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Old 08-02-2015, 06:21 AM
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Default Another Link in the Chain tour 1994/95

Not a lot of audio/video of these shows twenty years ago.I was wondering if there are any ledgies who attended any of the dates who could share their memories?
I'm curious as to what the audiences were like in terms of numbers and general reception that the band got in view of the very different line-up? I know that they were part of a 'package' tour in the U.S. with Pat Benatar and C.S.N. . R.E. O. Speedwagon(?) among others and that the sets were therefore quite short.

Listening to the few shows that I have, I notice that a portion of the set was solo/Traffic/Delaney and Bonnie material as well as -gulp!-'Imagine' and 'All Along the Watchtower'(so sad!) which left room for a reduced number of Fleetwood Mac songs. It was such a huge reduction in scale for the band and many fans felt little or no connection with the 'Rumours' -or even preRumours- line up. Nonetheless, I admire Mick and John for carrying on as it must have been difficult for them.
Two things always puzzled me about this tour: why it nver came to the U.K.(I suspect thet no promoter would book this line-up) and, secondly, why TIME was released(and not promoted) AFTER the tours?

Hope some can share their memories/thoughts.

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Old 08-03-2015, 02:55 PM
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Well, here's one take, for what it's worth given 20 years of fading memory.

I caught the 1995 tour in August when they stopped at Redwood Amphitheater at Great America in Santa Clara, CA. My first official FM show, so I was quite excited, even if it wasn't quite the lineup I'd loved growing up (I was 19 by then). I'd listened to Billy's songs on BTM plenty, plus had listened to the Zoo album that featured Bekka, so I was intrigued by hearing them live.

The show itself was pretty good, considering it was very much a transitional lineup that wasn't ultimately going to last much longer. I remember thinking Billy and Bekka were the workhorses that day -- energetic and talented -- while Dave seemed a little indifferent. Mick and John did their usual thing, and Steve Thoma just stayed off to the side. I get what you mean about a different scale. Not just the length of the set, but the size of the stage...it was much simpler than what they put together nowadays.

Bekka and Billy were the highlight to me, especially on Go Your Own Way. I've always thought Billy does an awesome version of that song (I've heard some really bad ones), and Bekka put quite a charge into it with her backing vocals. It just fit their voices well. That and Don't Stop had the biggest reaction from the audience. Billy and Bekka really sang well together all day -- their take on Oh Well was also good and novel -- and really tried to make it a "Fleetwood Mac" show. (Although I wish they'd have featured a Zoo song or two...Bekka just rocked that album.)

Dave, on the other hand, seemed to treat it as a "Dave Mason featuring Fleetwood Mac" show. The Chain was the only song where he took one of Lindsey or Peter's parts (he sang two of his own pre-FM songs). And I don't know if it was a deliberate change in style or emphasis, but his guitar work was just not very compelling, either, especially compared to what Rick was able to do with Lindsey's and Peter's parts.

I left thinking it was a good show, but it could have been much more. I though Time itself was a good album and wished they'd have featured more than one song (Dreaming the Dream) on the tour, but when you're touring as FM and doing only 10 or 12 songs...what can you do?

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Not a lot of audio/video of these shows twenty years ago.I was wondering if there are any ledgies who attended any of the dates who could share their memories?
I'm curious as to what the audiences were like in terms of numbers and general reception that the band got in view of the very different line-up? I know that they were part of a 'package' tour in the U.S. with Pat Benatar and C.S.N. . R.E. O. Speedwagon(?) among others and that the sets were therefore quite short.

Listening to the few shows that I have, I notice that a portion of the set was solo/Traffic/Delaney and Bonnie material as well as -gulp!-'Imagine' and 'All Along the Watchtower'(so sad!) which left room for a reduced number of Fleetwood Mac songs. It was such a huge reduction in scale for the band and many fans felt little or no connection with the 'Rumours' -or even preRumours- line up. Nonetheless, I admire Mick and John for carrying on as it must have been difficult for them.
Two things always puzzled me about this tour: why it nver came to the U.K.(I suspect thet no promoter would book this line-up) and, secondly, why TIME was released(and not promoted) AFTER the tours?

Hope some can share their memories/thoughts.

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Old 08-09-2015, 02:59 AM
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I'm a roller-coaster fanatic, so I traveled to a lot of amusement parks. I saw Fleetwood Mac, with REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar, in California at an amusement park I can't recall at the moment....possibly Six Flags.

It was an astonishing surprise, since I was just there to ride the rides and no idea they were going to be there. I was aware there was a drastic lineup change in the band, but I was still excited to see them. Still, it was somewhat sad to see them on a package tour at an amusement park. Most of the general public associate with Christine, Stevie and Lindsey as the face of Fleetwood Mac. So many audience members were likely unaware that they would see none of them on stage.

It was a disconcerting situation for various reasons. This legendary band was seemingly stripped of its identity and high status, and laid bear in the light of day. Since this was essentially a side show within an amusement park, it wasn't a normal fan-based audience. I saw a lot of confused faces, and probably one of the lowest attendance record in their history.

They are all fine musicians, so the performance was good. Beka's a great singer, but seeing her singing Gold Dust Woman was like watching a great cover band. And having Dave Mason in the mix made the situation even more bizarre. I give Mick credit for keeping the institution of Fleetwood Mac alive. This was a strange link in the chain. But I was very concerned about the fate of the band.

I like the Time album. Christine's songs are up to her normal standard, and there are other good songs on it. In hindsight, the Fleetwood Mac brand was kept on life-support until it found it's pulse again. It's sad consider that since then, the only album they have made that consists of entirely new material is Say You Will. A new album is long overdue.
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:30 PM
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Sounds like we were at the same show! Great America has been run by Marriott, Paramount, and Six Flags at various times. I grew up down the road, so it was always our place of choice to get a roller-coaster fix.

I'd known about the lineup in advance because of the various FM newsgroups, etc. that had started up at the time (the Internet was a fairly new thing in the mid-90s), but had no idea what they sounded like because YouTube was still a gleam in someone's eye. Like you said, strange environment for them, but they sounded good.

That lineup was always an interesting one to me in the grand scheme of FM. On one hand, Mick and John were doing what they always did -- find new singers, songwriters, and guitarists to fill out their front line, ease them in slowly by having them cover older songs (witness that Bob Welch, LB, and Billy have all covered Oh Well), then let the band's style evolve from there. That approach led them from the PG years to the BN years in the first place. But obviously it was much harder to pull off once the BN lineup attained mega-stardom...and we had The Dance two years later.


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I'm a roller-coaster fanatic, so I traveled to a lot of amusement parks. I saw Fleetwood Mac, with REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar, in California at an amusement park I can't recall at the moment....possibly Six Flags.

It was an astonishing surprise, since I was just there to ride the rides and no idea they were going to be there. I was aware there was a drastic lineup change in the band, but I was still excited to see them. Still, it was somewhat sad to see them on a package tour at an amusement park. Most of the general public associate with Christine, Stevie and Lindsey as the face of Fleetwood Mac. So many audience members were likely unaware that they would see none of them on stage.

It was a disconcerting situation for various reasons. This legendary band was seemingly stripped of its identity and high status, and laid bear in the light of day. Since this was essentially a side show within an amusement park, it wasn't a normal fan-based audience. I saw a lot of confused faces, and probably one of the lowest attendance record in their history.

They are all fine musicians, so the performance was good. Beka's a great singer, but seeing her singing Gold Dust Woman was like watching a great cover band. And having Dave Mason in the mix made the situation even more bizarre. I give Mick credit for keeping the institution of Fleetwood Mac alive. This was a strange link in the chain. But I was very concerned about the fate of the band.

I like the Time album. Christine's songs are up to her normal standard, and there are other good songs on it. In hindsight, the Fleetwood Mac brand was kept on life-support until it found it's pulse again. It's sad consider that since then, the only album they have made that consists of entirely new material is Say You Will. A new album is long overdue.
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:08 PM
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I attended their concert in Leiden (Holland) in de fall of 1995. (or was it 1995, cannot remember).

The show was horrible, dull and boring as far as i remember. I was very upfront at Billy Burnette's stand and wanted to turn my back on them when Bekka Bramlett raped Gold Dust Woman ... I thought they sucked.

Next it took a decade to see the real Mac in 2004 again in Oberhausen Germany ...

... and then again in 2009 (2x), 2013 (3x) and 2015 (3x).
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Old 09-02-2015, 12:04 PM
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Listening to the few shows that I have, I notice that a portion of the set was solo/Traffic/Delaney and Bonnie material as well as -gulp!-'Imagine' and 'All Along the Watchtower'(so sad!) which left room for a reduced number of Fleetwood Mac songs. It was such a huge reduction in scale for the band and many fans felt little or no connection with the 'Rumours' -or even preRumours- line up. Nonetheless, I admire Mick and John for carrying on as it must have been difficult for them.
Two things always puzzled me about this tour: why it nver came to the U.K.(I suspect thet no promoter would book this line-up) and, secondly, why TIME was released(and not promoted) AFTER the tours?

Hope some can share their memories/thoughts.

"Never break the chain"
Well, you had an ex-member of Traffic in the band (who also was a songwriter of some renoun in his own right), so of COURSE they're going to play his songs...also, who had a hit with his cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower", so of course that's going to be in the set. And, of course there was no connection with Rumours since NONE of the Rumours songwriters were still in the band; just as the Rumours crew really had no connection with the Peter Green era of Fleetwood Mac, either. But, they still played SOME material from those days.

The album was released AFTER the tour mainly because the album they THOUGHT they were touring behind was rejected by Warner Bros...so they had to rework the album during breaks in the tour (mainly adding Christine's songs)
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