It’s been over twenty years since I saw Fleetwood Mac in concert for ‘The Dance’ tour at Target Center in Minneapolis. Even with Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Lindsey Buckingham in the band’s line-up, the performance lacked energy and substance. Was there still some angst and friction between some of the members? Possibly. Had they already been through enough on and off stage they just didn’t feel IT anymore? Possibly.
Fast forward twenty one years to a different venue and a much different on-stage presence. Lindsey Buckingham out of the picture, insert Tom Petty and The Heartbreaker’s guitarist, Mike Campbell and Crowded House/Split Enz front-man Neil Finn. Would they be able to fill Buckingham’s omnipresence of Fleetwood Mac? I asked one of our Power Loon listeners, Diane Hughes of Detroit Lakes, who attended the concert last night at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, MN about the show and here’s what she had to say:
Michele: What was your take on the concert?
Diane: Really, really good concert. The sound was exceptional, and the X is my favorite concert venue. I could hear every word. The sound was crystal clear even from our cheap seats.
Michele: How did the crowd (14,000 in attendance) react when the newest members were introduced?
Diane: About half way through the show, Mick Fleetwood introduced all of the members of the band. He seemed very happy introducing Mike Campbell and Neil Finn. The crowd was excited too. Campbell was constantly tossing out guitar picks to people throughout the concert. He also stayed true to the Fleetwood Mac chords and never went rogue, yet he had his own style, and he held his own.
Michele: What about Neil Finn?
Diane: When he played the acoustic guitar on ‘Landslide’ it was very touching. Stevie Nicks dedicated it to her former husband, Kim Anderson who was in the crowd. She didn’t point him out or anything, but said he was in the audience. He’s from St. Paul.
Michele: What was your favorite song they performed last night?
Diane: ‘Gold Dust Woman’ was when Stevie had her moment. She was wearing a gold shawl, and at the end of the song she had her back to the crowd with the spotlight just on her. It was incredible.
Michele: Did they do an encore?
Diane: Yes, the first song was Tom Petty’s ‘Free Fallin”. Mike Campbell had this hat and sunglasses on, on they blew the roof off. Then they did ‘Don’t Stop’. Their last song was a duet with Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie. I hope they tour again, because I would definitely go see them.