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Old 11-12-2017, 09:21 AM
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Don't feel bad about reviewing the audience. They're part of the experience. I will never understand people who sit passively in the presence of musical greatness. Too Far Gone is so kick ass live--same with Tusk. Your attempt to get people on their feet for ISA makes me smile. GYOW is so well known you'd think that song would do it. Who wouldn't seize the opportunity to touch Lindsey's guitar?! I don't understand it either. But even with a crummy audience it was fabulous!! Glad you saw them and posted your review. Crank their music today and relive the show!
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Old 11-12-2017, 09:43 AM
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[quote=button-lip;1218526]I'm sure if some of us here meet for a concert we would have such an amazing time! Because we agree on so many things!

I also don't understand the drinking/eating process once you're there! How can you be so hungry that you can't wait for the concert to be over?

Don't you wish they'd do a show for die hard fans only!! OMG that would be the best. I've been going to concerts for decades and I don't remember the eating thing being so prevalent. Maybe I never paid attention to it or it was the type of shows I was going to. Food is good but it's not a big priority--the music is the main focus. Who's even thinking about food when you're groovin to the music--once the band walks on stage food is not even a thought.
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Old 11-12-2017, 10:03 AM
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Here is my rule of thumb. If you are in the first 10 rows, you should be prepared to stand at least half the time. Otherwise don't buy those tickets. Some concerts I don't want to stand and look for side seats. But my shock was the people in the front 2 rows who were the ones allowed to touch the stage just sat there.
I loved the sound last night. I actually wish they had a live CD. Lindsey is such a show man. He is SO into the music and performance. I felt he kept looking for that connection with the audience but could not get it.

Speaking of a concert for die hard fans. I was listening to Stern last week and they were talking about a NYC concert with Bruce Springsteen in a tiny theater. I think it held a thousand. Tickets were almost 2 thousand dollars. No cell phones were allowed. And if you went to the bathroom, you could not go back to your seat until the music stopped. Everyone said it was like having Bruce in your living room because it was so intimate. I would love to see something like this with the Mac.
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Old 11-12-2017, 10:14 AM
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Agree 100% with your rule of thumb. At the Milwaukee show it was only after the girl in my row ran up to the vampires in the front row that everyone got up. A live CD---be still my beating heart. Oh, that would be divine.
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Old 11-12-2017, 10:27 AM
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I believe that casino gigs are often lame. Mostly comped tickets, to VERY casual fans, so they're not going to be rocking out.

AND, very casual fans probably have zero interest in hearing their new material, so they're not hyped for it like we'd be!

BTW, she still had the baseball bat last Sunday in Louisville. She picked it up, but only showed it to him(didn't shake it at him).
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Old 11-12-2017, 12:19 PM
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What a great concert. I have listened to the CD a million times and watched so many videos on youtube of the live performance but was still blown away from the live sound.
They really love being an artist, creating new music, and performing new music. Christine sounded really good. The sound on youtube makes her voice sound weak. She's still got it and was so strong. She struggled on some high notes but she still went for them and did them. Its so rare to see Chris at such a concert. Her keyboards are front center stage and she looks directly at the audience. I have never seen her so playful, dancing, and having a good time on stage. I was in the 7th row center and you could see both of them looking out engaging the audience. This is something that really cant be done with the Mac on such a large venue. No set list changes and I wont post anything other than Hold Me sounded really good. The sound on youtube is so off so it gives you a false perception. They played like a well oiled machine. Christine's baseball bat is gone but she still eggs Lindsey on and was playing her microphone stand like a flute which was cute. I just love to watch Christine smile and she did lots of it last night.
Ok now let me get out my flame thrower. The crowd was lame and horrible. There was great attendance and the arena was nearly full. However they were DEAD. The venue is a casino which probably comps many of their big spenders with rooms and concert tickets. Maybe this explains it? It was embarrassing. I was in the 7th row and there were so many empty seats from rows 3 to 6. The people who had these seats never bothered to show up or give them away. During the concert some of these seats filled up with people moving up. Security was seated in row 3 to prevent anyone from going to the stage (like it was going to happen with this crowd?). Just how bad was the crowd? The crowd never stood up on the floor until Go Your Own Way. Some of these geezers probably would not get up for a fire drill. I kept hoping things would change. When it did not happen for Too Far Gone, my next hope was Tusk. Nope. I sensed Lindsey was looking for his crowd participation. During Hold Me the couple next to me stood up, embraced and sang along. Some geezer on a rampage was screaming SIT DOWN, SIT DOWN, SIT DOWN. He was so full of rage that I actually was afraid to turn and look at him. Things got worse. The couple stood again for Little Lies and the guy standing turned around and gave a death stare to the old geezer like "I dare you to say something." The front rows must set the standard. They must stand so its a domino effect. NO ONE in the front row would ever stand. EVER! Now for the 2 most depressing parts of the crowd. During "I'm So Afraid" I could not take it anymore and towards the end I stood up to applaud and turned around and told everyone to stand up and used hand gestures. NOPE. That did not work either. After the song, most of the front floor did a standing ovation but there were so many in the front rows seated. Now for the saddest part. You know its a lame crowd that during the end of Go Your Own Way Lindsey could not find anyone to strum his guitar. This is a staple of every show with him doing it twice on each side of the stage. I felt so bad and was wondering what he was thinking. Even between songs, the crowd was not that appreciative and things got pretty quiet. I hate to spend so much time of the review on the crowd but they were pathetic. Even Christine at times would come over to the side of the stage hoping to engage someone but there were no takers. The size of the crowd was very good but many of them acted as if they were at a funeral. During Go Your Own way and Everywhere the front floor did get up and dance and sing. When I turned to the sides of the arena who had great seats, they were sill seated.
The music was just so incredible. I really would not have changed too much except maybe dropping one or two acoustic songs. How cool would it have been for the show to open up with WRONG. That song is so autobiographical about Lindsey not wanting to play the hits in a big machine band. It really could have made a statement on this tour. Its also a great rocker. I also wish Lindsey would have forced Christine to do one or two solo songs. But as they say....You cant always get what you want

Edit: I must say one thing about concert goers today. Put down the phone and enjoy the concert experience. You are not even watching anything live but through your phone and its a distraction for yourself and others. In addition what's with all this food. I was a teenager in the 80s. I don't even remember having a coke during a concert. The concession stands were extremely limited. If it was a metal concert they did not sell beer. But most other concerts you could get beer. Are all venues like this today? You should have seen the giant buckets of popcorn, trays of food, hot dogs, nachos, etc that everyone is carrying into the arena. Are they going camping or going to a concert? The smell of people eating hot dogs around me made me nauseous. 6 months ago at the Blondie/Garbage concert there were some taking video or selfies and their flashlight came on their phone. They were blinding everyone and they don't know how to turn off the light. Last night there was some woman texting in front of me about her kids. Its just a shame what we have all become. I read that last week in Australia Stevie Nicks told a guy in the front row to stop filming her. Kudos to her! I wish they banned phones from concerts.

You're right, the amount of food brought in was ridiculous!
Well, I was in the 11th row and from there to about row 16, stage left side...
we danced and stood for most of the show! The woman behind me was a TOTAL LB fan! We expressed to LB our feeings of love and being a guitar god quite frequently! Lol
There were A LOT of ooolllldddd peeps there though. I'm 52 and I felt young! Luckily, I was in a pocket of the audience where we liked to dance


I was curious how the show smoothed out since the first night on the tour. They worked out Hold Me cuz in Atlanta, the vocals were cringe worthy. Little Lies, I thought, were a bit shaky. CM seemed more comfortable and sounded better with the newer songs. Of course my beloved LB was fabulous, as always. The sound mix was much more cohesive too.

The opening band was wonderful! They mentioned several times how thankful they were to LB and CM to be touring with them. And they gave a shout out to the Vets in the audience.

The cutest moment though was in the security line to get in, I was behind a little boy, about 10, his grandparents were taking him to the show, well... He was a huge LB fan! He was soooo excited to see his guitar hero live! He went on and on how nobody plays like LB!

Overall, it was a good show. They looked like they were having a good time. I know I did!
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Old 11-12-2017, 01:02 PM
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That's great you had so much fun! My grandparents were wonderful but they weren't taking me to concerts when I was 10. Lucky kid.
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Hold Me was flawless. I never thought the song could sound so good live. Its really a treasure. I loved watching Christine mouth so many words when Lindsey was singing Trouble, Never Going Back Again, or Go Your own way.
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Old 11-12-2017, 05:17 PM
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Hold Me was flawless. I never thought the song could sound so good live. Its really a treasure. I loved watching Christine mouth so many words when Lindsey was singing Trouble, Never Going Back Again, or Go Your own way.
OMG, me too! I love watching her singing his songs! It shows what a good friend/band partner she is!
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The cutest moment though was in the security line to get in, I was behind a little boy, about 10, his grandparents were taking him to the show, well... He was a huge LB fan! He was soooo excited to see his guitar hero live! He went on and on how nobody plays like LB!
so cute, too bad the boy couldn't actually have a chance to strum Lindsey's guitar - both he and LB would have loved the experience!

i was watching someone's periscope of GYOW and wondering how come nobody's coming to the stage and thought there must be a rail. that's nuts that nobody went to the stage for it!
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Christine McVie is ready to stomp her feet at Hard Rock Live



Ben Crandell. By Ben Crandell•Contact Reporter
SouthFlorida.com


November 8, 2017, 9:20 AM



On the phone from London is the smoky voice that caused millions of volume knobs to be turned up ever so slightly in the mid 1970s when “Over My Head” put Fleetwood Mac on the pop-radio map. No longer the Greta Garbo of rock ’n’ roll, Christine McVie sounds energized by the new album of music she has created with Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and what this musical relationship, interrupted by her 15 years in semi-retirement, may yield.

But she understands the question. She’s a Fleetwood Mac fan, too.


Her critically praised 10-song album, titled “Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie,” was recorded in the same Los Angeles studio where Fleetwood Mac made their 1980 album “Tusk.” In these new sessions, Buckingham and McVie were joined by Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, which would be four-fifths of the lineup that made Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours,” one of the top-selling albums of all time.



It has been nearly 30 years since that classic quintet, including Stevie Nicks, released a studio album, 1987’s “Tango in the Night.” So how close are we to a new Fleetwood Mac album? Sounds like it wouldn’t take much.

“It wouldn’t take much, in theory. But you’ve got to think about all the logistics,” says McVie, describing a tangle of projects that include her shows with Buckingham, Stevie Nicks’ tour in Australia, and imminent rehearsals for a 2018 Fleetwood Mac world tour. “It would have to be after the world tour, and that would likely take a year. Everyone is making plans, and you just don’t know. I don’t think anybody can answer that question.”

McVie’s focus these days is firmly on the present, how dramatically her life has changed since her reunion with Fleetwood Mac before the band’s massively popular On With the Show tour in 2014. She and Buckingham began recording McVie’s songs before rehearsals for that tour.

Who started the conversation between you and Lindsey Buckingham about recording an album?

I hadn’t really written anything in a long time, because I’d left the band for 15 years. I just sort of put my piano down. But I started writing songs again and I sent them to Lindsey. My demos are terrible, just piano, a drum machine, and me. He worked on them in his studio, and he said why don’t you come over before the rehearsals and we can go into the studio and record them. John and Mick were in town. We had no album plans at all. Just record some songs that I’d written. … And I loved what he was doing with them. I just put myself in his hands musically, and let him do his thing. … I trust him musically. I feel safe with him.

Did you go into the studio with any trepidation? Or was it like slipping on old shoes?


When you haven’t worked with someone for so long, you wonder, especially me, who had stopped playing pretty much altogether, would there be any chemistry left? I didn’t know how my chops were going to be, my voice or anything. But it was pretty instantaneous.

This was the same studio where Fleetwood Mac recorded “Tusk.” Did that have an effect on the music?

Nothing had changed. Absolutely everything looked just the same. Lindsey was quite emotionally moved by it, and Mick. I don’t think it affected me personally. I was much more in awe of being back in the music world, really. I saw the nostalgia of it, but I was more interested in the present than in the past.

Several songs on the album — “Red Sun,” “Game of Pretend,” “Too Far Gone” — sound like vintage Fleetwood Mac. Is there a new song that gives you particular pleasure to perform?

“Too Far Gone,” I’d say. It’s phenomenal, because it’s a real foot-stomper, and I get to stand up and sing, and it’s probably the raunchiest kind of thing that I’ve ever done live. The audience pretty much goes bananas, because the band sounds great. It’s a rocking band.

You also put a spin on some Fleetwood Mac songs, including “Little Lies” and “Hold Me,” on this tour.

“Hold Me” is more rock ’n’ roll [on tour]. It’s a little bit sweeter on the record, but when we play it live, it’s just a bit more foot-stomping. As long as I can stomp my feet, I feel young. And I make sure I wear comfortable boots to do it [laughs].

You took the long sabbatical from Fleetwood Mac. What did that space give you, and what did you miss about being in the band?

Well, now that I’m back, just about everything. The camaraderie, the music, the flamboyance. Lindsey and I on the road are quite just as you see us. Quite structured, I would say. The flamboyance of Fleetwood Mac is Mick and Stevie. And you never know. It goes in waves onstage, waves of drama, melodrama, God knows what. And you just pray that you get from the beginning to the end without anything going wrong. And I mean that in a good way. It’s chaos and flamboyance to the nth degree, but it’s fantastic.

Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham will perform 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, in Hollywood. Tickets cost $40-$155. Call 800-745-3000 or go to MyHRL.com.
Always fun to read Christine interviews. Though I wonder why she feels the urge to deprecate herself each time she gives one. "My demos are terrible." Well, having listened to a few of them through the years, I disagree. They are straightforward and effective.
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