REVIEW: Multitudes held in harmonic thrall

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.

Among the echoes of a set-list to die for?

About 35,000 voices roaring as one.

Shane Gilchrist / Otago Daily Times / Thursday, Nov 19, 2015

VIDEOS 11/18: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin NZ

On Wednesday, Fleetwood Mac performed before a sellout crowd of 35,000 people at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium, opening a short run through New Zealand.

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.

Angus and Julia Stone were the support act.

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Live Tweets

https://twitter.com/PippiLongsock/status/66687725938754764978317002252288

Videos

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)

Rhiannon – partial (Abby-Rose Evans)

Say You Love Me – partial (Shane Dando)

Big Love (Shane Dando)

Landslide – short clip (Otago Daily Times)

Gypsy – partial (Abby-Rose Evans)

Little Lies – partial (Shane Dando)

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)