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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

(REVIEW) ROCK LEGENDS FLEETWOOD MAC SWEPT INTO PERTH

FLEETWOOD MAC @ Members Equity Stadium, Perth (12/12/09)
Review by: OneGiantLeap

It’s not often you see an arena jam-packed with both Baby Boomers and Gen Y kids pumping their fists in the air in adoration of a shared rock idol – but that’s exactly what happened last weekend when seventies rock legends Fleetwood Mac swept into Perth on their Unleashed tour and dazzled legions of fans at Members Equity Stadium.

A curious melange of punters poured into the stadium as the sun began to set: middle-aged hippies, parents and their kids, raucous bogans and hip twenty-somethings.

Once night fell, the speakers crackled to life with a crescendoing electric fuzz – it sounded like a locust plague was about to descend on the stadium – before the stage exploded with light and a chugging guitar riff launched proceedings with the band’s 1975 hit, Monday Morning.

The crowd was in almost silent awe as their idols appeared before them in the flesh. Guitarist Lindsay Buckingham bounced around in a black leather jacket while singer Stevie Nicks graced the stage whirling around in a black chiffon gown and hammering her tambourine with her black leather gloves. Drummer and namesake Mick Fleetwood resembled an old sea captain, complete with glorious white beard and red kerchief – all he lacked was a wooden pipe – while bassist John McVie kept a low profile even during a sleek, early bass solo.

The band ripped through electrifying performances of Monday Morning and The Chain, apparently impervious to the audience’s incessant screams of, “I love you, Stevie!”

After the second song of the night, Nicks welcomed the audience with an enthusiastic cry of “Welcome, Perth, Australia!” delighting the crowd.

“It’s taken a long time to get back here,” Nicks confessed in her disarming American drawl, “so let’s just get this party started!” she bellowed, before charging into one of the band’s most recognisable hits, Dreams.

Buckingham took the mic after Dreams, and the crowd fell silent to hear his address.

“Every time we get together, we say, – ┼ôLet’s just go out there and have fun!’ ... and that’s something we’ve always done. We’re just gonna do all the songs we really love and hopefully they’re the ones you love, too.”

It certainly set the mood for the first half of the concert. Promoted as a Greatest Hits tour (the band hasn’t released a studio album since 2003’s Say You Will), the band relished the opportunity to revisit their classic hits, introducing most songs with a monologue or anecdote about how the song came into being, which gave the entire performance an intimate feel: the band members were speaking directly – and candidly – to their fans.

Nicks introduced Gypsy by reminiscing about the glorious era of West Coast music in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and recounting the tale of how she and Buckingham first met and then came to join Fleetwood Mac. The namedropping came thick and fast as she recalled the band opening for late legends Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, much to fans’ delight.

The reflective mood persisted as the band tore through amped-up versions of Go Insane and Rhiannon. Buckingham was brutally honest as he touched on the past turmoil of the band, which has seen more volatile clashes and line-up changes than perhaps any rock band in history.

The most recent of these changes – the departure of singer and keyboardist Christine McVie – was particularly noticeable on tracks like Don’t Stop and Say You Love Me, where Nicks and Buckingham were forced to cover for her absence. The songs still got the audience to their feet, but there was definitely the sense that someone was missing.

Toward the latter half of the two and a half hour set, something changed. The pensive, chilled-out vibe that the band had evoked began to bubble and boil into something hotter.

It started with Tusk, the experimental marching-band tune that had the audience bouncing and screaming like maniacs for the first time all night as Buckingham pogoed around on stage like a man half – or even a third – his age; he turned sixty this year.

The Mac began to rock out after that. An acoustic version of Big Love proved that Buckingham has fingers of steel and a gravelly throat that even Dave Grohl would envy, while a metallic rendition of early tune Oh Well had fists pumping across the stadium, the band’s unique brand of folk-metal sounding clear and razor-sharp in the oft-maligned acoustics of Members Equity Stadium.

The biggest hit of the night was one from left field. Buckingham finished I’m So Afraid with a wailing guitar solo that just didn’t stop. Faces in the front rows melted as he stabbed desperately at the strings of his guitar with hands that, toward the end, were clearly burning – but the licks kept coming and the crowd kept roaring. It felt like there was a lot more at stake than there really was, and that is exactly why the entire show became so entrancing. Fleetwood Mac didn’t perform like a washed-up band rehashing their greatest hits for a quick buck: they performed as though every song, every harmony, every note was downright crucial – both artistically and personally. Nicks constantly stretched her throaty voice as high as she possibly could; Fleetwood hammered one breakdown after another on the drums; and Buckingham’s fingers were defiantly relentless. To see a band of sexagenarians at this point in their career trying this hard when they don’t even need to is something truly spectacular: the audience knew, definitively, that they were in the presence of legends.

When Buckingham’s guitar solo finished after more than five minutes, he was welcomed by a standing ovation – as was the band when they finished their set with an extended version of signature tune Go Your Own Way.

“We’ll see you next time!” Nicks promised, after the encore of Don’t Stop.

It was an enigmatic note for the 61-year-old to close on. Will Fleetwood Mac still be around for another tour in a few years’ time? Only time will tell, of course, but judging from the audience’s reaction, there’d be no complaints if these guys didn’t stop.

Fleetwood Mac Perth Setlist:

Monday Morning
The Chain
Dreams
I Know I’m Not Wrong
Gypsy
Go Insane
Rhiannon
Second-Hand News
Tusk
Sara
Big Love (acoustic)
Landslide (dedicated to Nicks’ goddaughters, Ruby and Tessa)
Never Going Back Again
Storms
Say You Love Me
Gold Dust Woman
Oh Well
I’m So Afraid
Stand Back
Go Your Own Way

Encore:
World Turning
Don’t Stop

2nd Encore:
Silver Springs


Monday, December 14, 2009

62 Comments on this story and counting.... Fleetwood Mac in Perth

Fleetwood Mac don't disappoint at Members Equity Stadium concert
Tons of feedback/reviews on Jay Hanna's review of Fleetwood Mac in Perth this past Friday... 62 Comments and counting... and probably 98% positive...

Funniest concert synopsis? I walked out, bloody lip-syncers...

(REVIEW) FLEETWOOD MAC - PERTH, AUSTRALIA

Fleetwood Mac Mesmerises
By Emilia Vranjes
inmycommunity
Full arsenal of Photos here: Gallery
Photos by: Will Russell

“SOMEONE loves you, Stevie. We all love Stevie.”

And with those words from Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham - in response to adoring chants for the supergroup's seductive songstress Stevie Nicks - the 12,000-strong crowd at ME Bank Stadium last Friday night erupted in unanimous delight.

Nicks was clearly everyone's darling, including one-time lover Buckingham, who declared his affection for the mystical frontwoman on numerous occasions, holding her hand and with a warm embrace during the beautiful Sara.

It was a stirring statement from a pair of musical legends who, along with original member Mick Fleetwood on drums/percussion and bassist John McVie, once gain showed how to put fractured relationships behind them to deliver their cross-generational fans an epic journey of lush soundscapes, phenomenal instrumentation and effortless charisma.

The two-and-a-half hour set - spanning 23 songs mainly from their decorated post-1975 back-catalogue - kicked off with Monday Morning from their breakthrough self-titled album of 75, before rocking out with The Chain from their opus, 1977's Rumours.

Two songs in and Nicks - who was rarely without her trademark tambourine - greeted the crowd, urging everyone to 'get this party started', before sinking her still sexy, husky vocals into the ethereal magic of Dreams.

It was then time for Buckingham to endear himself to the punters, acknowledging the Mac's “complex, convoluted past” while declaring that coming together created new possibilities, which paved the way for I Know I'm Not Wrong from the ambitious, quirky double album of 1979, Tusk.

There were anectodal interactions aplenty with Nicks reflecting on her time alongside Buckingham in the Fritz Raybyne Memorial Band in San Francisco in the late 60s, opening for the likes of Janis Joplin in front of 30,000 people and later, Jimi Hendrix before 70,000; “when you open for other bands, this is where you hone your skills”.

She then performed the hauntingly beautiful Gypsy, releasing her inner gypsy with her stage twirls and shortly after backed it up with Rhiannon, but not before one of many costume changes - albeit mainly of her essential accessories: gloves and shawls.

Matching Nicks in crowd favouritism was Buckingham, who mesmerised with his howling vocals and ferocious guitar playing on Tusk.

Followng Nicks' Sara, Buckingham backed up Tusk with the powerful acoustic guitar-driven Big Love, before Nicks and band returned with Landslide, a song dedicated to all of Perth.

It was then Buckingham's turn to shine again with Never Going Back Again, performed like a man possessed in what was among the night's highlights.

Nicks then introduced Storms from Tusk as a “dark stormy song about people having a dark stormy time” - fitting from a band which together has weathered many a storm.

She then donned a gold shawl for Gold Dust Woman before the boys rocked out with early 70s Mac number, Oh Well, defined with Buckingham's aggressive snarl.

Nicks later returned - this time draped in a white lace shawl - to add some '80s glam with the lush, synth-heavy Stand Back from her 1983 solo album The Wild Heart, before donning an all-black ensemble complete with matching top hat for a spirited performance of main set closer, Buckingham's much-loved Go Your Own Way.

The foursome emerged for the first encore in pairs - first Fleetwood and McVie, followed by Nicks and Buckingham holding hands - and launched into a fervent rendition of World Turning, marked by Fleetwood's extended primal drum solo.

The double encore - which also comprised long-time band absentee Christine McVie's Don't Stop - concluded with “our first lady and poet” Nicks leading the band for Silver Springs, her composition that was famously cut from the final release of Rumours.

It was then time to bid farewell, but not before Fleetwood urged the crowd to “be kind to each other in this crazy world”.

They were pertinent parting words from someone who has somehow managed to keep this legendary musical collective united (for the most part) through four decades of emotional highs and lows.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

(VIDEOS) AND IT DOESN'T LIGHT UP THE NIGHT...

FLEETWOOD MAC LIVE IN PERTH, AU
GYPSY & DREAMS
It's interesting to see Fleetwood Mac's stage from a distance especially when they aren't playing in an arena where they have the ability to hang those giant light boxes that twist and turn and rise and fall and change colour through out the show... Seems with the outdoor shows without the light boxes above there's less fluctuation with lighting on stage leaving it looking a little less vibrant or colourfull. Maybe I'm wrong, I wasn't there, I'm just basing that on seeing these two vids.

FLEETWOOD INSPIRES YOUNGSTERS IN PERTH PRIOR TO CONCERT

FLEETWOOD MAC - PERTH AUSTRALIA

Mick Fleetwood taking time just prior to one of the Perth shows to pass on some of his drumming skills... Lucky boys!!


FLEETWOOD MAC - PERTH, AUSTRALIA
Photos by: Antzpantz
Yeah, we were pretty far back at Fleetwood Mac. Heh, that rhy... on Twitpic
Pick up Drum Media Perth on Thursday for full review and photos!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

SUPERGROUP FLEETWOOD MAC BROUGHT THE HOUSE DOWN IN PERTH

Seventies supergroup Fleetwood Mac have brought the house down at the first Perth concert of their Australian Tour at ME Bank Stadium last night.

Under a starry sky perfect for the theatrics of star-crossed lovers Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac superbly played the smash hits that brought them fame and fortune across 20 years.

The superlative ballad Sara was sung with passion and feeling by Stevie Nicks early in the sold-out performance, with a reminder Lindsey Buckingham was “the poet in her heart.”

The band took the time to greet the loving Perth audience warmly with stories of their early

struggles. At different times, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and even Mick Fleetwood spent
minutes talking to the Perth crowd as if they were old friends.

Once again, fans could see the on-again off-again relationship between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham through many of their hit songs they played, including Never Going Back Again
and Second Hand News.

And when Lindsey Buckingham made eye contact with Steve Nicks as he sang the poignant Go Your Own Way, they were transported back to their deep emotional past, with lyrics including “If I could, maybe I’d give you my world, How can I, when you won’t take it from me.”

he super-fit Buckingham starred on guitar as the familiar opening riffs were greeted with a roar by the happy crowd of 12,000 on a warm summer night. As always, Fleetwood Mac band founder Mick Fleetwood kept the crowd entertained with his antics and adorable drumming, while co-founder John McVie let his bass guitar do the talking through songs like The Chain.

The band moved smoothly through songs from the Number 1 best-selling albums Rumours and Fleetwood Mac, as Stevie Nicks warbled her way through hits like Say You Love Me, Landslide (so beautiful it became a Dixie Chicks hit years later) and the signature Rhiannon, the tale of the Welsh witch with Nicks-inspired lyrics including “all your life you’ve never seen, a woman taken by the wind.” This was Stevie Nicks at her best, with the flowing gowns and lace shawls flying once again as, right on cue, the warm Perth wind raced through her long blonde hair.

The band loves Perth and it showed. Fleetwood Mac came on just before 8pm and played passionately without a break till well after 10, before an extended encore and another extended return to the stage because of the crowd reaction.

It was almost a return to the carefree era of San Francisco in the 70s, prompting Stevie Nicks to tell the Perth crowd how they opened to Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix in front of 70,000 people in San Fran.

Lindsey Buckingham's spellbinding performance on vocals and guitar finished with a promise to Perth fans that they would be back.

Fleetwood Mac play another sold out concert in Perth tonight before they leave on Sunday for their final Australian gig in Brisbane, before flying on to New Zealand. Maybe it's Perth's California-like weather, or the always-warm reaction of Perth crowds that makes Perth appear to be their favourite Australian city.

It was touching in more ways than one to see Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham embracing and holding hands on stage in Perth, testimony to their recognition of the deep, enduring feelings that produced the emotional songs loved by audiences world-wide.

Judging by their stirring Australian concert in Perth last night, Fleetwood Mac’s Unleashed Tour is
another stellar achievement by one of the world’s favourite and enduring supergroups.

Fleetwood Mac, PerthPerth salutes you.

ADDITION PHOTOS @ Perth.PerthPerth.com

(REVIEW) PERTH, AU - FLEETWOOD MAC (NIGHT #1)

THE MAC BACK
WITH BLASTS FROM THE PAST
SIMON COLLINS | MUSIC EDITOR
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
DECEMBER 12, 2009

Seventies supergroup Fleetwood Mac turned back the clock last night at the first of two concerts at ME Bank Stadium this weekend as part of their Unleashed worl tour.

The touring veterans treated around 12,000 fans to two-hour time-warp through their late-70's hits, kicking off with Monday Morning, the opening track from the 1975 self-titled ablum.

That release first saw American couple Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham join British blues men, rhythm section and the source of the band's name, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, plus his wife Christine McVie.

As with the Mac's performance at the WACA Ground five years ago, Christine McVie was absent - she hasn't toured in more than a decade - leving the four survivors to deliver a lengthy set sparkling with gems plucked from their best-selling 1977 opus Rumours and plenty of songs from 1979's experimental Tusk.

Possibly the greatest break-up album of all-time, Rumours contributed the big hits to last night's show; The Chain, Second Hand News, Don't Stop and that classic kiss-off, Go Your Own Way.

There was one solo song each for Nicks and Buckingham, plus a rendition of early number Oh Well, a reminder of when Fleetwood Mac were an English blues band led by Peter Green.

McVie was there in spirit, with her former bandmates dishing up her excellent Say You Love Me and World Turning.

Fleetwood Mac plays at ME Bank Stadium again tonight, before heading back over east for shows in Brisbane and New Zealand.

Fleetwood Mac - ME Bank Stadium
Friday, December 11
SIMON COLLINS, The West Australian

Forget Dallas, Dynasty and even our own Number 96. The best soap opera of the 70s and early 80s was Fleetwood Mac — a saga that had everything: love, drugs, sex, affairs, more drugs, insanity and wonderful music.

Rather than save it all for a Behind the Music special or an unauthorised biography, the Mac poured all these dramas into some of the greatest and most emotionally naked pop songs the world has ever heard.

And three decades later, four survivors of those tumultuous times are still reliving those painful, joyous and ultimately legendary episodes on stage for a fan base that clings to those memories, perhaps living through a few similar scenes themselves.

So it was that 12,000 Perth music lovers tuned in at ME Bank Stadium on Friday night for the first of two big gigs on the Australian leg of Fleetwood Mac’s Unleashed world tour.

The Mac always draw on the drama at concerts, with evergreen guitarist and singer Lindsey Buckingham — one-third of the Stevie Nicks love triangle with drummer Mick Fleetwood — underselling the incredible turmoil experienced by the great British-American band.

“We’ve had a fairly complex, convoluted and emotional history — it’s not always been easy,” Buckingham said on Friday night. “But in the long run, it’s been worth it.”

Fans would agree. After all, we got the songs, not the heartache.

As the Mac unleashed these emotions, it was clear that there is still a lot of love between the members, particularly Nicks and Buckingham, who embraced frequently during the performance.

Maybe it was staged, but the audience lapped it up.

They also loved the greatest hits set, dominated by classics from Fleetwood Mac’s incredible trio of 70s albums; 1975’s self-titled effort, 1977’s mega-selling Rumours and 1979’s wild Tusk.

Plenty of people were still finding their seats as the Mac opened with Monday Morning, before they kicked into the familiar thud of The Chain — a Rumours track about solidarity that perhaps rings truer than it has for many years.

Many Mac fans were there simply to see Stevie Nicks and while her husky voice can’t hold the high notes these days, she inhabited the classic Dreams and her unofficial theme songs Gold Dust Woman and Gypsy.

The latter song, as she explained during one of the many times she, Buckingham or drummer Mick Fleetwood addressed their fans, was inspired by her time alongside Buckingham in San Francisco band Fritz, playing with the likes of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

There’s some more history for you.

Nicks and her old flame swapped the lead throughout the night, with her blonde hippie offset by his virtuosic guitar playing and eccentric, but powerful vocal performance.

Buckingham provided several highlights: Second Hand News was rollicking fun, the folky Never Going Back Again had the crowd on their feet and his solo rendition of the acoustic rocker Big Love was a master-class for guitarists in the crowd.

At 22 years old, the latter single off Tango in the Night was the youngest song played on Friday night as the Mac remained stuck in the 70s — in more ways than one.

They went back even further, to 1969 for Peter Green’s Oh Well — a reminder that Fleetwood Mac were an acclaimed British blues band before Buckingham was recruited and insisted that his girlfriend should also join.

In the set that stretched for more than two hours there were too many highlights to list, ranging from the sublime Landslide to the ridiculous (but rocking) Tusk.

One of the few steps away from the expected was Tusk track Storm, which fell flat, as did the turgid Pink Floyd-esque I’m So Afraid. At least the latter was followed by Stand Back, a fizzy pop song from Stevie Nicks’ 1983 solo album The Wild Heart.

Fleetwood Mac finished the main set with their best song ever, the bittersweet rocker Go Your Own Way. By the time they dished up the encore of World Turning and the stamping Don’t Stop, many fans were racing for the gates, having ticked all their favourite boxes.

However, the Mac weren’t done; returning for the excellent Nicks ballad Silver Springs before Buckingham, then Nicks and finally Fleetwood warmly thanked the audience for coming to see them.
Will the Mac be back?

Friday night’s performance suggests at least one more rerun.

Friday, December 11, 2009

(REVIEW) PERTH, AU - FLEETWOOD MAC DON'T DISAPPOINT

Fleetwood Mac don't disappoint at Members Equity Stadium concert
Jay Hanna, STM Entertainment Editor
PerthNow

THERE are few bands who could weather the storms that have rained down on Fleetwood Mac.

By guitarist and singer Lindsey Buckingham's own admission the band's history is "complex, convoluted and emotionally wrought".

However standing in front of an audience of 12,000 Perth fans, Buckingham acknowledged that "in the long run it's made us stronger".

Buckingham went on to say that when the band, which includes singer Stevie Nicks, bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood, decided to come together once again it was a with a feeling of "new possibility".

And while the absence of retired singer Christine McVie could not be overlooked, especially during Go Your Own Way, the crowd was willing to explore the possibilities along with their heroes.

Billed as a greatest hits concert, the set list delivered almost everything a fan could wish for.

Monday Morning from the band's self-titled 1975 album kicked off proceedings, followed by The Chain from 1977's Rumours, which remains one of the highest selling albums of all time.

It was the seemingly eternally youthful Nicks who first greeted the crowd with a drawn out shout of "Perth, Australia. Welcome." Before stating it was time to "get this party started".

Sporting her trademark gothic gypsy look of velvet and lace, long black gloves and flowing blonde tresses, Nicks looked years younger than her 61 years.

However it was clear that time has diminished Nicks' vocal range, robbing her of the ability to hit the high notes in songs such as Rhiannon and Sara. But thankfully Nicks refrained from straining and squealing, instead she stayed in her lower range using her unique voice to convey the emotional depth of the lyrics.

Sharing the spotlight with his former love, Buckingham was simply mesmerising. The lithe 60-year-old has lost none of his guitar prowess or agility as was particularly evident on I'm So Afraid and Big Love.

Nicks and Buckingham made a great show of affection, frequently holding hands and embracing, much to the crowd's pleasure. Buckingham famously refused to join Fleetwood Mac, unless they also took his partner in love and music, Nicks. While the pair split in 1976 and have endured a turbulent relationship in subsequent years, they seem to have found renewed pleasure in working together. There is no doubt a strong musical bond remains between the two and it was a pleasure to witness their love and appreciation for the music they make together.

In introducing Gypsy, Nicks spoke of her early days jamming with Buckingham in San Francisco in the late 60s and early 70s. She spoke of opening for Janis Joplin in front of 35,000 people and Jimi Hendrix in front of 70,000 and how Buckingham's constant guitar playing "drove the gated community crazy".

Prior to the brilliant Second Hand News Buckingham responded to a punter's call of "I love you Stevie" by confessing: "We all love Stevie".

Go Your Own Way ended the first set, with Buckingham taking over the vocal duties for the song he penned. The crowd were on their feet for what is possibly the band's greatest song.

While Nicks and Buckingham may be the face of Fleetwood Mac, it's the rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie that remains its backbone.

Famously founder Peter Green named his band for Fleetwood and McVie, as attempt to lure McVie away from John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. He finally succeeded in acquiring McVie in August 1967. On stage some four decades later, Fleetwood and McVie were still a rhythmic force to be reckoned with.

Fleetwood got his chance to truly shine in an extended drum solo during World Turning. It was also Fleetwood who introduced the band, albeit belatedly, during the encore. Fleetwood took the chance to pay tribute to the reticent McVie calling him his right hand man.

Don't Stop seemed to spell an end to the concert, but the band returned for a second encore of Silver Springs.

While no one was under the illusion that we were watching a band in their prime, what we got was more than we could have hoped for.

We got to see legends at play, reveling in their love of music. And maybe, just maybe, their enduring love for one another.

Fleetwood Mac
Members Equity Stadium
Fri, Dec 11