Posted in music | pictures on June 23, 2013

photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher

Fleetwood Mac @ Jones Beach - 6/22/13
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Fleetwood Mac (Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood) have been on the road for the past couple months for their first full tour in a few years, which already hit MSG, and returned to the NYC-area for a show at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Saturday (6/22). The tour is in celebration of a lot of things. They're supporting a new EP (their first new material in ten years) and the 35th anniversary reissue of Rumours. And as Lindsey mentioned on stage, they're celebrating the fact that when you go against the music industry's formula (in Fleetwood Mac's case, when they released the "difficult" double album, Tusk, as the followup to Rumours), sometimes time can treat the artistic decision well.

The Jones Beach show was my first time seeing Fleetwood Mac, so I can't comment on how it compared to seeing them in their prime, but besides all the retrospective stuff they were talking about on stage, they seemed more like a band hungry to tour again than a nostalgia act. Lindsey is a wildly impressive guitarist to watch, and not only does he still have the stage presence, but he would often put so much into a song that by the end of it, he was panting, stomping the ground, and triumphantly throwing his fist in the air. He practically screamed all of "Not That Funny," pulled off an intricate solo-acoustic rendition of the usually multi-layered "Big Love," and stole the show with his song-ending guitar solo on "Go Your Own Way." Stevie is still great on stage too and her voice is commanding as ever. She had many show-stealing moments too, leading the crowd in sing-alongs with "Dreams," "Landslide," and one of her solo cuts, "Stand Back," but if I had to say, she was most in full force during "Silver Springs," the "Go Your Own Way" b-side that ended up on the new Rumours reissue.

Not only was this my first time at Jones Beach Theater in a long time, it was also my first time this year, which means it was my first time seeing the venue since it re-opened after being severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. (The only other two shows there this year so far were Rascal Flatts or Pitbull.) The brand new stage and boardwalk look great again, and Stevie mentioned on stage that they've got all new dressing rooms too. Mick also mentioned how happy he was to see the place back in good shape during the speech he gave at the end of the show. The next Jones Beach show is Rush tonight (6/23).

More pictures, videos, and the setlist from Fleetwood Mac's show below...

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Fleetwood Mac - "The Chain" at Jones Beach - 6/22/13

Fleetwood Mac - "Rhiannon" at Jones Beach - 6/22/13

Fleetwood Mac - "Dreams" at Jones Beach - 6/22/13

Fleetwood Mac at Jones Beach - 6/22/13 Setlist:
Second Hand News
The Chain
Dreams
Sad Angel
Rhiannon
Not That Funny
Tusk
Sisters Of The Moon
Sara
Big Love
Landslide
Never Going Back Again
Without You
Gypsy
Eyes of the World
Gold Dust Woman
I'm So Afraid
Stand Back (Stevie Nicks song)
Go Your Own Way

Encore 1:
World Turning
Don't Stop

Encore 2:
Silver Springs
Say Goodbye

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Comments (23)

Mediocre venue with no booze. Mediocre band with no soul.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2013 7:30 PM

^ I agree with your comment on the venue.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2013 7:53 PM

did they have their oxygen tanks on stage with them?

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2013 7:56 PM

Gotta pack a flask when going there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2013 8:42 PM

NO BOOZE? Another reason to skip Long Island. No booze, HA!

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2013 9:26 PM

That's a lot of merch for sale. Stevie's gotta eat.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2013 10:35 PM

brooklynvegan = pay for posts. thanks for the jones beach advertisement! the place sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2013 11:10 PM

its a good place to share music here and you can always get supprise

Posted by abtbearings | June 23, 2013 11:19 PM

Despite on their age, they are still rocking like a teenager. It is indeed age doesn't matter when it comes to music. Keep it up!

Posted by Mark Jones | June 24, 2013 12:44 AM

All the merch pics are lol

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2013 1:27 AM

ow fun! Everything looked great! I’m sure they all had tons of fun! I’m hoping to do something this

creative for our little guys 2nd birthday in November but with Fire Trucks.

Posted by Alfred Vickers | June 24, 2013 1:54 AM

It was not a mediocre band with no soul or a mediocre venue. You will post that but not your name. Now who's mediocre!!!!! Lindsay rocked & Stevie just nailed it. As far as your issue with no booze your probally one of the people that has ruined that luxury for everybody else. Don't like it stay home you won't be missed!

Posted by Heidi | June 24, 2013 3:11 AM

Rockin Daddy so OWNED this show. Too bad that the sound wasn't as perfect as MSG. They must not use equalizers called soundboards at Jones Beach.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2013 6:46 AM

You know this band is soft when you've got a guy named Lindsey and a girl named Stevie. Worst "rock" band in history?

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2013 7:52 AM

If you think this band is soft you must be a Justin Beieber fan.

Posted by Sherry Black | June 24, 2013 7:59 AM

stevie needs to quit carbs

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2013 9:38 AM

no booze is the worst at jb, though when REM/modest mouse played and lightning struck the venue and we had to evacuate, we were able to sneak 12 packs in under our ponchos

they do serve booze in the VIP section, but I only 25k/yr

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2013 12:32 PM

You used to be able to get into the VIP section for free if you had a Citi card, or whatever the sponsor was that year. Was pretty nice for a while, but now you have to pay an extra $50 bucks or so to get in there, which is pretty lame.

Either way, just sneak a flask in or drink in the parking lot before the show.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2013 12:38 PM

New troll doing the fire truck thing! How entertaining

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2013 3:08 AM

I didn’t think they were still going, good old Fleetwood Mac

Posted by Dino | June 25, 2013 6:04 PM

i was AT this show and for the people saying theyre mediocre and you need booze for a good time are missing out on a great thing. i havent danced so happily in ages and they sounded fanTAStic! the mac is back!! :)

Posted by Maria | June 25, 2013 11:22 PM

There is booze. You can pay $50 a head to get into VIP, where there are beers and wine and Julia Stiles. So worth it to end the fear that we would have the most sober night ever.

Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2013 9:45 PM

its so addictive its killing me. then i listen to landslide live from 1980. then silver springs and then start over. i cant stop!

Posted by Olive | September 25, 2013 2:48 PM

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