Sunday, December 21, 2014

Reviews: Fleetwood Mac Live in Tampa December 20, 2014

Fleetwood Mac reunion tour a landslide hit with Tampa fans
by Tim Chong
The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA — It has been nearly 40 years since the classic lineup of Fleetwood Mac first performed together. The band has been in existence even longer, but when most people think of “Fleetwood Mac” they think of eccentric guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, mystical songstress Stevie Nicks, crazed drummer Mick Fleetwood, quiet bassist John McVie and down-to-earth keyboardist Christine McVie.

Photo: Andy Jones - View More
Four decades is a long time for any group of people to stay together, and members of the notoriously combustible Fleetwood Mac, not surprisingly, have spent much of that time in and out of the group. The past couple of tours and the last album, with everyone but Christine McVie, was the closest many thought there would be to a reunion.

Christine McVie’s full-time return is enough to celebrate a tour — there’s no new album to promote — and on Saturday night at Amalie Arena fans were ready to welcome her back, giving McVie her own ovation.

Unsurprisingly, the set list leaned heavily on “Rumours,” still one of the biggest-selling albums of all time. Starting with a thundering ”The Chain,” the band defied age and its reputation as a soft rock band.

The biggest surprises were songs from “Tusk,” the follow-up to Rumours considered by some to be a flop. The songs aren’t as familiar, but the band seemed to enjoy playing them and stretching out “I Know I’m not Wrong” and “Sisters of the Moon,” and reinventing “Tusk” as a blues guitar workout.”

The group seemed more enthusiastic than on previous tours. Perhaps everyone being together has re-energized the Mac. There’s talk the group will return to the studio. If so the enthusiasm displayed at Tampa’s show is a good sign of things to come. The night was a welcome back party; to the band from the fans, to Christine from her bandmates, and to the music from the band.

View Photos at The Tampa Tribune

Review: With Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac sound refreshed, revitalized at Tampa's Amalie Arena
by Jay Cridlin
Tampa Bay Times

Photo: Jay Cridlin - View More
What does one member mean to a band?

Depends on the band and the member, but if we’re talking Fleetwood Mac and Christine McVie, it’s worth breaking out some stats.

A sold-out crowd of 17,620 packed Tampa’s Amalie Arena Saturday night to catch the Mac on their first tour with the songwriter, pianist and occasional lead singer since 1998. That’s up from 14,071 who came to see them last summer, up from 10,008 in 2009.

Why does McVie hold that kind of sway over the Fleetwood Mac faithful, when the band is better known for its other singers, perpetually linked ex-lovers Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, who sing their most massive hits?

Just as there are folks who call George their favorite Beatle, many say McVie is Fleetwood Mac’s strongest songsmith, and any version of the band that doesn’t include her just isn’t the same. A reunion with McVie was Fleetwood Mac’s ultimate trump card in their quest for continued relevance in this, their 47th year – a regrouping of their classic Rumours-era lineup, and a reopening of their songbook to classic tracks they haven’t played in years.

On Saturday, Tampa got ‘em all – Say You Love Me, You Make Loving Fun, Little Lies, Everywhere, plus a McVie-led Don’t Stop and Songbird as parting gifts. It was the band’s 40th and final North American concert of 2014, and they must be hitting their stride, because they haven’t sounded this vital and copacetic in years.
“They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” said Buckingham. “On this particular tour, and this particular moment now, with the return of the beautiful Christine, with her return, I believe that we begin a profound, a poetic and a prolific new chapter in the history of this band.”

Indeed, with McVie back in the fold, Saturday’s show felt more inspired than either of Fleetwood Mac’s previous two trips to Tampa. There was a little less focus on the occasionally melodramatic interplay between Nicks and Buckingham, and a little more focus on the lively, mood-lightening material the pianist penned for the band.

It wasn’t just McVie’s long-dormant ‘70s sing-alongs – 1987’s Tango in the Night, the band’s poppy and peppy final classic-lineup album, also got a welcome workout, with McVie handling lead vocals on the slick confections Everywhere and Little Lies; and Nicks propelling the equally upbeat Seven Wonders.

The lightness and sweetness that McVie brought to the table counterbalanced – perhaps even enhanced – the rest of Fleetwood Mac’s hit-loaded set. Her presence brings out the best in all-world guitarist Buckingham, who got his six-string rocks off on the frenetically fingerpicked Big Love, punkish rave-up I Know I’m Not Wrong and epically barn-burning I’m So Afraid. And as is her wont, Nicks wailed and convulsed like a banshee during the cauldron-boiling Gold Dust Woman and drifted into her inimitable twirl on Gypsy.

Buckingham and Nicks would pair off here and there for stripped-down numbers – Landslide, Never Going Back Again – but the night felt more complete, more celebratory, when all five members were out there together, rocking along like the last 16 years never happened.

Take Tusk: You had Mick Fleetwood rumbling away on his drum kit; Nicks crooning backup and sashaying across the stage; McVie pumping an accordion and coercing her ex-husband, stoic bassist John McVie, into a little soft-shoe shuffle; and Buckingham snarling into a mic, “Don’t say that you love me! Just tell me that you want me!”

As Buckingham kicked and shredded his way back and forth across the stage on Go Your Own Way, lingering for an extra half-measure by the grinning, bobbing McVie, it was clear that her return meant more to Fleetwood Mac than just a few thousand extra tickets sold. In a way, it meant new life.

View Photos at Tampabay.com

THE CHAIN

Mick Fleetwood Book Signing Monday, Dec 22, 2014 at Fleetwood's on Maui


Musician and Maui resident, Mick Fleetwood will be at Fleetwood’s General Store on Front Street on Monday, Dec. 22, where he will sign copies of his new book.

Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac: The Autobiography, was released in October and tells the story of his life as a musician, playing drums since his teen years, to his long career as co-founder and member of the group Fleetwood Mac.

Born Michael John Kells Fleetwood in Cornwall, England, in 1947, Fleetwood now enjoys life on the Valley Isle where his Lahaina restaurant and general store bear his name.

The 352 page book takes a look at his life and love of music, as well as the “raucous history” of Fleetwood Mac, and the story behind the band’s longevity and success.

The in-store book signing event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014.

Source: Mauinews.com

MICK FLEETWOOD BLUES BAND 
Featuring RICK VITO
Mick and Rick perform live on December 28th on the rooftop at Fleetwood's on Front St. For tickets, call 808-669-MICK.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Review: Fleetwood Mac Live in Sunrise, FL December 19, 2014

Finally, 16 years after playing her last gig with Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie is back in the band.
By Howard Cohen
Miami Herald


Hard to tell who seemed happier for her return, the fans or the band members. Drummer Mick Fleetwood said in a pre-concert interview with the Miami Herald that this enduring band’s autobiographical music has served as a soundtrack for its audience’s own similar experiences. Love, loss, joy, heartache.

“It’s astoundingly powerful that for the vast majority of that audience their lives are unfolding in their own world and we’re triggering that.”

These fans have made the superstar group’s On With the Show Tour one of the year’s top touring attractions. At Sunrise’s sold-out BB&T Center Friday night, a crowd of 16,000 or so lustily cheered reinvigorated classics like Rhiannon, Go Your Own Way and Landslide.

Immediately after the standard Fleetwood Mac opener, The Chain, fans got their first taste of McVie’s burgundy warm, bluesy alto, which, reassuringly, sounds much as it did on Rumours 38 years ago. “Sweet, wonderful you/You make me happy with the things you do,” she sang in the opening line of You Make Loving Fun, the fourth Top 10 single from the landmark Rumours album. Back then, the song was about her lover, the band’s former lighting director, whom she briefly turned to as her marriage to bass player John McVie ended. Now, the lyric seems directed at her fellow musicians, including her ex, as well as the fans.

“Usually I’d say, ‘Welcome back, Christine,” a genuinely friendly, chatty Stevie Nicks said, referring to her previous stage patter early in the tour’s run. “But since this is the 39th show, we can safely say, She’s back!

Full review at Miami Herald





Fleetwood Mac returns March 21 at AmericanAirlines Arena in downtown Miami.


GOLD DUST WOMAN
RHIANNON
LANDSLIDE

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fleetwood Mac has outlasted the drugs, inner turmoil, and hiatuses to remain one of the greatest rock outfits in the world

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac Live in Atlanta, GA
December 17, 2014 - Philips Arena
By Collin Kelley
Atlanta In Town





















When I saw Fleetwood Mac at the old Omni Coliseum in Downtown back in 1987, the souvenir stand was selling a button with the band’s familiar penguin logo and the proclamation that “The Mac Is Back.” Flash-forward 27 years (gulp!) and band namesake Mick Fleetwood was  standing at the lip of the stage at Philips Arena (which sits on the former site of The Omni) proclaiming the very same message to a sold-out audience at last night’s show.

The difference between last night and 1987 was that this was indeed the “full Mac” lineup that everyone knows and loves. Earlier this year, songwriter and keyboardist Christine McVie came in from the cold after a 16-year hiatus to rejoin the band, which immediately set out on a world tour to celebrate. Fleetwood Mac has carried on recording and touring in the intervening years, but without her voice behind the hits of “You Make Loving Fun,” “Don’t Stop,” “Say You Love Me,” “Over My Head,” “Little Lies, “Everywhere” and emotional encore “Songbird.” Those songs were all back in action last night, with McVie’s smoky contralto rendering of each bringing some of the night’s biggest cheers.

But the band’s other two songwriters – Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks – were also in fine voice, with Buckingham offering  up his frenzied guitar solo version of “Big Love” and an ominous “Never Going Back Again,” which he seemed to be directing toward former flame Nicks. While the Buckingham-Nicks split back in the 1970s offered fuel for the Rumours album, they have been milking their still combative relationship for more than 30 years now. It does make for great stage drama, especially when Nicks turns and stares him down for “Silver Springs” (“You’ll never get away from the sound of the woman that loves you…”) and Buckingham yowls through “Go Your On Way” (“Packing up, shacking up is all you wanna do…”).


Continue to the full review at Atlanta In Town










OVER MY HEAD
GYPSY
WORLD TURNING

Fleetwood Mac headlines the Bell Centre on Feb. 5, 2015

Pop Tart: The pure 24 Karat Gold of Stevie Nicks
by Richard Burnett
Montreal Gazette

When my boozing buddy Jamie and I made our entrance at the absolutely packed, internationally-famed annual Stevie Nicks drag queen rock’n’roll tribute Night of a Thousand Stevies in New York City some years ago, New York hadn’t seen so much trash since the Teamsters’ citywide garbage strike of 1990.

No, I didn’t trip and slide face-first into the gutter like I did on Bourbon St. in New Orleans one Halloween, but I knew I was in deep trouble when my bartender told me she couldn’t serve me triple vodka-sodas because her glasses weren’t big enough.

As beautiful as the audience was – girls and boys everywhere dressed in Stevie’s trademark leather and lace – the real entertainment was on the stage. There were lip-syncing drag queens and kick-ass live performers. Then to close the show, Goon Squad – featuring Blondie’s Debbie Harry on lead vocals – destroyed the place with their balls-to-the-wall punk version of The Chain.

I have been to every major drag event in London, Sydney, Paris, New Orleans, Vegas and Montreal, and I’m telling you, NOTS is hands-down the most fun drag event I’ve ever been to. Revellers get dolled up à la Stevie, including past attendees Courtney Love, Cyndi Lauper and Boy George. Even I wore a blond wig.

“I hope next year maybe Stevie will come,” ab-fab NOTS co-hostess Hattie Hattaway (a.k.a. Brian Butterick), who produces NOTS with her fellow Jackie Factory NYC co-founders Johnny Dynell and Chi Chi Valenti, told me after the show.

Now flash-forward to Stevie’s new critically-hailed 2014 solo album 24 Karat Gold –Songs From The Vault, produced by Dave Stewart, Waddy Wachtel and Nicks, and recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles. The songs were written between 1969 and 1995, and the artwork for the CD includes never-before-seen Polaroid photos snapped by Nicks throughout her career. The album leads off with Starshine, for my money Stevie’s best rock number since Edge of Seventeen, and the emotional highlight is the country-soul of Blue Water, with backing vocals by Lady Antebellum.

VIDEO: Mick Fleetwood Interview with CBS 46 Atlanta on his Photography Collection

Reflections of Life: Mick Fleetwood at the Ann Jackson Gallery - Atlanta December 16th

Mick Fleetwood spoke exclusively with me at Ann Jackson's Art Gallery in Roswell, GA. The legendary drummer and founding member of Fleetwood Mac has started to exhibit his photography in art galleries in towns where the band will perform. This began after his friends and family urged him to display his talent. Mick has received a welcoming response from fans that turn out to witness and support his new outlet of art.




Review: Fleetwood Mac Live in Atlanta Dec 17, 2014 "Twizzler-thin Buckingham was a riveting presence"


Concert review: A fresh, fun Fleetwood Mac dazzles Atlanta
by Melissa Ruggieri
AJC.com

Fleetwood Mac has never been considered a “fun” band.

Between the tempestuous relationships among its members and the differing opinions about musical direction over the decades, the collective of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham was never the cheeriest bunch.

But wow, did that drama make for some amazing music.

The band returned to the road in October after taking some off late last year for John McVie to combat cancer, and this time they had a secret weapon that has elevated Fleetwood Mac to a new level of vitality – Christine McVie.

Back with the gang after a 16-year gap, McVie, an unbelievable-looking 71, injected a palpable energy into the band, both by allowing them to further open their songbook and by providing Nicks with her perfect female vocal foil.

When was the last time you heard Nicks girlishly squeal, as she did when welcoming McVie with an enthusiastic, “She’s baaaaaack!”? For that matter, when was the last time Mac fans heard “You Make Loving Fun” and “Everywhere” played live (OK, it was 1997’s “The Dance” tour, but you get the point)?

From the moment Mick Fleetwood ushered in the band’s standard opener “The Chain” with his heartbeat bass drum, to more than 2 ½-hours later when McVie closed the show with her tingly “Songbird,” the show felt fresh and alive and yes…fun.

Continue to the full review at AJC.com



YOU MAKE LOVING FUN
LANDSLIDE
DON'T STOP
SONGBIRD

Video: Lindsey Buckingham's interview on Tavis Smiley on the reunited Fleetwood Mac

If you missed Lindsey's interview last night on Tavis Smiley... The show is posted on-line at PBS-Video.


December 17, 2014: Lindsey Buckingham, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer talks about reuniting with the iconic band, Fleetwood Mac, for its "On With The Show" concert tour.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Denver Review: On With the Show Tunes: A Refueled Fleetwood Mac Truck Delivers Again

Photos by Michael Bialas
VIEW GALLERY (39 Photos)

On With the Show Tunes: A Refueled Fleetwood Mac Truck Delivers Again
by Michael Bialas
Huffington Post

Putting on a show to match the grandeur and longevity of Fleetwood Mac is a massive undertaking, but Stevie Nicks needed just a minute to personalize it for the crowd of mostly Coloradans in the sold-out Pepsi Center on Dec. 12, 2014.

"I have like a whole tribe here because one side of my family is all from Colorado," Nicks said to a roaring audience in Denver. It was about an hour into the 35th performance of this "On With The Show" tour that marks the return of songbird/keyboardist Christine McVie to the stage -- and the band -- for the first time in 16 years.

"My great-great grandmother came across the Rocky Mountains in one of the last Indian massacres," Nicks (left) added. "Seriously. And she crawled in the trunk (of a wagon train) and stayed there. And she was the only survivor. Strong woman."

Nicks, who dedicated her tender "Landslide" to the 100 or so friends and family members -- "my entire tribe" -- in attendance, thus making the Colorado connection feel even stronger, certainly shares the strength of her ancestors.

McVie, Nicks and the male members of this lineup -- frontman Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie (the pair for whom the band is named) -- also possess those staunch survival instincts long after all coming together in 1975.

This stunning show was a perfect example of that willingness to sustain a coexistence, finally blessed with the valuable missing piece of the puzzle that turns an already priceless picture into a beautiful work of pop art.

Continue to the full review at Huffington Post

The Rooster Photos
Photo by Svetlana Joukova
VIEW GALLERY (19 Photos)


TONIGHT: Lindsey Buckingham Reflects on his career with Fleetwood Mac on Tavis Smiley


My Conversation With Lindsey Buckingham
by Tavis Smiley

Tonight (December 17th), I'm joined by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Lindsey Buckingham, who reflects on his career with one of the most critically acclaimed musical groups of all time, Fleetwood Mac. The Grammy-winning guitarist and vocalist has reunited with all of the band's original members for a world tour titled, "On With The Show."

In the clip below, Buckingham describes how each of the five band members have added a unique element to the group's chemistry.

For or more of our conversation, be sure to tune in to Tavis Smiley on PBS. Check our website for your local TV listings: www.pbs.org/tavis.

Houston Review: "McVie in fine form, Fleetwood Mac turns back time"

Photo by Jane Howze
VIEW GALLERY
With McVie in fine form, Fleetwood Mac turns back time in nostalgic concert
By Jane Howze

Fleetwood Mac played to a sold-out adoring crowd at the Toyota Center on Monday night. Many in the audience saw the band on their 2013 World Tour in June. Our reviewer gave the concert a big thumbs-up, with a footnote that “Fleetwood Mac is not Fleetwood Mac without keyboardist/vocalist Christine McVie.” 

This time around, a youthful looking 71-year-old McVie joined the band, and her energy and high spirits elevated the concert to another level.

Every time McVie took the lead, the crowd roared — and the band itself seemed delighted to have their “beautiful Christine” back. With good reason. She soared in a powerful “Say That You Love Me” and “Over My Head” and provided spirited keyboards on “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.”    

Playing for nearly three hours to a mostly older yet energetic crowd (this was not your Eagles audience who meekly followed orders to stay seated), Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham and McVie shared lead vocals. Opening with “The Chain” written by all five band members from the classic album Rumours, McVie then launched into “You Make Loving Fun.” Her lyrical and earthy alto made it clear that while Fleetwood Mac has held up amazingly well given their ages, McVie adds a richer and more nuanced sound.

Plus it allowed Nicks to harmonize and Buckingham to play his emotional guitar solos without having to be overly burdened with vocals. 

Hits and cheering

NBC's A Toast To 2014 New Years Eve includes Fleetwood Mac Interview


Before the ball drops in Times Square, NBC will help ring in the New Year with "A Toast to 2014!," a two hour primetime special airing Wednesday, December 31 at 8pm/7c, hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Join the PARTY ON New Year's Eve as NBC News presents a star-studded year-end look at the year's buzziest stories, scandals, videos, trends and much more.

Interviews also include: Sherri Shepherd, William Shatner, Fleetwood Mac, Kris Jenner, Ian Ziering, Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodward, Billy Bush, Monica Potter, Zach King, Charlie White and Meryl Davis, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Lester Holt, Willie Geist, Jenna Bush Hager, Tamron Hall, Dylan Dreyer, Meredith Vieira, Catt Sadler, Bob Costas, Maria Menounos, Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski and more.