Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fleetwood Mac Live in Las Vegas at MGM Grand - December 30, 2013 Tickets on Sale Aug 3rd

Fleetwood Mac, one of rock's most enduring, beloved and successful bands, will close out 2013 with a special, end-of-the-year concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Monday, Dec. 30. The show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

Tickets priced at $99.50, $149.50 and $224.50, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Saturday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. and are available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith's Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at or

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Onsale to General Public
Start: Sat, 08/03/13 10:00 AM PDT

Ticket Prices:
US $99.50 Ticket + US $11.15 Fees = US $110.65
US $224.50 Ticket + US $16.70 Fees = US $241.20

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Fleetwood Mac also have a gig booked for New Years Eve... but it's a private show... Location unknown at this point.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Fleetwood Mac POLLSTAR Box Office Numbers Updated PLUS Albums Charts

POLL STAR Box Office Numbers Updated:
Four new Fleetwood Mac dates with box office ticket sales info added to the Tour Stats list.  Saint Paul, MN, Las Vegas, NV, Phoenix, AZ and Houston, TX.

Fleetwood Mac Rank No.4
Pollstar ranks each artist by its average boxoffice gross per city in North America - based on data reports submitted within the last 3 months. This listing is up to August 3, 2013.

Albums Charting Around The World
Three Fleetwood Mac Albums that consistently sell around the world, or at least enough to make the charts are Rumours, Greatest Hits and The Very Best Of.  Below a snapshot of how they are doing this week. Australia once again this week appears to have the greatest activity in terms of albums charting on the main charts.

U.S.A. - August 3, 2013
Fleetwood Mac's "Greatest Hits" re-enters the Top 200 Albums Chart this week.

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

AUSTRALIA - July 29, 2013
4 Albums remain on the Top 100 Albums Chart in Australia. Not a lot of movement vs last week except for "25 Years The Chain" drops out of the Top 10 to #15.  On the Top 50 Catalogue Chart "25 Years The Chain" gives up it's #1 spot and settles into the #2 spot.

# 15 (7)   Fleetwood Mac - 25 Years The Chain (boxset)
# 75 (64) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
# 88 (79) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 95 (91) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

#   2 (1)   Fleetwood Mac - 25 Years The Chain (boxset)
# 14 (10) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
# 22 (16) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 27 (22) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

#  6  (7)   Fleetwood Mac - The Dance
# 30 (28) Fleetwood Mac - Tango In The Night

# 33 (27) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits

New Zealand, UK, Scotland and Ireland below

Friday, July 26, 2013

[Audio] Bret talks with Lindsey Buckingham

Bret Saunders of KBCO 97.3 Denver interviews Lindsey ahead of the Denver Fleetwood Mac show.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fleetwood Mac have 4 Albums on the Top 100 Albums Chart in Australia this week. New Peak For Boxset

Fleetwood Mac Albums, singles and DVD's charting worldwide.

AUSTRALIA - July 22, 2013
Strong showing this week in Australia for Fleetwood Mac albums with 4 titles sitting in the Top 100.  25 Years The Chain leads the way and reaches a new peak position this week moving into the Top 10 at #7, up from #17 last week. The boxset also hits #1 for the first time on the Top 50 Catalogue Chart. What's likely boosting it's numbers on the charts is the option to receive the 4CD boxset when you buy a concert ticket. Three other albums also move up slightly this week on the Top 100 with Greatest Hits in the lead with a 14 place jump to #50.  Rumours and The Very Best Of also make slight gains over last week. On the DVD Chart the Rumours: Classic Albums documentary re-enters at #31.

#   7 (17) Fleetwood Mac - 25 Years The Chain (boxset)
# 50 (64) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
# 70 (79) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 90 (91) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

# 1  (2)  Fleetwood Mac - 25 Years The Chain (boxset)
# 10 (8)  Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
# 16 (15) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 22 (24) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

# 7  (7)  Fleetwood Mac - The Dance
# 28 (40) Fleetwood Mac - Tango In The Night
# 31 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours: Classic Albums

# 27 (17) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits

New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Scotland and Canada below

New Seats Released for Fleetwood Mac Live in Amsterdam Oct 7th & 26th

The Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam just released additional seating for both the October 7th and 26th Fleetwood Mac shows... Seats are on the extreme side of the stage on either side of the venue.  

Ticket price: 71.50 EUR(incl. 6.50 EUR servicekosten)

Was je net te laat met het kopen van kaarten voor ‪#‎FleetwoodMac‬ in de ‪#‎ZiggoDome‬? Grijp dan om 12:00u je kans om Fleetwood Mac live te zien en te horen!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Fleetwood Mac Producer Ken Caillat Possibly Prepping "Tusk" book... Looking for Photos.

Ken Caillat posted on the "Rumours (the book)" Facebook page the following message.

"In preparation for my possible Tusk book, I trying to find as many pics from the tusk era of the band in or out of the studio, in restaurants, partying, etc. if you have them and we use them we'll pay for them!!" 

Ken wrote a book the Making of Rumours that came out in April, 2012 to coincide with the 35th Anniversary of the album... and looks to be prepping to do the same on "Tusk"...

Curious... with Tusk being a double album, will the book be double the size?

Check out Rumours (the book) on Facebook

Tour Stats Update: Fleetwood Mac Live 2013

Los Angles - July 3, 2013 added to the list of published concert stats for Fleetwood Mac.

As previously reported, Fleetwood Mac landed at No.3 on Pollstars Mid-Year Charts and No.9 for the world racking in 58.1 million from 42 shows in 42 cities playing to over half a million fans.. 

The Royal Philharmonic Reinterprets Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" Feat. Peter Frampton

New Release: July 16, 2013 

One of the world's most storied and esteemed orchestras, The Royal Philharmonic, continues its bold, symphonic reinterpretations of contemporary rock music, this time revisiting the '70s melodic rock favorite Rumours by Fleetwood Mac in its entirety. 

Recorded at the historic Abbey Road studios, this release marks the first time the RPO have taken on an entire album, from opening note to closing refrain. 

The roughly 50+ musicians who comprise the orchestra were aided in their quest by the guiding hands of arrangers James Graydon and Richard Cottle as well as very special guest appearances by the legendary Peter Frampton and steel guitarist Sarah Jory.

1. Second Hand News
2. Dreams
3. Never Going Back Again
4. Don't Stop
5. Go Your Own Way
6. Songbird
7. The Chain
8. You Make Loving Fun
9. I Don't Want To Know
10. Oh Daddy
11. Gold Dust Woman feat. Peter Frampton

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Review | Videos: Fleetwood Mac Live in Sacramento by Rock Subculture

Fleetwood Mac at Sleep Train Arena Sacramento, California 
July 6, 2013 (Concert Review)
By Jason Debord

It isn’t often that real, genuine rock and roll legends come into my hometown of Sacramento to perform in concert, but after last night’s Fleetwood Mac show at Sleep Train Arena, they’ve set the bar quite high for any act to follow.  Have loved this band since I was a kid, but have never seen them live, so this was an eagerly anticipated show for me.  I did see Lindsey Buckingham on his own last year, and Stevie Nicks with Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players earlier this year, so have had bursts of greatness, which really fed my desire to see them together as Fleetwood Mac even more.  As amazing as those other performances had been, they did not prepare me for the magic of having their best line-up (unfortunately sans Christine McVie) on stage together.  I think it cements Lindsey Buckingham as the true rock God of the 70s/80s generation and Stevie Nicks, fittingly, as the rock Goddess.  Mick Fleetwood is like Zeus (or maybe a mad pirate), with twin balls hanging (in a dangling/dancing sort of way) from his belt.  John McVie is content to leave center stage to the others, throwing down his bassline and keeping everything on the tracks as much as possible.  This is a band who know who they are, and haven’t strayed from their identity in sound or fashion.  What really hit home is how much they appreciate their fans, which was expressed not just in the performance but in eloquent statements from Nicks and Fleetwood to close out the show, calling us their “Dreamcatchers”, and really articulating the music fan/musician dynamic better than I’ve ever heard before.  This date closed out the U.S. leg of their tour, and certainly inspires one to start following them around Europe later this year…

Continue to the full review + A LOT OF GREAT PHOTOS from the show


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Monday, July 15, 2013

VIP Tickets: Meet Mick Fleetwood, See Fleetwood Mac Live 1st 5 Rows in Europe, Australia and New Zealand

Great opportunity... A unique opportunity to not only see the band from within the first 5 rows... but to also get up on that Fleetwood Mac stage and meet MICK FLEETWOOD!  You will never forget this day... promise!  It may seem like it's a bit costly, but when you consider the cost of just a regular ticket in a fairly decent seat and weigh it against what is on offer here... this is actually a really great bargain.  Even if you are not all that excited to meet Mick, which I assure you will as the date draws closer, you come away with a guaranteed great seat in the house, on the floor, up front!

VIP Tickets are still available for Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Go get'em! at

Mick Fleetwood VIP Meet and Greet Experience
- Ticket in First 5 Rows $425 | Ticket in First 20 Rows $375
- VIP Entry to Venue
- VIP Host for the Evening
- Meet & Greet with Mick Fleetwood
- VIP Q&A with Mick Fleetwood onstage at his Drum Kit
- Personal Photo with Mick Fleetwood
- Mick Fleetwood VIP Laminate

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Album Charts | Sales Update: Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks PLUS New Peak Position in Australia

U.S.A. - July 20, 2013
No Fleetwood Mac albums this week hit the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, but the band, including Stevie Nicks are all over the Top 200 Catalogue Chart.  Stevie makes an appearance this week after a long absence with Crystal Visions.

"Rumours" moves up 4 spots to #54 on a 16% sales increase. Units sold for the sales week ending July 7 = 2,320 vs 2,002 the previous week. Total U.S. sales since November, 1991 = 3,206,888.

"The Very Best of" moves down to #84 this week even though unit sales are up for the week with a total of 1,944 vs 1,801 the previous week when it stood at #79. Total U.S. sales since it's release in 2002 = 1,584,365. This album is due to be recertified 3X Platinum in the U.S..

"Greatest Hits" moves up to #86 this week from #96 selling 12% more or 1,917 units vs 1,709 the previous
week. Total U.S. sales since November, 1991 = 4,671,658.

"Fleetwood Mac" the 1975 white album which turns 38 this month shifted 1,693 units in the U.S. this past week up 12% and up to #115 from #122 last week where it sold 1,514 units. Total U.S. sales since November, 1991 = 935,547.

"Crystal Visions... The Very Best of Stevie Nicks" re-enters the the Top 200 Catalogue Albums Chart with sales for the week of 1,570 vs 1,000 units the previous week. Total U.S sales since it's release in 2007 = 467,754.

Top 200 Catalogue Albums Chart
# 54 (58)    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 84 (79)    Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of
# 86 (96)    Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
#115 (122) Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac
#139 (R/E) Stevie Nicks  - Crystal Vision: The Very Best of Stevie Nicks

See below for UK, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand Charts.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Fleetwood Mac Tour Lands at No.3 on Pollstar Mid-Year Charts and No.9 For The World

North America and World Wide Tour Stats published by Pollstar for the first half of 2013 have Fleetwood Mac coming in at No.3 in North America and at No.9 for the world.

Fleetwood Mac appearing in the third position on Pollstar’s mid-year North American Tours  reminds us that the band’s absence from the concert stage only fueled fans’ desires to hear those classic songs performed live one more time.  Scoring a total gross of $58.1 million during the first six months of the year, the band played 42 shows in 42 cities with an average ticket price of $107.80, resulting in an average per-show gross of $1,383,333.  Check out Pollstar for the full listing of North America and Worldwide Tour stats

Below is an updated list of published individual dates reported to Pollstar for Fleetwood Mac's 2013 tour.
New to this list: Ottawa and Edmonton, Canada; North Little Rock, AR. and San Jose, CA.

Stevie Nicks Recalls Four Decades of Torture and Triumph

Sydney Morning Herald - July 13, 2013
Jada Yuan's fantastic article on Stevie that originally ran June 17, 2013 in New York Magazine titled "Stevie Nicks, the Fairy Godmother of Rock" was picked up by the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia and ran in their Good Weekend magazine Saturday, July 13th.  

Great article on Stevie!  If you haven't read it check it out at Vulture

Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac meets with students enrolled in USC's pop music program

USC Music School Teaches the Art of Making a Pop Hit
Photo from January 13, 2013 when Lindsey spoke at the USC Pop Music Forum
Full Story HERE

Friday, July 12, 2013

Happy Birthday to former Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter-keyboardist Christine McVie!

The amazing Christine McVie turns 70 today! 
All the best Christine on this momentous occasion! 
Although you decided long ago to call it a day as an active member of Fleetwood Mac, fans the world over miss you and still consider you to be a part of the group.  

Everyone is hoping you make an appearance later this year when Fleetwood Mac plays London.

Above photos of Christine taken at the 2013 Ivor Novello awards held at the 
Grosvenor House Hotel, London May 16, 2013.
Handbag by Stella McCartney

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The front lady of Fleetwood Mac comes alive yet again with her "Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams"

There isn’t anyone on the planet that hasn’t heard a Fleetwood Mac song, right? Dreams? Rumours? Yes? Well the front lady of one of the greatest bands of the last century comes alive yet again with her " Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams " let’s call it ’reality’ movie. In the vein of showing the behind-the-scenes, everything including guts and gore, the fans of aging rock stars want to either read their grotesque memoirs or see a rockumentary where their heroes reveal everything about their creative process.... and some more.

And the latest Stevie Nicks album, on which this film is based, with hits like "Secret Love" with its soft groans and "Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream)" acting as a the zeitgeist’s trance and a hopeful "You May Be The One" feels just right for this older, stronger so-called white-winged dove.

As the cameras follow the gypsy-like singer around her home with documentarian Dave Stewart (from Eurythmics fame) and crew, you realize just how talented and beautiful this Phoenix-born singer truly is. Forget the awards especially the eight Grammy nominations (holding the record for most nominations for Best Female Rock Vocal without a win), the various hit singles, the fact that she slept with practically the whole band, the hysterical witchcraft allegations, the signature shawls and capes - the genius comes in the quieter moments where she wants to get her artistry just right. And she does that like a tight ropewalker above the clouds.

Purchase, then download or stream: "Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams" $9.99

by Daniel Scheffler
EDGE Contributor

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac Live in Sacramento... The end of the line.

JULY 6, 2013

Fleetwood Mac takes America once again
by Patricia Willers

Photos by Barry Wisdom - Check out more photos here

On tour for the first time in three years, Fleetwood Mac played Sleep Train Arena Saturday night, and it is now safe to say they made up for their cancelled show four years ago. Sacramento was the last stop in the U.S., so the group was ready for a much-needed break, and this fueled them to play a great show. Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham played for almost three hours, even after starting the show a little late. At the end of the show and after two encores, Nicks and Fleetwood remained onstage and spoke, both loquaciously grateful to their lifetime fans. Those in the crowd were just as appreciative to have another chance to hear such a classic group from their past.

To start the show, Buckingham and Nicks walked out onto the stage hand-in-hand, much to the delight of the audience. Everyone looked happy to be on stage performing again, and Buckingham even went as far as to vocalize it.

“…It appears that there are still quite a few chapters left in the book of Fleetwood Mac!”

Continue to the full review


WIN Tickets to Fleetwood Mac Sept 27th - London. Open To All Globally

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Gold Dust Woman "the perfect atmosphere for Stevie Nicks, who weaved a spell on the audience with her hypnotic vocal"

JULY 5, 2013

By Tim McPhate

"But time makes you bolder/Children get older/I'm getting older, too," Stevie Nicks gently sang during "Landslide" as a stoic Lindsey Buckingham plucked the song's familiar acoustic guitar accompaniment. On July 5 at Viejas Arena in San Diego, this particular Fleetwood Mac classic seemed to take on added meaning with each band member now north of age 60.

Despite the sobering reality of human mortality, the music of Fleetwood Mac stood timeless on this breezy summer evening as attendees swooned and sang along for the balance of a two-hour-plus set adorned with plenty of soft-rock jewels.

Right out of the gate, the quartet — Buckingham, Nicks, drummer Mick Fleetwood, and bassist John McVie — brandished three selections from their 1977 GRAMMY-winning opus, Rumours: "Second Hand News," "The Chain" and "Dreams." "Listen carefully to the sound of your loneliness, like a heartbeat," Nicks sang with a fiery urgency during "Dreams," the painful tale of the long-ago demise of her and Buckingham's explosive relationship.

Buckingham countered with plenty of his own sparks throughout the evening. The energetic musical maverick showed a complete command of his instrument, whether wielding delicate chordal sequences, summoning haunting melodies, strumming relentlessly, or losing himself in a chasm of improvisation on songs such as "I'm So Afraid" from 1975's Fleetwood Mac. Solo performances such as the bombastic "Big Love" and the rubato-styled "Never Going Back Again" provided shining examples of his quirky songwriting sensibility and impressive fingerstyle technique.

Dressed in all black, Nicks swirled and twirled gracefully across the stage, her distinctive voice filling the arena during songs such as "Rhiannon," "Sisters Of The Moon" and "Gypsy." Following a seductive performance of "Sara," the last of four numbers from 1979's Tusk, Nicks and Buckingham shared a warm embrace, one of the many outward signs of affection the two former lovers displayed onstage.

Not content to rely on their hits, the band also drew two songs from their recently released Extended Play EP, including "Sad Angel," a crisp Buckingham/Nicks duet with a melody befitting the song's title.

While Buckingham and Nicks exuded the star power, the understated duo of McVie and Fleetwood provided the rhythmic foundation with the precision of a finely tuned timepiece. The band also benefited from a troupe of four musicians who added instrumentation, background vocals and an extra layer of depth. (They were also perhaps a tacit reminder of the chair vacated by the angelic-voiced Christine McVie.)

The entire ensemble climaxed during a 10-minute-plus performance of Rumours' epic final track, "Gold Dust Woman." A sea of rich gold lighting enveloped the stage as Fleetwood's tribal beat, McVie's thundering bass and Buckingham's spooky harmonic framework created the perfect atmosphere for Nicks, who weaved a spell on the audience with her hypnotic vocal.

Love how she incorporates, by title and I'm sure by theme, the song "You Can't Fix This"
Thanks Jamie for capturing this!

Fleetwood Mac were welcomed back for no less than four emotional encore performances, including the upbeat "Don't Stop," the lovely yet mournful "Silver Springs" and the melancholy "Say Goodbye," a gem from 2003's Say You Will. The band members appeared genuinely moved by the audience's constant shower of adoration. In particular, Nicks thanked attendees for their support as she announced this concert was the penultimate date of their U.S. tour, which began in April.

"There are still quite a few chapters left in the book of Fleetwood Mac," Buckingham later added, as if to stave off the palpable bittersweet sense in the room.

Finally, the specter of mortality had seemingly all but evaporated when Fleetwood exclaimed before leaving the stage, "The Mac is back!"


Review: Fleetwood Mac Live in San Diego

Fleetwood Mac steamrolls Viejas Arena: Vicious ‘Rumours’

Concert reviews generally don’t write themselves. But what better time to let go of the wheel than a surefire, fired-up, three-hour detonation from a group of million-record-selling, Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famers?

But the problem with any spontaneously combusted recap of Fleetwood Mac’s July 5 Viejas Arena show is that it would focus entirely on the band’s earth-shaping popular music – Stevie Nicks’ whimsically whisky-voiced rendering of their “all-world” chart-topper, “Dreams,” or her equally splendid delivery of the spellbindingly lyrical “Gypsy” for instance.

Oh, it might mention the full-throated, 13,000-member backing choir that the Mac brought with them to sing every word on Lindsey Buckingham’s crackling masterpiece “Go Your Own Way” and the musical equivalent of the optimist’s creed, “Don’t Stop.”

Continue to the full article


Sunday, July 07, 2013

Fleetwood Mac: Album Charts PLUS Concert Tour Stats Update

1977's Rumours, 1988's Greatest Hits and 2002's The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac seem to be the three "go to" albums for Fleetwood Mac fans either just discovering the band or from fans with renewed interest in the band brought on by the 2013 tour. Below is a snapshot of some of the charts around the world where Fleetwood Mac is making an impact.

U.S.A. - July 13, 2013 
In the U.S., Rumours drops off Billboards Top 200 Albums chart completely this week but remains on the Top 200 Catalogue Chart along with 3 other titles moving down to #58 from #12 last week with a decline in sales of 44%.  Sales in the U.S. for the week ending June 30th were 2,002 units vs 3,604 the previous week. Total U.S. sales since November, 1991 = 3,204,568.

The Very Best Of also moves down slightly on the Top 200 Catalogue Chart with sales for the week of 1,801 units vs 1,909 the previous week. Total U.S. sales since 2002 = 1,582,421.

Greatest Hits moves down to #96 this week from #87 last week with sales of 1,709 vs 1,828 the previous week with sales in the U.S. since November, 1991 = 4,669,741.

Fleetwood Mac's 1975 white album moves down to #122 from #115 with sales of 1,514 vs 1,591 the previous week. Total U.S. sales since November, 1991 = 933,854.

# 58 (12)    Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"
# 79 (72)    Fleetwood Mac "The Very Best Of"
# 96 (87)    Fleetwood Mac "Greatest Hits"
#122 (115) Fleetwood Mac "Fleetwood Mac"

Of the 1,801 total units sold in the U.S. last week 1,561 were physical product - the rest digital.
# 194 (176) Fleetwood Mac "The Very Best Of"

"Lindsey Buckingham Is An Insecure Man" - Classic Rock Magazine Summer 2013

They've had their share of highs and lows, but rock's most dysfunctional band will be reeling back the years on their first tour in four years.

Short Q&A with Mick Fleetwood in the current issue of Classic Rock Magazine - UK. On Newstands now.

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VIDEOS | PHOTOS: Fleetwood Mac Say Goodbye To North America - Sacramento

JULY 6, 2013
(Review to follow)

Well that's it!  Fleetwood Mac hit the stage for their last North America show last night at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

Fleetwood Mac leave the North America stage after 3 months and 46 shows stretching across both the U.S. and Canada  feeling, I'm sure, a huge sense of accomplishment and gratitude to the over half a million or so fans that came out to see what many have said is their best tour ever!

With the right set list mix, that remained intact from day one and a well structured show along with the enthusiasm amongst the band to clearly be happy and excited to be performing together, they leave fans in North America satisfied, grateful, excited for the future and calling out for more!  The excitement and enthusiasm from fans of all ages seeing the band for the very first time, and from those that have seen the band multiple times was completely palpable. Dedicated fans traveled across the globe to catch this almost 3 hour show and to experience that ole Mac Magic that only rears its head once or twice a decade. 

From the opening song of the night, "Second Hand News" from "Rumours" to the last song of the night "Say Goodbye" the second to last song on their last studio release "Say You Will", fans were taken on a nostalgic trip back to simpler times, through the good and the bad, through the lives lived by the members of Fleetwood Mac. Along the way, we saw the band perform new music in the form of "Sad Angel" and "Without You" from the new "Extended Play" release, we saw the "Tusk" gems "Sisters of the Moon" brought back to life for the first time since the '82 Mirage Tour with great success plus "Not That Funny" for the first time since 1997. We witnessed Lindsey, a man of unbendable perseverance giving it his all ripping through guitar solo after guitar solo with precision, taking no breaks at all during the show. We were in awe as Stevie and the band developed and transformed "Gold Dust Woman" into this 10-12 minute show stopping stage piece that varied nightly proving that synergy still remains in this band when they are open to working together - producing perfect results. The song became fairly loose in the latter part of the tour to the point where you really never knew what Stevie was going to give each night.  That was exciting! The guarantees were that the song would be great, totally unpredictable and that the eerie and spooky element would be turned up to 10!  All this and you have the back bone of Fleetwood Mac, the steadfast John McVie and the ever entertaining Mick Fleetwood.  These four are still able to create that perfect storm on stage.

Above Photos: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty
This is not to say there weren't any bumps along the way.  Stevie suffered a reported leg injury in early May that almost sidelined the tour and its momentum, but with the help of a physical therapist in Calgary was able to soldier on. A couple of shows in June (Ft. Lauderdale and Montreal) were dropped from the itinerary to the disappointment of thousands. Nobody likes to see shows cancelled especially those that had bought tickets and I'm sure the band felt the wave of disappointment from the fans that had planned to attend.  Aside from these few exceptions, plus Lindsey breaking a nail on his right hand, this tour will likely go down as their most successful not just monetarily.

Big thanks to all the reviewers, photographers and to anyone that talked about the band during the tour.. and took the time to interacted with us here at Fleetwood Mac News - with comments on posts (good and bad), texts, Facebook and Twitter posts and comments... It's been great!... Thank you!

Next up - Ireland in September...


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Saturday, July 06, 2013

Peter Green Featured in the August, 2013 Guitar and Bass Magazine #FleetwoodMac

Discover the truth about the British blues legend and his mystical guitar 

Photos | Video: Fleetwood Mac Live in San Diego

JULY 5, 2013

Fleetwood Mac goes back & forth
Despite a few bumps, the veteran Anglo-American band played with purpose and passion Friday at SDSU,
By George Varga

Fleetwood Mac showed, and sometimes defied, its age during the legendary band’s generous Friday concert at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena.

As a result, “Don’t Stop,” the group’s 1977 hit and second encore, took on new poignancy with its now-weathered refrain: Yesterday's gone. So did 1975’s rustic ballad, “Landslide,” whose wistful chorus – Children get older / I’m getting older, too – assumes a different resonance 38 years later.

Then again, for a band that was formed in London in 1967 and whose enduring core members first joined forces in Los Angeles in 1974, Fleetwood Mac’s longevity and renewed energy is worthy of celebration and reflection. Its 23-song SDSU show offered ample opportunity for both, with the band’s members (all now past 60) and their multigenerational audience forming an unusually large, boisterous mutual admiration society.

The evening began with an impressive salvo of “Second Hand News,” “The Chain” and “Dreams,” all from the band’s epic 1977 “Rumours,” one of rock’s most popular albums, then and now. The concert, a notable improvement over the band's mostly rote 2009 San Diego Sports Arena show, concluded with four encore selections. They included the bristling “World Turning,” the jaunty “Don’t Stop” (the only song by former singer and keyboardist Christine McVie, who quit the band in 1998), the country-tinged “Silver Springs” and the gentle acoustic ballad “Say Goodbye.”

In between came a mix of classics (“Rhiannon,” “Go Your Own Way”) and deep album cuts (“Eyes of the World,” "I'm So Afraid"), plus one new song (“Sad Angel,” excellent), and a recently unearthed older one (the Cat Stevens-flavored ballad “Without You,” so-so). Guitarist-singer Lindsey Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks also did a few songs from their respective solo catalogs, a move that impeded the concert’s flow nearly as much as the four consecutive numbers from the band’s more experimental 1979 album, “Tusk.”

The absence of more new material did not appear to bother many in the enthusiastic SDSU audience. Nor did Buckingham seem concerned, as he noted in a U-T San Diego interview Thursday.

"Well, sure, of course you want to keep doing new material, if you can," he said in the interview. "But there is also, I would say, a point you get to where you do come to terms with the fact that you have this great body of work. And there's nothing wrong with going out and playing it. In a way, it can be a little freeing, because if you don’t feel you have to remake yourself every time (you tour), you can go put and deal with the (vintage) material in a slightly fresh way, every time.

"And that can be just as effective, once you come to terms with that, it kind of releases you and there's a point where you really need to come to that (realization). Because you have to understand that, probably, the audience is not really there to hear the new as much as to hear a reaffirmation of the body of work."

The underlying sentiments to parts of that body of work sometimes got jumbled during Friday's show. But that’s par for the course with this famously dysfunctional band, whose best songs from the mid-1970s were born from the crumbling love affairs between Nicks and Buckingham and between McVie and her-then husband, bassist John McVie.

Given this context, it kind of made sense that Nicks’ declaration early Friday night – “This party starts now!” – came just before “Dreams,” her wrenching 1977 song about the then-imploding relationship between her and Buckingham. The swirls and twirls that were once Nicks’ trademarks remain, but came only intermittently (and slower). During “Go Your Own Way” she playfully chased Buckingham, but not too fast, across part of the stage.

Nicks, 65, and Buckingham, 63, briefly held hands and embraced on stage several times. They also engaged in some between-songs banter that prompted Nicks to liken them to George Burns and Gracie Allen.

“Can’t we be someone younger?” Buckingham playfully responded.

Older and wiser, the two are keenly aware that their romance, while now decades in the past, still carries a special allure for fans. This holds especially true for those who might use “Rumours” as an emotional barometer of their own lives.

Bassist McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood, the band’s two remaining charter members still on board, were rock-solid throughout. The sound was enhanced by several instrumentalists and backing singers, including Lori Nicks (Stevie's sister), who gave added dimension to the music. Kudos, too, to the band's audio engineers, who achieved impressive warmth and a clear, crisp sound balance in the usually echo-heavy arena. (The secret, as in most sprawling venues of this size, is simple: The lower and more defined the volume, the less muddled the sound.)

Buckingham played guitar with finesse and ferocity. Refusing to rest on his laurels, he often sang with such passion that it almost seemed as if his career prospects depended on it. The 1975 song "I'm So Afraid" featured his most extended solo of the night, and he made every note count as he expertly built up the intensity. (The same song also featured intricate unison lines by Buckingham and second guitarist Neil Haywood that evoked the work of the English band Wishbone Ash.)

Nicks sounded more constricted, her trademark tremolo less tremulous, her lower vocal range somewhat diminished. But she is still a commanding presence and the sheer force of her personality usually made up for her technical shortcomings. In a few instances, her struggle to hit the notes of her youth lent added depth to the songs. In others, she simply fell (and sounded) a bit flat.

After the fourth and final encore, “Say Goodbye,” Nicks thanked the audience for making her and the band’s dreams come true over the past four decades. She also urged fans to listen to the band’s vintage songs in the future as if they were hearing them for the very first time.

It was sage advice at a nostalgia-fueled concert that could serve as a preview of the band's valediction (Buckingham's reference to "new chapters in the Fleetwood Mac" notwithstanding). No fewer than 15 of the 23 selections came from the first three albums he and Nicks made with the band: 1975’s “Fleetwood Mac”; 1977’s “Rumours”; and 1979’s “Tusk.”

But the high-tech stage production was very much of the moment. And Fleetwood Mac's best songs, like the group itself, both define and transcend their time. Don't stop, indeed.


Dedicated to San Diego and a few of Stevie's friends at the show.
Wow! They nailed this one!

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