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Old 11-29-2018, 03:11 PM
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Fleetwood Mac have always found a way to tour regardless of which members could agree to tolerate each other's company on stage enough to pull it off.

There was even a tour in the '90s where the only two members connecting the lineup onstage to the albums that are destined to remain their most successful efforts – "Fleetwood Mac" and "Rumours" – were drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, the founding members whose names combined to give you Fleetwood Mac.

It's no surprise, then, to find them out touring without Lindsey Buckingham on what should've been titled the Buckingham Nix Tour (he'd have hated that).

Swapping out links in the chain that supposedly keeps together is what they do.

We've just been spoiled since the "Rumours" lineup reconvened in 1997 (with Christine McVie returning from a 16-year sabbatical for the On With the Show Tour in 2014).

Moving on without Buckingham
So how was it?

Buckingham's electrifying presence is not easily replaced, as evidenced by Wednesday's show at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The extent to which you missed him may depend on how much you appreciated what he brings to the proceedings in the first place. But the fact that it took two musicians to replace him says a lot about how much he brings to Fleetwood Mac.

And the thought of them letting the tension that led to this year's separation play out in the songs makes it feel like a bit of a missed opportunity.

Neil Finn of Crowded House and Split Enz did a fine job of handling Buckingham's vocal parts and even sang his own "Don't Dream It's Over," an understated highlight of the set that turned into a sweet duet with Stevie Nicks, who said "a song like that comes along about every million years."

The Mike Campbell factor
And it was great to see Mike Campbell of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers back in the spotlight a year after losing his friend and fellow traveler to an accidental overdose on pain medication.

Campbell sounded brilliant, as he tends to do, whether playing it close to the original recordings on the "Rumours" tracks or stretching out more while jamming on "Black Magic Woman" and "Oh Well," two classics from the Peter Green years.

He even took a crack at singing lead – with all the character required – on "Oh Well."

He also brought a charismatic presence all his own to the stage, in his floppy hat and shades, and played a key role in a very touching tribute to his former bandmate as Stevie Nicks sang "Free Fallin'" while the screen behind them filled with images of Petty, Nicks and Campbell through the years

Christine McVie is Perfect

Christine McVie was a commanding presence, singing lead on several of the concert's more compelling highlights, from "Little Lies" and "Say You Love Me" to "Everywhere" and "Hold Me," a song from 1982's "Mirage" that prior to this tour had not been played by Fleetwood Mac since 1982.

As great as it was to see her back in action on the last tour, she was even better this time, touching off one of the concert's most enthusiastic singalongs with "You Make Loving Fun."

Stevie Nicks: 'This actually is my home'

As for Nicks, she definitely brought her A-game to the table, reminding the crowd "I was born here" and talking about her deep connection to the Valley before dedicating "Landslide" and eventually the whole night to her brother.

"More than Oakland or San Jose, this actually is my home," she said. "I was born here in 1948. So I lived here and I loved it and I had a house here for a long, long time and my parents, and I wrote a lot of songs here.... So I would like to dedicate this song to someone who no matter what our problems are or how much we fight or what comes between us, he always has my back, my brother, Christopher Nicks."

Landslide" was tender and beautiful, an emotional highlight rivaled only by "Rhiannon," which built to a fiery climax.

She referenced the Year of the Woman before recasting Green's "Black Magic Woman" as "I'm a black magic woman" to brilliant effect and turned in beautiful renditions of "Gypsy," "Dreams" and "Gold Dust Woman."

And she and McVie brought the night to a powerful finish with the encore-closing "All Over Again," an understated ballad from a '90s album that Nicks doesn't even appear on that somehow seemed the perfect way to say goodnight.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/ente...ix/2144410002/

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Old 11-29-2018, 04:09 PM
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As for Nicks, she definitely brought her A-game to the table, reminding the crowd "I was born here" and talking about her deep connection to the Valley before dedicating "Landslide" and eventually the whole night to her brother.

"More than Oakland or San Jose, this actually is my home," she said. "I was born here in 1948. So I lived here and I loved it and I had a house here for a long, long time and my parents, and I wrote a lot of songs here.... So I would like to dedicate this song to someone who no matter what our problems are or how much we fight or what comes between us, he always has my back, my brother, Christopher Nicks."
Hmmm... Wonder what all this is about.
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Old 11-29-2018, 04:32 PM
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Hmmm... Wonder what all this is about.
I donít know I would read into that. Itís sort of the way I feel about my siblings too
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Old 11-29-2018, 04:38 PM
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Yeah, I don't necessarily disagree. Just seemed notable.
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Old 11-29-2018, 04:42 PM
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Hmmm... Wonder what all this is about.
Maybe it was for his work on the Street Angel album package (font/photos 0_0)
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"I can still hear you saying you would never break the chain" -The Chain (The song that got me into Fleetwood Mac)
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Old 11-29-2018, 05:07 PM
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Hmmm... Wonder what all this is about.
I was reading various articles last night, and read this in Rolling Stone, March 15, 2017.

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Who is your hero?

Michelle Obama, because she has such an optimistic outlook and she was able to move into the White House with kids and do such a beautiful, graceful job. That had to be really hard. After spending two weeks with my family for the holidays, which was long and emotionally difficult, I know thatís super hard. I think sheís wisdom personified.
However, there was a more interesting quote from the same interviewÖ

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What have 42 years as a member of Fleetwood Mac taught you about *compromise?

A lot, because when youíre in a band you have to be part of the team. Thereís something comforting about that. But in my solo career, I get to be the boss.
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Little Lies:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svdY6jmRLFg

Dreams:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bu9YQmVJW8
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Old 11-29-2018, 11:53 PM
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Rhiannon
https://youtu.be/y9MiiBz6zdg

Black Magic Woman
https://youtu.be/XAXqaLXBUTk

Gypsy
https://youtu.be/0PezEGYehEk

Free Fallin
https://youtu.be/z0jcvxAhbJo
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I am loving the high note at the end of Black Magic Woman. Thank you both for sharing.
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Old 11-30-2018, 09:44 PM
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Landslide
https://youtu.be/ASDKRCDOkiM

Donít dream itís over
https://youtu.be/b-5PPHBdgsc

Hold Me
https://youtu.be/5Zs5aVUdxn8

All over again
https://youtu.be/IQHSAkKGQJ4
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