Fleetwood Mac ~ Show Review
By: Katie Hovde
“Landslide” is one of those tracks that has become a part of my DNA since I first heard it. The lyrics are the definition of timeless, offering something new to discover about yourself with each listen. The real treat wasn’t just getting to hear it live, but getting to hear Stevie Nicks sing it live. Each note was dripping in genuine emotion. Every facial expression told her life story, which as many know is a crazy one. My favorite line in that song is “I’m getting older too.” It was in this moment that I felt as if Stevie were looking me right in the eyes and feeling the burdensome weight of life and immeasurable joy that I was feeling in that particular moment. I had had a pretty rough day going into this show but that moment, hearing her sing that line, it all made sense.
It’s Saturday. I’ve donned a gigantic flowy, multi-colored paisley skirt and an extra flowy shawl. I’ve brushed my eyes with gold eyeshadow, my cheeks with gold highlighter. Because tonight I’m a gold dust woman. Tonight I’m seeing FLEETWOOD FUCKING MAC.
Fleetwood Mac has been on my “To-See-Before-I-Die” list for basically my whole life. I grew up listening to them and entirely worship Stevie Nicks (go ahead and hate all you want). If my soul had a soundtrack, Fleetwood Mac would be at least a couple of the songs on it.
Let me begin by saying that I knew exactly what I was getting myself into when the tickets were purchased. They are a geriatric band that most people wish would just retire already. But honestly, thank goodness they haven’t yet because they’ve definitely still got it (minus the damn shakers and tambourine they kept putting in Stevie’s hands. Like girl you’re amplified, if you can’t keep the beat maybe put the tambourine down). Getting to hear classics performed live was almost like standing in front of an original Picasso painting. You can’t help but be fully aware of the magnitude and impact of the art unfolding in front of you.
They opened the show with one of my all-time favorite Fleetwood songs, “The Chain” off of Rumours; which also happens to be my favorite album of all time. I may have been standing in line for wine when they started but you best believe I was a-rockin’ and a-boppin’. That full-bellied, grit-tastic beat that carries the entire song has struck me and stayed with me from the first time I heard it in my dad’s truck on the way to the beach. They also played other classics like “Gold Dust Woman,” “Rhiannon,” “Go Your Own Way,” and of course “Landslide.”
Overall, it probably wasn’t the best Fleetwood Mac show of all time – because well, they are old farts now – but it was definitely one that I will remember for the rest of my life.