Fleetwood Mac convince the tour opener in Cologne
by Mark Ludwig
Nordbayern.de (original review)
Photo: Marius Becker
COLOGNE - It took only a few drums - and the fans of the rock band Fleetwood Mac felt the Germany tour kick-off on Sunday evening set in the sold-out Lanxess Arena in another time.
"Second Hand News," the song that opens the legendary 1977 released album "Rumours" was the start of a journey into the pop and rock world of the 1970s.
However, about two and a half hour show had no means dust. On the contrary, Fleetwood Mac showed that their power is by no means exhausted. Even with the fans, the band founded in 1967, has apparently still not lost their appeal. About 15,000 listeners had come to the concert in Cologne.
In London as a surprise as the former band member Christine McVie came on stage for a song, it was not though. But singer Stevie Nicks, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood on drums and John McVie on bass - both belong since its founding in 1967 on the band - made it even live to elicit their songs the atmospheric density and brittleness, which they so special titles making.
Whether "Rhiannon," "Go Your Own Way," "Gypsy" or "Do not Stop" as an encore - almost all the major hits of the band was inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame» 1998, to hear . The focus was mainly the songs from the album "Rumours", which is around 40 million copies sold worldwide as one of the most successful albums in pop history.
In addition, the fans were excited about several songs from the 1979 released album "Tusk". Thus, as Buckingham, you have shown that you sometimes had to prevail against the record labels - and not always allowed to continue only that, what is going well.
Besides the big hits, there were also pieces of its new, digitally released 4-song EP, "Extended Play". Two songs the band has recorded over the course of the tour program. "Sad Angels" proved to be a rousing and catchy pop tune. "Without You", however, is a newly discovered piece which Buckingham and Nicks in 1974, recordings as a demo version.
The audience, many of them between 50 and 60 years old, Fleetwood Mac elicited with long applause finally four encores. With the delicate "Say Goodbye" the British-American band released the fans into the night. Fleetwood Mac is still in Stuttgart (October 14) and Berlin (16 October) to live.