Fleetwood Mac American Tour
Fleetwood Mac announced they will hit the road this year with the “An Evening with Fleetwood Mac” North American tour. The tour will begin on 3rd of October 2018 with a show in Tulsa and will wrap up on 5th of April 2019 in Philadelphia. The tour will include stops in 50 locations, such as Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, Nashville, Washington, New York and Boston. See the full list of dates and venues at the end of this concert.
Tickets have been released for general sale on 5th of May. You can get yours at sites like Seatgeek.
In January 2018, the band was honored at the “MusiCares Person of the Year” and during their work on reissuing the self-titled album from 1975, tensions reportedly began to rise. Vocalist and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham – the voice behind many hits of the band – refused to sign his participation to the coming tour, an event that the band has prepared for more than a year.
Although nobody from the band mentions the word “firing”, it seems that Buckingham’s refusal to be on the tour led to his dismissal. After this decision, the remaining band members – Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, John and Christine McVie – have met at a theater in Maui and called up Mike Campbell, the guitarist of “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” and Neil Finn, the former front man of “Crowded House”. The group spent several days playing some of Fleetwood Mac’s songs, to see if musical chemistry kicks in. And according to Christine McVie’s statement, it did: “I immediately felt like I’d known them for years”.
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Campbell joined Tom Petty at the beginning of the ‘70s, coming from “Mudcrutch”. He has been Tom Petty’s closest collaborator until his death in 2017. Campbell worked throughout the years also with other music icons, such as Johnny Cash, Don Henley and George Harrison.
Finn entered music industry in 1977 by joining “Split Enz”, a band in which he developed also as a song writer. In 1984, the band split and Finn founded “Crowded House” whose most important hit was “Don’t dream it’s over”. 10 years later, the band broke up and since then Finn released several solo albums and performed in couple of reunions of “Crowded House”. Returning to the rock arena was the last thing on his mind, yet he did it with great excitement, confirming his membership in Fleetwood Mac with a tweet from 09th of April.
The new line-up plans to begin formal rehearsal shortly, with the intention to include in the coming tour songs from the entire discography of the band and not just hits from the Buckingham/Nicks era (1975-1987). The band is aware that a tour without Buckingham will provide a different experience to its audience, but the group managed to tour also in the past without some of its key members: Buckingham missed from the 1987 “Tango in the night” tour, while Christine McVie missed 17 years from the band’s touring, between 1998 and 2015.
The Grammy-award winning band is actually known for its ability to carry on, despite line-up changes.
The only thing that hasn’t changed is the core – Mick Fleetwood and John “Mac” McVie, who provide together the rhythm section, while also giving the name of the band.
Fleetwood Mac debuted in August 1967 at the “British Jazz and Blues Festival”. The band was formed by Peter Green, John McVie, Jeremy Spencer and Mick Fleetwood. After landing a contract with a record company, the band became popular in Great Britain, with its debut album staying close to top positions of British chart for 13 months. The ‘70s brought more hits for the band in the UK: “Black Magic Woman” and the instrumental “Albatross”.
America, however, was a different story: neither Jethro Tull, neither Joe Cocker were very popular here, so the appearance of Fleetwood Mac in their tour passed unnoticed.
After recording, in 1969, the self titled-album (which was released only in 1971), Green left the band in 1970 in pursuit of his religious beliefs. That meant the end of the band’s blues sound, the new-comers Christine Perfect and Danny Kirwan bringing more melodic rock tone to the group. Christine married McVie, then got a divorce and after several changes in the group’s line-up, “Rumours” album came out. It was the “Number One” of 1977, it sold in 17 million copies, won the Grammy award for “Album of the year” and gave fans hits such as “Dreams”, “Go Your Own Way”, “You Make Loving Fun” and “Don’t Stop”. After the less successful yet ambitious project “Tusk” (released in 1979), the “Live” double album was released. 1980 marked “The Visitor” album, for which Fleetwood and producer Richard Dashut visited Ghana and also the first solo LP of Stevie Nicks, called “Bella Donna”. Nicks’ project was a huge success: went “Number One” in charts and won quadruple platinum with three singles that made it to “Top 20”. A year later, Buckingham released his first solo LP called “Law and Order”, less successful than the one of his band mate.
In 1982, the band released “Mirage”, which produced the hits “Gypsy”, “Hold Me” and “Love in Store”. That year and the following ones saw more solo projects from Nicks, Buckingham and Christine McVie. The group decided to take a break, because of several factors: individual management of almost each member of the band, an increase of Buckingham’s authority in the studio work, the rising popularity of Nicks, “delivered” together with her addiction to drugs and Mick Fleetwood’s bankruptcy.
It was only three years later, in 1985, that the band began to work on a new album called “Tango in the night”. Buckingham left the group, unsatisfied with his position within the group and was replaced by Billy Burnette and Rick Vito. Released in 1987, “Tango in the night” was a success, entering “Top 10” and providing everlasting hits such as “Everywhere” and “Little Lies”.
In 1990 Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie announced they will remain in the band, but no longer go on tours. The same year, the memoirs “Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac” of the band’s drummer was published. By 1993, Vito and Burnette have left the group, while Buckingham returned just to perform Bill Clinton’s campaign anthem, “Don’t Stop,” at his presidential inauguration.
After other changes in the structure, in 1998 the band was inducted in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”. The acoustic part they played was intended to be, according to his own statement, the swan song for Buckingham. By 2000, Fleetwood Mac became one of the most popular rock bands in history, with more than 100 million copies of its albums sold, from which 25 million were for “Rumours” album alone.
In 2003, the band recorded “Say You Will” — their first album in 30 years without the voice of Christie McVie. The album sold in more than 500,000 copies and debuted at “Number Three” in the charts, the best debut performance since “Mirage” album.
2009 was the year of “Unleashed” tour, which covered Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America. Now, the band which shifted from a traditional British blues band to one of the most successful rock bands in the history is ready to provide its fans a new electrifying live experience with “An Evening with Fleetwood Mac” tour. Get your tickets for this amazing performances at all the best ticket sites online.
Here is the full list of American dates and venues of the tour.
October 3 – BOK Center, Tulsa, OK
October 6 – United Center, Chicago, IL
October 10 – KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
October 12 – Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, NE
October 14 – Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA
October 16 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
October 18 – Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
October 20 – Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
October 22 – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
October 26 – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
October 28 – Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, Milwaukee, WI
October 30 – Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
November 1 – PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
November 3 – Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON
November 5 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
November 7 – Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
November 10 – Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
November 12 – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
November 14 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
November 17 – Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
November 19 – Moda Center, Portland, OR
November 21 – SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, CA
November 23 – Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
November 25 – Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
November 28 – Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
November 30 – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
December 3 – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
December 6 – Save Mart Center, Fresno, CA
December 8 – Viejas Arena, San Diego, CA
December 11 – The Forum, Inglewood, CA
December 13 – The Forum, Inglewood, CA
February 5, 2019 – Toyota Center, Houston, TX
February 7, 2019 – American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
February 9, 2019 – Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
February 13, 2019 – Legacy Arena at The BJCC, Birmingham, AL
February 16, 2019 – Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
February 18, 2019 – Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
February 20, 2019 – BB&T Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
February 22, 2019 – Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
February 24, 2019 – Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
February 27, 2019 – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
March 3, 2019 – Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
March 5, 2019 – Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
March 9, 2019 – Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
March 11, 2019 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
March 13, 2019 – Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
March 15, 2019 – XL CENTER, Hartford, CT
March 20, 2019 – Times Union Center, Albany, NY
March 24, 2019 – Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, MD
March 26, 2019 – KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY
March 31, 2019 – TD Garden Boston, MA
April 5, 2019 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA