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                               LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM & CHRISTINE MCVIE

             TRAVEL NEW AND FAMILIAR GROUND AT HARD ROCK LIVE

                                                                 SATURDAY NIGHT

 
 

After almost thirty years of reviewing concerts, I have comprised a short list of concerts that anyone who loves music as much aa I do, must see in their lifetime. For me personally it would have to be The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and of course Fleetwood Mac. Last night, I got the chance to see part of the group that makes up the legendary band. Buckingham/McVie took the stage at Hard Rock Live and lived up to all of the hype and buzz that has been swirling about in the music community since the tour began.


Taking the stage and looking much younger than their years, the fit and trim Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie opened with the Buckingham classic Trouble. The duo continued the set with Wish You Were Here, Never Going Back Again, and Shut Us Down, all Fleedwood Mac classics that still ring true for today.


It was a nearly sold-out show tonight with a very mixed crowd. You could see three generations of people in attendance. The music of Fleetwood Mac resonates so well with so many people, offering a wide variety of pop and rock to satisfy every musical taste and style.


Buckingham and McVie released an album together this year. The self-titled album, Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie (also referred to as simply Buckingham/McVie) is a studio album by Fleetwood Mac vocalists Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, released on June 9, 2017.[1][4] Four of the five members of Fleetwood Mac are featured in the album, with contributions from drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie. Vocalist Stevie Nicks is the sole member absent in the album.[5] The album sold over 22,000 units in the US in its first week and debuted within the top 20. It proved to be even more successful in the UK, where it debuted within the top 5.


The next set of songs are selections that came directly from this album. Sleeping Around The Corner, Feel About You, In My World, and Too Far Gone are very well received by the pumped up crowd and although these songs are brand new, they still have the classic Fleetwood Mac sound and that is what makes this new album so accepting.


A trio of classic songs, Hold me, Little Lies, and Tusk brought the concert crowd to their feet and knotting could keep them down. Although the USC Marching Band was not in attendance for Tusk, the lone drummer did an amazing job making his drum set sound like a full drum line. Love Is Here To Stay and Red Sun, from the new album, sat people back in their seats, but the moment the first chords were struck of the song You Make Lovin’ Fun, you could not keep the audience off of their feet for the rest of he night.


I'm So Afraid and Fleetwood Mac's most popular Go Your Own Way, tore the place apart. Buckingham/McVie said their goodbyes, thanking the crowd for forty years of loyalty and left the stage. This, of course, sets the stage for an encore. The duo return and begin the three-song encore set with Everywhere and end with two songs, Lay Down For Free and Game Of Pretend.


Even though I did not  see the full Fleetwood Mac line-up, I am very content with the performance I just saw at Hard Rock Live. If you get the chance to see this classic power duo in your city or town, I highly recommend that you do. You will not be disappointed.