Wednesday, April 24, 2013

STARTING FRIDAY: Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" Film at Carlton Cinema in Toronto For 1 Week!

Beginning Friday, April 26th and running through Thursday, May 2nd, Stevie's documentary "In Your Dreams" will be running at the Magic Lantern Theatres - Carlton Cinema located at 20 Carlton Street at Yonge.  The film will play twice daily at 1:40pm and 6:50pm.

Go on Toronto... You know you want to!

PHOTOS | VIDEO | REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac Live in Newark, NJ

Fleetwood Mac Live in Newark, NJ
at Prudential Center
April 24, 2013

"Silver Springs"
(was a no show tonight)

Photos by: By Saed Hindash

Above 2 pics by Brian Killian


Above photos by Ashley Glynn

Rare moment! A fan brought the Buckingham Nicks album and both Stevie and Lindsey agreed to sign it.
Fleetwood Mac - Prudential Center - 4/24/13
By Brian McManus 
Village Voice
Better Than: The idea of the band not reuniting this year at all.
It begins with "Second Hand News" -- a song with a title and lyrics probably meant to be a self-deprecating nod to the reunion's time and place. It's an entire arena clutching their hearts along to songs that are older than I am and mumbling "angel" with every golden twirl of Stevie Nicks' body.
It's a Fleetwood Mac concert in 2013, and it needs less explanation or apologies than one would think.
"This is all your fault," Nicks told the audience at the show's end, joking but stern. She was referring to the collection of moments that led to the very one we were experiencing right then. The dreams the band had become and the dreams the band lived thanks to the audience seeing their own dreams in the band's, or some magical through line similar to that one.
Until that particular monologue, the concert had been a compilation of greatest hits ranging the varied career of varied sounds that Fleetwood Mac enjoys and is still able to revel in with the conviction of an artist celebrating a particularly intimate new release. With "Second Hand News" followed immediately by "The Chain" and "Dreams," the opener could have easily been an encore with the feverish audience response they each elicited. New songs like "Sad Angel" and show closer "Say Goodbye" were just as welcome to the repertoire, especially after the band revealed the upcoming short EP they will be releasing next week with a grand total of four new songs on it. They were equally sweet musical moments that brought Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham's incomparable stage chemistry to the forefront.
This chemistry between the two -- famous for many reasons -- was a beautifully endearing element to the overall performance. Providing anecdotes to the histories of songs like oldie "Without You" and newbie "Say Goodbye," each serving as an emotional antithesis to the other, were loving and intimate. They came back onstage for the encores holding hands and braided their voices together in a stunning, velvety manner. One front row fan handed them a vinyl album slip with a cover featuring a young, half-naked version of them. Nostalgia seemingly floated through their eyes.
In a show that was meant to be nothing but highlights, and delivered as such, the moments that catapulted themselves to the forefront were truly surreal. "Big Love," a Buckingham solo, was mesmerizing with the guitarist's impassioned and hypnotic finger-picking. Nicks still has it, and sounded flawless during "Rhiannon" and "Gold Dust Woman" as she wailed away with her signature raspy-but-smooth voice. During the latter, the singer came onstage with a shimmering gold shawl and created the illusion of golden wings as the song faded out.
Mick Fleetwood and John McVie were exceptional, per usual. While McVie remained a silent presence on-stage, Fleetwood joked around, made funny faces to the crowd, and played a heart-stopping extended drum solo during "The World Keeps on Turning." The individual talents that each member brought did, however, make it hard not to notice the absence of Christine McVie, who's soft but smoky voice would have provided another rich layer to an already grand performance.
"Landslide" featured a particularly poignant moment: With arms triumphantly outstretched, Nicks gave the most valiant delivery of the famous line "...and I'm getting older too." Fleetwood Mac has experienced an aging that is less comical or just awkward to watch be performed onstage; they've grown naturally in a way that feels wise and most certainly bold.
Critical Bias: Stevie Nicks is an angel sent from Heaven, hallowed be her name.
Overheard: "BEAUTIFUL!" - a very aggressively gruff man during the sweet, soft performance of new song "Say Goodbye."
Random Notebook Dump: A general rule should be: if you're telling people to sit down at a concert then you should not have gone to the show in the first place. Major shout out to the people in front of us who held their own against some very confused and unnecessarily angry audience members telling them to stay seated.
Second Hand News
The Chain
Sad Angel
Not That Funny
Sisters of the Moon
Big Love
Never Going Back Again
Without You 
Eyes of the World
Gold Dust Woman
I'm So Afraid
Stand Back
Go Your Own Way
World Turning
Don't Stop
Say Goodbye
A lot more from the show below... Click the "Continue Reading Here For More" link

REVIEWS | PHOTOS | VIDEO: Fleetwood Mac Live in Ottawa Canada

Fleetwood Mac performed for about 12,400 fans at Scotiabank Place.
By Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen

Fleetwood Mac Live at Scotiabank Place
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
April 23, 2013
PHOTOS: Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photography - See Gallery

OTTAWA — The Fleetwood Mac that touched down at Scotiabank Place on Tuesday appeared to be a
band in transition, turning in a slightly uneven performance for a crowd of about 12,400.

The 2013 version of the 1970s hitmakers still counts guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, drummer Mick Fleetwood, bassist John McVie and singer Stevie Nicks in its lineup, but no longer includes singer-keyboardist Christine McVie, who has refused all invitations to join her old bandmates.

Of course, that’s nothing new, and the band has been soldiering on without her for years. On this tour, a keyboardist, extra guitarist and two backing vocalists help fill in the sound, leaving Nicks and Buckingham co-fronting the classic rock outfit.

With their voices in sync, the former sweethearts presented a united front during the first song, knocking out a terrific version of Second Hand News.

The lovely twang of Buckingham’s guitar led into a muscular version of another old favourite, The Chain, to the delight of the audience.

It was Nicks who greeted the crowd first, remarking on how beautiful Ottawa was, with its “rivers and castles.” But after issuing a call to get the party started, the 64-year-old, who still wears her hair long and blond, seemed to struggle to find her groove on Dreams. Maybe it was an off night, but in it, and her signature song, Rhiannon, her voice had a harsh edge, lacking much of the fluidity of the early days.

When Buckingham, who’s 63, took his turn at the microphone, he shared the news that the band had been working on new material, and an EP is being released soon. One of those new songs, the upbeat Sad Angel, was played early in the show, indicating a crisper form of melodic rock to come from the soft-rock survivors, a style perhaps better suited to Nicks’ not-so-lush voice.

Buckingham, who played a solo show at the Ottawa Folk Festival last summer, also talked about the 1979 album, Tusk, describing it as a line in the sand between him and the record company, who would have preferred another blockbuster like 1977’s Rumours. Digging into a couple of tracks from the album, he showed how well the music has held up.

Leave it to Buckingham to forge ahead creatively back then, and to push the band in new directions now. Looking fit and tanned in jeans and leather jacket, the guitarist was the band’s guiding light throughout the show, while Nicks, draped in something fringed and sparkly, had to work to match his energy and recreate her old magic.

But everything clicked during the encore. With Buckingham as the guitar hero, Nicks as the rock goddess and Fleetwood bashing out a thunderous drum solo, the band finally sounded reunited as they tore through World Turning and Don’t Stop.



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" Screening + Q&A with Dave Stewart in NOLA April 29th

NOVAC, Jazz & Heritage Foundation and The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) have partnered to produce Sync Up Cinema, a free film industry conference focused on Louisiana film production and the emerging opportunities in the film industry.  For three days, in between the weekends of Jazz Fest, Sync Up Cinema will bring to the region: screenings of local and international documentaries and NOVAC Conversations and Panels with internationally renowned filmmakers and industry pros.

WHEN: Monday, April 29 – Wednesday, May 1
WHERE: New Orleans Museum of Art
(* indicates off campus event)


SCREENING: "In Your Dreams" a documentary about rock legend Stevie Nicks starring Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks PLUS Q&A with Director Dave Stewart (formerly of the Eurythmics) to follow.
Monday, April 29, 2013 6:45PM

Dave Stewart (IN YOUR DREAMS), a multi-media entrepreneur, is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the music industry today. Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart is a renowned producer, author, director, photographer, filmmaker, and philanthropist. Stewart’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics. Behind the scenes he’s produced albums and co-written songs for Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Katy Perry, Mick Jagger, and Sinead O’Connor, racking up numerous Producer, Songwriter, Golden Globe, and Grammy Awards along the way. As an entrepreneur, Stewart has established Weapons of Mass Entertainment (WME), a “media company for the new world” (The LA Times), linking creative ideas to a host of projects in music, film, television, books, theatre, and new media. As the creator of content for WME, Stewart has recently married his passion for music, film and television by creating a number of high profile projects. In 2011, Stewart co-wrote and co-produced Stevie Nicks’ critically acclaimed solo album, In Your Dreams, marking the first time Nicks has ever collaborated on a solo effort.

Detailed information at Sync Up Cinema

Monday, April 22, 2013

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac “We throw it out to you and then you throw it back to us. That’s the magic.”

Fleetwood Mac – Still Great After All Those Years
by MJ Hanley-Goff

Whatever the players of Fleetwood Mac are having, I want some of that. The enduring rock and roll/pop band played to an appreciative full house (pun intended) at the Mohegan Sun Casino Arena in Montville, Connecticut on Saturday night. Between them, the four 60-something players, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Mick Fleetwood, total 250-plus years… young. And “young” is most certainly the optimum word here.

For close to 2½ hours, without an intermission (just a few quick disappearances during another member’s solo), the band played a remarkable set of their best of the best. Stevie began the night with a welcome to the fans who erupted in approval at her promise to “let you forget your troubles” for the next few hours. And from then on, there was no stopping them. I can’t think of one song of their repertoire of hits, (there was only one new song tossed into the mix, the rocker, “Sad Angel”), that they omitted, and each one was played with vitality and enthusiasm, a feat when you think of the thousands of times they’ve played them. Lindsey owned the stage with his quick-finger, guitar picking, and jumped and hollered, and panted when the song was done. The album Tusk, Lindsey explained, bewildered the music executives at the time, and continues as a reminder for Lindsey to not keep doing the same thing, that change is good.

Remembering that Stevie and Lindsey were a couple during the early years of the band, it was endearing to see them play off each other, glancing at one another when they each performed songs written for the other. Stevie sang an oldie, almost-forgotten song, “Without You” (she said the band truly had forgotten it, but it turned up on YouTube), and Lindsey, in return, replied with “Say Goodbye.” When Stevie was explaining the genesis of her song, she went on and on a bit, and then glanced at Lindsey and said, “Oh, I know, I’m rambling.” Still in grand gypsy form, Stevie danced, swayed and waved her capes and scarves around, at times playing air guitar and air piano. At one point, she led the audience along with her and Lindsey during the big favorite, “Silver Springs.”

Without a doubt, the highlight of the night came during Mick Fleetwood’s sweaty, non-stopping, pounding solo, and with the movie screen above him, he was bigger than life; eyes closed, he beat the drums and shouted, “Are you with me?” Of course we were. At one point Stevie addressed that fact, commenting that it was the audience who made the songs come alive. “We throw it out to you and then you throw it back to us. That’s the magic.”

Introduced as the “backbone of Fleetwood Mac,” a big nod goes to John McVie, the oldest of the bunch, most noticeably the least flamboyant, who wore his trademark vest and beret, and is still adding the back bass notes that take on a life of their own. (Give a listen to Tusk and you’ll see what I mean.) After three encores, it was easy to see that the audience wasn’t ready to let them go, and Fleetwood Mac didn’t want to leave, but finally, Stevie came to the mike and sent us off with a reminder to “always listen to music – it’s good for the soul.”

REVIEW: A Defiant Fleetwood Mac Lights Up The Night In Boston

Concert Review | Fleetwood Mac rises to occasion at TD Garden
By Dan O’Leary

Fleetwood Mac held its first concert in Boston since 2009 last Thursday at TD Garden, and effects from Monday’s events could still be felt as concertgoers entered the building. Attendees faced increased security checks and ushers waved flyers printed with the suspects’ faces as they scanned tickets. It all led to the question: Is there a place for music in all of this? The band’s answer to this was a defiant “yes,” as Fleetwood Mac rose to the occasion and put on a powerful concert that was highly appreciated by the nearly sold-out crowd. Lead singer Stevie Nicks summed it up best in her early remarks to the crowd:

“When I used to run into hard times I’d ask my mom, ‘What do I do?’ And she’d say ‘You can sing for them, you can give them music.’ So that’s what we’re going to do for you tonight.”

And sing they did. Fleetwood Mac’s commitment to delivering that night for Boston was evident from the concert’s opening one-two punch of “Second Hand News” into “The Chain.” Drummer Mick Fleetwood kicked off the evening playing the song’s drum intro with a manic energy, leading into a jubilant rendition of the opener from the band’s classic “Rumors” (1977). The energy level remained high with the band firing on all cylinders for “The Chain,” displaying all the impressive aspects about Thursday’s concert, with harmonizing between Buckingham and Nicks, impressive guitar-work by Buckingham and a rock-solid rhythm section — John McVie’s iconic bass riff on the track rumbled and shook the building.

As to be expected, with no recent album to promote, though the band played two new tracks from an upcoming EP, the setlist was quite heavy on material from “Rumors.” One of the most pleasant surprises of the evening, however, was a mini-set devoted to “Tusk” (1979), the band’s underrated “Rumors” follow-up. Buckingham kicked off this portion of the concert with energetic takes on “Not That Funny” and the title track, which allowed for an impressive display of his trademark fingerpicking guitar style.

But what was easily the highlight of the “Tusk” mini-set was Stevie Nicks’ haunting take on the gem “Sisters of the Moon,” a song that hasn’t been performed by Fleetwood Mac in over 30 years. While Nicks’ voice has lost some of its range due to age, she knew her limits and played it to her advantage, giving “Sisters” a brooding quality. Nicks was spot on in many of her signature songs throughout the night, with highlights including a beautiful version of “Dreams” and a powerful take on “Gold Dust Woman.”

The other MVP of the night was Buckingham on guitar, who had as many show-stopping moments as Nicks. The peak of Buckingham’s performance came in an incendiary 10-minute performance of “I’m So Afraid,” with Buckingham letting loose a passionate guitar solo that brought on a standing ovation once the song was finished. Buckingham performed with this passion throughout the night, coloring many of the concert’s songs with inventive playing, such as his impressive solo acoustic take on “Big Love.”

Regarding Buckingham and Nicks, many in attendance were there to see the chemistry between the former partners. The history between the two has been a theme throughout Fleetwood Mac’s career, and Thursday’s concert offered a glimpse at a pair that finally seemed to be getting along. This relationship was best reflected in the evening’s final encore, where a beautiful rendition by Nicks of “Silver Springs” led into “Say Goodbye,” leaving the two alone on stage and giving a sense of closure to the evening.

Despite any reservations about holding a concert so soon after the Boston Marathon, Fleetwood Mac delivered in spades and provided those in the crowd a brief respite from the tension that had filled the week, with a concert marked by many emotional moments. While dedicating a song to a wounded Iraq veteran in the crowd who Nicks had met many years ago, she became visibly teary and choked up as she said the final words of her intro.

“And that’s what your city does, they called him back [to life]. I would want to be in this city.…I love this city.”
And with that Nicks went on to perform a perfect rendition of “Landslide,” leaving many members of the audience in tears as they sang along. This moment showed why Thursday night was more than just a concert; it showed the power of music to uplift, even in the face of something as horrific as Monday’s events. And based on their wildly enthusiastic reaction to a triumphant version of “Don’t Stop,” dedicated to Boston, it seemed like the crowd agreed.

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac Uncasville, CT "The current Fleetwood Mac tour should be prioritized as a "must see."

Fleetwood Mac Live in Uncasville, CT 
at Mohegan Sun Arena - April 20, 2013
by John Voket - SoundSpike Contributor

After enjoying modest success as a hard rocking blues band throughout the late 1960s and early '70s, Fleetwood Mac catapulted its presence to the center of the rock-and-roll radar screen in 1975, after acquiring the talents of a pair of musical star-crossed lovers -- Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

Thirty-eight years and several personnel changes later, Fleetwood Mac is on the road again, headlining a world tour that will see them playing shows through October.

While the rhythm section of band co-founders Mick Fleetwood and John McVie continues to anchor the band's material -- including a couple of brand new songs -- the talents of Buckingham and Nicks were a driving force behind the band's satisfying two-and-a-half hour show Saturday (5/20) at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena.

Opening with the upbeat "Second Hand News," Fleetwood Mac wove its way through a hit-laden set of material, inserting a few lesser-known cuts and reworking several others enough to keep things interesting, but not so much as to frustrate the fans.

Since the current tour is celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the monster selling album "Rumors," nearly a third of the songs played were drawn from that seminal project. "The Chain," "Dreams," and "Don't Stop," were delivered virtually note for note from the album.

But other cuts like "Gold Dust Woman," with its extended frenetic jam, the sprightly acoustic "Never Going Back Again," and explosive "Go Your Own Way," seemed to be infused with renewed energy that fired up both the band and audience.

Continue to the full review at the original site

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac "We brought you 2 1/2 hours of kick ass music Boston" - Stevie Nicks

Fleetwood Mac Live in Boston at TD Garden April 18th
by Matthew Shelter
Relix Magazine

Fleetwood Mac doesn’t really have to prove anything to anyone at this point in their career, but that doesn’t mean they are simply going through the motions. Bringing their 2013 tour to Boston on an unsettled night in the wake of the Marathon bombings, the four veteran members of the band – Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham – showed why their appeal has lasted as long as it has. They put on an old master’s performance before a welcoming crowd of 20,000 at Boston’s TD Garden.

The set list has not changed dramatically from their two previous tours, in 2009 and 2003, and includes most of the songs their predominantly Baby Boomer fan base will want to hear. Of course, it’s hard to argue with any set list that starts off with “Second Hand News,” “The Chain,” “Dreams,” and also includes the likes of “Rhiannon,” “Sara,” “Landslide,” “Gypsy,” “Gold Dust Woman,” “Go Your Own Way” and “Silver Springs.”

But there were some unexpected gems throughout the two-and-a-half-hour set. They debuted a pair of new songs – “Sad Angel” and “Without You” – that were both worth sticking around for (meaning don’t use them for the obligatory beer and bathroom run). The latter of these Nicks called a “lost track” from the Rumours sessions. “It was actually a poem I wrote to Lindsey before we even moved to L.A.,” she said, in the first blush of new love. “This was definitely before we hit the hard times.” Somehow she came across a demo of it recently on YouTube, of all places, and brought it to the band’s attention. After listening, Mick told her “These are the voices and the phrasings that we heard that made us want to have you in our band.” It’s an acoustic number that feels very 1975, and carries echoes of another California classic, the Dead’s “Uncle John’s Band.”

The middle of the show featured a solo acoustic version by Buckingham of “Big Love,” which has become something of a signature tune for him. It’s easy to forget just how good a guitar player Lindsey Buckingham truly is, until reminded of it by seeing him in concert. His fingerpicking guitar play seems only to get better as he ages, and he was the most energetic member of the band on the Boston stage, repeatedly moving to the very edge of the stage to play only inches from the front row of fans. He came close to stealing the show with an extended, fiery solo during “I’m So Afraid” – one that brought the crowd to its feet and, in his only nod to advancing age, forced Buckingham to put his hands on his knees and catch his breath for a moment or two at song’s end.

Stevie Nicks may no longer be the whirling gypsy of the late 1970s, but her singular voice has lost none of its emotional depth. Clad in a silky black dress and 4-inch heels, she did throw in a few twirls during “Gypsy,” as if to show that she’s still got it, and reached into the dress-up box for a gold shawl and black top hat during a stellar version of “Gold Dust Woman.”

The band made note at several times through the evening of Boston’s trying week; the show was the first major concert in the city following the Marathon attacks. “We’re so happy you all came out night,” Nicks said near the end of the evening. “We know what you’re going through. You and New York are the toughest cities. You are definitely Boston Strong.”

"We brought you 2 1/2 hours of kick ass music Boston!... This party starts NOW!"

7 Day Forecast: Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks (The Week Ahead)


Four dates coming up this week for Fleetwood Mac.  The first is their second Canadian date in Ottawa, Ontario at Scotiabank Place.  Then it's back to the New York City area for the Newark, NJ show.  The band then plays Pittsburgh, PA and continues to move west with a date in St. Paul, MN.

4/23: Tuesday - Fleetwood Mac Live in Ottawa, ON Canada - Tickets
4/24: Wednesday - Fleetwood Mac  Live in Newark, NJ - Tickets
4/26: Friday - Fleetwood Mac  Live in Pittsburgh, PA - Tickets
4/28: Sunday - Fleetwood Mac  Live in St. Paul, MN - Tickets

Stevie's documentary continues to screen in various theatres.  This week you can catch the film for the first time in Boulder, Colorado and at the Newport Beach Film Festival where it plays for the first time April 28th. A second screening date is on May 2nd.  Tickets available for both on-line.

4/26: Friday - Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" screens in Boulder, CO - Tickets
4/28: Sunday - Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" screens in Newport Beach, CA - Tickets

Fleetwood Mac Add Second Amsterdam Show - Oct 26th. Tickets on sale Friday

Fleetwood Mac Live
October 26, 2013
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ziggo Dome

After selling out the first Amsterdam show on October 7th within hours of tickets going on sale, it was announced today by concert organizer MOJO that Fleetwood Mac would play a second night at the Ziggo Domo in Amsterdam on october 26th.

Tickets for the newly added date go on sale this Friday, April 25, 2013 at 10am local time via Livenation.

I guess the logistical reason given for last weeks cancellation of the Helsinki, Finland concert on October 25th was to provide a window of opportunity for the band to add the second Amsterdam show.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Fleetwood Mac Comes to Prudential "The sound is tight, confident, aggressive"

Sunday, April 21, 2013
By Jim Beckerman - North Jersey

WHO: Fleetwood Mac.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24th
WHERE: Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark; 973-757-6600, Ticketmaster or
HOW MUCH: $49.50 to $179.50.

Some bands have a fan base. Fleetwood Mac has a clone base.

There they were at Madison Square Garden April 8, as no doubt they will also be at Newark's Prudential Center this Wednesday: The Stevies.

These are women – mostly middle-aged, but then so was most of the audience – who style themselves after the witch goddess herself, Stevie Nicks. Translucent shawls, hippie hats, tons of fringe.

Stevie herself, when she appeared onstage in New York as part of the band's 34-city world tour, was dripping with fringe. Fringe cascaded off her mike stand. Ribbons dangled from her tambourine. Even Mick Fleetwood's drum kit seemed covered in the stuff. Conspicuous among his accessories was the bell tree: that fringe of dangling tubes, gently brushed by the player to create a sprinkling of musical fairy dust.

All very '70s – as were the trippy kaleidoscopic images and Rorschach blots projected behind the stage, and Mick Fleetwood's funky knee-pants. It was in 1977, of course, that "Rumours" became one of the most successful albums of all time (31 weeks on the charts, 40 million copies sold, the sixth best-selling album in U.S. history).

Kept its audience

Launched in 1967 and reaching its pinnacle of success in the late 1970s and '80s, Fleetwood Mac has easily carried its audience – mostly from the 1970s and '80s also – along with it into the 21st century. Along the way, they've created hits, including "Go Your Own Way" and "Don't Stop," that seem likely to last as long as anything in the short-attention-span-theater that is pop.

Above all, they have a mystique: an odd one, maybe, tied in with moony mysticism and 1970s excess, but still real. "Puh-leeze, Mummy," says a toddler in a 1980s Tom Wolfe cartoon, tugging on the sleeve of her trendy mom. "Nobody wants to hear about coke, Acapulco, or Fleetwood Mac."

It isn't every band that inspires such loyalty. It's worth asking why.

One reason is clearly Nicks herself. She's one of the first, though not the last, of the Earth-mother-goddess-oracle rock stars that become the obsession of a certain kind of fan.

From her, arguably, descend all the Tori Amoses, Sarah MacLachlans and Sheryl Crows, with their breakup songs and Delphic lyrics and gypsy occultism. Now 64, Nicks' voice is a bit huskier than when she first sang "Dreams" and "Rhiannon" back in the 1970s, but in a good way: It's a voice with character. It sounds lived-in.

The show Fleetwood Mac did at Madison Square Garden, the same one they will presumably be bringing to Prudential and the first they've done since 2009, is in some ways a greatest-hits compendium: most of "Rumours," much of "Tusk," a few new songs and a few seldom-heard old ones, including "Without You" (a love song, from Nicks to guitarist Lindsey Buckingham), written in the early 1970s, and "Sisters of the Moon," not performed since the early 1980s. But the sound is tight, confident, aggressive.

Apart from the band's signature Mamas & the Papas harmonies, which perhaps lack a bit from the significant absence of singer-keyboardist Christine McVie (she's sitting out this tour), it's hard to imagine the group sounding better.

It's not every band that has a front person as strong as Nicks, and she isn't even the only one. Guitarist Buckingham, also up front, anchors the band every bit as much. Fleetwood Mac is the sum of many parts: key to its impact, and reflective of the odd way the band formed.

It started in the late 1960s as a conventional British blues band, with drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie (the Fleetwood and the Mac). Then it got cross-pollinated with Southern California-style pop when Nicks and Buckingham joined in 1975. Fleetwood Mac must be one of the few bona fide trans-Atlantic bands in pop history — half Brit, half American.

Lots of styles

The mix of personnel, and backgrounds, has led to an impressive range of sounds and styles. Fleetwood Mac can turn on a dime from bluegrass ("Never Going Back Again") to blues ("I'm So Afraid") to power pop ("Tusk," performed this tour with steamroller force, complete with faux horn section). There's room for Buckingham's superb finger-picking guitar ("Say Goodbye"), and also for an epic Mick Fleetwood drum solo ("World Turning")

To many fans, the drama onstage is augmented by the drama behind the scenes: who was married to whom (John McVie to Christine McVie), who was an on-again off-again couple (Nicks and Buckingham), and who caught whom on the rebound (Fleetwood, romancing Nicks).

No wonder Nicks spins around onstage. It's enough to make anyone dizzy.

REVIEW + 39 PHOTOS: Fleetwood Mac Live At Mohegan Sun

The legendary band Fleetwood Mac performed at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday April 20th and The Hour's John Nash was there to capture these images from the show.  Click through here.... 39 Photos in the gallery.

CONCERT REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac at Mohegan Sun
By Donnie Moorhouse, The Republican

UNCASVILLE: Fleetwood Mac performed a sold out show at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night, offering up over two hours of music culled from a historic, Hall of Fame career. Now a quartet due to the departure of Christie McVie who has spurned the touring life, the group of Stevie Nicks, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Mick Fleetwood delivered 22 songs over the course of their set.

It was essentially a “greatest hits” styled performance, although the band did drum up a new song that Buckingham revealed would be part of an EP release due out in the week ahead. The song, “Sad Angel,” fit in well when bookended by the mid 70s hits “Rhiannon,” and “Dreams.”

Other than that foray into new material and a way-back peek at the Buckingham-Nicks song “Without You,” there were few surprises on the evening, unless of course you were expecting anything less than a raucous and inspired performance from a group that is in its fifth decade of touring.

As was the case with recent classic rock concerts from Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac has staked their claim on the arena concert circuit and aren’t likely to relinquish it until something better (or even as good) arrives to fill the void.

They opened with “Second Hand News,” and followed it with “The Chain.” After “Dreams” and “Rhiannon,” they were able to scrape the rust off of “Tusk,” pulling out the title track and the hit “Sara” before Buckingham’s solo acoustic version of “Looking Out for Love.” Nicks joined him on stage and the two offered a duet on “Landslide.”

Hit after hit after hit…

“We have come to take you away from your everyday problems,” said Nicks at the start of the show. “The journey starts now.”

The journey included Buckingham and Nicks sharing an acoustic “Never Going Back Again,” a full band “Gypsy,” and “Gold Dust Woman,” and a Buckingham guitar solo that brought the crowd to its feet. The band closed out the set with “Stand Back,” and “Go Your Own Way.”

The encore began with “World Turning,” and a tolerable Fleetwood drum solo before the sing-along “Don’t Stop.” The band was called back for another turn and opened the second encore with “Silver Spring.”