REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac turns back time in Milwaukee

Fleetwood Mac performs live at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee during ‘On with the Show’ tour

Rating: * * * * * (5 stars)

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On the road since August 2014, Fleetwood Mac pulled into Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Bradley Center on Feb. 12 for their “On with the Show” tour. Performing without an opening act, it was the 54th show on this extensive trek and featured the five core members who took the band to multiplatinum success with the chart-topping Rumours in 1977.

Christine McVie rejoined Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks on this tour for the first time since her retirement in 1998. Opening with “The Chain” seemed an appropriate start to the show and quickly brought fans to their feet. “You Make Loving Fun” followed as a de facto tribute to Christine’s return to the band.

Major vocal highlights of the show included Buckingham’s acoustic and cathartic “Big Love,” McVie’s beautifully harmonic “You Make Loving Fun,” and Nicks’ haunting breakup anthem “Silver Springs,” arguably her best performance of the night next to “Gold Dust Woman.”

McVie, Nicks and Buckingham indulged the audience by sharing their memories and inspiration for certain songs during the show. Nicks shared a particularly poignant story when she introduced early ’80s hit “Gypsy.” She spoke to the audience about her first trip to San Francisco’s famed Velvet Underground clothing store in the ‘60s that’s referenced in the song. This store was frequented by Janis Joplin and Nicks’ memory of being there offered a sweet, deeply personal look into her starstruck thoughts of Janis Joplin before eventually achieving rock stardom herself.

Musically the show was without flaw. The rhythm tandem of John McVie and Fleetwood on bass and drums, respectively, served as a solid backbone. However, it was Buckingham on guitar who provided the heart and musical fabric that set the tone for the entire production. Buckingham pumped vitality into the show—bouncing around the stage and remaining at the forefront for most of the evening. His technical chops and unique guitar play continue to be a perfect complement to Mick and John. “I’m So Afraid” best showcased that intricate relationship given the constant battle between guitar and rhythm throughout the song.

Fleetwood Mac finished their set proper more than two hours after it began with crowd-favorite, “Go Your Own Way.” They returned for an encore that began with “World Turning,” featuring Mick Fleetwood’s percussive prowess. Fleetwood clearly relished his drum solo during the song that included an eccentric call and response between him and the audience. Christine then led them through “Don’t Stop” before Nicks finished with “Silver Springs.” They returned for a second encore to perform “Songbird” that reaffirmed Christine’s triumphant return to the band, and offered a perfect bookend to the show. Mick sat proudly in Christine’s shadow, listening and dramatically tipping his red top hat to her as she played the final song of the night.

Their setlist has remained fixed for the duration of the tour, and was chosen to highlight each member’s talents while also reflecting upon their bevy of hit singles. With a band of Fleetwood Mac’s caliber, fan base and massive catalog they’re not going to hit on everybody’s personal favorite song. However, it would be nice if they left room for a few songs that rotate each night for a surprise deep cut or other favorite hitnin lieu of performing the identical show each night. That said, they’ve cultivated the concert into a finely tuned machine.

This band has been touring and playing together for more than 35 years and it shows. They have a unique and remarkable chemistry and sound. And, despite Buckingham’s numerous references to being an old man, he and the Mac still delivered a commanding two-and-a-half hour performance.

Remaining Fleetwood Mac 2015 tour dates:

Feb. 14 – Rosemont, Ill. @ Allstate Arena
Feb. 17 – Louisville, Kent. @ KFC YUM! Center
Feb. 18 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Quicken Loans Arena
March 1 – Austin, Texas @ Frank Erwin Center
March 3 – Houston, Texas @ Toyota Center
March 4 – Dallas, Texas @ American Airlines Center
March 7 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Time Warner Cable Arena
March 8 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ Thompson – Boling Arena
March 11 – North Little Rock, Ark. @ Verizon Arena
March 12 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
March 15 – Charlottesville, Va. @ John Paul Jones Arena
March 17 – Greensboro, N.C. @ Greensboro Coliseum
March 18 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Bridgestone Arena
March 21 – Miami, Fla. @ American Airlines Arena
March 23 – Orlando, Fla. @ Amway Center
March 25 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Philips Arena
March 27 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Scottrade Center
March 28 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Sprint Center
March 31 – Wichita, Kans. @ INTRUST Bank Arena
April 1 – Denver, Colo. @ Pepsi Center
April 4 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Rogers Arena
April 6 – Bakersfield, Calif. @ Rabobank Arena
April 7 – Oakland, Calif. @ Oracle Arena
April 10 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Forum
April 11 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
April 14 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Forum
May 27 – London, U.K. @ O2 Arena
May 28 – London, U.K. @ O2 Arena
May 31 – Amsterdam @ Ziggo Dome
June 1 – Amsterdam @ Ziggo Dome

Daniel DeSlover / Madison Music Examiner / Saturday, February 14, 2015

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac @ BMO Harris Bradley Center

Fleetwood Mac, the irrepressible pop-rock engine, rolled into Milwaukee Thursday with a huff and puff and as much energy as its aging members could muster. All things considered, that energy proved to be considerable.

(Photo: Danielle Dahl)
(Photo: Danielle Dahl)

Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, who turns 66 on Oct. 3, is the band’s youngest member, and the numbers only go up from there. But none of that mattered to a mixed-age audience of the faithful, who all but filled the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Given that the band’s lineup also included stalwarts Mick Fleetwood on drums, John McVie on bass, vocalist Stevie Nicks on ribbon-bedecked tambourine, and for the first time in a long, long time, vocalist Christine McVie on keyboards, Fleetwood Mac’s most successful combination was back together again.

Given the age of its members, the band fairly well rocked the walls with a running list of favorite hits on the 54th concert of its current tour. The group played against a fairly engaging backdrop of downright inventive visual imagery that helped drive some the audience’s elder members to gyrate and throb as if on some virulent form of Ecstasy (or perhaps Metamucil).

(Photo: Danielle Dahl)
(Photo: Danielle Dahl)

You name the hit, Fleetwood Mac played it, with a sometimes manic-looking Fleetwood mallet-thumping the skins with almost youthful abandon. Cancer survivor John McVie literally hid in the shadow of Fleetwood’s massive drum kit, while his ex-wife, Christine, Nicks and Buckingham formed the band’s frontline.

The nearly three-hour concert opened with “The Chain,” “You Make Loving Fun” and “Dreams” before the band even engaged its visuals. The concert’s pace was measured and the between-song banter bright enough to keep the musicians familiar and endearing, although Buckingham’s yelps and squawks made him sound like an overage rocker bad-boy long gone to seed.

Years on the road no doubt offered some insights to the aging arena rockers, who were supported by a much younger seven-piece squad of musicians, including three female backup singers, performing in shadow behind the band. The youngsters helped round out the sound and fill the cavernous hall, but Buckingham’s impressive guitar work still fronted the performance, reminding all what an accomplished musician he really is.

(Photo: Danielle Dahl)
(Photo: Danielle Dahl)

Familiar hits filled the show, including “Rhiannon,” a trippy “Tusk,” “Gypsy,” a touching “Landslide” performed by Nicks and Buckingham, “Go Your Own Way” and others for a 24-song lineup.

Early on Buckingham welcomed Christine McVie back, saying the band was on its way to a “profound, poetic and I think a prolific new chapter.” Despite that, Christine McVie’s anthem “Don’t Stop” was not on the evenings’ playlist.

Maybe the future won’t be quite as progressive as Buckingham thinks, but in the minds and hearts of the faithful, the only “tomorrow” they’re concerned about is one in which Fleetwood Mac comes back real soon.

Michael Muckian / Express Milwaukee / Saturday, February 14, 2015

VIDEOS 2/12: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee WI

Fleetwood Mac performed at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Thursday night.

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Date Venue Location Reviews Show # Total
Thursday, February 12, 2015 BMO Harris Bradley Center Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  1. Express Milwaukee
  2. Journal Sentinel
  3. Madison Music Examiner
15 55

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Videos

Thanks to Jesse Burnette, erock2229, Jalai Lama, Mark Lazarewicz, and SpaceAgeWhizKids for sharing these videos!

Dreams (erock2229)

Second Hand News (erock2229)

Rhiannon (erock2229)

I Know I’m Not Wrong (erock2229)

Tusk (erock2229)

Sisters of the Moon (erock2229)

Seven Wonders (erock2229)

Seven Wonders (SpaceAgeWhizKids)

Big Love (erock2229)

Big Love (Jesse Burnette)

Landslide – partial (Jesse Burnette)

Gypsy (erock2229)

Little Lies (SpaceAgeWhizKids)

Gold Dust Woman (Mark Lazarewicz)

Gold Dust Woman – partial (Jalai Lama)

I’m So Afraid (erock2229)

World Turning (erock2229)

Don’t Stop (erock2229)

Silver Springs (erock2229)

Songbird (erock2229)

Set List

1. The Chain 13. Landslide
2. You Make Lovin’ Fun 14. Never Going Back Again
3. Dreams 15. Over My Head
4. Second Hand News 16. Gypsy
5. Rhiannon 17. Little Lies
6. Everywhere 18. Gold Dust Woman
7. I Know I’m Not Wrong 19. I’m So Afraid
8. Tusk 20. Go Your Own Way
9. Sisters of the Moon 21. World Turning
10. Say You Love Me 22. Don’t Stop
11. Seven Wonders 23. Silver Springs
12. Big Love 24. Songbird

REVIEW: Moments of strength, flatness for Fleetwood Mac

With Christine McVie back in Fleetwood Mac after more than 16 years, singer and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham told a near-capacity BMO Harris Bradley Center Thursday “we begin a profound, poetic and I think a prolific new chapter.”

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Can’t say Thursday’s show was always profound, and its highly doubtful Mac–which dropped its self-titled album, the first with gamechanging additions Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks, four decades ago this year–is going to be all that prolific going forward.

But it did seem Buckingham and most of the band believed the words he was saying. And that conviction, coupled with enduring talent and classic rock songs, was enough to make Thursday’s two-and-a-half-hour show, the 54th on its current tour, a nice little footnote for Milwaukee fans.

McVie, however, seemed to live by very different words she uttered: “I’m not as strong as I used to be,” as sung during “Say You Love Me.” Her appearance was welcome for sentimental reasons, evident by the warm response when she took lead vocals for the first time in the night, for “You Make Loving Fun.” But there were moments of vocal flatness–most obvious at concert’s end for her signature “Songbird,” alone on piano with Buckingham on electric guitar–and McVie lacked the charisma of her now more-seasoned singing bandmates. Even drummer Mick Fleetwood–perched behind his decked-out kit with chimes and gong–had more pizaaz, albeit perhaps too much when he disguised a lengthy and ultimately none too impressive drum solo during “World Turning” with hollow, hype-fanning pseudo scat-speak.

There were other moments of self-indulgence. “Go Your Own Way,” one of several enduring singles from the band’s mega-blockbuster “Rumours,” ends on the album with a sudden, anti-climactic fade, but Thursday’s drawn-out jam session finale wasn’t much of an improvement. And Buckingham, like Fleetwood, was a ham, yelping like a cowboy between some songs, cackling like a pirate at the start of a still-rollicking “Tusk,” and stomping about like a toddler throwing a tantrum once the song was over. His voice, while emotionally charged, was also a touch raw compared to the heavenly harmonies of Mac’s ’70s heyday. But his guitar playing, from the bluesy build on concert-opener “The Chain” to the bittersweet beauty of his acoustic guitar on “Landslide,” was consistently exquisite.

Nicks acknowledged before “Landslide”–performed with just Buckingham by her side–that the pair had performed the song hundreds of times. But in dedicating it to her late father–it was his favorite song, she said–she still conveyed the same quiet majesty she brought to the first recording forty years ago.

Her alluring voice and mystical charisma led the band through anthemic yet intimate soft rock charmers like “Dreams,” “Rhiannon” and “Gold Dust Woman,” a setlist of hits so great, the band can be excused if that “prolific new chapter” never comes. After all, Fleetwood Mac already created a story for the ages.

THE TAKEAWAYS

  • The best part of the concert was a more stripped-down five song set that included a few fond recollections about the origins of “Big Love” and “Gypsy.” If Mac is really seeking a profound new chapter, it should consider a storytellers-oriented tour in smaller venues.
  • One reason the harmonies sounded so great Thursday was because there were up to five backing singers (two of them also supporting instrumentalists). Fleetwood let those musicians take a bow–but not once did he acknowledge a second drummer who played hidden behind speaker stacks. For most of the night the drummer was helping Fleetwood fill out the sound, but Fleetwood himself did handle his drum solo actually solo.
  • Noted banter: “On a personal note, let me quickly say how grateful I am and how fantastic it is to be standing here on this stage with these amazing musicians who are my musical family.” – Christine McVie

THE SETLIST

1. “The Chain”

2. “You Make Loving Fun”

3. “Dreams”

4. “Second Hand News”

5. “Rhiannon”

6. “Everywhere”

7. “I Know I’m Not Wrong”

8. “Tusk”

9. “Sisters of the Moon”

10. “Say You Love Me”

11. “Seven Wonders”

12. “Big Love” (Lindsey Buckingham solo)

13. “Landslide” (Stevie Nicks and Buckingham solo)

14. “Never Going Back Again”

15. “Over My Head”

16. “Gypsy”

17. “Little Lies”

18. “Gold Dust Woman”

19. “I’m So Afraid”

20. “Go Your Own Way”

Encore

21. “World Turning”

22. “Don’t Stop”

23. “Silver Springs”

Second Encore

24. “Songbird” (Christine McVie and Buckingham solo

Piet Levy / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / Thursday, February 12, 2015

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VIDEOS 2/11: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines IA

Fleetwood Mac performed at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday night.

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Date Venue Location Reviews Show # Total
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines, Iowa 14 54

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Videos

Thanks to Alyssa Daniels, Adam Huston, Sean Illian, and Kellar Schaefer for sharing these videos!

The Chain – partial (Sean Illian)

You Make Loving Fun (Alyssa Daniels)

Second Hand News (Kellar Schaefer)

Rhiannon (Kellar Schaefer)

Rhiannon (Alyssa Daniels)

Everywhere (Kellar Schaefer)

Tusk (Kellar Schaefer)

Say You Love Me (Alyssa Daniels)

Landslide (Kellar Schaefer)

Big Love (Kellar Schaefer)

Never Going Back Again (Kellar Schaefer)

Gypsy (Adam Huston)

I’m So Afraid (Kellar Schaefer)

Go Your Own Way (Kellar Schaefer)

Go Your Own Way (Alyssa Daniels)

World Turning (Kellar Schaefer)

Don’t Stop (Kellar Schaefer)

Silver Springs (Alyssa Daniels)

Silver Springs (Kellar Schaefer)

Set List

1. The Chain 13. Landslide
2. You Make Lovin’ Fun 14. Never Going Back Again
3. Dreams 15. Over My Head
4. Second Hand News 16. Gypsy
5. Rhiannon 17. Little Lies
6. Everywhere 18. Gold Dust Woman
7. I Know I’m Not Wrong 19. I’m So Afraid
8. Tusk 20. Go Your Own Way
9. Sisters of the Moon 21. World Turning
10. Say You Love Me 22. Don’t Stop
11. Seven Wonders 23. Silver Springs
12. Big Love 24. Songbird

 

Second LA show added, tickets on sale Feb 23

Fleetwood Mac, who have been performing to sold-out shows throughout North America, have confirmed they will add one more date to their critically-acclaimed ON WITH THE SHOW tour.

American Express card members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, February 22 at 10:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, February 23 at 10:00 a.m. through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com.

Fleetwood Mac is currently performing with their five star lineup including the returning songbird Christine McVie who rejoined the band following a 16 year absence.

Visit the Tour section for a full list of On With The Show tour dates.

REVIEW: A songbird returns, Fleetwood Mac thrills

It’s a time-honored tradition that touring musicians will mangle the pronunciation of “Des Moines.” Those Ses throw everyone off. Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Arena it was Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie who got tripped up. To be fair, she had a good excuse.

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“It’s been many a year since I’ve been in the city,” McVie said after making a small error she was probably unaware of. While Fleetwood Mac last played Des Moines less than two years ago, McVie hasn’t been a regular part of the band in 17 years.

The crowd got a heaping helping of McVie during the show. After starting the show with the group effort “The Chain,” McVie launched into “You Make Loving Fun,” a song long absent from Fleetwood Mac sets.

“Tonight’s our 54th show,” singer Stevie Nicks said of the current tour. “In the beginning of our 54 shows, at this point in the show I would say ‘Welcome Des Moines’ and ‘Welcome Back, Christine.’ Now that we’re on our 54th show, we can just proceed with ‘She’s back!’ Let’s get this party started!”

Fleetwood Mac stuck closely to its classic material, following the first two songs with two more from Rumours, “Dreams” and “Second Hand News,” which gave Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham a shot at lead vocals. From there the band went back a little further, to 1975’s self-titled album with Nicks singing “Rhiannon.”

The newest material came from 1987’s Tango in the Night, with “Everywhere,” “Big Love” and “Seven Wonders” getting play. “Seven Wonders” got some added attention last year in the finale of the series American Horror Story and Nicks gave the show a shout out after finishing.

“I found out Des Moines means city of monks,” Nicks told the crowd. “No, river of monks. Since I don’t know anyone here, I’m dedicating this next song to the river of monks.”

Well, she pronounced it right. And she followed that with “Landslide,” accompanied by only Buckingham. From there Nicks left the spotlight, with Buckingham remaining to start “Never Going Back Again” solo, with Nicks eventually rejoining him on backing vocals.

I can’t compare the show to 2013’s performance, but the crowd at Wells Fargo Arena was enraptured. The cheers after certain songs probably would have gone on indefinitely if Fleetwood Mac didn’t start another song.

It was largely a mellow night of music, with Buckingham occasionally living things up a bit with songs like “I Know I’m Not Wrong” and “Tusk.” Some of the highs aren’t as high as they were 40 years ago, but the voices of McVie, Nicks and Buckingham have held up surprisingly well over the years.

There were a few rambling stories told by Nicks and Buckingham, which chances are doubled as resting periods for the other members, but the audience never seemed to get restless.

During “Gypsy,” the band gathered around Nicks, including drummer Mick Fleetwood, who moved up to a smaller drum set. At the song’s end she gave the crowd one of her signature twirls, showing off her signature layered look. From there Fleetwood returned to his main drum set and McVie, Nicks and Buckingham belted out “Little Lies,” giving the show another upswing of energy.

Toward the end of the main set, the band started jamming out a bit with “Gold Dust Woman” and “I’m So Afraid.” Before leaving the stage they closed things out with the crowd pleasing “Go Your Own Way.”

Fleetwood Mac returned from a brief break to take the stage with “World Turning,” broken up by a drum solo along with some “woos” and “Yeahs” from Fleetwood. The band got the crowd on its feet with “Don’t Stop,” before closing out the first encore with “Silver Springs.”

“Thank you very much, that means more than you could ever know to me,” Nicks said after finishing.”

When introducing the band and backing musicians during the first encore, Fleetwood singled out McVie with “Our songbird has returned!” So it seems fitting that the show would close out with McVie taking the stage solo to perform “Songbird” before being joined by Buckingham.

In my review of The Eagles, I pointed out that I was never really a fan of the band, and despite the fact that it was a quality show they didn’t pull me into the fan category. Similarly, I didn’t grow up listening to Fleetwood Mac. During a rebellious teenager phase I even proclaimed to friends that I disliked the band. I was wrong, I’m pretty sure I’m a fan now. Wednesday’s show was the straw that broke the critic’s indifferent back.

Despite almost all the songs being more than 30 years old, the show didn’t feel like a band that was just trotting out the old hits. McVie’s return last year seems to have re-energized the band. If this was Fleetwood Mac’s last Des Moines show, they went out on a high note, even the singers voices couldn’t hit all the high notes they used to.

Joe Lawler / Juice Magazine / Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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PRE-SHOW: Fleetwood Mac returns to Quicken Loans Arena

Fleetwood Mac – including Christine McVie – returns to Quicken Loans Arena

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A piano with 87 keys can get close, but it will never be right. So it was that Fleetwood Mac minus keyboardist and singer Christine McVie could never be right.

That’s changed now, just in time for the band’s Wednesday, Feb. 18 gig at Quicken Loans Arena.

McVie, who was always “the quiet one in a band known for larger-than-life personalities like her ex-husband, bassist John McVie; singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham; Buckingham’s ex, the raspy-voiced ethereal Stevie Nicks; and the role model for the Muppets’ skins-pounder Animal, drummer Mick Fleetwood, has rejoined the band.

This is how Caroline Sullivan, a writer with the British newspaper The Guardian put it:

“The welcome she’s received from fans and press has been clamorous; with McVie back in the fold, Fleetwood Mac are finally whole again.”

For 16 years — with the exception of a one-off show in England in 2013 and the band’s 1998 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — McVie and Fleetwood Mac had lived separate musical lives.

And the band was worse off for it.

I’ve seen a couple of “reunion” shows during the self-imposed hiatus by McVie, whose bluesy alto always was my favorite part of the band behind Rumours, Tusk and more. None has impressed me.

Nicks, though she retains the demure look that made her the stuff of dreams for many a young man back in the ’70s — and yes, I speak from experience — is just too vocally one-dimensional to carry a band.

Here’s how I put it in my review of their June 2013 concert at The Q:

“But Fleetwood Mac has always been about the vocals, and as the saying goes, therein lies the rub. Nicks still LOOKS 25, but she’s 65 now, and her already limited range is even more limited. Not that much, you understand, but enough to make a difference. To use a sports analogy, it’s like a home run hitter who’s lost a few mph off his swing; balls that used to reach the bleachers are now warning-track outs.”

I wouldn’t say that it was the worst show I saw that year, but I will say it didn’t even crack the top 10 in terms of best shows.

That is likely to change with McVie back in the fold of the band in which she was a part even before Buckingham and Nicks. And while those two seem to get most of the songwriting credit, the reality is that Christine McVie’s pen was a huge part of the success that put the band in the Rock Hall.

“Songbird,” off the Rumours album, is a soaring testament to the beauty of her voice and her subtle touch on the keys, coupled with Fleetwood’s deft but understated cymbal accents, turns a simple song into classic.

“Little Lies,” may be a little over-produced — a common trait during the 1980s when albums like its home, Tango in the Night, were being made — but it’s remarkable for its purity of lyric and hooks.

Of course, “Don’t Stop” is, was and ever shall be her signature Fleetwood Mac song. The tune, also on the Rumours album, which came out in 1977, is as much a part of the band’s history as Fleetwood’s bug-eyed grin, Nicks’ dreamy dress twirls, John McVie’s solid bass lines and Buckingham’s fret-burning guitar runs.

At 71, Christine McVie is the eldest member of the band, trailed by John, 69; Fleetwood, 67; Nicks, 66; and Buckingham, 65. As crass as it may sound, the deaths of Ian McLagan and Joe Cocker and Jack Bruce have brought home to me — and I suspect to some of their peers — that there IS such a thing as mortality.

So I’m really glad that McVie called the band after what was supposed to be a one-off show in 2013 and asked how they’d feel about her coming back, and that they welcome her with open arms.

You see, I just passed along my vinyl copies of Rumours and Tusk to my daughter and her family, and we spent a night during my last visit to their home listening to them, marveling about how good Fleetwood Mac was back then, and wondering if they could be again.

And now, at last, all the keys are in place.

Chuck Yarborough / Cleveland Plain Dealer / Wednesday, February 11, 2015

VIDEOS 2/8: Prudential Center, Newark NJ

Fleetwood Mac performed at the Prudential Center (“The Rock”) in Newark, New Jersey, on Sunday night.

Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to Matthew, Amanda, and Robin, “with all the love in the world.”

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Date Venue Location Reviews Show # Total
Sunday, February 8, 2015 Prudential Center Newark, New Jersey  Carrie Courogen 13 53

Videos

Thanks to Amlyn75, banfibill, Cool Hand 62, DblJerseyGirl, ellellew, lag252, Nightbird98, and Terry Lee for sharing these videos!

The Chain (banfibill)

You Make Loving Fun (Cool Hand 62)

You Make Loving Fun (Terry Lee)

Dreams (Cool Hand 62)

Dreams (Terry Lee)

Rhiannon (Terry Lee)

Rhiannon (DblJerseyGirl)

Everywhere (Terry Lee)

Everywhere with Introduction (Cool Hand 62)

Tusk (ellellew)

Tusk (Terry Lee)

Tusk (Cool Hand 62)

Say You Love Me (Terry Lee)

Seven Wonders (Cool Hand 62)

Big Love Introduction (ellellew)

Big Love (lag252)

Landslide with dedication (Amlyn75)

Landslide (Terry Lee)

Landslide (DblJerseyGirl)

Never Going Back Again (Terry Lee)

Over My Head (Terry Lee)

Gypsy with Introduction (Cool Hand 62)

Gypsy with Introduction (Terry Lee)

Little Lies (Cool Hand 62)

Gold Dust Woman (Cool Hand 62)

Gold Dust Woman (Terry Lee)

Go Your Own Way (Nightbird98)

Go Your Own Way (Cool Hand 62)

Encore (Amlyn75)

Encore / World Turning / Band Introductions / Don’t Stop (Cool Hand 62)

Don’t Stop (Terry Lee)

Songbird (Terry Lee)

End of show (ellellew)

Miscellaneous (ellellew)

Set List

1. The Chain 13. Landslide
2. You Make Lovin’ Fun 14. Never Going Back Again
3. Dreams 15. Over My Head
4. Second Hand News 16. Gypsy
5. Rhiannon 17. Little Lies
6. Everywhere 18. Gold Dust Woman
7. I Know I’m Not Wrong 19. I’m So Afraid
8. Tusk 20. Go Your Own Way
9. Sisters of the Moon 21. World Turning
10. Say You Love Me 22. Don’t Stop
11. Seven Wonders 23. Silver Springs
12. Big Love 24. Songbird

REVIEW: ‘OK, I liked it’

A last minute thing for me. Didn’t expect to go see Fleetwood Mac. My friend and ex-roommate Max Comeau was also there. Seated somewhere on the floor. A musician himself and very much influenced by the band, he breathes their music to survive. He introduced me to Fleetwood Mac among other music back at the beginning of the millennium. Are friendship didn’t last long though due to many disagreements. Now we’re friends again because we’re mature people, sort of, and we agree to disagree on stuff.

The show was at the Bell Centre. Yawn. On the floor were chairs. Double yawn. I understand having a show at the Bell Centre when you’re a super group but you’ve got to at least have the floor free of chairs no? It’s just more exciting. Max pointed out though that pretty much everybody was standing up from their chairs in the first rows. I had a nice seat in the red zone not so far away from the soundman. A woman in the aisle next to me was having the time of her life, dancing to all her favorite songs, until someone told her to sit down because she was blocking the view. Yes! We’re at the Bell Centre.

The place was packed but not sold out. Still that’s good news. I was told Fleetwood Mac once cancelled a Montreal show. The official reason was scheduling conflicts but Max believes it was because of poor ticket sales. It happens sometimes in Montreal. A show cancelled or moved to a smaller venue. Last year, I was very lucky to see M. Ward at the Petit Campus. He was originally booked at the Corona. This year, Benjamin Booker has his show moved from the Corona to the Sala Rossa.

Back to Fleetwood Mac. I love the album Rumours with its catchy music. Pop rock songs are usually not my thing but in this case the melodies are just too good. I was happy to hear many of the songs from that album. And even songs that weren’t from Rumours I would recognize. Where Max and I differ is our love for the band. I guess I’m not a huge fan like many of the attendees that night. Having Lindsey give a speech between two songs with a certain self-importance bothered me. Max, on the other hand, knows every little detail about them. “This is a nerd talking” he would say before pointing out that Lindsey Buckingham upped the tempo (10% to 15%) to unnerve Stevie Nicks during “Landslide.” I did see some tension between band members but at this point I wonder if it’s real or all for show.

I enjoyed it very much but without getting carried away. Had it been in a smaller venue (in my dreams right?), standing and dancing in a tight crowd to those wonderful songs, I would’ve savored it more.

China Marsot-Wood / RReverb / Monday, February 9, 2015