Rain­ing clas­sics at Mac show

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Sarah Wa­ters

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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Pic­tures: Elle Borg­ward

Fleetwood Mac per­forms at Su­bi­aco Oval.

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