Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Mac attacks Sprint Center

The current version of Fleetwood Mac, sans Christine McVie, came to Sprint Center last night and played over two hours of hits from the 1970's and 1980's. They even through in a nod to 1969 with "Oh Well," a blues-rock song covered by many but performed first by one of the earliest iterations of this timeless band.

Stevie Nicks, while not the singer she once was, was in good voice and unlike some aging rock stars, knows how to play to her strengths. Lindsey Buckingham displayed his guitar virtuosity throughout the night. And, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood showed again why they have been one of the best rhythm sections in rock-and-roll through the past three decades.

The night started with "Monday Morning" and ended with "Silver Springs." In between were plenty of samplings from the Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, Tusk and Tango in the Night albums. While the group is not touring in support of a new album, Buckingham did make a reference to "when" the album comes out, giving hope to a new offering from this foursome.

Christine McVie was missed as the band did not play some of her great ballads but it was still fun to hear 30+ years of hits.

Here is what the Kansas City Star's "Back to Rockville" music blog had to say about the show:

Highlights for me included "The Chain," "Sara," "Landslide," "I'm So Afraid" and "Silver Springs." Unfortunately, many in the crowd decided to depart after the first encore and missed "Springs," a heart-tugging song about the tempestuous personal relationship between Nicks and Buckingham. I don't know if those exiting were Sprint Center newbies or not but make note--the show doesn't end until they turn up the arena lights.

It was a good night in downtown Kansas City.

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