Wed 25 Sep – Fleetwood Mac
It has been a lifelong ambition to see Fleetwood Mac play live (despite the fact that they've essentially been broken up the majority of my life), so I was thrilled we managed to snap up a couple of tickets back when they came out. It was pretty torturous having to wait so many months, but totally worth it when it finally rolled around.
We were up in the nose-bleeds at the O2, but it didn't matter. The acoustics were amazing, and every song sounded as it should - from anthemic tracks like The Chain
(played surprisingly early in the set - I would've thought it'd have been saved for an encore number), to Landslide
, which took on a new poignance as Stevie Nicks gave a knowing smile on the line "I'm getting older too". The whole band has obviously aged, and this had an impact on their performances, but not in a negative way. Stevie and Lindsay's voices were perhaps a little deeper and not quite as strong as previously, but they performed with just as much energy. Mick put in almost a 10 minute drum solo, and you certainly couldn't have accused him of not being energetic! Overall, it was amazing to hear some of my all-time favourite songs expertly performed in an arena, and to be able to sing along with other fans. Gold Dust Woman
was definitely a personal highlight - probably my favourite point of the show, though their performances of Tusk
and Big Love
come a close second for sing-along value.
The *one* drawback for me about this gig is that Christine has always been my favourite Maccer, and her songs the ones I love the most (especially You Make Loving Fun
, which I love so much I could genuinely cry about it). The set-list didn't include any songs where Christine originally sang lead vocals (including some of the singles from Tango in the Night
, which have nostalgic value for me, as they were the first Fleetwood Mac songs I ever heard, and the first songs of any artist that I sang along to as a toddler). There was a whisper in the press that she would join the band on stage for one song, but I didn't dare allow myself to believe it because I couldn't bear to be disappointed, and it's a good thing too as she didn't show up. What REALLY devastated me though, is that she DID turn up for the following night's performance!! Thankfully, it was for a song that they had performed the night I went, so I didn't miss out on You Make Loving Fun or anything (which I think would have resulted in a serious emotional breakdown), but still...
That aside, I'm so glad I got to see them. They were as good as I'd hoped they'd be, and it was £70 (eeeek!) well spent.