Photos and words by G.
Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingam – MSG 2013
The Mac is back! On April 7, 2013, Fleetwood Mac tore the roof off the sold out Madison Square Garden in New York. I’ve been a Fleetwood Mac fan for as long as I can remember, and I have seen them in concert about 10 times since they reunited in 1997 plus numerous solo shows by both Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. Separately, they are geniuses in their own right, but when they get together on stage, they are electric! For the FM fans that have seen it all when it comes to this band, you cannot honestly say it anymore without seeing this tour.
In addition to the hits (which I’ll get to in a minute), they played a new song entitled “Sad Angel” which is on par with classic era Fleetwood Mac material as well as the recently dusted off and previously unreleased Buckingham Nicks era track “Without You.” The fact that that song is seeing a fresh new life was worth the hefty concert price for me, but there were so many highlights. And as a die-hard Fleetwood Mac fan, it will be my absolute pleasure to premiere these live videos for you, so please stay tuned. You’ll love them both, I assure you!
Stevie Nicks! When you think of the abuse she put her body through with drugs, it’s amazing she’s still alive let alone performing night after night and looking and sounding great. During a 4 song mini-set in tribute to the album “Tusk,” Stevie sang “Sara” and “Sisters of the Moon,” which she said has not been performed since 1979 (but of course, being a die-hard, I will correct her because who could forget the Mirage Tour performance where she speaks in tongues at the end of the song?) She didn’t speak in tongues this time around, but she delivered great vocals and also sang “Gold Dust Woman,” “Gypsy,” as well as her solo hit “Stand Back.”
Lindsey Buckingham MSG 2013
While I love Stevie Nicks and I think she’s really fantastic, it’s no secret that Lindsey Buckingham is one of my gods. His guitar playing is otherworldly and whether he’s in the Mac or singing solo material, he takes me to another place. Every time I try and talk myself out of seeing Fleetwood Mac because of the fact I’ve seen them so many times and ticket prices are high, I remember that Lindsey Buckingham will play “I’m So Afraid,” which features my favorite guitar solo of all time (and it varies each time he plays it), and I make sure I am there. That is a song that has grown organically as he plays it live and over the years, and it just gets better and better. A video of “I’m So Afraid” will be coming soon so please stay tuned. If you aren’t a Lindsey Buckingham fan after you see that incredible performance, we can no longer be friends! Ha! But seriously, you will see what a genius he is if you weren’t already aware. Speaking of genius and organically grown songs, “Eyes of the World,” “Second Hand News,” “Never Going Back Again,” and “Big Love” all were performed and their live renditions have become as great (if not better) than their original studio versions.
John McVie and Stevie Nicks MSG 2013
Set list staples such as “The Chain,” “Landslide,” “Dreams,” “Rhiannon,” “Don’t Stop” (featuring Stevie singing Christine Mc Vie’s parts), and “Go Your Own Way” were played. Even if you are sick of those songs because they play them to death on the radio, hearing the whole of Madison Square Garden sing along with the band is an experience that should not be missed!
Mick Fleetwood MSG
Mick Fleetwood got his drum solo in during the ‘White Album’s “World Turning.” Mick also closed the show by wishing that we all treat each other with respect and love, which is a great thought to leave with. Go Mick! The final two songs were the “Rumours” b-side turned hit “Silver Springs” and “Say You Will’s” “Say Goodbye,” which was a beautiful song to end a perfect night. And for those wondering, they hit the stage around 8:25 pm and ended just around 11 pm.
The band had pretty cool visuals on the screens behind them and by the end of the show, they were playing in front of huge versions of themselves up on the screens which was a fun thing to look at as the songs of our generation were performed in front of us.
John McVie and Stevie Nicks MSG
Fleetwood Mac is on tour for much of 2013, so do not miss them when they come to your city. Thanks Fleetwood Mac for blowing my mind yet again!
Fleetwood Mac – The Merch
See the setlist after the jump.
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Atoms For Peace Billboard in Los Angeles
Thom Yorke of Radiohead’s solo project Atoms For Peace have announced a brief European, US and Japanese tour. The dates (via every website on the internet) are:
07-06 Paris, France – Zenith
07-09 Antwerp, Belgium – Lotto Arena
07-10 Munich, Germany – Zenith
07-12 Trenčín, Slovakia – Pohoda Festival
07-13 Novi Sad, Serbia – Exit Festival
07-16 Rome, Italy – Rock in Roma @ Ippodromo delle Capannelle
07-17 Milan, Italy – City Sound Festival @ Ippodromo del Galoppo
07-21 Ferropolis, Germany – Melt Festival
07-24 London, England – Roundhouse
07-25 London, England – Roundhouse
07-26 London, England – Roundhouse
09-24 Philadelphia, PA – Liacouras Center
09-27 New York City, NY – Barclays Center
09-30 Fairfax, VA – Barclay Center
10-02 Chicago, IL – UIC Pavilion
10-16 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
10-17 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
11-18 Osaka, Japan – Zepp Namba
11-19 Osaka, Japan – Zepp Namba
11-21 Tokyo, Japan – Shinkiba Studio Coast
11-22 Tokyo, Japan – Shinkiba Studio Coast
11-23 Tokyo, Japan – Shinkiba Studio Coast
Tickets go on sale via Ticketbastards on March 23, 2013 at Noon.
Not such a great photo by G.
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham
Rumours (literally) have been swelling that Fleetwood Mac will revisit a never before released Buckingham Nicks classic on their upcoming 2013 tour and we’ve learned that the song will be “Without You.” If you’re a diehard Buckingham Nicks fan, your head is probably caving in right now since it’s such a beautiful song. This is going to be an exciting year for Fleetwood Mac fans and it’s already gotten off to a great start with the re-release of the Rumours album, which features a disc of unreleased rough demos that have never been heard before and the jewels in the crown include a Stevie Nicks demo of “The Chain” (with completely different music and lyrics aside from the lyrics of the chorus) and also a Christine McVie demo called “Keep Me There” which is also a rough demo of “The Chain.” It features the music we’ve all come to know and love, but again, with completely different lyrics! This set is a must have if you want to hear the process in making what is one of the best albums of all time!
Photos by G.
Oh Madge! Madonna is wrapping up her MDNA world tour with 2 nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden. I attended the first night on November 12, 2012. Luckily I’d gotten the memo that she goes on EXTRA late, so I wasn’t one of the bitter concert goers who arrived when the doors opened at 7 pm, only to have to wait for Madonna to take the stage nearly FOUR hours later. Madonna hit the stage around 10:45 and finished 2 hours later at 12:45 am! I’ve never seen anything end that late at an arena show, but I guess there’s a first time for everything.
I enjoyed the Madonna show, but not for the reasons I usually enjoy concerts. Madonna’s show is less of a concert and more of a Broadway-esque spectacle where they just happen to be dancing to Madonna tunes all night. At 54 years old, you’ve got to respect that she’s taken care of her body and she looks great. I am not entirely sure if that’s a reason to strip down to your bra and panties in front of 20,000 people (and with your children present), but I digress.
The Madonna show was filled with great dancing, and she seems to have doubled the number of dancers she usually has on stage with her. During any given song, there were great acrobatics and every move was choreographed with precision. There were the usual Madonna-esque “look at how shocking I can be” moments as she toted a fake machine gun, dry humped a bed, the stage floor and many of her dancers, did a strip tease and had visuals of dying babies, poverty and memorials of some people who’ve
died of AIDS killed themselves from being bullied playing on screens behind her.
There was even a section where Madonna turned her microphone on and talked to the crowd about the recent US Presidential election (and she advised “regardless of your political views, we all need to work together”), the victims of Hurricane Sandy (as she was wearing very little and told the crowd that rather than just stare at her ass when she’s dressed this way, they should throw money at her so she can donate it) and she mentioned that we should be grateful for our freedom because artists like Pussy Riot are not allowed to freely express their opinions. Speaking of Pussy Riot, Madonna was selling “Free Pussy Riot” T-shirts at the concert and I sure hope the moneys from those shirts go to help them instead of going to help the Madonna fund.
As Madonna was telling the crowd to be nicer people and to come together as one, I found it hard to keep a straight face (and found it hard to believe SHE could keep a straight face during this segment) because if you’ve ever tried to meet Madonna in person, she’s one of the nastiest celebrities you could ever encounter! Although I’ve been a fan of her since she started (yes, I am THAT old), her “do as I say, not as I do” rhetoric has left me cold and because of all the great experiences I have with so many people who rock my world, I’d rather devote my time, energy and money into the plethora of talented artists who haven’t lost all touch with reality.
She performed truncated dance remixes of a lot of her more recent material including “Hung Up” and “Give it 2 Me” as well as a large section of her most recent album MDNA with tracks such as “Gang Bang,” “Gimmie All Your Luvin’,” “Girl Gone Wild,” “Masterpiece,” “Turn up The Radio,” “Love Spent,” “I’m Addicted,” and “I’m A Sinner.” She also revisited a few (literally) of her classic songs in the form of reworked versions of “Like A Virgin” (which sounded like a funeral waltz), “Vogue,” “Open Your Heart,” “Like A Prayer” and “Express Yourself,” which she took her well publicized jab at Lady Gaga by singing the chorus of Gaga’s “Born This Way” over the music of her own track since the two songs sound quite similar.
Although she did some serious dancing, Madonna sat down on the job for a nice chunk of the show. She sat on the stage (or laid down on the stage) for many songs and she took some extra breathers as she played her guitar for a couple of tracks. There were the usual multiple outfit changes as her show was divided into sections where they’d play 4 or 5 tracks and the as she was off changing clothes, the show focused on a dancing sequence and video screens showed off new versions of her songs (such as “Justify My Love,” “Nobody Knows Me” and a hits medley).
Madonna strutted around a triangle shaped stage and it makes you wonder how many people she has on her crew setting up and tearing down the stage night after night and transporting it to different cities. No matter my opinion of the show, I can’t deny that the logistics are pretty impressive. As Madonna is approaching her mid-50s, it will be interesting to see the next incarnation of her career because you can say a lot of bad things about her, but you cannot deny that she is definitely the Queen of Reinvention.
The setlist was:
Gregorian Chant Intro / Girl Gone Wild / Revolver / Gang Bang / Papa Don’t Preach / Hung Up / I Don’t Give A / Best Friend (video segment) / Express Yourself – Born This Way / Gimmie All Your Luvin’ / Hits Medley (video segment) / Turn Up The Radio / Open Your Heart / Masterpiece / Justify My Love (video segment) / Vogue / Candy Shop / Human Nature / Love Spent / Nobody Knows Me (video segment) / I’m Addicted / I’m A Sinner / Like A Prayer / Celebration / Give It 2 Me
Madonna – The Merch
Madonna and Rocco Ritchie
Photo courtesy of Young Empires.
Young Empires Summer Tour
Disco may have died today with the sad news of Donna Summer’s passing, but dance/punk is still alive and kickin!
Young Empires have announced a summer 2012 tour and it’s gonna be a dance party you will not want to miss! See you there!