REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac make magic in Perth rain

A downpour of rain could do nothing but enhance the hippie-mystique of Fleetwood Mac’s leading lady Stevie Nicks last Friday night.

The poetic and magical performer behind Fleetwood Mac had 25,000 fans at Subiaco Oval mesmerised from the moment she stepped foot on stage.
Dressed in a black lace dress with her trademark ribbon-adorned tambourine in hand, she opened to a rapturous crowd with the band’s 1977 hit “The Chain.”

Her powerful vocals were backed by the musical talents of Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie, who reunited with the band after a 16-year absence.

Fleetwood Mac’s classic line up had returned for their On with the Show tour and as the rain pelted down on their Perth fans, they made sure they turned on one unforgettable show.

Drawing heavily on their 1970s hits from their most celebrate album Rumours, they took the start of the show up a notch with thrilling performances of “You Make Loving Fun,” “Dreams” and “Second Hand News.”

Nicks shared the spotlight with her former lover and legendary guitarist Buckingham who captivated the crowd with a series of flawless guitar solos and his comments about the band’s past exploits.

“There was a grey area between our personal and professional lives — but we have nothing left but love for one another and we’re still here,” he said before the band launched into “Rhiannon.”

The 1975 hit had the younger generation of late 20/early 30 year olds who were raised on their parents’ Fleetwood Mac albums, like myself, wanting to jump up and dance, which clashed with the baby boomer’s desire to stay firmly in their seats.

Christie McVie reminded everyone how missed her smoky vocals were as she sung “Everywhere” while perched behind her keyboard.

“Tusk,” “Sara” and “Say You Love Me” followed and were delivered with an effortless perfection that could only be achieved by a band with 40 years of musical chaos and creativity under their belt.

The night’s highlights included Nicks’ performance of “Landslide” — which showed why she was named one of the 100 greatest singers of all time – and Buckingham’s acoustic guitar solo of “Big Love.”

Nicks then gave what sounded like a 1960s hippy-inspired speech as she revealed the meaning behind “Gypsy” and sang it with such emotion it was as if she was still that struggling artist living in San Francisco.

The band’s original member Mick Fleetwood, who had been smashing the drums all night with the enthusiasm of a teenager, drew in the crowd with an eccentric drum solo behind his elaborate kit.

The heavy rain continued to fall and created a mythical ambiance as it caught the stage light while Nicks swirled around the stage setting the perfect scene for “Gold Dust Woman.”

“This is the strangest, most beautiful rainy night ever,” she said.

No one was left seated as the band finished their main set with “Go Your Own Way, a song that Lindsey wrote to mark the ending of his relationship with Nicks.

The drenched crowd rocked away to the elated encore “Don’t Stop,” before Christine McVie asked the crowd to tolerate the rain for one final stellar moment as she got behind a grand piano and finished with “Songbird.”

Sarah Waters / Community News / Sunday, November 1, 2015

REVIEW: Rain fails to dampen spirits at Fleetwood Mac show

Fleetwood Mac gets off the chain at Perth’s Domain Stadium, despite pouring rain.

Fleetwood Mac live at Domain Stadium, Perth
A crowd of 25,000 watched on as Fleetwood Mac played in the pouring rain at Domain Stadium. (Photo: Domain Stadium)

I have never been so wet in my life. This was the thought running through my head as I walked away from Domain Stadium on Friday night completely drenched, with my water-filled shoes making an ungainly squelching sound with every step. But, it was quickly followed by another — it was worth it to see Fleetwood Mac in concert again.

The last time the band came to Perth in 2009 was the first concert my wife and I watched together, not long after we had started dating. So when an opportunity arose to review Fleetwood Mac’s return to Perth I jumped at the opportunity, thinking it was a chance to relive some wonderful memories.

However, I wasn’t prepared for the wild night which lay ahead — filled with sizzling guitar, mystical vocals, die-hard fans and never-ending rain. No sooner had we taken our seats when Fleetwood Mac’s smash hit “The Chain” lit up the stadium, much to the crowd’s delight. From there the band’s three main songwriters shared the spotlight with Christine McVie welcomed back to Perth with a rendition of “You Make Loving Fun,” followed by Stevie Nicks’ “Dreams” and Lindsay Buckingham’s “Second Hand News.”

As the heavens opened it also rained down hits with “Rhiannon,” “Everywhere,” “Tusk,” “Sara” and “Say You Love Me” enchanting the 25,000 fans who turned out for the show. Then the two McVies, Nicks and drummer Mick Fleetwood vanished from the stage while Buckingham delivered an outstanding solo, guitar-only, version of “Big Love.”

The rest of the band returned in style, and the hits continued and then the rain started to ease up as Nicks explained to fans the story behind the next song “Gypsy.” As the song progressed, Nicks twirled on screen mesmerizingly almost in what looked like a rain dance.

And, as if on cue, the rain started bucketing down heavier than before, ending any hope concert goers had of leaving Domain Stadium without being completely soaked. Although no one in the crowd seemed to mind as they were straight up out of their seats to dance as “Little Lies,” another of Christine McVie’s creations, resonated around the stadium.

Nicks’ mystical twirling continued as the band launched in to “Gold Dust Woman,” and then the focus shifted to Buckingham who showed he has lost none of his guitar prowess with a stunning guitar solo to finish off “I’m So Afraid.” Buckingham received rambunctious cheers for his bewitching effort, which turned to an even bigger roar as Fleetwood Mac quickly moved into “Go Your Own Way” to finish off their main set. The upbeat tune lifted any remaining seated fans to their feet, and when the song finished, the band received a standing ovation, whose enthusiasm was never dampened despite the pouring rain all night long.

Christine McVie’s return to the the band, after 16 years of semi-retirement, appeared seamless and her vocals added another layer to the Mac’s allure, taking fans back to their golden days. The excitement was evident on the faces of fans every time one of her songs started up, with some of the biggest cheers of the night reserved for the encore when “Don’t Stop” rocked the stadium, and the second encore as “Songbird” closed a memorable, but wet, Fleetwood Mac performance.

Tim Carrier / WA Today / Saturday, October 31, 2015

VIDEOS 10/30: Domain Stadium, Perth

Fleetwood Mac plays all the hits, fans endure downpour in Perth

Western Australian fans braved the steady rains on Friday night, as they watched their heroes play onstage at Perth’s Domain Stadium. Despite the downpour, fans, many of which were decked out in rain gear, took the wet evening in stride. Many took to Twitter to comment about the unusual concert experience (see Live Tweets below).

Sydney-based Angus and Julia Stone opened again for Fleetwood Mac.

Fleetwood Mac traverses back eastward for a three-night engagement at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne (2-Nov, 4-Nov, 6-Nov).

Jump to: Videos | Live Tweets | Set List

Thanks to Daniel Bromley, DragHagHaze, Tania Dodd, Acacia Gray, James Jeffery, and red jelly05 for capturing and sharing this footage!


The Chain (Tania Dodd)

The Chain (Daniel Bromley)

You Make Loving Fun (DragHagHaze)

Dreams (DragHagHaze)

Second Hand News (DragHagHaze)

Rhiannon (DragHagHaze)

Rhiannon (Tania Dodd)

Everywhere (DragHagHaze)

Everywhere (red jelly05)

Non-stop rain! (Acacia Gray)

Sara (Tania Dodd)

Say You Love Me (DragHagHaze)

Big Love (DragHagHaze)

Landslide (DragHagHaze)

Never Going Back Again (DragHagHaze)

Gypsy (Tania Dodd)

Gypsy (DragHagHaze)

Little Lies (Tania Dodd)

Little Lies (DragHagHaze)

Gold Dust Woman (DragHagHaze)

Go Your Own Way (Daniel Bromley)

Go Your Own Way (James Jeffery)

World Turning / Band Intro / Don’t Stop / Silver Springs / Songbird (DragHagHaze)

Silver Springs (Tania Dodd)

Live Tweets

Set List

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

REVIEW: Mac make loving them fun, even in the rain

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Thunder only happens when it rains, according to Stevie Nicks, whose legendary band Fleetwood Mac turned on a dream gig in the wet last night.

Playing to 25,000 adoring fans at Domain Stadium, the megastars promised a party in the rain. “My limousine driver told me it never rains in Perth,” Nicks said. “We bring the rain.”

The mighty Mac also brought the hits, plus an old friend in Christine McVie, much missed on the past two Perth visits.

The English singer, songwriter and pianist retreated from the spotlight after the band’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1998.

Fleetwood Mac were to visit in 2013 but cancelled after bassist John McVie was diagnosed with cancer. During the delay while McVie had treatment, drummer Mick Fleetwood convinced McVie’s former wife to rejoin the band. Christine McVie’s return meant Fleetwood Mac’s three great songwriters — the others being American ex-lovers Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, who joined the English blues band in 1974 —were back in the saddle for the band’s first Aussie tour since 2009.

After hitting the stage with “The Chain,” the Rumours rocker credited to the whole band, the trio shared the songs.

Other Rumours favourites — McVie’s “You Make Loving Fun,” Nicks’ “Dreams” and Buckingham’s “Second Hand News” — came in quick succession.

Classic pop hits —”Landslide,” “Everywhere,” “Little Lies” — rained down on fans as the Mac clung tight to their golden era.

The famous five, plus extra musicians and singers, delivered a marathon set at the fifth of 13 scheduled Australian dates for their On With the Show world tour. Classic songs, classic line-up and still plenty of drama.

Truly classic.

Simon Collins / The West Australian / Friday, October 30, 2015

Wet Fleetwood Mac gig extra memorable

Editor’s note: The writer published a lengthier review the following day.

Before reality TV, there was Fleetwood Mac.

Thirty-eight years ago, the legendary transatlantic band laid bare their drug-fuelled intraband bed-hopping in Rumours, one of the greatest and highest selling albums of all-time.

Unlike The Bachelor or Married at First Sight, the Mac don’t need to manufacture their drama – not even on the marathon On With the Show world tour, which stopped in Perth on a wet Friday night.

Rain bucketed down on 25,000 fans at Domain Stadium on an evening singer Stevie Nicks remarked was the “strangest, most dramatic, most memorable rainiest night” of the lengthy tour.

Fleetwood Mac performed in the rain for thousands of fans at Domain Stadium. Pictures: Simon Santi/The West Australian
The presence of English songbird Christine McVie, who reunited with the band last year after a 16-year absence, also heightened the sense of occasion.

The stormy weather didn’t prevent Fleetwood Mac from revisiting their personal tempests across a 23-song, two-and-a-half hour greatest hits show, which drew heavily on Rumours.

Nine songs from the 1977 opus were aired, starting with band co-write The Chain before You Make Loving Fun, Dreams and Second Hand News made for a stunning start to the show.

Rhiannon from the erstwhile British blues band’s 1975 self-titled album, the first to feature then-couple Nicks and guitar god Lindsey Buckingham, was a smooth, early highlight. As the Gold Dust Woman shimmied behind her trademark shawls and sang “woman, taken by the wind”, many in the crowd could empathise with the titular Welsh witch.

That was a time when cracks were seriously showing in the Mac, according to Buckingham, who said the members felt the need to stay together to “fulfil destiny” – that is, turn drama into an incredible parade of pop classics.

His solo acoustic performance of Big Love was a highlight, as was the now-expected performance on Nicks’ plaintive Landslide as a duo. The ex-lovers keep their romantic history front and centre throughout the show.

“Our hearts are into it,” Nicks joked as she moved her microphone back away from the rain. “In my mind, you’re dancing above the clouds.”

While some of the performance echoed previous visits for similar big outdoor concerts in 2004 and 2009 – band leader Mick Fleetwood’s eccentric drum solo during World Turning tested some drenched fans – the presence of McVie added something special to Friday night.

Eighties hits Everywhere and Little Lies, her verse on encore highlight Don’t Stop and solo rendition of signature piano ballad Songbird to complete the evening all made this gig extra memorable.

The relentless rain also helped make Friday night unforgettable, as fans danced in ponchos to the euphoric performance of Go Your Own Way. “If I could, baby, I’d give you my world,” Buckingham sang. How about some dry clothes and hot chocolate?

Simon Collins / The West Australian / Saturday, October 31, 2015