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Fleetwood Mac – The Dance (1997)

The Dance (1997) is a live performance album by Fleetwood Mac

Classic lineup reunite for MTV Special

The Dance reunited the quintessential 1975 Fleetwood Mac lineup of Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Stevie Nicks. Recorded over three nights in May 1997 (22-24) on a soundstage in Burbank, California, The Dance commemorated the 20th anniversary of the release of Fleetwood Mac’s 11th studio album Rumours, with new performances of tracks from the landmark album. The vast majority of the recorded footage is from the Friday, May 23, 1997 performance (Buckingham, Nicks, 1997).

The band performed 22 songs in total, including the new “Bleed to Love Her,” “Sweet Girl,” and “Temporary One.” (Fleetwood Mac later recorded “Bleed to Love Her” for its 17th studio album Say You Will in 2003.)

On August 12, 1997, MTV premiered Fleetwood Mac The Dance, a broadcast of the Burbank soundstage performances, with subsequent airings on August 16 and 17.

Release

On August 19, 1997, Reprise Records released The Dance on CD and cassette, including 17 of the 22 performances. (The omitted songs appeared on the various single releases.) With the help of the MTV broadcast and promotional singles (“The Chain,” “Landslide,” and “Silver Springs“), the album reached No. 1 on Billboard Top 200 Albums. Released as a single for the first time, “Landslide” peaked at No. 51 on Billboard Hot 100 Singles, 22 years after it was recorded.

In the fall of 1997, Warner Bros. released the VHS, DVD, and laserdisc of The Dance, which featured all 22 songs. 

Fleetwood Mac supported The Dance with a successful North American arena tour, performing 45 shows in the U.S. and Canada.

Legacy

In January 1998, The Dance received three Grammy nominations: Best Pop Album, Best Rock Performance by a Group or Duo with Vocal for “The Chain,” and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Silver Springs.”

The Dance reunion led to Fleetwood Mac’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, along with their contemporaries The Eagles. On January 13, 1998, Fleetwood Mac performed “Landslide,” “Big Love,” and “Say You Love” at the induction ceremony. All five members of the “classic lineup,” along with founding member Peter Green, were present to receive the special honor.     

In March 2000, RIAA certified The Dance 5X platinum for the shipment of five million units to retailers.

On October 10, 2018, Reprise reissued The Dance on two vinyl records for the first time.

Songs

  1. The Chain
  2. Dreams
  3. Everywhere
  4. Gold Dust Woman
  5. I’m So Afraid
  6. Temporary One*
  7. Bleed to Love Her*
  8. Gypsy
  9. Big Love
  10. Go Insane
  11. Landslide
  12. Say You Love Me
  13. You Make Loving Fun
  14. My Little Demon
  15. Silver Springs
  16. Over My Head
  17. Rhiannon
  18. Sweet Girl*
  19. Go Your Own Way
  20. Tusk
  21. Don’t Stop
  22. Songbird

*new song

The Dance Timeline

Date Event
May 22-24, 1997 (three performances) Fleetwood Mac recorded The Dance in Burbank, CA.
July 18, 1997 “Landslide” debuted on Billboard Hot 100.
August 8, 1998 “Landslide” peaked at No. 51 on Billboard Hot 100.
August 12, 1997 The Dance premiered on MTV.
August 16-17, 1997 The Dance rebroadcast on MTV.
August 19, 1997 The Dance was released on CD and cassette.
August 26, 1997 The Dance was released on home video (VHS).
September 6, 1997 The Dance reached No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums.
September 17, 1997 Fleetwood Mac launched The Dance Tour in Hartford, CT.
September 23, 1997 The Dance was released on DVD and laserdisc.
November 30, 1997 Fleetwood Mac ended The Dance Tour in Landover, MD.
January 6, 1998 Fleetwood Mac received 3 Grammy nominations for The Dance.
March 2000 RIAA certified The Dance 5X Platinum.
October 18, 2018 Rhino reissued The Dance on vinyl.

References

Buckingham, L. & Nicks, S. (1997, August 15). Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks on the Mark & Brian show [Radio broadcast]. Boston, MA 100.7 FM.

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