Friday, May 24, 2013

Stevie Nicks, Living Feminism | 10 Things | Lindsey Buckingham's LA Story | Fleetwood Mac Wknd

The great Stevie Nicks celebrates her 65th birthday this Sunday, May 26th.
Her career has spanned more than four decades, from the Buckingham Nicks era all the way to the present, as she tours the world with a reunited Fleetwood Mac. To celebrate all things Stevie, here are ten things you may not know about her.

Check out the 10 at Rocksquare

Lindsey Buckingham
The Fleetwood Mac member on humble beginnings, Bel-Air bachelor pads, and digging in
LA Magazine

Stevie Nicks, Living Feminism
Ditz, Lightweight, Mooncalf, Naif: The Second-class Status of Stevie Nicks

Hollywood Bowl | Las Vegas
Big Weekend Ahead for Fleetwood Mac.  The band is live Saturday night at the iconic Hollywood Bowl, then the following night in Las Vegas at MGM Grand.  If this is your weekend to see the band live in either city (or both), have an amazing time!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

REVIEW | PHOTOS: Fleetwood Mac Live in San Jose, CA 5/22

MAY 22, 2013

Stevie and Lindsey came out together walking very slowly. I was rather surprised by the pace. Luckily, it was not an accurate bellwether for the show’s true energy.

After “The Chain” Stevie said she was likely to get choked up tonight because San Jose is just coming home for them. This is where it all began. So, all she has to say is, “Let’s get this party started.”

After Dreams, Lindsey notes that you wouldn’t think there was another chapter to be written in the book of Fleetwood Mac, but there is.

Above Photos by C Flanigan and John Medina


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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Fleetwood Mac Australian / New Zealand Tour Dates Announcement Imminent

Live Nation Australia and New Zealand posted this pixelated picture to their page today saying they were bursting with some news to tell but this photo was all they were allowed to share and that hopefully more information would be provided tomorrow.

Faster Louder posted on their site they believe it's the cover of "Extended Play". and that Live Nation are about to Announce Fleetwood Mac's Australian / New Zealand tour...  I think they're right.

With the Australian and New Zealand leg of the world tour all but officially announced by pretty much all the band members through various interviews with Stevie, Lindsey and the meet and greets with Mick, all that's left is to announce the actual dates - which will likely take place late November and into December.

Live Nation Update 5/24/13: BIG Tour Announcement coming Sunday!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

REVIEWS x 2: Fleetwood Mac Live in Tacoma, WA May 20, 2013

Fleetwood Mac lights up Tacoma Dome
Fleetwood Mac, which had its heyday in the ’70s, drew fans from several generations to the Tacoma Dome Monday in a concert that began as a singalong but ended as a love-a-thon.
By Gene Stout
Seattle Times

The enduring power of Fleetwood Mac’s musical legacy was clearly evident in a high-energy, 2 ½ -hour concert Monday night at the Tacoma Dome.

A near-capacity crowd spanning several generations grooved on the timeless music of the band’s late-’70s heyday, from “The Chain” to “Gold Dust Woman.” It began as a singalong, but soon became a love-a-thon.

Younger concertgoers who weren’t yet born when the group’s classic, multiplatinum 1977 album “Rumours” was released were among the most enthusiastic. They pushed to the front of the stage for a closer look at singer Stevie Nicks (dressed in her trademark shawls and flowing skirts) and show-stealing guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, who crouched down to let concertgoers touch the strings on his guitar during “Go Your Own Way.”

Opening with “Second Hand News,” the concert quickly gained momentum with such songs as “The Chain,” “Dreams” and “Rhiannon.” The band reserved “Don’t Stop,” “Silver Springs” and “Say Goodbye” for a pair of encores.

The show was mostly a parade of greatest hits, but early on, “Sad Angel,” a song from a new EP, offered a glimpse into the band’s current creative state of mind.

The star power of Nicks and Buckingham, who traded lead vocals and sang duets, enthralled the audience on such songs as “Go Your Own Way,” “World Turning” and “Don’t Stop.” A tender version of “Sara” featured a duet by the two former lovers, who shared tender, sentimental moments throughout the show.

Buckingham introduced “Big Love” as a song whose meaning had shifted over the years, becoming “a meditation on the power and importance of change.”

Nicks and Buckingham, whose relationship began decades ago, performed the romantic song “Without You,” which they resurrected on the new four-song, “Extended Play” EP after finding a long-lost version on YouTube.

A giant LED video screen behind the stage displayed eye-popping graphics and dizzying close-ups, especially during the latter half of the show.

Despite the immense popularity of “Rumours,” the band also celebrated its less successful, somewhat experimental follow-up, “Tusk,” by performing the title song as well as “Not That Funny,” “Sara” and “Sisters of the Moon.”

Fleetwood Mac’s core members, now in their 60s, included drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie (Christine McVie retired long ago, but is still missed). They were backed by several touring musicians and two female backup singers who hit some of the high notes Nicks could no longer reach.

Fleetwood Mac rocks Tacoma Dome with epic, 2 1/2 hour set
By Ernest Jasmin

Drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie may be the namesakes and longest tenured members of
Fleetwood Mac. But it was all about the other half of the legendary rock outfit Monday night as it returned to the Tacoma Dome for its first local performance in four years.

That would, of course, be smoky voiced diva, Stevie Nicks, and her former beau, singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, a guy who largely overshadowed his band mates during a hit-filled 2 1/2 hours. The California couple joined Fleetwood Mac’s oft-shuffled lineup in late 1974, propelling the group to a string of multi-million selling albums - “Fleetwood Mac,” “Rumours” and “Tusk” - that provided the bulk of Monday night’s set list.

Not that all was well between the two as Fleetwood Mac staked its claim as the biggest band on the planet. Nicks and Buckingham famously split during the sessions for 1977’s “Rumours,” their rocky relationship providing creative fodder and an underlying tension for “Dreams,” “Go Your Own Way” and other classic cuts about love gone awry. (John and former band mate Christine McVie’s marriage crumbled around the same time, only adding to the backstage soap opera.)

Nicks’ and Buckingham’s ability to co-exist has been somewhat spotty over the years; Buckingham even left the group for a spell after a particularly nasty falling out in 1987. But the former power couple seems to be on cozier terms these days, their rapport breezy as they traded lead vocal duties Monday night, their affection seemingly genuine as they alluded to past romance and the ability to remain friends.

“Without You” is one of four “new” cuts recently released on the band’s new EP, “Extended Play.” Nicks actually wrote it for Buckingham in the early ‘70s, and as she introduced the folky love song she spoke fondly of a time when they were young, starry-eyed and in love. Buckingham later spoke of the healing and perspective that comes with time as he set up the evening’s final number, “Say Good Bye,” a track he wrote for 2003’s “Say You Will” album. “The song remains about faith, resolve for the future and acceptance,” he said, before the duo brought the evening to a fitting close, sans support cast.

The band’s iconic rhythm section often seemed lost in the shuffle as Nicks and Buckingham publicly worked things out. If not for their Dickensian getups - Fleetwood’s cap and cropped pants came straight from the cover of “Rumours” - they might have melted entirely into the four-piece backing band.

McVie drew applause, though, as he delivered the iconic bass breakdown to “The Chain,” the night’s second selection. And Fleetwood was occasionally the center of attention, his rumbling intros galvanizing cuts like “Tusk,” his howling drum solo pumping the crowd up during encore opener “World Turning.”

Nicks may not have the vocal range she used to. But she certainly hit her stride with a dreamy, sing-along delivery of “Landslide,” a song she dedicated to members of her family in the audience; and, clad in her usual array of shawls and, at one point, a top hat, she also captivated with “Rhiannon,” “Gypsy” and “Gold Dust Woman,” among other cuts she sang lead on.

But she often served as wispy foil to Buckingham’s unbridled gusto and dazzling guitar heroics. Clad in skinny jeans and black leather jacket, the 63-year-old rocker delivered with the intensity of a man half his age. His enthusiasm palpable as he stomped and “yeehawed” his way through “Tusk,” his voice still pliable and effecting as she went from papery whisper to a life-affirming howl during mid-set high point “Never Going Back Again.”

His furious finger picking erupted in a percussive, fretboard slapping finale during “I’m So Afraid,” the epic number that preceded the encore. Officially, it was a Fleetwood Mac concert, but occasionally it felt more like the Lindsey Buckingham show.


REVIEW | PHOTOS: Fleetwood Mac Live in Tacoma 5/20

Fleetwood Mac Looks Back, Moves Forward at Tacoma Dome
By Corbin Reiff
Seattle Weekly
Photos by: Dana Nalbandian

Before the final song of the band’s two and a half hour long set at the Tacoma Dome on Monday night, Fleetwood Mac guitarist and latter-day creative force Lindsey Buckingham stepped to the microphone and proclaimed, “Sometimes it takes losing a set of illusions to move forward.” While he may have been referring to his oft-discussed and long dormant romantic relationship with his band mate Stevie Nicks, the same sentiment could be applied to expectations for the band’s performance that evening.

No this wasn’t the same powerhouse that dominated popular music in 1977 – the hair was a little grayer, the movements on stage a little more deliberate – but Fleetwood Mac still managed to deliver a solid set of timeless music that brought the thousands in attendance to their feet for nearly the duration of the show.

The night began with a touching gesture as Buckingham and Nicks took the stage hand-in-hand lending the crowd a visual cue that each was willing to put their respective feelings of acrimony behind them. If they were ready to forget their own personal histories however, they were just as quick to delve into their musical past opening the night with a one-two-three punch of songs off the astronomically successful album, Rumors; “Second Hand News,” the first track off the album followed by “The Chain” and then “Dreams.”

It was clear from the start that Buckingham was to be the focal point of the evening and his performance both vocally and on guitar was transcendent. Buckingham, who drummer Mick Fleetwood later referred to as, “Our inspiration and our mentor,” was given much of the burden of moving the show along and providing the necessary flourishes that kept the songs from drifting too far into stale renditions of over-played material. His solo on “I’m So Afraid” in particular stood out for both its intensity and technical wizardry.

However much Buckingham proved throughout the evening to have sidestepped the effect of passing years on his musical prowess, the same could not be said singer Stevie Nicks. It was evident early on that Nicks has lost a bit of her vocal top-range – the iconic falsetto on “Rhiannon” was noticeably absent. She was, however, still able to solidly belt out each number with a steadiness that proved admirable. Accompanied by Buckingham alone on acoustic guitar, Nick’s rendition of “Landslide” – always a crowd favorite – was delivered expertly and with a great deal of precision.

The rhythm section – the Fleetwood and Mac in Fleetwood Mac as it were – was, as expected, on point throughout the evening. John McVie’s bass proved to be the solid rock and foundation of each number. His technical ability combined with his comfortable setting near the rear of the stage rendered him almost an afterthought; something taken for granted. Mick Fleetwood on the other hand was a force that refused to be ignored and throughout the evening slammed all the power that his 6’5” frame could muster into each hit on the snare and kick on the bass.

Amid an evening soaked in nostalgia – Fleetwood himself was garbed in the same outfit he wore in the cover photo of Rumors, down to the balls dangling listlessly from his waistband – there were signals that the group intended to carry on. Selections from its latest offering, Extended Play, were interspersed amongst the old standbys in the setlist to great acclaim from the audience. Buckingham himself declared that there are, “a few chapters left to be written in the book of Fleetwood Mac.” If Monday’s performance proved anything, it was that while they may have lost a step or too in some regards, and may be more than a little too reliant on their back catalog, Fleetwood Mac still has it and aren’t quite ready to say goodbye just yet.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

REVIEW | PHOTOS: Fleetwood Mac Live in Vancouver 5/19

Fleetwood Mac rekindles the classics in Vancouver
Fans jumped to their feet to sing along to every song at Rogers Arena
By Stuart Derdeyn
The Vancouver Sun
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A love-in. That was last night’s Fleetwood Mac concert.

From the moment Mick Fleetwood bounded onstage, dropped his giant, lanky self behind his kit and started the drum roll leading into Second Hand News, it was on your feet and sing along to every song at Rogers Arena. On the basis of three albums made in the seventies, the second configuration of what began as a very fine UK blues-rock group has built a timeless legacy.

The sheer number of people at the show who weren’t even born when Rumours ruled the world in 1977 but knew every word was testament to that.

The quartet of Fleetwood (65), bassist John McVie (67), eternally tanned guitarist Lindsey Buckingham (63) and Stevie Nicks (64) still bring it. Sure, it’s a shame that singer/keyboardist Christine McVie (69) is out of the lineup again but the band has plenty of material she wasn’t a key part of.

Some winning material from the recently released iTunes only EP titled, creatively, Extended Play, was thrown into the Fleetwood Mac (1975), Rumours and Tusk (1979) heavy set. Sad Angel is certainly the group’s best song in decades so here is hoping the future album contains more of the same.

If not, no matter.

As the fluid-voiced Buckingham, made abundantly clear, songs such as Not That Funny and Tusk have actually aged extremely well. What was panned critically at the time for failing to match the impossible-to-equal Rumours is a fine album. One that the group still wants to get a fairer shake based on Buckingham’s comments about “taking a good idea and grinding it into the ground before moving on.”

Tusk tunes such as Sisters of the Moon and Sara certainly gave Nicks, ample opportunity to show that she can still carry the body of the songs. With back up singers to clean up the high notes she can’t reach anymore and provide a tad of the warmth that was occasionally missing, the singer’s haunting way with a lyric rang true.

For his part, Buckingham proved why he has been such a critical component to the band’s success.

His fingerpicking all night was searing and hit show-stealing on his solo acoustic take of Big Love from Tango In the Night. It was obvious that Nicks’ tour de force Landslide would follow. It did and Never Going Back Again rounded out the strumming Buckingham/Knicks portion of the show.

Without You, a re-discovered tune from the duo’s pre-Mac days that is also on the new EP brought the full band back. Again, a bit of proof the old dog may have some new(er) tricks left in it.

Frankly, after hearing that heavy version of Gold Dust Woman it is hard to believe a Grunge era band didn’t get on the cover wagon. For the bass lines alone, the song burns.

After 20-plus tunes, nobody left last night unsatisfied. Unless, that is, you wanted to hear Oh Well or the Green Manalishi which this version of the band has probably never played. That was another time and predates the string of near perfect pop songs such as Go Your Own Way. But by all means go back and check out earlier ‘Mac too.

Given last night, the next album could prove well worth a listen too.

30 Minute Video of last nights show

Fleetwood Mac's classics please the masses in Vancouver

"I don't believe Fleetwood Mac will ever tour again," drummer Mick Fleetwood told Playboy last year, dashing the concert hopes of diehard '70s soft-rock fans everywhere. But as seen at Rogers Arena last night, you can't believe everything you read in a girlie magazine.

Fleetwood took the stage—along with the current Fleetwood Mac lineup of singer Stevie Nicks, guitarist-vocalist Lindsay Buckingham, and bassist John McVie—and proceeded to show that a capering 65-year-old codger can still be a force of nature behind the kit. The foursome was supplemented by a second guitarist-vocalist, a keyboard-vocalist, and two backup vocalists, so there was plenty of younger vocal cords on hand to help Nicks (64) and Buckingham (63) hit those high notes.

The show kicked off with "Second Hand News", the perky opening track from the 1977 Rumours album, which has so far sold a paltry 45-million copies worldwide. That song is noted for containing some of the most memorable gibberish lyrics ever, which are tricky to decipher, but go something like: "Bow-bow-bow-bow/da-bas-bow-bow-bow-bow/da-bam-bam-bam-bam-bam-da-bam-bam-bam-bam/do-doodle-doo."

After a couple more Rumours gems, "The Chain" and "Dreams", the band pulled out a new composition from Extended Play, the four-song EP it released on iTunes a few weeks back. "Sad Angel" is a jangly rocker slightly reminiscent of "Go Your Own Way", sans its melodic allure.

The group would showcase one other new tune, "Without You", a rerecording of a pre-Mac, Buckingham/Nicks demo that, as Nicks explained in a rambling introduction, resurfaced on YouTube recently. Unfortunately the song—based on a poem she wrote for Buckingham early on in their relationship—came off a little on the humdrum side.

Apart from the two middling new tunes, it was golden oldies all the way, which was what everyone had come for anyway. The band performed seven of Rumours' 11 deathless tracks, and four each from the 1975 Fleetwood Mac and '79 Tusk albums. Three tracks from the eighties went over extremely well, including the Nicks-sung "Gypsy" (from 1982's Mirage) and "Stand Back" (from her '83 solo album The Wild Heart). One of the night's biggest highlights was "Big Love", a track from 1987's Tango in the Night that boasted ace fingerpicking from Buckingham.

As crowdpleasing as the setlist was, it would have been nice if it had touched ever-so-briefly on the band's history prior to its multiplatinum success. It would have been cool to hear Fleetwood snapping off that triple-time intro to 1973's dreamy "Hypnotized" as an homage to former member Bob Welch, who died last summer.

Even better, they could have selected one tune from the group's late-'60s blues-rock era, when guitar legend Peter Green was in the fold. I can totally picture Buckingham singing lines like: "I can't help about the shape I'm in/I can't sing, I ain't pretty and my legs are thin/But don't ask me what I think of you/I might not give the answer that you want me to."

Oh well.


Rock band Fleetwood Mac played a local stop on their North American tour on Sunday night.

The core four of singer Stevie Nicks, guitarist/singer Lindsey Buckingham, bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood played in front of just under 16,000 fans at Rogers Arena.
Photos by Boaz Joseph / The Leader. - View Gallery

 It was an incredible show and experience tonight... I'm not just saying that, it truly was!  More about the Mick Fleetwood Meet and Greet where Lindsey was the added bonus for a few minutes, plus photos.