With 50 years of success that traversed through multiple periods of chaos, Fleetwood Mac has gone through there share of ups and downs and always managed to come out sounding just as good as the day they started. With the recent expulsion of longtime collaborator and singer/guitarist Lindsay Buckingham, many fans were unsure of how the band would perform during this 50 year anniversary tour. However, if there is anything that reigns true for Fleetwood Mac, it is that the roster is never certain, but the quality of rock never falters.
Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss Fleetwood Mac live.
5. Their massive collection of hits.
Fleetwood Mac has been around over 50 years and with a career that spans half a century, you are guaranteed to have changes in styles and tempos. Most people know the songs popularized after Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham joined the band back in the 70s, but before songs like ‘Gypsy’ and ‘Landslide’ came around, Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood were rocking out to bluesy gems like ‘Oh Well’ and ‘Black Magic Woman.’
4. Mick Fleetwood is a beast on the drums
Even at age 71, Mick Fleetwood is and will always be the backbone of Fleetwood Mac. As the co-founder of the band, Mick is the only consistent member of Fleetwood Mac throughout their long-standing career. Usually shadowed from the lights by his massive drum set, Mick sits in the center of the stage and beats his skins as furiously as he did when he started the band. Although Mick’s middle of the set drum solos can sometimes drag on, his “Wildman” persona and bulging eyes are reason enough to stay in your seats.
3. The power of Christine McVie.
If Stevie Nicks is the soul of Fleetwood Mac, then Christine McVie is the heart of the band. Having left the band back in 1998, and rejoined in 2014, the presence of Christine on vocals and keyboards has reintroduced a sense of unity in the band. Raised up on a platform on the side of the stage, Christine’s smoky vocals on songs like ‘You Make Loving Fun’ and ‘Say You Love Me’ make them instant classics, and her no-nonsense attitude on life is the perfect fit for the group.
2. Mike Campbell joining on guitars
Although many fans are bitter about the break up between Fleetwood Mac and Lindsey Buckingham, they will all tell you that Campbell is a solid addition to the band in terms of pure guitar prowess. The absence of Buckingham is clear on songs like ‘Go Your Own Way’, but you can’t deny Campbell’s influence and riff making ability during renditions of ‘Black Magic Woman’ and ‘Oh Well’ (which he takes lead vocals on).
1. Stevie Nicks is the original wild child.
There is no denying the fact that Fleetwood Mac would not be where they are today without the influence and guidance of the one and only Stevie Nicks. Her on again, off again relationship with Buckingham created a sense of beautiful duplicity that gave Fleetwood that extra edge. Over 40 years later, Nicks is still idolized for her amazing vocals and goes her own way mentality, which she proves once again with her haunting depiction of ‘Black Magic Woman’ from the point of view of the woman.
Fleetwood Mac will be touring throughout the rest of the year and then heading overseas to continue their world tour in 2019.