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Old 10-18-2017, 10:41 PM
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Default San Jose/Paso Robles Shows (Oregon Girl =0)

Met a few Ledgies at the SJ show, and really hope to hear from you 2 ladies. I mostly wanted to tell you that I didn't get to meet Chris in PR, and that lady that was so nice to us was nowhere to be seen night 2. I can't help but wonder who she was party to (the venue said not them, but you'd think I'd see her again if she were part of band management) but Chris did sign my photo from the stage. Wasn't the best experience as I fumbled round 1, and round 2 she got exasperated as the pen still had the cap on (like I'm going to let a rogue sharpie near that photo ) Still...these shows were fabulous. I can't get over hearing Shut Us Down live-it just never gets old for me. Also, Hold Me is a real treat. I saw them in Murphy's earlier this year, but if I had the means I'd be at every show. What a wonderful event to be at. If you'd asked me 20 years ago if I thought I'd see just the 2 of them live 'd have thought it ridiculous.

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Old 10-20-2017, 03:54 PM
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I'm sorry the autograph experience wasn't ideal, but well done for getting it. (I haven't noticed CM signing things).

And, I share your thoughts re: 20 years. The last show that I saw on The Dance tour was the last I thought I'd ever see of Christine.... I'm enjoying every moment these two are together.
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Old 10-20-2017, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by jenniferuk View Post
I'm sorry the autograph experience wasn't ideal, but well done for getting it. (I haven't noticed CM signing things).

And, I share your thoughts re: 20 years. The last show that I saw on The Dance tour was the last I thought I'd ever see of Christine.... I'm enjoying every moment these two are together.
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Old 10-20-2017, 06:57 PM
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Buckingham McVie Play Classic Rock at Vina Robles Amphitheater
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October 15, 2017 | Paso Robles, CA Ė Fans lined up well before the gates opened at the Vina Robles Amphitheater as a beautiful fall sunset painted the sky in myriad colors, Sunday, October 15th in Paso Robles. Arguably the best live music venue in California, the new amphitheater holds about 3000 people. There isnít a bad seat in the house with a lawn section in the back, nearly as popular with patrons as front row tickets. In fact, as music fans funneled in early to the Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie concert, those holding general admission lawn tickets were offered free upgrades closer to the stage. But many preferred to stay in the back to lounge on blankets, enjoying the many offerings from the food and beverage bars.
The venue features a full wine bar where delicious local wine can be purchased by the glass or the bottle. The is also a beer bar with local brews on tap, a coffee bar, a full-service bar, snack bar with organic hamburgers, and wood burning pizza oven. The venue also features large areas of picnic tables and benches so patrons can lounge about the site at their leisure.
Most everyone was arriving for the classic rock show, one of the last concerts of the season, in high spirits. There was considerable camaraderie among the crowd with that relaxed small town feeling permeating the venue infecting both employees and patrons with beaming smiles. The security apologized for the extensive screening process introduced after the recent concert disaster in Las Vegas. But fans thanked the those screening them for keeping them safe time and again as they entered the venue.

The show began at twilight with a 30 minute set by Malibu-based band Wilderado. The four-piece band played some enjoyable tunes marked by pleasant harmonies and a classic rock feel in the vein of The Eagles. But it was the classic rock duo of Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie that the crowd was patiently waiting to see. The Fleetwood Mac veterans arrived on stage 15 minutes ahead of their scheduled 9 PM set time and proceeded to play a two hour set of 19 songs both from their new album and from the extensive Fleetwood Mac songbook. The duo opened their show with a three-song acoustic set without their band. McVie spent most of the night behind her keyboards but came out later in the evening to sing lead. The animated Buckingham began the night seated with an acoustic guitar, but had pranced about nearly every inch of the stage playing innovative guitar solos by the end of the night. The sound system hung high onto the top of the venue exploded to life with nearly perfect sound all throughout the place. The pair opened with Trouble, a song from Buckinghamís first solo album released in 1982, Law and Order. The crowd leaped to their feet for the next tune, Never Going Back Again, from Fleetwood Macís biggest hit album Rumors. That was followed by a lesser-known Fleetwood Mac song, Wish You Were Here, from the 1982 album Mirage, which had never been played live by the band before this year.

The four-man band then emerged to join Buckingham and McVie for a blistering version of Shut us Down from Buckinghamís 2006 solo album Under The Skin. The rest of the evening featured songs from Buckingham and McVieís self-titled new album, interspersed with Fleetwood Mac classics. The backing band of veteran musicians featured, Neale Heywood on guitars and background vocals, Brett Tuggle on Keyboards, Guitars and background vocals, Frederico Pol on bass guitar and background vocals, and explosive drummer, Jimmy Paxson.

Buckingham did most of the talking during the evening between songs, explaining how the new album and the tour of the duo had come to fruition. ďThe first surprise happened a few years back, Christine had taken leave of the band Fleetwood Mac forÖ how long?Ē

ďIt was a long time, 15 years,Ē McVie answered, in one of the few times that McVie chatted with the crowd. ďAnd the second surprise was that as a byproduct of returning to Fleetwood Mac, she began getting back into her creative process and sending me bits of song ideas across the pond from London over to Los Angeles. Of course, me being me, I did what I wanted with them.Ē

The new songs blended perfectly with the Fleetwood Mac classics, and at times it was hard to tell if the band was playing something off the new album or a more obscure Fleetwood Mac song like the aforementioned, Wish You Were Here. But, of course, the crowd was elated to hear the most well known Fleetwood Mac hits like the thunderous Tusk, with McVie on accordion or the classic jam rock of Go Your Own Way, with Buckinghamís searing guitar solos.

The show ended near 11 pm with a three-song encore also featuring a mix of Fleetwood Mac and new songs. It was a nearly perfect evening, a bottle of Pinot Noir, slice of gourmet pizza and two hours of incredible music under the stars and crisp, clean air of the Vina Robles Amphitheater.
The final concert of the season features Morrissey on November 5th.

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Nice review. Two hour sets at their age--impressive indeed. I have to remind myself of this when I consider the pre-recorded backing tracks and vocal fills. I mean, they are UP THERE in age and still doing it in their own way, which is at turns quirkily animated (LB) and tantalizingly understated (CM).

I REALLY hope there's another BM album because this sole one has given me endless moments of listening pleasure already. I love it all (except the first song) and feel especially excited each time the last two songs are about to play in succession.
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Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie play Vina Robles Amphitheatre on Oct. 15

Genius and dysfunction seem to intertwine in Fleetwood Mac, arguably one of the most successful bands in rock history. They've sold more than 100 million records including 40 million copies of Rumours (1977), the eighth-highest-selling album of all time, but the band was just as famous for the duel relationship flameouts of John and Christine McVie, and Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

OLD FRIENDS Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie will play songs from their new duet albums as well as classic Fleetwood hits on Oct. 15, at Vina Robles Amphitheatre. - PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN RUSSO

Buckingham stayed with Fleetwood Mac through the years, though he enjoyed a successful solo career at the same time. The entire group disbanded from 1995 to 1997. Christine disappeared into the British countryside in 1998 and didn't return to the band until 2014. It now includes founding members John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, Buckingham, and Nicks, who reformed in 2014 to embark on their On with the Show tour.

To prepare for that tour, Buckingham invited Christine into Studio D of LA's Village Recording Studio, where they recorded Tusk together, to see if they could re-spark their chemistry.

"It wasn't that I was particularly skeptical," Buckingham explained recently during a phone interview, "it's just that we went into the sessions without any agenda. She said she wanted to reconnect with her writing process, and Mick and I thought it would be good to get together early on. She had been sending me bits and pieces of songs she'd been working on, and I had a great feeling about them."

Buckingham, known as a studio wizard and master at fleshing out other people's material, began to massage the songs as well as share songs of his own he'd been working on.

"The other thing is Christine had taken leave of the band for 15 years. It's one thing to correspond across the Atlantic Ocean with her in her particular bubble and me in mine, and it was another to get together in the same room and see if the chemistry was still there, the common bond and vocabulary. A lot of times, once you let that much time go, it can be hard to reclaim that former experience."

Perhaps surprisingly to both, not only did their creative chemistry remain, it seemed to have grown stronger. Their songs clicked together, the voices blended seamlessly, and the songs the session generated were amazing.

"The light bulb went off and we thought, 'Holy crap,'" said Buckingham, "and suddenly we started to think these songs we were working on could be a duet album. It started to take on a life of its own, and we started becoming protective of the songs."

What might have become a new Fleetwood Mac album instead became the eponymously named Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie album, which features Fleetwood founders Mick on drums and John on bass. The pair has already completed a summer U.S. tour, and next week they'll embark on another leg that'll cross the country, with a stop at Vina Robles Amphitheatre on Sunday, Oct. 15 (8 p.m.; all ages; $60 to $100 at

"The album is a departure from the Fleetwood Mac thing and yet it's still completely familiar," Buckingham continued. "We were able to find that spot. What the songs mean to me now is that we were able to navigate a willy-nilly process that happened in fits and starts and still turn it into something cohesive. When we finished we thought, what took us so long [to worked together again]?"

Buckingham just turned 68, and yet he seems as creatively driven as he ever has. McVie is proving there's life after a decade and a half of reclusiveness. They both still have "it," whatever that elusive "it" is. Critical acclaim for their new album is rolling in, but with all he's achieved over his nearly 50-year career, do the accolades mean anything anymore?

"What you try to do is the best job you can," Buckingham said thoughtfully. "We made the album we wanted to make together, an album we wanted to tour with. After you've been in the business awhile, you begin to see that people constantly long for reinforcement, but if you look at every review, it can be a little self-defeating because if you're going to buy into the good reviews, in theory you have to buy into the bad. For me, I've tried not to lose perspective on what I do, my craft as a songwriter. I'm still doing this for a set of reasons and I still have respect for what I do.

"The business model has always been to find the thing people want and to keep giving it to them, but that's an idea we rejected after Rumours when we followed up with Tusk. We rejected the idea of chasing a brand, rejected the corporate formula, and rejected commercialism. I think when that happened, I defined myself for the first time as someone who cared about art and aspired to be an artist, and I've tried over the years to continue to transcend stereotypes."

Also as Vina Robles this week is the return of country star Lee Brice on Saturday, Oct. 7 (8 p.m.; all ages; $45 to $55 at, with opening act Lewis Brice. Last year he sold out the venue, so if you want to go, get tickets quick.
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