Showing posts with label 6-05-13: Fleetwood Mac - Houston. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 6-05-13: Fleetwood Mac - Houston. Show all posts

Friday, June 07, 2013

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac Live in Houston

Fleetwood Mac at Toyota Center, 6/5/2013
by Selena Dieringer
Houston Press

A few things occurred to me as a spectator at Wednesday Night's Fleetwood Mac show at Toyota Center:

They are not in the touring game for a paycheck;
This band has a ton of mutual respect for one another, and for good reason; and
All of us could really take some good inspiration from this group, whether we are musicians or not.

In short, if you are a fan of Fleetwood Mac, see this band while you can. It will be worth every penny.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

REVIEWS | PHOTOS: Fleetwood Mac Live in Houston

JUNE 5, 2013

Fleetwood Mac brings music, memories to Houston
by Joey Guerra

Photo by Brian Townley
Somewhere amid the first few songs of Fleetwood Mac’s more than two-hour set Wednesday at Toyota Center, Lindsey Buckingham explained what he called an “axiom” of the music business.

“If it works, run it into the ground and move on,” he said

It was his way of saying that the Mac was most certainly not doing that and a proper introduction to “Sad Angel,” a feisty song from a new EP released in April.

But really, what fans came for were the classics, the unspoken stories, the still-potent chemistry between Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. That’s not running anything into the ground. It’s simply honoring the work.

“Every time we come back together, it’s different,” Buckingham said. “You’d think after this long there would be nothing left to discover. It appears that there are still quite a few chapters left in the book of Fleetwood Mac.”

Indeed, there’s still something exciting about all of these songs. A trio from 1977′s “Rumours” album — “Second Hand News, “The Chain,” “Dreams” — set a celebratory, sensual tone. People crowded around the lip of the stage and stayed there, dancing and singing to every chorus, guitar lick and drum solo. ”Rhiannon” was the final push to get the lower and upper levels out of their seats.

Photo by Alexa
Nicks flowed in her signature scarves and sparkle and told the crowd she’d lived in Texas for five years. (El
Paso, to be exact, when she was a girl.) Buckingham was chatty and excitable, stomping his feet and bending his knees like a kid after hammering into any number of songs.

There was an extended, excellent tribute to the band’s originally misunderstood “Tusk” album that included “Not That Funny,” the thundering title track and Nicks warbling on “Sisters of the Moon.” Much has been made about the change in her vocals, the lowering of keys, the weather of age. But she sounded nothing less than sweet and sincere throughout the evening.

And when she glided over to Buckingham during a heartfelt “Sara,” took his mic for the final line and gave him a hug, there was some bit of unspoken magic between them.

Buckingham was reliably excellent on “Big Love;” “Landslide” is still a deceptively sweet tearjerker; and Nicks did the spin during “Gypsy.” (You know the one.) “Without You,” a lost song from the Buckingham Nicks era, was another highlight. And Nicks was bathed in yellow light and one of many shawls during “Gold Dust Woman.”