some twenty years since I last saw the Mac at this very venue on the Tango
In The Night tour. An album largely written by Lindsey Buckingham,
but he refused to do that tour and he place was taken by Ritchie Vito and
Buckingham songs were left in his guitar case for that tour.
keyboardist/vocalist Christine McVie has long since retired to the Kent
countryside, but Lindsey Buckingham is back in the fold. The history
of Fleetwood Mac has always been a chequered one and well documented.
record the line-up of Fleetwood Mac since 2002 is long stayers John McVie
(Bass) Mick Fleetwood (Drums), back comes Stevie Nicks (Vocals) and
Lindsey Buckingham (Guitars and vocals). For this tour helping out
on keyboards in the background is Brett Tuggle whom some of you may
remember played in David Lee Roth's band on the 'Skyscraper' album and
tour it is being billed as 'Unleashed - The Hits', well it's not hits
exactly as only one song written by Christine McVie is played tonight, a
stripped down version of 'Say You Love Me'. Most of the material
tonight is written by Nicks or Buckingham or both and as the show wore on,
this became the Buckingham Nicks show, and what a show it turned out to
Mac have made their millions by being perfect radio friendly fodder, but
most of the songs tonight were drawn out out into different dimensions by
the excellent execution by Buckingham who interpreted these songs and gave
them a new lease of life. When it comes to guitar greats Buckingham
is rarely seen on the list, but the guy was on fire tonight stomping his
feet on the ground at the end of every great accomplishment.
halloween night and there's no place I'd rather be than to watch Stevie
Nicks casting her spell and twirling her scarfs to the likes of the
Christine Mcvie may have wrote some fine poppy songs, but the material from
Nicks and Buckingham is deep and heartfelt. 'Tusk' starts slow and moody
with the lyrics ''Why don't you ask him if he's going to stay?'' from Buckingham
before building up and up into a tsunami that crashes over the Wembley crowd.
At the end
of 'Sara' Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham embrace each other in a
message that lets bygones be forgotten that gets a rapturous applause from
complaint tonight is that no material from the rather good 2003 release
'Say You Will' is performed meaning that the newest song is a acoustic
driven 'Big Love' which is 22 years old.
You couldn't hear a pin drop during 'Landslide'. Stevie Nicks says the band for
this tour wanted to play a song that they hadn't performed before on previous
tours, for which we got - from the 'Tusk' LP - an enchanting 'Storms'.
Woman' was beautifully drawn out, Buckingham took us back to the Peter
Green days with a rocking 'Oh Well' and his frenzied guitar solo at the
end of 'I'm So Afraid' got a standing ovation.
encore Nicks and Buckingham walked on stage hand in hand, and although it
was maybe a little scripted, even the writers of BBC's Eastenders couldn't
write a happy ending like that.
thrilling and energetic drum solo from Mick Fleetwood during 'World
Turning', this was a pulsating performance. All four band members
were clearly enjoying being back on the stage. This is a drama that
will go on and on. The Mac is back. Gig of the year.
photos by Mark Taylor
Monday Morning / The Chain / Dreams / I Know I'm Not Wrong / Go Insane /
Rhiannon / Second Hand News / Tusk / Sara / Big Love / Landslide / Never
Going Back Again / Storms / Say You Love Me / Gold Dust Woman / Oh! Well /
I'm So Afraid / Stand Back /Go Your Own Way .....encores...World Turning /
Don't Stop / Silver Springs