VIDEOS 4/1: Pepsi Center, Denver CO

Fleetwood Mac performed at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday night.

Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to Ashley:

“So I would like to dedicate this next song to one of the people in my tribe, and her name is Ashley. And I just want to tell you, Ashley, ‘Everything’s going to be OK because your fairy godmother is here! No more worries.’ This is ‘Landslide,’ and it’s for Ashley.”

Date Venue Location Reviews Show # Total
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Pepsi Center Denver, Colorado 33 73

Videos

Thanks to Laura Arroyo, banfibill, Roy Medina, Jeremiah Rogers, slukes1, and The Attitude for sharing these videos!

The Chain (banfibill)

Dreams (banfibill)

Dreams (Jeremiah Rogers)

Everywhere – partial (Roy Medina)

Tusk (Roy Medina)

Tusk (The Attitude)

Say You Love Me (banfibill)

Big Love (The Attitude)

Big Love (Jeremiah Rogers)

Landslide with dedication (banfibill)

Landslide (Jeremiah Rogers)

Landslide (Laura Arroyo)

Never Going Back Again (banfibill)

Gypsy story (slukes1)

 

Little Lies (The Attitude)

Gold Dust Woman (Jeremiah Rogers)

Go Your Own Way (The Attitude)

 

Don’t Stop (The Attitude)

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

 

Roy Medina
Roy Medina
banfibill
banfibill

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac at the Pepsi Center in Denver

Fleetwood Mac plows through a 22-song set like gleaming pros.

Photos by Daniel Petty

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If you’re like me, and it’s not impossible that you are, you grew up vaguely aware of Fleetwood Mac. You thought of the band’s music as something primarily designed for parents, like chardonnay or station wagons. It wasn’t until you listened to it at a party in college, surrounded by people who were a bit older and cooler than you, that you realized it was also something for you. Something that deserved the critical praise and karaoke treatment it always got. Something really good.

Those thoughts wouldn’t leave me last night as I watched the band play its second, capacity Pepsi Center show in the span of four months. The Rumours-era lineup, which includes recent and utterly indispensable returning member Christine McVie, plowed through a 22-song set like gleaming pros. Most of the audience was middle-aged and seated, and happily so. But despite the frequent, between-song nostalgia from Stevie Nicks (resplendent and witchy), Lindsey Buckingham and a circumspect McVie, the band proved its music doesn’t belong to one generation. We all own “Rhiannon,” is what I’m saying. And it owns us.

The band’s got its moves down, but it wasn’t just going through the motions. How many times has Stevie Nicks twirled in circles to “Gypsy,” her frilly black cuffs brushing the beaded necklaces on her mic stand? This is show business, not a feel-good creative lark, but it’s clear these things occasionally overlap. Scrutinizing the band members’ faces as they talked about the drama, breakups, rehab stints, etc. only reinforced how mysterious they remain. This was show No. 73 of their current tour, an improbably energized Buckingham told the audience near the beginning. But the 10-piece band (which included some truly great backup singers) belted out every golden, honeyed melody, aurally iconic riff and tumbling percussive passage like it was their first in years.

“Let’s get the party started!” Nicks encouraged us, adorably, after “Dreams.” The tie-dyed dads and toe-tapping moms obliged, mouthing every word to “Second Hand News” and “Big Love.” Mick Fleetwood’s subtly insistent drumming was the heartbeat. Buckingham’s leads were the neural electricity. Hearing these classic songs rendered so impeccably was like watching Salvador Dali re-paint one of his masterpieces from memory, on demand. The band found an expert balance between slavish imitation of its 39-year-old recordings and melodic variations of well-worn choruses — even if Stevie took the vocal low road on a few songs.

How does a band successfully revive something so embalmed in our memories? Fleetwood Mac is entirely conscious of its legacy, which it gently attempted to revise with each practiced, between-song speech. Buckingham never actually said, “We were all sexually cannibalistic cokeheads while we were making this music four decades ago.” But he talked around it in his socially-conscious, post-hippie SoCal spiritual way. As his frenzied solos unfurled, it was hard to not wanna hug the skinny little proto-emo freak. Nicks smiled wisely during the “Landslide” line “I’m getting older, too,” which was dedicated to a family member in the audience going through some drama. Her theatrical rendering of that song and Buckingham’s “Never Going Back Again,” which he slowed down and teased the audience with, gave me chills. I saw tears on the faces of more than one person. We all had chills.

Set list:
The Chain
You Make Lovin’ Fun
Dreams
Second Hand News
Rhiannon
Everywhere
I Know I’m Not Wrong
Tusk
Sisters of the Moon
Say You Love Me
Big Love
Landslide
Never Going Back
Over My Head
Gypsy
Little Lies
Gold Dust
So Afraid
Go Your Own Way

Encore:
World Turning
Don’t Stop
Silver Springs

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John Wenzel / Denver Post / Thursday, April 2, 2015

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac remains strange, potent musical family

Powerhouse band returns to Denver’s Pepsi Center, where Lindsey Buckingham steals the show.

Photos by Brandon Marshall
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The Pepsi Center was moving and shaking on Wednesday evening to the smoky sounds of the infamous Fleetwood Mac. The night was filled with velvet-draped microphone stands, beards, vests and the crackle of big personalities.

Although the group seemed to be in high spirits, there was a suggestive tinge of emotion drifting between the bandmates throughout the show. Christine McVie, once married to bassist John McVie, has not been a part of the band for over sixteen years, but she began touring with it again in September. The event mainly focused on Christine McVie and her return — something Stevie Nicks seems to have had enough of.

Nicks began by saying that McVie had been gone for a decent amount of time, but now Denver was their 73rd show together. “I can safely say she’s back.”

The rockers’ dynamic was a little off-putting throughout the evening. But the group began their set with “The Chain,” and continued to give the audience what it was looking for. It is absolutely astonishing how many hits Fleetwood Mac has made over the years. This band is a powerhouse. The band, whose members range in age from the late sixties to early seventies, played for over two and a half hours, fully engaged in the crowd and musicianship.

The first half of their set was more rock-oriented. By the middle of the set, the band exited the stage — eveyone except Lindsey Buckingham, who stood front and center with an acoustic guitar.

Beforehand, Buckingham had given a little history behind the song “Big Love” — the first single off of Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in the Night. He explained the history of the time when he wrote it and what it has meant to him over the years. “To me, it is a mantra; it’s the power and importance of change,” explained Buckingham. He then played a solo version of “Big Love,” giving the song a more backwoods, folky feel, compared to the 1980s hard-grooving rock tune that was recorded on the album.

Thereafter, Nicks joined Buckingham on stage, and they performed “Landslide.” This was a very powerful moment. “Landslide” has so much emotion and ghosts permeating it, and it let off energy blasts between Nicks and Buckingham. By the end, the two were holding hands.

The rest of the bandmembers resurfaced, and Mick Fleetwood was positioned center stage with a smaller drum kit than his extensive main one to perform “Gypsy,” which led into “Little Lies.”

As I said, every one of these musicians are at the top of their game. Fleetwood Mac 2015 sounded as good as Fleetwood Mac 1968, but Lindsey Buckingham stole a good majority of the show with his incredible guitar playing, accompanied by some signature moves as well as some borrowed over the years, such as the classic Chuck Berry duck walk.

The band closed the evening with some encores, among them “World Turning.”

The members gave this time to the youthful Mick Fleetwood, once again all of them leaving the stage, diffusing the electric chemistry that encases them when all founding members are together. Mick Fleetwood led the crowd through a tribal call-and-response drum solo, keeping perfect time and shouting out emotional cries for the crowd to repeat.

Fleetwood Mac is not just a band that has created multiple hits throughout its career. When you experience its live act, you find a feeling of family and relationship. You experience the love and heartache between five individuals who have shared their lives with each other for nearly fifty years.

Alex Warzel / Westword / Thursday, April 2, 2015

CONCERT REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac at Denver’s Pepsi Center, 6/1/13

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By Matt Miller / Reverb
Monday, June 3, 2013

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham held hands as they walked onto stage at the Pepsi Center on Saturday night. Here is a relationship in flux for decades — one that has inspired some of Fleetwood Mac’s most memorable works of heartbreak and romanticism — and it may finally be in a comfortable place. What followed was a reflective and ambitious two and a half hour set from the nearly complete Rumours lineup of Nicks, Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.

Whereas a few years ago Nicks and Buckingham could barely make eye contact on stage, Saturday night the two fondly shared anecdotes about writing love poems and joining the band as they played through many of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits. And while they had seemingly made amends on stage, musically they can be best talked about as individuals.

Like someone in his 20s — right down to the skinny jeans and v-neck — Buckingham shouldered the charisma of the entire band. He ended “The Chain” with a flying kick, busted out a tapping guitar solo on “Gypsy” and played an interlude on his own half way through the set. Accompanied by only his likeness reflected on a rectangular sheet that had dropped from the ceiling, Buckingham performed an acoustic version of “Big Love.” Where the original is marred with ‘80s synth and drum tracks, on Saturday Buckingham’s fiery guitar picking nailed both the rhythm and lead guitar of the song.

For Nicks, her moments came when her vocals could stay clear of Buckingham’s. While a bit more nasally in 2013, her voice still has its power when she stays in a comfortable range. On the many songs that end with a Nicks afterward, she sustained her haunting melodies for a few bars as if it were the 1970s. Sultry as ever on the smoky “Dreams” and full of soul on “Gold Dust Woman,” she embodied her witch-like persona, though her dancing was confined to a single spot.

When it came time for her to perform “Landslide,” the song took on new meaning given the reflective tone of the night. Written in Aspen decades ago, Nicks prefaced the song by telling the nearly sold out Pepsi Center about a picture from her childhood that showed seven generations of Colorado women in her family. Husky and beautiful, “Landslide” became less of an internalization of struggle, and more of a lesson for her many Colorado relatives in the crowd.

Throughout the night, Fleetwood played his usual role as the backbone of the band. During the second encore, he pounded out a nearly 5 minute drum solo, showcasing his chops even at 65.

With all the great individual performances aside, and the banter like lifelong friends, Fleetwood Mac couldn’t click early in the set as a group, most notably between their trademark vocal harmonies. The choruses of “Dreams” and “Rhiannon” had some jagged edges, the tempos were sleepy and it was clear that these were musicians who had spent time at odds and apart.

But these missteps couldn’t overshadow the sense of calm in the band. And it seemed only right that Fleetwood Mac truly connected on “Go Your Own Way,” the song that ended the main set. The vocals between Nicks and Buckingham finally fit together as they sang about their failing romance.

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Glenn Ross is a Denver-based photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work here.

Rocking the mile high city (videos)

29TH SHOW: Fleetwood Mac, Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, June 1, 2013

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Fleetwood Mac performed in concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday night.

Stevie said that she has “a very strong bond with Colorado” because of the five generations of women in her family that have lived in the state. She also mentioned that the state of Colorado was special because she wrote “Landslide” in Aspen.

Fan reaction (via Twitter)

@RockyMtns4Me
Fleetwood Mac concert…amazing!

@MikeMeierII
At Fleetwood Mac right now, incredible! Stevie ROCKS. Thanks SpinGo!!

@SmelkShow
Dreams do come true. The most incredible concert ever. 🎶❤

@l0ve0t0my
@fleetwoodmac Had a great time at the concert. It was phenomenal. Thank you!

@lyssarosemazxo
Without a doubt one of the most inspirational shows I’ve been too… @fleetwoodmac ‘s talent is soooo real

@EricPahls
Fleetwood Mac was in top form tonight. Absolutely incredible.

@ZachMarten
Newfound respect for Mick Fleetwood after seeing him in concert in Denver. A 65 year old badass. #fleetwoodmac

@EricPahls
I cannot get over how good Stevie Nicks sounded and looked tonight, along with all of Fleetwood Mac. 65 years young.

@underthisspell
Saw Fleetwood Mac tonight and it was definitely a life changing experience. Super glad I got to see…

@ChrissyGreco
Fleetwood Mac rocked my socks tonight #legends

@alejandro695
I still can’t believe how amazing Fleetwood Mac was. Lordy.

@l0ve0t0my
@fleetwoodmac Had a great time at the concert. It was phenomenal. Thank you!

@MariBerry26
Two and a half hour set, Second Hand News opener, Lindsey Buckingham shredding in tight jeans, and Stevie’s STILL got it #fleetwoodmac

@MikeMeierII
Fleetwood Mac def still has it, best song of night was Gold Dust Woman. What a show! 3 hrs, no opening act, two great encores. #spingo

Denver set list (unchanged)

  1. Second Hand News
  2. The Chain
  3. Dreams
  4. Sad Angel (new song)
  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 (new song)
  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 (first encore)
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Silver Springs
  23. Say Goodbye (second encore)

Videos

2. The Chain (courtesy of Michelle Maes)

2. The Chain (courtesy of ziscokid88)

3. Dreams (courtesy of Michelle Maes)

4. Sad Angel – with introduction (courtesy of Michelle Maes)

5. Rhiannon (courtesy of Michelle Maes)

5. Rhiannon – ending (courtesy of nicksfan69)

5. Rhiannon (courtesy of ziscokid88)

7. Tusk – partial (courtesy of winstonhuxleyorwell)

9. Sara (courtesy of Michelle Maes)

10. Big Love (courtesy of Michelle Maes)

11. Landslide – with introduction (courtesy of bouncingsoul)

11. Landslide (courtesy of Morgan Gray)

11. Landslide (courtesy of Andreas DeValera)

11. Landslide (courtesy of winstonhuxleyorwell)

12. Never Going Back Again (courtesy of Morgan Gray)

13. Without You – introduction (courtesy of Michelle Maes)

13. Without You (courtesy of Michelle Maes)

14. Gypsy (courtesy of Michelle Maes)

17. I’m So Afraid (courtesy of Morgan Gray)

19. Go Your Own Way (courtesy of Bill Yanneck)

20. World Turning (courtesy of Bill Yanneck)

20. World Turning (courtesy of Don Funk)

21. Don’t Stop (courtesy of Eric P)

22. Silver Springs (courtesy of Janal Urich)

22-23. Silver Springs & Say Goodbye (courtesy of bgeyes44)

23. Say Goodbye (courtesy of Morgan Gray)

Special thanks to bgeyes44, bouncingsoul, Andreas DeValera, Don Funk, Morgan Gray, Michelle Maes, nicksfan69, Eric P, Janal Urich, winstonhuxleyorwell, Bill Yanneck, and ziscokid88 for making these clips available.

CONCERT REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac goes on and on in Denver, kinda like Beethoven

You know what the band looks like, it was the crowd at Fleetwood Mac that was a surprise. The place was packed. (Blurry photo by Ray Rinaldi)
You know what the band looks like, it was the crowd at Fleetwood Mac that was a surprise. The place was packed. (Blurry photo by Ray Rinaldi)

By Ray Mark Rinaldi / Denver Post
Sunday, June 2, 2013

If you compared the crowd that was downtown this Saturday night to see Fleetwood Mac with the crowd downtown last Saturday night to hear the Colorado Symphony, you wouldn’t find that much difference.

Both audiences were up there in terms of age, mostly old enough to have grandchildren, and overwhelmingly caucasian, maybe 90 percent, if you can actually guess those things by looking.

The Pepsi Center folks drank more alcohol, and didn’t turn off their phones, and the orchestra attendees were way better-dressed and polite enough not to shout “We love you Stevie Nicks” while the singer was actually trying to perform. But the two sets shared one key element: enthusiasm. The ovations were made standing in both houses and that basic human need to be sated by very familiar music – whether guitar-driven or violin-driven — was never in doubt.

Who would have thought 35 years after the band started playing, people would still be interested in hearing Fleetwood Mac. Or that the musicians, rich, adored and legacy secured, would still be interested in playing.

But there it was Saturday at Pepsi, the house visibly sold out, the players up there rocking out, in earnest, and in appealing way that went way beyond nostalgia. They’re still very talented pop stars, attractive, energized, envied. If classical music isn’t selling the way it was a few decades ago, don’t blame Beethoven. Blame rock ‘n’ roll for not giving up its hold on fans, for staying competitive for those concert dollars even when everyone, on stage and off, is old enough to retire.

Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie arrive at Pepsi Center Saturday night. Just kidding: McVie is sitting out the tour. Oh, and that’s not Stevie either. But these women were having as much fun.

That was especially true with Fleetwood Mac. Who played 22 songs for 2 hours and 41 minutes, with all but two of them from their vast catalog of hits. The band stayed in there, delivering pretty much all of the quirky and sure personality they are known for.

Lead guitarist Lindsey Buckhingham, 63, but with the lean body of a 30-year-old and a Hollywood tan, pulled off heroic solos, particularly on “Looking Out for Love.” Drummer Mick Fleetwood, 65, shouted, sweated and banged the night away. He held the stage, just by himself, for maybe 10 long minutes around “World Turning” during the extended encore.

Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie arrive at Pepsi Center Saturday night. Just kidding: McVie is sitting out the tour. Oh, and that’s not Stevie either. But these women were having as much fun. (Ray Rinaldi)
Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie arrive at Pepsi Center Saturday night. Just kidding: McVie is sitting out the tour. Oh, and that’s not Stevie either. But these women were having as much fun. (Ray Rinaldi)

Stevie Nicks, 65 last Sunday, worked her tambourine, and those scarves and gold chains tied to her microphone, and her lacey shawls and finger-less gloves and threw her guttural voice out like a rock star. After three decades of performing “Gold Dust Woman” and “Dreams,” the routine is down. She stills does her famous spinning moves on cue, (though just 14 careful turns Saturday eve), but she chooses her earthier moments like a pro and goes for it. She remains amazing to watch on stage.

Fleetwood Mac concerts used to be rowdier, more drugs, more screams, more dancing. Back in the day, half the women showed up in gauzy, Stevie Nicks drag. Last night, there were only a few gals rocking the high boots and bandanas, though it was good to see them.

But like a night at the orchestra, it all seemed unfailingly appropriate. The show started on time and the sound was at a reasonable level. The between-song chatter was about the importance of family. There were lots of sentimental tales of the band in its early days. It was kinda nice.

Some people would see that as the death of rock ‘n’ roll, no anger, no danger, no cigarette lighters, no youthful vibe, really. But rock has always taken its real strength from its humanity; its naturalness, rather than its costume-driven rawness. Natural, three decades in, isn’t as loud, and not as much beer gets spilled in the floor, but it has its own sort of enthusiasm, and it goes on and on and on.

Be sure to check out the Denver Post’s pop music website, Reverb, where you’ll find more reviews, and photos, of local concerts.

Ray Rinaldi: rrinaldi@denverpost.com. On Twitter: @rayrinaldi. Follow me right now!