Thursday, May 21, 2009

Fleetwood Mac "Unleashed" 2009 Tour



“You and Dad ought to go see Fleetwood Mac!”
“Are they coming to town?”
“Yes, and there are still many great seats available.”
“Hmm”
“I’ve got the screen up right now, should I order them for you?”

This is how our daughter makes sure that my husband and I have a life, even on a school night. Last night, we went to see Fleetwood Mac give a great two and a half hour performance of a couple of dozen of their greatest hits.

What struck me as we walked through the parking lot was the number of young fans streaming into the arena. How did they become fans? Was it that their parents played Fleetwood Mac’s music at home, the Dixie Chicks remaking “Landslide”, or Bill Clinton using “Don’t Stop” as his campaign anthem? However they got there, I can vouch that their love of the music is as ardent as the first generation fans.

The band, all original members sans Christie McVie (sadly), still sounds incredible. With no new album to promote, the band decided to “keep it fun”, as Lindsey Buckingham put it early in the concert. They delivered song after song just as we remember it from decades ago with only a few adjustments to accommodate some loss in voice range. The concert was pure music without a lot of antics and gimmicks, sprinkled only occasionally with introductions to some of the songs.

Stevie Nicks introduced “Gypsy” by telling us how she met Lindsey Buckingham in her last year at Menlo-Atherton High School right here in Menlo Park, only one town over from Palo Alto. Nicks recalled how they formed a band named “Fritz”, which gained immediate popularity, with their success rising until they became the opening acts for Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin. Nicks said she wrote “Gypsy” ten years later when she was looking back fondly to those days.

Here are a couple of clips from last month; last night’s performance was very similar.

Stevie Nicks sounded great, but yes, she still slurs her all her words, so I'm providing the lyrics as a public service:
Gypsy

So Im back, to the velvet underground
Back to the floor, that I love
To a room with some lace and paper flowers
Back to the gypsy that I was
To the gypsy... that I was

And it all comes down to you
Well, you know that it does
Well, lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice
Ah, and it lights up the night
And you see your gypsy
You see your gypsy

To the gypsy that remains faces freedom with a little fear
I have no fear, I have only love
And if I was a child
And the child was enough
Enough for me to love
Enough to love

She is dancing away from me now
She was just a wish
She was just a wish
And a memory is all that is left for you now
You see your gypsy
You see your gypsy

Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice
And it all comes down to you

And it all comes down to you

Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice
And it all comes down to you

I still see your bright eyes, bright eyes
And it all comes down to you
I still see your bright eyes, bright eyes
And it all comes down to you

I still see your bright eyes, bright eyes
(she was just a wish)
(she was just a wish)
And it all comes down to you

Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice
And it all comes down to you

Lindsey Buckingham, born right here in Palo Alto, still plays a mean guitar, note the part from 4:40 onward:


As in this clip, last night’s audience sang along with Stevie Nicks:

Landslide

I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
till the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love
Can the child within my heart rise above
Can I sail thru the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older
I’m getting older too

Oh, take my love, take it down
Climb a mountain and turn around
If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide will bring it down

If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well maybe the landslide will bring it down





Though I missed Christie McVie's smoky voice, all the members of the band turned in great performances, but Lindsey Buckingham's artistry on the guitar was mesmerizing and his showmanship carried the show.  Mick Fleetwood's drum solo towards the end of the concert was fantastic. The tour has concerts scheduled through the end of May with rumours of concerts being added into June. If they are coming near you, I highly recommend this tour.

It was so lovely spending the day with Fleetwood Mac songs endlessly running through my head. Thank you, my sweet daughter, for thinking of your ol’ parents.

9 comments:

Postcards and Coasters said...

I love Fleetwood Mac! I saw Stevie Nicks in concert in Az. a few years ago. Love her music! I think she's from Az.?

Check out my blog tomorrow for my Friday Photo...

A Cuban In London said...

You lucky woman! You got to see Stevie Nicks up that close! I loved Fleetwood Mac in my adolescent years (it was the mid 80s, remember? :-D). Thanks for this reminder.

Greetings from London.

Middle Aged Woman Blogging said...

I love Fleetwood Mac! I've seen them 3 times in concert. Back in the early 70's they played at a local pavilion in my city's park. Then they made it HUGE and deservedly so. Good for your daughter!! We all need daughters like that! Lucky you!

Relyn said...

I was thinking of you at this concert. I'm so glad you had a marvelous time.

Ruth said...

Oh fun!

I don't think I could go to one of their concerts without Christy McVie. I always needed her to balance out Stevie Nicks.

But what great songs and memories.

One of the joys of my life has been reliving the music I loved as a teenager through our son, a guitarist. In fact some music I didn't listen to became favorites after he learned to play them - Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughn.

You can't help but love good music, right? So our kids loving music from the 60s and 70s is no wonder, I suppose!

dutchbaby said...

Dear Postcards,
Stevie Nicks is a great songwriter and I was very happy I got to see her in concert.

Thanks for the link to my Quito posts; I loved yours!

Dear Cuban,
I am so very lucky but those front-row videos were not mine, I got them from YouTube; our tickets were a bit further back. I remember the 80's but I was not an adolescent, I was in my thirties.

Dear MAWB,
Three times? That's great! Our daughter is definitely on the ball, we are very blessed.

Dear Relyn,
Thanks for thinking of us - it was a wonderful evening!

Dear Ruth,
Christy McVie is my favorite Fleetwood Mac singer also and I was apprehensive about her absence, but they still sounded wonderful.

You are fortunate to have a musical son. I used to love listening to our daughter play flute; alas, she no longer plays.

Good music is good music, no matter the era.

Elizabeth said...

You lucky girl, you enjoyed yourself I'm sure of that.

paris parfait said...

Oh, what fun! Love his guitar-playing. And speaking of the young fans, at my daughter's wedding, the DJ played mostly '70s hits - and all the young people there loved the music!

dutchbaby said...

Dear Elizabeth,
Wij hadden zeker een leuke avond!

Dear Paris,
Buckingham's guitar playing was impressive. He played almost continuously for two and a half hours. So much talent. That's amazing about your daughter's wedding!

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