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Fleetwood Mac Is Back … and Intact

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The Legendary Christine Perfect—better known to most as Christine McVie—has rejoined the fold after 16 years, and the band couldn’t be happier. With the classic lineup from 1975, “The Big Mac” returns to the stage with a renewed vigor and a re-charged set list.

The “On With the Show’ tour began in Minneapolis at the end of September and stays on the road through mid-December. With 40 shows in 33 cities, it’s no surprise that Stevie’s advice to Christine to “get a trainer” was heeded. The show makes two stops at the Wells Fargo Center Oct. 15 and 29.

With 24 songs packed into two and a half hours, there’s a lot of ground covered. Much of the Rumours album is represented. In fact, they come right out of the gate with four songs from that iconic album. In addition, there are songs from Fleetwood Mac, Tusk and Tango in the Night.

For the most part, Fleetwood Mac veered away from McVie-penned songs over the last decade and a half. Now, songs like “Little Lies” and “Over My Head” and “Everywhere” are back, prompting the band to learn them all over again. Stevie still twirls a lot, and she does something she calls her “crackhead” dance during “Gold Dust Woman,” which is quite chilling. Her voice is better than ever, and she relishes telling stories about the songs throughout the show. As always, Lindsey is quirky, intense and brilliant. And when your band is named after your rhythm section, you know they’ll deliver.

For a bunch that ranges in age from 65 to 71(!), there’s still a lot of energy and a palpable excitement coming from the stage. This is a band that has lived with and loved each other (literally) for over four decades. There’s a lot of history, and a lot of respect and admiration. The baggage is in the past.

It’s a genuine thrill for the rest of Fleetwood to have Christine back—something they didn’t think would ever happen again. Persistent phone calls and emails from Stevie and Mick finally paid off: Christine had an epiphany, coming to the realization that she was wasting her time piddling around her English garden. It took 16 years, and everyone is grateful it happened.

“We are all the dream-catchers, and we got our dream girl back,” says Stevie.

Fleetwood Mac
Wells Fargo Center
10/15 (sold out)
10/29  (Tickets available through www.comcasttix.com, at the Wells Fargo Center box office, and by calling 800-298-4200.)

 

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