Fleetwood Mac Review
Smirnoff Music Centre, Dallas, TX
Wednesday, June 16, 2004 8:00 pm
I can describe this concert in only two words. "Absolutely Awesome!" This has to be either the first or second best concert I've ever attended. There were over 12,000 fans at the show. We were lucky to be on the first row, center stage.
The band sounded as good as always. It's amazing they can keep the same quality of voice & sound after 30 years.
It was a very energetic 2 ½-hour show. The band added a half-dozen new songs – like Lindsey Buckingham's "Peacekeeper," and "Red Rover"
They played many songs from Rumours and a few other gems such as "I Know I'm Not Wrong" from Tusk. Unfortunately they skipped the Christine McVie songs since she's no longer in the band. (I guess she couldn't put past issues aside for the sake of the band and fans like Stevie & Lindsey.) The band made up for the missing songs by pulling out some of Stevie's lesser known tunes, like "Beautiful Child" and "Stand Back", which I really liked although I did miss Christine's songs. I wish Stevie or one of the backup singers would have done them.
Stevie sounded great. She was perfect in "Dreams," "Gold Dust Woman" and, of course, "Landslide".
Lindsey was in fine shape as well. His guitar work was awesome. He did some brilliant picking on acoustic guitar – especially on "Never Going Back Again" and his solos were fantastic. He made several fans' day by leaning down and letting fans strum his guitar during a couple of songs.
Mick Fleetwood wore this vest with build-in drums and did an awesome solo.
Some of the best moments came when Lindsey and Stevie merged their voices and showed off their playful side. They slow-danced in "Tusk" and "Landslide". Stevie "played" drums on Lindsey's shoulders as he soloed. Their breakup was the fuel behind Rumours, but 30 years later, the wounds are obviously healed. It's too bad Christine couldn't heal her old wounds and join the group.
And of course we can't forget John McVie, Mick's right hand man from the beginning. Just as subdued as always.
As always, all good things must end. These two hours went by so fast it was unbelievable. It seemed like the show was over way too early.
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