Sunday, November 30, 2014

Review: Fleetwood Mac Brought Their A-game to The Forum

by: Mark E. Ortega

Fleetwood Mac Live at The Forum
Inglewood, CA - November 28, 2014
Photo: Wes Marsala

In order to see Fleetwood Mac at The Forum on Friday night, I had to give up my New Year’s Eve so that someone else would cover my shift on short notice at my full-time job. After seeing them play nearly three hours on the first of two nights at The Forum, I can say that I made the right choice and that I have zero regrets.

This was the first time since the original lineup played in Los Angeles together in years. Mick Fleetwood (drums), John McVie (bass), Stevie Nicks (vocals), Lindsey Buckingham (lead guitar), and — for the first time since 1998, Christine McVie on the keyboards. They had some help by a talented group of backup musicians, but this was who everyone came to see and they didn’t fail to deliver.

Playing more than two dozen of their greatest hits, it was when McVie’s vocals kicked off “You Make Loving Fun” in the second song of the night that the reunion show felt fully on as the crowd rose to their feet and gave a mini-standing ovation. Throughout the night, the other members of the band commemorated what it meant to them to have the talented singer-songwriter back with the group, and it was clear it meant just as much to the packed house in Inglewood.

Everyone brought their A-games, and Nicks and McVie especially sounded just as good as ever. Though Buckingham’s voice seemed a tad bit withered — perhaps from being the member of the band who maintained the highest level of activity over the past four decades — his guitar-prowess was not hindered one bit. Almost every song showcased Buckingham’s ability to deliver a spine-tingling solo, something he still does as good as anyone in the business. Buckingham’s charisma on stage was met in full force by the rest of the band, quite a feat when you consider Fleetwood Mac has existed for about half a century.

Full Review + Photo Gallery at Grimy Goods

The Chain (Nov 28, 2014)

Sisters of the Moon (Nov 28, 2014)
You Make Loving Fun (Nov 28, 2014)

Everywhere (Nov 29, 2014)

Go Your Own Way (Nov 29, 2014) - Cool angle

Landslide (Nov 29, 2014) - Dedicated to Haim

Songbird (Nov 29, 2014)

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