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Fleetwood Mac decides fiftieth Pinkpop

By Koen Nederhof and Bart Wijlaars
10 Jun. 2019 in ENTERTAINMENT

Nobody mentioned the name of Fleetwood Mac last year as a possible conclusion to the fiftieth edition of Pinkpop. However, the surprising choice works out fine. Although the show - without the replaced guitarist Lindsey Buckingham - will not go into the books as legendary. That would have earned this anniversary.

Fleetwood Mac (archive photo).
Fleetwood Mac (archive photo).Ⓒ PHOTO GETTY IMAGES

Hits are natural, plus a mythical status. Fleetwood Mac also appeared on Pinkpop 49 years ago and has since worked on an oeuvre of great value. Nobody was surprised that Pinkpop Monday was treated to a greatest hits show.

That led to a feast of recognition, an audience that enthusiastically sang along with songs such as Everywhere and opener Little lies . Accepting that Christine McVie and certainly Stevie Nicks sometimes did not get the right tones or bend down for safety reasons.

Admittedly, that made Lindsey Buckingham long for. Last year the 69-year-old singer / guitarist left the band after an accident. For the second time, by the way, because it has often crackled in the band's glorious existence. Mutual hatred, envy and sorrow of love were at the same time the driving force behind the legendary album Rumors , of which many hit tonight. Dreams , You make loving fun , Go your own way : they all came by.

The replacements of Buckingham, Neil Finn (known from the New Zealand pride Crowded House) and Mike Campbell (who was part of The Heartbreakers from the founding in 1976 until the death of Tom Petty in 2017) fulfilled their role with verve. Of course Finn has to fill huge shoes and he certainly did not match the original in terms of vocals. On the other hand, he did well on guitar. And in the Black Magic Woman solo , Campbell also survived, although he was sometimes wrong elsewhere.

At the same time, a lengthy presentation round, lengthy introductions of songs and the lack of real party moments also detracted somewhat from the show, which will therefore not be included in the list of historic Pinkpop performances. Despite covers, don't dream it's over (Crowded House) and Free fallin (Tom Petty). There was no lack of rock-solid music, but there was a spectacle and bravado to transcend the room sufficiently.
"I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective. What that did was to harm the 43-year legacy that we had worked so hard to build, and that legacy was really about rising above difficulties in order to fulfill one's higher truth and one's higher destiny."
Lindsey Buckingham, May 11, 2018.

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