RECAP: Chicago – United Center

On Saturday night, Stevie performed at the United Center in Chicago — the 20th show of the 24 Karat Gold Tour.

During “Rhiannon,” Stevie’s in-ear monitor was accidentally disconnected, so she couldn’t hear her band playing. A technician came onstage in the middle of the song to try and adjust the monitor, but it remained unfixed. Stevie commented on the technical malfunction after the song, seeming a bit irritated. ‘Well, THAT was an experience. I could hear no instrument, no girls, nothing, just my voice off in the ceiling somewhere. Well, that was a FINE thing!’ @jaycialyx captured the fiasco as it was happening.

She alluded to it again at the end of the show, saying “This was the craziest show of the like 18 shows we’ve played.” She may have also been referring to drawing a complete blank during the band introductions, where she forgot the name of her pianist.

Despite the peculiar moments, it was another great show and fans seemed to be thrilled with her performance.

Much love and thanks to Richard Bond, Erin Brown, Erin Hooley, Live Nation Chicago, and United Center for sharing these great photos from the show!

Stevie Nicks
(Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)
Stevie Nicks
(Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)
Stevie Nicks
(Richard Bond)
Stevie Nicks
(Erin Brown)
Stevie Nicks
(Erin Brown)
Stevie Nicks
(Erin Brown)
Stevie Nicks
(Live Nation Chicago)
Stevie Nicks
(United Center)

Much love and thanks to artistexpressions, ErinBrown1978 pandaspu, and patricboylan66 for filming and sharing these videos!

Bella Donna (patricboylan66)

Stand Back (pandaspu)

Crying in the Night (ErinBrown1978)

Gold Dust Woman (ErinBrown1978)

Edge of Seventeen

(after the song)

“Thank you, everybody. Thank you for being a kind and loving audience, and listening to all these songs you probably don’t know very well. And not one of you yelled out, ‘Exactly what song did you take out to play that new song I’ve never heard before?’ I appreciate that because for me, you know, you can go on doing this forever, just do the same songs, and the same two-hour set every night for the rest of my life and it’s like, it’s not fulfilling for me. This is very fulfilling for me. It’s a little crazy. All the stories are a little nuts. But the fact is, is that it’s all true, and it’s fun to share it with you. It’s fun to come out here and tell you the real story of my life and their life. So thank you for being a wonderful, awesome audience. And I’ll never forgot it. I love Chicago, I always have. So we will see you the next time, and you be good to each other. Thank you.”

Rhiannon (patricboylan66)

(after the song)

“Well, THAT was an experience. Well, I might as well tell you about it. But you had to see it, right? So nothing was in my ear when I came out. When I went into change into this blouse, they…it didn’t connect. So tell that person, whoever it was that came out, there was nothing in my ear so I was singing ‘Rhiannon’ just to me. I could hear no instrument, no girls, nothing, just my voice off in the…in the ceiling somewhere. I know! And you know what? Pretty interesting. So, um… Well, that was a FINE thing!

OK, so this next song, well you know it. I’m not even gonna give you the story of it…because you don’t need to hear another story! So here it is, probably the song you really wanted to hear the whole time you were here.”

Landslide (after the song)

“Thank you. So what I really just want to leave you with, um, after this crazy night — this has been the craziest show of all the 18 shows we’ve played — is that, is that as crazy as life is, and as crazy as it is right now, you just have to remember that life is basically good and that people are basically good and that we’re basically good and that we love music and that we love being creative. And if we just stay on that path and try to like stay in the path of love, everything’s going to be good and everything’s going to be OK. We’re going to be fine. So keep that in your heart. And if you get upset about something, get in the car, turn on the radio really loud and take a drive, just drive. Thank you, everybody. You’re just awesome, thank you!”


Stevie Nicks dazzles at the United Center (Althea Legaspi / Chicago Tribune)

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac at Chicago’s Allstate Arena

Maybe Fleetwood Mac will still be doing what they do 20 years from now. It wouldn’t surprise me. They lived through peak self-destruction, through the decades when bands were losing members left and right to the side effects of 20th century music culture, lived through the years when fame sounded a lot like a death knell. They endured more fractures in public than many people have to deal with in private. But Fleetwood Mac were lucky. They made it out.

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They know it, too, and they couldn’t be more grateful. Playing the 56th night of their On with the Show tour on Valentine’s Day at Chicago’s Allstate Arena, the band emerged to an audience of thousands on a stage decorated with bouquets of red roses. This is Fleetwood Mac’s first tour with Christine McVie since she quit the band in 1998, and her presence lent the concert the feel of a warm, comfortable family reunion with the most bohemian aunts and uncles you’ve got.

Like folks seeing their extended family for the first time in years, Fleetwood Mac tell stories. Stevie Nicks recalled the first time she stood on the painted floor of the Velvet Underground, a clothing store in San Francisco where Janis Joplin was known to shop for her stage looks. She talked about seeing her future as a musician there and urged everyone present to stick to their dreams — a platitude, maybe, but one that took flight coming from your hippie aunt Stevie Nicks.

Fleetwood Mac keep it simple — and joyful — in concert. Mick Fleetwood has his monogrammed gold drum kit, and Nicks has her several changes of goth nymph looks, but they don’t act like rock stars. They played like they loved the songs more than anyone else in the room, and maybe they did. They spoke to the audience as though they were genuinely touched by our outpourings of applause. I think they were.

They kicked off the night with “The Chain”, a Rumours cut with a bass line big enough to knock you off your feet if you’re not careful. They jumped right into the heart of what’s made them so vital to pop music as we understand it now. Fleetwood Mac deal in poles: their songs are heavy and quick, rousing and sad, massive and massively vulnerable, all in one.

Live, they take their time. In between two cuts from Tusk, Lindsey Buckingham took a moment just to share his thoughts with us as they came to him. “We are a band that, I think it’s safe to say, has seen its share of ups and downs,” he said. “What makes us what we are, I think, is that we have continued to grow and evolve and to prevail through the good and the bad. And in this particular moment, with the return of the beautiful Christine, I’ve been able to begin a brand-new, prolific chapter in the story of this band Fleetwood Mac.”

Was that a hint? They didn’t share new songs with us, and to be fair, they have more than enough material to draw from already. But “prolific” is a hopeful word to use for someone who’s been with this band for 40 — 40! — years.

Maybe he just meant the tour, the indelible energy that Buckingham and his bandmates are able to conjure up night after night for a new group of people each time. To get on stage, to play these old songs, and to mean it — that’s its own kind of prolific. For a band with Fleetwood Mac’s heritage, it’s startlingly rare. There was a moment after Stevie Nicks finished singing “Silver Springs” when she thanked us — us — for cheering. “That song is my heart,” she said. I believed her. It is brave, hard work to bare it like that.


The Chain
You Make Loving Fun
Second Hand News
I Know I’m Not Wrong
Sisters of the Moon
Say You Love Me
Seven Wonders
Big Love
Never Going Back Again
Over My Head
Little Lies
Gold Dust Woman
I’m So Afraid
Go Your Own Way

First Encore

World Turning
Don’t Stop
Silver Springs

Second Encore


Sasha Geffen / Consequence of Sound / Sunday, February 15, 2015

VIDEOS 2/14: Allstate Arena, Rosemont IL

Fleetwood Mac performed at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), on Valentine’s Day. For the special night, Christine received a large bouquet of red roses, which was placed atop her keyboards.

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Date Venue Location Reviews Show # Total
Saturday, February 14, 2015 Allstate Arena Rosemont, Illinois  Fan review 16 56

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Thanks to BD Hardwood Floors, capedogger, joeypgh1, Linzers21, Michael Marino, ohHushSteph22, pandaspu, sevenrhye, simplyinsinful, Frank Sullivan, and We are luck, we are fate… for sharing these videos!

The Chain (joeypgh1)

The Chain (pandaspu)

You Make Loving Fun (joeypgh1)

Dreams (Linzers21)

Dreams – partial (joeypgh1)

Second Hand News (joeypgh1)

Second Hand News (pandaspu)

Rhiannon (Frank Sullivan)

Rhiannon – partial (joeypgh1)

Everywhere (joeypgh1)

I Know I’m Not Wrong (simplyinsinful)

I Know I’m Not Wrong (joeypgh1)

Tusk (joeypgh1)

Tusk (pandaspu)

Sisters of the Moon (joeypgh1)

Sisters of the Moon (Linzers21)

Say You Love (joeypgh1)

Seven Wonders (joeypgh1)

Seven Wonders (pandaspu)

Seven Wonders (Linzers21)

Big Love (ohHushSteph22)

Big Love (Linzers21)

Landslide (joeypgh1)

Landslide (We are luck, we are fate…)

Never Going Back Again (joeypgh1)

Over My Head (joeypgh1)

Gypsy (Linzers21)

Gypsy (pandaspu)

Gypsy – partial (joeypgh1)

Little Lies (pandaspu)

Little Lies (joeypgh1)

Little Lies (Frank Sullivan)

Gold Dust Woman (Linzers21)

Gold Dust Woman (sevenrhye)

Gold Dust Woman – partial (capedogger)

I’m So Afraid (joeypgh1)

Go Your Own Way (pandaspu)

Go Your Own Way (BD Hardwood Floors)

World Turning – partial (joeypgh1)

Don’t Stop (joeypgh1)

Songbird (Michael Marino)

Silver Springs (Linzers21)

Silver Springs (joeypgh1)

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