Entries tagged with: Fleetwood Mac
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Gov't Mule at Lockn' 2015 (via)
Virginia's Lockn' Festival wrapped up Sunday (9/13) after two successful previous days. The biggest highlight of day 3 was another set from Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and his band The Sensational Space Shifters, whose day 2 set was fantastic. The Sunday set was a similar idea and did have a few repeats in the setlist, but also gave us a few treats we didn't get on Saturday like "Going to California" and "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You."
Sunday also included Gov't Mule, whose frontman Warren Haynes spent a lot of time on stage this past weekend. He sang for the Phil Lesh & Friends featuring Carlos Santana set on Saturday which we wrote about, and immediately after that he headed to the Blue Ridge Bowl side stage for a Gov't Mule late-night set. After Mule's set on Sunday, he appeared on stage yet again to guest with Widespread Panic. It's Warren's first year since The Allman Brothers Band ended -- and also the 20th anniversary of Gov't Mule's debut album -- and clearly he's still going strong and keeping that Southern rock/blues/jam sound alive and well (he played a couple Allman songs too).
Warren is also touring soon in support of his new solo album Ashes & Dust, which came out earlier this summer on Concord. It's a little folkier than his Gov't Mule stuff, and well-matched support on select dates comes from recent country breakout Chris Stapleton and Justin Townes Earle. The album features his and Grace Potter's oft-performed cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Woman," which you can listen to below. Warren's backing band for the tour includes Jeff Sipe and ChessBoxer.
Around since the start of the decade, Brooklyn band Fort Lean are only just now getting ready to put out their debut album. It's called Quiet Day and will be released this spring via Ooh La La. You can stream the catchy single "I Don't Mind" and "Cut to the Chase" below. The band have also offered up a cover of the Jeremy Spencer Band's "Travellin'" which makes it's premiere in this post. If you're unfamiliar with the original, Fort Lean guitarist Zach Fried will fill you in:
Jeremy Spencer was a guitar player in the initial incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, mostly known for abruptly disappearing while they were on tour in LA and joining a religious cult. This might be his greatest contribution to the world of music, I listen to this song a lot.Have a listen to that below.
Folks in NYC can catch Fort Lean this weekend as they play Rough Trade on Saturday (2/21) with NGHBRS and The Henry Millers. Tickets are on sale. They'll also be heading to SXSW next month, and playing the Savannah Stopover and other dates while on the road. All are listed below.
photo: Fleetwood Mac at MSG, 1/22/2015 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Sunday night (2/8) many thousands of people gave up watching the Grammys live to catch the reunited Fleetwood Mac play the Prudential Center. Like at MSG, they played two dozen songs to a packed house. Unlike at MSG, Stevie did not return to the stage after the last song, but Mick Fleetwood did supply the closing remarks again. Prudential Center setlist and videos below.
Stevie Wonder was not in the audience. We know this for sure because he was seen on TV all the way on the other coast, helping out Usher with some harmonica for Songs in the Key of Life classic "If It's Magic." Then Stevie and Jamie Foxx (who offered up a bit of his Oscar-winning Ray Charles impersonation next to Stevie) presented the final award of the night, Record of the Year to Sam Smith who won four total. Stevie will be visiting the Prudential Center soon though, on April 14, two days after the "Songs in the Key of Life" tour hits Brooklyn's Barclays Center (4/12). Tickets are on Citi/VIP package pre-sales now (as of 10am). A Facebook pre-sale starts Wednesday (2/11), and then a Live Nation/Mobile App pre-sale starts Thursday. Who has the password?
On Monday (2/16), CBS airs Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life -- An All-Star GRAMMY Salute, a two-hour special with performances by Janelle Monáe, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Usher, and more. You can watch the commercial, along with Fleetwood Mac Prudential Center videos, below.
photos by Gretchen Robinette, words by Andrew Sacher & friends.
Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup brought their ongoing tour to Madison Square Garden last night (1/22), their first of four NYC-area shows on this tour. From the opening harmonies of show starter "The Chain," it was clear that having Christine McVie back in the fold makes a huge difference. They were great at Jones Beach in 2013 with just Stevie and Lindsey singing, but their three voices together is such a vital part of Fleetwood Mac. Having Christine back (MSG was Chrstine's 44th show since rejoining, according to Stevie during her monologue before "Dreams") also of course meant getting a handful of songs the band couldn't play without her, which included "You Make Loving Fun," "Everywhere," "Say You Love," "Over My Head," "Little Lies," and her show-closing, solo grand piano performance of "Songbird."
Like their other recent tours, they played almost all of the legendary Rumours and otherwise stuck to the other four '70s and '80s albums this lineup made together. As a band still playing arenas 40 years after their first album together can do, they peppered their set (and ended it) with a few stories from the band members. Stevie gave multiple shout-outs to Hoda from the Today Show and to the show American Horror Story on which she appeared. Stevie introduced "Gypsy" with a story of being in San Francisco clothing store The Velvet Underground (not to be confused with the band, who were named after the book) "where all the rock and roll women bought their clothes" in the late '60s. It was in that store, over the painted floor where Janis Joplin stood before her that she had a premonition of something big which she realized years later was, of course, Fleetwood Mac. This many years later, Stevie Nicks is still the kind of rock and roll woman her premonition told her she'd be: decked out in signature flowy layers, waving scarves with her tambourine, and doing hippie dances in a gold shawl during "Gold Dust Woman." Without a doubt, she's the most entrancing member of the band, and the one the crowd really freaks out over.
On the other hand, Lindsey Buckingham is the band's rock star and lifeforce, running around the stage like he's half his actual age and shredding away at his truly awesome guitar solos. As Mick noted towards the end of the show, he basically never left the stage. The extended solo at the end of "I'm So Afraid" was particularly epic -- so much so that it seemed like the finale of the pre-encore set, but of course that would be "Go Your Own Way." That one had the whole crowd on their feet, ready for the band to come back for more, and not one but two encores followed. Christine ended the night perfectly, at her piano with Lindsey by her side, but what may have been the night's most powerful moment came during the first encore. It's no secret that she does this at (probably all of) their shows, but at the end of "Silver Springs" when Stevie turns to make eye contact with Lindsey -- who the song is obviously about -- howling "I'll follow you down 'til the sound of my voice will haunt you / you'll never get away from the sound of the woman that loves you," it never fails to fill the room with that kind of tension that fueled the song 38 years ago. Maybe it's just performance at this point, but damn if it doesn't feel real.
Other highlights included monster Mick's drum solo ("Don't be shy. Don't be shy... Are you with me? Are you with me?"), being brought back to the 80's with "Little Lies" and "Everywhere", and hearing Stevie do "Rhiannon" with her band after just hearing her do it with Deer Tick.
Christine, who the band acknowledged being back multiple times throughout the night, was the last to sing, but not the last to talk. Despite the older age of the sometimes-yawning crowd, MSG was still packed with people on their feet as Fleetwood Mac ended their final song after 11pm on a school night. (There were a lot of 30-and-20-somethings too, it should be said.) Very few people left early, but everyone was ready to go home. That didn't stop Stevie from grabbing the mic post-encore and commanding the entire crowd's attention for another few minutes, as she yet again talked about Christine being back in the band, though with somewhat awkward details, like how they sent Christine to a trainer to make sure she had the stamina after being gone 16 years. BUT WAIT, much like this paragraph, the show still wasn't over. Then came Mick who truly had the last word, spending another few minutes, false endings included, telling us in his charming accent how much he loved us, that he hopes he sees us again, and that "The Mac is back!" They definitely did not give the impression that this would be their "last act".
The Mac's tour continues with two more NYC-area shows this weekend, Saturday (1/24) at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall and Sunday (1/25) at Nassau Coliseum, and comes back around on February 8 at Prudential Center. Tickets for those are still available.
More pictures, some videos and the setlist from MSG below...
photo: Fleetwood Mac at MSG in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup of Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are currently on a tour which lands in NYC tonight to begin a three-show run in the area. The only show in NYC proper is MSG tonight (1/22), and that's followed by Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Saturday (1/24) and Nassau Coliseum on Sunday (1/25). They return again next month to hit Prudential Center on February 8. You can still get tickets to those.
The tour's recent stop in Lincoln, NE last week was cut short after drummer Mick Fleetwood got sick backstage. Independent.IE reported, "A drum technician played Go Your Own Way for Fleetwood, then Christine McVie played the piano and sang Songbird with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham before the band ended the show." Luckily everything went fine at the following show in Grand Rapids. Let's hope it stays that way in NYC!
A video and the setlist from the Grand Rapids show below...
Photo: Stevie Nicks & Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl on NYE (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Deer Tick completed their 6-night run at Brooklyn Bowl leading up to New Year's Eve, which included a ton of guest appearances including Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles, other members of Titus Andronicus, Jana Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, The Felice Brothers, Dawes, and many more.
The most exciting appearance of all happened the night of New Year's Eve though, with Stevie Nicks joining the band to perform her classic "Rhiannon" from Fleetwood Mac's self-titled 1975 album. Watch a video of that below.
Also on stage for that song was Deer Tick frontman John McCauley's mom, and his 9 months pregnant (!) wife Vanessa Carlton who has toured and collaborated with Stevie before. Stevie also officiated John and Vanessa's wedding.
Meanwhile, Fleetwood Mac -- currently with their classic lineup of Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham -- are returning to the NYC-area soon on their 2015 tour which hits MSG on 1/22, Atlantic City on 1/24, Nassau Coliseum on 1/25 and Prudential Center on 2/8 (tickets). This may be your last chance to see them though. The Guardian points out that Lindsey Buckingham told PBS that their 2015 tour and the new album they have planned (their first since 2003) will be their "last act." Lindsey also spoke about his collaborations for the album with Christine McVie, who recently rejoined the band for the first time since 1998, calling them "the best songs we've co-written in years."
Watch the Stevie Nicks/Deer Tick video below...
Fleetwood Mac @ MSG earlier this week (via Matt Graham)
Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup of Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham brought their first tour with the five of them back together since the '90s to NYC for two shows at Madison Square Garden this week, Monday (10/6) and Tuesday (10/7). The shows were jam packed with classic songs like "Dreams," "You Make Loving Fun," "Landslide," "Rhiannon," "Silver Springs" and so many more, plus other gems like "I Know I'm Not Wrong." Full setlist and a few videos from the shows, below.
Fleetwood Mac's tour has one more NYC-area show this Saturday (10/11) at Prudential Center in Newark (tickets), and they've now expanded the tour in 2015 including a return to MSG on January 22 followed by other area shows on January 24 at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, January 25 at Nassau Coliseum, and February 8 at Prudential Center. Tickets for those show will be on sale via Ticketmaster soon.
Updated dates are listed, with the videos and setlist, below...
DOWNLOAD: Sun Kil Moon - "The War On Drugs: Suck My Cock" (MP3)
Sun Kil Moon at Pitchfork 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
In case you're not caught up, Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek, not long after he controversially called a loud North Carolina crowd "fucking hillbillies", was playing a set at Ottawa Folk Festival in September at the same time The War On Drugs were playing their set, and he called out their sound bleeding over to his stage saying, "Who the fuck is that? I hate that beer commercial lead-guitar shit." He later wrote a letter (which you can read in full below) where he challenged The War On Drugs to collaborate on a song he wrote called "War On Drugs: Suck My Cock/Sun Kil Moon: Go Fuck Yourself." We guess TWOD didn't take him up on it, but Mark's still decided to release "War On Drugs: Suck My Cock," which he just posted to his website. Listen HERE or download it above via Pitchfork.
Christine, Stevie & Mick @ Target Center - 9/30/14 (via @emilyrick)
Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup began their first tour with Christine McVie back in the fold since 1998 this past Tuesday (9/30) at Minneapolis' Target Center. The show included a number of Christine-fronted songs that they hadn't played since their tour with her in 1997 (the year they made The Dance), and some they hadn't played for even longer than that, including two of her Rumours classics, "Songbird" and "You Make Loving Fun." Videos of both of those, below. Full setlist, which included tons of other Fleetwood Mac classics such as "Rhiannon," "Tusk," "Sister of the Moon," "Say You Love Me," "Silver Springs," and plenty more, also below.
The tour hits NYC very soon for shows at Madison Square Garden on October 6 & 7 and will also be nearby for a Prudential Center show on 10/11. Tickets for all three of those are still available.
Videos and setlist below...
by Andrew Sacher
Next week (October 7) is a pretty major album release week, which means a lot of major albums are streaming in full this week. We already posted full album streams from Zola Jesus, Godflesh, Iceage and Single Mothers, and here's a roundup of some of the other anticipated records coming out this Tuesday.
A Winged Victory for the Sullen, aka the duo of Stars of the Lid's Adam Wiltzie and pianist/composer Dustin O'Halloran, release their droning new album, Atomos, via Kranky. Listen at NPR.
Dan Snaith's electronic psych dancepop return as Caribou, Our Love, is coming via Merge and can now be streamed at iTunes Radio. His tour with album collaborator Jessy Lanza hits Webster Hall twice in November.
Mary Timony's (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave) current band Ex Hex have been killing it as a live band for a while and their debut album Rips finally comes out next week via Merge. It's packed with ultra-catchy glammy punk and can be streamed at NPR. They're touring with Speedy Ortiz soon.
Foxygen will release their wacky, long, psychedelic double album, ...And Star Power, in two weeks (10/14) via Jagjaguwar, but that one's streaming now too. You can listen via NPR. They'll be on tour soon too.
Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who has also played in The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse, The Cribs and more, goes solo for his second time with Playland, coming via Warner Bros and following last year's solo debut, The Messenger. That can be streamed in full below via Spotify. His upcoming tour includes two NYC shows and a NJ show in November.
The great hip hop weirdo DOOM (aka MF Doom) seemingly never stops collaborating, and next week he'll be teaming up with the young impressive Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru for NehruvianDOOM, via Lex/Noizy Cricket!!. You hear that over at Pitchfork.
Brooklyn goth country collective O'Death have a super raw record, Out of Hands We Go, coming next week through Northern Spy. Listen in full (via CMJ) below. Theyll be on tour with Death Vessel and Stone Jack Jones soon.
Psychedelic duo Peaking Lights sound funkier than ever on their newest album, Cosmic Logic, coming out via Domino affiliate Weird World. There's an appropriately trippy album visualizer with the stream over at Domino's site. Check it out. They'll be in NYC to make four different appearances this week.
SBTRKT's new album, Wonder Where We Land, is weirder and less hooky than his last, and filled with an impressive cast of guests including Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck, Jessie Ware, A$AP Ferg, Warpaint, Sampha, Raury and more. Listen at STBRKT's site. His tour includes two Terminal 5 shows this month.
The newest installment of Famous Class' LAMC series of split 7"s comes out next week with Speedy Ortiz's "Doomsday" and Chris Weisman's "I Took It Off A Record." The Speedy song is more of their quality indie rock and Chris's track leans more on the folk side. Stream both tracks below. Speedy are touring with Ex Hex soon.
Stevie Nicks' newest, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, which includes songs mostly written between 1969 and 1987, one from '94 and one from '95, can be streamed at Amazon. Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup is on tour now and hitting NYC for two nights at MSG in a few days.
Cult folk legend Vashti Bunyan sounds gorgeous as ever on Heartleap, her third album (following 1970's Just Another Diamond Day and 2005's Lookaftering), reportedly also her final album, and the first she produced largely on her own. It's coming out via FatCat in Europe and DiCristina in North America. Take a listen to this gem over at Pitchfork.
Weezer have gone for the "comeback" album a few times already, and they're going for it again on Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Does it live up? Is it a return to form? (I'd say it's a return to Green Album, personally.) Hear it for yourself on iTunes Radio.
And lastly, this one's not a full album stream, but speaking of '90s bands making returns to form, Rancid definitely sound like they're doing just that with the three songs they put out from their new album, ...Honor Is All We Know, due out 10/27 via Hellcat/Epitaph. It was produced by Bad Religion guitarist/Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz (whose band is also riding the "do it like we did in our prime" train). Watch a video with those three tracks below.
two of Stevie's self portraits
This October, Steve Nicks will have a variety of her self portraits on display in NYC for a photo show called "24 K Gold," ArtsBeat reports. The shots were all taken between 1975 and 1987 and were selected by Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart. The show first happens at 201 Mulberry St on October 10 & 11 and then at the Morrison Hotel Gallery (116 Prince St) from October 12 - Halloween. If you're wondering why Stevie got engaged in self portraits, the ArtsBeat article sheds more light:
"I wanted to learn how to become a photographer," Ms. Nicks said in comments forwarded by her spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg. "And I don't sleep at night, so I thought, who am I going to ask to stay up all night, and then do a show tomorrow? So I'm not going to get Christine," she said, referring to Christine McVie, her colleague in Fleetwood Mac. "She's going to say, 'Are you crazy? I'm going to the bar. Bye.'"Stevie's also got a similarly named solo album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault, coming October 7 via Warner Bros, just before the photo show begins. She just put out the track "24 Karat Gold" today. Stream that (via Parade), with the tracklist, below.
In search of variety, Ms. Nicks used props and costumes, often tinkering with lighting and placement through the night. "I did everything," she said. "I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director -- it was my joy. I was the model."
And she'll be on tour with Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup (Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Lindsey Buckingham included) hitting NYC that month too on October 6 & 7 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for those shows are still available.
Song stream below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Sylvan Esso @ Emo's in Austin - 8/17/2014
Originally scheduled to be at the smaller Parish, Sylvan Esso's headlining Austin show on Sunday was moved up to the much bigger Emo's, which also sold out. Amelia told the crowd it was their biggest show yet. That definitely won't be true anymore after they headline Terminal 5 in NYC in January. Still working off just one album of material, their shows aren't the longest (Amelia apologized for that), but they are special.
Their tour-mate Dana Buoy opened the show with a set that included his cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere", which you can listen to, along with more pictures from the TX show and all tour dates, below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Fleetwood Mac fans have something new to ask Santa for this year:
Stevie Nicks will be releasing her highly anticipated new CD '24 Karat Gold -Songs From The Vault' October 7th on Warner Bros. Records which will include never-before seen Polaroid photos taken by Nicks throughout her career. A special Limited Edition Double Vinyl Album will be released on September 29th. Additionally, a Deluxe Photobook CD album will be available for fans, which includes two bonus tracks plus 48 pages of exclusive photos from Nicks' personal photo collection. Pre orders are available beginning August 5th. The artwork for 24 Karat Gold CD will include never-before-seen Polaroid photos taken by Nicks throughout her career. Produced by Dave Stewart, Waddy Wachtel and Stevie Nicks, the new album was recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles. 24 Karat Gold follows the release of her critically acclaimed 2011 CD "In Your Dreams."Stevie says:
"Most of these songs were written between 1969 and 1987. One was written in 1994 and one in 1995. I included them because they seemed to belong to this special group. Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story... They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories - the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you."And you and you and you and you!
That's one of the Polaroids above.
Fleetwood Mac's classic lineup is heading out on tour this fall. Meanwhile watch a full 1982 Stevie Nicks concert video, below....
Fleetwood Mac at Jones Beach in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Fleetwood Mac are back with their classic lineup of Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and John McVie and going on an extensive North American tour this year which hits NYC on October 6 at Madison Square Garden. That show is almost sold out, but the band have now added a few more dates, including a second MSG show (10/7) happening the next night. Tickets for the newly-added show are currently on AmEx presale, go on Facebook presale Wednesday (4/9) at 10 AM, Live Nation presale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM, and general on-sale Saturday (4/12) at 10 AM.
The tour also hits NJ on 10/11 at Prudential Center, and you can still grab tickets to that one and the other MSG show.
Updated dates are listed below...
Fleetwood Mac on 'The TODAY Show'
Though the longest-running and most famous lineup of Fleetwood Mac toured again pretty recently, it was without Christine McVie. However, as rumored a few months ago after Christine briefly joined them on stage for the first time since 1998, she's officially back in the band. All five members -- Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and John McVie (who was recently diagnosed with cancer but says he's getting better) -- appeared on The TODAY Show with Carson Daly this morning (3/27), confirming the reunion. They also mentioned they'd be touring this fall, and that they'll perform at the TODAY plaza in Rockefeller Center on October 9. You can watch the TODAY interview below.
The tour, dubbed "On With The Show,' brings the band to NYC on October 6 at Madison Square Garden and Newark on October 11 at Prudential Center. Tickets for the tour go on sale Monday, April 7 at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Monday, March 31 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
The band also just spoke to People Magazine about the reunion. Christine is happy to be back in the band, and when asked about the drama that plagued the band in the past, she said, "Well, it wouldn't be Fleetwood Mac without a bit of drama, you know. Of course there will be some drama, but for the most part I have to say everyone is getting along really well. At the moment the drama is kind of the fun."
The list of tour dates, with the TODAY video, below...
QOTSA at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Announced performers for the upcoming Grammy Awards ceremony already included Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Metallica, Daft Punk (with Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers), Kendrick Lamar, and more, and since we last spoke there's been even more additions. Billboard recently reported that Beyonce and Jay Z will perform, and SPIN is now saying that the closing performance will feature a collaboration between Nine Inch Nails, Queens of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, all of whom appeared in Dave Grohl's Sound City film.
The ceremony takes place Sunday (1/26) in LA and airs on CBS at 8 PM EST.
photos by Greg Cristman
2013 has come and gone but we still have a couple year-end posts to go. Greg Cristman shot a whole lot for us last year -- everything from metal to synthpop and all points in between -- and he picked his 25 favorites from '13 which are in this post.
John McVie at Jones Beach in June (more by Greg Cristman)
Some sad news from Fleetwood Mac: One of the two members who has remained in the band since the late '60s, John McVie, has been diagnosed with cancer. This has forced the band to cancel their Australian/New Zealand tour. A statement from the Fleetwood Mac's Facebook reads:
Fleetwood Mac who has just completed the European leg of their phenomenally successful worldwide tour has announced the cancellation of their upcoming 14 date tour of Australia and New Zealand.Earlier this year, their tour hit the NYC-area for shows at Madison Square Garden and Jones Beach.
John McVie, one of the co founding and original members of Fleetwood Mac is now scheduled to be in treatment for cancer during that period of time.
"We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates. We hope our Australian and New Zealand fans as well as Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best."
Best of luck to John on his treatment!
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher
Fleetwood Mac @ Jones Beach - 6/22/13
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...
As mentioned, Nine Inch Nails are back with a new album, Hesitation Marks, which is due out on September 3 via Columbia. They've already released its first single, "Came Back Haunted" (which has a David Lynch-directed video on the way) and now they've revealed more details on the album, including its tracklist and full list of collaborators, via Rolling Stone. It does include King Crimson/Talking Heads/David Bowie/etc guitarist Adrian Belew (who is no longer part of the touring lineup), in addition to bassist Pino Palladino (The Who, D'Angelo), and most perhaps interestingly/surprisingly Lindsey Buckhingham of Fleetwood Mac. Check out the full tracklist and album credits below.
Nine Inch Nails are supporting the album with a tour that comes to the NYC-area for shows with Godspeed You! Black Emperor in Brooklyn on October 14 at Barclays Center and Newark on October 15 at Prudential Center. Tickets for both of those shows are still available.
Meanwhile, Fleetwood Mac, whose new EP is out now, are also on a tour which hit MSG back in April and returns to the NYC-area this weekend for a show at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Saturday (6/22). Tickets for that show are still available, but Ticketmaster is saying "not many left."
NIN tracklist, album credits, and song stream below...
Before and after: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
As you surely remember, last October's Hurricane Sandy put a lot of things underwater. One of them was outdoor concert amphitheater Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre. Live Nation has been busy renovating ever since the water receeded:
Along with much of the coastal regions throughout New York and New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy inflicted catastrophic damage on the venue. Sandy generated a storm surge of 8--10 feet, and the ground floor, sub-structures and pathways under Jones Beach Theatre, which sits right on Zachs Bay, were submerged. Much of the 14,000 seat venue was impacted from the surge, from the stage to the seats, the backstage and concessions and VIP areas were all severely damaged.The renovated Nikon at Jones Beach Theater was finished just in time for the 2013 season that kicks off Friday (5/31) with...Rascal Flatts.
But before construction could even commence, more than 3 million gallons of sea water had to be pumped out of the venue, which then had to be cleaned from top to bottom. Hundreds of tons of debris and damaged structures and equipment had to be removed from the site...
...The stage and boardwalk and their substructures had to be completely rebuilt from scratch. More than 9 miles of special MCM cable had to be replaced in the tunnels and access ways below the venue. All the doors on the main level, more than 200 in total, had to be replaced. Where possible the venue's infrastructure was redesigned to mitigate any future damages (i.e. the main electrical system was relocated to the second floor, above the 100 year floodplain) and replacement appliances and equipment were upgraded to energy efficient models.
Concerts at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater that you might be more interested in include, Fleetwood Mac on June 22, Bob Dylan/Wilco/Beck on July 27, and Depeche Mode/Bat for Lashes on September 8. The outdoor venue's entire summer schedule is below.
Fleetwood Mac at MSG earlier this month (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
When Fleetwood Mac played Madison Square Garden, we mentioned that the new material they played would be coming out on a new EP this year. That EP, simply titled Extended Play, just came out and can be downloaded at iTunes.
Watch them play the EP's opening track, "Sad Angel," at MSG below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Stevie Nicks / Lindsey Buckingham
Fleetwood Mac (Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood) are back this year and are currently on an extensive tour that stopped in NYC for its first area show last night (4/8) at Madison Square Garden. They, not surprisingly, played more from Rumours than any other album, with huge hits like "Dreams," "Don't Stop," and "Go Your Own Way," in addition to some of its much-loved non-singles like "The Chain" and "Never Going Back Again." More interestingly, the album they tapped into second most was Rumours' "weird" followup Tusk, which has gained much of the credit it deserves over the years.
They also played a new song, "Sad Angel," which will appear on the band's new EP. Consequence of Sound points to a video of the band playing that song at their Philly show (4/6) where Lindsey said the EP would be out "in a few days." That video and the full setlist, pictures, and a video from the MSG show are in this post.
Fleetwood Mac's tour returns to the NYC area two more times this month for shows at Mohegan Sun on April 20 and Prudential Center on April 24, and after heading around the rest of the country, makes one more stop for their big outdoor show at Jones Beach on June 22. Tickets for all three of those shows are still available.
More pictures, setlist, and videos below...