Thursday, October 23, 2014

Reviews | Photos | Video: Fleetwood Mac celebrates hits with help from Kid Rock

Fleetwood Mac Live in Detroit
the Palace of Auburn Hills
October 22, 2014

by Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Photo by Steve Perez - View Photo Gallery
Fleetwood Mac celebrated its long history with a two-and-a-half hour concert at the Palace Wednesday that saw a cameo from hometown rocker Kid Rock.

Yesterday's gone, as the song goes, but it was a celebration of yesterdays gone at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Wednesday night as Fleetwood Mac hit the stage for a 2 1/2 hour love fest honoring keyboardist Christine McVie's return to the band after a 16-year absence. It was an occasion to look back at the group's legacy with fresh eyes, even though it had only been a year since the band — sans McVie — had been here in concert.

Even Kid Rock got in on the action, hitting the stage midway through the show after Lindsey Buckingham dedicated "Big Love" to the hometown rocker and Stevie Nicks mentioned him during her intro to "Landslide." As "Landslide" was coming to a close, Rock hustled onto the stage — his American Badass trucker hat atop his head — and stood behind Nicks, wrapping his arms around her in a reverse bear hug. Rock's appearance brought the crowd to its feet and jump-started the show's revved-up second half.

Rock's walk-on aside, it was McVie's night to shine, and she brought a wave of early cheers two songs into the show when her signature vocals opened "You Make Loving Fun." "Thank you Detroit!" she exclaimed at the close of the song. (The current tour marks her first outing with the band since 1998's campaign behind "The Dance.")

"I guess you did notice there is yet another blonde on the stage," Nicks said after McVie's brief hellos. "Two blondes are better than one!" She then asked McVie, "where you been?" but the answer was beside the point. This tour is about the famously contentious band coming back together for one more go-round and fans having one more shot at seeing them back together.

The packed house proved there was plenty of interest in the billing, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers delivered a solid 24-song show of hits and album cuts from its long and winding history. Everyone got a chance to shine, from Mick Fleetwood's carnival ride drum solo in "World Turning" to Nicks' free-form interpretive dance during "Gold Dust Woman," but it was Buckingham's searing guitar solo during "I'm So Afraid" that was the night's highlight.

The band's stage set-up was simple, with a largely open stage backed by a stage-length video screen that projected on-the-nose images cued to the songs (gold dust and a woman during "Gold Dust Woman," for example). The band was augmented by several auxiliary musicians and a trio of backup singers, who added ghostly howls to "Sisters of the Moon."

The interplay between the band members was lively, especially with Buckingham and Nicks, who took on "Landslide" together. Buckingham joined McVie at the close of the show for a poignant reading of "Songbird," a quiet capper on the night after a free-wheeling "Silver Springs" brought the first encore to its end.

It's clear McVie's return has energized the band, sparking "a brand new, beautiful, profound, poetic chapter that will bear much fruit," as Buckingham put it at one point. Yet for all the talk about the group's future, Wednesday's show was a nostalgia play, the youngest songs in the set older than this year's Rock Hall nominees. Not that there's anything wrong with that, and there's plenty to be said for playing the hits to a receptive audience. But call it what it is.

"Don't Stop" came late in the show, and while the song's and the band's optimistic message still rings, it's an ironic anthem for a band that is focused on raising a glass to yesterday.

Above photos by Steve Perez

Rejuvenated Fleetwood Mac delivers at The Palace of Auburn Hills
By Dustin Blitchok
The Oakland Press

Above photos by Ken Settle 

AUBURN HILLS >> Two songs into Wednesday’s Fleetwood Mac show at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks faced each other as they chorused: “I never did believe in miracles, but I’ve a feeling it’s time to try.”

McVie’s return to the Mac is something of a rock ‘n’ roll miracle, and she was welcomed with a roar. As Nicks said after “You Make Loving Fun” wrapped: “Two blondes, more fun!”

The last time the “Rumors” lineup — Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, McVie, her ex-husband John and Nicks — walked off the Palace stage together was Nov. 21, 1997, during “The Dance” tour. Seventeen years later, they played a rejuvenated show that celebrated McVie’s return, relied on the hits and gave a nod to the band’s place in pop culture today.

The reunion means a more balanced division of labor than when the group visited Joe Louis Arena last year as a four-piece. Of the 24 songs Wednesday, McVie, 71, sang lead on about a third of them. Her voice remains supple, and displayed surprising clarity and range when she reached back to her first hit, 1975’s “Over My Head.”

Fleetwood, 67, came to the front of the stage and played a portable kit, giving the song an intimate feeling with all five members in close quarters.

Nearly every catchy McVie single made an appearance, including “Say You Love Me,” “Little Lies” and “Everywhere,” when she came out from behind the keyboard and sang up front with maracas in hand.

“Thank you guys, for letting me do this again,” she said.

McVie’s ex-husband was another reason the “On With The Show” tour seemed unlikely. The group canceled a tour of Australia and New Zealand last year when the stoic bassist was diagnosed with cancer, but he returned after completing treatment.

Nicks, 66, brought more energy than she has in years. “Dreams, “Rhiannon” and “Sisters of the Moon” came early, as did 1987’s “Seven Wonders,” resurrected after Nicks’ appearance on the TV show “American Horror Story” this year.

Nicks’ voice isn’t the same instrument it was three decades ago, but she warmed considerably as the show went on and hit a first peak on “Landslide,” standing with ex-boyfriend Buckingham, 65.

The guitarist had referenced “Mr. Ritchie” earlier, but Kid Rock’s appearance came at an unexpected moment. The Clarkston rocker, wearing an “American Badass” baseball cap, surprised Nicks just as she was finishing “Landslide,” giving her a hug and peck on the cheek.

Buckingham, the Tasmanian devil of the band, leapt across the stage in jeans that could’ve been taken from a Brooklyn hipster, yipped, shrieked and, later, ended “I’m So Afraid” by pawing at the guitar with his hands.

“Fleetwood Mac is a band that has somehow grown, evolved and really persevered through the good times and the bad, and that is clearly a part of what makes us what we are,” he said.

The deepest cut in an otherwise greatest hits set was “I Know I’m Not Wrong,” a track from “Tusk,” the eclectic double LP that followed “Rumors.”

The intro to the “Tusk” album’s title track was given a jazzy spin before building into a crescendo, with McVie picking up an accordion and clips running on the big screen of the USC marching band that played on the record.

Nicks showed a return to form with “Gold Dust Woman,” walking out for the song with a gold shawl over her black outfit. The band stretched the “Rumors” closing track to twice its original length, and Nicks vamped, wailed and twirled in the way that made her famous, before doing a long interpretative dance.

The first encore, “World Turning,” felt complete again with McVie’s voice back in the mix, and Fleetwood stirred up the audience with wild barks and catcalls during his drum solo. Then it was “Don’t Stop” and “Silver Springs,” after which Nicks and McVie walked off stage with hands linked.

Fleetwood Mac’s return to Auburn Hills ended with a simple, circular spotlight on McVie, who sat at the piano for “Songbird,” just the way shows on the “Rumors” tour were closed.

Fleetwood was the last to leave the stage.

“Remember, the Mac is most definitely back!”

104.3 WOMC welcomed Fleetwood Mac to the Palace of Auburn Hills on Wednesday October 22, 2014
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Beautiful shots of the band by Chris Schwegler 

LANDSLIDE (Kid Rock comes in at the end)


Video: Fleetwood Mac "The Chain" Indianapolis - two cam mix

Fleetwood Mac Live in Indianapolis, IN
Bankers Life Field House
October 21, 2014

This is interesting... and quite good! Two cam mix shot from both sides of the stage.

In Focus Photography by WTTSFM - View Gallery

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Watch as Fleetwood Mac tells Access about the story and message of their 2014 world tour. Plus, what's it like to have Christine McVie back with the group after a 16 year absence?

Fleetwood Mac sells out Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Photos

Fleetwood Mac Live in Indianapolis, IN
October 21, 2014 - Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Photos below by Michelle Pemberton
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Stevie Nicks on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon November 3rd

Stevie Nicks is scheduled as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday, November 3, 2014.  The show airs at 11:35pm, 10:35pm central.

Not sure if she's performing... Would make sense that she would... and it would also make sense that it's something to from the new album "24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault".

Wonder what she will sing?  Is she going to bring in her own band for this, or is she going to keep it simple and do something from the album that wouldn't necessarily require a full on band like say "Lady".  Or possibly the house band could sub in for her band.  

Looking forward to it in any case!

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by brent80

Veteran Stevie Nicks might’ve confused people with the title of her latest album, 24 Karat Gold – Songs From the Vault. The reason being, the new studio album from Nicks is assumed to be a compilation effort rather than a true follow up to Nick’s 2011 LP, In Your Dreams. It is a new effort in regards to being recorded in 2014, though many of the songs were written in past by Nicks, dating back to the late 60s! The final results – spectacular! 

“Starshine” opens 24 Karat Gold electrifyingly with a driving groove, quick tempo, and assertive vocals by Nicks. Dynamic, filled with bold guitars and bluesy, unfurled organ, “Starshine” definitely gets the listener’s attention by all means. Follow up “The Dealer” may be even more alluring, with Nicks sounding nothing short of terrific. The songwriting, particularly the refrain, stands out the most: “I was the mistress of my fate / I gave it all out / If I’d have really known different / you’d have to watch out.”

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac Give The Best Concert of 2014

FLEETWOOD MAC Live in New York City, NY
October 6, 2014
by Chris Ryan

Complete with Christine McVie the band known as FLEETWOOD MAC hit the road late September this year and already have a trail of stellar reviews behind them. The band is something of an anomaly having gone through break-ups, drug addiction, bankruptcy, loss of members and oh so much more. But if there’s one thing you can be assured of, they don’t stop and won’t stop according to lead guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.

The band opened MSG with a defining tune, which is the epitome of this band, “The Chain.” Members Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie hit the stage of MSG for the first time together in 17 years.

Continue to the full review

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac graced Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Saturday, October 18

Photograph by Lee-Ann Richer
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, Ontario
October 18, 2014

By Trent Richer

Fleetwood Mac graced Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Saturday, October 18 and showed a sold out crowd what they are made of! 

The band has been restored to its original five piece lineup. Christine McVie, who has not been with the band in 16 years due to her fear of flying, is back. For someone who is 71 years young, she showed that she can give it like the rest of the young’uns in the band. Who, by the way, range from 65 – 68.  

The 2 ½ hour show opened up with the thunder of Mick Fleetwood’s kick drum sounding like something out of Jurassic Park.  Then the eerie bluegrass sound of “The Chain” started, reminding me if a sunrise emerging from the dark. The next three songs were also off Fleetwood Mac’s top selling album “Rumors”. They were “You Make Loving Fun” sung by Christine McVie, “Dreams” sung Stevie Nicks and “Second Hand News sung by Lindsay Buckingham. 

Continue to the full review with spectacular photos

Monday, October 20, 2014

Christine McVie helps Fleetwood Mac stage a jubilant return to Columbus

By Martin Lopez
The Lantern

It’s a marvel that Fleetwood Mac were even on stage to perform last night.

It is a band that has gone through a great deal of emotional turmoil, and more recently, physical stress, as bassist John McVie was diagnosed with cancer roughly one year ago. Two other members have died within the last three years, one to suicide and the other to a haemorrhage.

They have four members who have gone through two failed relationships (one divorce) and have had several key members come and go. They even bared their emotional and romantic troubles out on their 1977 20-time platinum album “Rumours.” And when the band finally gained some stability during their 1990s reunion, singer and keyboard player Christine McVie left due to a fear of flying on tour.

And so it was immensely gratifying to see her make a triumphant return to the group at Nationwide Arena Sunday night — both for the audience, and clearly for the band. The band was firing on all cylinders with the original three-part harmonies that McVie brought back to their sound, Stevie Nicks sounding as gorgeous as ever, and lead guitarist and songwriter Lindsey Buckingham transcending with his stunning guitar solos.

The group opened up with “The Chain,” one of their most poignant and visceral songs off of “Rumours,” so they got into the soul-bearing business right away. And Buckingham immediately reminded me of why I consider him to be one of my favorite guitar players, a guitarist who, as George Harrison might put it, can make his guitar weep. His unusual finger picking, remarkable songwriting abilities, and brilliant lyrical guitar lines proved to be a constant highlight throughout the night.

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RHIANNON - Stevie is wearing a cape that was hand made by Celeste Meyeres which Stevie chose as the winner in the Talent House "Design a show-stopping shawl for Stevie Nicks" Contest. You can read more about Celeste here and see Stevie's note to Celeste at the Talent House website.

Photo by vangoghtravels

Review: Fleetwood Mac Live in Columbus, OH Oct 19, 2014

Christine McVie makes singing fun

By Rob Harvilla
The Columbus Dispatch
Photos: Kristen Zeis

In sports, one player, no matter how transcendent, can’t single-handedly win a title: Just ask LeBron James. On the crowded classic-rock-nostalgia circuit, even two towering superstars might not cut it: Ask Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

So please welcome back Fleetwood Mac’s not-so-secret weapon, Christine McVie. As evidenced by last night’s transformative show in Nationwide Arena, her adoring fans missed her, but not half as much as the rest of her band.

Sure, the ’70s-chart-smashing pop juggernaut could subsist on the arena-touring circuit for decades hence off the poisonous fruit of the infamously doomed Buckingham-Nicks romance alone, but what fun is that?

McVie, a far sweeter and gentler singer and songwriter, had quit the band in 1998 (she hated flying) and vowed never to return. Thank God she relented this year. The crowd’s huge swell of adoration was palpable from the first few notes of You Make Loving Fun. Exquisitely mushy cloudbursts like Everywhere and Say You Love Me — a typical line of hers is “I'm over my head / But it sure feels nice” — were crucial counterpoints to Nicks’ siren songs and Buckingham’s wiry, pantherlike aggressiveness.

A shadowy back line of five singers and multi-instrumentalists quietly added any muscle the core quintet, rounded out by rock-solid bassist John McVie and incurably hammy drummer Mick Fleetwood, had lost over the years. (Nice gong, Mick.)

Nicks in particular deftly dodged the high notes on Dreams and Rhiannon, though her cuddly-goth charisma helped close the deficit: Nobody on Earth gets more applause just for twirling in a circle.

Still, Landslide, her colossally gentle acoustic duet with Buckingham, can always induce open weeping, and her entrancing Gypsy may be the band’s single most rapturous pure-pop moment. (The lost high notes on that one particularly hurt last night, though she did twirl a lot.)

Buckingham, meanwhile, is the mad virtuoso: His howling, classical-guitar-shredding, one-man version of Big Love (off 1987’s crazy-underrated Tango in the Night) is an awesome, terrifying thing, and his prowling, snarling, opera-length solo on the uncharacteristically heavy deep cut I’m So Afraid nearly knocked the audience unconscious.

Ultimately, though, it was Christine’s night: The show peaked with the Tango-era soft-rock classic Little Lies — featuring the night’s best harmonies by a long shot — and she closed out with the delicately strident solo-piano gem Songbird. Her bandmates appeared to consider carrying her offstage like a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. It’s not a bad idea.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Review: Fleetwood Mac play like they have something to prove ★★★ stars out of 4

With the return of Christine McVie, band restores its "classic" lineup and plays their greatest hits to a sold-out Air Canada Centre.

Fleetwood Mac Live in Toront - October 18, 2014
By: Ben Rayner
The Star

If Fleetwood Mac wants to take a victory lap, Fleetwood Mac can take a victory lap.

Another victory lap, I guess. They’re all kinda victory laps if you’ve got a reputation and platinum-plated catalogue of the sort Fleetwood Mac has.

Still, the last time the band passed through Toronto for an Air Canada Centre date in April of 2013, it looked surprisingly vital and revved-up for a pack of greying boomers that one might have been tempted to write off as a nostalgia act. For a band with nothing really left to prove, the Mac behaved like it still had something to prove.

For its current On with the Show tour, Fleetwood Mac has managed to restore itself to the “classic” lineup responsible for such landmark albums as Rumours, Tusk and Tango in the Night with the unexpected return of long-absent member Christine McVie to the fold for the first time since she quit the group — in large part due to a deathly fear of all the flying involved with touring the world in a rock ’n’ roll band — in 1998. This, of course, is a perfect excuse to stuff the set list with all the McVie songs that have been absent from Fleetwood Mac performances during the past 16 years, which made Saturday night’s sold-out performance at the Air Canada Centre a rather more straightforward, greatest-hits-oriented affair than the quintet’s last appearance in this town.

Not that that’s a bad thing. If Fleetwood Mac still wants to go out every night and play Rumours top to bottom, more power to it. A few other albums might have surpassed that megalithic 1977 pop smash in sales over the years since Michael Jackson’s Thriller usurped it as the biggest record of all time 30 years ago, but none of them — not Dark Side of the Moon, not Back in Black, not even Thriller itself — is as relentlessly pillaged, track for track (with the exception of maybe “Oh Daddy,” which I kinda feel sorry for), every single day, by classic-rock radio. Nowadays, though, the band no longer has to bound through “Don’t Stop” while politely ignoring the fact that the woman who wrote it isn’t there, and “You Make Loving Fun” and “Songbird” can resume their rightful, triumphant places in the set list.

McVie’s surprise return is, unfortunately, the sole real surprise the On with the Show production has to offer, at least as it was presented on Saturday night. Her presence onstage might herald a “beautiful, profound and poetic new chapter in the Fleetwood Mac story,” as guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham put it at one point — indeed, rumour has it he and McVie are already at work on new material — but at the moment it basically appears to be an excuse to take a fond stroll down memory lane.

Which is fine. It’s a nice stroll. McVie ditties like “Say You Love Me,” “Everywhere” and “Little Lies” are now back in circulation alongside such crowd-pleasing Stevie Nicks-sung staples as “Gold Dust Woman,” “Rhiannon,” “Gypsy” and the agelessly lovely “Landslide,” so Saturday’s two-and-a-half-hour show was a more relentless Fleetwood Mac hit parade than we’ve witnessed in years. There wasn’t a lot of room left to stretch out or get weird while dutifully covering all those bases, however. Oddball favourite Tusk got a passing glance in the form of the title track and Buckingham’s fiery “I Know I’m Not Wrong,” while the ace guitarist presided over a nimble-fingered acoustic deconstruction of “Big Love” and a slightly less successful, kinda-draggy remodelling of “Never Going Back Again” to shake off the usual a little bit. A few more drawn-out jams in the form of the late-set sprawler “I’m So Afraid” would have been welcome nonetheless, since it was those moments — the moments when Fleetwood Mac dug into its material enthusiastically and tore it up like a band doing more than just going through the expected motions — that made the group’s last ACC appearance so memorable. This time around, you tended to get exactly what you thought you were gonna get.

It kept the room in good spirits, anyway. And the band, still early into a 68-date tour that will extend well into 2015, seemed genuinely thrilled to be back in action with McVie at the keyboards. Drummer Mick Fleetwood looked positively gleeful, in fact, when he emerged onstage after the encore in a glittery red top hat to proclaim “The Mac is back!” If Fleetwood Mac is happy, we’re happy. These old dogs might have a few new tricks left in ‘em yet.

The Star


Chart Update: Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks

U.S.A. - October 25
As previously reported... here are the US Album charts for the charts dated October 25th.

#     7 (NEW) Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault
#   83 (164)    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 121 (177)    Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
# 148 (175)    Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

# 5 (NEW) Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault

# 3 (NEW) Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault

# 3  (NEW) Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault

# 10 (New) Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault

#   4 (30)   Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 12 (36)   Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
# 22 (34)   Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of
# 50 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac

CANADA - October 25, 2014
# 29 (NEW) Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault

UK - October 25, 2014
As with most veteran artists, the second week drop on all the album charts is usually substantial and in Stevie's case 24 Karat Gold is not exception with the album dropping to No.56 after debuting at No.14 last week.  Scotland, Austalia and Ireland are showing pretty much the same type of results.

# 56 (14) Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault
# 90 (95) Fleetwood Mac - The very Best Of

SCOTLAND - October 25, 2014
# 40 (12) Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault

AUSTRALIA - October 20, 2014
# 51 (16)  Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault

# 29 (25) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits

#48 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits

IRELAND - October 16, 2014
# 59 (15) Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault
# 61 (57) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

GERMANY - October 17, 2014
New on the German top 100 this week - Stevie's album debuts at No.79

# 69 (NEW)  Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault

BELGIUM - October 18, 2014
# 136 (144)  Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault