Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review: Fleetwood Mac rocks Long Island, tours the U.S.

JUNE 22, 2013 

The band’s summer tour of classic rock and roll continues
Erika Norton | Echo

Between festivals like Bonaroo and Firefly, to country-wide and world tours from artists such as Bruno Mars and the Dave Matthews Band, summer is overflowing with smash-hit concerts for every musical taste.

Fleetwood Mac is one of those bands on tour this summer, and The Echo was onsite during the group’s stop at the Nikon Jones Beach Theater in New York on June 22.

With a full moon overhead, the lead singers Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham sang classic hit after hit.

Skyrocketing to rock and roll fame in the 1970’s with their Grammy-winning album Rumours, songs from the legendary album were featured heavily throughout the night. Nicks, who penned many of the hits from the album, kept to her gypsy persona, dancing across the stage wearing platform boots, flowy skirts and a top hat.

As she welcomed the audience to the show she exclaimed, “Let’s get this party started!” and began singing the band’s number one hit, “Dreams.” The amphitheater, which is located on a beach, gave lyrics such as “drowning in the sea of love” new meaning.

Some highlights of the night included Nicks’ and Lindsey Buckingham’s acoustic duet of “Landslide,” a song many artists have covered over the years due to its cross-generational lyrics. As the giant screen behind the stage sparkled with twinkling lights, Nicks and Buckingham’s famous chemistry exploded onstage.

Nicks and Buckingham surprised superfans with “Without You,” a song written before they were asked to join the band. Nicks’ enthusiasts got their fill as well, with hits written for the band such as “Rhiannon,” “Gypsy” and a rousing rendition of “Stand Back” from her solo career.

Buckingham showcased his unique plucking style of guitar playing with solos during “Go Your Own Way,” even wiping out onstage during his solo in “I’m So Afraid.” Thankfully he got right back up and kept shredding on his axe.

As Buckingham explained some of the meaning behind his lyrics, he spoke about the importance of transition.

“We need illusions to dream, but we need to discard some illusions to grow,” he said.

Mick Fleetwood, drummer and original founder of the band, showed he hasn’t lost his touch despite turning 66 years old on Monday. In between the first of two encores, Fleetwood, sitting on what the band has dubbed “his throne,” went into an impressive drum solo.

Despite the absence of Christine McVie, songwriter of “Don’t Stop” and former piano player for the band, the song still had the same energy as ever, turning into a giant audience sing-along.

The Mac still had one more trick up their sleeves. “Silver Springs,” a Nicks song originally intended for the Rumours album, has become a crowd favorite and was the second-to-last encore.

Before the band closed with “Say Goodbye,” Nicks left the audience with some parting words.

“You guys are the dreamcatchers,” she said. “I wish you love, I wish you happiness, and I wish you catch all your dreams in that dreamcatcher.”

Fleetwood Mac’s next two tour stops are the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC and the Wells Fargo Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kickstarter: The untold story of Waddy Wachtel, and the unsung heroes of Rock and Roll.

The untold story of Waddy Wachtel, and the unsung heroes of Rock and Roll.
This project will only be funded if at least $32,500 is pledged by Wednesday Jul 24, 5:03pm EDT.

Directed & Produced by Gary Simson. Edited & Produced by Andy Willinger.

They are the silhouettes on stage- far from the spotlight. Churning out the licks and holding down the beat- creating the musical magic that make the stars shine brighter. 

They are the SIDEMEN... ...The unsung heroes of Rock and Roll. 

These multi-talented virtuosos are some of the most sought-after musicians in the world. Yet, by playing exclusively in other people's bands, they are often unnoticed and under-appreciated. 

This is their story, and we need your help to tell it.

From skid row bars to massive coliseums and legendary recording studios, a rock sidemen’s life is like a wild, unpredictable rollercoaster ride, with soaring highs sandwiched between deep lulls.

Some thrive- and maintain long-standing relationships with hugely popular musicians. Some barely scrape out a living. And others have faded away. But ONE has survived the pitfalls of the brutal music industry and remains as relevant today as when he his career began in the late 1960s.  

WADDY WACHTEL’s resumé reads like a who’s who of rock and roll. He has played guitar on hundreds of hit records and has performed, recorded and collaborated with nearly every rock superstar imaginable, earning their respect and admiration along the way.

KING OF THE SIDEMEN is his story: a full-length documentary film that chronicles the struggles and successes of a rock-and-roll maestro and the making of some of the greatest songs ever recorded. The film spans his early days breaking into the business, to outrageous world tours with rock royalty, to Waddy’s pet project: the creation of an unlikely Supergroup made up of some of the best sidemen in the industry. The film documents the rise of one of rock’s greatest guns-for hire, with live performances from his band, vintage footage, personal photos, classic live and recorded music and exclusive interviews with rock icons including Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Jackson Browne, George Thorogood, Dave Stewart, Joe Walsh and more.

KING OF THE SIDEMEN includes the stories of the members of what may be the world’s greatest cover band: long-time Rolling Stones backup singer Bernard Fowler, guitarist and keyboardist Brett Tuggle (Fleetwood Mac), ex-Tom Petty drummer Phil Jones and Neil Young alum Rick “the bass player” Rosas, and others. They play to a packed house in an unassuming bar in Los Angeles. But this is no ordinary club. On any given night, legendary rockers like Robert Plant, Roger Daltry, Ron Wood, and Neil Young stop by to kick out the jams.

They may not have had all the glory, but the sidemen get what others dream about: the chance to rock with the best.

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Stevie, Mick and Brett Tuggle appear in the documentary

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham Get Cultured

 Whilst in Charlotte, Lindsey took in The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.  Here he's photographed with  Museum President John Boyer.  Mick below was spotted visiting the Nascar Hall of Fame with his Grandson.  Photos by: The Bechtler and Nascar Hall of Fame

A ‘Landslide’ of Appreciation: Stevie Nicks Thanks New York Mag’s Jada Yuan

By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
New York Observer

When New York magazine reporter Jada Yuan went to see Stevie Nicks at Jones Beach last weekend, she got more than a concert T-shirt. During the show, Ms. Nicks dedicated “Landslide” to the journalist, who had recently written a profile of the singer. (Read Article)

“I would like to dedicate this song to a girl, a lady. Her name is Jada and she wrote the most beautiful article about me,” the Fleetwood Mac singer said.

“She got something that nobody that has ever written about me before has ever gotten,” continued Ms. Nicks. “And I just wanted to tell her how much I appreciate that.”

“I’ll never, ever forget it. Her name is Jada, and I want to thank her so much.”

Ms. Yuan, who was in the audience, was stunned. “I cried through the whole song and don’t even remember at least the next five,” Ms. Yuan told OTR.

Weeping, even without having Ms. Nicks dedicate the song to you, is apparently a common reaction to “Landslide.”

In the profile, which ran in the June 17 issue of New York, Ms. Yuan wrote of the song: “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.’”

Ms. Yuan spent about four months working on the 5,823-word feature and saw multiple concerts. Most profile writers say that after spending so long with a subject—during both the interview and the writing process—the illusion of familiarity often fades once the piece is published.

“Anyone who writes profiles knows you end up spending a lot more time with the subject than they do with you,” Ms. Yuan said. “For them, it’s an hour or two out of their lives, but you spend days or weeks with this person rattling around in your head, and you can get pretty invested and then never hear from them again.

“It’s rare to get any feedback, let alone that they thought you got it right. So to hear it from Stevie Nicks, who’s such a beautiful writer herself, was a really special honor.”

Ms. Yuan, who was at the concert with a friend, went backstage afterward and got to follow up in person with the singer.

While the mandate of a magazine profile isn’t to please the subject, Ms. Yuan’s article wasn’t a puff piece by any means—it tackled Ms. Nicks’ battles with drugs, her weight and relationships.

The singer’s honesty about her struggles is one reason she has so many fans. Her gracious reponse to the article, said Ms. Yuan, “says a lot more about Stevie than it does about me.”

Video below (be prepared to have the song stuck in your head for at least 24 hours):


Buckingham and Nicks finally achieved what they wanted with their 1973 debut album

Live Review: Fleetwood Mac, Jones Beach, NY, 6/22/13
By Larry Jaffee
Rocks Back Pages

The last time I saw a Fleetwood Mac concert was in 1979 on the heels of the last album of theirs that really mattered to me: Tusk, which for my money endures even more than the blockbuster Rumours.

Back then I was privileged to attend the band’s press conference that November at Manhattan’s St. Regis Hotel. Business matters, such as the then relatively high list price of $15.98 for the double album and why the album took so long to complete, dominated the proceedings. In response to the rumors that the bandmembers were on the verge of breaking up, bassist John McVie refuted that they were about to pack it in: “We’re doing all right, but I don’t see Fleetwood Mac in wheelchairs playing ‘Rhiannon.’”

Although the core don’t act their age (McVie, 68; Fleetwood, 66; Nicks, 65; and Buckingham, 64 this October), who thought that the Rolling Stones would be still be on the road?

Christine McVie was not at that 1979 press conference, nor is she on the current 49-date U.S. leg  of the tour wrapping up July 6, although she might very well “say hello” at two of the band’s O2 London dates in late September, Mick Fleetwood told some privy Live Nation fans who sprung for the VIP deluxe package.

The lanky drummer invited the fans to join him up on the stage at this meet-and-greet, and offered some tidbits, such as Charlie Watts is his favorite drummer, and the Rolling Stones would have been his dream band to join. He also is amazed how Charlie doesn’t appear to sweat while playing  a show. Fleetwood noted rather enviously that his good mate in Maui, Steven Tyler, is the same age as him.

More importantly, Fleetwood waxed poetically about how touching it has been on this latest tour from his vantage point, the drum kit perch, to watch the former high school sweethearts Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks bring out the best in each other musically, and leave their stormy past behind.

Fleetwood’s observation was evident on stage once the show started: they shared a genuine affection, and I’m hedging a guess that probably wasn’t the case during previous reunions, the most recent being 2009. This was most apparent when Nicks started rambling between songs about how they were asked to join Fleetwood Mac, and she asked Buckingham if she got the story right? He pointed out that she left out a key element to the story: Fleetwood called Buckingham to be their guitarist, and it was Lindsey who said the two of them were a package deal.

Stevie offered a belated thank you to her former boyfriend for insisting that they “take your hippie girlfriend too.” Nicks, wanting John McVie not be the forgotten man, said the bass player suggested back in ’75 gruffly that they “keep the girl.” And the rest is history, as they say.

The sound crew joked to me that they time Stevie’s story, which is repeated at every date on the current tour, and over 7 minutes it fell short of the previous record in Boston the night before. And yes, it all appeared to be a bit orchestrated, and in fact, the set list hadn’t changed since April show to show.

Musically, the band was in fine form during the 2 hour, 40-minute concert, particularly Buckingham’s cathartic acoustic guitar workout on “Big Love” and then again electric on “I’m So Afraid.” Nicks hit her high notes on “Sara” and “Gypsy.”

Playing a few songs from Tusk, including a punked-up “Not So Funny” and the percussion-heavy title track, Buckingham talked about how he would have loved to have been a fly on the wall to get the record company’s reaction to the album when they were expecting Rumours II. Knowing that the music holds up three decades later, he clearly feels vindicated.

Buckingham also made a point of noting that when they decided to go back on the road they felt it necessary to make some new music, and how proud they were of their recently released four-song EP. Two songs made it into the set, and while pleasant enough, it’s unlikely they’ll join the ranks of the FM hits.

A few times the audience was aware of Christine McVie’s missing harmony vocal, particularly on “World Turning.”

And then it hit me, with her out of the band – which has been the case since 1998 – Buckingham and Nicks finally achieved what they wanted with their 1973 debut album before they joined Fleetwood Mac: showcase their own songs, with a tight rhythm section, without having to share the limelight with another quality songwriter.

No doubt Buckingham’s conundrum is his consistently great solo records generally can’t get him arrested, and in concert the solo act is relegated to theaters. Nicks is still an arena draw, although perhaps her records don’t sell as well as they should either.

The only catch is that they must use the “Fleetwood Mac” brand to bring in the punters.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fleetwood Mac performed their 40th show last night in Charlotte like it was their first!

JUNE 24, 2013

Another remarkable Gold Dust Woman! 


More Video at the link below
Charlotte Review plus Photos here

Monday, June 24, 2013

Review: "Buckingham oozed energy and charisma even while playing songs he’s played hundreds of times before"

JUNE 24, 2013

Photo by Shane Arrington

Review: Fleetwood Mac at TWC Arena
by Courtney Devores

Fleetwood Mac celebrated founder and drummer Mick Fleetwood’s birthday Monday with several thousand fans at Time Warner Cable Arena. With no opening act, the core group - now all well into their sixties - opened the two and a half hour set with a bouncy “Second Hand News” and the harmony-driven “The Chain.”  

Although 2012 marked the 35th anniversary of its seminal “Rumours” album, the group seemed at its most reinvigorated playing new material like “Sad Angel” or celebrating its 1979 album “Tusk.” After noting how unconventional and confounding to record execs the 20-track double album was for its time, guitarist Lindsay Buckingham led the charge through “Not That Funny,” “Tusk,” “Sisters of the Moon,” and “Sara.”

Photo by Thomas Finke

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Rhino to Reissue Early Fleetwood Mac Classic "Then Play On"

By Matt Rowe, Columnist

If we begin to talk about Fleetwood Mac, most will immediately think of the version that employed Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. They will remember "Second Hand News," "Sara," and "Go Your Own Way," but likely couldn't hum the first note of a song called "Oh Well." What may surprise many is that the Fleetwood Mac they remember is a refresh of a much older band, older than they realize.

As a brief biographical sketch, Fleetwood Mac began way back in 1967, a full eight years before the self-titled 1975 classic that broke them wide open with "Over My Head," "Say You Love Me," and "Rhiannon." Moreover, the band had already released nine studio albums with several different incarnations of the band. Essentially, the band began with the highly regarded (among fans) but heavily underrated guitarist, Peter Green as well as Jeremy Spencer, soon transitioning with both Danny Kirwan and Bob Welch. The great thing was that all incarnations of the band were great in their own way. And they created vastly different sets of albums. All their albums are loved by various groups of fans. Believe it or not, some fans find earlier incarnations of Fleetwood Mac to be intrinsically better than the one that most know, you know—that famous version.

Without getting into a grand discussion of what albums preceded that groundbreaking 1975 classic, and their various virtues (and we could do that, easily), it is sufficient for the sake of brevity to just simply announced that Rhino Records will be releasing a deluxe edition reissue of the last Peter Green involved album, Then Play On (1969).

Then Play On was Fleetwood Mac's third studio album and is highly regarded by many FM fans. It comes as a bit of a surprise that the major label would green-light an early era reissue of this band that doesn't guarantee a rabid reaction by most people like Rumours would. But there we have it. They are. And early fans couldn't be happier.

The details are quite sketchy at this point concerning bonus track inclusions (if any) or whether they will go with the original UK track-listing rather than the punctured US release that left several songs off from the UK edition. Nevertheless, it's exciting news.

Currently scheduled for August 19 (UK) and August 20 (US), the Rhino-shine edition of Then Play On will make scores of early Fleetwood Mac fans very, very happy. And what is even more exciting is the possibility that if this does well, Rhino Records might revisit Heroes Are Hard To Find (1974), Bare Trees (1972), Kiln House (1970), and even Mystery To Me (1973). Of course, there are others. But the above mentioned hopefuls will be a great start if they see the light of day.

Fleetwood Mac – 1969-1972

As if this weren’t enough exciting Fleetwood Mac news, Rhino also has plans to release a 4LP set, Fleetwood Mac – 1969-1972, also on August 20.  Included in this massive LP collection will be a bonus 7″ vinyl single.

Charlotte, NC Welcomes Fleetwood Mac Live Tonight at Times Warner Cable Arena


Mick Fleetwood celebrates his 66th Birthday tonight in Charlotte, NC.

Fleetwood Mac play the Time Warner Cable Arena tonight in Charlotte, NC.  Decent tickets still available at Ticketmaster.

Hey if you are down at the front close to the stage, get the ball rolling and start singing Happy Birthday... Maybe Stevie and Lindsey will join in.  Don't be shy... as Mick would say.

Mick and Lindsey were spotted last evening (June 23rd) at Flemings in Charlotte... a little pre-Happy Birthday dinner perhaps.  Photo by Angela Hardin.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Cause and Effect: Big Business for Fleetwood Mac in 2013 - on the road and on the charts

7 shows reporting so far:  New additions to the Tour Stats list this week include Philadelphia, Toronto, Newark and Tacoma.  Massive numbers for Fleetwood Mac overall but especially in Philly, NYC, Toronto Newark and Tacoma. The important average ticket price overall is sitting at $110.00 per, which is huge, but this is based only on these 7 shows.  It likely comes down to a more reasonable number once you factor in the unreported shows. Still, some really healthy grosses on a per show basis.

Whether the live show drives cd sales or vise versa I'm not sure.  Used to be the live show drove your album sales and I'm sure it still does to a certain extent, but it's clear the money is definitely on the road.

Fleetwood Mac's catalogue has been making an impact on the charts world wide pretty much none stop since the promotional machine kicked in back in early 2011 for Stevie's solo album "In Your Dreams" and her subsequent touring.  It continued through Lindsey's released solo material and touring in 2011 and 2012. With each reminder of their vast catalogue through 2011 and 2012 like the Glee episode dedicated to Rumours, The Tribute Album release, the 25 Years: The Chain box set re-release outside North America, and the re-release of the multi-disc Rumours package this year - all this material just re-introduces the band to a whole new generation of music lovers/listeners. It almost seems calculated when you think about it. All these little promotional segments or events along the way over the last couple of years seemed like calculated moves to re-introduce the public to Fleetwood Mac and their catalogue and ultimately gear them towards this particular tour.  It's like cultivating an audience in a sense... Cause and Effect.  Just a theory.

U.S.A. - 6/29/13
Rumours hangs on another week on Billboards Top 200... The album has been bouncing in and out of the chart pretty much all year.  It's up this week to #135 from #163 last week.

Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart
# 135 (163) Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"

IRELAND - 6/20/13
The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac re-enters the Top 100 Irish charts this week at #78.

Top 100 Albums Chart
# 78 (R/E) Fleetwood Mac "The Very Best Of"

UK - 6/29/13
Moving up on the UK Charts, Rumours advances to #74 from #88 last week and The Very Best Of moves down a few notches to #58 from #52 last week.

Top 100 Albums Chart
# 58 (52) Fleetwood Mac "The Very Best Of"
# 74 (88) Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"

Top 40 Catalogue Albums Chart
# 7 Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"

Lindsey Buckingham takes agility to a whole new level during Fleetwood Mac Jones Beach show

The Brooklyn Vegan website posted an amazing assortment of photos, like the one above by Photographer Greg Cristman, of last nights Jones Beach show.  The photos are captures from through out the show and what's really great to see are really great shots taken during the entire show!  Whether Greg was granted permission or not I'm not sure but over the course of this tour, professional photographers have been limited to taking photos of the band only during the first 3 songs of the night and from the soundboard area - hence the reason all the photos kind of look the same from each tour stop. These are a prime example of the missed moments not captured by professionals of the band in each city.  They should change that policy!  

Check out the Brooklyn Vegan site for more of Greg's work.

Also, according to Greg C. all those photos on the Brooklyn Vegan site, and possibly more, will be uploaded to his flickr page on July 6th after the exclusivity deal with Brooklyn Vegan expires.  He also indicates his photos will also be for sale.

Photo by Amy Weisel

If you blinked last night at Jones Beach you may have missed it during all the excitement of "So Afraid", but Lindsey actually wiped out right near the end of the song just after hitting one of his foot pedals.  He likely was caught with the cord right behind him.  Reminds me of the time in Vancouver back in either 2006 or 2008 during his solo show, he kind of did the exact same thing, was backing up near the end of a tune and dropped to the ground, feet in the air... all the while still playing.  It happened in a split second and if your head was turned the other way for just a moment, you would have missed it.  He survived that and survived this as evident in the video below.


Here's more great video from last nights show:

Dedicated to Jada Yuan who wrote the awesome "Stevie Nicks, the Fairy Godmother of Rock" ariticle in New York Magazine a few weeks ago.  If you haven't read it, check it out now here.

And also to Doug Morris, the President of Atlantic Records (back in the day) When Stevie first signed her solo recording career contract prior to releasing Bella Donna.


Below photos by Sara @SteviesSara... Thanks Sara!

Nicks is the hippie earth mother cloaked in shawls and mystery

JUNE 21, 2013

Review: Fleetwood Mac goes its 'own way'

Rock giants enthrall Comcast audience with their classics
By Lauren Carter
The Sun Chronicle

MANSFIELD - Fleetwood Mac will not be going gently into that good night.

If Friday night's show at the Comcast Center was any indication, the legendary band will be staging spirited live performances well into their golden years.

The foursome - John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Buckingham and Stevie Nicks - have survived breakups, breakdowns, drug addictions, a fickle music climate and the loss of singer-songwriter and pianist Christine McVie, and what remains is a band that's clear-eyed and clearly in love with what they do, full of youthful energy despite the fact that they're technically senior citizens.

With no opening act and two encores, Friday's set was a 2 1/2-hour marathon of Mac classics that spanned from their self-titled 1975 album - when the addition of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham transformed them from a British blues band to an international rock sensation - to 2003's "Say You Will" and a pair of tracks off their new four-song EP.

There was time for mega-hits such as "Go Your Own Way," "Don't Stop," "The Chain" and the hypnotic "Dreams" as well as lesser-known tracks like a slowed-down "Never Going Back Again" and a punchy "Eyes of the World." A segment from "Tusk" - the album that represented the band's collective subversion of industry formula - included "Not That Funny," "Sara" and "Sisters of the Moon," which, before this tour, hadn't been performed onstage since 1981.

Buckingham continues to play the tortured guitar god, delivering masterful work on songs such as "So Afraid" and the acoustic "Big Love" and standing on the stage in triumph after solos as if he'd just slayed a personal demon.

Nicks is the hippie earth mother cloaked in shawls and mystery, twirling and dancing and conjuring up characters on songs like "Rhiannon" and "Gold Dust Woman." If Buckingham is the group's power source, Nicks is its emotional center, and nowhere was that more evident than on the venue singalong that was "Landslide." Even her rambling intro to new song "Without You" - originally recorded as a demo in 1974 and lost for many years until it surfaced on YouTube - was charming.


With Christine McVie absent, the former Nicks-Buckingham love affair is now the axis around which Fleetwood Mac revolves. They take the stage together, they sing to each other and about each other, and a mere look in each other's direction or a slight embrace elicits howls from the crowd. During the second encore, Nicks aimed a spiteful "Silver Springs" at Buckingham, and then the pair remained alone onstage for an acoustic "Say Goodbye," a beautiful and bittersweet song about acceptance and closure.

Thirty-eight years later, some things have changed. Nicks no longer has the range she once did. Band members have visibly aged. But the band's giddy energy and their lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry remains intact.

It seems the pitfalls and excesses of fame have fallen away, and what's left is a foursome whose stardom has been tempered by wisdom and gratitude.

Buckingham said there are several chapters left in the book of Fleetwood Mac, and indeed the band's love affair with music - and their fans' love affair with the band -doesn't appear to ending anytime soon.

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