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.
Fleetwood Mac returned to First Direct Arena in Leeds, West Yorkshire, on Sunday night, performing the 100th show of their world tour. The band wraps up the two-month, European tour this week, with four remaining shows in Birmingham, Glasgow, and Dublin (2).
Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to the Leeds residents and its Kirkstall Abbey, a ruined Cistercian monastery in West Yorkshire (pictured below). “I’m so enchanted by it. So I’m already planning my trip back to [visit]. I just wanted you to know you’re very lucky to live in a city with something as beautiful as that, and as powerful as that. So anyway, I’d like to dedicate this next song to you and your amazing Abbey.”
At the end of the song, Stevie joked, “So you might read somewhere: ‘Stevie Nicks has moved to Kirkstall Abbey.’ It could be true. Thank you (points to the audience).”
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Leeds, West Yorkshire
First Direct Arena
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Fleetwood Mac returned to Genting Arena on Saturday night, making up for the originally scheduled June 9th concert, which was postponed due to band illness. The band performs the 100th show of the tour tonight at First Direct Arena in Leeds.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
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Reunited rock legends deliver a masterclass in how to play an arena show
As he’s been the guitarist in Fleetwood Mac for 40 years off and on, Lindsay Buckingham knows what he’s saying is an understatement: “The thing is with this band, as people,” he pauses. “We’ve had some ups and downs over the years…..”
Now is not the time or place to go through all of them, either. There simply isn’t room to talk about the legendary history of this legendary band, who started as one thing, became another and are now, probably, something else entirely. Now is the time to look to the future – or at the very least, the present.
Quite simply, last year when it was announced that Christine McVie was back in the band, Mac they were reuniting for some shows, many doubted it would happen, but here we are on – as Stevie Nicks is fond of telling us – the 99th show of the appropriately named “On With The Show” and, my how the public have responded.
There is not a seat to be had at 8.15 precisely, when the lights dim and the five men and women that make up this band – plus the five men and women who add to their live sound – receive their heroes welcome, and what follows, is for the next two and a half hours a compelling lesson to all mere wannabe bands on exactly how this should be done.
Stevie Nicks talks about the meaning of the Fleetwood Mac hit single “Gypsy.” (Video by Rhi Jayne)
The night includes a healthy dose of anthems. Let’s be fair, you don’t sell 140 million records worldwide unless you can write a tune, and it begins with “The Chain” which always strikes as kind of “Layla” in reverse. That is to say, it’s the got the bit everyone knows at the end. Whatever, it’s a striking and superb opener. And as it veers from chilled out and blissful to all-out rock, it is a very neat segue into the world of Fleetwood Mac.
There’s not many bands with the variety on display here. “Dreams” is followed by a superb “Second Hand News” and that’s far from the only time the evening does exactly what it wants to.
A show that isn’t afraid of getting good and psychedelic when it wants to, gets downright experimental on the brilliant “Tusk” which is very much a highlight and “Gold Dust Woman” allows Nicks, who is a mesmerising presence throughout, to explore her mystic sound.
Although all the band are given their chance to shine – Mick Fleetwood in particular with a predictably OTT drum solo – and the musicianship first class throughout, the trump card in this very considerable pack is Buckingham, who is little short of magnificent all evening. His acoustic rendition of “Big Love” is only surpassed by his incredible work on “I’m So Afraid” and he looks to be genuinely thrilled at the chance to play these songs again, as the very clever use of film during the show is quick to pick out.
The video screens are a real feature here and the display has clearly been thought of. Whether animation, short sequences or just the band themselves, it adds to both the spectacle and the depth of the performance.
But clearly it’s mostly about the songs, and when it comes time to bring out the big guns, then Fleetwood Mac aren’t firing blanks. “Everywhere” shimmers, “Lies” is the 1980s radio Classic it always was, and the main set closes with a party atmosphere of “Go Your Own Way.”
“Don’t Stop” and it’s big ol’ chorus and it’s big ol’ message of hope (used by Bill Clinton as an election song in 1992 no less) is saved for the first encore, while a stripped back “Songbird” with just McVie and her piano before Buckingham joins her by the end, serves as the second and acts as the closer.
It’s not rocket science. You don’t fill arenas all over the world, you don’t sell this many records, and you don’t get this response when you return to the fray, unless your music connects with the public on whatever level they choose. Moreover you don’t keep people coming back for over 40 years unless you know what you are doing. Fleetwood Mac eloquently make these points tonight and answer any questions that were perhaps remaining with ease. To pinch Lindsey’s line, tonight was very much an up rather than a down.
Fleetwood Mac performed at Manchester Arena on Wednesday night.
Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to Rick, “a new friend of ours, who drove us from Leeds to Manchester last night and shared his amazing musical collection with us on the way. It was such an amazing drive.”
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COMPILATION: The Chain / Second Hand News / Rhiannon / Tusk / Big Love / Landslide / Gold Dust Woman / Go Your Own Way / Don’t Stop / Silver Springs / Songbird (Gary Lippett)
The Chain / You Make Loving Fun / Dreams (TheGenesis1960)
Tusk / Sisters of the Moon / Say You Love Me (TheGenesis1960)
Big Love (Giggirl)
Landslide with dedication (TheGenesis1960)
Never Going Back Again (TheGenesis1960)
Little Lies (reefermanuk)
Gold Dust Woman (Daniel Porter)
Go Your Own Way (reefermanuk)
Go Your Own Way (andyuk36)
World Turning – drum solo (Giggirl)
World Turning – drum solo (Phil Lee)
World Turning / Band introductions / Don’t Stop (TheGenesis1960)
On our way home from watching #FleetwoodMac in Manchester. Thanks for a great night guys ! (-:
Fleetwood Mac fans finally got to see the classic Rumours-era line-up reunited last night as Christine McVie joined ex-husband John McVie and bandmates Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham on stage at Manchester Arena.
The singer – who is the songwriter and voice behind some of the band’s most enduring hits, including “Don’t Stop,” “Little Lies” and “You Make Loving Fun” – is back on the road with the band for the first time in 16 years for their On With The Show tour.
Fans were delighted to see her return – as was Stevie Nicks, who echoed the audience’s excitement as she squealed: “Our girl is BACK!”
None of the group showed any sign of the mystery illness that forced them to cancel their first show in Manchester last month as they played an unrelenting two and a half hour set.
Now all in their mid to late 60s except Christine, who is 71, they worked the stage with the energy of a group half their age, particularly Lindsey, whose virtuoso guitar playing stole the show.
There was no sign either of the turbulence that nearly tore the band apart during the making of Rumours, with ex-lovers Stevie and Lindsey sweetly clasping hands before dueting on a gorgeous stripped-back version of “Landslide” (we think we even saw Stevie wipe away a tear), while Christine and John appeared just as happy to be sharing a stage again.
“Our Songbird, you might say, has returned,” as Mick put it fondly – and there could only be one way to close the show as Christine sat down alone at a piano to sing her beautiful ballad.
The finale was the highlight of the show for many fans who had waited for years to hear her sing it again, but it was by no means the only standout moment.
From opener “The Chain” to the rousing singalong that accompanied “Go Your Own Way” and Mick’s manic drum solo, it was a five-star performance from start to finish. Even the weather seemed to agree, with fans leaving the arena to a “Dreams”-worthy chorus of thunder and rain outside.
Here is what fans thought about last night’s show:
christine mcvie alone at the piano singing Songbird.. The most beautiful thing I'll see this year! #FleetwoodMac