Fleetwood Mac has ranked No. 6 on Pollstar’s Year End Top 20 Worldwide Tours, with total gross sales of $125.1 million and an average gross of $2 million per show. In 2015, the band took its ON WITH THE SHOW TOUR to U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
On November 24, X17 obtained exclusive footage of Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), having just returned from New Zealand. In the brief video, Stevie is seen wearing a black headscarf, walking discreetly outside the airport with Mick and Stevie’s assistant Karen Johnston to a waiting SUV.
Ticket sales for Rumours-era lineup shows increased by 25%
Fleetwood Mac leads the latest slate of Boxscores at No. 1 based on ticket sales reported from a three-show engagement in Australia during the final leg of the band’s On With the Show Tour. The trek is the band’s first visit to Australia and New Zealand with its Rumours-era lineup since 1980.
Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, one of two Aussie venues to host the tour for three nights, logged $5.5 million from 37, 443 sold tickets at performances on Nov. 2, 4, and 6 to earn the top slot. Fans in the Sydney market also had three chances to see the tour in October at Allphones Arena. Reported in a previous week, the Sydney concerts on Oct. 22, 24, and 25 grossed $5.4 million from 39, 577 sold seats.
The group played the same two venues during its Unleashed Tour — without recent returning member Christine McVie — that covered North America, Europe, and Oceania in 2009. The Sydney venue, then dubbed Acer Arena, hosted the band for two concerts during the final leg of the tour that launched in Melbourne on Dec. 1. At each venue, both the gross and attendance increased with this year’s tour by about 25%.
Fleetwood Mac has completed four legs of the On With the Show Tour, performing 120 shows! The band wrapped up the New Zealand leg of the tour on Sunday night with a final performance at Mt Smart Stadium in Penrose, a suburb of Auckland. Unlike the previous night, showers subsided enough for fans to enjoy the show comfortably without having to wear their ponchos.
Angus and Julia Stone were the support act. Since the beginning of the tour, the Australian duo has posted pictures from their touing experience on Twitter.
Thanks to Craig Beardsley, David Marx, MorganGKelly, msnod3, Robs Music Videos, Greg Shepard, Jackson Whitham, and r Wong for capturing and sharing this footage!
COMPILATION: You Make Loving Fun / Everywhere / Say You Love Me / Sara / Gypsy / Littles Lies/ Go Your Own Way / Songbird (Greg Shepard)
COMPILATION: Second Hand News / Dreams / Rhiannon / Everywhere / Tusk / Say You Love Me / Landslide / Never Going Back Again / Think about Me / Gypsy speech / Gypsy / Go Your Own Way / World Turning / Don’t Stop / Silver Springs / Songbird / Mick’s speech (MorganGKelly)
The Chain (David Marx)
Thunder only happens when it’s raining: Fleetwood Mac performed for two hours in a storm.
If you’re planning on heading to Fleetwood Mac’s last show in Auckland tonight, listen to your Mum’s old advice and take an extra layer, even if you think you don’t need one.
Last night’s concert at Mt Smart Stadium saw thousands of Mac fans drenched in the beginnings of a storm, barrelled by wind and generally, just a bit miserable.
If you’re at all familiar with the wicked witchery of Stevie Nicks you’d be convinced the songstress brought last night’s storm on herself.
Fleetwood Mac’s Hollywood, Dream and many more songs hail the rain.
Take; “I don’t care for sunny weather / I like the change of seasons better / I love the feel of rain upon my face” and “Thunder only happens when it’s raining…When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know, you’ll know”.
And suddenly, despite the fact that everyone was soaked through and freezing cold, we were still dancing to the sounds of Lindsey Buckingham’s rock voice and insane guitar skills, Christine McVie’s fingers moving over the keys and her rasping voice belting out the songs, Mick Fleetwood bashing away at the drums and of course, Nicks’s higher register ringing through the stadium.
The lights, the slightly hazy images of Nicks’s tassled gypsy outfit as she spun in circles, the sound of thousands singing “Tell Me Lies” over the sound of rain, the eerie sound of Nicks and Buckingham’s voices on the long-held notes of “Rhiannon” while the wind blew – there was something kind of magical about it.
Nicks talked extensively about the All Blacks – because when in Rome – and Buckingham talked candidly about how the foursome had come through their hard times to still be together on stage now, and how it’d only made them stronger. And he and Stevie played on their old romances throughout the night, leaning in close, whispering to one another.
And McVie looked pleased as punch to be back, rejoining the group after missing the last tour.
However, conscious of the fact that we were all dripping wet, they kept the banter to a minimum and just smashed out hit after hit, all voices unfailingly on point, the crowd singing, dancing, swaying and spinning along with them.
Tonight is Fleetwood Mac’s last show of their tour, and they’re stoked to be ending it in “such a cultural place”.
I’d recommend you go, especially if the sky stays blue but if not, rug up warm.
The title of Fleetwood Mac’s 15-month world tour ‘On With The Show’ felt especially fitting as the heavens opened above Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland last night in a pre-summer monsoon.
But the rain did little to dampen the spirits of the 38,000 people who’d turned out for the second to last night of the tour – the biggest crowd the legendary five-piece have played to since they reunited in September last year.
The audience might have been getting soaked, but for many this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie all together once more, and they were ready to let the rain wash them clean, go their own way, and break some chains.
And so were Fleetwood Mac. Their two-hour set was laden with hits, and right from opener “The Chain,” it was clear the five longtime bandmates and one-time lovers have put the years of turbulence well behind them, and now delight in giving these songs a truly heartfelt rendition.
There was no sign of any lagging energy from the group, who are now all close to 70.
In fact they seem invigorated by the tour, with Buckingham especially spirited, occasionally prowling round the stage like a big cat as he led with his guitar, and Stevie Nicks as other-worldly and vivacious as ever with her husky tones and gothic gypsy-queen outfit.
Their mid-set stripped back numbers together, “Landslide” and “Never Going Back Again,” were beautifully tender, while Buckingham’s “Big Love” solo was a stormer.
It was a particular highlight to see McVie come out from behind the keyboard for “Everywhere.” And her piano-accordion playing on “Tusk” was a wonderfully eccentric addition to the song.
Huge singalongs are what Fleetwood Mac has always done best, though, and last night was no exception with “Dreams,” “Little Lies” and “Go Your Own Way” providing the high points.
With so many hits already fired from the cannon, the crowd was curious to hear what the encore would bring, but it was a pleasure to see Fleetwood become a wild cave man drummer on “World Turning,” and it wouldn’t have been a complete evening without “Don’t Stop” or “Silver Springs.”
To top it all off, hearing McVie sing “Songbird” was a perfectly poignant end to an incredible concert.
Fleetwood Mac play Mt Smart Stadium once more tomorrow night, and there are still select tickets available.
One is a World Cup-winning All Blacks captain. The other is an all-time queen of rock and roll.
But it appears they share a respect for each other.
Richie McCaw has posted a photo of him meeting Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks on his Facebook page. The pair met backstage at Fleetwood Mac’s concert at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, on Saturday night.
An absolute privilege meeting the legend Stevie Nicks at last nights Fleetwood Mac concert! An All Blacks fan to boot.
Posted by Richie McCaw on Saturday, November 21, 2015
Also present: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, his wife Tash, and McCaw’s girlfriend Gemma Flynn. In the photo, the gang crowds around Nicks, who holds a 2015 world cup All Blacks jersey.
“An absolute privilege meeting the legend Stevie Nicks at last night’s Fleetwood Mac concert! An All Blacks fan to boot,” McCaw wrote with the post.
Most Kiwis commenting thought Nicks was the lucky one.
In an earlier post, McCaw said he and Flynn were “huge fans” of Fleetwood Mac.
During the band’s set, Nicks revealed she was a big All Blacks fan.
She said she had stayed up late to watch New Zealand beat Australia in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final. Initially she only intended to watch the haka, but was so enchanted by the display, and with McCaw in particular, that she watched for the rest of the match.
Around 38,000 people turned out for Saturday’s show at Mt Smart stadium, braving high winds and rain.
On Saturday, Fleetwood Mac performed the first of two shows at Mt Smart Stadium in Penrose, a suburb of Auckland in New Zealand. Rain gear was once again the fashion of choice, as wind and showers swept through the area for most of the evening.
Angus and Julia Stone were the support act.
Recording artist Lorde took to social media to post her experience of attending the “best concert” of her life.
Fleetwood Mac performs again at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday.
Relationship issues, personal turmoil . . . and that’s just some of the audience.
No, but seriously.
Last night, at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium, Fleetwood Mac added further resonance to songs that long ago escaped the confines of urban cool and found a home amid millions of suburban lounges.
Having honed the template for soft-rock singalongs and a radio-friendly slickness belying the hurt and heartbreak often integral to a tune’s genesis, the group reminded all that the distance between stage and stadium seats is best spanned by a combination of honest communication and energy.
That was best personified by guitarist-singer Lindsey Buckingham, who led the band in many respects.
Certainly, he, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, all responsible for groundbreaking 1977 album Rumours, lived up to the title of their tour, ”On With The Show”, performing for more than two and a-half hours.
The excellent, slightly unhinged guitar solos of Buckingham and the drumming flurries of the seemingly octopedal Fleetwood notwithstanding, the band’s best moments came by way of those famous vocal harmonies, even if their musical machine took a few songs to get warm on a night less about rock chic as rugged-up sensibility.
Nicks’ rendition of the laidback “Sara” was one highlight, as was “Rhiannon” (even if it began slightly sluggishly) and impeccable versions of mega-hits “Little Lies” and “Go Your Own Way” (the latter prompting one youngish man to gain the stage only to be promptly removed) and a Nicks-Buckingham duet, “Landslide,” which they dedicated to the late Jonah Lomu and the All Blacks.
The title of “Don’t Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)” and its words (”yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone . . .”) might suggest it’s better to look forward than back.
Thus, let’s not salute this band’s staying power, but rather the power these musicians hold when they inhabit the moment.
Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to late All Blacks rugby player Jonah Lomu, 40, who died unexpectedly in Auckland.
During “Go Your Own Way,” an overzealous fan made his way onto the stage. The bloke simply stood at the center of the stage with his arms raised. Security quickly carried the man off the stage after about 20 seconds (pictured below). The band members seemed unfazed by the incident.
Thanks to Shane Dando, Abby-Rose Evans, Kara Hayes, Leroy Bull Photography, and Otago Daily Times for capturing and sharing this footage!
COMPILATION – The Chain / You Make Loving Fun / Dreams / Rhiannon / Everywhere / Tusk / Sara / Big Love / Landslide / Little Lies / Go Your Own Way / World Turning / Don’t Stop / Songbird (Leroy Bull Photography)
Dancing man (Kara Hayes)
The Chain / You Make Loving Fun – partial (Shane Dando)
COMPILATION: You Make Loving Fun / Second Hand News / Rhiannon / Everywhere / Landslide / Gypsy / Go Your Own Way (Otago Daily Times)