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Ghost_Tracker 01-27-2015 08:57 PM

Volume Level at Fleetwood Mac Concerts
 
Hi, guys. I'd like to ask everyone's opinion on something. I caught the show at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday Night and totally loved it. It was my first Fleetwood Mac concert and I had an absolute blast. And I was very impressed with how "tight" the band is, musically.

But -

Yeah. Not to be a stick-in-the-mud, but I thought the volume really was WAY too high. Mind-numbingly so - EPIC.
Dangerously high.

It certainly was much, much higher than any other concert I've ever been to, including Stevie solo concerts.

So I was wondering how other people feel about this, and what their opinions are.


P.S. - Ironically, I seem to remember that a couple of years back, Mick was speaking publicly about volume levels at rock concerts, saying that they are too loud - dangerously so - and should come down.

Machu 01-27-2015 09:36 PM

Fleetwood Mac is the whole reason I bring ear plugs with me to concerts just in case. When I saw them in '09 (I think) I was hoping that I wouldn't leave with permanent damage from the volume at their concert. My ears rang for the next day. I have never felt the need to wear them at any other concert I've been to since. For what it's worth, Stevie's concerts always seem to be the perfect loudness, imo. I can't remember where, but I've read somewhere in the past that Lindsey likes his music LOUD and he's very particular about the sound (I remember he even cancelled a show in Nebraska once because he was so dissatisfied with the sound) so I would guess he's the culprit.

Macfanforever 01-27-2015 10:21 PM

I never had issues with FM playing to loud .Some shows the volume was to low.The guy next to me at the Hartford show was complaining about the level being to high.It was ok to me.

What I cant stand is these opening acts playing to loud and by the time the main artist comes on stage your ears are ringing from the opening act.

Thank goodness FM dont have any opening acts.

Stevie shows could be louder at times.Peter Frampton was to loud at the RAL tour.When Stevie came out .Our ears were already ringing.I do enjoy Peter tunes but not that loud as an opening act.If he was the main act.I would not mind.

mottabam 01-27-2015 11:50 PM

Interesting because I thought the volume was too low at Tampa on December 20th. Somehow I remember the volume seemed louder during the 2013 tour.:shrug:

Macfan4life 01-28-2015 08:44 AM

I saw them in Pittsburgh and thought the level was perfect. It was not too loud at all.
I remember in the 1980s and seeing Motley Crue for the Theater of Pain tour and everyone was deaf after the concert. As teenagers we all thought it was funny but such serious hearing loss even temporarily cant be a good thing :eek:

kak125 01-28-2015 09:45 AM

At the Pittsburgh show I thought the sound could be a little louder. I was telling my friend how loud they were and then when they come on stage and starting playing I didnt even need to wear my earplugs.
Now seeing Metallica & GNR at 3 Rivers Stadium back in the day was loud as hell and the last time I saw Heart my ears were ringing pretty bad -ha! The show that had my ears ringing for years was Filter. I saw them at small club near my house about 5-6 years ago and I thought I had permanent damage but one day a few years later the ringing stopped.
Also my hubby took me to Toronto back in 2003 to see Fleetwood Mac and that show was so loud I felt like my ears were bleeding during Come! I never wanted a song to be over so bad in my life!!

jbrownsjr 01-28-2015 10:02 AM

I thought the volume was perfect for the three shows I attended.

KarmaContestant 01-28-2015 10:47 AM

Every time I see FM or Stevie I think it's too loud. I saw Willy Moon, and his show was too loud. Can't think of any other artists I've seen who leave this impression.

jbrownsjr 01-28-2015 10:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KarmaContestant (Post 1159482)
Every time I see FM or Stevie I think it's too loud. I saw Willy Moon, and his show was too loud. Can't think of any other artists I've seen who leave this impression.

Of course, I'm never really close up. I'm always at least halfway back.

dontlookdown 01-28-2015 10:52 AM

They've always been one of the loudest bands I've ever seen -
going back to 1979, for me.
But I love them loud. As long as the venue has good acoustics.
I love feeling the drum and bass in my chest. Not too many other bands can do that
for me.

jbrownsjr 01-28-2015 11:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dontlookdown (Post 1159484)
They've always been one of the loudest bands I've ever seen -
going back to 1979, for me.
But I love them loud. As long as the venue has good acoustics.
I love feeling the drum and bass in my chest. Not too many other bands can do that
for me.

I love the feeling the volume give you, too. I can feel the rhythm section.

Macfanforever 01-28-2015 02:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Macfan4life (Post 1159472)
I saw them in Pittsburgh and thought the level was perfect. It was not too loud at all.
I remember in the 1980s and seeing Motley Crue for the Theater of Pain tour and everyone was deaf after the concert. As teenagers we all thought it was funny but such serious hearing loss even temporarily cant be a good thing :eek:

Cant be any worse then what todays teens and twenty somethings listen in their Boom Boom car stereos.98 percent what I hear out of those systems sound like crap nevermind the music is crap.

Macfanforever 01-28-2015 02:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jbrownsjr (Post 1159488)
I love the feeling the volume give you, too. I can feel the rhythm section.

I agree .You can feel Mick and John inside me.LOL.....

FuzzyPlum 01-28-2015 03:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Macfanforever (Post 1159503)
I agree .You can feel Mick and John inside me.LOL.....

Oooooohhhhhhh. er?

The sound is what is so impressive for people. Casual fans just don't expect it from Fleetwood Mac. The sound level is just right.... BOOOOM.
Its not just the volume though- even I forget just how much drum and bass oomph they have. Hits me every time.

James89 01-28-2015 06:19 PM

I went to the Birmingham concert in September 2013 and I wasn't sure how loud it would be as it was my first concert. I was a but nervous before it started but I was pleasantly surprised when Mick's drums kicked in for Second Hand News as I thought it was going to be louder. John's bass was also not loud enough which I found disappointing as that is one of the main attractions for me and why I love their music so much.

I'm going back to the same venue to see them on June 8th so I hope the bass is louder and if the overall sound is louder then that would be fine by me! :thumbsup:


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