Time at the House of Blues 1995 (Hollywood Reporter)

HEADLINE: Fleetwood Mac;
House of Blues, West Hollywood Sunday, Jan. 22

BYLINE: John Lappen

BODY:
Having been able to withstand a slew of personnel changes over the years, the current Fleetwood Mac is the Frankenstein monster of rock 'n' roll -- stitched together with various parts, a bit scarred but still hale and hardy and seemingly indestructible.

Anchored by two founding members, bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood, the appropriately titled "Another Link in the Chain" tour also features former Traffic member Dave Mason on guitar and vocals, Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett daughter Bekka on lead vocals and guitarist-vocalist Billy Burnette.

This latest incarnation performed a satisfying, at times startling, palette of music during the course of the 135-minute show. At various points, it seemed like the Mac was a superstar cover band as they performed tunes from the various catalogs of different artists.

For example, Mason not only took center stage to perform his solo hits "We Just Disagree" and "Only You Know and I Know," but the band also tore into a loose, funky "Feelin' Alright?," another Mason tune he originally wrote with Traffic. They topped that off with Traffic's signature "Dear Mr. Fantasy." And the ironic fun of "Only You Know" is that it was a hit for Bekka's parents 25 years ago.

Burnette chipped in with a scorching rockabilly cover of "Tear It Up," a tune made famous by his father Dorsey and his uncle Johnny Burnette. McVie and Fleetwood reached back into early Mac history for "Oh Well -- Part 1." Although performed with gusto, it lacked the panache and edginess of the three dueling-guitar attack original.

The versions of the megahits from the Lindsay Buckingham-Stevie Nicks-Christine McVie days also took on a varied spin. Bramlett's soulful, gospel-styled vocals were the centerpiece of "You Make Lovin' Fun," "Go Your Own Way" and "Don't Stop." Naturally, with different personnel, the songs weren't carbon copies, but give credit to the band for not being shy about not only doing their biggest hits but reinventing them stylistically as well.

LOAD-DATE: January 24, 1995


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