Reviewer: Matt Forrest
You know you’re doing some right if one of the guys you’re paying homage to, records a special video to praise your credentials at the top of the show. Mick Fleetwood appears on a screen to sing the praises of Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, you can’t get a more glowing endorsement than that. The band has performed 600 major concerts to 700,000 Mac fans across the globe, providing the “ultimate celebration concert”.
The gig opens with a string of Fleetwood Mac’s hits: kicking off with Gypsy, You Make Loving Fun, and Second Hand News, with leads vocals being shared among the band. However, it’s the emotional Gold Dust Women, which really gets the hairs standing on end: haunting, angry, beautiful, it’s such an emotive song and the band does it justice and then some. Following the interval, the band return to the stage for a Peter Green-era inspired set: it’s heavy on the rhythm and blues and a great example of what quality musicians can do with great songs. Albatross captivates the entire room, but its Black Magic Women and Man of the World, which truly mesmerise. The ladies return to work through a string of the band’s biggest hits Rhiannon, The Chain, Big Love, Go Your Own Way, this all topped off with a cracking finale of Don’t Stop, which has everyone up out of the seats and dancing, a great way to end the show.
Undoubtedly, the star of the show is Louise Rogan as Stevie Nicks. Just like Nicks she bewitches the audience with her stage presence so much that you are instantly drawn to her. The performances, as well as the vocals, are simply captivating, and as close to, if not better than then real thing. She is supported by Amanda Kostadinov and Alan Hughes as Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham: who aren’t as strong vocally but still provide adequate support.
Allan Cosgrove as Mick Fleetwood very nearly steals the show with a primal drum solo on the epic Tusk, so much force and energy that you could be forgiven for thinking it was Mick Fleetwood himself hammering the drums. The highlight of the show for me was the Peter Green numbers: Dave Goldberg stepped from behind the keyboards and showed himself to be a great front man in his own right. It’s an era of Fleetwood Mac that is often neglected, so when it appeared in the set it was a pleasant and welcome surprise.
This really is a great show worth catching; it has something for everyone, depending on which era of Fleetwood Mac you’re a fan of. Certainly worth a watch… Mick Fleetwood thinks so, and he can’t be wrong can he?
Reviewed 0n 6 March 2016 | Image: Oolay