Sunday, March 15, 2009

Concert Review: Fleetwood Mac Unleashes On Mohegan Sun

Fleetwood Mac has had their share of hits and heartaches. Everyone thought that their reunion tour from five years ago signaled the end of the band. Instead, it only closed another chapter in the Fleetwood Mac story.

Saturday night, the next chapter in the Fleetwood Mac story came to the Mohegan Sun Arena. Original drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie were joined by singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks. Nicks claimed that this tour was about “having fun” performing, in hopes that audiences would also enjoy the songs.

Lindsey Buckingham took the lead vocals in the night’s opening number, “Monday Morning”. While his delivery was strong throughout the night, his voice has gotten deeper and raspier than in past tours. Mick Fleetwood’s pounding drums led into "The Chain", the first song the band performed from their best selling album, “Rumors”. Staying with the successful album, Stevie Nicks took over the lead vocals on “Dreams”. Nicks became a little talkative with the audience, explaining the meaning behind the band’s top 20 hit “Gypsy”. As Nicks departed from the stage, Lindsey Buckingham performed “Go Insane” from his 1984 solo album. Nicks’ return brought a big applause from the audience as they performed “Rhiannon” and “Second Hand News”, which enticed the audience to get up and dance. The tribal beats of “Tusk” pounded away before slowing the tempo down with “Sara”.

The band would exit the stage, except for Lindsey Buckingham to perform an acoustic version of one of the Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits, “Big Love”. Stevie Nicks returned to the stage as the duo performed “Landslide”, which became a sing-a-long with the audience. The last song performed from the acoustic set was “Never Going Back Again” featuring Buckingham on lead vocals. A stand-up drum kit was brought out for Mick Fleetwood as the band performed “Storms” and “Say You Love Me”. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham more than made up for the absent vocals of retired member Chrissie McVie. Nicks sported a golden shawl to become the “Gold Dust Woman” before exiting the stage once more. During her absence the band would go back in time to 1969 to perform one of their earliest songs, “Oh Well”. Lindsey Buckingham had his time to shine on guitar during an extended jamming solo of “I’m So Afraid”. Stevie Nicks stole the spotlight performing her 1983 solo hit “Stand Back”. Fleetwood Mac ended their set with the crowd favorite “Go Your Own Way”.

Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks returned to the stage hand in hand, but it was Mick Fleetwood’s time to shine. The encore began with “World Turning” which featured an amazing drum solo by Fleetwood. With the audience on their feet, the band finished with their biggest hit song, “Don’t Stop”. A roaring applause brought the band back out for a second encore in which the band would perform the “Rumors” outtake ballad, “Silver Springs”. The audience got their money’s worth and seemed very pleased with their nostalgic trip through Fleetwood Mac’s history . It was definitely a greatest hit package to be “Unleashed”. Coming soon to Mohegan Sun are country superstars Kenny Chesney (April 17th & 18th) and Keith Urban (May 7th & 8th), also No Doubt’s reunion show on June 24th. Visit www.mohegansun.com for tickets and information.

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