Nicks, Buckingham take center stage at Fleetwood Mac show
Two things that struck the audience at Fleetwood Mac’s show at Consol Energy Center on Friday night were how great Stevie Nicks looks and sounds at age 64, and how peculiar and intriguing her relationship with co-star Lindsey Buckingham remains.
Nicks and Buckingham gave a stellar concert at Consol, where the other members of the classic band were relegated to the background and, often, even out of sight. Nicks and Buckingham performed more as a duo, although the British drummer and founding member Mick Fleetwood got in a few appearances with a drum solo and dialogue with the audience toward the end of the show.
Nicks sports her signature thick, long, blonde hair, along with a frilly black top and skirt, and her popular shawl — which she spreads out with her arms, as she twirled to “Gypsy” on stage in a favorite move. Her distinctive voice often eerily sounded exactly like it did in the radio classics of three decades ago. Nicks’ vocal range has decreased, though, as she avoids the higher notes and sometimes sings at a lower octave.
Although Nicks’ and Buckingham’s tumultuous romantic relationship ended years ago — a devastating split that drove Nicks to avoid Fleetwood Mac for a long time — the two send mixed messages now that they have reunited as bandmates. They often stood way apart on stage and didn’t interact much, but at other moments, they showed affection toward each other. The two ended their encore with “Say Goodbye,” a song that Buckingham wrote about Nicks, and the emotion between the two was undeniable, if anything for old time’s sake.
Although Fleetwood Mac played for two and a half hours with no opener or intermission, and we heard plenty of classic hits, most songs from Christine McVie didn’t make the set list, except for “Don’t Stop” in the encore. This created a notable void, since so many of the band’s biggest hits came from McVie, who left the band in the late ‘90s. Fans miss her, but Nicks and Buckingham have made the best of her absence. Nicks included some of her solo work, including “Stand Back,” with complementing video images of a younger, glamorous Nicks twirling in a red outfit.
The audience included mostly middle-aged fans, but also a big crop of younger-generation 20-somethings who love Fleetwood Mac’s music.