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Old 06-21-2019, 08:12 PM
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Default The End of Fleetwood Mac....as I see it.

I was never sure how the “Dance” of Fleetwood Mac would end (death of a band member, changes in the lineup ?) When Stevie chose not to record with the rest of the band on the 2017 album which would have been the new music that they would have performed on this tour was an obvious sign.
Christine is done performing live period. Kicking Lindsey out of the band is un speakable. Going out with this new lineup without new music speaks volumes. (Look at the history of the band) I will always be one of their biggest fans...I love all the music and cherish the memories of the tours I have seen. (Including all the solo stuff) I never would have thought in 1977 that I would get new music from “ them” in 2017. I don’t like how this all ends but it doesn’t change the way I feel when I hear this music. I hope for Lindsey’s return to his craft. I would welcome new studio material from any of them. I do believe the live curtain is about to close for Fleetwood Mac.

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Old 06-21-2019, 08:51 PM
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I was never sure how the “Dance” of Fleetwood Mac would end (death of a band member, changes in the lineup ?) When Stevie chose not to record with the rest of the band on the 2017 album which would have been the new music that they would have performed on this tour was an obvious sign.
Christine is done performing live period. Kicking Lindsey out of the band is un speakable. Going out with this new lineup without new music speaks volumes. (Look at the history of the band) I will always be one of their biggest fans...I love all the music and cherish the memories of the tours I have seen. (Including all the solo stuff) I never would have thought in 1977 that I would get music from “ them” in 2017. I don’t like how this all ends but it doesn’t change the way I feel when I hear this music. I hope for Lindsey’s return to his craft. I would welcome new studio material from any of them. I do believe the live curtain is about to close for Fleetwood Mac.

Perfectly said with the perfect tone. Overall Greatful or as I said about a year ago “half full.” They have a catalogue so great from 1967-1995 just as a band, the. If you include solo stuff it just gets better, that the way I’ve looked at it is anything post Dance has been gravy. I usually just go back to 2000 and think about how I thought TISL and SYW era had to be very close to the end of road. No way did I expect them to be this active at 70 plus. And I really can’t emphasize enough what an absolute miracle it is to have Christine touring and recording not just music but great music again with Fleetwood Mac Again.

The band has exceeded my expectations as far as impressing me far into their geriatric years as a live band and even with new music with Lindsey’s 3 albums, BuckVie and In Your Dreams/24 Karat Gold from Stevie.

But while I still see things very half full with the band in general and their overall legacy, I’ve also come around to admitting this final chapter in the story has been terrible. While this new version of the band has the potential to had been great as seen in rare moments like Black Magic Woman, they chose to cut all the interesting songs and insist on keeping a lot of pathetic live versions of Fleetwood Mac songs that are never pathetic. This tour’s Go Your Own Way is the worst And most anticlimactic song to any concert I’ve ever been to. What a let down after a still epic Gold a Dust Woman.

So unless this version of the band has some great, really kick ass album to surprise us with that gets back to the band’s original blues sound in the vein of Black Magic Woman but with new songs (this would be right up 4/6th of the band’s alleys. And 5/6 when you count Stevie’s love of covering blues songs. Christine even makes the comment about loving hearing stevie sing the blues after she’s done with black Magic Woman.

If this fictional album comes to fruition, then I’ll consider the band alive still. But if it’s anything short of that, I really hope Fleetwood Mac stops after this fall. I would absolutely consider January 2018 to be the end of Fleetwood Mac if this tour is all the comes of it.

Lindsey not being in the band didn’t “have” to mean the end of the band. But their execution of releasing him and I’m reforming was terrible.


They are no longer better the sum of their parts. In fact it’s the exact opposite. I believe they’re all still capable of doing good work separately but not as a group at the moment. Fleetwood Mac is where all of their creativity goes to die.


And despite coming around fully to this version of the band being an embarrassment I’m still not entirely against things going down as they did. The Lindsey solo shows this past fall we’re the best of his career and I don’t see how he could’ve done those shows simultaneously as the Fleetwood Mac shows. We had the rumours 5 tour in 2014/2015, I’m glad Lindsey's last tour before surgery was a solo one.
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Old 06-22-2019, 01:00 PM
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The curtain closed when Stevie refused to join the band to record an album and tour. The rest of the band regrouped for BuckVie which drove Stevie crazy where she then threw down the ultimate ultimatum.
I must admit, I admire the optimism of many on this board. But IMHO the Mac died well over a year ago.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:07 AM
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I just posted in another section of the forum, but my thoughts exactly.

I'm out.

I'll continue to enjoy the music they've already released, but I refuse to support them via shows or any potential new music. They've become a bad cover band without Lindsey. It all just sounds phoned in. The musicians they added to replace Lindsey are not up to the task; good musicians in their own right, but they aren't part of the band and they never will be as far as I'm concerned.

Whether it was Stevie's call or somebody else's, it was a huge mistake and it will be a stain on their legacy. I went from being a big Stevie fan to disliking her a lot over this.
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Old 06-25-2019, 12:49 PM
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My prediction, assuming Lindsey gets his voice back, is that he'll release a few albums that will be well-received. I won't be surprised if he teams up with some younger artists/bands and continues to push forward creatively. Having Fleetwood Mac behind him must be a huge relief now that some time has passed.
I would love to see another tour - maybe an acoustic/small theater run.

As for the rest of them, I've lost interest.
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Old 06-27-2019, 12:51 AM
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So much negativity. I get it - I miss Lindsey too. But I went to the Baltimore show a) despite the negativity from some posts on here and b) a need for a mood boost from my favorite band. It sounds like Christine's voice and playing were weak during the European leg, but they were lovely in Baltimore. I think they had too many dates, and that would be the same even with Lindsey. If they had done something like two shows every other week, that would've been much more helpful to preserving Christine's performance skills as someone who is turning 76 in a couple weeks.

I do wonder if this awful breakup played a role on Lindsey's health - it probably did. I wish Stevie would come back down to Earth and realize that she wouldn't even have been in the band with Lindsey's refusal to join without her. Finn and Campbell have done very well in a situation they didn't create. Not wanting to play under the banner of one of the biggest bands ever would be a very strange choice.

It would be nice to see one more album from the Rumours 5 with no tour - a la Steely Dan - or even an album with the current six, with Lindsey featured on guitar and vocals (if possible).
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