Fleetwood Mac rocked the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Monday night. (Photo: Andrei Gillott)

FULL COVERAGE: Fleetwood Mac rocks Las Vegas, healthy John McVie returns to the stage

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Fleetwood Mac returned to the big stage on Monday night, performing a year-end concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Fans were pleasantly surprised to see the return of bassist John McVie, who had undergone cancer treatment earlier in the month. Looking well, McVie seemed to be in good spirits, playing his trademark riff during “The Chain” just as confidently as ever.

Fleetwood Mac reprised their summer set list, kicking off the show with their tried and true Rumours trifecta of “Second Hand News,” “Dreams,” and “The Chain.” The band played 7 of the original 11 songs from Rumours, plus the “Go Your Own Way” b-side “Silver Springs in all, skipping all but one of Christine McVie’s songs. They also performed “Sad Angel” and “Without You” from their Extended Play EP, which was released in April, as well as a selection of songs from 1975’s Fleetwood Mac, 1979’s Tusk, and 1982’s Mirage.

As expected, the concert attracted glamour, excitement, and celebrities to the vibrant Las Vegas New Year’s Eve scene. Extra! correspondent Mario Lopez was at the concert with his wife, Broadway dancer Courtney Mazza, and tweeted the following just before the show:

A fan meets Stevie, Katy Perry, and John Mayer backstage
A fan meets Stevie, Katy Perry, and John Mayer backstage (Photo: KatyCats Spain®)

Also ringing in the New Year in Las Vegas were singer-songwriters Katy Perry and John Mayer, who were enjoying the show backstage. Earlier this year, Stevie mentioned that Katy’s song “Roar” (currently nominated for Grammy’s Record of the Year) was one of her favorites. Stevie’s connection with John Mayer dates back to the beginning of his career when the once relatively unknown musician, then 24 years old, opened for Stevie at the 2001 Concert for Kids benefit in San Francisco. Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to both of them, which prompted John to tweet the following on behalf of Katy:

Stevie had her own touching moment at the end of the show when Lindsey dedicated Fleetwood Mac’s 2003 “Say Goodbye” to her.

“Sometimes you need to cast away illusions in order to grow, Lindsey said. “And so as we move into the new year, a new, perhaps what I’m thinking, is a new set of possibilities. So I’m going to dedicate this song to this beautiful lady, who I’ve known since I was about 16 years old. She’s mad at me because I’m making it difficult for her to do the song. It’s OK, just do the best that you can. So this is for Stevie, this is called ‘Say Goodbye.'”

Stevie struggled to get through the last song, stopping at times and wiping away tears as she sang. After the song, she composed herself just enough to address the audience for one last sentiment, to tell them that they were “dream catchers” who, like the artists, emotionally and reciprocally invest in the life of their music. Stevie graciously thanked the audience for their continued support over the years.

Mick Fleetwood introduced his daughters Tessa and Ruby to the Las Vegas crowd and addressed them once more for a final goodbye.

Fleetwood Mac will close out the year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with a private, invite-only show on New Year’s Eve. They will return to Las Vegas next month to headline the Monster’s CES Retailer Awards Party on January 8.

Videos

Second Hand News (courtesy of Ken Hartsfield)

The Chain (courtesy of Stevie Mac)

Rhiannon (courtesy of Ken Hartsfield)

Rhiannon (courtesy of oldschooljim1)

Sisters of the Moon (courtesy of Ken Hartsfield)

Sisters of the Moon (courtesy of Stevie Mac)

Sara (courtesy of Stevie Mac)

Big Love (courtesy of Ken Hartsfield)

Landslide (courtesy of Ken Hartsfield)

Landslide (courtesy of oldschooljerry1)

Never Going Back Again (courtesy of Ken Hartsfield)

Without You (courtesy of Ken Hartsfield)

Gypsy (courtesy of sdintn)

Gypsy (courtesy of Stevie Mac)

Eyes of the World (courtesy of Ken Hartsfield)

Gold Dust Woman (courtesy of Stevie Mac)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SALekLju-ck

I’m So Afraid – solo only (Hannah West)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdn9I9ED0CA

World Turning – partial (courtesy of sdintn)

Band Intros (courtesy of BlogBrian)

Silver Springs (courtesy of Stevie Mac)

Say Goodbye – dedication (courtesy of Xxsilversprings11xX)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZhrfASAioc

Say Goodbye (courtesy of Filmmaker Gal)
http://youtu.be/Bnh4qRCLwLc

Say Goodbye (courtesy of Carly Michelle)

Live Tweeting

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Las Vegas Set List

  1. Second Hand News
  2. The Chain
  3. Dreams
  4. Sad Angel
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Not That Funny
  7. Tusk
  8. Sisters of the Moon
  9. Sara
  10. Big Love
  11. Landslide
  12. Never Going Back Again
  13. Without You
  14. Gypsy
  15. Eyes of the World
  16. Gold Dust Woman
  17. I’m So Afraid
  18. Stand Back
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. World Turning (encore)
  21. Don’t Stop (encore)
  22. Silver Springs (encore)
  23. Say Goodbye (encore)

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