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The Star Tribune has a very positive review of Lindsey’s second show. Sorry I tried but couldn’t post the link, but hopefully someone else will. I found it an interesting read- specifically, the reviewer mentions the hardships Lindsey faced with being fired from Fleetwood Mac and his wife filing for divorce, but didn’t mention his heart attack, which was probably the most traumatic life change he experienced during that period.
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x-Fleetwood Mac star Lindsey Buckingham goes his own way to explore his troubles in Twin Cities concert

REVIEW: At Mystic Lake, he focused on solo tunes but didn't ignore Fleetwood Mac hits.

By Jon Bream and Jon Bream Star Tribune SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 — 12:15PM

Rock Hall of Famer Lindsey Buckingham told the crowd Friday night at Mystic Lake Casino Showroom that it's been a challenging three years. We all know about the pandemic for the past year and a half, but what about those other months?

Three times on Friday Buckingham alluded to the trio of tough years but he never explained. Perhaps he was referring to getting fired from Fleetwood Mac in 2018. Open heart surgery in 2019. And his wife of 21 years filing for divorce this summer. Talk about discombobulating bookends to the pandemic.

That's the thing about Buckingham: He keeps things inside until he's ready to explode, usually with a big, bold chorus on a song or a galvanizingly soaring guitar solo at the end of a tune.

And that's what this rock hero did at Mystic Lake, tearing into the choruses of Fleetwood Mac's "Never Going Back Again" and "Go Your Own Way" (messages delivered, even though he wrote those songs decades ago) and unleashing guitar fury with "On the Wrong Side," from his solo portfolio.

Actually, "Wrong Side" will be on his seventh solo effort, "Lindsey Buckingham," due Sept. 17. He explained that the new album was the reason he's on tour again. Buckingham being Buckingham, he pointed out that the album was finished four years ago but never said why it was delayed.

On only the second night of his 30-concert U.S. tour, a few of the five new numbers impressed, even if the five-man band seemed a tad tentative at times. "I Don't Mind" echoed '60s pop, sounding like a Phil Spector production with harmonies arranged by Brian Wilson. Infectiously jittery rhythms fueled "Swan Song," and Buckingham's glistening guitar capped off the boogie rocker "On the Wrong Side" with such ferociousness that he growled "Oh yeah" at song's end.

Lindsey Buckingham is on a 30-concert tour.

In his 105-minute, 20-song performance, Buckingham offered material from all but one of his solo albums. Though he eschewed his 1984 hit "Go Insane," he explored his inner psyche on the swirling moodscape "Stars Are Crazy"; the Orbisonesque "Trouble," with its elegantly melancholy guitar solo; and "I Must Go," a rhythmic groover mesmerizing in its repetition. He utilized a repetitive circular guitar pattern to give "Shut Us Down" a hypnotic trance-like vibe.

Knowing that his concertgoers might be more familiar with his Fleetwood Mac tunes, Buckingham delivered six from the Mac attack with varying success. The emphatic "Never Going Back Again" and the ringing "Big Love" were a potent one-two punch before a section from the new album.

"I'm So Afraid," which Buckingham wrote before he joined Fleetwood Mac but recorded with them in 1975, was a terrific showcase for his versatile finger picking, delving into the blues, some chiming sounds, eloquently painful passages and ultimately tortured tones. With its seething intensity, it was a highlight.

On "Second Hand News," the distinctive harmonies of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie were missed, while "Tusk" was not tight and the drummer was off on "Go Your Own Way" even though Buckingham was in a zone.

The encore was underwhelming in its delicateness: the sweet 2017 Buckingham-McVie tune "Love Is Here to Stay," one of the only happy numbers all night, and the wistful ballad "Time" from the new solo disc.

In introducing "Time," Buckingham said it was the first piece he wrote for the new album four years ago. It had a different meaning originally but "with all the twists and turns," he said, "it's taken on a more visceral context for me."

That was about as forthcoming as he was all night. But the lyrics spoke for the music man about to turn 72 next month: "Time oh good time, where did you go?"

Opening the concert was 19-year-old Utah singer-songwriter Sammy Brue. His too-brief 25-minute, solo acoustic set suggested that the world needs to hear more from this confident, personable performer who has a flair for Neil Young-like songwriting (best line: "Time erases what fear destroys").

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Lindsey Buckingham kicked off his fall tour last night at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee with a 20-song set comprising solo cuts, Fleetwood Mac hits and several songs off his new self-titled album, which comes out later this month.

You can see the full set list and videos from the show below.

The 30-date trek marks Buckingham's first proper tour since he had heart surgery in 2019. His last tour concluded on Dec. 9, 2018, in Bethlehem, Penn.

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Buckingham commenced last night's set with "Not Too Late," the first track off his 2006 solo album Under the Skin. He revisited nearly all of his solo LPs and dusted off some Fleetwood Mac album cuts, including Rumours' "Never Going Back Again" and Fleetwood Mac's "I'm So Afraid." He also played several hits from his former band, including "Go Your Own Way," "Tusk" and "Big Love."

The singer and guitarist debuted five of the 10 songs on his upcoming solo album: "Scream," "I Don't Mind," "On the Wrong Side," "Swan Song" and set closer "Time." Before playing "Scream," he expressed his gratitude to be back onstage.

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"This is an album which we've been trying to get out for a while, but we kept having things get in the way, so we kept having to kick it down the road," he told the audience. "But we are finally here, and you are finally here. and we couldn't be happier. So, though you probably haven't heard these songs too much yet — maybe you've heard a couple of them — but we're gonna do some songs from the new album for you."

Buckingham's solo runs through Dec. 20 in Boulder. You can see the full list of dates here. He will release his new eponymous solo album on Sept. 17.

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1. "Not Too Late"
2. "In Our Own Time"
3. "Soul Drifter"
4. "Stars Are Crazy"
5. "I Must Go"
6. "Doing What I Can"
7. "Shut Us Down"
8. "Trouble"
9. "Never Going Back Again" (Fleetwood Mac song)
10. "Big Love" (Fleetwood Mac song)
11. "Scream"
12. "I Don't Mind"
13. "On the Wrong Side"
14. "Swan Song"
15. "Second Hand News" (Fleetwood Mac song)
16. "Tusk" (Fleetwood Mac song)
17. "I'm So Afraid" (Fleetwood Mac song)
18. "Go Your Own Way" (Fleetwood Mac song)

19. "Love Is Here to Stay" (Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie song)
20. "Time"

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Good for him, seriously! That’s an impressive set list where he spends a healthy amount of space promoting new material.

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Watch: Lindsey Buckingham perform classic Fleetwood Mac tracks live and debut solo material onstage
By Jonathan Horsley about 11 hours ago

The former Fleetwood Mac guitarist/vocalist is playing a set of old and new, including a cover of the Pozo-Secos Singers' Time

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Lindsey Buckingham is on tour across the US right now and the former Fleetwood Mac guitarist/vocalist has been debuting a handful of tracks from his forthcoming solo album alongside a string of Mac classics.

The string of dates kicked off at the Pabst Theater, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 1st September, and a number of fan-filmed tracks have been turning up on YouTube – many with respectable audio.

With Buckingham's upcoming solo album – his first in a decade – scheduled for release on 17 September through Rhino Records, all eyes have been on his setlist. And he has duly obliged in giving fans a first taste of the new material, with five songs from the eponymous album being played each night.

Opening the shows with Not Too Late, from his 2006 solo album Under The Skin, Buckingham's set includes new tracks I Don't Mind, On The Wrong Side, Scream, Swan Song and Time – the latter a show-closing cover of the 1966 psych-folk classic from the Pozo-Seco Singers.

Of the new tracks, Swan Song [above] sounds very interesting. It sees Buckingham play a Latin-inspired figure on his distinctive Turner Model One electric guitar over an electronic beat for what comes across as a work of fusion pop.

As for Time, that seems like a perfect song for Buckingham to cover. His songwriting roots draw heavily from that late 60s folk scene. When introducing the song onstage at Milwaukee, Buckingham said his appreciation of the track has grown. “It was something that had an academic resonance for me but it has been sneaking on these last couple of years with a more visceral meaning,“ he said.

There are six Fleetwood Mac tracks in the set: Tusk, I'm So Afraid, Second Hand News, Big Love, Go Your Own Way and Never Going Back Again. And speaking of going your own way and never going back again, Buckingham has made no secret that his ousting from Fleetwood Mac still rankles, arguing that the split had damaged the band's legacy. That said, he sounds like he would jump at the chance of a reunion.

Only last month, he revealed that he had been speaking to Mick Fleetwood about the possibility, and that he believed the Mac drummer was open to welcoming Buckingham back in fold.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he said he was in regular contact with Fleetwood. “There have been intimations from Mick [Fleetwood], who I've talked to several times, that he wants to try to get the five of us back together,“ he said.

Given that there would need to be some urgent repairs to Buckingham's relationship with singer Stevie Nicks before that could become a reality, we perhaps should not hold our breath. In the meantime, Fleetwood Mac fans will have to make do with his solo performances.

The tour resumes next Tuesday 14 September at Warner Theatre, Washington DC, and Buckingham's self-titled solo album is available to pre-order now. You can check out some YouTube highlights from the tour below.

Go Your Own Way

Second Hand News


Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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Nice to see Soul Drifter in the set. Although his Go Insane from the last tour was so good with the full band, it should have stayed. I wish he would play Wrong. IMHO its a great song and would be great live
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Nice to see Soul Drifter in the set. Although his Go Insane from the last tour was so good with the full band, it should have stayed. I wish he would play Wrong. IMHO its a great song and would be great live
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I threw my bag in the back of Biggie’s car and said, “Where are we staying?” “Oh, I guess I wasn’t clear, we aren’t staying. We’re driving back tonight.” ''So we are driving 3˝ hours to see Lindsey Buckinham and driving straight home, on a Tuesday night?” “Yup.”

When I got the invitation I just assumed it was a guy’s night away sort of thing but turns out it was just another Biggie rock n roll death march. That’s cool. I’ve done hundreds with Watershed and nobody can knock out drives like the big man. Besides, I was honestly surprised how excited I was to see Lindsey Buckingham. I was glad he made it happen.

I don’t know where I stand with Fleetwood Mac. I’m a fan. But upon reflection I’m mostly a fan of Lindsey and his production. Rumors is their best album, but Tusk is my favorite. It’s just so… eccentric. Lindsey vowed not to make Rumors, part 2 and he didn’t disappoint. Tusk was considered a commercial failure, but it is by far their most interesting record. Without that project Fleetwood Mac might be remembered as a band slightly bigger than America but smaller than Crosby, Stills and Nash. Pretty boring.

And yes, for the purposes of this story I am leaving out the pre-Lindsey Mac history with Peter Green and the others.

As for his solo records, except for Out of the Cradle, which used to spin relentlessly at a restaurant I worked at when I was younger, I just listened to this and that. I never really drilled down. That’s why is such an amazing tool to get prepared for a show. I checked out what Lindsey had been playing recently and put a Spotify playlist together. I was so glad I did. Some artists look at what gets the most streams on Spotify and build a set around those with a couple deep tracks thrown in for the hard core fans. It appears Lindsey does the opposite. When he plays solo, he plays what he thinks you should hear, not what you want to hear.

I suppose that statement alone sums up Lindsey Buckingham. And why I admire him so much.

On the drive over we listened to my pre-show mix, a Lindsey interview on WTF, and a Rivals episode on Lindsey and Stevie Nicks. We drove through Pittsburgh and kept going east and eventually wound up in some sketchy neighborhood with folks just sitting on their porches petting their dogs. For a moment I thought we might have put in the wrong address until we saw a big tour bus parked outside what looked like an English Manor high on a hill. Turns out we were at the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead.

Obviously, when you have sold as many records as Lindsey you pick your venue and it was a pretty awesome setting. We had to scramble to find a pre-show watering hole but eventually partied with some secretaries and we split a bloomin’ onion. Like I said, there was nothing around the venue. The House of Blues it wasn’t.

The small theater was intimate and they had set up the Library to serve drinks and all proceeds went to benefit the Library. The bartenders were the librarians. It’s the smartest I ever felt drinking draft beer from a plastic cup.

As I’ve said before, I’m not concert reviewer kinda guy but here are a couple observations:

Lindsey is so freaking musical. Watching him play guitar and sing is like a magic trick. His voice sounded amazing. But back to guitar: you can’t prove he is not the best player on the planet. I swear if Prince were alive and sitting with Biggie and I he would have turned to us and said, “Can you believe this ****ing guy?” I just sat with my jaw agape watching him and his four-piece band run the set.

It should also be noted that for a 71-year old guy who recently went through both a heart attack AND a divorce, he looked great. Or put another way, living well is the best revenge on Stevie Nicks. I bet Lindsey stays in amazing shape just to spite his ex-lover/bandmate. I mean Fleetwood Mac was looking a little worn-out in the cheesy video for “Big Love” and it was released in…. wait for it…. 1987! (I should point out I am not taking sides in the Stevie v Lindsey rivalry. I wish them both well and hope to see them perform together again one day.)

And here is Lindsey doing his mind-blowing version of the same song on this tour THIRTY FOUR YEARS later.

And he played this song. Gives you an appreciation for whatever planet Lindsey lives on. I suspect the guys in his band are pretty good too.

I think the intro to his single “Trouble” says a lot about his musicality. What is he doing? This shouldn’t work but I love it. So weird. And dig the young Lindsey.

His latest record is titled Lindsey Buckingham. I bought a copy last week and it’s excellent. So far this is my favorite tune.

I think this clip sets up the Tusk vibe pretty well. Lindsey bringing the quirky rock n roll to the party. In related news: I’m told cocaine is a helluva drug.

If you want a great look at Lindsey working in the studio with Fleetwood Mac check out the documentary Destiny Rules. I LOVE this clip of Stevie and him discussing lyrics. Skip ahead to 3:30. It’s worth it. I couldn’t figure out how to just start it there myself.

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A library! What a fun venue to see the concert at.
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He raised the roof on the Bijou Theater in Knoxville!! Excellent show. Lindsey hasn't lost anything. His voice was incredibly strong and his picking just gets better and better. Backed by an awesome band as well. I'd see him again in a heartbeat. Good thing about seeing Lindsey, is you get to see him in smaller venues. Not a bad seat in the house, and it's very affordable.
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Concert Review: Lindsey Buckingham at The Theatre at Ace Hotel


Concert Review: Lindsey Buckingham at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Lindsey Buckingham is an American musician best known as the previous lead guitarist and lead male vocalist of the folk-rock music group Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham became the lead guitarist in 1975 and continued until 2018. He has been creating solo music work since 1981. With the release of his latest album, Lindsey Buckingham, this year, Buckingham began his United States tour. The 20th stop on his tour was at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

The theatre was packed—every seat was full of fans waiting to hear their favorite Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac songs. The performance opened with Buckingham and his band—a keyboardist, a bassist, a second guitarist and a synthesizer—entering the stage as blue and purple stage lights illuminated them. As the music began, a spotlight shone on Buckingham, allowing him to stand out from the rest of the band.

The audience erupted in applause and cheers as Buckingham played the first song of the night, “Not Too Late,” off of his 2006 Under The Skin album. The song included a rapid guitar solo that Buckingham played flawlessly; the audience was captivated as they watched his fingers move across the guitar so quickly.

Later on, Buckingham played his song “Stars Are Crazy,” which was met with cheering, dancing and swaying from the audience. The stage was engulfed in blue light that would gradually dim until the chorus began once again, during which the lights would flash intensely bright along with the music.

Right before the seventh song of the set, the band members exited the stage, except for Buckingham, who remained front and center with his guitar. He then expressed his excitement for playing in his hometown of Los Angeles, saying, “We are, needless to say, so thankful to be here tonight. It took us a while to get here, but we finally made it. We’re here, and all of you are here, too. Love it, love it, hometown proud!”

Buckingham then played a number of songs solo, including “Shut Us Down,” “Trouble” and two Fleetwood Mac songs, “Never Going Back Again” and “Big Love.” The solo performance felt intimate, with Buckingham serenading the audience, who reciprocated with cheers, applause and dancing. Throughout the solo portion of the night, Buckingham was illuminated by a single spotlight, giving it an even more personal feel.

After this solo segment, the band returned to the stage to play some new songs off of Buckingham’s new album, including “Scream” and “I Don’t Mind.” Buckingham introduced the songs by explaining that this new album has developed more meaning for the band members because of how long it has taken to be released due to the pandemic and other conflicts. The songs had a more electronic feel than Buckingham’s previous work, with more synthesizer and vocal effects. During the chorus of each song, a choir effect could be heard on the vocals, giving the song even more excitement.

Buckingham played four Fleetwood Mac songs to close out the set, and the audience went wild. They stood up in their rows and danced in aisles, enjoying the nostalgia that came with these songs. Couples slow danced, people waved their arms, friends danced together—it was an energetic and joyful end to the night.

“I’m So Afraid” began with a drum solo, and a spotlight shone on the drummer as he kicked off the song. Eventually, Buckingham also joined it, playing a guitar solo over the drums. The curtains were then illuminated in yellow light, and deep purple stage lights flooded the floor. Buckingham moved to the front of the stage, closest to the audience, as he played his impressive guitar solo. The audience was mesmerized; Buckingham was able to make these intense and quick solos look incredibly easy.

At the end of the final song, “Go Your Own Way,” Buckingham brought his guitar off the stage and allowed audience members standing at the front to strum his guitar. During his solo, he looked out at the audience, seeming to make an effort to look at every single person sitting in the theatre. As the song came to a close, the lights came off the stage and pointed to the audience as they cheered.

The audience waited patiently for an encore, and the wait was worth it as Buckingham, and his band returned to the stage. “You guys are just the best. The hometown, I love it! Great, great night for us; we loved playing for you tonight so much!” Buckingham said as he entered.

Buckingham played the song “Love Is Here to Stay,” a cover of a song he sang with Christine McVie in 2017. The audience stood and swayed along as purple and turquoise lights added a mystical feel to the performance.

The final song of the night was “Time,” a song off of the new album that Buckingham explained had taken on a more “visceral complex” for him as he had waited three years for the album to be released. The song was slow and haunting, almost sounding like a dark lullaby. The audience could feel the emotion behind the song through the passionate softness of Buckingham’s singing. The song finished, and the audience clapped and cheered as Buckingham and his band thanked the crowd and took their bow. The lights flooded the theatre, and the audience filed out, ready to reminisce on this night for years to come.

Set List:

Not Too Late
In Our Own Time
Soul Drifter
Stars Are Crazy
I Must Go
Doing What I Can
Shut Us Down
Never Going Back Again (Fleetwood Mac)
Big Love (Fleetwood Mac)
I Don’t Mind
On The Wrong Side
Swan Song
Second Hand News (Fleetwood Mac)
Tusk (Fleetwood Mac)
I’m So Afraid (Fleetwood Mac)
Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac)

Love Is Here to Stay (Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie cover)
Time (Pozo-Seco Singers cover)

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Lindsey Buckingham Drops Fleetwood Mac & Solo Classics at Tucson’s Fox Theatre (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)
By Mary Andrews

Lindsey Buckingham’s live appearance at Tucson’s Fox Theatre was probably one of the more anticipated shows in the Old Pueblo a year and a half ago. Buckingham has been given much credit for Fleetwood Mac’s meteoric success upon his arrival in the band with then-girlfriend Stevie Nicks in 1975, based upon his distinct vocals, fingerpicking guitar style, and songwriting skills that culminated in a series of enormously commercial successful albums including Rumours and Tusk.

Buckingham penned “Monday Morning” and “I’m So Afraid” on the first Fleetwood Mac album that changed the course of the new lineup’s careers and lives. Since that time Rolling Stone has ranked Buckingham in their list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” – number 100 to be exact: not bad for a guitarist who never took guitar lessons.

Following an abrupt dismissal from Fleetwood Mac in 2018 and a health scare, Buckingham has returned with a 2021 self-titled solo album. The album was actually ready for release three years ago. Buckingham addressed this issue during the show when he said, “The reason we are here is that I have a new album. It took a while to get this album out. It’s been ready to go for about three years. Events kept conspiring to keep it from coming out. I had to keep kicking it down the road. At one time, there was a bit of a health issue. And then of course more recently, there was the pandemic. The point is we finally got it out. In some ways, it’s actually more meaningful now. Not only the timing of it coming out, but perhaps the subject matter of the album has taken on more resonance than it would have for me three years ago. All things seem to work out for the best.”

The health issue was that Buckingham experienced severe chest pain and underwent emergency open-heart surgery. The surgery was successful, but caused vocal cord damage that eventually repaired itself over time.

The fans at the sold-out show erupted in applause and cheers as Buckingham entered the stage, donned his guitar, and started performing “Not Too Late.” Buckingham’s rapid guitar picking was captivating and flawless.

The band consisted of a drummer, a keyboardist, a second guitarist, and a bassist. All were superb musicians and some of them have been performing with Buckingham for more than 30 years. He remarked that the drummer is the newest member of the band and “he is the best.” (That may have been a hit on Mick Fleetwood.) Midway into the set, the band left the stage and Buckingham played solo. Illuminated by a single spotlight, Buckingham played “Shut Us Down,” “Trouble,” “Never Going Back Again,” and “Big Love.”

The band returned and they performed songs from his most recent solo album, “Scream,” “I Don’t Mind,” “On the Wrong Side,” and “Swan Song.” The crowd enjoyed the new material, but they went wild with the familiar old Fleetwood Mac tunes. It was the most energetic portion of the show with everyone up, dancing, and singing along to “Second Hand News,” “Tusk,” “I’m So Afraid” and “Go Your Own Way.”

There was no way Buckingham could leave the theatre without performing an encore. He returned after a lengthy standing ovation to perform “Love Is Here to Stay” and “Time,” and called it a night after a highly anticipated visit.

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Lindsey Buckingham Battled Back to Bring His Singular Sound to Dallas' Majestic Theatre

Lindsey Buckingham put his troubles behind him for an electrifying performance at Dallas' Majestic Theatre.
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In the three years since Lindsey Buckingham last visited Dallas, his life has been marked by one misfortune after another.

There’s the heart attack and emergency triple bypass surgery he underwent in 2019 while already under anesthesia for a different medical procedure — an incident exacerbated by vocal cord damage sustained during the life-saving surgery. His wife of 21 years, Kristen Messner, filed for divorce in June (Buckingham has said in numerous reports since that he and Messner are “working” on their marriage). He readied his first solo album in a decade, Lindsey Buckingham, for release, only to see it delayed repeatedly by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oh, and in 2018, the band with which he gained global fame, Fleetwood Mac, unceremoniously fired him, triggering a round of lawsuits and recriminations in the press primarily between Buckingham and his longtime collaborator, foil and muse, Stevie Nicks, which have continued, off and on, ever since.

Yet the 72-year-old man who stood center stage Thursday night before an adoring, near sold-out crowd inside the Majestic Theatre bore no visible scars from his struggles (indeed, a wedding band adorned his left hand). This tracks with a battered-but-unbroken iconoclast who's long been seemingly resistant to wounds that might fell mere mortals.

10 Best Concerts of the Week: Lindsey Buckingham, She & Him, Robert Earl Keen and More

Look no further than Buckingham’s singular playing style, a furious fusion of finger-picking and polyrhythm resulting in an aggressive beauty impervious to trends or fashions. What anchored multi-platinum rock smashes in the 1970s sounds no less vivid or electrifying in 2021. Buckingham often seems to not have been ahead of the curve, so much as he himself was the curve.

Time and again Thursday, his fierce strumming and angular melodies nearly dared those in attendance to lean in and get lost. Over roughly 105 minutes, Buckingham and his musical collaborators (Brett Toggle, Neale Heywood and Jimmy Paxson) tore through material from Buckingham’s just-released, self-titled album, his formidable solo back catalog and a handful of Fleetwood Mac staples.

Alternating between acoustic and electric guitars with every song, Buckingham struck a pose of graciousness early and often, frequently mouthing “Thank you” to the cheers erupting as chords evaporated, and placing his left hand on his chest in gratitude.
As has long been his custom, the singer-songwriter is patently unafraid of turning well-worn hits and beloved FM chestnuts inside out to suit his own left-of-center presentation.

“We are very, very pleased to be up here tonight,” he said not long after taking the stage. “It took us a while to get here, but the point is: We’re here, you guys are here — we’re very happy to be doing this.”

Buckingham often seemed like a man unleashed, leaving little breathing room between songs. He spun from “In Our Own Time” to “Soul Drifter” to “Doing What I Can,” leaving space for extended instrumental freak-outs, as during “I Must Go” or Mac classics like “Tusk” and “I’m So Afraid,” which peaked with Buckingham slapping the neck and body of his guitar and howling, as the audience gave him its umpteenth standing ovation of the evening.

As has long been his custom, the singer-songwriter is patently unafraid of turning well-worn hits and beloved FM chestnuts inside out to suit his own left-of-center presentation. Hearing “Never Going Back Again” slowed to a molasses crawl and pitched down vocally only intensified the climax as Buckingham’s voice and playing suddenly leapt up to match the tenor and tone of the original.

Those attending such solo endeavors often reserve the warmest reactions for the material made popular in the confines of a group, but the Majestic Theater crowd was on board for everything Buckingham threw at them, cheering lustily for “On the Wrong Side” or “I Don’t Mind,” Buckingham songs that are less than three months old.

Often, in writing about Buckingham, critics reflexively quote at length from “Not Too Late,” a track from his 2007 LP Under the Skin, not least because he sings the line “Reading the paper, saw a review/Said I was a visionary, but nobody knew.” (What can you say, except that we’re an easily flattered bunch?)

While the self-awareness is certainly clever — and, it must be said, a bit moving in concert, as it was Thursday, when Buckingham seemed to lean into the line “I’m not a young man, but I’m a child in my soul” — there’s another song of his that seems to better illuminate where he is now, and what he feels, having lived through an extended period of personal and professional difficulty.

That would be “Shut Us Down,” also from Under the Skin, and a tune Buckingham performed alone on an acoustic guitar Thursday, illuminated by a solitary spotlight.

The thrust of the song is, ostensibly, about a relationship, with allusions to mistreatment and honesty. What leapt out Thursday, watching the bent-but-unbowed Buckingham’s fingers pull notes from strings, having weathered just about every sort of calamity life can throw at someone, was the harrowing repetition of the chorus: “No, I will stay around/As long as I can/As long I can.”

PRESTON JONES is a Dallas-based writer who spent a decade as the pop music critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors honored his work three times, including a 2017 first place award for comment and criticism (Class AAAA). His writing has also appeared in the New York Observer, The Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, Central Track, Oklahoma Today and Slant Magazine.
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Lindsey Buckingham's latest has Fleetwood sounds

Scott Gudell May 17, 2022


The album “Say You Will,” from 2003, was dubbed a Fleetwood Mac album since Christine McVie was the only MIA Mac. She tag teamed back into the group in 2017 but Stevie Nicks was now the MIA member. As for Lindsey Buckingham and the loyal rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, they were still present and accounted for and showed up for the 2017 sessions. This time around, it was decided to release the album under the title of Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie. In a statement, the duo said they “…felt like it was meant to be a duet album.” Regardless, it was rich with the sonic perfection that screamed Fleetwood Mac.

For Lindsey Buckingham’s most recent collection of songs, he’s flying solo once again. He’s returned to the basics he established with his 20th century solo albums by producing, engineering, mixing, singing and playing just about every instrument. Having exited Fleetwood Mac in 2018 (the reason is still a ‘he said / she said’ boondoggle), he kept this title as simple as possible — Lindsey Buckingham. Even the collection is compact, clocking in at less than forty minutes. Buckingham continues to incessantly joust with, well, we’re still not sure if it’s with his inner demons or the entire outside world. Although the album was released in late 2021, much of it was reportedly written and recorded several years earlier before he suffered vocal damage as a side effect from surgery — which has since healed.

The album, with nine of the ten songs Buckingham originals, cracks open with “Scream,” a frantic, big-country sound that hints at the grandeur sought by U2. The song grips us and defiantly holds our attention. The next three cuts are almost as assertive. But the first of the trio, “I Don’t Mind,” does have some rhymes that are a bit suspect (‘willow and pillow’, ‘arrow and narrow’?!) while the following two songs weave more complex lyrics to create compelling images. The disc’s midpoint song, “Blind Love,” allows Buckingham to slow down a bit, take a breath (but certainly not a deep one) and relax — almost.

The inviting “Santa Rosa” brings Buckingham home for a nostalgic visit while the closing song, “Dancing” with its lethargic pace, is so diametrically opposite to the disc’s opening cuts that you’ll need to challenge yourself to stay with it. Throughout the disc, his unique blend of articulate and classically influenced guitar work melds with his love of 1960s folk and his authoritative take on rock. In addition to Buckingham’s complex studio production enhancements, his Rick Turner guitars — and others — continue to be guiding lights for his music.

As for Buckingham’s ‘live and in concert’ presentation on April 24 at Ithaca’s State Theatre, COVID, among other things, continued to have an effect on the crowd size since the turnout was approximately 700, much lower than the majestic venue’s 1700 capacity. Although Buckingham’s energized show a decade ago was solo, Buckingham vet Neale Heywood on guitar (plus a keyboardist and new drummer) joined him on the State stage this time around. Buckingham eased into the evening by opening with “Not Too Late” from his 2006 solo disc (with lyrics including “I'm not a young man / but I'm a child inmy soul”) followed by “In Our Own Time” from 2011 and the light, upbeat sounds of “Soul Drifter” from the early 1990s (which, partially thanks to original co-producer Richard Dashut, has retained the patented Fleetwood Mac sound.)

A shift to several intimate, barely whispered songs including “Trouble” captured an attentive crowd before the quartet kicked into higher gear with powered Fleetwood Mac cuts including “Never Going Back Again” (from Rumours) and “Big Love” (Tango in the Night). Then it was time to test out a few tracks from his new solo album before returning to an even more high-powered set of Fleetwood Mac songs such as a potent “Tusk,” “So Afraid” and “Go Your Own Way,” a song Buckingham favors closing numerous shows with. A pair of encore offerings brought the evening in for a landing.

Buckingham’s heart operation from several years ago barely slowed him down during the extended show. He continues to confirm that his Fleetwood Mac songs — and many of his solo songs — truly stand the test of time.

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