Concerts

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

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Nicks returned to join the band for "Not That Funny," "Tusk," and "Sister of the Moon," which could've been "Rhiannon 2" and is a song that, on record, seemed underdeveloped, likely due to Buckingham's lack of interest in working closely with Nicks at that point in their relationship. They don't make that mistake live. It's a moody, spooky, epic live, one for which Nicks can play up the twirling White Witch persona to the hilt. The lovely "Sara" closed out the Tusk portion of the show, which for me, at least, was the highlight of the evening.

Buckingham was left alone on the stage for his frantic "Big Love," Nicks then returned for her classic reflective weeper "Landslide," then joined Buckingham for his sweet and sour "Never Going Back Again," another new one -- actually a just-recorded version of a pre-Mac Buckingham-Nicks demo called "Without You." This acoustic portion of the show ended with Buckingham and Nicks in a touching embrace.

A small drum kit was set up for the Fleetwood for a mellow version of the fantastic "Gypsy" and the neurotic rave-up "Eyes of the World," both from the underrated Mirage LP. Another Nicks showcase, the intense "Gold Dust Woman," and Buckingham's equally frightening "I'm So Afraid" followed.

I'm not sure what made the band decide to include Nicks' solo hit "Stand Back" in the set; if it were up to me (and it wasn't) I would've picked "Edge of Seventeen" off Nicks' solo debut, Belladonna -- and if they're doing solo material, why not Buckinghams solo classic "Trouble," or the fantastic "Don't Let Me Down Again" from the pre-Mac Buckingham Nicks?

The familiar opening chords from "Go Your Own Way" sent the audience into near hysterics, and with that the band said their farewells.

But wait....Yes! Encore...

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Shane Kennedy