Fleetwood Mac concert invokes nostalgia

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Fleetwood Mac concert invokes nostalgia

The rumors are true: even after more than fifty years on stage, Fleetwood Mac still knows how to bring a house down.

After kicking off the show with a fiery rendition of their 1977 hit, “The Chain,” the band was quick to make it clear that from here on out, they’ve no plans to start taking it slow. Among a slew of other standouts from the band’s performance at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center late last month were a Stevie Nicks-led performance of the Peter Green classic “Black Magic Woman” as well as a delightful rendition of “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” a song originally recorded by the band Crowded House.

Despite Fleetwood Mac’s incredible legacy, perhaps only one man could’ve done the Crowded House classic proper justice. Luckily, Neil Finn, the man behind “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” had been on stage with the band that night, and the performance had gone off without a hitch. Interestingly, however, the former Crowded House frontman wasn’t merely on stage with the band for some sort of one-off collaboration featuring Fleetwood Mac.

In early 2018, for the second time in Fleetwood Mac’s history, the band had again taken on two new members to replace their recently ousted guitarist and sole male vocalist, Lindsey Buckingham. By the time the band had taken to Charlotte late last month, Finn, as well as former Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, had already been formal members of Fleetwood Mac for almost an entire year.

Seeing that he’d been one of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest creative forces since 1975, Buckingham’s firing from the band in 2018 had stirred up plenty of drama. Critics had raised several questions in the weeks leading up to the start of the band’s “An Evening Fleetwood Mac” tour in early 2018.

Namely, how well could the band perform even  without one of its greatest assets?

The answer: nothing, not even the loss of Lindsey Buckingham, was going to slow Fleetwood Mac’s momentum two decades into the new millennium.

Though you won’t see any of Fleetwood Mac’s members doing backflips or pirouetting off the stage like most modern acts, the enduring legacy that the band has built in the last 50 years is more than enough for the newly-minted sextet to stand upon, not to mention that Stevie Nicks’ and Neil Finn’s vocals sound just as incredible as they did back in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Though Finn wasn’t quite able to nail tracks like “Go Your Own Way” or “Second Hand News” as well as Buckingham might have, he and Campbell’s guitar work and interesting new takes on old classics made for an entertaining, unpredictable show, while Nicks and Christine McVie’s performances grounded the night with classic renditions of some of the Mac’s most historically popular tracks.

In the end, despite their age (long time Fleetwood Mac member Christine McVie is now well into her 70’s), the band were still able to put on an incredible show. Fleetwood Mac’s performances and harmonies were well on point, and the band’s ability to command a stage had been obvious from the get-go.

However, even if the band had just stood still for two hours straight, the sensation of seeing some of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest stars in the flesh would’ve been enough to make the concert well worth the time and money.

Perhaps that sensation serves as the greatest testament to the band’s incredible legacy.

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