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CONCERT REVIEW: Fleetwood Mac – First tour stop had it all

(Courtney Hergesheimer/Columbus Dispatch)
Singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was the artistic center of Fleetwood Mac’s concert in Nationwide Arena. The show kicked off the band’s latest tour. (Courtney Hergesheimer/Columbus Dispatch)

Band in fine form as it satisfies crowd in Nationwide

By Curtis Schieber
Columbus Dispatch
Friday April 5, 2013 12:21 AM

Fleetwood Mac returned to performing in concert for the first time in three years last night in Nationwide Arena, the core four members putting on their rock ’n’ roll greasepaint as if it had just came off the night before. Columbus was the first show in a 50-gig run.

The band didn’t reserve anything for the next 49, as it delivered mega-hits, out-of-the-way album tracks, solo work and even a couple of new tunes.

The million-sellers brought the house down, especially selections from the group’s mid-1970s albums, with “Dreams,” “The Chain” and “Rhiannon” duplicating enough of the originals to not only welcome the crowd but also loosen it up.

The band hit the ground running, with “Second Hand News,” a song with all the group’s strengths, from the deep groove plowed by rhythm section and titular original members John McVie and Mick Fleetwood to the candy-like harmony leads of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

It set the scene for a tour through the two singers’ tangled love lives, which inform a good many of their songs.

The band made tunes that dallied with the darker side, more mysterious still. “Sisters Of The Moon” opened with considerable drama and ended with Nicks emoting almost as if in fits. “Gold Dust Woman” was at once spooky and dreamy. Still, the rhythm section proved why it is — after nearly 50 years — one of the most powerful and distinctive in the business.

Buckingham delivered leads that nearly burned down the hall, while adding a richness to the mix with consistently sophisticated guitar work.

Nicks sounded terrific, avoiding the annoying and taxing signature tremolo and concentrating on the natural emotion in her voice. “Gypsy” particularly showcased her maturing instrument with a succulent delivery.

Though she was more energized than during her last visit, she nonetheless was slowed, rarely moving away from the mike and only a couple of times venturing to Buckingham’s side of the stage. Even though her trademark spin was reduced to about 16 RPM during “Gypsy,” any movement nonetheless elicited raves.

Buckingham not only led the group firmly but was the artistic center. A dissertation about taking musical chances was followed by a few selections from Tusk. The singer’s declaration of the album’s originality hit the mark, even if he neglected to mention that its commercial failure nearly sank the record industry.

The new material boded well for the future, especially “Sad Angel,” which will be released in an upcoming EP. Interestingly, “Without You” was an old song the group forgot but rediscovered in a YouTube video.



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