Saturday, October 17, 2009

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac's Swedish Concert Reviewers... Reviewed!

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Critical points
By Jan Gradvall (Click this link for the original article)

During the Fleetwood Mac concert at the Globe reviewers looked at football. Jan Gradvall notes to the audience, in return, has the eyes of reviewers.

On Saturday, one could witness Scenes from a marriage of two different scenes in Stockholm. One idea was the Royal Dramatic Theater Small Stage with Jonas Karlsson, Livia Millhagen. The second show was at the Globe with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in the leading roles. Fleetwood Mac's Rumors album is rock music's equivalent of Scenes from a Marriage.

Like Ingmar Bergman's TV series and play, it is a work from the mid-70s, in which private experiences may be a general sense by a total mastery of the artistic expression.

What is interesting is how different these two similar shows watched by critics.
In the theater world is sitting critic concentrated in a darkened theater and wait until the show is described as final.

Within the rock critic world are today connected to the Internet throughout the show, handing out value judgments scene for scene, twittrar and write blogs.

That journalism today are using Twitter, Facebook and blogs as tools is a matter of course. Not least given that it is now on the web that the greatest number of readers there.

But it is obvious that the criticism would deal with it? What makes real-time monitoring of power to the criticism?

Customers in recent days has been on the net could see how readers rebelled against the four Stockholm-based newspapers disparaging reviews of Fleetwood Mac concert.

Many have been provoked by a picture blog where Expressen and Aftonbladet reviewers sit together and follow the football match, Denmark-Sweden in parallel with the marriage drama played out on stage.

The major events in Fleetwood Mac concert was - just about in Bergman's TV series and play - the smallest gestures.

The song "Sara" is about abortion. It is a complicated love drama, written by Stevie Nicks, which depicts the relationship between Stevie Nicks, drummer Mick Fleetwood, his wife Sara Fleetwood and Don Henley of the Eagles.

Text line "When you build your house / I'll come by" supposed to be all about Don Henley and Mick Fleetwood.

But during the concert on Saturday may be the song a new dimension. Midway track goes up to Stevie Nicks Lindsey Buckingham and gives him a long hug.

Is also the track on Stevie Nicks long relationship with Lindsey Buckingham? It was he who could become the father of the unborn child?

"Silver Springs" is one of rock history's bitterest and most powerful love songs. The song is about how Lindsey Buckingham Stevie Nicks left for another woman.

When band leader Mick Fleetwood decided that the song was rejected by Rumors on the basis of LP-disc limited playing time - the song ended up instead in the b-side of single "Go your own away - Stevie Nicks became so bitter in Mick Fleetwood that she threatened to leave the band.

During a concert in 1990 she changed the lyrics to "Gold Dust Woman". After looking towards Mick have sung "Take your silver springs and dig your grave!" She left the stage. And then left the band for several years.

On this tour ends Fleetwood Mac "Silver Springs" as the final encore.

Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood comes out on stage side by side. Stevie and Lindsey are looking for each other's hands before the song.

When Stevie Nicks then sings "I know I could have loved you / But you would not let me" is not just the band members' eyes that glisten.

The audience at the sold-out Globe Arena reminded about Dramaten than a typical rock concert.

Average age was somewhere around 57th And the average number of marriages per visitor somewhere around 1.7.

But the verdict from the reviewers days could be summed up: "maddeningly dull".

That concert-goers and readers are angry at reviewers are nothing new. But again is that social media has made that now even the reviewers will be watched and reviewed. And sometimes corrected.

Swedish Dagbladet's reviewer made fun of the Steve Nicks in his long, personal introduction to "Gypsy" - which turned out to be about her first time with Lindsey Buckingham - Confusing the 60's band when she started talking about the Velvet Underground.

But concert-goers informs in a comment to the concert review. As Stevie Nicks spoke of is the Velvet Underground, she mentions in the lyrics: a clothing store in downtown San Francisco.

Rock Critics seem to have concluded that constant connection makes it now needs less effort at work. Readers they are talking about the opposite.

Almost all the songs at concerts are also now on YouTube afterwards, the public tender.
It is no longer the critic who has the last word. To quote the title of Thomas Anderson's recent book on criticism: We are all critics.

The visitors to the Globe on Saturday that gave the best journalistic narrative of the concert was the person standing in front of the stage held up a camera phone during Lindsey Buckingham solo version of "Big Love".

With this simple tool to tool - a camera can be a pen, a pencil can be a camera - achieves this amateur critic as critic heel up in the gallery is not brokered.

Through this story we follow down to the concert floor.

We'll see Lindsey Buckingham tense temples. We can relive the exorcism he practices with his acoustic guitar. We can almost feel how it smelled in Stockholm on Saturday evening.

And when the person with the mobile camera at the end of the song turns around, we'll also see how the audience reacts to the performance.

Writing reviews is not just about making a thumbs up or thumbs down. The idea is to reproduce in detail.

These are things that, at least in the past, been the foundation of what critics do.

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