Concerts

Fleetwood Mac - US Airways Center - 5/30/2013

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The actual members of Fleetwood Mac were the minority on stage. A second guitarist, a keyboardist, two female backing vocalists, and a second drummer were curiously hidden behind Buckingham's wall of amplifiers and augmented the band as they lumbered through opener "Second Hand News," and on through "The Chain" and "Dreams."

And then something beautiful happened. Buckingham mentioned that they had been recording new material, some of which appears on their new EP, the awkwardly titled Extended Play and introduced one of those selections, the excellent "Sad Angel." I cannot, off the top of my head, think of any other band that has been around as long as they have that has issued a song so fantastic. I'm serious. It's really good. The entire band, Mick Fleetwood especially, seemed to light up with the opportunity to play great new material.

The band followed up with Nick's witchy crowd pleaser "Rhiannon," and though her voice has changed over the years, she still has "it." There is something very Billie Holiday about her, although her range in her 60s far exceeds Holidays at 20. Her youthful range has been replaced by a depth that can only come from a lifetime of being Stevie Nicks.

After "Rhiannon," Nicks left the stage, leaving Buckingham to talk about the creative versus commercial challenge they faced after the blockbuster Rumours album, and the follow up, Tusk -- a sprawling and uneven double album that has become the stuff of legend, and a musicians' favorite (see notes below.)

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Shane Kennedy