Friday, July 05, 2013

Review: Fleetwood Mac "one of the all-time greatest band’s stroll down memory lane" Los Angeles

JULY 3, 2013

Consequence of Sound

Photo by Chris Pizzello
When you’ve been doing whatever it is you do for four-plus decades – ‘work’ can get routine and the difficult can be made to look easy. For Fleetwood Mac in 2013, even after playing over 35 shows (including several major festival appearances) to date, there appears to be a new life force propelling the legendary band. While the relatively dull and demographically broad crowd could have used some of the aforementioned life force at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Wednesday night – Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie delivered nearly three straight hours of material from a majority of the band’s catalog (despite unfortunately ignoring the bluesy Peter Green years – but that was to be expected). And despite the absence of Christine McVie, fans ponying up are getting their money’s worth and a nice stroll down memory lane.

After a roaring ovation as the band took to the stage in the dark, the impressive lighting rig sprang to life and “Second Hand News” began an early run of major hits that included “The Chain” (replete with McVie’s bass-solo-you-know-by-heart) and “Dreams”. Anyone (Everyone?) who knows the catalog is adequately familiar with the truism that reads like a twisted tale of Shakespearean proportions. The lines just kept coming – whether it was Buckingham singing “the sound of your loneliness like a heartbeat,” during “Dreams”, Nicks’ dramatic delivery of the “So I’ll begin not to love you/ Turn around, you’ll see me runnin” verse during “Silver Springs” or “Been down one time/ Been down two times/ I’m never going back again” during “Never Going Back Again”, the tales of heartache and busted relationships rolled out in relentless form. Nicks would later dedicate “Landslide” to her father before delivering in inspiring form to pin drop silence in the Staples Center.

One of the major musical highlights during the set was the experimental foray out of the poppier realm of the catalog during the Fleetwood-steered “Tusk”, during which Nicks spun and floated around with a tambourine accented by her signature scarves while the band roared through a fierce rendition of the 1979 classic. A montage of the USC marching band playing the song and a PA blaring the marching band’s trademark brass was an essential kicker. Had school been in session, it would’ve been likely to see the modern Trojan Marching Band roll onto the stage but this production element did the trick. Buckingham’s worldly and tribal “Big Love” was the only selection from the 1987 mega success Tango In The Night and featured some aggressive strumming by the lead axe wielder. The set ended with the synth-infused “Stand Back” off Nicks’ 1987 LP, The Wild Heart, before an expectedly well-received and fierce run through of “Go Your Own Way”.

The night’s encore included the lengthiest drum solo I’ve heard since I last caught Widespread Panic, arriving during “World Turning” which sparked some last-minute energy for the thick layer of pop sheen that followed during “Don’t Stop”. Because that wasn’t enough, the veterans shuffled back out for another encore, toning things down with “Silver Springs” and a Buckingham-Nicks sign-off with “Say Goodbye”.  The more melodic finale closed the night’s multi-faceted run through one of the all-time greatest band’s stroll down memory lane, and in the town that helped inspire and propel them during their almost unrivaled run of mainstream success. One can only hope such fortune strikes today’s crop of talent.

Photot by Kevin Winter
Second Hand News
The Chain
Sad Angel
Not That Funny
Sisters of the Moon
Big Love
Never Going Back Again
Without You
Eyes of the World
Gold Dust Woman
I’m So Afraid
Stand Back (Stevie Nicks song)
Go Your Own Way
World Turning (Drum Solo)
Don’t Stop
Encore 2:
Silver Springs
Say Goodbye

Original Review with Photos

Dedicated to Nigel Lythgoe of So You Think You Can Dance also to Margi Kent, Chris (Nicks), Dave (Stewart), Pat (?) and all their LA Friends at the show + Lindsey and Stevie's families and to the LA audience.
Video below is interesting because of the perspective you get by sitting on the extreme side of the stage... which a lot of people have done during this tour...

Fleetwood Mac Headed For 3rd Auckland, New Zealand Sell-Out

The Live Nation pre-sale tickets for the 3rd show December 4th in Auckland, NZ went on sale Friday, July 5th in New Zealand (It's now Saturday AM there) and it looks like those tickets are pretty much already sold out - after just one day! That's amazing!  

The general on sale tickets go on sale Monday the 8th and it's likely within minutes the show will be completely sold out!

The two shows added for Perth and Brisbane are also on pre-sale through Live Nation... Tickets are still available for those dates.

Don't miss this show....  Get your tickets at Live Nation.  Sign up to "My Live Nation" to get in on the pre-sale.  

Stevie Nicks hangs up her tambourine | Lindsey Buckingham Goes His Own Way - Saturday!

Fleetwood Mac's North American Tour is coming to an end over this holiday long weekend in the U.S. with a pair of California shows beginning with tonight's show in San Diego and ending with Saturdays Sacramento show in northern California... It's been an awesome tour and fun following their every move... and especially exciting to see them so excited to be out on the road together again!  Time sure flies when you're having fun... it seems like the tour just started!

Tickets are available for both shows although the San Diego show is pretty much sold out, with only extreme side of the stage tickets available... In Sacramento there are a few at the back of the house and again on the extreme side.  Go if you can... It's an awesome show, and I think one of their best tours since I don't know maybe The Dance?  Ticketmaster   

The band take a well deserved long break - reconvening in Dublin, Ireland on September 20th.

THE CHAIN... "Keep us together"

Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart Film "In Your Dreams" Out Now

Eurythmics' Dave Stewart Talks His New Film With Stevie Nicks
By Nathan Reese

Over their respective careers, Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart have accomplished more than just about anyone else in rock 'n' roll. Nicks, as both a solo artist and a driving force behind Fleetwood Mac, continues to captivate audiences young and not so young (including much of the Refinery29 staff), while Stewart's work with the Eurythmics, as well as his career as a producer and activist, has kept him in the limelight for more than three decades. Considering their histories, when we heard that Stewart would be working with Nicks on her latest solo album, we were more than a little bit excited. What we didn't know is that Stewart and Nicks had decided to film the whole process. 

The result is In Your Dreams, a documentary that serves as a time capsule for the months the two spent writing and recording the 2011 album of the same name in Nicks' beautiful California home. The film shows what it's like to have two icons (and friends) throwing ideas back and forth, arguing about creative decisions and shaping the sound of the record. Along the way, there are guest appearances by Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and Reese Witherspoon, who helped contribute to the album. We caught up with Stewart to talk about working with Nicks, recording the album, and staying inspired. If you're interested, you can purchase the film from iTunes here. 

Was it hard to get used to the constant presence of the cameras during the recording process? 
"No, not once I'd established how omnipresent they were. And also nowadays, there are these great, very small cameras. Sometimes we'd set up cameras on tripods, and they'd capture hours of unusable stuff, but then you'd capture magic moments." 

Was there any moment in particular that you were amazed you had captured? 
"There were loads, actually. I loved watching how spot on and focused Stevie was. All these nuances that captured her focus. A lot of artists don't particularly want cameras, but in that sense, she was surprisingly open. It was pretty amazing." 

In the documentary, you mention that you've been filming for much of your life, but Stevie also has a directing credit. 
"I sort of suggested she had a directing credit, [because of her role in] the editing process. She was devouring information. I think because of that it took a lot longer because, interestingly enough, she wanted to [be involved] with the editing process." 

10 tidbits about Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks

By Carla Meyer
The Sacramento Bee

Here's a sobering fact: Stevie Nicks is 65.

Everyone's favorite witchy woman has ushered her crystal visions, white-winged doves and fringed tambourines into early senior citizenhood.

But she has not slowed down, or rather, further slowed down while spinning at a deliberate speed to better display her shawl.

Nicks looks like she's in her mid-50s, tops, and she still tours with Fleetwood Mac (minus Christine McVie, for purists), performing Saturday at Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena.

In 2011, Nicks released the finely crafted "In Your Dreams," her first solo album in 10 years. A
documentary, "Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams," released on video on demand this week, charts the album's making. The film was directed by Nicks and Dave Stewart, the ex-Eurythmics member and Nicks' collaborator on the album.

They recorded much of the album and shot most of the film in Nicks' huge Southern California house, which appears to have been built in the 1920s. Though the house is accented by the occasional dream-catcher or goddess painting, it is unexpectedly airy and bright, without a scarf-covered lamp in sight.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

VIDEOS | PHOTOS: Fleetwood Mac at Staples Center Los Angeles - July 3rd

JULY 3, 2013

Above Photos by Mindy Harris... Thanks Mindy!
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(below) Photos by Noah Graham
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DREAMS Welcome to the city of Angels!

My god she's completely transformed this song... SO GOOD!
Dedicated to Margi Kent, Christopher Nicks and to both Stevie's and Lindsey's families
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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Fleetwood Mac " the Brits in the group liked to drink and the hippies liked to smoke pot."

It’s been a turbulent ride, but the group is back. "We are the kind of people who don’t all belong in the same band together,' says Lindsey Buckingham.

By George Varga

It’s been 39 years since Lindsey Buckingham and his then-girlfriend, Stevie Nicks, joined Mick Fleetwood and John and Christine McVie in Fleetwood Mac.

Faster than you can say “Landslide,” the 8-year-old English blues-rock band and its two new American members shifted gears, changed musical styles and soared to international pop stardom. The 1975 album “Fleetwood Mac” was the group’s first release to top the U.S. charts, while its 1977 masterpiece “Rumours” has now sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and yielded such enduring hits as “Don’t Stop” and “Go Your Own Way.”

Did Buckingham ever imagine then that the band would still be active in 2013 and embarked on a world tour, which includes a Friday stop here at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena?

“Well, time kind of slips by and it doesn’t seem that long,” said the veteran guitarist and singer-songwriter, speaking from a recent tour stop in Boston. “You know, when you’re in your 20s and contemplating that (long an) amount of time, you think: ‘Gee, will I even still be alive by then?’ So, it’s all kind of relative to your perspective. And it certainly is a surprise, although there are bands that have managed to stick around that long.

“The one thing that probably would have disabused me from thinking then that we’d still be around now is that the chemistry was always so volatile. Not just because there were two couples in Fleetwood Mac who had broken up (before ‘Rumours’ was completed), and that whole subtext, but from the point of view that we are the kind of people who don’t all belong in the same band together.”

Those two couples were, of course, Buckingham and Nicks, who split up while making “Rumours,” and the McVies, who separated before recording sessions for “Rumours” began and soon divorced. For any other band, such upheaval would spell the end. For Fleetwood Mac, it was the launchpad to fame, fortune and more upheaval, including drugs, Fleetwood’s bankruptcy, his on-tour affair with Nicks and enough other ups and downs to fuel a rock ’n’ roll soap opera.

“The conception is the volatility would eventually become a divisive force,” Buckingham said. “But I guess it went the other way; that same dynamic has a musical synergy, and we’re still working through things on a personal level.”

He laughed.
Billy and Rick

"There's no way (39 years ago) I thought we'd still be doing this, now, in this form."

Of course, Fleetwood Mac has hardly remained constant since its “Rumours” heyday.

Buckingham, always the most musically adventurous of the band, quit in 1987. He was replaced by Billy Burnette and Rick Vito. Nicks and Christine McVie left the group in 1990, followed by Vito a year later, at which point Fleetwood Mac ground to a halt.

Clinton Inauguration
In 1993, Buckingham, Nicks, Fleetwood and the McVies reunited to perform at newly elected President Bill Clinton’s inaugural ball (“Don’t Stop” was his campaign theme song). Burnette quit the same year, leaving Fleetwood and the McVies to soldier on. They were soon joined by singer Bekka Bramlett and, briefly, ex-Traffic singer-guitarist Dave Mason. Burnette returned in 1994 and Christine McVie left.

In 1998, a year after the band’s “Rumours” lineup reunited — perhaps as much for financial reasons as artistic ones — Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Christine McVie quit the band, for good, the same year.

Lindsey Buckingham says a love-fest vibe has replaced the heavy drama of old

Fleetwood Mac is back
by Randy Lewis
Los Angeles Times

Randy Lewis examines the band’s legacy as it brings its tour to the Southland. For a notoriously perfectionist band like Fleetwood Mac, it shouldn't come as a big surprise that its live show leaves nothing to chance.

Fleetwood Mac’s 2013 tour, which wraps up with a final run of shows this week in California, is built around a song list that’s gone virtually unchanged since the concert run began in April.

“We’re not one of those bands that throws the names of all their songs in a hat and pulls them out right before they go on stage,” guitarist, songwriter and singer Lindsey Buckingham said last week from a tour stop in Charlotte, N.C. (Buckingham and the band play Staples Center on Wednesday.) “Years ago I was hanging out with Peter Buck and went to several shows R.E.M. did and they literally did just that. That’s one end of the spectrum.

“We’ve always had the sensibility that you work on the set and you structure it, much like a play, where once you’ve got the lines down and blocking right, you freeze it, and then you go out and do what you’re doing night after night,” he said. “You want to structure something that has form and that builds the right dynamic from start to finish.”

This time out that set list runs from “Second Hand News,” the “Rumours” opening track that serves the same function on this tour, through cornerstone hits including ““Rhiannon,” “Gold Dust Woman” and “Go Your Own Way” that are interspersed with deeper tracks such as “Not That Funny,” “Eyes of the World” and “I’m So Afraid.”

When it comes to touring, the group stresses a sense of stability onstage that rarely existed for the members off stage. The group famously channeled feelings unleashed by the disintegrating relationship of Buckingham and Stevie Nicks as well as the failing marriage of John and Christine McVie into the songs that catapulted “Rumours” and the band into the commercial stratosphere. Ever since, interpersonal dynamics have been nearly as big a part of Fleetwood Mac’s history as the music it made.

“You could look ... and think these people don’t belong in the same band together,” he said. “But it’s the differences and disparity that creates a kind of synergy where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and that’s what makes Fleetwood Mac what it is, and what makes the politics of the band what they are.”

Certainly the remaining four core members are long past the big drama that fueled their breakthrough 1975 album “Fleetwood Mac,” the first after Buckingham and Nicks joined the lineup with founding members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie and longtime member Christine McVie.

But drama still surfaces — most recently over whether the group would have a full album out in conjunction with the latest tour. After bumping the band’s tour from 2012 to 2013 so Nicks could continue to support her 2011 solo album “In Your Dreams,” Buckingham, John McVie and Fleetwood worked up eight new tracks for what they hoped would be a new album, anticipating several more from Nicks when she returned to the fold.

But she brought just one, and an old one at that: “Without You,” an unreleased song from the days she and Buckingham recorded and performed as Buckingham Nicks before joining Fleetwood Mac. (There’s talk of a possible Buckingham Nicks tour and album reissue to note the 40th anniversary of that group’s one and only release, but it’s too early for any specifics, Buckingham said.)

“Without You” is one of two songs from “Extended Play,” the new four-song EP released in April, that are incorporated into the live shows. The other is Buckingham’s song “Sad Angel.”

“All four are some of the best stuff we’ve done in a long time,” he said. “I think they fit right in alongside the other songs. ‘Sad Angel’ we play very early in the set, and for the song of Stevie’s, she tells a story — a very long story — as an intro about how it predates our involvement with Fleetwood Mac.... Referring back to the past, it becomes an embodiment of how long Stevie and I have known each other, so that has a certain context of its own that fits in very well.”

Return of the Mac! why the cool kids love them

Page 34 Irish Independent
July 2, 2013
by Ed Power
Irish Independent - July 2, 2013

Music’s most hip are lining up to pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac, says

Their greatest album was recorded in a blizzard of cocaine, champagne and heartache. Thirty five years later, Fleetwood Mac are suddenly the name to drop in fashionable music circles. Tickets for this September's brace of O2 dates sold out in a heartbeat; a ‘ lavish' — i.e. super-expensive — re-issue of their 1977 blockbuster record Rumours is basking in fivestar reviews (you get the impression certain journalists would award six stars were that allowed).

So what, you cry. Fleetwood Mac have always been popular. Until Michael Jackson's Thriller, Rumours was the biggest-selling LP of all time, some 40 million copies residing in record collections around the world. Well, yes. The difference is that today it isn't merely nostalgiahappy oldies flocking to the band. ‘The group’s fastest growing fanbase is among the under 30s.

In trend-conscious alternative pop, in particular, people can't get enough of Fleetwood Mac. Natasha Khan of Mercurynominated outfit Bat For Lashes says her biggest hit, ‘Daniel’, was inspired by their 1987 soft-rock classic ‘ Tango in the Night’.

Last year, cooler than-thou names such as MGMT, Best Coast and Lykki Li lined up to pay tribute to ‘ the Mac' on a covers album.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Win Tickets to Fleetwood Mac Live in Australia - Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

Fleetwood Mac are coming to Australia for their first series of concerts since the sold-out 2009 Unleashed Tour and 6PR is giving you the chance to win tickets to see them at Perth Arena on November 22.

Fleetwood Mac's spectacular two-hour-plus show reunites the multi-Grammy winning, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees on stage to deliver many of their classic and most beloved songs including 'The Chain', 'Dreams', Second Hand News', Rhiannon', 'Sara', 'Gold Dust Woman', 'Tusk', 'Looking Out for Love', 'Don't Stop', 'Go Your Own Way' and so many more!

For your chance to win, listen out for the cue-to-call in the Breakfast Show and the Afternoon Show all this week, where you'll need you to Identify The Mac Track!

(Competition runs from Monday 1st July to Friday 5th July)

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The multi Grammy award winning, Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductees have reunited and are on tour in Australia in November and December. Of course, we’re talking about Fleetwood Mac – with fantastic hits like ‘Rhiannon’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘Go Your Own Way’… just some of their classics.

The Chris Smith Afternoon Show is giving you the chance to win a double pass to the November 11 concert. Stay listening all this week!

Live Nation brings the legendary Fleetwood Mac to the Sydney Entertainment Centre November 11.

Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. Go to:

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2UE is giving you the chance to win tickets to see them at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Monday November 11!  For your chance to win, stay listening to Breakfast with Angela Bishop & Andrew Voss and Drive with Jason Morrison from Monday July 1.

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4BC is giving you the chance to win tickets to see them at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Monday November 11. For your chance to win, stay listening to Breakfast with Kim and Mary from Monday July 1.

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3AW is giving you the chance to win tickets to see them at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday 27 November! For your chance to win, stay listening to Breakfast with Darren James & Tony Leonard from Monday July 1.

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Lindsey Buckingham Interview WEDNESDAY in LA Times - Calendar

After Fleetwood Mac tour: Reissue of 'Buckingham Nicks'?
LA Times

Fleetwood Mac is headed down the home stretch of its 2013 tour, with only three shows remaining: Wednesday at Staples Center in L.A., Friday in San Diego and Saturday in Sacramento.

But 2013 represents a milestone of another kind for band members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks: It’s the 40th anniversary of “Buckingham Nicks, ” the only album they put out as a duo before joining up with Fleetwood Mac in 1975.

That album never made the Billboard 200 album chart, but it’s prized among rock fans as an important moment in California rock history and in the story of Fleetwood Mac’s evolution from respected British blues-rock band to a transatlantic runaway success.

“Buckingham Nicks” remains out of print, but there’s momentum building not only for a reissue of the album on CD but also the a possibility of some performances to go with it.

“There has been some talk about finally getting that out on a CD,” Buckingham told Pop & Hiss when we caught up with him last week at a tour stop in Charlotte, N.C. (The full interview with Buckingham will appear Wednesday in Calendar.) “I think it really comes down to what we want to do with that format.

“Do we want to just release it and that’s it? Do we want to add some bonus tracks? What level of involvement do we take it to? There’s a market for just about anything we want to do, but we have not gotten there yet.  It’s something we need some clarity on.

“If it were me, I’d say let’s put a couple of bonus tracks on it, and do some dates. That would be something brand new,” Buckingham said. “The idea of just dropping it as a CD doesn’t quite underscores the gesture enough.”

Likewise, Nicks told Rolling Stone before the current Fleetwood Mac tour started that she’d be interested in reuniting the band she and Buckingham had in the early '70s, which included guitarist Waddy Wachtel, drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Jerry Scheff, and doing some shows this year or in 2014.

“These are dialogues we’ve had, but only in the hypothetical, and we have not come to any decisions about what we want to do,” Buckingham said. “And all these things will become clear. It’s all from the bottom up. These things tend to take on a life of their own.”

Monday, July 01, 2013

UK TV ALERT: Lots of Fleetwood Mac | Stevie Nicks | Lindsey Buckingham This Week on Sky Arts 1

Seems every year there is some sort of a marathon on UK TV that's dedicated to all things Fleetwood Mac. The last blitz was in August, 2012 when the below shows aired on Sky Arts A LOT over the course of a couple of days.  All great shows if you haven't seen them.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 Sky Arts 1 HD
9:00pm - Classic Albums Fleetwood Mac "Rumours" 
Members of Fleetwood Mac reveal how private turmoil acted as a catalyst in the creation of Rumours, their Grammy-winning album that went on to sell more than 19 million copies

10:20pm - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (Episode 1 of 2)
Part one of two. Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks play hits from throughout their career in a concert from 2004

11:20pm - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (Episode 2 of 2)
More tracks from the 2004 concert, which saw Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks play hits including Dreams and Go Your Own Way.

12:40am - Soundstage Presents Stevie Nicks
The Fleetwood Mac singer performs a selection of her greatest hits, including Rhiannon, Edge of Seventeen and Sara.

Wednesday, July 3 2013 Sky Arts 1 HD
02:20am - Classic Albums Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"
03:40am - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (pt 1)
04:40am - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (pt 2)

6:30am - Talks with Dave Fanning (Lindsey Buckingham)
Lindsey Buckingham The DJ presents an interview with Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, who talks about his life and musical influences, accompanied by archive clips.

07:00am - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (pt 1)
08:00am - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (pt 2)
09:20am - Classic Albums Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"
10:40am - Soundstage Presents Stevie Nicks
02:25pm - Talks with Dave Fanning (Lindsey Buckingham)
03:00pm - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (pt 1)
04:00pm - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (pt 2)

Thursday, July 4, 2013 Sky Arts 1 HD
06:40pm - Classic Albums Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"
08:00pm - Soundstage Presents Stevie Nicks