Saturday, April 27, 2013

REVIEW | VIDEO: Fleetwood Mac Live in Pittsburgh 4/26

Nicks, Buckingham take center stage at Fleetwood Mac show
by Kellie B. Gormly
Two things that struck the audience at Fleetwood Mac's show at Consol Energy Center on Friday night were how great Stevie Nicks looks and sounds at her age, and how peculiar and intriguing her relationship with co-star Lindsey Buckingham remains.

Nicks and Buckingham gave a stellar concert at Consol, where the other members of the classic band were relegated to the background and, often, even out of sight. Nicks and Buckingham performed more as a duo, although the British drummer and founding member Mick Fleetwood got in a few appearances with a drum solo and dialogue with the audience toward the end of the show.

Nicks sports her signature thick, long, blonde hair, along with a frilly black top and skirt, and her popular shawl — which she spreads out with her arms, as she twirled to “Gypsy” on stage in a favorite move. Her distinctive voice often eerily sounded exactly like it did in the radio classics of three decades ago. Nicks' vocal range has decreased, though, as she avoids the higher notes and sometimes sings at a lower octave.

Although Nicks' and Buckingham's tumultuous romantic relationship ended years ago — a devastating split that drove Nicks to avoid Fleetwood Mac for a long time — the two send mixed messages now that they have reunited as bandmates. They often stood way apart on stage and didn't interact much, but at other moments, they showed affection toward each other. The two ended their encore with “Say Goodbye,” a song that Buckingham wrote about Nicks, and the emotion between the two was undeniable, if anything for old time's sake.


Although Fleetwood Mac played for two and a half hours with no opener or intermission, and we heard plenty of classic hits, most songs from Christine McVie didn't make the set list, except for “Don't Stop” in the encore. This created a notable void, since so many of the band's biggest hits came from McVie, who left the band in the late ‘90s. Fans miss her, but Nicks and Buckingham have made the best of her absence. Nicks included some of her solo work, including “Stand Back,” with complementing video images of a younger, glamorous Nicks twirling in a red outfit.
The audience included mostly middle-aged fans, but also a big crop of younger-generation 20-somethings who love Fleetwood Mac's music.

Almost the entire show from last night by clubdoc can be found here... Looking and sounding awesome!

1. SECOND HAND NEWS
2. THE CHAIN
3. DREAMS
4. SAD ANGEL

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5. RHIANNON
6. NOT THAT FUNNY
8. SISTERS OF THE MOON
9. SARA
10. BIG LOVE
11. LANDSLIDE
12. NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN
13. WITHOUT YOU
14. GYPSY
The rest of the show can be found here on clubdoc's channel

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was at this show last night and it was great. I really enjoyd the new song Sad Angel and so did everyone around me. I hope they release it as a single. I think this would do very well on radio.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic show. The music for any age is mind blowing but to think they are in their 60's makes it even more impressive. The band's talents vocally and musically are over the top. Their catalog is so huge that I really didn't miss Christine's hits as I thought I would. Each and every song chosen I would not have wanted to miss, so I think sometimes you have to "say goodbye". Rock on Fleetwood Mac.

Anonymous said...

I was at this show and thought it was terrible. They phoned it in with zero effort.

Anonymous said...

Phoned it in with zero effort? Not sure how anyone could watch Buckingham's guitar play on Big Love or I'm So Afraid and say he was "phoning it in". They were all great and they were totally into the show. You couldn't be more wrong!

Anonymous said...

I agree with the last comment - Big Love and So Afraid were EPIC displays of Lindsey Buckingham's talent! SO impressive. I had to pick my jaw up off the floor after the guitar solos! The show was amazing and I am so glad I got to be there!

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