Friday, October 19, 2018

REVIEW Fleetwood Mac Live in Kansas City, MO October 18, 2018

Divorce is no stranger to Fleetwood Mac. The band, founded more than 50 years ago as a British blues ensemble, has survived an inordinate amount of personnel changes and internal turmoil yet remains an unfailing success as an arena band and the object of affection among fans from among at least three generations.

Thursday night, the latest version of Fleetwood Mac visited the Sprint Center.  A crowd in excess of 13,000 attended, knowing from the moment they purchased tickets that one of the band’s most beloved and elemental members had been fired: chief mastermind, Lindsey Buckingham.


Photos by Sprint Center

Back in April, the band announced they’d parted ways with the guitarist/songwriter. Lawyers have since gotten involved and lawsuits have been filed—just more nastiness within a band renowned for estrangements, departures, and internal acrimony.

Nonetheless, the tour, as usual, went on. The band hired two absolute ringers to fill Buckingham’s large shoes: Mike Campbell, lead guitar slinger for the late Tom Petty’s band, the Heartbreakers; and Neil Finn, ace singer-songwriter and guitarist from New Zealand best known for his time in the bands Crowded House and Split Enz.

Despite those top-shelf additions, there was much consternation over how this version of Fleetwood Mac would survive Buckingham’s second departure (he went on “hiatus” from 1987-97).

The answer: just fine, though something definitely was missing.

This six-piece version of Fleetwood Mac (Finn, Campbell, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, and founders John McVie and Mick Fleetwood) was fortified with plenty of backup help: two backup vocalists, a percussionist (perched amid a large drum kit aside Fleetwood), plus a keyboardist and third guitarist, both of whom also delivered vocal harmonies, adding luster and heft to nearly every song.

Buckingham’s absence would not affect the set list much, a point made evident from the very first song, The Chain, a classic from the blockbuster Rumors album that is usually commandeered vocally by Buckingham. Not this time, though, and his absence seemed to matter little to the big, rowdy crowd, which sang along with gusto.

From there, they bounced about from one hit to another: Little Lies, a porcelain pop hit from Christine McVie, to Dreams, a career-defining Nicks song, to Second Hand News, a Buckingham number that Finn handled vocally and which includes the line, “Someone has taken my place.” Zing No 1.

Then Christine McVie delivered an on-point version of Say You Love Me, a timeless and perfect pop hit from the Fleetwood Mac album, now 43 years old. It’s worth noting that there were plenty of fans in attendance who were half the age of that album, even younger. This band keeps growing fans.

One of the points of this tour, evidently, is to honor the Fleetwood Mac heritage and brand by visiting albums and songs that pre-date the Buckingham-Nicks days. So Nicks led the band through a rendition of Black Magic Woman, a song made famous by the band Santana but written and first recorded by Fleetwood Mac alum Peter Green in 1968.

Campbell had no trouble re-creating Carlos Santana’s leads on guitar, and Nicks’ vocals were fine, but this exercise seemed unnecessary: a group with so many hits in its warehouse turning into a cover band playing a classic-rock radio staple.

The rendition of the Danny Kerwin song Tell Me All The Things You Do, a lively but inconsequential rock-blues number, was equally as unsatisfying. Furthermore, they played nothing off the brilliant Tusk album—Buckingham’s crown achievement–which was a significant disappointment.

They gave Finn a couple of big moments in the spotlight that paid off. First, he and Nicks performed the Split Enz new wave classic I Got You. Later, after a gracious introduction from Fleetwood, he serenaded the crowd, with some help from Nicks, with Don’t Dream It’s Over, a Crowded House number that, somewhat surprisingly, prompted a healthy sing-along.

Things got too jammy a few times. Fleetwood’s drum solo during World Turning, as it has for decades, went on too long. And Campbell passed the vocal test during Oh Well, another Peter Green classic, but the prolonged, bluesy instrumental revived memories of jam-band incidents at the Wakarusa Festival

Nicks, still a rock-star heroine, delivered a few of the evening’s biggest and most memorable moments: Rhiannon, Gypsy and Landside, which never fails to turn a bustling arena crowd into a campfire sing-along choir.

They brought the first set to a rip-roaring close with four blockbusters: Monday Morning, which Finn handled with ease, as if he’d written it himself; You Make Loving Fun, another Christine McVie pop tart; Gold Dust Woman, which was appended by an instrumental jam that went on too long; and then, depending on your perspective, a moment of blasphemy or bliss: Finn and Nicks barnstorming through Go Your Own Way, the definitive Buckingham-Nicks breakup song.

As emotional as that was, that was just a warm-up for what ensued. For the first encore, Nicks, stepped up and sang one of Petty’s biggest hits, Free Fallin’. As the crowd roared back the chorus, the video screen behind the band broadcast portraits of Petty with Campbell, other Heartbreakers and Nicks. So bittersweet.

They followed that with another Rumors blockbuster, Don’t Stop, which could easily be interpreted as a missive to Buckingham’s absence: Yesterday’s gone; don’t you look back.

There was no misinterpreting the closer, however: a lesser-known Christine McVie song from the Time album that she performed with Nicks called All Over Again. It’s an elegy for a fractured romance, a declaration that all was over, but there were no regrets: “I have to let you go” but “in spite of the heartaches … I’d do it all over again.”

It ended the evening perfectly. For amid all the prevailing joy and warm reconnections to longtime favorite songs, there was also in the air a wistful sense that something profound was missing, but life was moving on.

SETLIST
The Chain; Little Lies; Dreams; Second Hand News; Say You Love Me; Black Magic Woman; Everywhere; I Got You; Rhiannon; Tell Me All The Things You Do; World Turning; Gypsy; Oh Well; Don’t Dream It’s Over; Landslide; Isn’t It Midnight; Monday Morning; You Make Loving Fun; Gold Dust Woman; Go Your Own Way. Encore: Free Fallin’; Don’t Stop; All Over Again.

Side note: Gypy was added to the set, Hypnotized and Storms still out.

by TIMOTHY FINN
InKansasCity.com



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REVIEW Fleetwood Mac Live in Indianapolis, IN October 16, 2018

Review: Fleetwood Mac at Bankers Life
Iconic band impresses with Buckingham-less lineup
by Seth Johnson
Music Editor Nuvo.net


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by Haley Ward

Few bands have a history as interesting as Fleetwood Mac.

The band’s current tour marks yet another chapter of intrigue, as Lindsey Buckingham is no longer in the lineup. In his absence, Fleetwood Mac is digging back into their 50-year-old catalog with the help of Mike Campbell on guitar and Neil Finn on rhythm guitar/vocals. Together, the star-studded pairing did a more than adequate job of filling in for Buckingham at their show in Indy, while also adding a bit of their own flavor to the band’s age-old classics.

Fleetwood Mac stopped by Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the seventh show of their current Buckingham-less tour on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The band kicked things off with a bang, opening the set with the 1977 Rumours standby “The Chain.” This was followed by their ‘80s-tastic single “Little Lies” and the eternal Rumours hit “Dreams.”

Throughout the set, Fleetwood Mac intermingled some older Peter Green-era material into the mix. This was capped off with “Black Magic Woman,” with Stevie Nicks mentioning how Fleetwood Mac was the real band responsible for the rock ’n’ roll staple. Another Peter Green-inspired highlight included a raucous rendition of 1969’s “Oh Well,” with Campbell excitedly leading the way on vocals and guitar for the song. This decision from the band made perfect sense, being that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were also known for covering the Fleetwood Mac throwback from time to time.

Over the course of the evening, Fleetwood Mac made sure to honor the past work of both of Campbell and Finn. In Finn’s case, this included covers of “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House and “I Got You” by Split Enz. As for Campbell, Nicks led the band in a tear-jerking cover of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Free Fallin’,” as images of Petty showed on the big screen.

To close out the evening, McVie and Nicks sang the 1995 Fleetwood Mac song “All Over Again” in unison. After the whole band had taken its final bow, drummer Mick Fleetwood stuck around to thank fans one final time. Before sending them off into the streets of Downtown Indy, the always-exuberant Fleetwood urged the remains crowd to be kind to one another in the “increasingly strange world we seem to be living in.”

The message was delightful to hear and one that would have certainly made Tom Petty himself proud.



REVIEW Fleetwood Mac Live in Indianapolis, IN October 16, 2018

5 ways Fleetwood Mac gave Indianapolis a career overview plus a bit of Tom Petty closure
David Lindquist,
Indianapolis Star



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by Robert Scheer/IndyStar

Fleetwood Mac was a blues-rock act of some renown before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the band in 1974.

Featuring vocalist-guitarist Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac crafted "Black Magic Woman" (later a signature hit for Santana) and "Oh Well" (a scorched-earth jam Tom Petty frequently covered).

The band played "Black Magic Woman," "Oh Well" and a wealth of hits from the Buckingham-Nicks era Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, giving a packed house the long view of Fleetwood Mac's 51-year career.

Green left the lineup in 1970 and vocalist-guitarist Buckingham was disinvited to participate in Fleetwood Mac activities six months before the current tour launched two weeks ago in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Buckingham absence is awkward at best (he sued the band for $12 million), but the rock 'n' roll professionals of Fleetwood Mac aren't limping toward the finish line — or bank — without him. The group reloaded with vocalist Neil Finn (of Crowded House) and guitarist Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers).

If listeners are willing to buy into the idea of the Fleetwood Mac brand being bigger than any one member, the new-look lineup is a formidable crew that masters the spectrum from Christine McVie's delicate pop to the darkened-corner raunch Green left behind.

(History shows Fleetwood Mac has soldiered on after Buckingham, Nicks and Christine McVie dropped out at various times. Campbell told Tuesday's audience Fleetwood Mac would cease to exist, however, without drummer Mick Fleetwood).

Check out five ways Fleetwood Mac framed its performance as a career overview and also gave Indianapolis a measure of closure following Petty's 2017 death:

1. This feels familiar
The band signaled its "all for one" approach during opening number "The Chain," when a large video screen was divided into six equal parts showing Nicks, Fleetwood, Finn, Campbell, Christine McVie and bass player John McVie. The song's middle section featured a spotlight on Fleetwood and John McVie, a bit of "fan service" in the tradition of modern "Star Wars" films that give viewers familiar and comforting scenes. The band is named for Fleetwood and McVie, who have played music together since a stint in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in 1967.

Finn's voice rang true as a substitute for Buckingham's on "The Chain," while Campbell's first guitar solo of the night was relatively subdued. "The Chain" stands as an archetype of Buckingham's dual-threat abilities.

Later, Christine McVie's vocals on "You Make Loving Fun" represented a '70s FM radio flashback with Campbell sailing a melodic single-line solo high above the fray. And countless smartphones sprang into action to document "Rhiannon" — a Nicks highlight accented by Fleetwood's earthy percussion at the song's conclusion.

2. Last dance with TP
It’s difficult to overstate the presence of Tom Petty in Tuesday’s show. Indianapolis music fans, who somehow never completely warmed to Bruce Springsteen and have grown fickle even toward Hoosier Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp, absolutely loved Petty.

“We have an Indiana crowd on an Indiana night,” Campbell said Tuesday to thunderous cheers. He took vocal duties on “Oh Well,” and Nicks — who collaborated with Petty on the songs “Stop Draggin' My Heart Around,” “Insider,” "I Will Run to You" and a cover of Jackie DeShannon's “Needles and Pins” — sang a rendition of “Free Fallin’ ” to begin the show’s encore.

Although it would be easy to pick a more imaginative and/or rewarding song for this tribute, the series of photos featuring Petty, Nicks and Campbell on the video screen added up to an emotional wallop.

3. ‘Songbird’ Christine
Introduced by Fleetwood as the band's "songbird," Christine McVie aced a rendition of "Everywhere." The 1987 song is an example of her breezy, bittersweet sensibility that thrived without conforming to pop trends. She paid tribute to late Fleetwood Mac member Danny Kirwan with his "Tell Me All the Things You Do," a 1970 tie-dye jam that found Campbell dueling with Christine's keyboard to great roadhouse effect.

4. ‘Eternal romantic’ Nicks
Introduced by Fleetwood as the band's "eternal romantic," Nicks brought down the house with "Gold Dust Woman." With a giant voice casting its spell, this was Nicks mythology in the flesh. "Black Magic Woman," meanwhile, may be the great missed opportunity across decades of Fleetwood Mac performances. Admitting she previously assumed Carlos Santana wrote the song, Nicks then inhabited "Black Magic Woman" with the gusto she brings to witchy roles in TV shows created by Indianapolis native Ryan Murphy.

5. The ‘new guys’
Here's where we tackle the "How do they sound without Buckingham?" question. On guitar, Campbell vs. Buckingham is a matter of personal preference. Campbell gravitates to a muscular, more conventional rock style when compared to Buckingham's acoustic-meets-electric tone. Either way, Campbell's performance on "Go Your Own Way" in Indianapolis was one for the ages. Finn's vocals may be a bigger challenge for Buckingham loyalists to accept. He can't summon years of love/hate chemistry with Nicks because it didn't happen. To his credit, Finn attacked "Second Hand News" with rapid skiffle pacing, and his Down Under roots elevated "World Turning" into an Outback hootenanny.

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Side Note: Hypnotized and Storms were dropped from the set with no replacement.

Monday, October 15, 2018

REVIEW Fleetwood Mac Live in Des Moines October 14, 2018

Behind new members, Fleetwood Mac haunts a snowy Des Moines with a night of hits

Photo: Reese Strickland (View Gallery)
by: Matthew Leimkuehler,
Des Moines Register

A thump on the kick drum lurches a restless audience to its feet. A light jingle on the wind chime sends hands flying in celebration.

An opening twang on the guitar and a sweltering, unified scream washes away thoughts of the outside world.

Harmonized vocals fill the room and the ride begins.
Behind new members, Fleetwood Mac haunts a snowy Des Moines with a night of hits
Matthew Leimkuehler, Des Moines Register

A thump on the kick drum lurches a restless audience to its feet. A light jingle on the wind chime sends hands flying in celebration.

An opening twang on the guitar and a sweltering, unified scream washes away thoughts of the outside world.

Harmonized vocals fill the room and the ride begins.

“Listen to the wind blow, watch the sun rise …”

It’s “The Chain,” the first of a 24-song set from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Fleetwood Mac, playing Des Moines for the first time since 2015. An estimated 10,000 journeyed through spitting October snow to see the famed outfit perform at Wells Fargo Arena, Iowa’s largest indoor stage.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

REVIEWS Fleetwood Mac Live in Lincoln, NE October 12, 2018

Little different sound, same Fleetwood Mac



Live Daily Times

Yes, Fleetwood Mac sounds different with Mike Campbell on guitar and Neil Finn replacing Lindsey Buckingham as the primary male vocalist.

But, with its classic catalog and the core quartet of Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and the 50-year rhythm section of bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood intact, the Mac endures.

That was apparent almost from the instant Fleetwood hit his kick drum to kick off "The Chain," the first of the 24 songs in Fleetwood Mac's nearly 2 1/2-hour show Friday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Campbell's bluesy/jangly guitar - instantly identifiable from his work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - gave familiar Mac classics such as "Say You Love Me" a fresh, appealing feel and texture.

And Finn, of Crowded House and Split Enz, is a fine, distinctive from Buckingham-voiced singer, both while harmonizing and taking the lead, which he did for the first time on "Second Hand News."

As promised by Fleetwood when I spoke with him last month, came the first of the songs that revisited early Fleetwood Mac - the Nicks-sung, Peter Green-penned, bluesy "Black Magic Woman" from 1968 that Santana later made a hit.

From 1969 came Green's "Oh Well," with Campbell rock 'n' rolling it up on guitar and his Florida-accented vocal.

The 1970s provided the rhythmic rocking "Tell Me All The Things You Do," written by Danny Kirwan, sung by McVie (who struggled a bit with pitch throughout the night), and 1973, the smoky, Bob Welch-written "Hypnotized," sung well by Finn.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

REVIEW Why losing Lindsey Buckingham will haunt Fleetwood Mac for years

Why losing Lindsey Buckingham will haunt Fleetwood Mac for years
By JIM HARRINGTON
The Mercury News
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SAN FRANCISCO — Lindsey Buckingham is definitely still on top of his game — even though the game has changed for this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Most notably, the man standing before us on Oct. 9 at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts Theatre is no longer a member of Fleetwood Mac. He was fired from that band in April for convoluted reasons that might, possibly, maybe have something to do with Buckingham not wanting to tour with Mac this year.

Perhaps.

Whatever the back story — which is apparently as complicated as pretty much everything else about Fleetwood Mac — the result is that Buckingham is now a full-time solo artist playing intimate theaters, instead of the big sports arenas.

And the change seems to suit him very well.

The Bay Area native’s sold-out show at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, which holds just under 1,000 people, served as a brilliant summary of all that Fleetwood Mac lost with Buckingham’s departure. He sounded great on vocals and even better on guitar, as he thoughtfully and skillfully moved through ballads, mid-tempo numbers and real rockers.

Sure, Fleetwood Mac has lined up some pretty amazing replacements — including Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fame, and Neil Finn of Crowded House — for its upcoming tour, which touches down Nov. 21 at San Jose’s SAP Center, Nov. 23 at Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center and Nov. 24 at Oakland’s Oracle Arena. (See www.ticketmaster.com for more information on those shows.)

But there’s no real replacing Buckingham, not when it comes to Fleetwood Mac. There’s just something about his sheer musical intensity, especially on the frets, that lifts that band up to places it could never have originally reached without him. And the firing of Buckingham — who grew up in Atherton — will likely haunt Fleetwood Mac for years to come.

Backed by a solid four-piece band, the singer-songwriter-guitarist came to town in support of the generous new career retrospective, “Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham,” released by the Rhino Records label.

Like the “Anthology” itself, the nearly 2-hour set was a real treat for big Buckingham fans, covering a broad range of material and including many tunes that the star hasn’t regularly played in recent years. There were a few rough edges to the performance, which shouldn’t surprise anyone since this was only the second show of the tour, but they really didn’t detract much from the overall enjoyment of the 21-song show.

He opened the show with “Don’t Look Down,” one of a half-dozen numbers chosen from his third solo album, 1992’s “Out of the Cradle,” and then followed with strong takes on “Go Insane” and the rarity “Surrender the Rain.”

Some of the best moments of the night came during a solo spotlight, as the rest of the band left the stage and the star of the evening finger-picked his way through stellar versions of “Shut Us Down” and the Fleetwood Mac tunes “Never Going Back Again” and “Big Love.” Buckingham’s playing was jaw-dropping, somehow making his one guitar sound like three as he knitted through one complex rhythm after another.

Of course, the Fleetwood Mac numbers drew big reactions from the crowd, but his solo material held up quite nicely in the mix as well.

The main set closed with a flurry of highlights, starting with “Holiday Road,” the catchy theme to the Chevy Chase vehicle, “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” and then continuing through three straight Fleetwood Mac offerings — “Tusk,” “I’m So Afraid” and “Go Your Own Way.”

It was Buckingham’s second appearance in San Francisco in a five-day period. He also took the stage during Chris Thile’s set at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park on Oct. 5.


Set list:
1. “Don’t Look Down”
2. “Go Insane”
3. “Surrender the Rain”
4. “Not Too Late”
5. “Doing What I Can”
6. “Trouble”
7. “I Must Go”
8. “Street of Dreams”
9. “Shut Us Down”
10. “Never Going Back Again”
11. “Big Love”
12. “In Our Own Time”
13. “Slow Dancing”
14. “Soul Drifter”
15. “Holiday Road”
16. “Tusk”
17. “I’m So Afraid”
18. “Go Your Own Way”
Encore:
19. “Turn It On”
20. “Down on Rodeo”
21. “Treason”

Friday, October 12, 2018

REVIEW Lindsey Buckingham Live in San Francisco Oct 9, 2018

San Francisco greets Lindsey Buckingham with a heart-warming reception at his sold out show
MUSIC JUNKIE PRESS



You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful night as Lindsey Buckingham returned to San Francisco for a stop on his solo tour. It was the second night of his North American Tour in support of his Solo Anthology and to catch him on his hometown show was a special treat.  The show was held at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre which is the perfect venue to capture the energy and charisma that Lindsey and his band brings to the stage.

The night kicked off with an entertaining set from Nairobi folk artist J.S. Ondara. He is set to release his first album and entertained the crowd with his new songs. A true highlight was when he put down his guitar and delivered a commanding acapella performance that brought cheers from the crowd.

The crowd was anxiously awaiting the arrival of Lindsey Buckingham and when he hit the stage, he was greeted with a standing ovation, one of many throughout the night.  The enthusiasm grew with each song as he performed a variety of his songs as well as a few Fleetwood Mac hits.  Lindsey’s incendiary performance was one that will not be forgotten. Whether it is his impeccable guitar playing or his embracing voice that drew you in, you were kept in awe from start to finish.

The band flowed with precision and delivered an unwavering passion for the music. Lindsey took to performing several songs on his own and the crowd cheered in appreciation with more standing ovations. The fans sang along, danced in the aisles and had their hearts filled with the gift of music. It was an absolute magical evening. Check out some photos of the night by our Rockin Ryan: HERE






Fleetwood Mac Strongly Disputes Lindsey Buckingham's Allegations in Lawsuit


Fleetwood Mac issued a new statement today, saying,
"Fleetwood Mac strongly disputes the allegations presented in Mr. Buckingham’s complaint and looks forward to their day in court.  The band has retained Dan Petrocelli to handle the case."
Read the 28 page court filing at Rollingstone

Photos: Fleetwood Mac Live in Louisville, KY October 10, 2018

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