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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Concert Review: Fleetwood Mac LIVE @ The Hollywood Bowl May 25, 2013

Last night at the world famous Hollywood Bowl in Southern California the classic line-up of Fleetwood Mac took the stage for a night of hits, deep album cuts and even a couple of new songs.

At this stage in their career the band could almost be named like a "law firm" of "Buckingham, Nicks, McVie & Fleetwood" because this current entity is equal in every way.  Mick and John hold down the rhythm section like 2 guys who have been playing together for almost 50 years (because they have been!) while Stevie and Lindsey bring the songs, harmonies and guitar playing.

And while we're on the subject of guitar playing... Lindsey Buckingham is without a doubt the most underrated guitar player of all-time!!  His picking style is like no one else I have ever seen or heard.  Whether he's playing his acoustic guitar with angelic precision on songs like "Never Going Back Again" and "Landslide" or rocking a demon on "Big Love" and "I'm So Afraid" Buckingham puts every ounce of his being into his performance and is truly the guiding force behind this great band.

Stevie Nicks was in great voice.  The cold night air may have made the twirling front woman a little chilly but had absolutely no effect on her performance.  Highlights included "Sara," "Gypsy" and "Silver Springs."

Credit should also be given to the additional four touring band members: guitarist Neale Heywood, keyboardist Brett Tuggle and Stevie's longtime backing vocalists Lori Perry Nicks and Sharon Celani. Their contribution to the live show helped enrich the band's performance and fill the gap left by the now retired Christine McVie.

It should be noted that it has now been 15 years since Christine McVie retired from the band.

Since then the group has forged ahead with 1 new studio album, "Say You Will," and 1 brand new "EP"  and the current tour is their 3rd as a quartet.  McVie's harmonies and lead vocals on songs such as "Over My Head," "You Make Loving Fun" and " Say You Love Me" are missed, but the band continues to please fans with their LIVE performances and, as indicated last night by Mr. Buckingham, has no intention of stopping anytime soon.

I'm already looking ahead to 2017 when the band will most likely tour for the 40th anniversary of their multiplatinum "Rumours" album and maybe - just maybe - Christine will join them too.

Drumroll please... 9 out of 10 drumsticks!!!

- Set List -

Second Hand News
The Chain
Sad Angel (New Song available through iTunes)
Not That Funny
Sisters Of The Moon
Big Love
Never Going Back Again
Without You (New Song available through iTunes)
Eyes Of The World
Gold Dust Woman
I'm So Afraid
Stand Back
Go Your Own Way

Encore 1:
World Turning
Don't Stop

Encore 2:
Silver Springs
Say Goodbye

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