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Seattle Times (07/29/2003), Fleetwood Mac brings new spirit to old tunes

Seattle Times, Tuesday, July 29, 2003 

Concert Review
Fleetwood Mac brings new spirit to old tunes
by Tina Potterf, Seattle Times staff reporter

These days, reunion tours are commonplace. Bands as varied as the Eagles and Jane's Addiction have mounted much-touted "comeback" tours, with varying degrees of success.

When Fleetwood Mac announced in 1997 they were getting back together, even some of their most devoted fans likely let out a sigh and thought, "Oh, no, here we go again. ... "

More than five years later the band still is together, and as they demonstrated in a 2--hour show Saturday night at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, they've still got it.

Even after the well-documented break-ups, makeups and tumultuous times that have tagged alongside Fleetwood Mac since the group started in the late 1960s, the chemistry and intuitiveness that brought Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood together still are there.

The fact that some thought this group never would last is not lost on the band members. "Everyone knows it's been a long, strange trip," Buckingham told the crowd. "But the point is, we're still here."

Looking invigorated and ready to take the audience on a long musical odyssey, stretching from the "Rumours" album to "Tusk" and the band's latest release, "Say You Will," Fleetwood Mac launched the show with "The Chain." The high energy and spirit that started the night carried through until the last note.

Nicks was in a fine form, looking every bit the "gypsy," with kohl-rimmed eyes and trademark jet-black peasant dresses and glittery shawls that fluidly moved as she glided across the stage. But it's Nicks' voice at once forceful and haunting that makes her a rarity; no one can sing "Rhiannon" or "Gold Dust Woman" with the smoldering intensity that Nicks does.

Nicks dedicated "Landslide" to Seattle, saying "You've always been so supportive of us," before performing the song in a tender, moving way that was intense, without being heavy-handed.

While the night was full of Fleetwood Mac's most recognized songs, including "Go Your Own Way," "Second Hand News" and "Silver Springs," the band did play a sampling from "Say You Will."

As the night ended and the band tore into a kinetic version of "Don't Stop," it was obvious that fans hope the band heeds this message and is around for a long time to come.

Thanks to Rainman for posting this to the Ledge.


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