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Old 10-26-2018, 11:15 PM
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Reinvigorated and reinvented Fleetwood Mac steps into The Q and takes the crowd by a ‘Landslide’:

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and John McVie have been playing Fleetwood Mac music now for nigh on 40 years – 50 for drummer Fleetwood and bassist Johnny Mac.

Why, that’s long enough that phrases like “nigh on 40 years’’ was a new way to say “a long time.”

So, with all that and a string of hits that pretty much ended with “Tusk’’ in 1979 (although there would be subsequent studio albums of new music), it’s understandable that the band, while still a good concert draw, has watched its energy level decline over the years.


But it was back Friday night, when the band played to a sold-out Quicken Loans Arena, and really, there’s only one reason why: Lindsey Buckingham got fired.

Now, let’s be up front: Fleetwood Mac is a lesser band without Buckingham, the author of some of its greatest hits and a showman equal to Fleetwood, the wild-eyed inspiration for the Muppets drummer Animal. And Buckingham’s skills vocally and musically are such that it took two men to replace him, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell and Split Enz and Crowded House’s Neil Finn.

But there’s a big but there:

The addition of the two newbies – primarily Campbell’s slick and tasty lead guitar and Finn’s pure baritone vocals – seemed to have relit the fire that put Fleetwood Mac in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Nicks in particular had a fire in voice, belting out songs like “Dreams” and a particularly smoky version of “Black Magic Woman’’ that never would have made it into a Mac setlist with Buckingham in the fold. Not because he can’t play it, but because his own catalog is so vast, it would’ve made no sense to go outside.


It’s true that Nicks spends even less time than she ever did exploring the higher registers, and that Christine McVie was at times a bit pitchier than I’m used to for Fleetwood Mac’s designated “songbird” and her signature lilt. But the renewed energy really was something to behold.

Nicks, at 70, is the youngest of the four remaining official members of the band. Fleetwood is 71, John McVie is 72 and Christine McVie is 75. Let’s give a little credit where it’s due, shall we? It’s just not realistic to expect the power of 20-year-old voices from these folks.

And yet the increased energy level – and the addition of that whippersnapper Finn, who’s a baby of 60 – gave renewed strength to songs like “The Chain,” “Second Hand News” (which ironically begins with the lyrics “I know there’s nothing to say / Someone has taken my place”), “Everywhere,” “Gypsy,’’ “World Turning” and “Monday Morning.’’

For more than two hours, Fleetwood Mac kept almost every person in The Q on their feet, running through “Say You Love Me,” “Little Lies,” “Gypsy,” “Landslide,’’ “You Make Loving Fun,” Gold Dust Woman” and, of course, “Go Your Own Way.’’

Fleetwood himself has always been nothing short of manic – hence his pseudo namesake on the Muppets – but he was even wilder with a drum solo that turned into a joyous collaboration with world-class percussionist Taku Hirano, coming out of and back into “World Turning.”

“Rhiannon,’’ the staple that even people who’ve never heard of Fleetwood Mac know, was rescued from its golden oldie chestnut status and given new life with better harmonies – thanks largely to Finn, whose voice meshes with McVie and Nicks far better than I expected it to.

The result is that everyone is feeding off everyone else, which is the way it works when a band is on a roll. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few new tunes – or even an album – came out of this incarnation of Mac.


Ah, but that’s just how “Rumours” get started, right?

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Reinvigorated and reinvented Fleetwood Mac steps into The Q and takes the crowd by a ‘Landslide’:

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and John McVie have been playing Fleetwood Mac music now for nigh on 40 years – 50 for drummer Fleetwood and bassist Johnny Mac.

Why, that’s long enough that phrases like “nigh on 40 years’’ was a new way to say “a long time.”

So, with all that and a string of hits that pretty much ended with “Tusk’’ in 1979 (although there would be subsequent studio albums of new music), it’s understandable that the band, while still a good concert draw, has watched its energy level decline over the years.


But it was back Friday night, when the band played to a sold-out Quicken Loans Arena, and really, there’s only one reason why: Lindsey Buckingham got fired.

Now, let’s be up front: Fleetwood Mac is a lesser band without Buckingham, the author of some of its greatest hits and a showman equal to Fleetwood, the wild-eyed inspiration for the Muppets drummer Animal. And Buckingham’s skills vocally and musically are such that it took two men to replace him, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell and Split Enz and Crowded House’s Neil Finn.

But there’s a big but there:

The addition of the two newbies – primarily Campbell’s slick and tasty lead guitar and Finn’s pure baritone vocals – seemed to have relit the fire that put Fleetwood Mac in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Nicks in particular had a fire in voice, belting out songs like “Dreams” and a particularly smoky version of “Black Magic Woman’’ that never would have made it into a Mac setlist with Buckingham in the fold. Not because he can’t play it, but because his own catalog is so vast, it would’ve made no sense to go outside.


It’s true that Nicks spends even less time than she ever did exploring the higher registers, and that Christine McVie was at times a bit pitchier than I’m used to for Fleetwood Mac’s designated “songbird” and her signature lilt. But the renewed energy really was something to behold.

Nicks, at 70, is the youngest of the four remaining official members of the band. Fleetwood is 71, John McVie is 72 and Christine McVie is 75. Let’s give a little credit where it’s due, shall we? It’s just not realistic to expect the power of 20-year-old voices from these folks.

And yet the increased energy level – and the addition of that whippersnapper Finn, who’s a baby of 60 – gave renewed strength to songs like “The Chain,” “Second Hand News” (which ironically begins with the lyrics “I know there’s nothing to say / Someone has taken my place”), “Everywhere,” “Gypsy,’’ “World Turning” and “Monday Morning.’’

For more than two hours, Fleetwood Mac kept almost every person in The Q on their feet, running through “Say You Love Me,” “Little Lies,” “Gypsy,” “Landslide,’’ “You Make Loving Fun,” Gold Dust Woman” and, of course, “Go Your Own Way.’’

Fleetwood himself has always been nothing short of manic – hence his pseudo namesake on the Muppets – but he was even wilder with a drum solo that turned into a joyous collaboration with world-class percussionist Taku Hirano, coming out of and back into “World Turning.”

“Rhiannon,’’ the staple that even people who’ve never heard of Fleetwood Mac know, was rescued from its golden oldie chestnut status and given new life with better harmonies – thanks largely to Finn, whose voice meshes with McVie and Nicks far better than I expected it to.

The result is that everyone is feeding off everyone else, which is the way it works when a band is on a roll. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few new tunes – or even an album – came out of this incarnation of Mac.


Ah, but that’s just how “Rumours” get started, right?
Huh. Certainly this reviewer was impressed with the energy from the new lineup.
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Old 10-27-2018, 01:45 AM
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Huh. Certainly this reviewer was impressed with the energy from the new lineup.
You ARE the reviewer. Please. You are obsessed with making sure EVERYONE sees good reviews. Get a job.
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Nicks in particular had a fire in voice, belting out songs like “Dreams” and a particularly smoky version of “Black Magic Woman’’ that never would have made it into a Mac setlist with Buckingham in the fold. Not because he can’t play it, but because his own catalog is so vast, it would’ve made no sense to go outside.

And yet the increased energy level – and the addition of that whippersnapper Finn, who’s a baby of 60 – gave renewed strength to songs like “The Chain,” “Second Hand News” (which ironically begins with the lyrics “I know there’s nothing to say / Someone has taken my place”), “Everywhere,” “Gypsy,’’ “World Turning” and “Monday Morning.’’

The result is that everyone is feeding off everyone else, which is the way it works when a band is on a roll. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few new tunes – or even an album – came out of this incarnation.
This review brought up a lot of points I hadn't seen mentioned before. For example, the reasoning behind how Lindsey's departure allowed for a more diverse set list. And the lyric from Second Hand News- definitely a sense of irony that I'm sure conspiracy theorists will latch on to ("See- it IS a big F you to Lindsey" instead of the more obvious "it's a great song we love to perform.")

More importantly, even this reviewer thinks Fleetwood Mac might release a new album, or at least thinks they should. I do, too! I almost saw them in Cleveland instead of Columbus, but I've only got a few more days, and this latest review has me very excited!
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Old 10-27-2018, 06:29 AM
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Rhiannon was given new life? Lord, Rhiannon has been a snooze for almost 30 years. The latest versions are blahhhsville.
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If only they were keeping Hypnotized and Storms in...two songs that shook up the standard set list...which is apparently one of the things Lindsey getting the boot left room for. If they're just going to retreat back to playing Gypsy in place of songs that don't get much stage time...come on! Still looking forward to the Pittsburgh show!
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Reinvigorated and reinvented Fleetwood Mac steps into The Q and takes the crowd by a ‘Landslide’:

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and John McVie have been playing Fleetwood Mac music now for nigh on 40 years – 50 for drummer Fleetwood and bassist Johnny Mac.

Why, that’s long enough that phrases like “nigh on 40 years’’ was a new way to say “a long time.”

So, with all that and a string of hits that pretty much ended with “Tusk’’ in 1979 (although there would be subsequent studio albums of new music), it’s understandable that the band, while still a good concert draw, has watched its energy level decline over the years.
Hits ended with Tusk in 1979?

Um - let's see:

Hold Me, Gypsy, Love in Store, Big Love, Everywhere, Little Lies, Seven Wonders, Silver Springs and Landslide from 1997....

And the title of the review?? Did a high school student write it?
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Here's another review, with a tidbit about All Over Again I hadn't heard before:

http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-...mance-at-the-q

Very positive review.
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Gotta be driving all the Lindsey Ledgers bonkers that almost every review of the new lineup has been very positive. Saying that the new lineup sounds great doesn't negate the fact that the Rumours-era lineup was amazing.
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Gotta be driving all the Lindsey Ledgers bonkers that almost every review of the new lineup has been very positive. Saying that the new lineup sounds great doesn't negate the fact that the Rumours-era lineup was amazing.
Absolutely! I'm enjoying reading the positive reviews of both tours. I figured Fleetwood Mac would put on a decent show- the level of talent alone all but guaranteed that. But these reviews have been really positive and show that FM is going above and beyond. Probably because they know they have something to prove. Likewise, I'm excited to get my Lindsey fix on his solo tour, where he's kicking butt.
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Absolutely! I'm enjoying reading the positive reviews of both tours. I figured Fleetwood Mac would put on a decent show- the level of talent alone all but guaranteed that. But these reviews have been really positive and show that FM is going above and beyond. Probably because they know they have something to prove. Likewise, I'm excited to get my Lindsey fix on his solo tour, where he's kicking butt.
Yes - the new lineup is great and the prior lineups were great and Lindsey solo is great. We're so blessed to have so much great music to enjoy. Life is short, so best to enjoy all these blessings while we can.
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Just found this online. I laughed so hard when Stevie started joking around about how Christine was before she met John...Perfect -ha!! I really hope this song is back in the set list tonight!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EIpxEsSoIs
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Just found this online. I laughed so hard when Stevie started joking around about how Christine was before she met John...Perfect -ha!! I really hope this song is back in the set list tonight!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EIpxEsSoIs
I couldn't quite make out that part, what was she saying about Christine?
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Neil & Stevie were talking about the song and how she watched it on mtv. They both said 'mtv' at the same time. Stevie then said 'perfect' and then Neil said 'perfect, just like how the harmony will be'.
Stevie then said 'like how Christine was before she married john - perfect'. Christine couldn't hear her though so she had to repeat it. The crowed seemed to think it was a dig at least judging from their reaction. They must not know what her maiden name is. The funniest part to me is how funny Stevie thought it was -ha ha!!
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