FLEETWOOD MAC: WHAT I REMEMBER A YEAR LATER
I mean this isn't *all* I remember about that concert, but it is a few of the highlights.
- •In all my excitement of going to see them, I totally blanked on it being St. Patrick's Day.For the life of me, I couldn't figure out why my friends kept texting to see if I wanted to go drinking at McGee's or the extraordinary interest in my lack of green clothing until a lady at a gas station gave me one of the strings of green beads she had hanging around her neck so I wouldn't get pinched.
- •The lady who sat in front of me was all decked out in a top hat and shawl while the guy behind me kept proclaiming that he might just pass out from excitement if Stevie Nicks did "Landslide".I'm happy to report that he didn't, thank goodness.
- •The only thing I found more thrilling than being able to hear the opening notes of "The Chain" without a pair of headphones or a car stereo was hearing how well the voices of the optimist (Christine McVie), the poet (Stevie Nicks), and the tortured soul (Lindsey Buckingham) all blended and flowed together in person.It's been almost forty years since it was released and it's still one of the most incredible examples of harmony in existence.
- •I was finally able to confirm why Christine's return did way, way more for the band than just simply restoring "Say You Love Me," "You Make Loving Fun," "Everywhere," "Over My Head," and "Little Lies" to the setlist.The Mac wasn't exactly terrible during her absence, but they had definitely been missing a depth and warmth since she made her exit after '97's The Dance.
- •Lindsey Buckingham didn't leave the stage for the entire two hour show.Even more astounding was the fact that his energy level never seemed to wane. I mean, I'm 27 and there are some days where I need a nap after walking to the mailbox. This man was 65 and running around the stage and cutting up with the crowd like *he* was 27.
- •His acoustic versions of "Big Love" and "Never Going Back Again" also proved why he's one of the most underrated guitarist in music.
- •Hearing "Landslide" sung live will be one of my favorite memories for the rest of my life.Stevie's voice & lyrics, Lindsey's gorgeous guitar playing, and a coliseum full of people singing along while waving their phones above their heads- all coming together to create one of the purest forms of magic and unity that I've ever seen. (Stevie Nicks, by the way, totally belongs in the same category as unicorns & fairies because she really is just. that. magical. It doesn't matter if she's singing "Dreams," "Rhiannon," or a fast food menu, she's going to capture your attention.)
- •Stevie Nicks told this amazing story about walking into the Velvet Underground to buy clothes only to realize she couldn't afford anything in the store. Discouraged, she goes to leave when she has a premonition that one day she'll be able to walk in & buy whatever she wants without having to look at a tag. To close the story, she told the crowd:"Everybody has their Velvet Underground moment, and I just want to remind you- whether you're old or young or middle aged or whatever- that if you love something and you really want to do it, please do not let anyone tell you you can't do it. Because as my mom used to say, life is long and if you're not doing something you love, you're going to be a bored person for the rest of your life. So it's really important that you find that thing that you love, your passion, and you do it."
- •There wasn't an encore of "Songbird" or "Silver Springs".I wasn't expecting "Songbird" because I'd read that Christine was having issues with her hands, but I was really kind of bummed out that Stevie didn't do "Silver Springs" since it's become a fave of mine in recent years.
- •I wrote my first email to a newspaper because of this concert.It's true, but I just wanted to politely point out that "Dreams" wasn't a Christine McVie composition & therefore hadn't left the setlist in her absence. I also asked a genuine question I had about why all reviewers felt the need to point out that Stevie Nicks doesn't sound the same as she did back in the '70s. (I mean, of course she doesn't sound the same; she's in her late 60s with a big hole in her septum for goodness sake. I'd be willing to bet I probably wouldn't sound the same either.)
- •The one (cruddy) picture I still have on my phone.