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FLEETWOOD MAC Earls Court,London
30 November 2003
It's been 17 years since I last saw Fleetwood Mac, when I was
lucky enough to see them twice in the same year at the Birmingham Nec
and then at Manchestser City's football ground. Both shows were
superb and they are a quality live act. To say I was looking forward
to seeing them was an understatement!
Never seen a concert at Earl's Court before - London's biggest
indoor arena. Vey corporate rock with Pimm's Bars and decent food
stalls (at indecent prices). Fair mix in the audience and a near sell
out, bar a few empty seats in the higher tiers.
The main core of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood &
John McVie are joined by a drummer, percussionist, two female backing
vocals, two guitarists and the only name I recognized, ex-Dave Lee
Roth keys player Brett Tuggle. So a big sound was guaranteed...
'The Chain' started the evening off in fine style and it soon
became apparent that Buckingham and Nicks still have that onstage
magic. Indeed in parts of the show you almost felt like a voyeur,
such was their intimacy. Good dose of new songs from the
excellent 'Say You Will' album including 'Peacemaker' and the title
Buckingham played the guitar hero on a few tunes and he really is
a very talented player. He did a storming solo acoustic version
of 'Big Love' (getting very carried away on the 'oh ah' section!).
Nicks was superb throughout proving her voice is a fine as ever and
illustrated when she sang the moving 'Beautiful Baby' off 'Tusk'.
You got the classics like 'Rhiannon', 'Don't Stop' and 'Go Your
Own Way' in a bumper 2 1/2 hour set, including two encores (the show
closed with newie 'Goodbye Baby' - another Buckingham/Nicks personal
moment perhaps?). In a word - FANTASTIC! Go see them - they play
London again on Dec 10th plus Australian dates in January.
Review: Jason Ritchie