The BIG surprise for me was the appearance of Christine McVie. This iconic member of Fleetwood Mac retired sixteen years ago and apparently re-joined the band for this tour only in September this year. What is surprising to me is that she is 71 years old! I didn't think she was that old however she never missed a beat and really did not look 71.
Here's what the stage setup looked like before the completely sold out show....
Now to the set list......
You Make Loving Fun
Second Hand News
I Know I'm Not Wrong
Sisters of the Moon
Say You Love Me
Never Going Back Again
Over My Head
Gold Dust Woman
I'm So Afraid
Go Your Own Way
They opened with the iconic and full on song "The Chain" which was totally awesome to watch live. Because there was no opening act you got 2-3 hours of solid music with no intermissions except for drum solos or acoustic type performances.
After "The Chain" it was a full on hits parade with them playing almost every big hit they had from their catalogue. My favourite song of the evening was "Gypsy" because it just suited the night so well.
Bands from the Woodstock era and ten to fifteen years after that REALLY know how to put on a show. It's in their blood and pedigree because they earned their fame the hard way - by actually touring and performing. Not getting the most likes on Facebook or YouTube or being pumped up by "hipsters".
Fleetwood Mac is no exception to this they were excellent at engaging the audience, telling stories,meanings of songs, where the inspirations for songs came from, thanking the audience, and were very appreciative to their fans. That's the way it should be and every band can learn something from them.
Unbelievable! The songs were sung to perfection and the harmonies were totally awesome. Excellent job by all "ten or so" of them. On top of all the original members from their most popular era there were three backup singers, another drummer, another keyboard player, and two other guitar players! This in turn created a cataclysmic sound that was totally awesome.
They even dedicated the song "Landslide" to the trainer of the Calgary Flames who was instrumental in helping Stevie Nicks recover from a knee injury and return to touring.
Although my city of choice for concerts is Vancouver I got to say the crowd in Calgary was pretty good and very friendly. They were very appreciative, cheering, clapping, and singing along to all the songs. Interesting mix of people there were MANY young people in the crowd. This is a testament to good music - it's timeless and all ages appreciate it no matter how old or young.
Audience Interaction & Engagement: "A+"
Quality and Diversity of Music: "A+"
Stage Presence of Band "A"
Energy from the Crowd: "A"
Overall rating for the show: A
Notable Exceptions: None, they played pretty well everything. The show ended with the outstanding Christine McVie singing "Songbird".
Outstanding show and I am SO HAPPY I got to see these guys before they pack it in. One more thing off my bucket list.
Anyway, that's my review and I'm sticking with it! I get to put on my devil horns next because next up is Motley Crue in Vancouver! Which is a TOTAL 180 from Fleetwood Mac.