DUNEDIN was once again pumping as thousands of fans poured into the city for Saturday night’s Fleetwood Mac concert at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
By Daisy Hudson
Otago Daily Times
Otago Daily Times
Close to 30,000 fans with a serious case of Fleetwood fever, many of them having travelled from outside Dunedin, packed into the roofed stadium for the show, after hitting the city’s bars, restaurants and shops earlier in the day.
Retailers reported the city, bathed in the brilliant sunshine of an early spring day, was humming as fans soaked up the atmosphere.
The result was expected to be a cash injection worth millions to the city’s economy, as well as another marketing bump for the city on social media.
‘‘It’s all the stuff that makes a big difference — when people are having a good time when they come here, and they share that experience,’’ Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dougal McGowan said.
Dunedin Venues chief executive Terry Davies said the band put on an ‘‘incredible’’ night for fans.
‘‘The atmosphere was brilliant and given such a massive crowd there, we were thrilled at the behaviour, with no major issues.
‘‘I must admit I didn’t think we would get quite such a huge number, since it was only four years since their last visit, but the tickets flew out the door once again.’’
A highlight was hearing the ‘‘electric’’ reception given to Kiwi musician Neil Finn, he added.
The crowd also lifted the venue to new heights, as total ticket sales for concerts had reached 417,000 in the past three years alone, Dunedin Venues confirmed last night.
And there will be more to come — the ODT understands the next concert announcement is imminent, although details remain under wraps for now.
In the meantime, there are two other big concerts at the stadium to look forward to early next year — Elton John’s performance, as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, on February 4, followed by Queen on February 10.
Among those in town ahead of Saturday night’s concert were Brownyn Nichols and Allan Dellow, of Timaru, who were having a bite to eat in the Octagon before heading towards the stadium.
It was the first time either had seen the band live.
The atmosphere in the city before the gig was fantastic, Mr Dellow said.
The Pila family — Zoe (16), Lily (19), Arielle (19) and mum Paula — had flown down from Wellington to see the classic rockers play.
Mrs Pila said she had passed her Fleetwood Mac fandom on to her children.
Many fans donned the black feathered hats, long coats and flowing black dresses made famous by Stevie Nicks, in honour of the songstress.
One of those was Dunedin’s Carolyn Dick, who described herself as a ‘‘big fan’’ of Nicks and the band for more than 20 years.
‘‘Their music makes me relaxed. I love it,’’ she said.
Others showed their adulation by lining up early to be right at the front of the stage. — Addi IT was the stuff dreams are made of.
In barely two shakes of a tambourine, literally, Fleetwood Mac had the 30,000 people under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium wrapped around their little fingers.
There was plenty of anticipation before the concert, largely because of the addition of Kiwi music legend Neil Finn to the lineup, and the rockers did not disappoint on what was the last show of their latest tour.
From the first notes of rollicking opening number The Chain, they knocked out hit after hit from their five decades of performing.
And if anyone had any doubt (and if you did, shame on you) that Stevie Nicks still had the pipes, restassured.
The girl can SING. Her trademark witchy, ethereal stage presence was on full display, from big numbers like Gypsy to a beautifully stripped back and raw Landslide.
Finn brought a fresh energy to the stage, and from the massive grin on his face, it was clearhewashavingaball.
The duets involving him and Nicks were mesmerising, in particular their rendition of Crowded House classic Don’t Dream It’s Over.
Listening to a crowd bellow the lyrics back to the singers as the stadium was lit up by thousands of phone lights was really something special. No, you’re crying.
He was also a fan favourite, drawing adulation only equalled by that aimed at Nicks. Greeting the crowd with a cheery ‘‘kia ora Dunedin’’ certainly didn’t do him any harm.
After a strong opening trio of The Chain, Little Lies and Dreams, the crowd did seem a little muted until a drum solo of epic proportions by Mick Fleetwood kicked things up a gear.
Tom Petty guitarist Mike Campbell, who joined the band after the departure of Lindsey Buckingham, shined during his guitar solos, as well as in a moving tribute to Petty with Free Falling.
This was a band that, after five decades, breakups, makeups, drugs, and hits, is still firing on all cylinders.
And with Fleetwood’s closing promise of ‘‘the Mac will be back’’, the band is still clearly thinking about tomorrow.