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Boulder Daily Camera (10/31/1997), Fleetwood Mac Rekindles Romance

Boulder Daily Camera, October 31, 1997

"Fleetwood Mac Rekindles Romance"
by Jay Dedrick

"Marry him!"

It was one fan's cry to the stage as Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham closed their duet on "Landslide," and a reminder of why a reunited Fleetwood Mac has recaptured the imagination of so many's romance.

Some 18,000-plus filled McNichols Arena Wednesday night to rekindle that old flame with Fleetwood Mac - the pop-minded "classic" lineup, that is, which built a bridge between the blues and the Beach Boys, and is headed for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

It's been 20 years since Buckingham and Nicks were a California couple, whose breakup (along with that of fellow British bandmates John and Christine McVie) turned into platinum on "Rumours," a touchstone album for anyone who cared about pop music (or relationships for that matter) in the late 70's. Whether the sexual tension and romantic tenderness telegraphed from the stage on Wednesday were genuine or mere theatrics is open to debate. What can't be denied is that the chemistry is working- and selling.

The band delivered a generous 2 1/2 hour, hit-filled set comprising 28 songs (given the $60 tag on most tickets, the length was appropriate). Having logged several weeks of roadwork, the band seemed to be at its peak.

The harmonies of Nicks, Buckingham and Christine McVie blended more smoothly than on the reunion album, video and MTV special ("The Dance"), and the rhythm section of founders John McVie and Mick Fleetwood provided a solid bedrock. The presence of five extra musicians who helped sweeten the sound of "The Dance" added polish to the show.

Mac members have been honest about the influence of the Eagles' incredibly successful reunion of 1994 on their own comeback trek. But there's one critical lesson that Fleetwood Mac overlooked: Give the live show and the album/video their own identity. The Eagles offered "Hell Freezes Over", an unplugged set, in stores, while delivering the electric goods on tour.

Fleetwood Mac, on the other hand, forgot most everyone buying a ticket already saw the special and heard the album, a bigger seller than expected. For the band to perform the entire Dance album can be forgiven, to do the songs in nearly the same order (with the same between-song patter) is inexcusable.

It still was a stunning show. Nicks, her twirling Welsh Wish mannerisms, has retained her mystery and charisma and Buckingham's guitar work is amazing and tasteful.

About halfway through the concert, a few surprises - albeit mild ones - arose Nicks' "Little Red Corvette" rewrite, "Stand Back," was a percolating change of pace. "Not that Funny" featured a five-minute drum solo by Fleetwood. Stalking the stage with a maniacal grin, as he did on past tours, the 55-year old turned his torso into a trap set, utilizing a wired vest that triggered assorted samples of drums and voices.

The emotional and musical high point came near the end, a one-two punch that began with a fiery sing-along on "Second Hand News," one of the nine "Rumours" tracks on the set list. Then came "Silver Springs," the most played cut from "The Dance." Nicks faced Buckingham to sing/chant the lyric, "You'll never get away from the sound of the woman that loves you." Even if you were only vaguely familiar with the duo's history, it was a chilling moment.

After closing with "Go Your Own Way," the band did encores of "Don't Stop," "Songbird," and "The Farmer's Daughter," a Brian Wilson song that pledges "I do hope to see you again."

So do we.

Thanks to Lauren for posting this to The Ledge.

Date: 1997-10-31         Number of views: 1043

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