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Return of the Mac: Fleetwood Mac enjoys a new wave of popularity among today’s indie stars

Fleetwood MacBy Chris DeVille
Columbus Alive
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fleetwood Mac
Nationwide Arena
8 p.m. Thursday, April 4
200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Arena District

Fleetwood Mac is one of the most successful rock bands of all time — more than 100 million albums sold, 28 charting singles in the U.S. (and even more in the U.K.), induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — so it figures that the group would spawn a number of tribute albums. What’s surprising is that two recent tributes, last year’s Starbucks/Hear Music-sponsored Just Tell Me That You Want Me and this year’s MOJO-curated Rumours Revisited, are stocked with indie rockers, most of whom weren’t even born when prominent Mac maniac Bill Clinton was busy not inhaling. Apparently, they never would break the chain.

Those records are part of a wider embrace of Fleetwood Mac among young indie musicians, and not just the group’s popular ’70s output. A 2012 article in NME notes that rising indie stars Haim cover “Oh Well” from the bluesy, Peter Green-led ’60s incarnation of the band, while British synth pop stars Hot Chip and New York indie rock globetrotters Vampire Weekend both cover 1987’s “Everywhere.”

As for the tribute albums, hearing artists like nauseous noise-rockers Liars, prog mystics Yeasayer and California pop-rock stoners Best Coast take on classic Mac tracks is sometimes satisfying and sometimes satisfyingly bizarre, but more often than not it becomes clear that the seminal band did it best the first time. As Spin critic Christopher Weingarten asserted in his review of Just Tell Me That You Want Me last year: “Fleetwood Mac connected with listeners because their perfect songs enclosed personal imperfections — they created an illusion of glossy best-coast living, then punctured that illusion with brutal truth. Hardly anyone on Just Tell Me That You Want Me summons that friction. They’re just borrowing crystal visions, telling other people’s sweet little lies.”

Fortunately, the band (with original members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie plus superstars Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks) is back together for a tour that launches Thursday at Nationwide Arena, so anyone itching to hear the songs done right and in the flesh need only fork over hard-earned cash.



Stevie Nicks

MAY 14, 2024
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, TN

MAY 18, 2024
Frost Bank Center
San Antonio, TX

MAY 21, 2024
Yaamava’ Resort & Casino – Yaamava’ Theater
Highland, CA

MAY 24, 2024
BottleRock Napa Valley
Napa, CA

MAY 27, 2024
Delta Center
Salt Lake City, UT

MAY 30, 2024
Ball Arena
Denver, CO

Gainbridge Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, IN

JUN 9 
Mohegan Sun Casino
Uncasville, CT

JUN 12
MVP Arena
Albany, NY

JUN 15 
Hersheypark Stadium
Hershey, PA

JUN 18
Van Andel Arena
Grand Rapids, MI

JUN 21, 2024
Soldier Field
Chicago, IL

European Tour

JUL 3, 2024
Dublin, Ireland

JUL 6, 2024
OVO Hydro
Glasgow, UK

JUL 9, 2024
Co-op Live
Manchester, UK

JUL 12, 2024
BST Hyde Park
London, UK

JUL 16, 2024
Sportpaleis Antwerpen
Merksem (Antwerpen)

JUL 19, 2024
Ziggo Dome

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