Friday, May 08, 2009

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(REVIEW) FLEETWOOD MAC - OMAHA 5/7/09


Fleetwood Mac still has chops

BY KEVIN COFFEY
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

The band hasn't put out an album in years, but that didn't stop the crowd from celebrating Fleetwood Mac on Thursday night.

The group put on a simple, straightforward performance at Qwest Center Omaha that showcased all its hits for 2½ hours. Fans got a taste of everything, from less famous tunes like "Monday Morning" to smash hits "Don't Stop" and "Go Your Own Way."

"Omaha, welcome! We are thrilled that you are here with us tonight. We feel like we should get this party started," Stevie Nicks said from behind her scarf-covered microphone while the crowd applauded.

Drummer and band namesake Mick Fleetwood introduced band members as the "man with the magic fingers," guitarist Lindsey Buckingham; the "poet" and "first lady," singer Stevie Nicks; and the "backbone" of the band, bassist John McVie.

In addition to her trademark scarves and tambourine, Nicks added a few other flourishes to her wardrobe by changing dresses and donning shawls throughout the set. Before the set-closing "Go Your Own Way," Nicks left the stage and re-emerged wearing a top hat.

Unlike other veteran rockers, Fleetwood Mac didn't update songs to eliminate '80s-era synthesizers or change its stage displays to include an elaborate video montage or pyrotechnics. And the crowd - most of whom looked like longtime Fleetwood Mac fans - cheered them on throughout the show.

Nicks famously sings "I'm getting older, too," in Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide." But while she and the rest of the band are (she turns 61 in a few weeks), they haven't lost any of their vocal or instrumental chops.

Nicks' voice Thursday night sounded as sultry as when she joined the band in the mid-'70s, and Fleetwood and McVie haven't lost a step.

But most impressive was Buckingham, who put on a display with his guitar work during every song, all while splitting lead vocal duties with Nicks.

Although there were two backup guitarists onstage, Buckingham didn't need them. He played lead guitar for the band throughout the concert, switching styles with ease - finger-picking his way through blues riffs, slow acoustic ballads and loud rocking tunes.

During the show, Buckingham explained that the band members had "said to each other, 'Let's just go out there (during this tour) and have fun. Let's go out there and do the songs that we love.'"

He turned to the crowd and said, "Hopefully those are the songs that you love, too."

Concertgoers also heard some history of the band and got a window into how and why certain songs were written. Like an episode of VH1's "Storytellers," Nicks and Buckingham took turns introducing songs, telling how they were written, how each joined the band and how songs' meanings had changed over time.

The emotional turmoil that fueled the writing of many of Fleetwood Mac's songs wasn't apparent Thursday. Nicks and Buckingham made a point of proving that there was no animosity, taking the stage holding hands, turning to sing to one another during some songs and even hugging in the middle of "Sara."

Members of the band thanked the audience obsessively. Near the end of the concert, Buckingham took a moment to address them: "Omaha, you guys are just great tonight. Thank you all for coming, and good night."

Thursday, May 07, 2009

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - Return of the Mac

Mick Fleetwood dispels the rumours about latest tour
by Elizabeth Chorney-Booth
FFWD Weekly

When it comes to mega-platinum, superstar arena bands, they don’t get much bigger than Fleetwood Mac. Not only do they have one of the best selling albums of all-time (1977’s Rumours) and an unrivalled ubiquity when it comes to both classic rock and lite rock radio, but they’ve also toured regularly over the past decade. Since it’s pretty clear that the band members aren’t living anywhere close to the poverty line, why is Fleetwood Mac doing yet another full-scale tour? With prime ticket prices for the show sitting at almost $200 a head, is it just about the money?

“Think of someone like Neil Young or Eric Clapton or Elton John and these are people that are extremely successful, and in truth, in many ways way more successful in the long term than Fleetwood Mac, and that answers the question usually,” explains drummer Mick Fleetwood. “They would be doing this whether or not they were famous or wealthy. I truly believe that these people would be doing this, and that is our pleasure. I can’t imagine one person in Fleetwood Mac not being involved in music.”

So, it’s all about the music, man? While there couldn’t be a more clich├ęd answer, Fleetwood is surprisingly sincere. He points to another famous drummer — probably the most famous drummer — as an example of why it’s essential to just keep playing.

“I remember sitting down with Ringo Starr and it’s no secret that both Ringo and myself in our day enjoyed a party or two,” Fleetwood says. “One of the things he said so resonated with me. We were sitting and he was talking about his journey, and he said, ‘One day I suddenly realized that I didn’t have a drum kit in my house.’ It was like, what’s wrong with that picture? Once he reconnected with that, he will always go out and do these tours, which he does religiously every year, and he loves it. Some people don’t understand it, but he doesn’t care.”

None of this makes those hefty ticket prices any easier to swallow, but with Fleetwood Mac being such a complicated band personally (almost every member of the band having been romantically involved with one another at some point), it’s hard to believe that they’d be willing to spend time together onstage if it was a chore. When they do hit the stage, it isn’t hard to feel the love and the old tension between the band members, pushing the live Fleetwood Mac experience a step beyond your typical cash grab reunion tour.

“With us, business is involved in getting anything like this out on the road, but when we do this, we have to be pretty damned happy about how we are with each other,” Fleetwood says. “And that makes the magic.”

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

LISTEN TO LIGHTNING 100 IN NASHVILLE

TICKET GIVEAWAY.... NASHVILLE

2nd Row - Thursday (5/7/09) between 6am and 10am local time on the Mary Brace Morning Show on Lightning 100 to win tickets to Fleetwood Mac's show in Nashville, TN (June 19th).

1st Row - Friday (5/8/09)  Dan Buckley of the same Lightning 100 radio station in Nashville has first row tickets up for grabs.  Listen to his show from 12pm - 3pm (local time).

LINDSEY SIGHTING

Lindsey apparently was spotted at Sephora in the Village Pointe Shopping Center today in Omaha, Nebraska (next show 5/7/09) making some purchases..... 

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac Live in Tulsa May 3, 2009

My Evening with Lindsey Buckingham & Fleetwood Mac
(Live in Tulsa, OK - May 3rd, 2009)

FULL REVIEW AT


More Photos by: thedarklordriddler

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac - St. Louis May 5, 2009

By Kevin C. Johnson
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPACH

No, those weren’t dinosaurs unleashed on downtown St. Louis Tuesday night. It was the classic band Fleetwood Mac, here for the local leg of its "Unleashed" tour at the Scottrade Center.

More than 10,000 fans came out to see the band, perhaps lured by the fact there’s no new album to promote.

That meant there was no lumbering through unfamiliar material. Instead, the two-hour-plus show was full of the songs that just about every fan could want, from "Go Your Own Way," still a rabble-rousing crowd pleaser, to the perfectly percussive "Tusk" and the melodic "Say That You Love Me."

"We’re just doing the songs we love," Lindsey Buckingham told the crowd, explaining how the tour was about getting back together just to have fun.


Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie (Christine McVie remains long gone) came out the box sounding a little creaky at the top of the show with "Monday Morning," but took no time to shake off the cobwebs and get down to business with necessary nuggets such as "The Chain," "Gypsy," and "Rhiannon."

"We’re thrilled to be here tonight and think we should get this party started," Nicks said before "Dreams."

Several songs were introduced with stories by Nicks or Buckingham, which surely weren’t new stories but served to put them in perspective.

Nicks said "Gypsy" was written as an homage to the mid-to-late ’60s music scene in San Francisco that helped spawn them. Buckingham offered that "Second Hand News" was the first song recorded for the landmark "Rumours" album (reissued in special form for this tour), and that it’s a sad song with humor and optimism.

Fleetwood and McVie had vibrant showmanship, but the night belonged to Buckingham and Nicks. Each had memorable showcases, including Buckingham’s field day on "Tusk," "Big Love" and "Oh Well." His guitar playing remains a marvelous thing.

And then there’s Nicks, her witchy outfits flowing, doing "Gold Dust Woman" and "Stand Back" as only she can.

Stand back, indeed.

photos by Sarah Conard

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac Live in St. Louis "Time cast its spell on you, but you won't forget me"

Fleetwood Mac at the Scottrade Center, May 5
By Christian Schaeffer
Riverfronttimes.com


Fleetwood Mac ended its concert Tuesday night with "Silver Springs," a Rumours-era b-side that has become a fan favorite. In the song's chorus, Stevie Nicks unloads what may be her best lyrical quatrain:

"Time cast its spell on you, but you won't forget me
I know I could have loved you but you would not let me
I'll follow you down til the sound of my voice will haunt you
You'll never get away from the sound of a woman that loves you."


Now, it's easy to look at Fleetwood Mac songs through the prism of the complicated interpersonal relationships that the band mates shared through the years: she has to be singing about singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, doesn't she? And while this interpretation is probably correct, at last night's show it seemed that Nicks was not just singing to her ex-lover, but to an arena full of her fans as well. Despite long absences from the road, we'll never get away from Fleetwood Mac, from these alternately mystical and punchy songs of love gone wrong and the perseverance it takes to muddle through it.

Fleetwood Mac made a pretty good case for its continued longevity during its 23-song set at the Scottrade Center. Now touring without longtime keyboardist and songwriter Christine McVie, the band of four -- Nicks, Buckingham, bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood -- presented its "Hits Unleashed" tour as a chance to run through the group's many hits and some of its lesser-known album cuts. And while it's likely that the inclusion of these deep cuts (including several gems from 1979 double-album Tusk) were stand-ins for Christine McVie's missing contributions, I was surprised at how little her songs were missed from the overall set.

From the rollicking opening of the set-starting "Monday Morning," it became clear that the night would belong to Buckingham, who's boundless energy, high-watt guitar solos and undiminished voice served as benchmarks for the concert. His command of the microphone and his guitar continued with "The Chain," with its foot-stomping chorus reverberating through the crowded arena. If Buckingham didn't throw his whole heart into these performances, the success of the show would be almost unthinkable.

The magic of Fleetwood Mac has always centered on the interplay between Buckingham and Nicks -- not just their storied romantic past but in their differing on-stage personalities and styles of composition. Last night, Nicks remained slightly aloof and didn't work as hard to engage the crowd as her counterpart, but her turns on lead vocals retained the smoky, sensual qualities that helped make her an icon. She no longer even bothers reaching for the high notes, which is a wise move: on songs like "Dreams" and "Sara," she modulated to a lower octave and the trio of female back-up singers filled in the gaps.

While her voice is still magnetic, Nicks' stage presence toed the line between sexy and ridiculous. She changed outfits at least five times, swapping out one sequined, flowing dress for another, and her gauzy, back-lit shimmies and shakes were a long way from her "Dance of the Seven Veils" routine from the '70s.

The set list was tailored to deliver the hits while sneaking in a few deep cuts as well; by and large, this was a success. Buckingham tore through Tusk's "I Know I'm Not Wrong" with jangly aplomb, and the moody "Storms" (which made its live debut this tour) was given an acoustic overhaul.

The band even pointed back to its roots as a blues-rock band, playing the Peter Green-penned "Oh Well" in all its Led Zepplin-aping glory. And while no one onstage mentioned the absence of Christine McVie, they did a lovely version of her best song, "Say You Love Me," with Nicks and Buckingham trading vocals. Both Nicks and Buckingham had a chance to play some of their solo work: Lindsay played "Go Insane" early in the set, and Stevie got the crowd dancing to "Stand Back," which set the stage for the set-closing "Go Your Own Way," the only true on-your-feet moment of the show.

In the end, it's hard to know what to say about a show like this, other than Fleetwood Mac delivered exactly what they promised and exactly what could reasonably be expected from them 35 years after its hey-day. The songs still sound good, and so do the musicians playing them.

Reporter's Notebook:

-The band took the stage to the sound of croaking tree-frogs (perhaps taking a cue from Neko Case's album-ending track?) and took their positions in near-darkness. It was a little anti-climactic.

-The merch-sellers were offering Fleetwood Mac tambourines, which is the worst fucking idea ever in the history of merch sales. A woman about 100 feet in front of me kept shaking hers throughout the show. I normally don't think murder is ever justified, but last night I may have shifted my position.

-Mick Fleetwood was dressed in a black vest, white shirt, tailor pants, black stockings and red felt shoes, making him look like an overgrown English school boy. And he had his famous dangling gold balls around his waist, just like the cover to Rumours.

-Stevie Nicks decided that a top hat was appropriate headgear for the set-closing "Go Your Own Way." Who's gonna argue with her logic?

-Lindsey and Stevie paired off for two acoustic songs, "Landslide" and "Never Going Back Again."

-Stevie appears to have reworked the lyrics to her classic "Rhiannon." Not sure if this is a new development or not.

Set List:
1. "Monday Morning"
2. "The Chain"
3. "Dreams"
4. "I Know I'm Not Wrong"
5. "Gypsy"
6. "Go Insane"
7. "Rhiannon"
8. "Second Hand News"
9. "Tusk"
10. "Sara"
11. "Big Love" (Lindsey Buckingham solo)
12. "Landslide" (Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham)
13. "Never Going Back Again" (Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham)
14. "Storms"
15. "Say You Love Me"
16. "Gold Dust Woman"
17. "Oh Well"
18. "I'm So Afraid"
19. "Stand Back"
20. "Go Your Own Way"
Encore #1
21. "World Turning"
22. "Don't Stop"
Encore #2
23. "Silver Springs"

REVEIW: Fleetwood Mac Live in St. Louis May 5, 2009

Fleetwood Mac hit show hits all the right notes

By Scott Kiefer - For BND

Fleetwood Mac's show Tuesday night at Scottrade Center in St. Louis was billed as "Fleetwood Mac: The Unleashed Tour 2009 - The Hits.” That’s exactly what it was.

At first, it was exciting when the band hit the stage with “Monday Morning,” followed by “Chains” and “Dreams.” Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks took turns introducing most of the songs after that, and it wasn’t clear how that format was going to work — because as their music doesn’t really need to be introduced.

However, that format it added to the atmosphere of the evening, and proved to be very informative, if not inspiring and surprising. The introductions from the duo shed a new light on what some of their songs meant, or refreshed a memory or two and added to the nostalgia of the evening.

It was very hard to ignore the special magic that still exists between Nicks and Buckingham — it was as evident as daylight. With a storied past such as theirs, it was only understandable how the duo, along with founders Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, have to seriously contemplate if, when and how the group can come together for another tour.

Nicks herself told me in an interview last year that it’s not an easy undertaking.

“We have four different, creative personalities and talents,” Nicks said, “along with four strong passions. When you collectively put all those things together you’re asking for the most wonderful and yet a most emotional experience of your life.

"It’s like a marriage that has it’s extreme ups and downs. We’re all a little older and more settled now, so we’ll see what that brings.”

What it brings together is a family that, through it all, relies on each other and feeds off of each other to make things work. That said, it was a little sad not to see Christine McVie on this tour, but it was no surprise that she would be absent.

With a longtime reluctancy to tour, Nicks announced last year that Christine would not be joining her cohorts onstage for this tour. In fact, she has not performed publicly with the group since The Dance tour in 1997.

But Nicks and Buckingham did quite well on her featured hit as part of the group, “Say That You Love Me.” Other than the obvious hits the highlight of the evening would have to be “Storms”and the second encore of “Silver Springs.”

Buckingham alluded to a possible new album from the group, but we’ll see. In the meantime, this was a perfect reminder of the band's impact and hold on us.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

WIN FLEETWOOD MAC TICKETS FOR BALTIMORE JUNE 10TH


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TIME & DATE: 8:00 p.m. Monday, May 18
VENUE: Arco Arena - Sacramento, CA

DRAWING ENDS: Wednesday, May 13



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