Saturday, January 24, 2009

Mac Unleashes Tidal Wave of Tickets

With the launch of the group's massive "Unleashed" tour just a little more than a month away, Fleetwood Mac is ready to unleash a tidal wave of ticket on-sales. (Ticketmaster)

Tickets for all of the group's currently scheduled April and May dates, as well as March 6th in Rosemont, IL and March 17th in Toronto, Ontario Canada (both second dates for each city) will be hitting the box office for the general public on Monday (1/26).

March 2009
6 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena (on sale 1/26)
17 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre (on sale 1/26)

April 2009
15 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center (on sale 1/26)
17 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena (on sale 1/26)
18 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena (on sale 1/26)
20 - Orlando, FL - Amway Arena (on sale 1/26)
22 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum (on sale 1/26)
23 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - BankAtlantic Center (on sale 1/26)
25 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena (on sale 1/26)
26 - Greensboro, SC - Greensboro Coliseum (on sale 1/26)
28 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena (on sale 1/26)
30 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center (on sale 1/26)

May 2009
2 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center (on sale 1/26)
3 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center (on sale 1/26)
5 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center (on sale 1/26)
7 - Omaha, NE - Qwest Center (on sale 1/26)
8 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center (on sale 1/26)
10 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center (on sale 1/26)
12 - Calgary, Alberta - Pengrowth Saddledome (on sale 1/26)
13 - Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place (on sale 1/26)
15 - Vancouver, British Columbia - GM Place (on sale 1/26)
16 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome (on sale 1/26)
18 - Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena (on sale 1/26)
20 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena (on sale 1/26)
21 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion (on sale 1/26)
23 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center (on sale 1/26)
24 - Glendale, AZ - Arena (on sale 1/26)
28 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center (on sale 1/26)
30 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena (on sale 1/26)
31 - San Diego, CA - Cox Arena (on sale 1/26)

Buckingham Nicks sound became Fleetwood Mac’s sound

Eden Munro

Buckingham Nicks
Buckingham Nicks

Originally released: 1973 Lyndsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks are inextricably associated with Fleetwood Mac, having recorded and composed with the band since the group’s 1975 self-titled record.

(There have been periods away from the group, but both Buckingham and Nicks are currently back in the fold.)

Having drifted through numerous lineup changes since it’s inception in 1967 when founders guitarist Peter Green and drummer Mick Fleetwood splintered off from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers—they were joined not long after by the group’s bassist, John McVie—the band had already moved from straightahead blues to a ‘70s rock direction, bolstered by a decent dose of pop melody as player’s joined and departed, bringing with them new influences.

But when Buckingham and Nicks joined the bad, the duo’s influence was immediate and powerful, as the Buckingham Nicks sound became Fleetwood Mac’s sound. That the duo brought a fully-formed soundscape to the band is evident upon listening to Buckingham Nicks’s sole LP, released two years previous to their joining Fleetwood Mac.

Continue to full review (here)

Ask the Fleetwood Mac drummer anything
Joe Bosso, Fri 23 Jan 2009

Next week Mick Fleetwood is going to sit down with MusicRadar for a podcast interview, and this is your chance to ask him a question.

Although he's best known as the drummer for the hugely popular Fleetwood Mac - their 1977 album Rumours has sold over 30 million copies (not too shabby) - Mick Fleetwood cut his musical teeth in London clubs as a member of John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, where he would meet his eventual rhythm section partner, bassist John McVie.

Fleetwood and McVie had many lean years guiding Fleetwood Mac through a succession of lineup changes. Blues gave way to the sunny sounds of California pop with the addition of guitarist-singer Lindsey Buckingham and starry-eyed vocalist Stevie Nicks, and the rest, of course, is Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame history. From 1975, Fleetwood Mac has been the definitive mega-band: big albums, big tour and even bigger drama.

This March, Fleetwood Mac will embark on their 'Unleashed' greatest hits tour, but it's no last hurrah:They've already indicated a desire to write and record new material as soon as time permits. Speaking of time, next week, Mick Fleetwood is going to sit down with MusicRadar for a podcast interview, and this is your chance to ask him a question.

To ask Mick Fleetwood a question, follow this link (here) and simply add one to the comments section (you'll have to be registered and logged in to do so). The best questions will be asked during the interview next week.

Friday, January 16, 2009



Fleetwood Mac has added 29 more shows to the band’s “Unleashed" tour in April and May, for a total of 44, Live Nation announced. The new dates come on the heels of the first leg of dates announced in December, which have nearly sold out. The tour starts March 1 at Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena and winds up May 31 at San Diego’s Cox Arena; the band plays Madison Square Garden March 19 and staples Center May 28. "We are extremely pleased with the Fleetwood Mac sales to date," said LN CEO of Global Music Jason Garner, taking a moment out from printing tickets. "Their success is another example of the strength of the 2009 concert season." This is the band’s first tour in five years. Interestingly, tickets for Live Nation-produced tour will be sold on both and


It took forever to get it all worked out among the bandmembers, their managers and attorneys, but “the 30th anniversary edition” of Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" has finally been confirmed for reissue—31 years later. The landmark album will be part of a CD/DVD boxed set on Reprise in conjunction with the tour dates.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fleetwood Mac's show May 7th in Omaha


Fleetwood Mac tickets on sale Jan. 26

Tickets for Fleetwood Mac's show May 7th in Omaha will go on sale Jan. 26 at 10 a.m.

Qwest Center Omaha officials confirmed Thursday that the arena will be part of the group's first tour in nearly six years.

The Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Famers - Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Lindsey Buckingham - played here during their last tour in 2003. It was one of the first concerts to be performed at the Qwest.

Tickets will be available through the Qwest Center box office,, Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 422-1212. Seats will cost $49.50, $79.50 or $149.50.

This year's "Unleashed" tour coincides with the re-release of the band's breakthrough album "Rumours" in a CD/DVD box set.


Posted by Albert Ching

The Mac is back! No, not that one. The latest chapter in the British/American rock band's storied, tumultuous history is a greatest hits tour, coinciding with a new, reissued version of their most famous album Rumours. The tour was announced back in December, but with only east coast dates. But now we know that Fleetwood Mac--the current, Christine McVie-less roster of Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood-- is coming our way on May 23, at the Honda Center in Anaheim. They're also coming to LA's Staples Center on May 28. Classic rock lives!

Tickets for both are on sale 10 a.m. next Monday (Jan. 26) through the usual outlets; the Honda Center show is $49.50-$149.50.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Fleetwood Mac announces first local shows in five years

January 14th, 2009
by Ben Wener

No, seriously, I’m really on vacation. But this just came in, so I thought I’d quickly share an addendum to my earlier new-shows post: Fleetwood Mac’s Unleashed Tour, a greatest-hits outing that brings the Hall of Famers back together for the first time in five years, now has Southern California dates — May 23 at Honda Center in Anaheim, May 28 at Staples Center in L.A. and May 31 at Cox Arena in San Diego.

Tickets are expected to go on sale Jan. 26. Rock on, gold dust … er, people.

The photo of Stevie Nicks and John McVie, by Miguel Vasconcellos, is from the Mac’s last O.C. appearance, at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in June 2004.

Fleetwood Mac Booked Through May

Smoking Section

Twenty-nine more gigs have been added to Fleetwood Mac's hotly anticipated "Unleashed" tour, bringing the total number of announced shows to forty-four.

It's the Mac's first tour in nearly five years, and when we spoke with Stevie Nicks about it a couple weeks ago, she could hardly contain herself.

The thought of hitting the road with Mick, John and Lindsey, she says, "Still gives me goose bumps and it still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up."

Fleetwood Mac: May 13, Rexall Place - Edmonton

Edmonton Journal

YES! It’s not a rumour or a sweet little lie — pop-rock veterans Fleetwood Mac are about to make their first Edmonton stop in almost two decades. Stevie Nicks, Lindsay Buckingham, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood will perform May 13 at Rexall Place.

It’s part of their Unleashed: Hits tour — featuring classics such as Little Lies, Don’t Stop, Rhiannon, Go Your Own Way, Gypsy, and Big Love. Tickets will go on sale Monday, Jan. 26, according to, but prices have yet to be announced.

Their last local show was in 1990, when singer/keyboardist Christine McVie was still touring with the group. She stopped in 1994, rejoined two years later, then retired from the road in 1998. There were rumours that Sheryl Crow would stand in for McVie on this upcoming trek, but those have since been quashed by Fleetwood.


Here is Helen Metella's review of Fleetwood Mac's Dec. 2, 1990 gig at Northlands Coliseum:

So this is Christine McVie's last tour with Fleetwood Mac? What a shame, what a drag. Stevie Nicks' too? Good riddance.

In a consistently irksome and sub-standard performance, the fey, once vocally stunning and visually bewitching lead singer for the British-American supergroup walked through Sunday night's concert in an apathetic, disconnected daze.

Swaddled in what resembled adult-sized christening coats, the admittedly shy, 42-year-old Nicks repeatedly lifted the sides of her skirts so that her silhouette showed and swayed slightly, back to the crowd.

Quite a disappointing departure from the halcyon shows eight and ten years ago when she was crowned the most mesmerizing woman in rock for her dervish-like dances.

More distressing still, she offered dreary, sometimes flat renditions of such shimmering melodies as Rhiannon in a deep register designed to fudge the high notes.

Plagued by throat nodes in the past, perhaps Nicks' careful, unexciting singing form is due to the rigors of a long tour.

But what explains her deliberately and wordlessly padding off-stage through a side curtain after almost every tune only to slowly re-enter a few moments later, like some addled prima donna?

Luckily, Nicks' ridiculously outdated wood-nymph routine and her mystical vocals have never been the sum total of Fleetwood Mac's appeal.

Even with the gifted writer and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham gone - these past three years - from the band's best-known and most successful lineup, the group has meat on every one of its bones.

Keyboardist Christine McVie, an admirably fit and effervescent 46 year old shone on such signature tunes as Say You Love Me with her strong and shapely lead vocals. She also supplied the physical gusto so lacking from Nicks. When the spotlight found her on the front line, the mood of the over 14,000 fans immediately brightened, just as it grew audibly nervous when Nicks took a shaky solo with acoustic guitarist Billy Burnette on the fragile masterpiece Landslide.

Founding members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie formed a bruising duo and a solid foundation for the groove which new members Rick Vito and Burnette laid out from the opening medley.

For World Turning Fleetwood reinvented the obligatory drum solo as Ghana's Isaac Asante, playing congas and hardwood tree branches, duelled with the electronic screeches emanating from the drum pads strapped under Fleetwood's clothes.

As the rhythms grew progressively more tense, wilder, louder and closer together, the band's overwrought lighting system strafed the audience with strobe lights. It added up to nothing in the end, but it was adventurous and different while it lasted.

Ex-Bob Seeger band member Vito lit up his instrument with electrifying lead lines and dove easily into jazzy blues jams from the original Fleetwood Mac's repertoire. Both he and Burnette were also tremendous assets vocally, especially on such comparatively weak tunes as Love is Dangerous, from the current LP Behind The Mask.

But no matter how fine and versatile the band, it was hard to feel fulfilled by this event with the lead singer so wanting.

Fleetwood Mac headed to Tulsa


Fleetwood Mac is coming to the BOK Center.

The show is set for Sunday, May 3.

The British-American rock act formed in 1967, and will make this tour with members Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and John McVie. Some of the band's biggest hits include "Go Your Own Way," "Say You Love Me," "Over My Head," "Tusk" "The Chain" and "Dreams."

Buckingham announced during his latest solo tour, which came through Tulsa late last year, that he was readying for a world tour with Fleetwood Mac, and now the news is official, according to the band's Web site and the BOK Center in Tulsa.

Tickets go on sale Monday, January 26 at 10 a.m. for $149.50, $79.50 and $49.50, plus fees.

Tickets are available online at, area Reasor's and Homeland stores, Arby's Box Office or by calling 1-866-7-BOKCTR.

Fleetwood Mac cancels Albany show

Fleetwood Mac’s scheduled performance March 17 at the Times Union Center has been canceled.

The show was to be part of the group’s Unleashed tour, its first in five years.
No further information about the cancellation was available this morning.

Full refunds are available by returning tickets to their original point of purchase at the Times Union Center box office or select Price Chopper outlets, or by calling 800-303-8368.

They've added a second Toronto, Ontario Canada date on March 17th