Fleetwood Mac Gig Review

By Matt Drake 

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Last Tuesday I couldn’t stop thinking about tomorrow -which was Wednesday—because it was the day Fleetwood Mac played the Manchester Arena

Controversially they had cancelled the previous date they were supposed to play in Manchester, this made me panic that they’d had another row and had perhaps cancelled the rest of the tour dates. Thankfully they hadn’t broken the chain, and thankfully my ticket was in July instead of June.

Incidentally the first song they played was “The Chain”, proving that the song had stood the test of time as had the band. Indeed Fleetwood Mac are one of life’s biggest rarities, a band which has, and will, stand the test of time. Although they are beginning to look their age, (except from Christine McVie because she is looking fine for a 71 year old), they haven’t slowed down one bit. They played a marathon set of two and a half hours, it was relentless. Lindsey Buckingham has confirmed in my mind that he is perhaps one of the best guitarists of all time, his finger picking was mesmerising.

This tour saw the “classic” line up re-united with Christie McVie, ‘our songbird has returned’ said Mick Fleetwood. Christie also closed the gig with her hit of the same name, which aptly sealed off the night. I know this might be—as Holden Caulfield would say – corny, but, a gig has never made me feel that emotional before.

Seriously, even the stage banter was deep—profound even. Lindsey addressed the scandals surrounding the band’s break ups, “whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, we’re still here, and so are you, you gotta keep moving…”. Also, one of the highlights was undoubtedly the rendition of “Landslide”. Performed with just Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks as they looked into each other’s eyes, Stevie wiped a tear from her cheek at the end.

The music still strikes an emotion in everybody, it touches a nerve. The audience members were spread across generations, a mixture of young and old, again showing the enduring quality of the music. Although the tickets were ridiculously expensive—especially since Mick Fleetwood lives in a mansion in Hawaii – it was most definitely worth the price.



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