindsey Buckingham albums have been co-opted into Fleetwood Mac albums. Tango in the Night (1987) and Say You Will (2003) both began as Buckingham solo projects, but fate, not to mention the record company, intervened. This time, though, things have worked out the other way around, sort of.

Since Christine McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac in 2014 after a 16-year absence, the band have talked excitedly about a new era and a new album, and have been recording new material. All of them except Stevie Nicks that is. Nicks has been doing Fleetwood Mac and solo tours but apparently, has little interest in recording.

Apparently, the rest of the band got tired of waiting for her. Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie also features the Mick Fleetwood/John McVie rhythm section. So that’s four-fifths of Fleetwood Mac. Though Buckingham and McVie have claimed their album was not intended as a Fleetwood Mac record, that’s only because Nicks precluded the idea. It is safe to say that any new Fleetwood Mac album would have featured much of the material on Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie. All this makes it difficult to listen to Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie without thinking of it as a companion piece to Say You Will, which featured all involved save McVie.

Even after all these years, it’s never simple with Fleetwood Mac.

Still, Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie commands some attention in its own right. McVie has not released anything since her 2004 solo album. Save a low-key Mac EP, Buckingham has not been heard from since 2011. Do the pair, who between them have written some of the most enduring radio hits of the last 40 years, still have it? Do they, at their ages (Buckingham is 67; McVie turns 74 this year), have anything new to say, and can they still sing, even?

This is a “duet” album, which is not to be mistaken for a “duets album”. Each of the ten songs alternates between a Buckingham vocal and a McVie vocal. There are no duets. Not surprisingly, Buckingham fairly dominates affairs, writing or co-writing nearly all the tracks and co-producing with Mitchell Froom. The sound is crisp, clean, and slightly DIY, in the manner of Buckingham’s last several solo albums.

And the songs?

Buckingham still has it, because he never really lost it. He still has a way with an incisive-yet-catchy, quirky-yet-charismatic melody and arrangement. He is more straightforward here than on his solo releases, keeping his trademark fingerpicking filigree at a minimum and his eccentricities in check. His “Sleeping Around the Corner”, a years-old, remodeled solo outtake, has one of those classic, giddy choruses he is so good at, and it would be a great opener on any album. Single “In My World” is nearly as good, with Fleetwood and John McVie laying down their trademark, rock-solid, less-is-more groove. In fact, one of Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie ‘s true pleasures is Fleetwood’s drumming, deft as ever.

“Love Is Here to Stay” is a breezy, fingerpicked ray of sunlight. All the effortless “Lay Down For Free” is missing is some Nicks harmonies. “On With the Show” seems to address her absence, with Buckingham proclaiming, “I will stand with my band / There’ll come a day / When we all feel the same.”

As for McVie, well, her method has not changed much, either. She still deals in sweet, guileless romance. She has lost something, though. Time has taken a substantial toll on both singers’ voices, but McVie seems to struggle just to sound like herself. More importantly, often there is not enough of a pure pop rush to make up for her simplistic lyrics and phrasing. “Red Sun” gets some good vibes out of her familiar rolling piano sound, and the hard-boogying “Too Far Gone” just barely manages to avoid being an embarrassment. Only the beautifully stark piano ballad “Game of Pretend” stands on its own without the production propping it up.

A curious album to be sure, Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie could just as well have been released as two separate EPs. In particular, it is difficult to hear McVie in the Buckingham-fronted songs. Still, in the end, an almost-Fleetwood Mac album turns out to be a pretty good Fleetwood Mac album, especially this late in the game.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM / CHRISTINE MCVIE
Rating: 6/10

John Bergstrom / Pop Matters / Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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REVIEW: Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie

Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVieAlbum review: Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie is an engaging side project for Fleetwood Mac members.

Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie
Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie
Atlantic
***1/2 (Three and a half stars)

The sessions that eventually spawned this album might well have heralded the return of Fleetwood Mac – indeed, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie contribute throughout here – but when Stevie Nicks stalled on her involvement, the songs instead became an engaging side project for Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie.

The mood throughout is part sun-dappled Californian sunshine and part crisp English winter, and McVie – who by her own admission turned her back on music for much of her 16-year break from touring and recording – is the undoubted star.

“Carnival Begin,” which closes the album, finds McVie brooding over a “new merry-go-round”, a transparent reference to returning to the recording fold.

“Game of Pretend,” another McVie composition, considers the complex world of relationships, a key Fleetwood Mac battleground over the decades. Buckingham shines, too, particularly on the radio-friendly “In My World,” “Sleeping Around the Corner,” and “On With the Show.” Throughout, there is a clarity of thought and sound that rolls back the years.

Nick March / The National (Middle East) / Monday, June 12, 2017

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REVIEW: Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie – strange and beautiful

Fleetwood Mac’s last masterpiece, Tango in the Night, relied heavily on Buckingham/McVie compositions, with the group’s third great songwriter, Stevie Nicks, generally absent. Now that McVie and Buckingham are back together in the touring Mac band for the first time since 1997, they’ve reunited in the studio for this succinct collection of gentle pop-rockers, familiar yet far more strange and beautiful than 2013’s brittle Fleetwood Mac EP.

Buckingham’s spidery guitar shivers through “Love Is Here to Stay” and slays the solo on “Carnival Begin,” while McVie’s undimmed gift for melody illuminates every song.

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie
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**** (4 / 5 stars)

Damien Morris / The Guardian (UK) / Sunday, 11 June 2017

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REVIEW: Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie’s strange, surprising collaboration

Our take on the unexpected full-length team-up between the two Fleetwood Mac songwriters

 

 

Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVieWell, here’s an album nobody thought would happen – the first-ever collabo from Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie. It’s full of surprises, considering we’ve all spent years already listening in on both their private worlds. But these two Fleetwood Mac legends have their own kinky chemistry. When McVie jumped back in the game for the Mac’s last tour, the songbird regained her hunger to write. And Buckingham remains one of the all-time great rock & roll crackpots, from his obsessively precise guitar to his seething vocals. They bring out something impressively nasty in each other, trading off songs in the mode of 1982’s Mirage – California sunshine on the surface, but with a heart of darkness.

So we’ve made it to the second paragraph of this review without mentioning any other members of Fleetwood Mac. That’s an achievement, right? We should feel good about that. So now let’s discuss how weird it feels that a certain pair of platform boots was not twirling on the studio floor while this album was being made. Stevie Nicks is the unspoken presence on this album, the lightning you can hear not striking. There’s something strange about hearing Lindsey and Christine team up without her, but that just enhances the album’s strange impact. This would have been the next Mac album, except Stevie didn’t want in. It sounds like that might have fired up her Mac-mates’ competitive edge – but for whatever reason, these are the toughest songs Buckingham or McVie have sung in years.

“In My World” is the treasure here – Lindsey digs into his favorite topic, demented love, murmuring a thorny melody and reprising the male/female sex grunts from “Big Love.” In gems like “Sleeping Around the Corner” and the finger-picking “Love Is Here to Stay,” he’s on top of his game, with all the negative mojo he displayed in Tusk or his solo classic Go Insane. McVie is usually the optimistic one, but she seizes the opportunity to go dark in “Red Sun.” And what a rhythm section – Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, cooking up the instantly recognizable groove no other band has found a way to duplicate. Everything about this album is a little off-kilter, right down to the way the title echoes the pre-Mac Buckingham Nicks. But if this had turned out to be a proper Fleetwood Mac reunion album, that would’ve felt like a happy ending – and who wants happy endings from these guys? Instead, it’s another memorable chapter in rock’s longest-running soap opera, with both Lindsey and Christine thriving on the dysfunctional vibes.

Rob Sheffield / Rolling Stone / June 7, 2017

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REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac – Mirage (Deluxe Edition)

If ever there was a case of the media building up and then knocking down a band, it was the one involving Fleetwood Mac in the late-’70s and early-’80s. The critics cheered when the group—newly energized by the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks—delivered its chart-topping eponymous album in 1975 and the even better Rumours a year later.

But many of those same critics spoke less kindly of the follow-up to Rumours, 1979’s Tusk. According to them, it eschewed commercialism in favor of self-indulgent experimentation, though major experimentation was in fact largely limited to the excellent title cut. Then, when the group reverted to fully accessible form on its next studio album, 1982’s Mirage, reviewers griped that the band was going backwards; never mind that this radio-friendly LP delivered exactly what the critics claimed was missing in its predecessor.

Well, as I noted last year, Tusk ranks among the most underrated albums of the rock era. But Mirage—which Fleetwood Mac’s members recorded in France after pursuing solo projects—is arguably even more underrated. …

Read the full review at The Morton Report

Jeff Burger / The Morton Report / Monday, September 26, 2016

 

 

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Tusk expands

New box set expands, reveals Fleetwood Mac’s enigmatic opus

When the five members of Fleetwood Mac reconvened in the studio in 1978 to record the follow-up to their massively successful/decade-defining/inescapable disc Rumours, it would have been painfully easy to simply spit out Rumours II.

Instead, they took 13 months and spent a then-unprecedented $1 million-plus to birth Tusk, a double album of 20 songs spanning 72 minutes. The effort defied expectations, confounded some fans, sold “only” 4 million units, and produced only two singles resembling hits: the tribal-sounding title track (recorded with the 112-piece University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band), and Stevie Nicks’ ethereal “Sara.”

However, a funny thing happened with Tusk in the ensuing 35 years. Its standing among both Mac fans and musicians has skyrocketed, as has respect for the wildly diverse songs and experimentation. Now, Rhino/Warner Brothers has released Tusk: The Deluxe Edition. The 5-CD/2-LP/1-DVD set includes the original album remastered, a bevy of outtakes and alternate takes, and plenty of live material from the ensuing tour.

In the booklet of liner notes and rare photos, Jim Irvin celebrates the potpourri grab bag of music, spearheaded by Lindsey Buckingham’s newfound infatuation with the sounds of punk and New Wave music, and a desire to not repeat the same old formula. He would even adopt an entirely new look for the photos shoots and tour of closely cropped hair, suits, and…uh…heavy makeup.

“Listening to Tusk is like walking around a ridiculously eclectic art gallery curated by someone who’s keeping their aesthetic a secret,” Irvin offers. “And old master next to an abstract, a kinetic sculpture next to a watercolour. It makes no sense at first.”

Though, contrary to the established Rock History Narrative of him fighting for the change alone, both Nicks and Mick Fleetwood and not just Buckingham were also eager to shake things up, according to their own comments today.

And what of the effect as a whole? Buckingham certainly brings an un-Mac-like tension, nervous energy, and biting sarcasm to efforts like the deranged square-dance sound of “The Ledge,” the punkish “What Makes You Think You’re the One,” the biting “Not That Funny,” and the “rockabilly on acid” of “That’s Enough For Me.”

Stevie Nicks, always given something of a short shrift in terms of songwriting since she doesn’t play an instrument (not counting the tambourine), offers some of her finest work in the longing “Storms,” an upbeat “Angel,” elegiac “Beautiful Child,” and mysterious “Sisters of the Moon,” which surprisingly resurfaced on the set list for the Mac’s recent reunion tours.

Only Christine McVie’s contributions seem slight and listless — both lyrically and musically — save for some soft-and-gentle work on her usual romantic balladry in “Over and Over” and “Brown Eyes.”

Tusk‘s recording period saw Christine’s involvement with both Grant Curry (the band’s lighting director) and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, while Buckingham fell into an intense involvement with record-company exec/former model Carol Ann Harris (who later wrote a not-that-flattering book about the relationship, Storms).

The shocker, fans later found out, was the news of Nicks and Fleetwood’s brief-but-intense involvement. It led to Fleetwood’s divorce from Jenny Boyd…who had previously had an affair with previous lineup guitarist Bob Weston…and was the sister of Rock’s Greatest Muse, Pattie Boyd, who sent both George Harrison and Eric Clapton into romantic bliss and yearning, poured out on vinyl.

And when Nicks and Fleetwood’s involvement ended, Nicks’ best friend, Sara Recor (partial inspiration for the song), took up with Fleetwood without either bothering to tell Nicks about it, which crushed her (are you following all of this?).

Thus, Nicks admits today that a number of her songs are about Fleetwood, and it’s not hard to interpret many of hers and Buckingham’s lyrics as continued musical snipes and judgments on their relationship.

Of the demos and alternate versions, there’s some very interesting development chronicled in the songs “I Know I’m Not Wrong” and “Tusk” as Buckingham — like he did with much of the material — tinkered with them in his own studio extensively before bringing them to the band. It was a way of songwriting that gave him more control, but which the band agreed to abandon after Tusk.

And on the live discs, listeners will find a band surprisingly willing to take risks with tempos and delivery onstage with material recorded in studio. And that includes tunes from their previous two records, Fleetwood Mac and Rumours.

So, while the hefty Deluxe Edition of Tusk may be for Mac Addicts only (and those with record players), less expensive options included a 3-CD Expanded Edition and a 1-CD Remastered effort.

In either case, for what attention and sometimes derision it received on release, Tusk is the one effort in the band’s discography whose standing has improved with time. Oh, and the meaning the title? It was Fleetwood’s slang term for a penis. You’re welcome for that.

Bob Ruggiero / Houston Press / Monday, December 28, 2015

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REVIEW: Tusk (Deluxe Edition)

Tusk (Deluxe Edition) Fleetwood Mac Rhino

**** 1/2 (four-and-a-1/2 stars out of five)

The Mac’s wild, punk-y follow-up to Rumours hits just as hard 36 years later, especially on this extras-packed reissue.

While the music scenes of England, New York City and scattered bohemian enclaves the world over embraced punk’s do-it-yourself radicalization in the late Seventies, nearly every superstar of sunny southern California kept on making smooth and glossy soft rock as if Joey Ramone and Johnny Rotten had never happened. This didn’t comfort Lindsey Buckingham. The pressure to follow Fleetwood Mac’s astronomically successful 1977 LP, Rumours, with a follow-up just like it drove the singer-guitarist to turn to Talking Heads, Elvis Costello and other upstarts for inspiration and liberation.

And so he began what became 1979’s famously experimental and eclectic double-disc, Tusk, at home with the deliberate goal of shaking things up. While Buckingham crafted his unconventional solo recordings, the Mac had Studio D at L.A.’s Village Recorder built to their specifications, where they added to his songs and recorded their own with results that veered from demo-quality rockabilly to exacting balladry. Both capitalized on the freedom that came with their success: Because drummer Mick Fleetwood himself managed the band, absolutely no one but the musicians and their near-exclusive producer-engineers Richard Dashut and Ken Caillat had any input. Tusk may have been the first album to cost a million dollars, but much of it was in spirit and practice nearly as DIY as the era’s New Wave.

Sequenced for maximum disruptive effect, Tusk alternately reassures and startles: Christine McVie’s placid lullaby “One More Time (Over & Over)” opens the album with a soothing dose of musical morphine, but gets followed by the wake-up call of Buckingham’s anxious “The Ledge,” the album’s most punk-influenced track. As confirmed in the interviews that accompany this deluxe five-CD/two-LP/one-DVD box set edition, much of Tusk – like its predecessor – is a Rashomon-esque account of life within the band as seen through the sharply contrasting viewpoints of their three songwriters. One of Stevie Nicks’s most delicate and downhearted songs, “Storms,” wallows in the guilt over her affair with then-married Fleetwood, and the subsequent karmic payback she endured when her best friend secretly moved into his house. Buckingham’s confrontational “Not That Funny” addresses Nicks, by then his ex, whom he saw as getting caught up in celebrity culture. It’s this candid quality that makes Tusk so contemporary even decades later.

Tusk’s one-of-a-kind combo of punky verisimilitude and surreal opulence drives one point home harder than ever: No other band could’ve recorded this album.

That forthrightness gets magnified exponentially by the deluxe edition’s supplemental discs. One of them, “The Alternate Tusk,” presents the entire album via divergent versions of every song, including an early, piano-led rendition of Nicks’s “Sara” that lingers for nearly nine minutes; and Buckingham’s languid “That’s All for Everyone,” here featuring entirely different lyrics. Another disc, “Singles, Outtakes, Sessions,” demonstrates through multiple editions of some tracks like Buckingham’s “I Know I’m Not Wrong” – the first song recorded for the album, but the last one to be definitively completed – how the album evolved during Tusk’s year-long creation. The version of “Save Me a Place” on this disc lacks the weeping bluegrass harmonies that define the released take, but Buckingham’s vocal here is even more pained. Two discs of “Tusk Tour Live” serve as a considerably longer and looser alternate edition of the band’s 1980 live album, which chronicled that same world trek. And the set’s audio DVD provides a new 5.1 surround sound mix by Caillat that maximizes the album’s one-of-a-kind combo of punky verisimilitude and surreal opulence, and drives one point home harder than ever: No other band could’ve recorded Tusk.

Barry Walters / Rolling Stone / Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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Fleetwood Mac Tusk (Deluxe Edition)

Tusk Deluxe EditionAfter all of the mythologising — the most expensive rock album ever produced; a staggering commercial failure; a Lindsey Buckingham vanity project with the Fleetwood Mac name attached; what happens when too much money meets too much blow — Tusk remains a singular oddity in Fleetwood Mac’s oeuvre. By the time its recording commenced in June 1978, the band were in the stratosphere of commercial success: their previous album, Rumours, had shipped millions of copies and was on its way to becoming one of the best selling albums of all time. Yet the music that had inspired Buckingham during his respite from the gruelling Rumours tour was the opposite of commercial: the debut albums from The Clash and Talking Heads, both recorded on the cheap. As Rob Trucks recounts in his 33⅓ entry on the album, Tusk began its life as an ultimatum from Buckingham to band leader Mick Fleetwood: Buckingham had new songs he was going to record. In response, Fleetwood shot back another ultimatum: Buckingham was either in the band or out of it. The stage was set for a collision: between the moneyed, high-gloss world the band inhabited and the scrappy upstarts who were shaking that world’s foundations; between Buckingham’s musical ambitions and Fleetwood’s determination that Fleetwood Mac stick together as a band.

Tusk, therefore, is riven through with contradictions. It contains some of the band’s glossiest work, of the sort that would have made the executives at Warner hopeful that Tusk could function as Rumours Redux: the gorgeous “Sara,” Stevie Nicks’s aching paean of love and loss; Christine McVie’s rock burner “Think About Me,” complete with acid lyrics that would fuel further speculation about the band’s private lives; the lapidary “Storms,” featuring Nicks at her most pitilessly introspective. Yet these songs find themselves nestled between Buckingham’s off-kilter, deliberately lo-fi ditties: deliberately truncated songs (none longer than 3:32) with unusual, unresolved melodies, in which Buckingham affects a falsetto and Fleetwood sounds as though he were drumming with a set of cardboard boxes. You’d be hard-pressed to call these numbers “punk” per se — they thrum through with Buckingham’s interest in folk and blues traditions, and they were after all recorded at phenomenal expense — but they preserve punk rock’s affinity for simplicity and concision. In many ways they sound like exactly what they are: punk rock reflected back through the funhouse mirror of a platinum-selling band with a well-documented cocaine problem, a limitless recording budget, and a background in blues.

It’s no secret that Tusk performed poorly on its release, shipping a mere two million copies in its first few months of existence compared to the over ten million copies that Rumours shifted. Just who the fault can be pinned on remains the subject of some debate. Did Tusk‘s commerical failure, as Warner’s executives insisted, derive from Buckingham’s outré songwriting? Was it, as Mick Fleetwood argued, because the album was prematurely leaked to the RKO radio network, who proceeded to play it in order, much to the delight of home tapers? In the long view, such considerations are immaterial: given the album’s strange afterlives — including a start-to-finish cover version by Camper Van Beethoven and becoming a formative influence on Carl Newman’s work with The New Pornographers — it seems that Tusk has ultimately vindicated itself.

The latest remaster and reissue of the album — the third such intervention to have happened since the 1980s — is about as comprehensive as anyone could hope for. In addition to the original album, which has been given a crisp buff and polish (albeit one that could have preserved a little more of the original release’s dynamic range), and a second disc of single versions and demos (many of which originally appeared on the 2004 remaster/reissue), it also includes a start-to-finish version of Tusk in hitherto unreleased alternate takes and two discs of live material from the band’s 1979-1980 Tusk tour. Mac anoraks will find that the second disc’s collection of successive demos — which map out the progression of both “I Know I’m Not Wrong” and the title track from their early incarnations through to near-finished versions — illuminates the band’s creative processes.

Perhaps more interesting is the third disc, sequenced from unreleased alternate versions: while many songs sound essentially like rough-hewn versions of what would appear on the final release, it’s worth listening to just for the lengthy version of “Sara,” in which Nicks elaborates on the song’s themes in an extended outro. The live material on discs four and five is perhaps less essential: much of it is actually from prior albums rather than Tusk, and perhaps inadvertently demonstrates the cold shoulder with which the public received the album. (When Christine McVie introduces “Over & Over” to a crowd at St. Louis by informing them that it’s from the new album, the reception is rather more muted than the ecstatic cheers that greet the version of “Dreams” recorded at Wembley on the same tour.) Perhaps most interesting about these discs is the valiant attempt by the band to fit Buckingham’s Tusk songs into the stadium-rock mode: “Not That Funny” shifts into bombast, with Fleetwood hammering the kit and Buckingham belting out his lines, and Buckingham shreds out a solo that wouldn’t have been out of place on Rumours at the conclusion of “What Makes You Think You’re The One.”

These efforts to make Tusk‘s material appeal to the band’s demographic demonstrate just how much it began its life as an album out of time, an artifact that could not have been produced at any other juncture in history but one that, equally, sounded completely ill-at-ease in the cultural moment that produced it. Perhaps fittingly, time has been kind to Tusk, and the album doesn’t require the ultra-deluxe treatment to make a compelling case for its relevance — those two LP’s worth of creative tension, that juxtaposition of the rough and the smooth, are worth returning to with or without the context provided by this reissue.

(Editor’s note: This article was edited for spelling and grammar. You can read the original article here.)

Chad Parkhill / The Quietus / Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tusk Deluxe

Tusk Deluxe EditionHad Fleetwood Mac played it safe after Rumours, they probably could have made another gajillion-selling album. Instead, they handed the reins to singer and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and allowed him to steer the follow-up to one of the 20th century’s biggest LPs to wherever he wanted (with a few detours along the way).

The result was 1979’s double-LP Tusk, a much-delayed, over-budget and sprawling masterwork that often played out like Fleetwood Mac’s version of the Beatles’ White Album: three distinct singer-songwriters hashing out their solo compositions while the rest of the group played backing band. And it was, if you believed what you read at the time, a total bomb.

But 36 years later, Tusk stands as one of rock’s most underrated and rewarding albums, a complex and layer-revealing work that offers new perspectives and treasures with each listen. A new five-disc Deluxe Edition doesn’t so much give fresh insight to the record as it provides a behind-the-scenes peek at its formation and development, as well as the occasional struggles the band endured during its long and difficult birth.

The original two-LP set is expanded with discs of single remixes, outtakes, session leftovers, live cuts from the 1979-80 tour in support of the album and the entire record made up of mostly previously unreleased versions of the 20 songs. It’s as often fascinating as it is repetitive: Even for an album built on textures and detailed studio assembling, multiple takes on the title track and “I Know I’m Not Wrong” begin to get tedious after the fourth pass.

Still, alternate versions of “Over & Over” (the ambiance-soaked Christine McVie ballad that opens the album), “The Ledge,” “That’s All for Everyone” and “Brown Eyes” (with early member Peter Green prominently sitting in) show just how meticulous the recordings were … and just how much the band was slowly unraveling. Buckingham is clearly in control here, injecting flashes of weirdness and brilliance into the project. Stevie Nicks‘ contributions tend to be the least affected by his mad-scientist tinkering, but even they go deeper than Rumours‘ most intricate tracks.

Tusk: Deluxe Edition doesn’t show us much in the way of how skeletal demos evolved into multi-layered art pieces, though — it’s not that kind of box. If anything, it leads us to believe that most of these songs were fully structured by the time Fleetwood Mac began recording. And radio mixes of “Think About Me” and “Not That Funny” prove that even after the LP’s release, some cuts took on even newer forms.

It’s a lot to get through — more than 80 songs in all — and parts of it seem like padding (the live tracks, mostly from 1975’s self-titled album, Rumours and Tusk, sound diluted without their studio adornments). But the original album is worth diving into again, if only to revisit one of the era’s most undervalued works, a bold record made by a superstar band willing to risk its place at the top for its art.

Michael Gallucci / Ultimate Classic Rock / Thursday, December 3, 2015

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2015 On With The Show Tour - Australia/NZ

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
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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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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)

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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 11/6: 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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REVIEW: ’70s superheroes still a fertile hit factory

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

MUSIC
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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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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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

TAGS
fleetwood mac

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

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2015 On With The Show Tour - Australia/NZ

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: 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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European tour ends in Dublin

Fleetwood Mac wrapped up the European tour on Saturday night with a third and final show at 3Arena in Dublin. Since September 2014, the band has completed a staggering 104 shows!

Fleetwood Mac takes the On With The Show tour to Australia and New Zealand, starting October 22, with a three-night engagement at Allphones Arena (formerly Acer Arena) in Sydney.

Keep up with the STEVIE NICKS INFO team for all the latest On With The Show Tour news, your one-stop source for concert pictures, videos, statistics, tweets, and more!

SHOW NUMBER

DATE

LOCATION

VENUE

104 Saturday, July 11, 2015 Dublin, Ireland 3Arena

Photos by Candace Webber

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Videos

Thanks to Samuel Howie for sharing these videos! Check back soon for more videos from the last show of the European tour!

Dreams (Samuel Howie)

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Rhiannon (Samuel Howie)

Little Lies (Samuel Howie)

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Don’t Stop (Samuel Howie)

Stevie talks about Christine returning to Fleetwood Mac (Samuel Howie)

 

Tweets

https://twitter.com/meathniamh/status/620008700049268736

Set List

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

Fleetwood Mac performed at 3Arena (formerly The O2) in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday night. The band closes out the European tour on Saturday night with a second and final performance in Dublin.

Gypsy Montage

Photos by Bryan Michael

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Videos

Thanks to ArtistIreland, Bryan Michael, Jay Keogh, and Niamh Traynor, for sharing these videos!

The Chain (Niamh Traynor)

Dreams – partial (Niamh Traynor)

Rhiannon – partial (Niamh Traynor)

Everywhere (Niamh Traynor)

Landslide (Niamh Traynor)

Gypsy (Bryan Michael)

Little Lies (Niamh Traynor)

Go Your Own Way (Niamh Traynor)

World Turning – drum solo (ArtistIreland)

Silver Springs – partial (Jay Keogh)

Stevie’s farewells (Stuffs)

Silver Springs – partial (Jay Keogh)

Tweets

https://twitter.com/DonnellyLydia/status/619656277858340864

Set List

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

Fleetwood Mac performed at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Wednesday night. The band closes out the European tour this weekend, with a pair of shows at 3Arena in Dublin.

Lindsey dedicated “Big Love” to his son Will, whose birthday was Wednesday night. Will turned 17 this year. Time flies!

SHOW NUMBER

DATE

LOCATION

VENUE

102 Wednesday, July 8, 2015 Glasgow, Scotland SSE Hydro
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Videos

Thanks to BSMphotography Fife, garry erwin, Ian, Laurie Findlay, Gem Carragher, and orchidbloom for sharing these videos!

The Chain (BSMphotography Fife)

You Make Loving Fun (BSMphotography Fife)

Dreams (Gem Carragher)

Second Hand News (BSMphotography Fife)

I Know I’m Not Wrong (BSMphotography Fife)

Tusk (BSMphotography Fife)

Big Love (BSMphotography Fife)

Big Love (Laurie Findlay)

Go Your Own Way (garry erwin)

Don’t Stop (Ian)

Songbird (orchidbloom)

Tweets

https://twitter.com/MeganWhiteee/status/618928574297473025

https://twitter.com/thebraininajar/status/618906828651560960

Set List

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

 

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VIDEOS 7/7: Genting Arena, Birmingham (Night 3)

Fleetwood Mac performed a third show at Genting Arena in Birmingham on Tuesday night. This show was originally scheduled to happen on June 9, but it was postponed due to band illness.

SHOW NUMBER

DATE

LOCATION

VENUE

101 Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Birmingham, West Midlands Genting Arena
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EvanescenceLikeYou09
EvanescenceLikeYou09
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Videos

Thanks to Brucefan66, EvanescenceLikeYou09, liamwatson1988, malc grocock, and Ed ward for sharing these videos!

The Chain (liamwatson1988)

Everywhere (liamwatson1988)

Everywhere (EvanescenceLikeYou09)

Tusk (liamwatson1988)

Sisters of the Moon (EvanescenceLikeYou09)

Big Love (Ed ward)

Never Going Back Again (liamwatson1988)

Never Going Back Again (Brucefan66)

Gypsy (EvanescenceLikeYou09)

Little Lies (liamwatson1988)

Little Lies (Brucefan66)

Go Your Own Way (liamwatson1988)

Go Your Own Way (malc grocock)

World Turning – drum solo (liamwatson1988)

Songbird (liamwatson1988)

Songbird (Brucefan66)

Tweets

https://twitter.com/ameliacootah/status/618560390272839681

Set List

1. The Chain 13. Landslide
2. You Make Loving Fun 14. Never Going Back Again
3. Dreams 15. Over My Head
4. Second Hand News 16. Gypsy
5. Rhiannon 17. Little Lies
6. Everywhere 18. Gold Dust Woman
7. I Know I’m Not Wrong 19. I’m So Afraid
8. Tusk 20. Go Your Own Way
9. Sisters of the Moon 21. World Turning
10. Say You Love Me 22. Don’t Stop
11. Seven Wonders 23. Silver Springs
12. Big Love 24. Songbird
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100 amazing Fleetwood Mac shows…and counting!

Fleetwood Mac returned to First Direct Arena in Leeds, West Yorkshire, on Sunday night, performing the 100th show of their world tour. The band wraps up the two-month, European tour this week, with four remaining shows in Birmingham, Glasgow, and Dublin (2).

Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to the Leeds residents and its Kirkstall Abbey, a ruined Cistercian monastery in West Yorkshire (pictured below). “I’m so enchanted by it. So I’m already planning my trip back to [visit]. I just wanted you to know you’re very lucky to live in a city with something as beautiful as that, and as powerful as that. So anyway, I’d like to dedicate this next song to you and your amazing Abbey.”

At the end of the song, Stevie joked, “So you might read somewhere: ‘Stevie Nicks has moved to Kirkstall Abbey.’ It could be true. Thank you (points to the audience).”

Sunset view of Kirkstall Abbey
Sunset view of Kirkstall Abbey (Tee Butler, 2013)

SHOW NUMBER

DATE

LOCATION

VENUE

100 Sunday, July 5, 2015 Leeds, West Yorkshire First Direct Arena
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“You’ll never get away from the sound of the woman that loves you!” (lone Collins)
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“Heartless challenge…pick your path and then you pray for it, pay for it.” (rosvlerv)

Videos

Thanks to Casper Eatwell, Freya Elinor, Jennie1007, Jo2ie, lone Collins, The Shattered Star, and Turkued for sharing these videos! Please check back soon for more videos.

The Chain (The Shattered Star)

You Make Loving Fun (Turkued)

‘On show 100, she’s baaaaack’ (Jo2ie)

Dreams (Turkued)

Rhiannon (Jennie1007)

Rhiannon (Turkued)

Everywhere (The Shattered Star)

Tusk (Turkued)

Tusk – partial (Freya Elinor)

Sisters of the Moon (The Shattered Star)

Big Love (Freya Elinor)

Big Love (The Shattered Star)

Landslide with dedication (Freya Elinor)

Gypsy (Jennie1007)

Little Lies (The Shattered Star)

Little Lies (Turkued)

I’m So Afraid (Casper Eatwell)

Go Your Own Way (The Shattered Star)

Go Your Own Way (Turkued)

World Turning (Casper Eatwell)

Band introductions (Turkued)

Don’t Stop (Turkued)

Silver Springs – partial (lone Collins)

Songbird (The Shattered Star)

Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/laurafwood/status/617844564209074176

Set List

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

 

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VIDEOS 7/4: Genting Arena, Birmingham

Fleetwood Mac returned to Genting Arena on Saturday night, making up for the originally scheduled June 9th concert, which was postponed due to band illness. The band performs the 100th show of the tour tonight at First Direct Arena in Leeds.

SHOW NUMBER

DATE

LOCATION

VENUE

99 Saturday, July 4, 2015 Birmingham, UK Genting Arena

Videos

Thanks to Andy Burns, ROBSHARRED, and Vlogasaurus182 for sharing these videos!

COMPILATION: (Vlogasaurus182)

The Chain (ROBSHARRED)

Everywhere (Andy Burns)

Landslide (ROBSHARRED)

Landslide (Oliver Carter)

Gold Dust Woman (ROBSHARRED)

Songbird (Rob Burns)

Set List

1. The Chain 13. Landslide
2. You Make Loving Fun 14. Never Going Back Again
3. Dreams 15. Over My Head
4. Second Hand News 16. Gypsy
5. Rhiannon 17. Little Lies
6. Everywhere 18. Gold Dust Woman
7. I Know I’m Not Wrong 19. I’m So Afraid
8. Tusk 20. Go Your Own Way
9. Sisters of the Moon 21. World Turning
10. Say You Love Me 22. Don’t Stop
11. Seven Wonders 23. Silver Springs
12. Big Love 24. Songbird
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REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac @Genting Arena, Birmingham

Reunited rock legends deliver a masterclass in how to play an arena show

As he’s been the guitarist in Fleetwood Mac for 40 years off and on, Lindsay Buckingham knows what he’s saying is an understatement: “The thing is with this band, as people,” he pauses. “We’ve had some ups and downs over the years…..”

Now is not the time or place to go through all of them, either. There simply isn’t room to talk about the legendary history of this legendary band, who started as one thing, became another and are now, probably, something else entirely. Now is the time to look to the future – or at the very least, the present.

Quite simply, last year when it was announced that Christine McVie was back in the band, Mac they were reuniting for some shows, many doubted it would happen, but here we are on – as Stevie Nicks is fond of telling us – the 99th show of the appropriately named “On With The Show” and, my how the public have responded.

There is not a seat to be had at 8.15 precisely, when the lights dim and the five men and women that make up this band – plus the five men and women who add to their live sound – receive their heroes welcome, and what follows, is for the next two and a half hours a compelling lesson to all mere wannabe bands on exactly how this should be done.

Stevie Nicks talks about the meaning of the Fleetwood Mac hit single “Gypsy.” (Video by Rhi Jayne)

The night includes a healthy dose of anthems. Let’s be fair, you don’t sell 140 million records worldwide unless you can write a tune, and it begins with “The Chain” which always strikes as kind of “Layla” in reverse. That is to say, it’s the got the bit everyone knows at the end. Whatever, it’s a striking and superb opener. And as it veers from chilled out and blissful to all-out rock, it is a very neat segue into the world of Fleetwood Mac.

There’s not many bands with the variety on display here. “Dreams” is followed by a superb “Second Hand News” and that’s far from the only time the evening does exactly what it wants to.

A show that isn’t afraid of getting good and psychedelic when it wants to, gets downright experimental on the brilliant “Tusk” which is very much a highlight and “Gold Dust Woman” allows Nicks, who is a mesmerising presence throughout, to explore her mystic sound.

Although all the band are given their chance to shine – Mick Fleetwood in particular with a predictably OTT drum solo – and the musicianship first class throughout, the trump card in this very considerable pack is Buckingham, who is little short of magnificent all evening. His acoustic rendition of “Big Love” is only surpassed by his incredible work on “I’m So Afraid” and he looks to be genuinely thrilled at the chance to play these songs again, as the very clever use of film during the show is quick to pick out.

Fleetwood Mac performs the classic '80 radio hit "Little Lies" in Manchester.
Fleetwood Mac performs the classic ’80s radio hit “Little Lies” in Manchester.

The video screens are a real feature here and the display has clearly been thought of. Whether animation, short sequences or just the band themselves, it adds to both the spectacle and the depth of the performance.

But clearly it’s mostly about the songs, and when it comes time to bring out the big guns, then Fleetwood Mac aren’t firing blanks. “Everywhere” shimmers, “Lies” is the 1980s radio Classic it always was, and the main set closes with a party atmosphere of “Go Your Own Way.”

“Don’t Stop” and it’s big ol’ chorus and it’s big ol’ message of hope (used by Bill Clinton as an election song in 1992 no less) is saved for the first encore, while a stripped back “Songbird” with just McVie and her piano before Buckingham joins her by the end, serves as the second and acts as the closer.

It’s not rocket science. You don’t fill arenas all over the world, you don’t sell this many records, and you don’t get this response when you return to the fray, unless your music connects with the public on whatever level they choose. Moreover you don’t keep people coming back for over 40 years unless you know what you are doing. Fleetwood Mac eloquently make these points tonight and answer any questions that were perhaps remaining with ease. To pinch Lindsey’s line, tonight was very much an up rather than a down.

Andy Thorley / Maximum Volume Music (UK) / Sunday, July 5, 2015 

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2015 On With The Show Tour - Europe

VIDEOS 7/1: Manchester Arena, Manchester

Fleetwood Mac performed at Manchester Arena on Wednesday night.

Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to Rick, “a new friend of ours, who drove us from Leeds to Manchester last night and shared his amazing musical collection with us on the way. It was such an amazing drive.”

Videos

Thanks to andyuk36, Phil Lee, Gary Lippett, Lizzie Mitchell (Giggirl), Daniel Porter, reefermanuk, and TheGenesis1960 for sharing these videos!

COMPILATION: The Chain / Second Hand News / Rhiannon / Tusk / Big Love / Landslide / Gold Dust Woman /  Go Your Own Way / Don’t Stop / Silver Springs / Songbird (Gary Lippett)

The Chain / You Make Loving Fun / Dreams (TheGenesis1960)

Dreams (andyuk36)

Everywhere (reefermanuk)

Tusk (Giggirl)

Tusk / Sisters of the Moon / Say You Love Me (TheGenesis1960)

Big Love (Giggirl)

Landslide with dedication (TheGenesis1960)

Landslide (andyuk36)

Landslide (Giggirl)

Never Going Back Again (TheGenesis1960)

Gypsy (Giggirl)

Little Lies (reefermanuk)

Gold Dust Woman (Daniel Porter)

Go Your Own Way (reefermanuk)

Go Your Own Way (andyuk36)

World Turning – drum solo (Giggirl)

World Turning – drum solo (Phil Lee)

World Turning / Band introductions / Don’t Stop (TheGenesis1960)

Songbird (Giggirl)

Tweets

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Set List

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

 

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2015 On With The Show Tour - Europe Concert Reviews

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac at Manchester Arena

Fleetwood Mac fans finally got to see the classic Rumours-era line-up reunited last night as Christine McVie joined ex-husband John McVie and bandmates Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham on stage at Manchester Arena.

The singer – who is the songwriter and voice behind some of the band’s most enduring hits, including “Don’t Stop,” “Little Lies” and “You Make Loving Fun” – is back on the road with the band for the first time in 16 years for their On With The Show tour.

Fans were delighted to see her return – as was Stevie Nicks, who echoed the audience’s excitement as she squealed: “Our girl is BACK!”

None of the group showed any sign of the mystery illness that forced them to cancel their first show in Manchester last month as they played an unrelenting two and a half hour set.

Now all in their mid to late 60s except Christine, who is 71, they worked the stage with the energy of a group half their age, particularly Lindsey, whose virtuoso guitar playing stole the show.

There was no sign either of the turbulence that nearly tore the band apart during the making of Rumours, with ex-lovers Stevie and Lindsey sweetly clasping hands before dueting on a gorgeous stripped-back version of “Landslide” (we think we even saw Stevie wipe away a tear), while Christine and John appeared just as happy to be sharing a stage again.

“Our Songbird, you might say, has returned,” as Mick put it fondly – and there could only be one way to close the show as Christine sat down alone at a piano to sing her beautiful ballad.

The finale was the highlight of the show for many fans who had waited for years to hear her sing it again, but it was by no means the only standout moment.

From opener “The Chain” to the rousing singalong that accompanied “Go Your Own Way” and Mick’s manic drum solo, it was a five-star performance from start to finish. Even the weather seemed to agree, with fans leaving the arena to a “Dreams”-worthy chorus of thunder and rain outside.

Here is what fans thought about last night’s show:

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Emily Heward / Manchester Evening News / Thursday, July 2, 2015

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2015 On With The Show Tour - Europe Concert Reviews

Review: Fleetwood Mac @First Direct Arena, Leeds

A wild-eyed genius named Mick Fleetwood says it better than I ever could as Fleetwood Mac exit the stage – “The Mac is BACK!”

A blistering two hour and 20 minute set from the classic (yes, that word is ENTIRELY appropriate) Rumours-era line-up elicits one of the most passionate responses I have seen from an audience in my life.

A four-song opening shot from said record that made them famous the world over was always going to put us on the right foot.

“The Chain,” all close harmonies and blues guitar gives way to one of the most memorable of bass lines and Leeds is all theirs. “You Make Loving Fun,” “Dreams” and “Second Hand News” are all delivered as they should be, note perfect and intense.

The rock solid, bomb-proof rhythm section of Mr Fleetwood and his self-professed dearest friend John McVie form the bedrock of tonight’s show.

Highlights come from their front people throughout however.

Returning from a 17 year hiatus from music, Christine McVie still has the voice of an angel, as evidenced by set-closer “Songbird” and “Everywhere.”

Lindsay Buckingham storms around the stage like a man a quarter of his age, his distinctive finger-picking guitar style as ferocious and precise and it ever was. His solo-rendition of “Big Love” was a thing of majesty,

Best of all is centre-stage throughout. Stevie Nicks, 67, still mops the floor with any other front woman out there. During “Gold Dust Woman” she does not just command the stage but dominate it,

The highlight for this humble reviewer is “Landslide,” performed by the couple Buckingham and Nicks, whose well-documented fallings-out inspired so much of their greatest art, is tear-jerking. Stevie owns the spotlight, a magisterial performance.

Despite Mick’s bullish claim we will most-likely never see these five together again. But tonight’s gig capped a truly unique and inspirational career and cemented their legacy as one of the most special and unique rock n roll bands of all time.

The Mac is back? The Mac never left us and never will.

Mark Casci / Yorkshire Evening Post (UK) / Thursday, July 1, 2015

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VIDEOS 6/27: The O2, London (Night 6)

On Saturday, Fleetwood Mac performed their sixth and final show at The O2 in London.

Both Lindsey and Stevie dedicated songs (“Big Love,” “Landslide”) to founding Fleetwood Mac member Peter Green, who attended Saturday night’s show.

SHOW NUMBER

DATE

LOCATION

VENUE

96 Saturday, June 26, 2015 London, England The O2
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Gary Barnett
Paul King
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Paul King
Paul King
Paul King

Videos

Thanks to for Gary Barnett, blue3rock, daverkl, Paul King, lepaprg, Phil Humphries, Kristie McCarthy, and ZeuS for sharing these videos!

COMPILATION: The Chain / You Make Loving Fun / Dreams / Second Hand News / Rhiannon / Everywhere / Tusk / Say You Love Me / Big Love / Rhiannon / Never Going Back Again / Over My Head / Gypsy / Little Lies / Gold Dust Woman / I’m So Afraid / Go Your Own Way / Don’t Stop (Paul King)

The Chain (ZeuS)

You Make Loving Fun (lepaprg)

Dreams (lepaprg)

Rhiannon (Phil Humphries)

Everywhere (ZeuS)

Everywhere (Mark Stevens)

Tusk (lepaprg)

Say You Love Me (lepaprg)

Big Love – dedication (Kristie McCarthy)

Big Love (Kristie McCarthy)

Gypsy – partial (ZeuS)

Little Lies (lepaprg)

Gold Dust Woman (Gary Barnett)

World Turning – Part 1 (lepaprg)

World Turning – Part 2 (lepaprg)

Band introductions (lepaprg)

Don’t Stop (daverkl)

Go Your Own Way (lepaprg)

Silver Springs (Kristie McCarthy)

Songbird (bluerock)

Set List

1. The Chain 13. Landslide
2. You Make Loving Fun 14. Never Going Back Again
3. Dreams 15. Over My Head
4. Second Hand News 16. Gypsy
5. Rhiannon 17. Little Lies
6. Everywhere 18. Gold Dust Woman
7. I Know I’m Not Wrong 19. I’m So Afraid
8. Tusk 20. Go Your Own Way
9. Sisters of the Moon 21. World Turning
10. Say You Love Me 22. Don’t Stop
11. Seven Wonders 23. Silver Springs
12. Big Love 24. Songbird
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VIDEOS 6/26: The O2, London (Night 5)

On Friday, Fleetwood Mac performed their fifth show at The O2 in London.

Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to Cory Buckingham (Lindsey’s niece) and Steve Rinkov.

SHOW NUMBER

DATE

LOCATION

VENUE

95 Friday, June 26, 2015 London, England The O2

Videos

Thanks to Nicole Barker, Evan Davis, and Darren Mallet for sharing these videos!

The Chain – short clip (Darren Mallett)

You Make Loving Fun (Darren Mallett)

Second Hand News (Darren Mallett)

Rhiannon (Evan Davis)

Rhiannon (Darren Mallett)

Everywhere (Evan Davis)

Tusk (Evan Davis)

Big Love (Evan Davis)

Landslide dedication (Nicole Barker)

Landslide (Darren Mallett)

Gypsy – partial (Darren Mallett)

Little Lies (Darren Mallett)

I’m So Afraid (Darren Mallett)

Go Your Own Way (Darren Mallett)

World Turning – drum solo (Darren Mallett)

Don’t Stop (Evan Davis)

Go Your Own Way (Evan Davis)

Mick’s Final Words (Darren Mallett)

Set List

1. The Chain 13. Landslide
2. You Make Loving Fun 14. Never Going Back Again
3. Dreams 15. Over My Head
4. Second Hand News 16. Gypsy
5. Rhiannon 17. Little Lies
6. Everywhere 18. Gold Dust Woman
7. I Know I’m Not Wrong 19. I’m So Afraid
8. Tusk 20. Go Your Own Way
9. Sisters of the Moon 21. World Turning
10. Say You Love Me 22. Don’t Stop
11. Seven Wonders 23. Silver Springs
12. Big Love 24. Songbird
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VIDEOS 6/24: The O2, London (Night 4)

On Wednesday, Fleetwood Mac performed their fourth show at The O2 in London.

SHOW NUMBER

DATE

LOCATION

VENUE

94 Wednesday, June 24, 2015 London, England The O2
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RAX1Music
RAX1Music
RAX1Music
RAX1Music
RAX1Music

Videos

Thanks to nicknackered, RAX1Music, T-Mak World, and Will Wiseman for sharing these videos!

The Chain (nicknackered)

The Chain (T-Mak World)

You Make Loving Fun (Will Wiseman)

Dreams (nicknackered)

Rhiannon (nicknackered)

Everywhere (nicknackered)

I Know I’m Not Wrong (T-Mak World)

Landslide (RAX1Music)

 

Landslide (T-Mak World)

Landslide (nicknackered)

Over My Head (nicknackered)

Little Lies (nicknackered)

Don’t Stop (nicknackered)

Don’t Stop (T-Mak World)

Go Your Own Way (RAX1Music)

Songbird (nicknackered)

Set List

1. The Chain 13. Landslide
2. You Make Loving Fun 14. Never Going Back Again
3. Dreams 15. Over My Head
4. Second Hand News 16. Gypsy
5. Rhiannon 17. Little Lies
6. Everywhere 18. Gold Dust Woman
7. I Know I’m Not Wrong 19. I’m So Afraid
8. Tusk 20. Go Your Own Way
9. Sisters of the Moon 21. World Turning
10. Say You Love Me 22. Don’t Stop
11. Seven Wonders 23. Silver Springs
12. Big Love 24. Songbird
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REVIEW: A man who hates gigs reviews Fleetwood Mac at the O2

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Someone has got me a ticket to see Fleetwood Mac, you say? I love Fleetwood Mac. But hang on, I hate gigs. Love Fleetwood Mac. Hate gigs. Love Fleetwood Mac. Hate gigs. Oh well, let’s just get on with it then.

The O2 would be a sterile venue to host a conference of anti-bacterial spray manufacturers, let alone a concert of one of the world’s great rock bands, and the clientele were suitably hard to pin down. It was strange to go to a gig with no discernable tribes, unless fans of a carvery on a Sunday constitutes a tribe. It was like being on a Ryanair flight with 20,000 people.

Why do I hate gigs? Even when I was a teenager and went to a gig a week, I hated gigs. For starters, I experience enochlophobia (look it up). More importantly, I have always been so precious about music that it always seemed a particular perverse cruelty to have my experiences ruined by inevitable meatheads, who would always (and I mean, always) end up standing or sitting next to, behind, or in front of me. Since I refuse to enjoy myself, God punishes me by surrounding me with people who do.

And lo, George the meathead magnet strikes again. Behind me were five friends, who informed me that they had come all the way from Bristol to see their favourite band – and then talked through every song. It was all going exactly as I had expected. It was a shame that the sound at the O2 is so muffled and rough. It really is a music venue for people who don’t like music. I would have preferred a bit more volume and clarity, not only to drown out my paralytic-clown neighbours, but because I really wanted to listen to the band.

Fleetwood Mac are both brilliant and loveable, which is some combination. I overheard one woman saying, “I’m going to cry when they come on, I can feel it.” They opened with “The Chain”, a surefire way to get everyone on board, and its finale still resonates with intricate vocal layering that evokes the choir of an Orthodox church. From here they ran through their greatest hits, which was just fine by everyone, including me. It is worth noting that this is a band with three distinct but complementary songwriters of the highest calibre. There are very few other bands who can boast of such a musical arsenal and their songbook reflects this strength, rotating from the enthralling, edgy neurosis of Lindsey Buckingham to the dark femininity of Stevie Nicks followed by the pure light of Christine McVie’s perfect pop.

They have been buoyed by the return of Christine McVie, who restores the band to its classic Seventies and Eighties lineup (yes, I know it’s not the original lineup). Stevie Nicks appeared to be genuinely delighted to have McVie back and this love was echoed in the reaction of the audience to McVie’s songs, which got the loudest and warmest applause. McVie is an extraordinary woman. She looks like your mum’s best friend – Auntie Christine who works on the lingerie counter at M&S – but she has written some titanic songs: “You Make Loving Fun”, “Say That You Love Me”, “Little Lies”. She is consistently underappreciated.
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Buckingham’s highlight (his guitar playing borders on superhuman at times) was his solo acoustic version of “Big Love”, a song which gets more unsettling, mysterious and enjoyable as it ages. He was clearly the hero of the one of my new friends, who was so drunk that in between informing those around him Buckingham was “a f***ing legend”, he forgot the legend’s name and began shouting “Lesley! Lesley!”

My enjoyment of the subtle, emotionally wrought harmonies of “Rhiannon” was impaired somewhat by the girl in the seat behind me yelling “Sit the f*** down” at her friends over and over and over again. She trumped this during Lesley, sorry Lindsey, Buckingham’s slowed-down version of “Never Going Back Again”, during which she loudly conceded, “I’m so drunk I can’t see,” as she kicked the back of chair like a toddler in economy class.

Buckingham made a speech about the band’s well-documented “ups and downs” and proclaimed a new “profound and prolific” era for the band. That was the herald for the dead hand of a new song, which, since no one knew or wanted to hear, meant hundreds of punters headed for the toilets and the bars. It was as if Fleetwood Mac had become their own support band nobody cared about. But I don’t think they noticed and it didn’t matter as the hits soon started rolling again.

Buckingham and Nicks sang “Happy Birthday” to Mick Fleetwood, whose enjoyment and drumming chops are clearly undimmed. He and John McVie – recovering from cancer – remain reassuringly indomitable and tight. As John McVie said of his musical spouse of 50 years to Mojo, “Mick will go on until they put him up against the wall and shoot him.”

And so, after most of Rumours, half of Tango In The Night  and the title song from Tusk (one of the highlights and the only occasion the visuals really helped the show – with a trippy rehash of the original “Tusk” video at Dodger Stadium in LA), we got to the money shot: “Go Your Own Way” and “Don’t Stop”. Nicks returned for the finale wearing a black top hat that reminded me a bit of the hitcher from The Mighty Boosh (which would have pleased Mac fan Noel Fielding) and the band proceeded to give the crowd what they wanted.

About a third of the audience stood up to dance. More still jiggled in their seats. I doubt if there have been that many people with so little natural rhythm gathered in one place since the world championship bowls final at Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton-on-Sea. McVie capped her triumphant evening with a grand piano and “Songbird”. My new chums were suitably moved. But it was hard not to be.

As I said before: Love Fleetwood Mac. Hate gigs. Deep down I knew the uncomfortable truth of this enterprise, which was that the meatheads were the unfortunate ones for having to sit behind me, rather than the other way round. “This has got to be one of the top three nights of my life, easy,” slurred one of them. God had spoken and it was my fault if I didn’t listen. Long live Fleetwood Mac and their fans.

George Chesterton / GQ UK / Thursday, June 25, 2015