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Fleetwood Mac


Dallas Am Airlines Center

December 14, 2014

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by D Brian

This was a mixed bag. I did enjoy the concert, yet there were enough drawbacks that I regretted paying nearly $200 for a nose-bleed seat in this arena. Yes, Christine McVie is back with the band, making them whole again, though let's be honest; Christine is now 71 years old. Age is a factor, especially for the vocal range of singers. This was true for Stevie Nicks as well, who didn't even bother trying to reach beyond perhaps one and a half octaves; the high vocal notes of those Fleetwood Mac songs we all know and love simply were not sung. Whereas Ms. McVie did venture into some higher octaves, perhaps the hearing affected her and the precision of pitch just wasn't there. On a positive note, some of their harmonies were still pleasant enough with the help of three youthful backup singers to bolster the group.

On another positive note, Lindsey Buckingham can still do exceptionally well on a variety of stringed instruments, though he was almost too enthusiastic. At times when he would finish a long flourishing riff at the end of a song (endings that were sometimes drawn out excruciatingly long), you were almost afraid he was going to have a cardiac event. Then he would bow and hang his guitar over his shoulder as though he had just accomplished the most amazing musical demonstration in the history of mankind.

Next was Mic Fleetwood; definitely can still bang away at a drum kit extremely well, but I have to say no matter how much I love a band, I just don't believe a drum solo is ever a good idea. Mic and Lindsey and Stevie all seemed just a tad too pleased with themselves after what turned out to be a mediocre performance; again, mostly due to the poor vocals.  If you absolutely love this band, you will at least be rewarded with them hitting all of the best songs, but again back to the age thing; there comes a time at a certain age when it might be time to consider hanging it up...

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