Fleetwood Mac sold out Sportpaleis: Energetic adolescents with 42 years experience ****
Almost 30 years ago that it was Fleetwood Mac in Belgium once had stood on a podium. Or at least, the central creative figure version with Lindsey Buckingham. But Wednesday was the day, and was one of the most successful pop groups ever stop at a sold out Sportpaleis. It was worth the wait.
The life of Fleetwood Mac begs to be filmed. Quarrels, adultery, divorce, love triangles, drugs, splits, flops, successful comebacks, using egos clash, and reconciliations in between thirty hits world ... all form part of the DNA from which the group has raised. In 1992 there was a need for U.S. President-elect Bill Clinton as the ¿¿to the classic lineup of Fleetwood Mac to get back together.
Christine McVie did not much later retired for good, but the four others ¿bassist Jon McVie, drummer Mick Fleetwood star, singer Stevie Nicks and, yes, Lindsey Buckingham working together since then, and the group currently touring for the first time in Europe. A new CD is not ( "yet", stressed Buckingham), so the foursome strolled - complemented by three background singers and two musicians - freely by that unbreakable repertoire. Rumors, with 40 million copies still one of the best selling CDs ever, was the focus.
Indeed striking how those numbers succeed time and again to speak to new generations. The start was also the bad sound mix that the first hours or more lateral lying, a little difficult, but with "The Chain" and "Dreams" said the company immediately organized. Stevie Nicks - now 61 and even that is difficult to leg, but still head to toe Gold Dust Woman ¿sang with irresistible, torn from her voice to a lump in your throat is settled, but live you immediately understood why Fleetwood Mac the biggest successes in Buckingham at the helm.
That man ¿sixties, but with the energy of a teenager ¿has it all: excellent songwriter, producer, visionary, and charismatic frontman - yet most of all - an amazing guitarist. The latter was, although no news, yet the most striking of all in Antwerp, where his solos in "I" m So Afraid "and the acoustic" Big Love "of such nature that they were prompt with a standing ovation were invented.
The interaction between Nicks and Buckingham made the set despite supply ¿the group was a small three hours on stage was varied and interesting ¿. Highlights listing is hopeless, but alongside hits such as "Don" t Stop "and" Go Your Own Way "must do" Landslide "are given: acoustic and serene played by Lindsey Buckingham and Nicks in such heart-rending grace sung that way you got tears in his eyes.
Brilliant is a word often used lightly as it is about pop music, but this time was chosen with the greatest caution. Fleetwood Mac plays - 42 years after the group was founded ¿still in first division.
Foto Alex Vanhee