Sunday, December 06, 2009


Fleetwood Mac Benchmark Live Performance
Hope Estates, Hunter Valley
December 5, 2009
By: Lance Lenehan
Secret Chimp

This was one of those concerts that surpasses the studio recording experience by such a margin that the original recordings in some ways now become a disappointment. The sheer energy and exuberance (Lindsay Buckingham leading the way) place the benchmark for live performance very high. If you put 100% of yourself into what you are doing the audience will respond in kind, a feedback loop is created, which lifts the show to new heights.

I'm not one for jumping up and dancing. Seated - I drift into a cinematic zone - immersed in the light and sound - mesmerised. That was my experience for many of my favourites from the band: 'Tusk', 'Go Your Own Way', 'Don't Stop'. I was floating up there above the stage - totally absorbed - no artificial stimulants required.

These 'older' bands have something that newer bands cannot have - years and years of experience - perfectly illustrated by 'Oh Well'. This songs stops and starts on a pin and showed off the bands virtuosity to a tee. Wow. Blew my socks off.

Sound quality was perfect and the light show and the silhouette effect created by the rear projection did not distract but enhanced, so bonus points to the sound guys and the stage design.

Performance 10/10. Sound 10/10. Visuals 10/10. Atmosphere 10/10. Venue 10/10.

Highly recommended. Wish I could take it all home with me to experience it all again...

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