Friday, April 05, 2013

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac - Columbus, OH 4/4/2013 + 138 Photos from beginning to end

Fleetwood Mac kicked off their 50-stop North American tour in Columbus, Ohio, last night by delivering a mix of their biggest hits, a few unexpected gems from their decades-spanning career… and an announcement of a forthcoming EP.
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Though it had been three years since Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie took the stage together, they played as if no time had passed since their last tour.

Buckingham proved why he’s still one of the most revered guitarists in recent decades as he wailed through their catalog, often while fans in the front row ran their hands along his guitar in almost prayer-like devotion.

Nicks, donning her trademark black outfits and shawls (which came and went in quick on-stage changes), proved why she’s a cultural icon. Sometimes with a tambourine in hand, others while tugging at the black straps hanging from her mic stand, and just a few times while spinning in her trademark circles, she sang flawlessly.

Fleetwood commanded the stage from his enormous, raised kit, grinning maniacally and sporting his elfin getup, complete with a pair of hanging balls. Easily one of the highlights of the show was his lengthy drum solo during “World Turning,” which kicked off their first encore.

John McVie hung in the background, quietly holding together the backbone of the group, though shining during such solo moments as the driving bass line in “The Chain.”

Singer-songwriter Christine McVie was notably absent; she retired from the band in the late ’90s, so her songs are mostly absent from the band’s setlist. One exception being “Don’t Stop,” with Nicks taking on her former bandmate’s vocals.

The first surprise in the set list came early on: Four songs in, they did a brand new song, “Sad Angel.” Buckingham noted that it is on their new EP, which would be out “in a few days.” Nicks later referred to the EP, calling it their “little baby record.”

About halfway through the main set, the group pulled out a track seldom played since its 1979 release on Tusk, “Sisters of the Moon.”

After dueting on the Rumours track “Never Going Back Again,” they played an unreleased song from their the long-out-of-print Buckingham/Nicks album, recorded before the duo joined Fleetwood Mac. Nicks noted that “Without You” had the nicest lyrics she had ever written about Lindsey – a point he was quick to agree with.

Buckingham returned the favor during the second encore, when the pair came out alone to play “Say Goodbye” from the group’s most recent album, 2003′s Say You Will. Buckingham said that he wrote the track to provide closure to his relationship with Stevie, and that today the pair are getting along the best that they have in years.

McVie and Fleetwood joined them on stage for a final bow all together. Afterwards, Mick ran to the microphone with one final message: Take care of yourself, and be kind to each other.

Fleetwood Mac – April 4th Set List:

  • Second Hand News (Rumours, 1977)
  • The Chain (Rumours, 1977)
  • Dreams (Rumours, 1977)
  • Sad Angel (New song)
  • Rhiannon (Fleetwood Mac, 1975)
  • Not That Funny (Tusk, 1979)
  • Tusk (Tusk, 1979)
  • Sisters of the Moon (Tusk, 1979)
  • Sara (Tusk, 1979)
  • Big Love (Tango in the Night, 1987)
  • Landslide (Fleetwood Mac, 1975)
  • Never Going Back Again (Rumours, 1977)
  • Without You (Unreleased Buckingham/Nicks song, 1969)
  • Gypsy (Mirage, 1982)
  • Eyes of the World (Mirage, 1982)
  • Gold Dust Woman (Rumours, 1977)
  • I’m So Afraid (Fleetwood Mac, 1975)
  • Stand Back (Stevie Nicks’ album The Wild Heart, 1983)
  • Go Your Own Way (Rumours, 1977)


  • World Turning (Fleetwood Mac, 1975)
  • Don’t Stop (Rumours, 1977)
  • Silver Springs (b-side of single “Go Your Own Way” 1977)

Second Encore:

  • Say Goodbye (Say You Will, 2003)

- Erin Fox 98.5 WNCX Cleveland


Anonymous said...

Without You is a Danny Kirwan song from 1968. Found on the re-release of English Rose in 2004.

Anonymous said...

Erin, These are some of the best photos of FM! Going to be hard to beat on the rest of the tour! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

This version of Without You is a Buckingham Nicks demo from the early seventies. It is not the Kirwan song being performed.

greg said...

Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Photos are awesome. Stevie's sunglasses are ridiculous. I hope she loses them before Monday.

Anonymous said...

Stevie's glasses are necessary for her to see, they're prescription.

Anonymous said...

They seem to have a much more positive vibe onstage in comparison to their other tours. It's going to blow up in their faces.

MplsMike said...

Stevie didn't wear the glasses during IYD all the time. Perhaps contact lenses make her uncomfortable? Some people don't like wearing them - I don't. So I guess if you have to wear glasses on stage might as well wear some stylish shades.

MplsMike said...

Inevitably at least one or two of the songs in the set list will be swapped. Hopefully "Sisters of the Moon" stays; I realize they haven't done it live since the Mirage Tour but once they perform it a few more times it could really turn into a kick-ass crowd pleaser.

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