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Charlotte Observer (05/21/2004), Fleetwood Mac back in classic form

Charlotte Observer, May 21, 2004

Fleetwood Mac back in classic form
Backups add bulk, but Buckingham solo stuns
by Courtney Devores

When Stevie Nicks sang "I'm getting older too" during her quiet rendition of "Landslide" with Lindsey Buckingham during Fleetwood Mac's performance Thursday at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, most of their aging audience sang along, hoping to age as gracefully as the band's four remaining members.

Buckingham, Nicks, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and a slew of backing musicians took the stage shortly before sundown, beginning with "The Chain," from their hit-filled 1977 album "Rumours."

The merry band of backing players seemed unnecessary at times (three backup guitars on one song, two backing percussionists on another) however, the show also featured stripped down numbers like Buckingham's stunning solo acoustic guitar workout on "Big Love."

"Rhiannon" received one of the best crowd reactions, with Nicks feeding off the crowd's energy. Despite having sung that tune thousands of times, she assumed her witchy persona with gossamer, black, bat winged sleeves outstretched.

Nicks more often traded her signature twirling for air guitar and piano. She didn't seem to be having as much fun as she did during her last solo tour until she strutted on stage late in the show for her rocking, unMac-like '80s solo hit "Stand Back," during which she shimmied, twirled and kicked.

But Buckingham and Fleetwood, looking ever the pirate, couldn't seem happier soaring through old bluesy songs such as "I'm So Afraid," old hits ("Never Going Back Again") and new ("Say You Will").

Date: 2004-05-21         Number of views: 1511

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