Friday, May 11, 2012

A towering achievement • Lindsey Buckingham comes to Tower Theatre, Bend,OR

For all the things Lindsey Buckingham has done in his life, his place at the helm of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” — one of the 10 best-selling albums of all time, according to the Recording Industry Association of America — continues to tower over his career.

One can imagine that shadow as both a blessing and a curse. Without “Rumours,” who knows where Buckingham, a Californian and multi-instrumentalist, would’ve ended up. Certainly his talent for pop music might have carried him to stardom, but there’s no doubt that tens of millions of records sold and an Album of the Year Grammy will open a few doors, including the one to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which Fleetwood Mac joined in 1998.

Surely, Buckingham is appreciative of the opportunities that came his way post-“Rumours.”

Still, 35 years after its release, it’s not hard to see how Buckingham might also be tired of hearing about — and playing songs from — his grand, emotionally raw masterpiece, especially given that he continues to record, and prolifically. Last year’s “Seeds We Sow” was his third solo effort in five years.

For example: Buckingham will come to Bend Thursday for an intimate one-man show — billed as “an evening with” — in which he’ll play songs from “Seeds” and previous solo faves. Plus, says his website, “a variety of Fleetwood Mac classics.” As if, at this point, he has a choice.

Lindsey Buckingham; 
Thursday May 17th - 8pm
Tickets: $62 and $96 plus fees available through the venue; Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend;

— Ben Salmon

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