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
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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

Postponed shows rescheduled for April

Verizon Arena has issued the following statement via its Facebook page regarding Fleetwood Mac‘s recent illness-related postponement of the North Little Rock, Arkansas (3/11), and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (3/12), shows:

“The March 12 Fleetwood Mac On With The Show tour date at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City, OK has been postponed and rescheduled for April 17, due to an illness. The band’s previously postponed March 11 show in North Little Rock, AR has been rescheduled for April 19. All tickets for the two shows will be honored on their new dates.”

 

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.”