REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac @ Verizon Arena

Nearly every member of Fleetwood Mac apologized for postponing the scheduled March 11 show at Verizon Arena because of an undisclosed sickness in the band. No one in attendance April 19 seemed to care. Better late than never. A near-capacity crowd of 12,884 sang, danced, yelled, laughed and maybe even shed a tear or two as the legendary band that has churned out hits since the mid-1970s performed 22 of their popular songs.

Twenty-two songs. We aren’t talking about kids up there belting out tunes, hammering out guitar rifts and playing the drums with reckless abandon that Tommy Lee, in his prime, would’ve been jealous of.

The deeper the show went, the stronger the group performed and the more raucous the large crowd became. One of the highlights came when Mick Fleetwood performed a drum solo on “World Turning” that seemed to go on for a half hour. Kudos to the directors who weaved different camera angles of Fleetwood on the video boards to give off a psychedelic vibe. While Fleetwood did his thing and chanted to the crowd, who responded, “day-aye-aye-oh,” and such, the rest of the band rested, including guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, who laid down off to the side of the stage and chatted with fans.

That was the first song of the encore and Fleetwood hammered the skins like it was the first number of the night, much to the delight of the fans. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members concluded the show with popular hits “Don’t Stop” and “Silver Springs,” respectively.

Even with a wealth of hits, the band members were able to play most of their popular songs including “Chain”, which opened the night, “Rhiannon,” “Dreams,” “Tusk,” “Second Hand News,” “Landslide,” “Big Love” and, of course, “Go Your Own Way,” which ended the regular set. As expected, many in the crowd sang along and danced, and when the song ended and the band walked off the stage, many began to stomp and clap, ready for more.

There were some notable omissions such as “Think About Me,” “Seven Wonders” and “Song Bird,” but 22 songs in 2 1/2 hours is commendable and most, even die-hards, I’m sure, left happy.

There was no opener or intermission and not a great deal of conversation, but each member had the chance to grab the mic. All of the members welcomed Christine McVie back to the fray after an extended absence. Stevie Nicks offered a great nugget when she told the back story of the Velvet Underground mention in “Gypsy.”

In 1968, Nicks was playing in a band in the San Francisco area and saved as much money as she could to go shopping at the trendy Velvet Underground. Even with a hefty savings, she couldn’t afford anything in the store. She says she left the store that day determined to return and “buy anything she wanted” in the store.

She encouraged the crowd to find that “Velvet Underground moment” in their lives and don’t listen to naysayers as they strive to make their dreams come true.

Verizon Arena has seen its fair share of memorable moments since its opening in 1999. However, with a legendary band playing its best and a large, appreciative crowd cheering them on, it had to make this performance rank among some of the better ones in arena history.

Sydney Frames / Sync Weekly / Tuesday, April 21, 2015

REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac fans flames of past

Sunday night proved better late than never for Fleetwood Mac fans, who had been waiting since March 11 to see the legendary band of men and women who have somehow managed to keep their long-running band afloat, despite what the group’s guitarist, Lindsey Buckingham, described as their “well-documented ups and downs.”

Before the 12,844 fans who came close to packing Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Fleetwood Mac showed over the course of a 2 1/2-hour show that its members can still rock with the best of anyone, past or present. Postponed on March 11, due to an undisclosed illness of an unidentified member, the “On With the Show Tour” — arrived in Little Rock, finally, for the 81st and final show in the United States before a break followed by the European leg of the tour.

Though the band had played at Verizon in June 2013 and 15 of the 22 songs they performed Sunday night were also performed at that 2013 show, there was one major difference between the two shows: singer/keyboardist Christine McVie ended her 18 years of retirement and rejoined the band, giving them the lineup that had been responsible for hit after hit.

The Cake Cupery
The Cake Cupery

McVie soared on “You Make Loving Fun,” “Say You Love Me,” “Little Lies” and especially, “Over My Head” and even played accordion on “Tusk.” Stevie Nicks, seeming to be in better condition or spirits than two years ago, served up fine versions of “Rhiannon,” “Sisters of the Moon,” “Landslide,” “Gold Dust Woman,” “Gypsy,” “Go Your Own Way” and “Never Going Back Again.”

McVie, Buckingham and Nicks, who were all wearing black outfits, provided vocals, and drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, though more colorfully attired, provided a firm foundation for the singers.

Buckingham’s guitar skills were again on display as he prowled the stage like a feral cat. Indeed, Buckingham, who has a fine voice, could have almost been the show all by himself. Whether he was playing acoustic or electric guitar, Buckingham delivered perhaps the finest display of guitar prowess ever on display in Verizon Arena, and threw in some body language that could have originated in the worlds of athletics or dance.

The Cake Cupery
The Cake Cupery

Fleetwood showed off his drumming skills throughout the show, especially on “World Turning,” the first of three encore songs that also included “Don’t Stop” and “Silver Springs.” The concert was further enhanced by some of the best light show and camera work ever seen in a rock concert this side of Pink Floyd.

Savoring the moment, after the last note, Fleetwood promised that “The Mac is back,” perhaps hinting that more new music would someday emerge from the talented songwriting triumvirate of Buckingham, Nicks and Christine McVie.

Jack W. Hill / Democrat-Gazette / Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Leg 2 ends in North Little Rock

Fleetwood Mac performed in North Little Rock, Arkansas, on Sunday night, ending Leg 2 of the On With The Show Tour and completing 81 shows overall. The band made good on a promise to return to Verizon Arena after postponing the original March 11 show due to band illness.

Since September 2014, the On With The Show Tour has grossed $120 million and ranks among the Top 20 Global Tours, according to Billboard Boxscore. The band will take a month off before kicking off Leg 3 of the tour, a sweep through the European union starting on May 27.

Date Venue Location Reviews Show # Total
Sunday, April 19, 2015 Verizon Arena North Little Rock, Arkansas
  1. Democrat-Gazette
  2. Sync Weekly
41 81

 

Videos

Don’t Stop (June Garner)

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

Fleetwood Mac concert at Verizon Arena postponed

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — Fleetwood Mac’s tour stop in North Little Rock has been postponed, according to officials.

Jana DeGeorge with Verizon Arena said late Tuesday night that the Wednesday show has been postponed due to illness.

Details of a new date will reportedly be released soon.

THV 11 / Tuesday, March 10, 2015


The news was first reported on Verizon Arena‘s Facebook page and stated:

“The March 11th, Fleetwood Mac “On With the Show” tour date at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, AR has been postponed to a later date, due to an illness. Details of a new date will be announced soon.”

 

Clintons rock out to Fleetwood Mac at North Little Rock concert (videos)

(courtesy of culinaryherb)

See more videos from the show, including Fleetwood Mac’s performance of “Don’t Stop,” below.

Bill and Hillary Clinton attended Friday night's Fleetwood Mac concert in North Little Rock. Fellow concert revelers spotted the power couple, conspicuously seated in section 121 of Verizon Arena. (Paige LaFleur)
Bill and Hillary Clinton attended Friday night’s Fleetwood Mac concert in North Little Rock. Fellow concert revelers rushed to take pictures of the power couple, conspicuously seated in section 121 of Verizon Arena. (Paige LaFleur)
Bill Clinton gives one of many standing ovations. (Cyrilla Owle)
Bill Clinton gives one of many standing ovations at Friday night’s Fleetwood Mac concert. Hillary Clinton is seated to the left of him. (Cyrilla Owle)
Verizon Arena welcomes the Clintons with a commemorative poster at the Fleetwood Mac concert.
Verizon Arena welcomes the Clintons with a commemorative poster at the Fleetwood Mac concert. (Verizon Arena)

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16th SHOW: Fleetwood Mac, Verizon Arena, North Little Rock AR, May 3, 2013

Fleetwood Mac peformed in concert at the Verizon Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas, on Friday night. With no opening act, the band played for two-and-a-half hours, performing all 23 songs on the current set list. The band also had the honor of performing for surprise guests former President Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton, who were seated in an arena box in section 121. The Clintons appeared to be having a great time, applauding often and giving the band many standing ovations, one of which appropriately occurred when they played Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential election campaign song “Don’t Stop.” Mick Fleetwood dedicated the song to “these two lovely people.”

Earlier in the day, the Clintons attended the dedication of Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport, the first major airport in the country to be named after a president and first lady.

Fleetwood Mac’s next stop is New Orleans, where they will headline the Acura Stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday afternoon. The band is scheduled to take the stage at 4:40 p.m. After the festival show, Fleetwood Mac will take a short break as they prepare for a one-week tour of central and western Canada, which starts in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 12 and ends in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 19. One last Canadian show is scheduled for June 18 in Montréal, Quebec.

Fan photos

Fan reaction (via Twitter)

@jennifertnoel
I can literally see #stevienicks this is soooo awesome!! #FleetwoodMac #northlittlerock

@SharpTusk
AWESOME the whole crowd singing to The Chain!

@jalexjones1992
Stevie’s still got it!! #fleetwoodmac #littlerock

@CliftonAirdHyde
Lindsey Buckingham is F*CKING AWESOME #fleetwoodmac

@ashrich01
One word #inspiration #fleetwoodmac #stevienicks . Enough said !!!!!!!!

@hilarydemillo
Lindsey Buckingham still has it. Pretty incredible solo on Big Love. #FleetwoodMac

@DylanBarnett4
Just heard Stevie Nicks play Landslide live. I think I’m okay with dieing now #born30yearstoolate #fleetwoodmac

‏@jlynn527
Well. I may have just sobbed. #fleetwoodmac

@JustinLewisKATV
#FleetwoodMac playing song to President Bill Clinton & Hillary who are here in attendance. #dontstopthinkingabouttomorrow

@killahipps
Just saw the legendary @fleetwoodmac & special guest @billclinton!

@paigelafleur
Bill and Hillary Clinton are here…nbd #FleetwoodMac

@jimharris360
Wow Clinton and Hillary are here. And of course #FleetwoodMac plays “Don’t Stop”

@jonesbaby
As I suspected, Bill & Hilary were at the Fleetwood Mac concert. They were in town for the @LITAirport dedication today

@imuhmanduh
Oh hey, Bill & Hilary Clinton. #guestappearances #fleetwoodmac

@melindacoxhall
@xrvolume They brought the house down!! Awesome concert! Bill Clinton is here! #LittleRock #fleetwoodmac @fleetwoodmac #music #RockOn

@brittneyyy_lane
The best concert of my entire life. Stevie is an angel, Lindsay is a rock god, Mick is the best and John is still going strong #fleetwoodmac

@golddust27
Bill& Hillary were at Fleetwood Mac. Not shocking, he loves them. What’s shocking? How SHITTY their seats were.

North Little Rock set list (unchanged since 4/26/13)

  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 (second encore)
  23. Say Goodbye

Videos

3. Dreams (courtesy of tvanland56)

5. Rhiannon (courtesy of schuyller)

11. Landslide (courtesy of tvanland56)

11. Landslide (courtesy indufan)

16. Gold Dust Woman (courtesy of indufan)

20. Don’t Stop (courtesy of Dan Cassidy)

22. Silver Springs (courtesy of neaots)

Special thanks to Dan Cassidy, culinaryherb, indufan, neaots, and tvanland56 for making these clips available.

CONCERT REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac rocks Little Rock

Band on 48-city anniversary tour

(Kathryn Miles)
(Kathryn Miles)

By Joe Miles / Baxter Bulletin
Monday, May 6, 2013

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Fleetwood Mac brought their iconic sound to central Arkansas Friday night as part of a 48-city North American tour celebrating the 35th anniversary of the band’s prolific album Rumours, which was the best-selling album of all time the year of its release.

The group played to a sold-out crowd of 14,613 jubilant fans at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena. This tour brings the band members back together for the first time in three years.

They opened the show with three songs from Rumours, beginning with “Second Hand News” featuring a rambunctious drumming introduction by band leader Mick Fleetwood and the vocals of lead guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.

The rousing opening was followed by “The Chain” and “Dreams,” with Stevie Nicks bringing her unique vocals and mystical stage presence to the forefront.

Bassist John McVie was a quiet master of rhythm throughout the 23-song set that included two encores.

Buckingham stole the show with several guitar improvisations, especially during an acoustical set that included songs “Big Love” and “Landslide.” The group also performed “Sad Angel” and “Without You” from their recently released EP — aptly entitled Extended Play — that contains the band’s first newly released material in 10 years.

The first encore featured a rousing rendition of “World Turning” and “Don’t Stop (Thinkin’ About Tomorrow),” a song closely associated with the 1992 campaign of President Bill Clinton.

Band leader Fleetwood introduced band members and background vocalists, concluding with accolades for the former president and wife, Hillary Clinton, the nation’s former Secretary of State, who were in the audience.

The band returned to the stage for a second encore, ending the evening with the ballad “Say Goodbye.”

Buckingham’s guitar work, Nicks’ vocals and the band’s interaction with the crowd stirred up one of the most memorable rock and roll shows Arkansas has seen.

“The Mac is back!” Fleetwood yelled as he left the stage.