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Old 06-12-2009, 02:12 PM
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same ****, different day.

glad you all had fun.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:38 PM
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I think the most fascinating city in the world, and yes, I've been to London and Paris. :-)

Seriously, got in town around 3 p.m. (cold and rainy and had to go buy a light jacket), and headed down to the East Village just to wander. When you walk around New York City, you see all of humanity.. Amazing place.

Great great show! Much better than the terrific Baltimore show the night before - and many thanks to Stevie for that. She was dynamite tonight, folks. truly amazing.

I scored a sec. 4, row A seat yesterday morning and headed up to the Garden... when I got to my seat, no one was sitting in my row as they were all at the stage.. I just wandered over and found my space for the evening - that would change with movement, but I was on Stevie's side.. and liking it. Torri showed up and just blended in.. there was like no security... pretty much if you were on the floor you could have made it up to the stage at the start of the show.. Good vibe all around.. After the loud drunk guys at the Baltimore show.. i have to say most folks around me were great and getting into the band.. like a concert should be.. Great NYC audience..

Hats off to the blonde (who was being very playful with Brett throughout the show) who met Sandra Bernhard in the ladies room.. She came running back with her beer and her cell phone.. and sure enough, a picture of her and Sandra.. She was ecstatic.. and a good dancer.. And could see why Brett was playing back..

Gold Dust Woman, to me, has replaced “Rhiannon” as her signature song on stage (if she even has one). This song has blossomed into her “highlight” moment. The way the band, especially Lindsey, are playing it,, and the ending.. Regina got it right - before doing her Twyla Tharp dying swan-on-cocaine interpretative piece. She had me hypnotized.

And I love where she is with “Storms” now.. And how the crowd really listens.. This could be easily a distraction songs for folks, but all I could sense is everyone listening to Stevie sing this beauty.. Like storm clouds brewing..

The show began and ended way too soon, but worth the trip up to NY. Bought the overpriced tambourine (penguin version) and ran into Torri and the Cat after the show and talked a bit.

Torri and I found a sports bar around the corner and watched the last quarter and o/t of the Lakers-Magic game.. Sorry Orlando, it’s over. You ain’t winning 3 straight against these Lakers.. And you will have to go back to LA. You guys had that game and blew it..

We headed back to her hotel room and I started listening to the “boot”.. sounds good. As I left to go the train station it started down pouring, so I went into the nearest bar I could find to have a night cap - ordered my red wine, listened to the jukebox that was playing some classic rock, and watched this lady - who called herself “the black woman from L.A” hop on the bar and start doing some, um, interesting things.. hmmmm. Only in New York.. Finished my wine, ran in the rain to the station, and came back home…

What a time. Thanks New York. You never disappoint.
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:56 PM
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I'd appreciate it if someone would post the cideo of GDW from the show
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The Gypsy intro was very long, giving a list of people they worked with...how she joined a group she didn't know Lindsey was part of, went two blocks to rehearse in Lindsey's house--which she didn't know was Lindsey's house, etc, etc. (all very cute) and then (rather jarringly) said "and that's what this song is about. That time, The Velvet Underground, back to the floor-with Lindsey in my bed..." (and yeah, I know she's been saying it for a while, but it's the first time I heard it--and in those particular words so it was...odd).
In Milwaukee we got the Janis Joplin/Jimi Hendrix speech. Nothing about Lindsey and the bed. I find it odd she would say stuff like that when his kids are in the audience.
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:08 PM
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Oh, you guys are killing me the way you describe the intros to Gypsy and Landslide. I have to see them.

Great reviews. I am glad the show went so well.


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Old 06-12-2009, 03:17 PM
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Bucklind and Snicksed you got some beautiful pictures and the angles just have the most incredible, artistic effect.

Bucklind I laughed at the thought of your moving your fingers so that Lindsey didn't step on them. It's very strange for it to go from them being people on a record or in a magazine article to having someone's boot right next to your head, close enough where you're not just reacting to them, but they're reacting to you too, reading your expression, responding to your gestures. It's kind of mindboggling.

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Old 06-12-2009, 03:29 PM
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And, during Sara, she sang the line "I'll go anywhere, ask me and I'll be there..." (I think I messed that up a little) directly to Lindsey. I have been so used to no contact that it was very obvious this time.

The Gypsy intro was very long, giving a list of people they worked with...how she joined a group she didn't know Lindsey was part of, went two blocks to rehearse in Lindsey's house--which she didn't know was Lindsey's house, etc, etc. (all very cute) and then (rather jarringly) said "and that's what this song is about. That time, The Velvet Underground, back to the floor-with Lindsey in my bed..." (and yeah, I know she's been saying it for a while, but it's the first time I heard it--and in those particular words so it was...odd).

Then, she dedicated Landslide to PS 22's choir (who were "too young" to be there tonight) but sang Landslide to her. And there she told Lindsey she was going to tell a story and she didn't know if he knew this (and he shook his head) but when she played Landslide for Lindsey for the first time, and she doesn't play the guitar very well, and she'd play something and he'd play it back, and he played beautifully, and after they were done, she went in another room and cried at how beautiful it was. And, tonight, after hearing this choir, she burst into tears, too. So, she dedicated it to them and to Madison Square Garden and all the performers who performed in the hallowed halls, and all those to come. It was very sweet and very touching.
I loved your review Regina, although I felt tortured, because I wanted to see some of those moments. Good heavens.

"Back to the floor with Lindsey in my bed." Well, gee . . . all righty then.

Lindsey may not have remembered her reaction to Landslide, but he probably remembered she wasn't a very good guitar player!

Yes, their thing with Sara really gets to me, especially when I think of the interviews where Stevie talks about having been willing to give up her career, for Joe Walsh, for instance. And because they aren't turning their mic to each other all the time (as they did with Say Goodbye last time), the moments when they do are quite special.

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My only fault with him--the Big Love speech. Dear Lord--it's grown to 45 minutes! No wonder I had to run for my bus back home. Blah-blah-blah-redemption--loss of something or other--destruction of the western world--reconciliation--plague, pestilence, yada, yada. Geez, Louise. Just sing the damned thing already!
Yes, he's psychotic. It's not that I even want him to stop. I just want to understand the mentality of someone who needs to do that. What is going on inside of him that he feels compelled? I'm sure he's read a couple of reviews saying how tedious it is, so why is the speech actually getting longer? I'm not asking why he gives a speech. I'm asking why is he extending it? I'm afraid for you people in Europe. By the time Lindsey gets there your very lives may be in danger. Stock up on water and food rations.

Ah, so what is up with him not wearing his necklace. I'm imagining some big drama going on. Maybe Kristen yanked it off of him and threw it across the room, in a fit of pique just before he took the stage.

Thanks for all the details.

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Old 06-12-2009, 03:33 PM
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I have such a bad memory! So I can't remember the many examples, but what made last night so special are these two qualities:

1. The band is playing like a band! Correction: like THE mf'ing band. Watching these four people really make music TOGETHER is perhaps the world's most beautiful spectacle (other than the new Julian Hernandez film which I saw earlier that day, but that's ANOTHER story). There was more vocal harmonizing, there was more improvisation, there was more palpable joy, there was more of Stevie singing TO Lindsey. There was love. If you ask me, it's time to get into the studio and put some of that magic down on record.

2. Stevie and Lindsey were hams, and it was wonderful. Stevie's Lindsey-in-the-bed story, both of them making jokes about their age, various pantomimes of being tired or not being surprised to be loved and adored by the crowd or bandmembers. But it was the change in the songs that really galvanized their hamminess, their show-offiness. Throughout I kept exclaiming over Lindsey's playing: "I've never heard THAT before" -- he really seemed to improvising these amazing new flourishes to reinvigorate the songs. And as for Stevie: I've never seen Stevie do "Gypsy" like this -- it was playful, zesty, and moving. She changed a line in Silver Springs and did it purposely -- she was very forceful in saying: "And did you say that YOU love HER." And more: StrandInTheWind and I shared a moment over Stevie's kicka** wail during Gold Dust Woman. She was on fire. And Mick and John were too. . . btw, the band finally has mastered "Storms" and, now, Mick's playing is just so beautiful, especially at the end with the cymbals.

ETA: And Lindsey was a super ham on Never Going Back Again, which now has an extended intro I've never heard before... it was gorgeous... and then his singing of the song is just so over the top now. But, vocally, very lovely, all his little flourishes. And "Oh Well" is becoming a vaudeville routine. And I ain't complaining!

Great show. I got second row seats and snuck up in front of the stage. Where I stepped on way too many toes. Apologies.
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Yes, he's psychotic. It's not that I even want him to stop. I just want to understand the mentality of someone who needs to do that. What is going on inside of him that he feels compelled? I'm sure he's read a couple of reviews saying how tedious it is, so why is the speech actually getting longer? I'm not asking why he gives a speech. I'm asking why is he extending it? I'm afraid for you people in Europe. By the time Lindsey gets there your very lives may be in danger. Stock up on water and food rations.
Psychotic and incomprehensible! He broke down the significance of "Big Love" in two parts, and then he kept referring back: "So with the first part..." "And as for the second part..." "Going back to the first part..." etc. I was like: Huh? People really only care about the second part, so leave it at that. The audience got really annoyed. He totally lost everybody, but then his virtuoso playing on that song sucks them all back in.
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P.S. - Am I crazy or did Stevie NOT do the "Never get away! Never get away!" part this time?
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P.S. - Am I crazy or did Stevie NOT do the "Never get away! Never get away!" part this time?

No, you aren't crazy. I noticed that too as she was singing those lines! I figured that was the tradeoff for her singing it last night since she didn't do it the night before.
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Throughout I kept exclaiming over Lindsey's playing: "I've never heard THAT before" -- he really seemed to improvising these amazing new flourishes to reinvigorate the songs.
What about that AMAZING riff in the middle of GDW? I don't think he had done that before. Stevie was staring at him like "Wow!" I think he would have kept going if she didn't start the next line. It was before the second verse, "Rock on ancient Queen.."

And the ending was just phenomenal, although I was really concerned that she was going to fall over. lol. Seriously.

You'll all see what I mean when Pattie posts the vid.
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What about that AMAZING riff in the middle of GDW? I don't think he had done that before. Stevie was staring at him like "Wow!" I think he would have kept going if she didn't start the next line. It was before the second verse, "Rock on ancient Queen.."
Yes! That is precisely one of those moments to which I was referring. THEY NEED TO GET MAKING SOME MUSIC TOGETHER RIGHT NOW!! grr.
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Fleetwood Mac at Madison Square Garden: Backstage Pass
by Michele Romero
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Fleetwood Mac's Rumours was the very first album I heard as a kid that made me lust for music and obsessively watch the dust collect on the record needle as it picked sound up out of those waxed grooves. Therefore, I have loved this band forever.

Last night, the famously tumultuous group, who have reformed (minus Christine McVie) for a greatest hits tour called "Unleashed," did just that at Madison Square Garden, and I was lucky enough to be tenth-row center on the floor.

I was mesmerized watching guitarist Lindsey Buckingham's fingers pick out notes on songs that everyone knows by heart ("Dreams," "Landslide," "Tusk," "Go Your Own Way") but also just crying my eyes out with gratitude watching this virtuoso working so hard right in front of me that I could see him wince in pain and grab his back to quell a spasm after every few songs (the dude is almost 60).

Stevie, in contrast -- all wrapped in her cocoon of black and maroon scarves -- could just effortlessly mouth the words "Sara" or "Gypsy" into the mic and melt ice. She is the only person in the universe with that voice and I'm grateful she and Lindsey met up in High School back in 1965, as Stevie reminded the crowd while sharing an impassioned lesson in Fleetwood Mac history. Also? This band opened for Janis Joplin and played on the same stage as Jimi Hendrix in San Francisco.

Mick Fleetwood is still sporting those little dangling fabric balls on his trousers, a la the Rumours album cover, which made me wonder if he just wears them all the time (awkward meeting new people like that) and he pounded that drum kit all night like he was made out of Viagra.

I ended up backstage with Stevie Nicks (connections!) at the end of the show and petted her dogs, including an elderly Yorkie who barked at us as if we were in his dressing room and we should get out now. Scarves hung about the space, and I spied boxes of blonde hair color peeking out of a drawer in an equipment case that said "Stevie" in pink spray-painted letters. I was too shy to say hello but wish I had said thank you. So, thank you, Stevie!

What was the first record that started your love of music -- you know, the one you played 1000 times until it broke and you had to get a new one? Was Rumours one of them?
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