Raining classics at Mac show
A DOWNPOUR of rain could do nothing but enhance the hippie-mystique of Fleetwood Mac’s leading lady Stevie Nicks last Friday night.
The poetry and magic behind Fleetwood Mac had 25,000 fans at Subiaco Oval mesmerised from the moment she stepped foot on stage.
Dressed in a black lace dress with her trademark ribbon-adorned tambourine in hand, she opened to a rapturous crowd with the band’s 1977 hit The Chain.
Her powerful vocals were backed by the musical talents of Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie, who reunited with the band after a 16-year absence. Fleetwood Mac’s classic line up had returned for their On with the Show tour and as the rain pelted down on their Perth fans, they made sure they turned on one unforgettable show.
Drawing heavily on their 1970s hits from their most celebrate album Rumours, they took the start of the show up a notch with thrilling performances of You Make Loving Fun, Dreams and Second Hand News.
Nicks shared the spotlight with her former lover and legendary guitarist Buckingham who captivated the crowd with a series of flawless guitar solos and his comments about the band’s past exploits.
“There was a grey area between our personal and professional lives - but we have nothing left but love for one another and we’re still here,” he said before the band launched into Rhiannon.
The 1975 hit had the younger generation of late 20/early 30 year olds who were raised on their parents’ Fleetwood Mac albums, like myself, wanting to jump up and dance, which clashed with the baby boomers’ desire to stay firmly in their seats.
The night’s highlights included Nicks’ performance of Landslide - which showed why she was named one of the 100 greatest singers of all time - and Buckingham’s jaw-droppingly good acoustic guitar solo of Big Love.
No one was left seated as the band finished their main set with Go Your Own Way - a song that Lindsey wrote to mark the ending of his relationship with Nicks.
The drench crowd rocked away to the elated encore Don’t Stop, before Christine McVie asked everyone to tolerate the rain for one final stellar moment as she got behind a grand piano and finished with Songbird.
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Fleetwood Mac performs at Subiaco Oval.