Sunday, February 8, 2015

Concert Review: Fleetwood Mac Continue "On With The Show" At The Mohegan Sun Arena

It's been couple years since the iconic rock band Fleetwood Mac last visited the Mohegan Sun arena, but even longer since all five members performed together in Connecticut. When they made their appearance in 2009 and in 2013, one crucial part was missing from the band, which could turn a good show into an incredible show and that would be the inclusion of Christine McVie. This time, when Fleetwood Mac played the Mohegan Sun arena Saturday night, they made sure that the entire band was present.

As the lights went out, the sound of crickets filled the arena. That was until the thunderous beat of the opener "The Chain" kicked off over 2 1/2 hours of classic rock music that helped shape rock radio over the course of three decades. Christine McVie drew a huge applause as she took on the vocals of the 1977 single "You Make Loving Fun." At center stage stood the immortal Stevie Nicks, dressed all in black and complete with her black scarves and shawl, as she belted out the lyrics to "Rhiannon." The steady rhythm section of John McVie on bass and Mick Fleetwood on drums made their presence known, keeping the pace of songs like "I Know I'm Not Wrong" and the tribal rhythm of "Tusk." The audience was up dancing to the classics "Say You Love Me" and "Seven Wonders," before it was time for the acoustic section of the show. Guitarist/singer Lindsey Buckingham took the spotlight for a solo acoustic rendition of the 1987 single, "Big Love." Then Stevie Nicks joined him onstage for an emotional delivery of "Landslide," before closing this portion of the show with "Never Going Back Again."

The entire Fleetwood Mac band would reconvene for the band's first single from 1975, "Over My Head." Nicks would once again become the main focus as she donned a gold-colored shawl and seemed to become possessed by the "Gold Dust Women" as she frantically dance to the song's mystical rhythm. Lindsey Buckingham would blow the audience away with his amazing guitar skills during the solo of "I'm So Afraid," which set up the set closer "Go Your Own Way," which was one of the songs of the evening that brought the sold-out arena to its feet.

After a short wait, the encore began with one of Fleetwood Mac's lesser known songs, "World Turning," which featured an energetic, crowd pleasing drum solo from Mick Fleetwood. The song "Don't Stop" become one huge sing-along with the audience before slowing down for "Silver Springs." The band would exit one more time, with only Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham returning to the stage for the piano ballad "Songbird." As the final note rang through the speakers, the rest of the band would rejoin center stage to a roaring applause from the audience. Before leaving for the final time, Stevie Nicks shared the story of how Christine McVie came to rejoin the band after 16 years. The final signal to the end of the night came from Mick Fleetwood who shouted in the microphone "The Mac, most definitely, is back," before finally exiting the stage as all in attendance would undoubtedly agree with that statement.

Setlist: The Chain, You Make Loving Fun, Dreams, Second Hand News, Rhiannon, Everywhere, I Know I'm Not Wrong, Tusk, Sisters Of The Moon, Say You Love Me, Seven Wonders, Big Love, Landslide, Never Going Back Again, Over My Head, Gypsy, Little Lies, Gold Dust Woman, I'm So Afraid, Go Your Own Way
Encore: World Turning, Don't Stop, Silver Springs, Songbird

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