Wednesday, November 13, 2019

REVIEW - The ghost of a living man haunts Fleetwood Mac - November 12, 2019

Fleetwood Mac deliver time-tested hits in return to Rogers Place

TOM MURRAY
EDMONTON JOURNAL
PHOTOS: IAN KUCERAK



Considering the 11 talented musicians packed on the Rogers stage Tuesday night you wouldn’t think that was possible, but it’s true. The half-century-old group can still put on an entertaining and polished show, though the gap where guitarist, songwriter, and musical spark plug Lindsey Buckingham normally stands is very evident in the retooled Mac.

The band itself obviously knows this, which is why they brought in some heavy hitters to up the supergroup quotient. Neil Finn (of Crowded House and Split Enz) and Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) split Buckingham duties, Campbell unspooling stinging solos, the affable and energetic Finn providing supportive guitar work and vocals.

Each got a few moments in the spotlight to shine on their own, Finn reaching all the way back to 1980 for I Got You and then later sharing the mic with Nicks on a lovely, understated Don’t Dream It’s Over. He also helmed an incendiary version of Go Your Own Way, while Campbell stepped up for Oh Well and led the band in tribute to his old boss with a Nicks-sung version of Free Fallin’. It was not unlike those Ringo Starr tours of the ’90s where the Beatles’ drummer brought along a cavalcade of celebrity musicians to take a turn at the mic for their best known songs.

Husky-voiced Stevie Nicks had to dip under the high notes a few times, understandable given that she’s edging in on 72. She still has the back catalog of perfect pop jams and mystic hippie moves to draw from, spinning during Gypsy and Dreams, giving herself over to full interpretative dance on psych-jam Gold Dust Woman. The drawn out Black Magic Woman was given a pronoun swap; after years of constant radio rotation Landslide was every bit as gorgeous and fragile as you would have expected, just as Rhiannon maintained the necessary sultry, mysterious vibe.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Mick Fleetwood Will Host Concert Honoring Peter Green and Early Fleetwood Mac

Mick Fleetwood Announces Concert to Honor Peter Green and Early Fleetwood Mac


Mick Fleetwood will host a one-of-a-kind concert honoring the early years of Fleetwood Mac and its co-founder Peter Green on February 25th at the London Palladium.

Fleetwood has enlisted an all-star cast of musicians to perform, including Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Jonny Lang, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Zak Starkey, Steven Tyler and Bill Wyman.

“The concert is a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it’s important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music,” Fleetwood said in a statement. “Peter was my greatest mentor and it gives me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I am honored to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician.”

Fleetwood will act as the house band alongside Andy Fairweather Low, Dave Bronze and Ricky Peterson, and producer Glyn Johns will be the executive sound producer for the concert. The event will be filmed for eventual release and directed by Martyn Atkins.

Exclusive pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday November 13th at 10 a.m. GMT while public tickets go on sale Friday November 15th at 10 a.m. GMT via Ticketmaster. A donation from the event will go to Teenage Cancer Trust, a U.K. charity dedicated to providing specialist nursing and emotional support to young people with cancer.

Green co-founded Fleetwood Mac in 1967 alongside Fleetwood, John McVie, Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan. Fleetwood told Rolling Stone in 2017 that there was little possibility of the original lineup of the band reforming down the road.

“I went there many years ago,” he said. “We got into it and we were going to put a whole thing together at the [Royal] Albert Hall. This is years and years and years ago. Probably about 15 years ago. And right at the last minute, Peter, in the world that he lives in, just suddenly pulled out. … Suddenly it was not a good idea. And we had put a whole bunch of things together, I had even booked the venue. So I would never do that again.”

REVIEW Fleetwood Mac Live in Calgary November 10, 2019

When it's Fleetwood Mac, every song is an encore
STEPHEN HUNT - CALGARY HERALD
PHOTO: Replicant Tusk



Fleetwood Mac — a walking, talking, drumming and humming Rock and Roll of Fame — returned to Calgary Sunday, to perform a makeup concert for Calgary that Stevie Nicks said was cancelled three times.

All of which, she added, were completely her fault.

“But don’t worry,” Nicks added, in that instantly familiar husky voice that seemed to spin the clock inside the jam-packed Saddledome back to 1977, the year Rumours was released, and changed music history.

“We will always return,” Nicks said, “to the land of snow-covered mountains.”

Then Nicks, and Neil Finn — taking over the role of Lindsey Buckingham in the 2019 edition of Fleetwood Mac — broke into Landslide, one of the great ballads (Nicks wrote it when she was 23 and it still sounds spectacular), and 18,000 people in the Saddledome sang along and many, many gigabytes of digital camera memory were chewed up by people videotaping the song on their phones.

That is, if they had any digital memory left, because to attend a Fleetwood Mac concert is to sit in awe of their songbook and your first temptation is to try to get some visual proof that you were actually there.

It’s astonishing — a concert where every tune is an encore.


REVIEW Fleetwood Mac Live in Winnipeg November 7, 2019

Venerable band rolls out the hits
Fleetwood Mac starts late and loud
By: Erin Lebar
Winnipeg Free Press



CONCERT REVIEW
Fleetwood Mac
Nov. 7, Bell MTS Place
Attendance: 11,800
4.5 stars out of 5

It’s been five years almost to the day since Fleetwood Mac last graced the Bell MTS Place stage. It wasn’t supposed to be quite that long, of course, but an ill Stevie Nicks meant the band’s previously scheduled April 11 Winnipeg tour stop had to be rescheduled — one of a handful of cancellations and postponements this year due to health issues of older performers. 

But, that’s the risk one takes when touring with a band that has an average age of 70.

Fleetwood Mac only took a few weeks off in the spring for vocalist Nicks to recuperate, however, and have managed to hammer out the rest of their summer and fall dates, with the rescheduled Winnipeg show being the fourth-last stop on their list before wrapping this tour up later in November. 

And apparently just a few weeks off were all they needed — Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham replacements Mike Campbell and Neil Finn, in true rock ’n’ roll style, started late and started loud, quickly amping up the crowd with the iconic thumps of The Chain, the first of many tracks off the band’s landmark 1977 album, Rumours.

"Thank you for coming back," Nicks said. "Let’s get this party started."