Thursday, May 28, 2015

REVIEWS and VIDEO Fleetwood Mac Live in London - May 27, 2015

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac, The O2 London
By Emma Kelly

FLEETWOOD Mac's London dates for their On With The Show tour sold out almost immediately, but the frantic mouse clicking paid off for the fans lucky enough to nab tickets.

The iconic band performed their first UK date at the O2 Arena last night and wowed the crowd with a career-spanning 23-song set.

The band's 82nd date of the tour saw Christine McVie back on stage after officially rejoining the band last January, reuniting with Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.

Full Review at Dailystar

by Alexandra Pollard

Band pay tribute to Adele as they perform first date at The O2 in London

Fleetwood Mac played the first show of their UK tour at The O2 in London last night, playing a three hour set that focussed heavily on the recent return of Christine McVie, and also saw Stevie Nicks dedicating a song to "spectacular songwriter" Adele. We were there, it was pretty special. 

The London show, which kicked off the band's UK tour, opened with 'The Chain', which was closely followed by 'You Make Loving Fun' and 'Dreams' - much to the delight of the 20,000-strong crowd.

Full Review at Gigwise

Fleetwood Mac review – back together, and just about perfect
by Caroline Sullivan
The Guardian

“Let’s get this party started!” isn’t the introduction you expect at a Fleetwood Mac show, and especially not from Stevie Nicks, creator of the Hollywood Hills hippie-mystic archetype. But tonight is the 82nd gig of their year-long On With the Show tour and Nicks, splendid in trailing black lace, feels they’ve turned a corner in their relationship with Christine McVie. The singer-pianist’s nervousness about rejoining after a 16-year break has given way to wholehearted mucking in. Nodding towards McVie’s keyboard, behind which she is tall and commanding, Nicks roars: “Now I think we can safely say our girl is back!”

Full Review at The Guardian

Fleetwood Mac tour review: moments of adult pop perfection
by John Aizlewood
Huffington Post

When the individuals surrendered to the collective, the evening turned celestial, says John Aizlewood

Like all the best potboilers, there’s a twist to Fleetwood Mac at every turn. This time around, their wildly successful On With The Show tour sees the return of elegant 71-year-old Christine McVie (who left in 1998) rekindling the squabbling quintet’s mega-selling Seventies/Eighties line-up.

Full Review at Huffington Post


Full show at The Gig Channel on Youtube

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Review Fleetwood Mac - London May 27th

Stevie Nicks dedicates 'Landslide' to Adele on opening night of Fleetwood Mac's UK tour

The band - including Christine McVie - played London's O2 last night (May 27)

Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks dedicated the song 'Landslide' to Adele on the opening night of the band's UK tour.

The group played the first of a run of shows at London's The O2 last night (May 27), with Nicks addressing the crowd mid-set to talk about her love of British singer, Adele. "She's from here - you might know her," commented Nicks. "She's a fantastic songwriter... I told her 'you're going to be me in 40 years, you're going to still be up onstage doing what you're doing because of your songwriting'." The song 'Landslide' originally featured on the band's self-titled 1975 album.

Fleetwood Mac were joined by keyboard player and songwriter Christine McVie, who is now a full-time member of the band again, after first appearing on stage with the group at the same London venue in September 2013 before officially rejoining in January 2014. McVie - who wrote some of the band's most well known songs - left the band in 1998.

The band arrived onstage at 8:15pm and played a 22 song, hit-packed set to a sold out crowd. Opening with 'The Chain', it was followed by 'You Make Loving Fun' after which Christine McVie commented: "Thanks very much London, it's great to be here." Stevie Nicks then explained that it was the 82nd show of their current tour. "And now on show 82 I think we can safely say that our girl is back!," she added, gesturing to McVie.

Following 'Rhiannon', McVie addressed the crowd once more. "I can't tell you what a thrill it is to be on the stage with these wonderful musicians who I consider my family," she said. "You don't get this chance many times in life - I got it twice." The band then started a mass sing-along with 'Everywhere'. Guitar player Lindsey Buckingham later spoke about "the return of the beautiful Christine" and called it "a karmic, circular moment". 

Later, for the songs 'Over My Head' and 'Gypsy', drummer Mick Fleetwood swapped his large kit for a smaller one at the front of the stage, which Christine McVie referred to as a "cocktail kit". During 'World Turning' he embarked on an epic drum solo, much to the delight of the crowd. "Shit, this is a huge, massive place," he remarked towards the end.

Fleetwood Mac played:

  • 'The Chain'
  • 'You Make Loving Fun'
  • 'Dreams'
  • 'Second Hand News'
  • 'Rhiannon'
  • 'Everywhere'
  • 'I Know I'm Not Wrong'
  • 'Tusk'
  • 'Sisters Of The Moon'
  • 'Say You Love Me'
  • 'Big Love'
  • 'Landslide'
  • 'Never Going Back Again'
  • 'Over My Head'
  • 'Gypsy'
  • 'Lies'
  • 'Gold Dust Woman'
  • 'I'm So Afraid'
  • 'Go Your Own Way'
  • 'World Turning'
  • 'Don't Stop'
  • 'Silver Springs'
  • Songbird

Fleetwood Mac, O2 Arena, review: 'Nothing less than extraordinary'
By Neil McCormick

The soap opera of the band member's personal lives has always lent a certain depth and texture to Fleetwood Mac, says Neil McCormick.

The Chain made for a suitably dramatic opening, showing off the restored Fleetwood Mac to full effect with that fantastic bass, thunderous drums, blood quickening guitar solo and gorgeous wall of harmonies insisting the chain cannot be broken. Going straight into You Make Loving Fun drove the point home, showcasing Christine McVie's smooth vocal and funky keyboards. "I think we can safely say our girl is back" trilled Stevie Nicks.

This tour marks the full reunion of the classic line-up, with the return of Christine McVie after 16 years. The band have become almost the definition of a heritage act in her absence, regularly touring sets of their greatest hits to nostalgic audiences, so you can't really say she was missed. But there is no doubt she restores some balance, both in musical and pop cultural terms.

Musically, she takes some of the weight off virtuoso guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, her smooth, lush pop songs softening his sharper arty edges. Flowing gems as potent as Everywhere, Little Lies and Songbird were restored to their rightful place in the centre of a Fleetwood set and for that alone audiences have reason to be grateful. But there is a sense too that the dysfunctional family is back together, healing old wounds with the balm of time and music, a message that, in itself, speaks volumes to lifelong fans.

Fleetwood Mac make much of their history of "ups and downs" as Buckingham puts it. Now that Christine is back playing again with ex-husband bassist John McVie there are three former couples on stage, if you take into account that drummer Mick Fleetwood romanced singer Nicks behind the back of Buckingham. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger," Buckingham insisted, and seemed intent on proving it with a playful yet dramatically full blooded duet with his ex on Never Going Back Again.

The soap opera has always lent a certain depth and texture to Fleetwood Mac but, frankly, a little less chatter and a little more playing would be my only suggestion. There were speeches even after the encores. Yet it feels churlish to complain. Precious few bands have contained the range of vocal, stylistic and songwriting talent of the Mac, and even the inevitable inclusion of a new song didn't start a queue for the toilets. With that taut, explosive rhythm section, Buckingham's imaginative flair, Nicks' wildcard charisma and Christine McVie's singalong soulfulness restored to the heart of the matter, there is really no way this band could be anything less than extraordinary. A lusty mass singalong of Don't Stop spoke volumes about how their audience felt about the return of the Mac.

Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham at USC - Full Interview

Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac shares his life in music at USC as part of Professor David Belasco's series, The Leap.

Includes performances of: Never Going Back Again (10:51); Bleed to Love Here (37:44); Big Love (1:04:27); Tusk (1:27:15); Go Your Own Way (1:32:30).

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In case you missed it...

Stevie Nicks turned 67 years young today!
Happy Birthday Stevie... I hope you had an amazing day!

Fleetwood Mac are still riven by backstage tensions

Going their own way
by Dan Cairns
The Sunday Times

Reunited for a mammoth tour, Fleetwood Mac are now planning an album. But for all their attempts to put on a show, they are still riven by backstage tensions

Forty years after the line-up that conquered the world with Rumours first came together, Fleetwood Mac are still having problems agreeing on anything much. The return to the fold 16 months ago of Christine McVie, after an absence of 16 years, is one development they all speak positively about, with none of the usual caveats and festering agendas.

“There’s Stevie on one side of the spectrum,” says Lindsey Buckingham, the band’s coiled, restless, 65-year-old musical director and, what seems like a lifetime ago, Stevie Nicks’s boyfriend, “and me kind of on the other, in terms of sensibilities. Christine sort of bridges that gap.”

Where Buckingham talks in the clinical manner of a scientist, Nicks dives right in. “Christine’s coming back was like the return of my best friend after years away. It’s much more fun now. We were always a force to be reckoned with, and that’s happened again.”

Full article at Fleetwood

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fleetwood Mac on cover AND 19 page feature in July Mojo Magazine

“Come Back But You Can’t Leave Again!” Fleetwood Mac Speak

All five members – Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, John and Christine McVie – open up in exclusive interviews in the new issue of MOJO.


On the eve of Fleetwood Mac’s return to UK concert venues – the classic line-up fully quorate for the first time since 1998 – MOJO magazine delivers astonishingly candid interviews with all five members. The free covermount CD is also Mac-themed as we delve into the roots of the band to deliver 15 seminal blues and pop recordings by Elmore James, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Buddy Holly and more. Also in the new issue: Amy Winehouse, The Rolling Stones, Faith No More, The Clash, Donovan, XTC, Emitt Rhodes, Ben E King, plus the usual superabundance of great features and definitive reviews.

The new issue of MOJO (July 2015 / #260) will be on sale in the UK from Tuesday (May 26).

MOJO presents 15 classic tracks that inspired this month’s cover stars. Delving deep into the blues, just like the Mac did as they set their musical foundations, we present classic cuts from Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Holly and more…

Fleetwood Mac All five members of the band speak exclusively to MOJO as Christine McVie rejoins the band after 17 years. Featuring…

  • Mick Fleetwood! On roots, shoots, Peter Green and more
  • John McVie! A rare interview with the band’s “silent partner” and an introduction to “Harold The Dildo”
  • Christine McVie! The prodigal Songbird on rejoining the flock after her gilded exile
  • Stevie Nicks! The Gold Dust Woman on why the “mystical” Mac’s “romantic spell” will never end
  • Lindsey Buckingham! How to forgive and forget… with caveats

EVEN FOR A band who have experienced more than their fair share of intrigue, drama and line-up turmoil, Christine McVie’s return to Fleetwood Mac may be the most extraordinary turn-up yet.

Ahead of enormous UK shows and even (whisper it) a new album, all five members of the band have elected to speak to MOJO in a series of individual interviews tackling the entirety of their career.

That includes good times, bad times, “carnage and intrigue” and a massive “rubber dildo called Harold”… of course.

Plus the free, 15-track CD that comes with the magazine traces Fleetwood Mac’s roots through a series of classic blues and rock’n’roll recordings, including songs from Buddy Holly, Robert Johnson, Elmore James and more.

The new issue of MOJO (July 2015 / #260) will be on sale in the UK from Tuesday (May 26). But first, here’s a taster of some of the things Fleetwood Mac are getting off their collective chests:

Christine McVie on her Fleetwood Mac exile…
“I never listened to a Fleetwood Mac record the whole 16 years. If something came on the radio I’d turn it off. Not that I didn’t love the music, I just denied myself the pride of having done something that great. I felt I didn’t deserve it or something. This is like talking to my psychiatrist!”

Lindsey Buckingham on why Christine’s return was a gamble…
“It’s interesting. We really were doing fine as a four-piece. When Mick called me and said, ‘I’ve been talking to Christine and I think she’s…’ You know, on paper it was great but you never know how these things are going to play out. I called her up and said, ‘Chris, I think it’s a great idea, but you do know that if you come back you can’t leave again!” She was coming from this place that’s all about how she’s feeling about her life, and she realised how much she’s missed this. That doesn’t necessarily mean she was ready for 80 shows in the States, much less everything else we’re doing, so we took it step by step… One thing that was really key was that she had some rough ideas for new songs.”

John McVie on the group’s moth-like attraction to intra-band drama…
“It wasn’t conscious. The main thing was to keep playing the music. It wasn’t as if we were saying, ‘Let’s have an argument and something edgy will come out of it.’ It was never like that, far from it.”

Stevie Nicks on why they’ll never escape their past…
“It was totally important and everybody is still writing about everybody else. It will never stop. Once you have that, even long after the couples are broken up, you still have that – when you sit down to write a couple of songs, that news from 100 years ago still creeps in.”

And Mick Fleetwood on why this reunification will be the final Fleetwood Mac line-up…
“This is it, to me. Emotionally, if you think of the enormity of what has happened, the surprise of what has happened, the doors that have opened to be walked through… If you were writing a book, you’d go, ‘Isn’t it a shame I can’t end it like this?’ We’ve had the chance to end it like that and I wouldn’t dream of it any other way.”