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Fleetwood Mac "Unleashed"

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I agree..this will be second tour without Christine McVie. IF....she had been included this time, maybe I could see it happening. Plus with Lindsey just releasing and touring behind his new cd this smells of the band needing some cash...hard to believe, but I wouldn't be surprised....

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Sure...and I applaud Lindsey for agreeing to tour to help put some $$$ in non songwriters McVie and Fleetwood's pockets. Lindsey and Stevie are very rich...John and Mick, not so much.

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LC   

Fleetwood did have some financial woes I read about a while back. Not sure about the seriousness of them, and not sure about McVie, but I think Mick did do some squandering.

I also applaud the tour. In fact, I give it a standing O. Any chance to see Fleetwood Mac, even w/out Christine (who I always considered the least strong of the songwriters), is appreciated.

We didn't have 'em touring for years, so why complain angry about a greatest-hits tour? I don't get that. I just don't get it. I would think most fans will be excited (pricey though the tix may be).

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marvin   

Fleetwood did have some financial woes I read about a while back. Not sure about the seriousness of them, and not sure about McVie, but I think Mick did do some squandering.

I also applaud the tour. In fact, I give it a standing O. Any chance to see Fleetwood Mac, even w/out Christine (who I always considered the least strong of the songwriters), is appreciated.

We didn't have 'em touring for years, so why complain angry about a greatest-hits tour? I don't get that. I just don't get it. I would think most fans will be excited (pricey though the tix may be).

I'm not complaining, and if the tour comes my way, I'll likely go. I just don't care for anything Stevie has done in the last few years - including her contributions to the last Mac album, whereas just about everything Lindsey has done with and post-Mac, in my opinion, has been outstanding. I also think Christine's vocals and songs are missed in the band.

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marvin   

Yes McVie (John that is) and Fleetwood are two of the best at their instruments.

LC I'm as big a fan of Fleetwood Mac as anyone, but I think they miss Christine more than they are willing to admit. There's way too much of Stevie's vocals now for my liking.

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I had no idea that they were going back on tour. With no new product to promote, this is being billed as as "Greatest Hits" tour. A step backward for Lindsey, I think.

http://www.fleetwoodmac.com/

Marv, I was re-reading this thread, and your post above... well, it's sounds pretty snobby to me.

I know you're fanatic or obsessive or whatever about Lindsey's music (and with good reason, though I think his albums are more uneven than what you tend to say). But think about it: Fleetwood Mac gave Lindsey's solo career a HUGE shot in the arm. You know the story (of Mick hearing "Frozen Love" and drafting Buckingham/Nicks into his band): That's the kind of break any young guitarist/songwriter would kill for: Mick Fleetwood handpicking you AND your talented girlfriend singer for his established group --- and pretty much giving you all the space you need for your songs. Is that not a dream scenario?

It worked out great for Fleetwood and McVie --- couldn't have worked out better. But it has worked out great for Lindsey, too. He gets to come 'round and tour with the gang whenever he's up to it, and he gets to go out solo whenever he wants. So I don't see how anyone could call this tour "a step backward."

Maybe, just maybe, Lindsey LOVES playing with that rhythm section, and being on stage with the enchanting Ms. Nicks, and being the center of attention in a band that can still sell out arenas.... Maybe being involved with FM fuels his creativity. Maybe he feels a sense of kinship or camaraderie. Maybe he even feels gratitude toward his bandmates, who "went to the top" with him, so he's not inclined to swear 'em off.... Who knows for sure? I'm just glad they'll be out on the road.

This is magic.... Fleetwood Mac can tour in my neck of the woods anytime! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXI4KinMOys

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I'd say Fleetwood hearing Lindsey's playing and bringing him into the band [Mick did not want Stevie, Lindsey insisted she was part of the deal]was as least as big a break for Fleetwood Mac as it was Lindsey. At least.

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LC   

That's exactly what I was saying, H, per this paragraph:

It worked out great for Fleetwood and McVie --- couldn't have worked out better. But it has worked out great for Lindsey, too. He gets to come 'round and tour with the gang whenever he's up to it, and he gets to go out solo whenever he wants. So I don't see how anyone could call this tour "a step backward."

Ultimately, Mick's drafting of Buckingham/Nicks was a win-win situation. But if it hadn't happened, who's to say that Lindsey would have achieved anywhere near the level of stardom that he has if he hadn't joined Fleetwood Mac? Maybe he would have... but sometimes, really, really talented people don't get the break that makes them a household name.

Some of us here are big Lindsey fans and buy all of his records, but honestly, Fleetwood Mac is way more widely known than Lindsey solo. That's not to knock him in any way --- again, I think he's brilliant and awesome. But seriously, who's going to sell more concert tickets, Fleetwood Mac, or Lindsey Buckingham?

It's like Jeff Lynne --- ultra-talented guy, but his solo albums don't get widely played, and his tours aren't SRO events. That's why he toured as Electric Light Orchestra a few years ago.

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I am only a little bit surprised by this tour (and didn't even know about it until Marvin's post above).

I always thought after their last tour (for the Say You Will album) that they would try to make it out on the road again, and now it's happening. They seem to enjoy performing and so far, their health and schedules are permitting it. Good for them, good for the fans.

I have seen Lindsey solo several times now, and am eager to see him again, band and all (I do wish Christine were involved, too, though). As soon as they add some California dates, I'll be buying myself a ticket!

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