VIDEOS 6/27: The O2, London (Night 6)

On Saturday, Fleetwood Mac performed their sixth and final show at The O2 in London.

Both Lindsey and Stevie dedicated songs (“Big Love,” “Landslide”) to founding Fleetwood Mac member Peter Green, who attended Saturday night’s show.

SHOW NUMBER

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LOCATION

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96 Saturday, June 26, 2015 London, England The O2
Gary Barnett
Gary Barnett
Paul King
Paul King
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Paul King
Paul King
Paul King
Paul King
Paul King
Paul King

Videos

Thanks to for Gary Barnett, blue3rock, daverkl, Paul King, lepaprg, Phil Humphries, Kristie McCarthy, and ZeuS for sharing these videos!

COMPILATION: The Chain / You Make Loving Fun / Dreams / Second Hand News / Rhiannon / Everywhere / Tusk / Say You Love Me / Big Love / Rhiannon / Never Going Back Again / Over My Head / Gypsy / Little Lies / Gold Dust Woman / I’m So Afraid / Go Your Own Way / Don’t Stop (Paul King)

The Chain (ZeuS)

You Make Loving Fun (lepaprg)

Dreams (lepaprg)

Rhiannon (Phil Humphries)

Everywhere (ZeuS)

Everywhere (Mark Stevens)

Tusk (lepaprg)

Say You Love Me (lepaprg)

Big Love – dedication (Kristie McCarthy)

Big Love (Kristie McCarthy)

Gypsy – partial (ZeuS)

Little Lies (lepaprg)

Gold Dust Woman (Gary Barnett)

World Turning – Part 1 (lepaprg)

World Turning – Part 2 (lepaprg)

Band introductions (lepaprg)

Don’t Stop (daverkl)

Go Your Own Way (lepaprg)

Silver Springs (Kristie McCarthy)

Songbird (bluerock)

Set List

1. The Chain 13. Landslide
2. You Make Loving 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

VIDEOS 6/26: The O2, London (Night 5)

On Friday, Fleetwood Mac performed their fifth show at The O2 in London.

Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to Cory Buckingham (Lindsey’s niece) and Steve Rinkov.

SHOW NUMBER

DATE

LOCATION

VENUE

95 Friday, June 26, 2015 London, England The O2

Videos

Thanks to Nicole Barker, Evan Davis, and Darren Mallet for sharing these videos!

The Chain – short clip (Darren Mallett)

You Make Loving Fun (Darren Mallett)

Second Hand News (Darren Mallett)

Rhiannon (Evan Davis)

Rhiannon (Darren Mallett)

Everywhere (Evan Davis)

Tusk (Evan Davis)

Big Love (Evan Davis)

Landslide dedication (Nicole Barker)

Landslide (Darren Mallett)

Gypsy – partial (Darren Mallett)

Little Lies (Darren Mallett)

I’m So Afraid (Darren Mallett)

Go Your Own Way (Darren Mallett)

World Turning – drum solo (Darren Mallett)

Don’t Stop (Evan Davis)

Go Your Own Way (Evan Davis)

Mick’s Final Words (Darren Mallett)

Set List

1. The Chain 13. Landslide
2. You Make Loving 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

VIDEOS 6/24: The O2, London (Night 4)

On Wednesday, Fleetwood Mac performed their fourth show at The O2 in London.

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DATE

LOCATION

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94 Wednesday, June 24, 2015 London, England The O2
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RAX1Music
RAX1Music
RAX1Music
RAX1Music
RAX1Music

Videos

Thanks to nicknackered, RAX1Music, T-Mak World, and Will Wiseman for sharing these videos!

The Chain (nicknackered)

The Chain (T-Mak World)

You Make Loving Fun (Will Wiseman)

Dreams (nicknackered)

Rhiannon (nicknackered)

Everywhere (nicknackered)

I Know I’m Not Wrong (T-Mak World)

Landslide (RAX1Music)

 

Landslide (T-Mak World)

Landslide (nicknackered)

Over My Head (nicknackered)

Little Lies (nicknackered)

Don’t Stop (nicknackered)

Don’t Stop (T-Mak World)

Go Your Own Way (RAX1Music)

Songbird (nicknackered)

Set List

1. The Chain 13. Landslide
2. You Make Loving 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

REVIEW: A man who hates gigs reviews Fleetwood Mac at the O2

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Someone has got me a ticket to see Fleetwood Mac, you say? I love Fleetwood Mac. But hang on, I hate gigs. Love Fleetwood Mac. Hate gigs. Love Fleetwood Mac. Hate gigs. Oh well, let’s just get on with it then.

The O2 would be a sterile venue to host a conference of anti-bacterial spray manufacturers, let alone a concert of one of the world’s great rock bands, and the clientele were suitably hard to pin down. It was strange to go to a gig with no discernable tribes, unless fans of a carvery on a Sunday constitutes a tribe. It was like being on a Ryanair flight with 20,000 people.

Why do I hate gigs? Even when I was a teenager and went to a gig a week, I hated gigs. For starters, I experience enochlophobia (look it up). More importantly, I have always been so precious about music that it always seemed a particular perverse cruelty to have my experiences ruined by inevitable meatheads, who would always (and I mean, always) end up standing or sitting next to, behind, or in front of me. Since I refuse to enjoy myself, God punishes me by surrounding me with people who do.

And lo, George the meathead magnet strikes again. Behind me were five friends, who informed me that they had come all the way from Bristol to see their favourite band – and then talked through every song. It was all going exactly as I had expected. It was a shame that the sound at the O2 is so muffled and rough. It really is a music venue for people who don’t like music. I would have preferred a bit more volume and clarity, not only to drown out my paralytic-clown neighbours, but because I really wanted to listen to the band.

Fleetwood Mac are both brilliant and loveable, which is some combination. I overheard one woman saying, “I’m going to cry when they come on, I can feel it.” They opened with “The Chain”, a surefire way to get everyone on board, and its finale still resonates with intricate vocal layering that evokes the choir of an Orthodox church. From here they ran through their greatest hits, which was just fine by everyone, including me. It is worth noting that this is a band with three distinct but complementary songwriters of the highest calibre. There are very few other bands who can boast of such a musical arsenal and their songbook reflects this strength, rotating from the enthralling, edgy neurosis of Lindsey Buckingham to the dark femininity of Stevie Nicks followed by the pure light of Christine McVie’s perfect pop.

They have been buoyed by the return of Christine McVie, who restores the band to its classic Seventies and Eighties lineup (yes, I know it’s not the original lineup). Stevie Nicks appeared to be genuinely delighted to have McVie back and this love was echoed in the reaction of the audience to McVie’s songs, which got the loudest and warmest applause. McVie is an extraordinary woman. She looks like your mum’s best friend – Auntie Christine who works on the lingerie counter at M&S – but she has written some titanic songs: “You Make Loving Fun”, “Say That You Love Me”, “Little Lies”. She is consistently underappreciated.
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Buckingham’s highlight (his guitar playing borders on superhuman at times) was his solo acoustic version of “Big Love”, a song which gets more unsettling, mysterious and enjoyable as it ages. He was clearly the hero of the one of my new friends, who was so drunk that in between informing those around him Buckingham was “a f***ing legend”, he forgot the legend’s name and began shouting “Lesley! Lesley!”

My enjoyment of the subtle, emotionally wrought harmonies of “Rhiannon” was impaired somewhat by the girl in the seat behind me yelling “Sit the f*** down” at her friends over and over and over again. She trumped this during Lesley, sorry Lindsey, Buckingham’s slowed-down version of “Never Going Back Again”, during which she loudly conceded, “I’m so drunk I can’t see,” as she kicked the back of chair like a toddler in economy class.

Buckingham made a speech about the band’s well-documented “ups and downs” and proclaimed a new “profound and prolific” era for the band. That was the herald for the dead hand of a new song, which, since no one knew or wanted to hear, meant hundreds of punters headed for the toilets and the bars. It was as if Fleetwood Mac had become their own support band nobody cared about. But I don’t think they noticed and it didn’t matter as the hits soon started rolling again.

Buckingham and Nicks sang “Happy Birthday” to Mick Fleetwood, whose enjoyment and drumming chops are clearly undimmed. He and John McVie – recovering from cancer – remain reassuringly indomitable and tight. As John McVie said of his musical spouse of 50 years to Mojo, “Mick will go on until they put him up against the wall and shoot him.”

And so, after most of Rumours, half of Tango In The Night  and the title song from Tusk (one of the highlights and the only occasion the visuals really helped the show – with a trippy rehash of the original “Tusk” video at Dodger Stadium in LA), we got to the money shot: “Go Your Own Way” and “Don’t Stop”. Nicks returned for the finale wearing a black top hat that reminded me a bit of the hitcher from The Mighty Boosh (which would have pleased Mac fan Noel Fielding) and the band proceeded to give the crowd what they wanted.

About a third of the audience stood up to dance. More still jiggled in their seats. I doubt if there have been that many people with so little natural rhythm gathered in one place since the world championship bowls final at Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton-on-Sea. McVie capped her triumphant evening with a grand piano and “Songbird”. My new chums were suitably moved. But it was hard not to be.

As I said before: Love Fleetwood Mac. Hate gigs. Deep down I knew the uncomfortable truth of this enterprise, which was that the meatheads were the unfortunate ones for having to sit behind me, rather than the other way round. “This has got to be one of the top three nights of my life, easy,” slurred one of them. God had spoken and it was my fault if I didn’t listen. Long live Fleetwood Mac and their fans.

George Chesterton / GQ UK / Thursday, June 25, 2015

VIDEO 6/22: The O2, London (Night 3)

On Monday, Fleetwood Mac returned to The O2 for their third non-consecutive show in London. The band will perform two additional shows in London this week.

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93 Monday, June 22, 2015 London, England The O2

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Videos

Thanks to Martin Cox, Paul Knight, and TheNIDAN17 for sharing these videos!

COMPILATION: The Chain / ‘Let’s get this party started!’ / Dreams / Rhiannon / Everywhere / Say You Love Me / Big Love / Landslide / Gypsy / Little Lies / Go Your Own Way / World Turning / Don’t Stop/ Songbird (Paul Night)

The Chain (Martin Cox)

You Make Loving Fun (Martin Cox)

Second Hand News (The NIDAN17)

Rhiannon (TheNIDAN17)

I Know I’m Not Wrong (TheNIDAN17)

Tusk (TheNIDAN17)

Sisters of the Moon (TheNIDAN17)

Big Love (TheNIDAN17)

Landslide (TheNIDAN17)

Never Going Back Again (TheNIDAN17)

Little Lies (TheNIDAN17)

Gold Dust Woman (TheNIDAN17)

I’m So Afraid (TheNIDAN17)

Don’t Stop (TheNIDAN17)

Silver Springs (TheNIDAN17)

Songbird (TheNIDAN17)

Set List

1. The Chain 13. Landslide
2. You Make Loving 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

 

REVIEW: Back together, and just about perfect

The return of the band’s classic line-up on their On With the Show tour is cause for celebration – and fascination.

“Let’s get this party started!” isn’t the introduction you expect at a Fleetwood Mac show, and especially not from Stevie Nicks, creator of the Hollywood Hills hippie-mystic archetype. But tonight is the 82nd gig of their year-long On With the Show tour and Nicks, splendid in trailing black lace, feels they’ve turned a corner in their relationship with Christine McVie. The singer-pianist’s nervousness about rejoining after a 16-year break has given way to wholehearted mucking in. Nodding towards McVie’s keyboard, behind which she is tall and commanding, Nicks roars: “Now I think we can safely say our girl is back!”

Mac returning to their classic configuration is cause for celebration, and not just because it lets us hear one of pop’s great songbooks performed by the five people who wrote it. There’s also the fascination of seeing them accommodate each other: Lindsey Buckingham, Nicks and McVie get equal front-time, and use it in ways that make you wonder how such disparate personalities functioned in the same group.

Photograph: Jim Dyson/Redferns
Photograph: Jim Dyson/Redferns

Nicks is the spell-casting sensualist, reedily fronting Dreams, Rhiannon and Landslide (dedicating the last to her father and singer Adele); Buckingham’s emotional collapse after years of “leading the lifestyle” is re-created in the angular battering he gives Tusk and Big Love. And McVie is somehow veiled and private, even when singing about bliss and its turbulent aftermath on Everywhere and Little Lies. Mick Fleetwood also gets his eventual moment, with a drum solo on World Turning, but he and John McVie are the perfect rhythm section – there without being too there.

There’s nothing to fault except Nicks’s getting so lost in her cocaine-warning song, Gold Dust Woman, that it goes on for a week – time that could have been better spent hearing the blaring Tusk again. Apart from that, it’s just about perfect.

At Genting Arena, Birmingham, 8 June. Box office: 0121-780 4141. Then touring.

Caroline Sullivan / The Guardian / Thursday, May 28, 2015

Adele, Florence Welch watch Fleetwood Mac kick off UK tour in London

Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks dedicated the song “Landslide” to Adele on the opening night of the band’s UK tour.

The group played the first of a run of shows at London’s The O2 last night (May 27), with Nicks addressing the crowd mid-set to talk about her love of British singer, Adele. “She’s from here – you might know her,” commented Nicks. “She’s a fantastic songwriter… I told her ‘you’re going to be me in 40 years, you’re going to still be up onstage doing what you’re doing because of your songwriting’.” The song “Landslide” originally featured on the band’s self-titled 1975 album.

Fleetwood Mac were joined by keyboard player and songwriter Christine McVie, who is now a full-time member of the band again, after first appearing on stage with the group at the same London venue in September 2013 before officially rejoining in January 2014. McVie – who wrote some of the band’s most well known songs – left the band in 1998.

The band arrived onstage at 8.15pm and played a 22 song, hit-packed set to a sold out crowd. Opening with “The Chain,” it was followed by “You Make Loving Fun” after which Christine McVie commented: “Thanks very much London, it’s great to be here.” Stevie Nicks then explained that it was the 82nd show of their current tour. “And now on show 82 I think we can safely say that our girl is back!,” she added, gesturing to McVie.

Following “Rhiannon,” McVie addressed the crowd once more. “I can’t tell you what a thrill it is to be on the stage with these wonderful musicians who I consider my family,” she said. “You don’t get this chance many times in life – I got it twice.” The band then started a mass sing-along with “Everywhere.” Guitar player Lindsey Buckingham later spoke about “the return of the beautiful Christine” and called it “a karmic, circular moment”.

Later, for the songs “Over My Head” and “Gypsy,” drummer Mick Fleetwood swapped his large kit for a smaller one at the front of the stage, which Christine McVie referred to as a “cocktail kit”. During “World Turning” he embarked on an epic drum solo, much to the delight of the crowd. “Shit, this is a huge, massive place,” he remarked towards the end.

Following the show, both Adele and Florence And The Machine’s Florence Welch were pictured backstage with Stevie Nicks. See those photos beneath.

Leonie Cooper / NME (UK) May 28, 2015

REVIEW: ‘Nothing less than extraordinary’

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac, O2 Arena

The soap opera of the band member’s personal lives has always lent a certain depth and texture to Fleetwood Mac, says Neil McCormick

“The Chain” made for a suitably dramatic opening, showing off the restored Fleetwood Mac to full effect with that fantastic bass, thunderous drums, blood quickening guitar solo and gorgeous wall of harmonies insisting the chain cannot be broken. Going straight into “You Make Loving Fun” drove the point home, showcasing Christine McVie’s smooth vocal and funky keyboards. “I think we can safely say our girl is back” trilled Stevie Nicks.

This tour marks the full reunion of the classic line-up, with the return of Christine McVie after 16 years. The band have become almost the definition of a heritage act in her absence, regularly touring sets of their greatest hits to nostalgic audiences, so you can’t really say she was missed. But there is no doubt she restores some balance, both in musical and pop cultural terms.

Musically, she takes some of the weight off virtuoso guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, her smooth, lush pop songs softening his sharper arty edges. Flowing gems as potent as “Everywhere,” “Little Lies” and “Songbird” were restored to their rightful place in the centre of a Fleetwood set and for that alone audiences have reason to be grateful. But there is a sense too that the dysfunctional family is back together, healing old wounds with the balm of time and music, a message that, in itself, speaks volumes to lifelong fans

Fleetwood Mac make much of their history of “ups and downs” as Buckingham puts it. Now that Christine is back playing again with ex-husband bassist John McVie there are three former couples on stage, if you take into account that drummer Mick Fleetwood romanced singer Nicks behind the back of Buckingham. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” Buckingham insisted, and seemed intent on proving it with a playful yet dramatically full blooded duet with his ex on Never Going Back Again.

The soap opera has always lent a certain depth and texture to Fleetwood Mac but, frankly, a little less chatter and a little more playing would be my only suggestion. There were speeches even after the encores. Yet it feels churlish to complain. Precious few bands have contained the range of vocal, stylistic and songwriting talent of the Mac, and even the inevitable inclusion of a new song didn’t start a queue for the toilets. With that taut, explosive rhythm section, Buckingham’s imaginative flair, Nicks’ wildcard charisma and Christine McVie’s singalong soulfulness restored to the heart of the matter, there is really no way this band could be anything less than extraordinary. A lusty mass singalong of “Don’t Stop” spoke volumes about how their audience felt about the return of the Mac.

Neil McCormick / The Telegraph / Tuesday, May 27, 2015

VIDEOS: Fleetwood Mac rocks star-studded London opener

Fleetwood Mac kicks off European tour before a capacity crowd at London’s O2

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Fleetwood Mac kicked off Leg 3 of the On With The Show Tour on Tuesday night, performing the first of six non-consecutive shows at The O2 Arena in London.

Highlights

Before launching into the Tusk section of the set list, Lindsey cheekily told the London audience that Fleetwood Mac was a band that had its share of well-documented ups and downs, which generated collective laughter from the crowd. “I think it’s safe to say that we are a group of individuals and a band that has seen its share of ups and downs, most of them quite well documented,” Lindsey said. “But I think that also is what makes us who we are because what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Stevie dedicated “Landslide” to British artist Adele. “She is a spectacular songwriter. I told her, you’re gonna be me in 40 years, you know, still up there on stage doing this because of your songs. It’s what will take you all the way. So anyway, Adele, this is for you. It’s called ‘Landslide'” Adele later tweeted about meeting Stevie at the show, calling it the best night of her life and Stevie the “queen of melodies.”

While in London, Stevie also schmoozed with Florence Welch of Florence and The Machine. See both Adele and Florence’s tweets below.

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SHOW NUMBER

DATE

LOCATION

VENUE

82 May 28 London O2 Arena

Videos

Thanks to cdparky1, Gigs, Derek Smalls, and The Gig Channel for sharing these videos!

The Chain (Gigs)

You Make Loving Fun (Gigs)

Dreams (The Gig Channel)

Second Hand News (The Gig Channel)

Rhiannon (The Gig Channel)

Everywhere (cdparky1)

I Know I’m Not Wrong (The Gig Channel)

Tusk (Gigs)

Sisters of the Moon (The Gig Channel)

Say You Love Me (The Gig Channel)

Big Love (Gigs)

Landslide (The Gig Channel)

Never Going Back Again (The Gig Channel)

Over My Head (The Gig Channel)

Gypsy with story (The Gig Channel)

Little Lies (Gigs)

Gold Dust Woman (The Gig Channel)

I’m So Afraid (The Gig Channel)

Go Your Own Way (Gigs)

World Turning (The Gig Channel)

Don’t Stop (Derek Smalls)

Don’t Stop (Gigs)

Silver Springs (The Gig Channel)

Songbird (cdparky1)

Songbird (The Gig Channel)

Reviews

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