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Boston Herald (05/29/2004), Recycled Mac still carries a touch of special sauce

Boston Herald, May 29, 2004

Recycled Mac still carries a touch of special sauce
by Linda Laban

It's summer.

It's the Tweeter Center. It's the Mac. Back. Again.

The reunited rock veterans are quite the summer touring fixture since reuniting in 1997. And, as was proved at the Tweeter Center at the beginning of this holiday weekend, last night, that is not entirely a bad thing.

As if to emphasize that point, the Los Angeles based band will release a CD/DVD package titled "Live in Boston'' - recorded on last year's jaunt - on June 15th, which PBS will air as a special two days later.

Last year's tour celebrated the band's first studio record in fifteen years, "Say You Will.'' This one is just for the heck of it, and was more than welcome.

Fleetwood Mac provided over two hours of stunning music, galvanized by the bands legendary inner chemistry and those stunning, classic hits.

If the vocals were a little off now and again, that was just fine. When they were on - and they mostly were - they were evocative. Sure, founders, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, looked like a pair of white-haired grandfathers, but it didn't stop them pounding out rhythms and grooving.

But it was guitarist and vocalist Lindsey Buckingham and the scintillating Stevie Nicks, all dressed up in her flowing witchy woman black garb, who held the attention.

Undoubtedly their voices are marred by age, but on this night they hit the spot, especially on a stripped down "Big Love'' and "Landslide,'' where Buckingham picked his guitar with the barest of backing.

Two guitarists, a keyboard player, an additional drummer and a percussionist, and two backing vocalists filled out the sound, adding polish too.

Though new songs - "Say You Will'' and "Red Rover,'' - were strong and rich, and plaintive soft rockers, there was no beating old standards - "Second Hand News, Nicks' classic "Gold Dust Woman,'' the stunning break up but not down song, "Go Your Own Way,'' a haunting "Rhiannon'' and "Don't Stop.''

All worth enduring Fleetwood's drum solo for.

Really.

Oldies but oh-so wonderful goodies.


Date: 2004-05-29         Number of views: 1515

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