Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Review: Lindsey Buckingham - Palm Desert, CA 10/15/11

Going his own way
The Desert Sun

Lindsey Buckingham put on a clinic Saturday for the type of show the McCallum Theatre should present more often.

Buckingham, who emphasized his solo material over his Fleetwood Mac repertoire, talked of being part of a “big machine” with Fleetwood Mac, while his solo career was like a “small machine.” Fans are attracted to his “big machine” songs, such as “Go Your Own Way,” “Big Love,” “Never Going Back Again” and “Second Hand News,” and he met those expectations in a nearly two-hour concert. But he also re-arranged those classics, performed solo hits such as “Trouble” and “Go Insane,” and introduced challenging new solo material to satisfy his artistic drive.

It was so compelling, it made me want to see more solo “big machine” artists - like Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey or Brian Wilson.

Buckingham showed off tremendous vocal and guitar skills, deftly finger- picking or creating orchestral sounds with his complex chords and dynamics. But, when he wanted to astound, he simply reached back to the 1975 self-titled Fleetwood Mac LP and shredded on “I'm So Afraid.” He also did an amazing arrangement of “Tusk,” simulating the power of the USC marching band on the original.

Buckingham could have brought the crowd to a more emotional climax by ending with another Fleetwood hit, such as “Monday Morning.” Instead, he chose to finish with the title track from his new “small machine” album, “Seeds We Sew.” It certainly reaffirmed his status as an artist.

Lindsey Buckingham LIVE IN L.A. Songs From The Small Machine @Palladia Tue 9pm EST

Lindsey Buckingham: 
Songs from The Small Machine- Live in L.A.
Tuesday, 10/18 at 9pm EST. Filmed in Beverly Hills in April 2011, "Songs From The Small Machine" captures Lindsey Buckingham showcasing tracks from his new studio album "Seeds We Sow," songs from across his solo career, and Fleetwood Mac classics. His distinctive guitar picking style and instantly recognizable voice are joined to his dynamic on stage presence to deliver a show that brings the audience to their feet and leaves them calling for more.

Tune in to Palladia. 

NEW VIDEO: Lindsey Buckingham "Stars Are Crazy" DVD Nov 1st

Second video release from the up coming DVD+CD / Blu-ray Lindsey Buckingham "Songs From The Small Machine - Live in L.A."  which hits stores November 1st in North America.

As usual... Click through to Youtube and check out the video and "like" it + leave a comment... Share it with your friends and family.... With Lindsey going all Independent of a record company for this and his Seeds We Sow album release... I'm sure he'd appreciate any of his fans spreading the word... Let's bring some awareness to this amazing artist!

Video: Stevie Nicks Performs Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" SOLO Clinton Foundation Gala

Stevie Nicks Performance Directed by Jonathan X
Landslide | Dreams | Don't Stop | 
The Clinton Foundation Gala October 14, 2011
Hollywood Palladium

STEVIE NICKS SINGS Happy Birthday to President Clinton

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hey Australia! WIN Front Row tickets to STEVIE NICKS

Stevie's “In Your Dreams” tour will hit Australia in November. She will play shows in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Wollongong and Canberra. Joining Stevie for these special shows will be celebrated musician and songwriter Dave Stewart from Eurythmics, who co-produced Stevie's new solo album,In Your Dreams. Fans of both Fleetwood Mac andEurythmics will be thrilled to know that Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart will be performing their greatest hits from their respective bandsas well as highlights from their solo careers.

To ENTER: tell us in 25 words or less Which song would you like to see Stevie Nicks & Dave Stewart perform live together and why?

MAX is lucky enough to have a double pass to the best seats (FRONT ROW) in the house to each of the following shows! Plus you will get a copy of Stevie's new album!

  • Saturday 19 November – Melbourne Sidney Myer Music Bowl – VIC 
  • Sunday 20 November – Mornington Racecourse – VIC
  • Wednesday 23 November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre – SA 
  • Tuesday 29 November – Sydney Entertainment Centre – NSW 
  • Wednesday 30 November – Newcastle Entertainment Centre – NSW 
  • Saturday 3 December – Brisbane Riverstage – QLD 
  • Monday 5 December – Wollongong Win Entertainment Centre – NSW 
  • Wednesday 7 December – Canberra AIS Arena – NSW

Competition closes on Sunday 30 October at 11:59pm AEST 

38 Stunning Photos: Stevie Nicks in Las Vegas @TheJointLV by Erik Kabik

Really amazing photos of Stevie Nicks live in Las Vegas last night ending the US leg of the "In Your Dreams Tour"

The Clinton Foundation Gala - Stevie Nicks, Bill Clinton & a Birthday Cake

Photo by The Clinton Foundation

It looks like Stevie sang Happy Birthday to the President!

If you missed it yesterday via Stevie's Twitter - the following photo and message were sent out.
"Stevie and President Clinton at his 65th Birthday Gala last night. What an amazing evening!"

Video: Stevie Nicks "Moonlight" Live The Fillmore San Francisco 10/9

This song takes on a whole other life now with the official video being released... Stevie looks incredible in this colour - and looks so cool flapping her arms around a bit like the owl in the offical video... Very dramatic. Love it!  

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Lindsey Buckingham talks solo work, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks & possibly Buckingham Nicks next year

Fireworks Magazine
October 14, 2011

It’s quite amazing when you consider that vocalist and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has co-written the ninth biggest selling album of all time, in the form of Fleetwood Mac’s legendary ‘Rumours’ record. Only his second record with the band, he penned three songs, including the huge hit ‘Go Your Own Way’ as well as a co-write - the contributions he and then partner Stevie Nicks made cannot be overlooked, as Fleetwood Mac became worldwide superstars. What is sometimes overlooked is the tasteful and skilled solo work that Buckingham has put out over the years. Releasing solo albums every so often, which showed off his skills as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist with a distinctive finger picking style, he has continuted to hone his craft alongside his work in Fleetwood Mac. With his sixth album ‘Seeds We Sow’, he has created a record that takes his love of recording songs with just vocals and guitar and meshes it with a fuller sound, to create one of his most accomplished efforts yet. James Gaden talked to Lindsey to find out all about it...

I’m impressed with your new album, I must say. It’s a very strong record. 

Thank you! It’s funny - I didn’t really plan on making a record this last year, Fleetwood Mac had just gotten off the road and the time opened up... so I thought I’d better fill it! (laughs) So, y’know, maybe one of the reasons it worked out so well was that I didn’t have any agenda going in, it was kind of an off-hand thing. I think that a lot of stuff that I have been working on over the last seven years or so, especially solo, all just came together in this one place.

That’s what struck me - I thought this album sounds like a bridge between the sparser music of ‘Under The Skin’ and the fuller sound of ‘Out In The Cradle’... I think it sits nicely between those two records.

Yeah - that’s exactly where I think it should be placed. It does seem to harken back to ‘Out Of The Cradle’ a little bit, which is a good thing, a lot of people seem to like that one!

I noticed that throughout your career you’ve been very adept at taking personal things that have happened to you and crafting them into songs... was there any specific theme or inspiration behind the material on this album?

It’s funny, the way lyrics have evolved for me, in terms of the process, the approach. It’s gotten kinda a little more elusive in a way, I think it’s growth. I don’t want to say my lyrics have become more poetic, but I do think they are more open to interpretation. Sometimes I’ll write it and even I’m not entirely sure what it all means until I start putting it together, then I might have a finished lyric and think ‘Oh yeah, now I know what that means!’ (laughs) But I think when I did look at the lyrics collectively when this project was done, the thread that seemed to run through was to do with actions having consequences and the choices you make, while not always easy to define or to judge in the moment, given the perspective of time, sometimes quite a bit of time, you can see what is good in your own life, in your relationship, what is good or bad in the world. It’s all down to this collection of choices we have all made in our lives. So there’s kind of a karmic theme there, that’s where the title comes from, sowing seeds... those come back later on in your life, be it good or bad. When I look back over the last ten or even twenty years, the way I’ve tried to work the big machine - Fleetwood Mac, with the small machine - my solo career, it’s like a big movie scenario versus a small independent film mentality that goes with my solo projects... the two would seem to be opposed but in a larger sense they tend to support each other. In order to do that, you have to keep your wits about you and make choices based on a certain set of values. I guess I was able to feel that the place that I’ve arrived at as an artist, as a person with my family and everything, it all seems a lot of my choices were for the good. So I guess that’s what is reflected on the album.

When you come to make a solo album, do you create a central theme before you start, like the karmic one on this record, or do you just write the songs and let them dictate the shape?

Well, it depends... you just mentioned ‘Under The Skin’ and when I did that, I basically said to the band that I wanted to do two solo albums more or less back to back, wanted to tour both of them and that they shouldn’t bother me for about three years. Just leave me alone! (laughs) For ‘Under The Skin’, that did have a very specific idea, which was to try to do something very sparse, acoustic and intimate. This particular album... as I say, I think the only thing I committed myself to this time was taking on as much responsibility for the process myself as I’ve ever taken, which included playing almost everything, mixing it, engineering it all... that was like a painting process, building up layers. But no, on this album I didn’t have a specific idea in mind, other than the approaches I have arrived at over the last ten years or so. One of those is taking one or two guitars at the most and having that be pretty much the bulk of the track, but still putting production values onto it. That’s something which I’ve been very interested in for a number of years and I keep refining and expanding on it.

With the song ‘Seeds You Sow’, you gave that away free on your website as a precursor to the album launch. Did you feel you had to do that in this day and age, or do you like the fact the internet offers that chance for your fans to come to your website and hear something early?

In America, we’ve put this album out ourselves, I did make some forays into seeing what interest there might be from larger labels... what few there are left! (laughs) I spoke to a friend, Rob Cavallo, who I’ve known for years who was in a good position at Warner Brothers, but I realised that he couldn’t change anything, the system would change him. I talked with my manager and we felt it was just too weird out there for an album like this, for someone like me, on a label. In the spirit of that, to put the record out ourselves, we could do it on our own terms and letting people hear something early allows you to loosen the formula up a little bit. Certainly using the website for that, we completely re-did it for when the album was done, that resonated with the spirit of how the album was going out, it seemed like the right thing to do.

I think with somebody like yourself, you have your own fan base who keep up to date with what you’re doing and I don’t think any of the, like you say, few major labels left could or would offer you anything you couldn’t do yourself at this stage of your career.

It’s true - for someone who is now in their sixties like I am, they’d look at me and think “Well...” There’s a kind of built in momentum with my fan base, you’re right. That comes with a built in fear of getting too involved, but I think people had enough respect for me to look at me, especially to the big companies, they’re so beholden to the boardroom mentality where everything is about the bottom line, nobody at these labels have the kind of autonomy that I saw when I started. They can’t make their own decisions for themselves anymore and I think they had enough respect for me to know they wouldn’t be doing the kind of job I feel the record deserves. And that’s fair enough.

Finally, speculation has been floating around about this for a while - is the Buckingham/Nicks album finally going to be officially released on CD?

Stevie has an album out right now as well, and when she was working on it I spent quite a bit of time over at her house... probably more time with her off the road than I had spent in ages. It’s so funny with Stevie and me, this is someone I’ve known since high school and obviously we’ve had a fairly difficult story to play out together at times, and you’d think by now there would be nothing left to work out, but apparently there is and I find that to be incredibly sweet. The thing between she and myself is still a work in progress and we did talk about it... I think the reason that album never made it to CD was down to inertia. We have talked about the possibility of putting it out, maybe sometime next year or the not too distant future, and you could put some bonus tracks on there, re-release it properly. We haven’t set a timeline or made a decision yet, but I think it would be appropriate. Maybe we could figure out a way to do some shows, just the two of us - that would be a nice change of pace too. So nothing is set in stone by any means, but things will happen next year... I’ll be shocked if there isn’t some Fleetwood Mac action next year. We’ll have to wait and see!

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Video: Lindsey Buckingham Live in Las Vegas "Go Your Own Way" 10/14/11

Lindsey Buckingham Live in Las Vegas
October 14, 2011
Aliante Station casino

More video from the show:
Tusk | Big Love | Trouble | Never Going Back Again

Photos: Stevie Nicks Blue Carpet Arrivals - President Clinton Foundation Gala

Singer Stevie Nicks attends the Clinton Foundation Gala in honor of “A Decade of Difference" held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on October 14, 2011.

Stevie performed "Landslide", "Dreams" and Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" (Video below)

Below: Fashion Stylist Rachel Zoe with singer Stevie Nicks 

Below: Kristen Aldridge interviews Stevie Nicks on the red carpet
Below: Actress Jessica Alba (L) and singer Stevie Nicks arrive at The Clinton Foundation's 'A Decade Of Difference' Gala at The Hollywood Palladium