Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fleetwood Mac tickets sell out in minutes - Auckland, New Zealand (2 shows)

A number of Fleetwood Mac fans are upset after missing out on tickets to the band's two Auckland shows December 6th and December 7th.  Tickets went on sale at 9am (June 13th) and were sold out within minutes.

Fans have their fingers crossed for a third show.


Anger as fans miss out on Fleetwood tickets

Tickets to legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac sold out in 15 minutes after they went on sale this morning.

When sales opened at 9am there was a "phenomenal demand" for tickets to the two shows on 6 and 7 December at Auckland's Vector Arena.

Including the three rounds of special presales, all of the estimated 24,000 tickets were sold out by 9:15am.

There were no surprises the tickets sold so fast.

"Judging by the demand within the three pre sales, we were thrilled," said Bridget De Launey, publicist for the concert.

But not everyone was as happy. The huge demand created issues for the Ticketmaster website, leaving Fleetwood fans without tickets.

"(We are) very disappointed that Ticketmaster's website is not robust enough to cope with the demand and we imagine there will be a lot of very disappointed fans out there," said ticketless fan Maria Lewis.

"The reservation of expensive tickets for premier customers means the real fans miss out," she said.

"Ticket purchasing should be fair for everyone despite the purchasing power of the fan. Why should we be penalised because we want the cheaper tickets?" Lewis said.

Updated: June 13th

This isn't really a solution but might be for some of you that didn't get tickets to either Auckland shows.

After the pre-sale started and after the general public sale began and eventually sold out for both shows. Mick Fleetwood put up his VIP Ticket Packages on his site to both shows at  

There are two pricing structures either $425 or $375 - both purchases include a meet and greet with Mick, PLUS you get a seat guaranteed either in the first 5 rows for the $425 or within the first 20 rows for the $375.  Trust me it's a cool experience, I did it myself.  When you consider a fairly decent ticket to the show is going to cost you $200 bucks anyway, the $425 or $375 isn't really that much more when you consider you get to meet Mick, go up on stage, get your photo taken with him and get that guaranteed seat in the front, which is highly sought after.  So if you have the extra funds and want a really neat experience, I highly recommend it.

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac Live in Tampa "The chemistry between ex-lovers Nicks and Buckingham is still alive and well"

Photo by Tracy May - View Gallery

The hits don't stop with Fleetwood Mac at Tampa Bay Times Forum
Creative Loafing

Whether you love them or hate them, you have to hand it to Fleetwood Mac; the band and its members have successfully and tactfully been able to overcome what are normally deal-breaking obstacles like romantic breakups, divorces, personality clashes and more personnel changes than just about any other pop band in the business. Fleetwood Mac began as a humble blues act in the 1960s; it wasn't until the mid-1970s, when lead guitarist Lindsay Buckingham and his then-girlfriend, chanteuse and poetess Stevie Nicks, climbed aboard, that the band's popularity skyrocketed through the stratosphere. [Text by Gabe, photos by Tracy.]

Still maintaining that proven successful lineup (minus keyboardist and golden-voiced co-lead singer Christine McVie, who's enjoying self-imposed retirement), Mac is currently out on the road and in the midst of a thriving international tour that's garnering much well-deserved accolades. The band has toured sparingly since their reunion of sorts in 1997, but they can rest assured that whenever they decide to get together and hit the road, halls and arenas around the world will always be filled to capacity by their still-loyal fan base. And as an anxious crowd of 14,071 found out at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in downtown Tampa on Friday night, the wait for another Fleetwood Mac tour was well worth it.

Continue to the full review + photos at Creative Loafing or below

Two awesome videos from the show filmed by MrMYarr


The First Time With... Mick Fleetwood - BBC Radio 6 Sunday June 16th (12-1pm)

Following on from previous First Time drummer guests – Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts and Queen’s Roger Taylor - this week on the show Matt Everitt chats to the man who lent his name to one of the most successful and best loved bands of all time, Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood.

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the band’s record-breaking album Rumours (more than 40 million copies sold so far) and some rare UK live shows, Mick looks back at his and the group’s career and influences. He started his career during the blues boom in London in the Sixties, going on to huge acclaim with the original Peter Green-led line-up of the Mac, then presiding over an ever-changing line-up that would coalesce in 1975 into the group that would eventually create several landmark albums including Rumours, Tusk and Tango In The Night

Mick talks honestly about his experiences helping steer his band through the murky waters of drug abuse and inter-band relationships (and divorces) to the present day and their current reunion, and picks some excellent tunes along the way.

Presenter/ Matt Everitt, Producer/ Jax Coombes

The First Time With...
Sunday 16 June

Fleetwood Mac, Clear Channel Team on Groundbreaking Rights Partnership

Clear Channel Media & Entertainment has cut a deal to pay performance royalties to Fleetwood Mac for songs from its recently released “Extend Play” EP that are broadcast on its 850 terrestrial radio stations. According to Clear Channel, it’s the first rights partnership between a radio company and an artist.

Read the full article at Billboard

Fleetwood Mac's World Tour Update

Live Nation Australia/New Zealand announced on the eve of tickets going on sale to the general public in Australia and New Zealand (June 13th) that due to overwhelming demand for tickets during the pre-sale period for the November 10th Sydney show - they've added a second show on November 11th.

Tickets for the second show will also go on-sale to the general public on June 13th at 9am local time - along with the rest of the Australian, New Zealand dates.

Get Tickets: Live Nation

11/10/13 - Sydney, AU - Sydney Entertainment Centre
11/11/13 - Sydney, AU - Sydney Entertainment Centre
11/16/13 - Hope Estate Winery - Hunter Valley
11/19/13 - Adelaide, AU - Adelaide Entertainment Centre
11/22/13 - Perth, AU - Perth Arena
11/26/13 - Melbourne, UA - Rod Laver Arena
11/30/13 - Geelong, AU - Hill Winery
12/02/13 - Brisbane, AU - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
12/06/13 - Auckland, NZ - Vector Arena
12/07/13 - Auckland, NZ - Vector Arena

There are also tickets still available for select shows in Europe this fall.  Fleetwood Mac launch the over seas leg of their tour in Ireland on September 20th and continue through the UK and Europe until October 26th.  

A listing of shows and ticket links is available here on the tour dates page

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

FLEETWOOD MAC: Live Review and Photos by Danielle Boise - ATLANTA

Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 World Tour – Atlanta
Live Review and Photos by Danielle Boise
Target Audience Magazine

July, 2013 Target Magazine
It had been 3 years since their last tour and 35 years after the release of Rumours. Fleetwood Mac glided onto the stage and took over Philips Arena at their Atlanta stop of the Fleetwood Mac LIVE 2013 World Tour on Monday June 10th for a nearly sold out performance and did not disappoint for one second; as these living legends gave an earth shattering performance that straddled the line between electrifying, beguiling and perfection. There is no other band of yesteryear, today or tomorrow that is like that of Fleetwood Mac.

Fleetwood Mac kicked off their nearly 2.5 hour set, containing 23 songs and 2 encores with “Second Hand News” followed by the ever glorious “The Chain” and then the hauntingly sublime “Dreams” before demoing their new song “Sad Angel,” which was released on their new Extended Play EP, on April 30. “Rhiannon,” “Not That Funny” and Mick Fleetwood’s emotionally shattering “Tusk” amped up the raw factor. Before going into “Sisters of the Moon,” which Stevie Nicks stated, “that song hasn’t been played on stage since 1981,” it was a treat to see material that hasn’t graced the stage in several touring cycles.

It was never so prevalent to see that the past had been forgiven and ego removed, leaving only the love of the music and their shared history that they honored by performing together so cohesively, than when Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks shared an intimate moment on stage after performing “Sara” with an endearing embrace that left the crowd in cheers with some tears.

After “Sara,” it was Buckingham’s moment to shine with “Big Love,” as he took the stage as his own and stated “This next song is particularly significant to me. It is about transition. It once was an ensemble piece and looking back at the lyrics of the song to where I was in 1987… I was “looking out for love,” I was not looking for love. This song was about the contemplation of alienation and now, it’s about the power and importance of change.”

After which, Nicks moment to radiate for me was with “Landslide.” For me nothing compares to “Landslide” and in that moment the lyrics, along with the impact of witnessing Nicks perform it live brought tears to my eyes and took my breath away.
Fleetwood Mac continued the set list with “Never Going Back Again,” “Without You,” “Gypsy,” “Eyes of the World,” the ravishing “Gold Dust Woman,” “I’m So Afraid,” “Stand Back,” and ended the regular set with “Go Your Own Way” before coming back for the first of two encores. With Mick Fleetwood’s hands down amazing drum solo during “World Turning” before going into the crowd induced dance and sing-along of “Don’t Stop.”

“Much fun was had by all.” – Mick Fleetwood

For the second encore, Nicks beckoned the stage and brought a standing ovation that rippled through the entire arena with “Silver Springs” and ended the last song of the night in the most befitting way possible with “Say Goodbye.”

“Atlanta, you guys are the best!” – Lindsey Buckingham

It’s so hard to encapsulate this show into one set of words. It truly was about the bigger picture in the sense of the experience. What I think was beyond stunning, was every member had their moment to shine and be honored for their individual and collective talents that they bring to the group as a whole. There was no ego, no hurt, just the shared love of music that binds them together and that’s what they in turn shared with us, the audience in such a powerfully authentic way and heartwarming way and truly magical to watch.

There really is nothing like seeing Fleetwood Mac perform live, nothing. The band members are so engrossed in the music that they get absolutely lost in the sonic goodness that they are creating, yet still maintain a connection with their fans. This is what performing means, to bring the audience to their feet, time and time again without fancy theatrics, just showmanship.

Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks are four pieces that come together to create a gorgeous soundscape. They truly are pieces of a puzzle that fit perfectly together, as if they’ve always just been one and forever they will be.
Fleetwood Mac is currently out on the North American leg of their Tour through July 6 before starting the European leg of Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 World Tour. For more information, visit

Click HERE for about 1,000 photos from the show.

GOLD DUST WOMAN - WOW!  Unfriggin believable performance Stevie!!  This song is getting better and better as the tour rolls on. The way her and Mick connected with the drum beats near the ending was so cool!  Note to guy operating the yellow light at the end... .Keep it on her a little longer!

REVIEW | VIDEOS | PHOTOS: Fleetwood Mac Live in Atlanta

JUNE 10, 2013

Concert review: Fleetwood Mac enchants Philips Arena crowd
By Melissa Ruggieri
Photo Gallery

They’ve always been a crew of characters.

Mick Fleetwood, the wild-eyed co-founder and beat keeper.

Lindsey Buckingham, the perfectionist artiste with the gift for guitar.

Stevie Nicks, the mystical Glinda the good witch and poet.

John McVie, the stoic root of the rhythm section.

Even Christine McVie, before she departed Fleetwood Mac in 1998, played the part of the classy Brit whose keyboards added lushness and sweetness to the band’s sound.

Though Fleetwood Mac has toured sporadically during the past 15 years, it wasn’t always convincing that they were squeezing onto planes and tour buses and stages for anything other than a paycheck.

But now, after even more years of solo projects and time spent apart, it’s apparent that there is genuine affection tying the onetime soap opera-etic Mac together.

Buckingham and Nicks almost always entered the stage at Philips Arena together, holding hands like the king and the queen of the prom – the roles they’ve always filled within the band.

The songs from “Rumours” – seven of the 11 tracks from their landmark album made the live cut – at one time stung with hurt and betrayal, showcasing the most dysfunctional band in rock.

But as Nicks and Buckingham joined voices during the ominous creep of “The Chain,” with Fleetwood’s rattling snare drum bumping the song along, and Nicks unleashed her throaty warble on “Dreams,”  the songs now sounded like beautifully constructed couplets from a musical era never to be duplicated. The music is as potent as ever, even if the impetus behind the lyrics has softened.

For 2 ½-hours on Monday, Fleetwood Mac enchanted a sold-out crowd at Philips – mostly happy middle-agers thrilled to see the gang one more time, or maybe for the first time – and unveiled a comprehensive, 23-song set list.

Above Photos by Robb D Cohen
Since it’s the 35th anniversary of “Rumours,” favorites from the album – the opening “Second Hand News,” the grungy guitar shadowing “Gold Dust Woman,” the aggravated kiss-off “Go Your Own Way” among them – took center stage.

However, one thing Fleetwood Mac can brag about is recently releasing new songs (on the digital EP, “Extended Play”) that are well-suited for the band’s canon.

“It appears there are a few chapters left in the book of Fleetwood Mac,” Buckingham crowed from the stage.

“Sad Angel” is a driving pop rocker featuring those trademark Buckingham/Nicks vocals, while the “Peace Train”-like “Without You,” an unearthed demo from the pair, chugged along appealingly.

As for the rest of the hits, yes, some keys were modified to suit aging voices, but it was still a treat to hear “Rihannon,” perfectly complemented by images of a colorful moon on the high-def screen stretching the stage, and “Sisters of the Moon,” a song Fleetwood Mac hadn’t played live since 1981 prior to this tour.

The bond between Nicks and Buckingham was apparent throughout the show – she in her trademark uniform of black jagged-edge dresses and scarf-adorned tambourines and he in skinny jeans and black leather jacket – but most obviously during “Sara,” when Nicks laid her head on Buckingham’s shoulder and closed her eyes as he played, and the ever-poignant “Landslide,” which featured the two standing alone center stage.

While their dynamic is always a draw, it would be unfair not to underscore the awesomeness of Buckingham’s playing on every song, but particularly “Big Love” – he shook out his right hand before tackling the speedy chord changes in the song – and “I’m So Afraid,” which was raw and explosive. And Buckingham knew he nailed it.

By the time Fleetwood Mac – augmented by two musicians and Nicks’ two backup singers – started to wind down with the sunshine-and-rainbows anthem “Don’t Stop” (Nicks handled McVie’s verses), it became apparent that while the band can be dark, they’ve always found a flame of hope to guide them.

For anyone paying attention to Stevie's and Lindsey's stage costumes this tour, it's remained pretty much static the entire tour thus far except for tonight Stevie began the show in the frilly dress she's worn on previous solo and Mac tours.  Then eventually she changed into the 2 outfits that she's been ending the tour with. 


 Above 3 Photos by California Dreamin'

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Update: CNN Interview w/ Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood THURSDAY AM w/ @CarolCNN

Carol Costello of CNN interviewed both Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood today (Monday June 10th).  

Carol's post on Facebook 

Update from Carol Costello:
(June 11th) Good Morning! So..I did interview Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac. Mick was amazingly down to earth. Friendly. So nice. Lindsey was nice too, but a tad more reserved. Both are amazed their shows have sold out. They tried to explain why -- but, it's simple isn't it? People love their music. And who doesn't want to re-live a great moment in time? 

My interview will run Thursday (June 13, 2013)

Check out CNN between 9-11am ET

Monday, June 10, 2013

Fleetwood Mac Tickets & Mick Fleetwood VIP Packages Still Available for European Dates

Tickets & Mick Fleetwood VIP Packages Still Available!

Ladies & Gentlemen, there are still a limited amount of Mick Fleetwood VIP packages available for some of the European dates on the Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 Tour. Click the show of your choice for purchase links:

9/20 - The O2 - Dublin, Ireland
9/21 - The O2 - Dublin, Ireland
10/6 - Lanxess Arena - Cologne, Germany
10/7 - Ziggo Dome - Amsterdam, Netherlands
10/9 - Sport Palais - Antwerp, Belgium
10/13 - Hallenstadion - Zurich, Switzerland
10/14 - Shleyerhalle - Stuttgart, Germany
10/16 - O2 World - Berlin, Germany
10/18 - Jyske Bank Boxen - Herning, Denmark
10/20 - Oslo Spectrum - Oslo, Norway
10/23 - Globen - Stockholm, Sweden
10/26 - Ziggo Dome - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Most of these shows have two VIP Packages to choose from depending on seat location:

Mick Fleetwood VIP Experience - $425

-Ticket in First 5 Rows
-VIP Entry to Venue
-VIP Host for the Evening
-Meet & Greet with Mick Fleetwood
-VIP Q&A with Mick Fleetwood onstage at his Drum Kit
-Personal Photo with Mick Fleetwood
-Mick Fleetwood VIP Laminate

Mick Fleetwood VIP Experience - $375

-Ticket in the First 20 Rows
-VIP Entry to Venue
-VIP Host for the Evening
-Meet & Greet with Mick Fleetwood
-VIP Q&A with Mick Fleetwood onstage at his Drum Kit
-Personal Photo with Mick Fleetwood
-Mick Fleetwood VIP Laminate

Act fast! These will sell out. Don't miss your chance to get up close & personal with Mick Fleetwood.

All prices are listed in USD. You can reference your local currency at

View the above cities and availability at MickFleetwoodOfficial.  It's a cool experience and I highly recommend it.

STEVIE NICKS "In Your Dreams" at Rio Theatre in Vancouver Tonight! | Fleetwood Mac Live in Atlanta Tonight!

This week (June 10th - 17th) in Canada "In Your Dreams" can be seen in Vancouver at The Rio Theatre and in Montreal at Cinema du Parc. Dates, movie times and links to purchase tickets in advance listed below.

In Your Dreams Movie Website

Released digitally on May 14, 2013
Now Available on iTunes

No DVD Release date has been announced.


VANCOUVER Rio Theatre June 10 7:00pmTickets
VANCOUVER Rio Theatre June 10 9:30pmTickets
MONTREAL Cinema Du Parc June 14 9:00pm Tickets
MONTREAL Cinema Du Parc June 15 9:00pm Tickets
MONTREAL Cinema Du Parc June 16 9:00pm Tickets
VANCOUVER Rio Theatre June 16 7:00pmTickets
MONTREAL Cinema Du Parc June 17 9:00pm Tickets

There are only 14 dates left for Fleetwood Mac in North American - then it's off to Ireland, the UK and the rest of Europe in September. Who knows if they will be back again in 2014 for another round of shows - so if any of the dates below are in your neck of the woods.... Check them out, it's a pretty awesome show!


Sunday, June 09, 2013

Stevie Nicks, the Fairy Godmother of Rock

Stevie Nicks, the Fairy Godmother of Rock
By Jada Yuan
New York Magazine - June 17th issue

Look to the shawls; let them show you the way. All night you’ve been ­anticipating their arrival on the Fleetwood Mac stage: the witchy moment when Stevie Nicks, that blonde chanteuse, abruptly dis­appears from view and, with a simple costume change she’s perfected over 35 years, reemerges a woman transformed, wrapped in fringed silk signaling a visitation by Rhiannon or Gold Dust Woman or the livid spurned lover of “Stand Back,” fine fabric unfurling from her delicate shoulders like the banner of an advancing army, heralding not just a song but the coming of an event. There may also be a wind machine, or perhaps you’re just imagining it. This was all to be expected, and somehow it still thrills. Twirling in the outstretched arms of Stevie Nicks, those shawls have magic in them.

No one rocks a shawl like Stevie Nicks. That much was evident at Madison Square Garden this spring, the third stop of a constantly extending, sold-out Fleetwood Mac world tour (coming to Jones Beach on June 22). Everywhere in the arena were homages to Stevie: top hats, feathers, flowing black fabric. And, of course, shawls. ­Fathers and daughters danced enthusiastically side by side, and the air was thick with the smell of furtive intergenerational pot smoking. Chances are, you or someone next to you was weeping during “Landslide,” with that chorus you might casually dismiss as cliché until you find yourself singing it in unison with 15,000 fans: “Time makes you bolder / Children get older / I’m getting older, too.”

Nicks’s 65th birthday was May 26, and she spent it twirling onstage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Stevie Nicks, her generation’s great California girl sex symbol, who very publicly fought her way back from drug addiction and weight gain, now an aging rock star unafraid of the passage of time and, having long ago married her music, still an undefeated romantic searching for love. “She’s like your fairy princess godmother,” Courtney Love has said, “who’s gonna save you, and lives in a magical kingdom somewhere, and has, like, fabulous romances.”

Friday, June 07, 2013

PHOTOS | REVEIW | VIDEO: Fleetwood Mac Live in Tampa

JUNE 7, 2013

The '70s rock icons, who showed a nearly packed house of 14,071 at the Forum why their popularity not only has endured, but has attracted a new generation of loyalists.

Above Photos by Tampa Bay Times Forum
BY Carl Lisciandrello

TAMPA - Their fans may have been quite a bit younger when Fleetwood Mac hit the charts with one of music history's most renowned works some 40 years ago.

But the years have been kind for the '70s rock icons, who showed a nearly packed house of 14,071 at the Forum on Friday night why their popularity not only endured, but has attracted a new generation of loyalists.

Even the most casual fan could sense the close connection between Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, back together and promoting "Extended Play" - their first release in 10 years.

Fleetwood Mac told poignant, compelling stories within their lyrics. They opened up on stage, offering an important glimpse into the very personal side of why this foursome remains so ingrained in the spotlight.

Specifically, the connection between Buckingham and former girlfriend, Nicks, became apparent as the duo shared a hug following "Sara."

That propelled Buckingham into an introduction of "Big Love," in which he explained how this was a song about transition, contemplation and meditation that illustrated the "importance of change" - clearly an ode to his former romantic relationship with Nicks. What followed was an inspired acoustic solo that brought the crowd to its feet.

Nicks then gave a shout-out to a pair of friends before she and Buckingham paired on an emotional "Landslide."

The pair remained on stage as they recounted their journey to Los Angeles and introduction to the band in 1970. They told of a song on which they collaborated even before they knew of Fleetwood Mac, which had been "stolen" but was found online in 2011. "Without You," the primary vehicle in the new four-song EP, was a sweet duet that deftly showed the closeness they have maintained as they transitioned from romantic couple to close friends.

While they interacted and shared playful glimpses throughout the night, even holding hands twice to the crowd's delight as they returned to the stage, the show allowed the individual artists to spotlight their considerable talents.

Nicks, whose soulful voice belies her 65 years, set the stage by opening with a playful "Second Hand News" and spirited "The Chain."

She mesmerized with "Gold Dust Woman," emerging with a gold wrap and floating across the stage in one of her recognizable solo dances which she repeated during "Gypsy."

Nicks may be the recognizable face of the band, but Buckingham reminded fans of his considerable talent and why Fleetwood later introduced him as "our leader and inspiration."

Buckingham's guitar prowess was on full display during "I'm So Afraid" and "Go Your Own Way," and he set the tempo throughout as the band performed hit after hit from "Rumours," the 1975 album that launched them to stardom.

Fleetwood had his best moment during "World Turning," the first encore in which he toyed with the audience and launched into a drum solo that helped him work up a sweat and work the crowd into a frenzy.

But the band saved their most emotional moments for last. Nicks and Buckingham, again hand-in-hand, came out alone for a final encore that began with Nicks' heartfelt "Silver Springs" and ended with Buckingham sharing his philosophical thoughts on "discarding illusions in order to grow" and embracing "acceptance, faith and resolve" as they concluded with "Say Goodbye."

Hopefully for their fans, this wasn't a goodbye, but just a "so long" as they look ahead to the next great story in their legendary collaboration.
Photo by Austin Anthony - More at Tampa Bay Times

by Jay Cridlin
Tampa Bay Times

Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks walked onstage Friday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum hand in hand,
like the oldest of friends in the world.

Then, for the next eight songs, the onetime lovers didn't interact. Not even a little. Not a nod. Not a glance. Certainly nothing as intimate as skin-to-skin contact.

Could there be a better encapsulation of the Fleetwood Mac experience?

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Thirty-six years after Rumours, the definitive breakup album of the 20th century — yeah, I said it — the interpersonal conflict that drove Fleetwood Mac to its greatest creative heights remains an integral part of its mystique and eternal appeal. Fans with a ticket to a Fleetwood Mac show expect not only decades of indelible pop hits, they expect a taste of the drama that begat them.

The band knows this. Which is why Nicks and Buckingham waited until that ninth song — Sara, a slithering meditation on rancor and reconciliation among lovers — to look each other eye to eye, to edge in each other's direction, to share a microphone and, finally, to embrace.

Such is the choreography of a modern Fleetwood Mac show. Whatever dysfunction once festered between Nicks, Buckingham, gregarious drummer/mascot Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie — John's ex, retired singer-songwriter Christine, hasn't toured with the band in years — it hasn't stopped them from delivering the goods live.

Buckingham, for example, remains one of the most dynamic guitarists on the planet. He's played a couple of smaller solo shows in Tampa Bay since 2011, but on the big stage, his fingerpicking wizardry on the tomahawking Tusk, buzzsawing Big Love and incendiary I'm So Afraid is breathtaking to behold.

The free-spirited Nicks seems to get a little loopier with every tour — she laughed off some good-natured ribbing from Buckingham when they failed to connect on the opening notes of Landslide — but she remains an enchanting presence behind the mic, whether dusting blond strays from her eyes on Dreams or twirling in a silken tornado on Stand Back.

Fleetwood Mac's hit-packed sets don't change all that much, but they did throw in a couple of long-lost favorites, such as the bouncy folk ditty Without You, a Buckingham-Nicks demo lost for years before it surfaced online, and which appears on the band's new Extended Play EP.

And then there was Sisters of the Moon, a driving rocker from 1979's Tusk that Nicks said hasn't been performed regularly since 1981. Between Nicks' incantatory moan and Buckingham's furious power chords, it was a great example of the push-and-pull sexual tension that brought 14,071 fans to see them interact.

After Don't Stop and Silver Springs, Buckingham and Nicks closed with the acoustic, heartfelt duet Say Goodbye, and then a hug and a kiss at center stage.

How could they not? Dysfunction may be Fleetwood Mac's meal ticket. But it's one they can't cash in without love.

by Jim Abbott
Orlando Sentinel

There are a few Fleetwood Mac biographies already out there, but at least one member of the beloved
Photo By cberru72 (Instagram)
1970s hit-making band believes that the story isn’t over yet.

“You would think that there would be nothing left to discover,” singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham said of Fleetwood Mac’s long history early in the band’s generous concert on Friday for a packed house at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. “But it seems there are a few chapters left in the book of Fleetwood Mac.”

Musically, it’s obvious that Buckingham, singer Stevie Nicks, bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood aren’t ready to turn the final page.

In a hit-laden two hours and 40 minutes, they offered signature songs with drop-the-needle-on-the-record precision, showcased promising new songs and, most impressively, embraced music and audience with more emotion than one would think possible after almost four decades.

It’s a chatty bunch.

Nicks, in particular, was prone to rambling (if endearing) recollections about bygone days. She introduced the obligatory “Landslide” with a lengthy dedication to two “strong” women in her life: One was a high school classmate who now lives in Tampa; the other, a woman who ran the hotel where Nicks stayed this past fall in the Florida Keys.

When she had finished, she turned and shared a laugh with Buckingham, standing next to her waiting to start the song with his acoustic guitar: “He just said to me, ‘You’re done, right?’”

Buckingham was equally talkative, reflecting on the music business, the band’s “Tusk” album and how his feelings about songs such as “Big Love” have changed over the years.

That song offered one of the many opportunities for Buckingham to display his unique guitar technique, a combination of power and finesse that peaked in the explosive extended guitar solo of “I’m So Afraid.”

Vocally, Buckingham and Nicks harmonized with unconscious ease on “The Chain,” “Rhiannon,” “Never Going Back Again” and “Sara,” a song that concluded with the two singers in a long embrace.

Behind them, McVie provided an understated foundation and Fleetwood kicked off songs such as the opening “Second Hand News” with unmistakable rhythm figures.

 In the end, after an encore that included “Don’t Stop” and “Silver Springs,” Fleetwood joined the procession of lingering band members to talk – yet again -- about their feelings for the music and fans.

With all those words, there’s obviously another chapter for Fleetwood Mac.