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.

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96 Saturday, June 26, 2015 London, England The O2
Gary Barnett
Gary Barnett
Paul King
Paul King
Paul King
Paul King
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 6/24: The O2, London (Night 4)

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

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94 Wednesday, June 24, 2015 London, England The O2
RAX1Music
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: Fleetwood Mac, Reunion Tour, O2 Arena

Balance restored as a magnificent five-piece, but they could still talk less.

Rating: 4/5 stars
To begin at the very bizarre ending. Fleetwood Mac, finally reincarnated as a five-piece with Christine McVie back stage right on luscious vocals and keyboards, had just thrashed out a show of great finesse for two hours. It had all gone peachily. McVie, the band’s original songbird, was given a last lovely encore – “For You” – sung solo on a grand piano. It should have been the last word. Many were already going, or gone.

But after one last bow Stevie Nicks, looking as ever like an accident in a taffeta factory, had a rambling tale to tell about McVie’s prodigal return to the band after 16 years. This bathetic oration lasted about three minutes. Then Mick Fleetwood, perhaps refusing to cede the last word to anyone else, came out to tell one and all to “take care of yourselves and be kind to one another”.

The band that launched a thousand documentaries has overdosed on the talking cure. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” said Lindsey Buckingham. And of course richer. The reincarnated Mac have been touring since September – this return to the band’s first home was their 82nd date. The McVies have the the right idea. Christine said it was nice to be back, while John, looking like a London dustman after a makeover, never opened his gob. You always know he’s there, though. Fleetwood Mac takes its name from its rhythm section, and last night at the O2 they were loud in the mix from the first thuds of Fleetwood’s bass drum and McVie’s iconic running bassline in “The Chain”. Too loud sometimes: “Rhiannon” should be all about Nicks but was as much about drum and bass.

The return of Christine McVie has restored Mac to equilibrium. A mulch of British rhythm and blues and San Franciscan flower power was held in balance by the more grounded of its two songbirds. For years there’s been nothing to bridge the gap between Fleetwood’s leaning-on-the-lamppost shtick and the larval gush of Californian bullshit coming from moon-sister Nicks and karmic old stoner Buckingham. As the first three songs rolled out from Rumours – “The Chain”, “You Make Loving Fun” and “Thunder” – the band’s three voices were back in sync. McVie’s lovely mumsy alto is still the only known antidote to Nicks’ magnificent mystical foghorn.

Rumours was, as only right and proper, at the heart of this reunion. It still casts a hell of a spell even if no one – not even the three graces on backing vocalists – had the whoomph to hit the high harmonic line in “Second Hand News”. But the oldies don’t have to be carbon copies. In the acoustic interlude, Buckingham led a clever if slightly self-indulgent reinterpretation of “Never Going Down Again”, full of slow slide vocals and delayed entrances.

Such is the giant shadow cast by Rumours that Buckingham wasn’t entirely disingenuous to mention “an album called Tango in the Night”. “Big Love”, full of inchoate back-to-the-woods all-American yowls, was prefaced by his now usual blurb about what the song meant then and means now. There are two Buckinghams, the shaman and the showman. When he wasn’t sharing the fluff in his navel, he spent the night duck-walking in skinny jeans and wigging out like a teenager, climaxing the main set with a guitar solo in which he was, basically, beating off.

There were several sniffs of the band as a work in progress. Fleetwood came to the front to bash a smaller kit for the fivesome’s not-that-great first ever single, “Over My Head”, affording a tantalising glimpse of what it would be like to see them play a club. “Landslide” – Nicks’s lovely lyrics about ageing now truer than ever – was a moment of peace in a stormy night. At the song’s end, she wiped a finger across Buckingham’s sopping brow. There was that much love in the room.

Rumours’ bloated successor Tusk was quoted. The title song, with its marching-band brass blasted out on synths, remains impressively weird. “Sisters of the Moon”, with a colour-boosted Celtic landscape on the back projection, felt like Nicks’s hippy-dippy signature. As the show entered its last quarter, you could be forgiven for assuming Christine McVie had left the band all over again. The set ended with “Go Your Own Way”, before the encore brought what many must have thought they’d been spared, Fleetwood’s demented-magus drum solo. “Don’t Stop” restored order, only for Nicks and Fleetwood to take the song’s message a little too literally with those closing speeches. Not that you should doubt the sentiment. This band has broken a lot of chains in its time. With the links back in place, they are a thing to behold.

Jasper Rees / The Arts Desk / 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