A crowded house for Fleetwood Mac’s Brisbane return
“This song is pretty much a man song. But we would like to do this song for you through the eyes of a woman.”
The hit-making machine, who last played Brisbane in 2015, was without long-time incumbent Lindsey Buckingham who was axed from the band last year.
In his stead, drummer Mick Fleetwood recruited Crowded House frontman Neil Finn and former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell to join the Grammy-winning group.
The packed-out Brisbane Entertainment Centre welcomed the new additions, who dazzled with Crowded House’s Don’t Dream It’s Over and Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’.
After a slow start, Nicks and Finn found their groove and produced plenty of spine-tingling moments, helped along by Fleetwood Mac backbone John McVie.
“I really am so happy to be here. We don’t actually get to come to this part of your country often so it is so great to be here,” Nicks said.
“It is warmer here … [Brisbane] is like your Hawaii, right? That is what I call it.”
Clutching a tambourine and wrapped in Stevie Nick’s version of a sarong – a glittery shawl – the vocal powerhouse brought tears to some eyes with fan favourite Landslide.
Christine McVie, the lesser-known female vocalist of the group, had the crowd on their feet with hits such as Everywhere and Don’t Stop.
The 67th show on their victory lap tour was dominated by hits from their smash album Rumours, and there were no complaints about that.
For a band that is half a century old, they still managed to send the crowd into a frenzy.
I know what I will be singing at this year’s Christmas party.
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Say You Love Me
Black Magic Woman
I Got You (Split Enz)
Man of the World
Don’t Dream It’s Over (Crowded House)
You Make Loving Fun
Gold Dust Woman
Go Your Own Way
Encore: Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty) and Don’t Stop
Fleetwood Mac will play again in Brisbane on Thursday and Saturday before heading back to Sydney next week.
Lydia Lynch is a reporter for the Brisbane Times