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Billboard Magazine (05/15/1976), Talent in Action
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BILLBOARD - TALENT IN ACTION - MAY 15, 1976

FLEETWOOD MAC
OAKLAND COLISEUM
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

Group brought its touch of magic here May 2 for more than 50,000 enthusiastic fans attending Bill Graham's "A Day on the Green" presentation.

As Fleetwood Mac whipped into "Station Man", the potential that Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham have brought to the band was immediately obvious.  Against the backbone of Mick Fleetwood on drums, Buckingham's guitar runs picked up and carried the song to a driving intensity with Nicks and Buckingham singing close harmonies.

The arresting feature of this group is a mystic quality permeating the force of its solid rock 'n' roll.  Nicks' penetrating ranges are a perfect complement to the warm, reedly timbre of Christine McVie's vocals.

The set featured old favorites as well as cuts from the group's "Fleetwood Mac" album, such as "Say You Love Me," "Over My Head" and the melodic "Landslide" which spotlighted especially nice acoustic guitar work by Buckingham.

"World Turning," certainly a highlight of the show, established Fleetwood as being not only a dynamic drummer, but a showman as well.  Leaping off the drums midway through the song, he took center stage with an "African Talking Drum" under his arm and singly managed to captivate the crowd.

Fleetwood Mac's live performance of "Rhiannon" reached heights not touched on record.  Nicks delivered the vocals with strength and assurance, whirling around the stage and developing the song into a visual image as well as an audible one.

The band received two encores, which, while being enjoyable, lacked the impact of the initial set.

"The British Are Coming" was the theme of the mammoth "Day On The Green" with British groups  U.F.O., Gary Wright and Peter Frampton completing the bill.  In addition to an unbeatable lineup of acts, the extravaganza included canons that fired from the stage, a marching band and elaborate scenery draping the stage.

(Note:  This was during the making of "Rumours")

Thanks to Kayde for transcribing this and posting it to the Ledge and to Anusha for forwarding it to us.


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