Five Great Shows We Saw This Summer
As a Midwestern transplant, I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out what is summer and what isn't in Arizona. I left my last apartment in the spring, back in April, and arrived here two days later in the summer. From what I'm told, it will continue until sometime next April.
But seasons were how we decided to arbitrarily mark off the list of shows we really enjoyed reviewing, so we did our damnedest to demarcate something called "summer" and put some cool shows in it. We also want to hear about the shows you really liked, even/especially if we didn't review it.
Fleetwood Mac - US Airways Center - 5/30/2013(View the full slideshow.) For Fleetwood Mac's show at US Airways Center--which was on May 30, yes, but who's counting--we were lucky enough to assign the review to Shane Kennedy, who, in the words of his own disclaimer, "[owns] numerous bootlegs recordings, VHS tapes, a laserdisc, a T-shirt, two belt buckles, and, yes, I also have a Fleetwood Mac cover band that exclusively plays material from Tusk."
So yes, he liked it. But so did Melissa Fossum, our photographer and control group. He was also able to explain why he liked it:
Looking over set lists and reviews from other stops on this tour reveals the same exact nightly set list and same nightly banter. Perhaps that's to be expected in this day and age, but don't we always want to believe that we are special and every show is unique?
All in all, I doubt there was anyone in the audience who left feeling slighted, other than the one holdout who thought there was a chance of them busting out Peter Green's "Oh, Well."
The band was indeed the "Big Machine" that Lindsey frequently refers to them as, and with any machine that big, nothing was left to chance, which would explain the teleprompter in front of Stevie.
For me, one of the great joys of the show was seeing, and hearing, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood play together, as they have for almost 50 years now, and as seamlessly as ever. One cannot say enough about their chemistry and history. Oh, the places they've been!
And despite the hair-splitting, it was a great joy to go with them last night.