Saturday, January 17, 2015

Reviews: Fleetwood Mac return to the Twin Cities January 16, 2015

Fleetwood Mac reprises familiar flair at Xcel Energy Center
by: Jon Bream
Star Tribune

Review: Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham injected their usual emotional energy at Xcel Energy Center in opening the second leg of the band's reunion tour.

Pink did it. So did Bruno Mars.

Last year, they both came back to the Twin Cities for the second time on the same tour and they were noticeably better the second time around.

Fleetwood Mac returned to the Twin Cities on Friday for a second time in four months and they didn’t do it. They weren’t better. But they were noticeably different even though they played the exact same set list at the Xcel Energy Center as they had at Target Center in September.

The Minneapolis show was all about the return of singer/keyboardist Christine McVie after a 16-year retirement. That concert, the first on the On with the Show Tour, was about giddy excitement, a rush of adrenaline and a warm, fuzzy feeling that this fractured family was somehow whole again. It was an evening of the democratic, polite, respectful Fleetwood Mac.

Continue to the full review with photos at Star Tribune

In Twin Cities encore, Fleetwood Mac is more relaxed, in sync
By Ross Raihala

The full "Rumours"-era lineup of Fleetwood Mac returned to the Twin Cities on Friday night for a triumphant, wildly entertaining performance at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 15,000 grinning, cheering fans.

Christine McVie, who retired in 1998 after the first "Rumours" reunion, rejoined the group last year. After spending time in the studio with Lindsey Buckingham for some songwriting and recording sessions (Stevie Nicks was busy promoting her solo album), the band hit the road for a tour that kicked off Sept. 30 at Minneapolis' Target Center.

How much has the show changed in 3 1/2 months? Not at all, judging by the set list. The group played the same two dozen songs and even indulged in some of the same stage banter.

Beneath the surface, though, the evening radiated with a looser, more casual vibe. Back in September, the band played with nervous energy, flubbing some early numbers and echoing the same "I can't believe I'm seeing this" vibe as the audience.

But the 39 concerts that followed, and several weeks off for the holidays, left us with a more polished, in-sync version of the band.

Continue to the full review at Twin Cities


Gifts presented to the band prior to the show from Xcel Energy Center

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