Thursday, May 16, 2013

Back on the Road: grandMA2 Joins Fleetwood Mac

(16/05/2013) Fleetwood Mac is back on the road and a grandMA2 console has joined the iconic band on the Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 World Tour. The new tour, which began in Columbus will wrap in Australia in December, marks the first for the band since 2009’s sold-out “Unleashed” tour. This year is also the 35th anniversary of their “Rumours” album, one of the most successful in recording history. It remained on top of the pop charts for more than 31 weeks and produced four Top Ten singles.

Lighting designer Paul “Arlo” Guthrie of Minneapolis-based Toss Film + Design is Fleetwood Mac’s long-time lighting designer. “I have to cater to four different personalities (Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks) and bring them together as one team,” he explains. “For this show we have four big soft box panels and 32 Clay Paky Sharpy Washes on curved lighting pipes, some of them on the floor, some on the rigs and some in pods that come out. They hang on weird angles and move during the show – some are on 45, 90 and 120º angles. They’re well featured – the main workhorse washlight of the rig.”

The lighting designer brought his own grandMA2 full-size on tour to run “the whole show” and reports that “it’s working as good as it always has. It’s super comfortable; it’s like hanging out with an old friend each day. My grandMA2 is more than capable of running everything, including the video.”

MA Lighting International, based in Paderborn, Germany, is the dedicated sales, support and service entity for the renowned control systems, digital dimming systems, networking tools and media servers of MA Lighting Technology, based near Wuerzburg, Germany. The product range offers cutting-edge solutions for control and dimming, including the award-winning grandMA2 consoles, the MA onPC command wing and MA onPC fader wing and reliable digital dimmer racks and packs. With its innovative MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) MA bridges the lighting and video worlds.

Today, MA Lighting is respected for its technical knowledge and has achieved a unique international reputation for its operational philosophy. The company offers more than 30 years experience and strictly follows a professional user-centric approach, getting as close as possible to the market via its own international offices and support centres in the UK, North America, Latin America, the Middle East/India, Asia Pacific and Scandinavia/Eastern Europe/Russia – supported by a world-wide distribution and service network.

Previous Paul Guthrie Fleetwood Mac / Lindsey Buckingham / Stevie Nicks productions:
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REVIEW | PHOTOS: Fleetwood Mac Live in Edmonton

Fleetwood Mac ageless wonders
By Mike Ross
Edmonton Sun
Photos by Amber Bracken
May 15, 2013

Some people are griping that Fleetwood Mac touring without a major new album – or Christine McVie – is just a “cash grab.”

So what of it? Gotta make a living somehow, to maintain the lifestyle to which they’ve become accustomed. All those scarves can’t be cheap. No one makes money selling records anymore, do they? But the one thing you can’t download is a live concert (never mind the canned horns in Tusk).

The plus side of the cash grab for Mac fans is that the remaining fantastic four Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks are solid. They should be. Since the band broke up for the first time, they’ve been touring on and off as long as they ever did back in the day, except maybe the epic Rumours tour. They’re more stable now, too, by the sounds of it. They’re all great musicians, and so the band has become nice and tight. Sure, Wednesday night at Rexall Place was just another gig in a long string not likely to end soon, but it was still special for that reason – because they’re working it, just like all the other classic rock bands out there.

Turns out Mac did release a new EP recently, very quietly, without any fuss. They pulled a new one tune at the show amongst the classics some 15,000 fans turned up to hear: Sad Angel, a brisk rocking groove, and somewhat downbeat message that may or may not be about the end of the world: “Hello, hello, sad angel, have you come to fight the war?” goes the line. Might have to let that one grow on you.

But admit it: Seems fans would rather have Christine McVie back than hear new Fleetwood Mac tunes. Most the thrills were reserved for the aforementioned classics: Like a double shot of Second Hand News and The Chain to open the show, showing the vocal talents of Buckingham and Nicks, respectively, their voices still blending wonderfully. Dreams – probably the band’s biggest commercial hit - was knocked off early, one of several favourites that showed the pair in fine form. The exes still seem to have a spark between them, some chemistry. During The Chain, Buckingham turned to his longtime musical and one-time sexual partner and put a little extra oomph into the line, “If you don’t love me now, you never will again!” That actually doesn’t make any sense when you think about it.

There are quibbles. At times it came off like the Lindsey Buckingham Show. Wasn’t it always, though? The guy remains a serious scary monster on the guitar, showing off great guns on a solo version of Looking Out for Love – singing while playing an impossibly fast riff at the same time. Nicks made it an acoustic duo next with the lovely Landslide, giving of her own extra oomph to the line, “I’m getting older, too.”

It was cool to see the band playing with the arrangements of songs they must’ve played 10,000 times. Save Me, coming late in the show, was elongated into a psychedelic blues jam and showcased one of Nicks’ best performances. Tusk, one of Mac’s weirdest and most wonderful songs, started with a laid-back, almost ambient vibe before breaking into the jungle groove we all know, and did I mention the canned horns? Maybe it was a really, really good synth patch. There were a number of backing musicians and singers toiling in the shadows to fill in the spaces. The best moments were the most stripped down, however. Back in the spotlight not for the first or last time, Buckingham spindled and mutilated the melody to Never Going Back Again, making for a simple yet passionate performance that had a lot more soul than if it had been faithful to the studio version. He cranked out more blistering guitar solos later on, proving he’s really the guy driving this band – no offence to the competent and sturdy drumming of Mick Fleetwood, a heavy hitter if there ever was one.

The notion that the parts are greater than the sum in this case were put to rest when the band kicked it up a few notches for the home stretch to end two hours of living, breathing classic rock nostalgia.  Go Your Own Way was magic. It’s nice to see the old-timers up there working so hard.

4 SUNS out of 5

Review: Fleetwood Mac brings landslide of hits to Rexall
Edmonton Journal
By Sandra Sperounes

EDMONTON - Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies about Fleetwood Mac’s sold-out show at Edmonton’s soon-to-be-secondary hockey arena.

The Edmonton Sun May 16, 2013
OK ... how ’bout the foursome’s rendition of Little Lies felt like the sonic equivalent of hugging a pack of angels?

It didn’t, of course, because Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie didn’t play the tune during Wednesday night’s concert. (Christine McVie sings lead on the 1987 hit — and she no longer
tours with the band, preferring to hang out at home in England.)

Truth be told, Little Lies aren’t necessary — in their set list or about Fleetwood Mac’s show. The rockers, fronted by ex-lovers and hand-holders Buckingham and Nicks, took fans on an enchanting stroll through the ’70s and ’80s — filled with chimes, visuals of suns, stars and exploding glitter, and songs about love, poets, and gypsies.

The foursome, with at least four backup musicians, started their 2-1/2-hour set with a triple whammy of tunes from one of the biggest albums of the ’70s, Rumours — Second Hand News, The Chain and Dreams. These were soon followed by four songs from Fleetwood Mac’s difficult followup album, Tusk, which Buckingham described as their attempt to subvert the axiom of “If it works, run it into ground and move on” — using more words than he usually does in one of Saturday Night Live’s ongoing gags.

The Edmonton Journal May 16, 2013
Not That Funny felt like a reworked Sex Pistols tune backed by a piano. The title track lurched like a drunk and giddy parade of elephants, complete with invisible horns. (You couldn’t see them, but they sounded real — so perhaps their players were hidden behind a wall of speakers, much like the band’s second drummer.) Then came two of Nicks’s bewitching numbers, Sisters of the Moon and Sara, which she sang as she gently swayed, playing with the layers of her black skirt or the ribbons dangling from her microphone stand.

Buckingham and his bandmates managed to squeeze in two new songs, Sad Angel and Without You, from Fleetwood Mac’s four-song EP, Extended Play, released with little fanfare on iTunes at the end of April. (And, most likely, the precursor to more material, according to the tanned frontman.)

Sad Angel was one of the night’s fastest and most straightforward rock tunes, while Without You, a lost song from the ’70s, featured Nicks and Buckingham singing about their first experiences in Los Angeles. Neither are examples of their best work as tunesmiths, but at least they didn’t sound out of place in the set list.

While Nicks can’t quite hit the high and sighing notes, her remaining range still sounds powerful, deftly cutting through the cacophony of her bandmates. If she sounded a wee bit dodgy on Dreams, she more than made up for it on Landslide, as Buckingham stood at her side, playing acoustic guitar. Cue the flood of tears, goosebumps, Bic lighters and a spontaneous choir of baby-boomers, their not-so-young children and a few grandkids.

Buckingham was the real star of the night. His voice is still supple — whooping on Tusk, spitting with punk rage on Not That Funny, screeching on Big Love — and he plays guitar like no one else. His fingers rippled like a waterfall over the strings of his acoustic guitar as he played a more delicate version of Big Love, Landslide and Never Going Back Again. So effortless, so understated, so humble.

May Fleetwood Mac come back ... again and again. Next time, they’ll need to bring a unicorn (or winged horse) — and Christine.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

NEW Fleetwood Mac Single "Sad Angel" Gaining Traction at Triple A

"Sad Angel" Picking Up Steam
Triple A Radio Stats - May 25, 2013.

These Triple A indicator Radio lists show the single is gaining at radio.

REVIEW | PHOTOS: Fleetwood Mac Live in Saskatoon "Buckingham was the straw that stirred the drink"


Fleetwood Mac dispel bad rumours
By Cam Fuller
There have been more than a few rumours of its demise since it formed more than 45 years ago, but Fleetwood Mac has survived it all: a foggy pre-history in British blues, unmanageable success, divorce, breakups, reunions, flops, side projects and rehab.

They're touring the world again, just like they did 35 years ago when the Rumours album made history with all of its No. 1 singles and sales of some 50 million.

Home to about 16 musicians at one time or another, the band's current lineup (but for the absence of the retired and missed Christine McVie) is the one everybody cares about the most: Mick Fleetwood on drums, John McVie on Bass,
Lindsey Buckingham on guitars and Stevie Nicks playing tambourine (and, yes, doing some singing!)

To remind us of its greatness, the band - with backing players and singers - started Tuesday's show at Credit Union Centre with indelible Rumours monster hits like Second Hand News, The Chain and Dreams. They could have played the whole album, in order, without a complaint.

Buckingham was the straw that stirred the drink throughout the concert. He pogoed and did guitar faces during the new song Sad Angel, he asserted his guitar mastery on Big Love, playing expansively, flawlessly and fast. For Never Going Back Again, also on acoustic, he looked like a classical guitarist who moonlights as a rocker. He was lathered up in his leather by then. "Make note that he's sexy," said an advice-giver in the crowd. Uh, no.

Nicks, in her velvet, layered skirt and platformed booties, moved with difficulty when she walked. She seemed so fragile, like a Victorian porcelain doll. The line in Landslide, "I'm getting older too," was extra poignant. But she's still Stevie Nicks, dammit, and despite the fact her high end is gone, she makes you remember her as the cool, aloof girl that's too too.

After reportedly just showing up the last time they were here, the band worked like mad to impress, and they did. It is kind of mind blowing that the same band that did the simple, sad Landslide also turned out the coolest weird song ever in Tusk. This was an early show stopper, done real savage-like with images of teeth and totems on the screen and faded old video of the UCLA marching band.

At well over two hours, fans got most of the best, relived more than a few youthful memories and got to see part of what rock history is made of.

Above 2 photos by Shleemaan

 6 Photos above by: Adrien Begrand
Above photo by Karin Yeske
Above Photos by Dakota Miller

REVIEW: "After all of these years, it’s only right that Stevie Nicks should play it the way she feels it.

Stevie Nicks – In Your Dreams (2013)
by Nick DeRiso
Something Else Reviews

Looking back, it seemed preordained. Stevie Nicks met Dave Stewart years ago, and had a good feeling about him. “Maybe,” Stevie Nicks says toward the end of the film In Your Dreams, “this played out for a reason.”

That, of course, hadn't always been so clear.

The rock-umentary (arriving exclusively today on iTunes) begins, as these often things do, with a quick-cut series of gushing fans — but even here, there is something more complex happening. As each, one after another, professes their undying fealty to Nicks and every witchy-woman scarf she ever twirled, there is this sense of disconnect — like something of great portent is just around the bend.

Perhaps that’s because it has always been thus. Nicks’ career path has been marked by precipitous highs and just as dizzying lows, and that very history is probably to blame for the weird dissonance that greets her seeming so, well, happy.

Instead, what happens as In Your Dreams unfolds is the maybe the most surprising, most light-filled, most anthematically inspirational thing of all: Stevie Nicks, right before your eyes, becomes Stevie Nicks again.

"After all of these years, it’s only right that Stevie Nicks should play it the way she feels it. And she is, finally, again."

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A quick-hitting EP simply cannot contain the songwriting force that is Buckingham/Nicks/McVie

Album Review: Fleetwood Mac – Extended Play EP
Consequence of Sound
3/5 Stars

Fleetwood Mac are restless. After dozens of songs, albums, tours, and RIAA certifications, you’d think they would’ve reached a point of satisfied complacency, like when a star athlete hits the twilight of his or her career and admits, “I’ve done it all it’s time to retire.” Maybe Fleetwood Mac did, in fact, reach such a point after 2003’s Say You Will. The band announced an indefinite hiatus — its members diverting their concentration to their personal lives and solo endeavors. The Mac’s future was in question…

But if Michael Jordan wearing a Washington Wizards jersey taught us anything, it’s that you can’t keep The Best at bay while they still have the ability to play … and make lots of money. So in 2009, Fleetwood Mac reunited for a tour (which — just like Jordan on the Wizards — put asses in seats and made tons o’ cash). During the tour, Lindsey Buckingham dropped this nugget: “The time is right to go back to the studio.”

But for three years that promise went unfulfilled as Fleetwood Mac rode the nostalgia train all the way to the bank. Another world tour, TV appearances, and album reissues — no new music.

Until now.

Full Review at Consequence of Sound

Fleetwood Mac Live in Winnipeg: "Age is just a number, so don't count love out "

Fleetwood Mac Experience
Live in Winnipeg
May 12, 2013
by Gordon Sinclair Jr.
Winnipeg Free Press (full article on-line)

Monday, May 13, 2013

OWN IT TODAY: Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" Now Available on iTunes... Go get it!

Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" Documentary
Now Available on iTunes... Go get it!

INTERVIEW: Lindsey Buckingham on new Fleetwood Mac Album, Co-Writing w/ Stevie Nicks + Australia

Great interview with Lindsey... Lots of information to dig into!

  • Lindsey acknowledges that to get a new Fleetwood Mac album together, Stevie needs to bring some written material of her own to the table.... OR take some of what Lindsey has in raw form (music) and he suggests they do some co-writing together on the songs.
  • He talks about the potential to do more touring after the first of the year (2014) whether a new album accompanies it or not... and there's the potential that another EP could be released if a full album doesn't work out.  He also mentions that the 2014 touring would would happen after they get back from Australia... So basically that kind of confirms Australia will happen before the end of this year.
  • Would still love if Christine came up on stage for "Don't Stop" in the UK, or anything she would like to do... (This will likely happen).

Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham on his 'mythology' with Stevie Nicks
What is holding up a new album and the latest on Christine McVie
by: Melinda Newman

Fleetwood Mac is having tremendous success on its current sold-out tour. The band is playing its classic hits with verve and enthusiasm, plus, since the recent release of 4-song EP,  "Extended Play,"  the quartet has new material to sink its teeth into.  Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham spoke to HitFix about the current state of Fleetwood Mac, the delight he takes in his still dynamic connection to Stevie Nicks, the latest on a full album from the band, and if Christine McVie will join her former band mates when they play London in the fall.

I saw the band two weekends ago at Jazz Fest in New Orleans and it seemed like you were on fire. The band was playing in daylight without any of the bells and whistles of an indoor arena show and no one missed them at all.  

There’s a lesson there. We’ve all come to feel that we need to rely on the constructions of quite elaborate set design and the backdrop that changes from song to song and, really, this band, because we are a band of musicians and a great singer, we could go up there and with a couple of spotlights prevail probably just as well. It should be about the music first and, of course, with us, it is.

“Extended Play,” a four-song EP with your first new music in 10 years, came out on April 30 and landed in iTunes top 10.  How gratifying was it that people were so eager to hear new music?

 I haven’t paid too much attention to how things are going with it because, really, Mick [Fleetwood] and John [McVie]  and I got together last year and we cut a bunch of tracks and then Stevie came to the table later. Even early on,  Mick and John and I felt that the songs that we were doing were some of the best stuff we’d done in quite a while.

I am also happy with what it represents with the subject matter. The dialogues to Stevie that are, miraculously, still going on back and forth between Stevie and myself after all these years, I find that to be quite touching and somewhat surprising— something that neither one of us would have predicted years and years ago that we’d still somehow be driving each other’s motivation from a distance, and so I’m very happy with the way the EP turned out and it’s great to be doing some new things on stage.

You wrote one of the new songs, “Sad Angel,” for Stevie. What was her reaction when she first heard it? 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

REVIEW | PHOTOS: Fleetwood Mac Live in Winnipeg 5/12/13

Fleetwood Mac fans never stop believing
By: Randal King
Winnipeg Free Press

"You would think after all this time, there would be nothing left to discover ... "

So said singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham to the 11,500 people who constituted a nearly sold-out crowd at the Fleetwood Mac concert Sunday night at the MTS Centre.

Buckingham suggested more discovery was imminent, with some justification. Fleetwood Mac is a band that evolved more than most, starting in 1967 as a raw blues entity, and morphing into a sophisticated pop sound in the early ’70s.

All that was before the Fleetwood Mac everyone knows — the incarnation of their monumental 1977 hit album Rumours. Of that lineup at the MTS Centre: original drummer Mick Fleetwood, bassist John McVie, singer/guitarist Buckingham, and ephemeral singer Stevie Nicks. (No Christine McVie on this tour, which means most McVie-penned tunes were also absent.) The band was rounded out by two backup vocalists. The question of their continuing evolution was not a big concern for the baby boomer majority at the MTS Centre Sunday evening who would have been cheerfully resigned to be stuck in the ’70s, if it meant all Rumours all the time on Mac’s impressive two hour plus set list, without intermission.

At 8:20 p.m., the band seemed to deliver on that promise, starting off with Second Hand News, the first track on that venerable 45 million-seller. Next song: The Chain (first song on Side Two), a song that demonstrates Fleetwood’s driving drum style.

The song Dreams saw Nicks take her place, dressed dramatically in black with her de rigueur scarf. These days, Nicks avoids the higher notes so easily scaled in her youth, though it retains its inimitable single-malt texture. (No robotic Cher-esque auto-tuning for 64-year old Nicks. Respect.)

Preventing the song Second Hand News from being prophetic, Buckingham introduced a new song, Sad Angel, from their newly-released four-song EP Extended Play, which elicited cheers (to Buckingham’s evident delight), largely on the power of the virtuoso guitarist’s close-enough-to-classic riffs.

They quickly returned to one familiar hit — Rhiannon — before the leather jacket-clad Buckingham returned to offer his own kind of guided tour to the band’s history recalling their effort to deviate from the expected. This of course was by way of introduction to songs from their experimental 1979 concept album, Tusk, including the punk-flavoured Not That Funny and the epic Tusk (alas, the only marching band was on the video screen, unlike past performances of that song). Nicks unleashed her pagan self with Sisters of the Moon, and followed with her comparatively plaintive ballad Sara.

Buckingham went solo and acoustic for Big Love from the 1987 Tango in the Night, demonstrating his astonishing fretwork. Nicks drolly dedicated Landslide (from the 1975 album Fleetwood Mac) to the Winnipeg audience, courtesy of the line "snow-covered hills," but scored a curiously timed cheer for the lyric "I’m getting older too."

Call it an acknowledgement of the inevitable, but the band demonstrated a potent case for not going quietly, with energetic and fully engaged performances of Gold Dust Woman and Stand Back, climaxing with (back to Rumours) Go Your Own Way.

The crowd wasn’t taking the hint, cheering the band back for an encore including World Turning (featuring a Mick Fleetwood drum solo that didn’t seem gratuitous) and a climactic performance of Don’t Stop, which had the audience on its feet and singing along.

A second encore included a song with a history: Silver Springs was a Nicks tune intended for Rumours that ended up as a B-side for Go Your Own Way. After the last song of the evening, the downbeat confessional Say Goodbye, the audience took the hint, but left inspired.

We are, after all, getting older too.


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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Fleetwood Mac Dig Deep: Lindsey Buckingham Breaks Down The Hits, Rarities and New Tunes

Rolling Stone Magazine - May 23, 2013 
(with The Rolling Stones on the cover).

It's been exactly a decade since Fleetwood Mac released an album, but that hasn't stopped a new generation of fans from discovering the band. "We're ding the best business we've done in 20 years!" says guitarist Lindsey buckingham, a few hours before the Tulsa, Oklahoma, stop on the Mac's latest world tour.  "There's been a lot more young people in the crowd than three years ago.  Maybe it's a generational thing."  Buckingham called from his Tulsa hotel room to explain how they're choosing the set lists for this tour - mixing up the hits with plenty of deep cuts and tunes frm their new EP, Extended Play. - Andy Greene