Showing posts with label 7-06-13: Fleetwood Mac - Sacramento. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 7-06-13: Fleetwood Mac - Sacramento. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Review | Videos: Fleetwood Mac Live in Sacramento by Rock Subculture

Fleetwood Mac at Sleep Train Arena Sacramento, California 
July 6, 2013 (Concert Review)
By Jason Debord

It isn’t often that real, genuine rock and roll legends come into my hometown of Sacramento to perform in concert, but after last night’s Fleetwood Mac show at Sleep Train Arena, they’ve set the bar quite high for any act to follow.  Have loved this band since I was a kid, but have never seen them live, so this was an eagerly anticipated show for me.  I did see Lindsey Buckingham on his own last year, and Stevie Nicks with Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players earlier this year, so have had bursts of greatness, which really fed my desire to see them together as Fleetwood Mac even more.  As amazing as those other performances had been, they did not prepare me for the magic of having their best line-up (unfortunately sans Christine McVie) on stage together.  I think it cements Lindsey Buckingham as the true rock God of the 70s/80s generation and Stevie Nicks, fittingly, as the rock Goddess.  Mick Fleetwood is like Zeus (or maybe a mad pirate), with twin balls hanging (in a dangling/dancing sort of way) from his belt.  John McVie is content to leave center stage to the others, throwing down his bassline and keeping everything on the tracks as much as possible.  This is a band who know who they are, and haven’t strayed from their identity in sound or fashion.  What really hit home is how much they appreciate their fans, which was expressed not just in the performance but in eloquent statements from Nicks and Fleetwood to close out the show, calling us their “Dreamcatchers”, and really articulating the music fan/musician dynamic better than I’ve ever heard before.  This date closed out the U.S. leg of their tour, and certainly inspires one to start following them around Europe later this year…

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac Live in Sacramento... The end of the line.

JULY 6, 2013

Fleetwood Mac takes America once again
by Patricia Willers

Photos by Barry Wisdom - Check out more photos here

On tour for the first time in three years, Fleetwood Mac played Sleep Train Arena Saturday night, and it is now safe to say they made up for their cancelled show four years ago. Sacramento was the last stop in the U.S., so the group was ready for a much-needed break, and this fueled them to play a great show. Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham played for almost three hours, even after starting the show a little late. At the end of the show and after two encores, Nicks and Fleetwood remained onstage and spoke, both loquaciously grateful to their lifetime fans. Those in the crowd were just as appreciative to have another chance to hear such a classic group from their past.

To start the show, Buckingham and Nicks walked out onto the stage hand-in-hand, much to the delight of the audience. Everyone looked happy to be on stage performing again, and Buckingham even went as far as to vocalize it.

“…It appears that there are still quite a few chapters left in the book of Fleetwood Mac!”

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Sunday, July 07, 2013

VIDEOS | PHOTOS: Fleetwood Mac Say Goodbye To North America - Sacramento

JULY 6, 2013
(Review to follow)

Well that's it!  Fleetwood Mac hit the stage for their last North America show last night at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

Fleetwood Mac leave the North America stage after 3 months and 46 shows stretching across both the U.S. and Canada  feeling, I'm sure, a huge sense of accomplishment and gratitude to the over half a million or so fans that came out to see what many have said is their best tour ever!

With the right set list mix, that remained intact from day one and a well structured show along with the enthusiasm amongst the band to clearly be happy and excited to be performing together, they leave fans in North America satisfied, grateful, excited for the future and calling out for more!  The excitement and enthusiasm from fans of all ages seeing the band for the very first time, and from those that have seen the band multiple times was completely palpable. Dedicated fans traveled across the globe to catch this almost 3 hour show and to experience that ole Mac Magic that only rears its head once or twice a decade. 

From the opening song of the night, "Second Hand News" from "Rumours" to the last song of the night "Say Goodbye" the second to last song on their last studio release "Say You Will", fans were taken on a nostalgic trip back to simpler times, through the good and the bad, through the lives lived by the members of Fleetwood Mac. Along the way, we saw the band perform new music in the form of "Sad Angel" and "Without You" from the new "Extended Play" release, we saw the "Tusk" gems "Sisters of the Moon" brought back to life for the first time since the '82 Mirage Tour with great success plus "Not That Funny" for the first time since 1997. We witnessed Lindsey, a man of unbendable perseverance giving it his all ripping through guitar solo after guitar solo with precision, taking no breaks at all during the show. We were in awe as Stevie and the band developed and transformed "Gold Dust Woman" into this 10-12 minute show stopping stage piece that varied nightly proving that synergy still remains in this band when they are open to working together - producing perfect results. The song became fairly loose in the latter part of the tour to the point where you really never knew what Stevie was going to give each night.  That was exciting! The guarantees were that the song would be great, totally unpredictable and that the eerie and spooky element would be turned up to 10!  All this and you have the back bone of Fleetwood Mac, the steadfast John McVie and the ever entertaining Mick Fleetwood.  These four are still able to create that perfect storm on stage.

Above Photos: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty
This is not to say there weren't any bumps along the way.  Stevie suffered a reported leg injury in early May that almost sidelined the tour and its momentum, but with the help of a physical therapist in Calgary was able to soldier on. A couple of shows in June (Ft. Lauderdale and Montreal) were dropped from the itinerary to the disappointment of thousands. Nobody likes to see shows cancelled especially those that had bought tickets and I'm sure the band felt the wave of disappointment from the fans that had planned to attend.  Aside from these few exceptions, plus Lindsey breaking a nail on his right hand, this tour will likely go down as their most successful not just monetarily.

Big thanks to all the reviewers, photographers and to anyone that talked about the band during the tour.. and took the time to interacted with us here at Fleetwood Mac News - with comments on posts (good and bad), texts, Facebook and Twitter posts and comments... It's been great!... Thank you!

Next up - Ireland in September...


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