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Green Bay Press-Gazette (05/14/2004), Mac slow to get on track

Green Bay Press-Gazette, May 15, 2004

Mac slow to get on track
Once Fleetwood & Co. get rolling, Resch livens up
y Kendra Meinert

Fleetwood Mac came to the Resch Center prepared to go the distance — 2½ hours-plus without a breather — but it took a lot of warm-up to get to the sprint.

One of the best-selling pop-rock bands in history, Fleetwood Mac hasn’t survived for more than 35 years without knowing how to ride out the bumps. That’s what Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie did for the first hour of Wednesday night’s show, sputtering through creaky vocals, awkward breaks between songs and uneven pacing of the set before hitting their stride somewhere around Nick’s graceful and gorgeous “Landslide.’’

“Children get older, I’m getting older, too,’’ 55-year-old Nicks sang, her husky voice in fine form and the slightest smile crossing her lips each time she came back to that telling line.

It was the first time the crowd of 8,042 showed real signs of life as it sang along. Momentum early in the night was slow to build, and it wasn’t until the band rolled out freshened-up classics like “Tusk’’ (with University of Southern California marching band footage), “Stand Back’’ and “Go Your Own Way’’ that the band and fans showed their full arena potential.

Buckingham came off as the driving force behind the group’s live show. The 56-year-old laid down an impressive showcase of surprisingly heavy guitar work. His scorching arrangement of “Come’’ off the band’s current “Say You Will’’ album bordered on metal. As potent as his vocals and riffs were on a solo acoustic take on “Big Love,’’ fans still seemed to take it as a sign to hit the concession stands.

It was Nicks, drenched in layers of sparkling black and a cache of fringed shawls, who remains the front person of choice for the band. When she was in full-blown gypsy mode on “Gold Dust Woman’’ — arms outstretched, twirling across the stage, her wings dramatically backlit — it was the old Fleetwood Mac fans know and love.

That doesn’t mean vocalist/keyboardist Christine McVie, who split from the band, wasn’t missed. Fleetwood Mac seemed to lack a stage cohesiveness without her.

Too often, the band’s new songs felt like self-indulgent solo pieces for Buckingham. John McVie, who got little video screen time, seemed to fade into the shadows. Fleetwood, looking like a delightfully demented Tevye from “Fiddler on the Roof,’’ stepped out from behind the drum kit to pull off an outrageous percussion solo for the encore.

But Mac was most back when Nicks and Buckingham were sharing vocals, such as the goes-down-easy “Peacekeeper’’ and “Silver Springs.’’ When the famously former lovers embraced as they danced during “Tusk,’’ it was the kind of harmony that nostalgic fans who can’t stop thinking about tomorrow appreciated most.

Date: 2004-05-14         Number of views: 2297

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I just wanted to say that I went to the Fleetwood Mac concert in Green Bay on May 12th. They were out of this world! I do not agree with this article in saying that they were slow in starting the show. Fleetwood Mac was the best as they always have been.

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