Sunday, April 21, 2013

Fleetwood Mac - Concert Amid The Calamity - Boston 4/18/13

Fleetwood Mac Tour Promo Photo 2013


Just days after the tragic Boston Marathon Bombing, over 17,000 fans filled TD Garden to see the legendary British/American folk rock band Fleetwood Mac on Thursday, April 18, 2013.  Fans were warned in advance through emails to prepare for heightened security.  Concert goers waited in long lines and underwent thorough searches before entering the venue.  Given recent events, fans were cooperative, understanding, and ready to party.  By my own observation and comparison; this show will probably go down as one of the most secure concerts in history.

Stevie Nicks stated “When I was young, and I was sad or blue because of hard times, my mama told me to sing, that it would make me feel better.  That’s what we are going to do for 2 ½ hours – we are going to sing the blues right out of Boston!”

The band embarked on an impressive setlist, drawing from decades of hits.  Buckingham and Nicks played up their past romance – tugging at our heartstrings in several bittersweet duets.  As one of the most famous rock n’ roll couples of all time, people have held onto the hope of their romantic reunion.  Fans root for these star-crossed lovers.   This translated well on stage, as the duo often held hands or embraced.  I could not help but wonder what Buckingham’s wife would make of the spectacle.  I quickly dismissed the thought, and found myself cheering on the ex-partners.

For my fashion-conscious friends, I have to say that Stevie Nicks was looking fabulous.  This is the woman who invented boho-chic.  She wore a black asymmetrical dress with 6 inch heels.  Her wardrobe changes between songs consisted of various whimsical shawls and scarves.  Some had lots of fringe, while others resembled angel wings.  Her mic stand was adorned with sequin scarves.  Out of all the band members, past and present, I always found Nick’s to have the most personal style and character.  Her influence could be seen by her countless look-a-likes in the audience.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SHOW:

The reticent John McVie, kept the pulse going throughout the night.  McVie, whose not one to step into the spotlight, anchors the band along with Mick Fleetwood.  This was demonstrated in the songs, “The Chain,” “Tusk,” “Sisters of the Moon,” and “World Turning.” They have one of the tightest rhythm sections in the business.  

Lindsey Buckingham was at the top of his game.  He revealed his shredding prowess during “Big Love,” and a ten minute solo in “I’m So Afraid,” that brought the arena sized crowd to their feet in thunderous applause.  

Drummer Mick Fleetwood, who now resembles an old tenured professor, stated “Boston – what a city!  Goodness, we know what you are going through.  Remember the message of the song ‘Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.  It’ll be better than before. Yesterday’s gone.  Yesterday’s gone!”  The stadium roared.  The audience sang along during the entirety of "Don't Stop."  This was a crowd favorite, perhaps the highlight of the evening's performance.  I was most impressed by Fleetwood, who pounded on the drums for hours.  I speculated that his professor looking head must be attached to an incredible hulk body.  The man just ripped it up, and for lack of a better description, his drumming contributes to the melodic sound of their music. 

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary and re-release of Rumors, this is the bands first tour in 3 years.  The band proved they still have what it takes to impress their diverse following. The only stinker of the show was the (actual) skunk that somehow managed to bypass security and enter the concert hall. 

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, Go Your Own Way

ENCORE 1:
World Turning, Don’t Stop

ENCORE 2:
Silver Springs, Say Goodbye


POST SHOW:

After the concert, fans spilled out onto the streets of Boston, many unaware of the massive manhunt that was taking place.  We were hoping to grab some drinks at a nearby bar; however, the party was cut short.  The law enforcement presence was unprecedented.  Boston police, state police, FBI, homeland security, swat teams, and various military swarmed the city.  Armored vehicles were maneuvering up and down streets.  Cops with guns drawn were on every street corner.  Road blocks were everywhere.   Chaos was everywhere.  Sirens and explosions in the not so far distance were harsh reminders of the horrific tragedy playing out in real time.  We returned to our room, eyes glued to the tv screen.  We did not sleep a wink, and were able to flee the city in the wee hours of the morning.  On a positive note, I'd like to believe that those at the concert were part of a sublime display of nonviolence.  The Garden was radiating peace and love during one of Boston's darkest hours.  

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