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Stevie Nicks review – an emotional evening with rock’s great survivor | The Guardian

Kate Hutchinson
Sun 14 Jul 2024 13.42 BST
The Guardian

With that powerful voice, a hit-strewn back catalogue – plus some terrific between-song banter and a guest appearance by Harry Styles – this show is a moving testament to Nicks’ enduring musical legacy

Dressed for the British summer … Stevie Nicks at BST Hyde Park in London. Photograph: James Manning/PA

This month Steviemania swept the UK, with the singer’s first solo shows here in 35 years and – as further evidence of her enduring influence – a tribute from Taylor Swift during her Eras tour. So it was understandably gutting when Stevie Nicks cancelled her Glasgow and Manchester dates last week due to a leg injury at a few hour’s notice. Those shows have been rescheduled, but it was a reminder that while Nicks may be forever enshrined as a mythical rock survivor and queen of bohemia, she is not completely unbreakable.

There’s no mention of it when the 76-year-old takes to the stage in London’s Hyde Park, dressed for British summertime in a high-necked velvet jacket and gloves. You might imagine her thoughts are elsewhere: this is where she last performed in the UK, with her mentor Tom Petty, mere months before he passed away in 2017. And that sets the tone for an emotional evening that is both testament to Nicks’ legacy and an in memoriam for those she has lost. Petty’s Free Fallin’ gets a giant airing, and Prince flashes up on screen during Stand Back, the track they co-wrote.

Continue reading Stevie Nicks review – an emotional evening with rock’s great survivor | The Guardian

Lots of Fleetwood Mac items on-sale in Spring 2024

Spring 2024 brings many re-releases of Fleetwood Mac albums, from coloured vinyl to a picture disk of Rumours and a high-res blu-ray Dolby Atmos release of Rumours, check out the list of releases below.

Coloured Vinyl Releases
Available in the UK, Europe and North America, the Fleetwood Mac album, Rumours album and Tusk album will be released on coloured vinyl, differing colours will be offered in differing regions and from different sellers.

Amazon UK will be offering colour variants of  Fleetwood Mac and Rumours which are priced at £27.99 each and will be available from 29 May, while Tusk is priced at £57.99 and available from 24 May. Amazon in the US and Canada will also have exclusives available in 3 different colours.  Fleetwood Mac and Rumours are priced at $24.99 while Tusk is priced at $39.98.
HMV in the UK will release a different set of colour variations with a release date of June 15, 2024.  Fleetwood Mac and Rumours are both priced at £29.99, with Tusk priced at £64.99.  Pre-order at HMV
Urban Outfitters in the US and Canada will release colour variations of three Fleetwood Mac albums on May 24, 2024, Fleetwood Mac and Rumours are both priced at $29.98 with Tusk priced at $46.98. Pre-order at Urban Outfitters

Barnes and Noble in the US will be releasing the same colour variants as HMV on May 24 (except Rumours, is showing a release date of  July 12). Fleetwood Mac and Rumours are both priced at $26.99 and Tusk will be $41.99.

 

Rumours Picture Disk (20 April)
As part of Record Store Day 2024 on April 20, Rumours will be issued for the first time as a picture disc, this release will be available in the UK, Europe and North America. Click this link for further information.

Rumours Blu-ray (26 April)
Rhino are releasing Rumours on Blu-ray that contains the tracks (including Silver Springs) in Dolby Atmos, DTS HD 5.1, and DTS HD Stereo mixes, currently this release is only listed for North America and is available for pre-order from 25 April on the Rhino website.

Track List

  1. “Second Hand News”
  2. “Dreams”
  3. “Never Going Back Again”
  4. “Don’t Stop”
  5. “Go Your Own Way”
  6. “Songbird”
  7. “The Chain”
  8. “You Make Loving Fun”
  9. “I Don’t Want to Know”
  10. “Oh Daddy”
  11. “Gold Dust Woman”
  12. “Silver Springs”

Thanks to Fleetwood Mac News for some of the images used

Stevie Nicks adds UK and Ireland gigs to 2024 summer tour | NME

By Liberty Dunworth
18th March 2024

She has also shared details of shows in Antwerp and Amsterdam

Stevie Nicks has added UK and Ireland shows to her 2024 summer tour – find new dates and ticket information below.

Announced today (March 18), the new dates follow news that the iconic ‘70s singer and Fleetwood Mac frontwoman would be heading to London later this summer, and set to headline at the BST Hyde Park series.

The new shows kick off with a single show in Ireland, where Nicks will headline a show at the 3Arena in Dublin on July 3, before heading over to Scotland for a slot at the OVO Hydro Arena in Glasgow three days later (July 6).

From there, she has added a show at the new Co-op Live arena in Manchester to the run of dates, which is set to take place on July 9 – three days before she plays the huge set in London.

The rock icon has lined up dates in Europe, which will be held after the UK and Ireland shows. These consist of a slot in Antwerp on July 16, followed by a slot in Amsterdam on July 19.

Tickets go on sale this Friday (March 22) at noon and can be found here. There are also pre-sale options are also available to fans from the same time on Wednesday (March 20).

Stevie Nicks 2024 UK and European tour dates are:

JULY
3 – 3Arena, Dublin
6 – OVO Hydro Arena, Glasgow
9 – Co-op Live, Manchester
12 – BST Hyde Park, London
16 – Sportpaleis, Antwerp (Belgium)
19 – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam (Netherlands) Continue reading Stevie Nicks adds UK and Ireland gigs to 2024 summer tour | NME

Stevie Nicks to headline London’s BST Hyde Park 2024 | NME

Tom Skinner
29th February 2024

The Fleetwood Mac icon will return to the capital in July

Stevie Nicks has been announced as the latest headliner for
London’s BST Hyde Park 2024 – find all the details below.

The Fleetwood Mac legend is due to play a solo set as part of the summer concert series on Friday, July 12. She’ll be joined by a host of special guest support acts who are yet to be confirmed.

“Anything that draws me back to London – and therefore to England – fills my heart with joy. And to be able to visit and make music… is always a dream come true,” wrote Nicks in a statement.

The singer-songwriter last performed at BST Hyde Park back in 2017 when she opened for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

Tickets for Nicks’ show in the capital this summer go on general sale at 10am GMT next Wednesday (March 6) – you’ll be able to buy yours here. Alternatively, fans can access a BST pre-sale at the same time on Monday (4) – sign up here. Continue reading Stevie Nicks to headline London’s BST Hyde Park 2024 | NME

Lindsey Buckingham says he would return to Fleetwood Mac “in a heartbeat, absolutely” | NME

Lindsey Buckingham has reflected on his time in Fleetwood Mac and revealed that he would rejoin the line-up “in a heartbeat”.

The comments from the artist arose during a new interview with Conan O’Brien for SiriusXM, in which Buckingham recalled the legacy of the band and his departure from the line-up in 2018.

Currently, the future of Fleetwood Mac hangs in the balance, following the death of longtime member Christine McVie. The singer, songwriter and keyboardist died in November 2022 aged 79 “following a short illness”. It was later revealed that her death was primarily caused by suffering an ischemic stroke.

The musician had also been diagnosed with “metastatic malignancy of unknown primary origin”, meaning cancer cells had been detected in her body.

While it remains uncertain whether or not the band will continue without McVie, Buckingham has said that he would be open to the idea if the opportunity arose.

“In a heartbeat, absolutely,” he responded to O’Brien when asked if he would consider rejoining (via Far Out). “If there’s more to come [from Fleetwood Mac], if there’s a way to heal that, that would be great. It would be very appropriate to close on a more circular note.” Continue reading Lindsey Buckingham says he would return to Fleetwood Mac “in a heartbeat, absolutely” | NME

Release of Stevie Nicks albums on vinyl, though you may never know…

Vinyl editions of Stevie Nicks’ ‘Street Angel’ album from 1994 and ‘Trouble In Shangri-La’ album from 2001 were released on 26 January 2024 in the UK, this is the first ever that standalone editions of these albums that have been made available outside of the career-spanning set ‘Complete Studio Albums And Rarities‘ that was released in limited quantities last year, however you may never know of these releases….

There has been no press release, no social media announcements, nothing posted on official websites and nothing from Rhino or Dig about these releases, I assume that these releases are limited to the UK for now and that announcements will be made for an international release later, but maybe not!
[edit] On further review, it seems as though releases are packaged up as part of Rhino’s ‘Start You Ear Off Right 2024‘ campaign, the albums from Stevie are also available in North America and Europe.

So, to try and make up for the lack of announcements, here is what we know….

The two albums went on sale on Friday 26 January on the UK and are available from independent record shops and are listed on Amazon UK on the affiliated links below:

The album information is as follows:

STREET ANGEL
30th Anniversary
Limited Edition 2-LP 140g Transparent Red vinyl

30th Anniversary Edition of Stevie Nicks’ fifth studio album, pressed on transparent red vinyl. Originally released in 1994, the album peaked at #45 in the US, and #16 in the UK. The Gold-certified album features the singles “Blue Denim”, “Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind,” and “Street Angel” featuring David Crosby.

Tracklist

A1 Blue Denim
A2 Greta
A3 Street Angel
B1 Docklands
B2 Listen To The Rain
B3 Destiny
C1 Unconditional Love
C2 Love Is Like A River
C3 Rose Garden
D1 Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind
D2 Just Like A Woman
D3 Kick It
D4 Jane

TROUBLE IN SHANGRI-LA
Limited Edition 2-LP 140g Transparent Sea Blue vinyl

Stevie Nicks’ sixth studio album pressed on Transparent Sea Blue vinyl. Originally released in 2001, the album reached #5 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified Gold by the RIAA. The album features the hits “Sorcerer,” “Every Day,” and “Planets Of The Universe,” which reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance chart.

Tracklist

A1 Trouble In Shangri-La
A2 Candlebright
A3 Sorcerer
B1 Planets Of The Universe
B2 Every Day
B3 Too Far From Texas
C1 That Made Me Stronger
C2 It’s Only Love
C3 Love Changes
D1 I Miss You
D2 Bombay Sapphires
D3 Fall From Grace
D4 Love Is

If anyone from the record company wants to provide some further information on these releases, please contact this website on the social media links provided.

 

 

 

‘In The Meantime’: Christine McVie was “as revealing as ever”, says Dan Perfect | Dig

Dan Perfect, nephew of Christine McVie and co-producer of her final solo album, ‘In The Meantime’, tells Dig! how the record came together.

“This was therapy,” Christine McVie said, in 2022, of recording her 2004 album, In The Meantime. “I was coming out of a relationship and just got it all off my chest.” McVie’s third and final solo album was underheard and underappreciated on release. Now, with In The Meantime freshly reissued both on vinyl and in a gorgeous new Dolby Atmos mix, the time is ripe for its reappraisal – as Dan Perfect, McVie’s nephew and the album’s co-producer/co-writer, tells Dig! in this exclusive interview.

A mainstay of Fleetwood Mac throughout many of the band’s ever-changing line-ups, Christine McVie had not been a prolific solo artist. She had released one self-titled album in 1970 (Christine Perfect, issued under her maiden name) and another in 1984 (Christine McVie). Her incredible career in Fleetwood Mac, alongside the demands of touring with the band, had left her without much time and energy for writing and recording music under her own name.

McVie left the group in 1998. “I was tired of living out of a suitcase, tired of travel, plus I had a fear of flying,” she said in 2017. “I’d been doing it longer than Stevie [Nicks] and Lindsey [Buckingham], and I’d just had enough. Plus, my father was really sick and I wanted to come back to England and rediscover my roots, and I was quite adamant that this was what I wanted to do.”

Dan Perfect remembers how his aunt begin considering a return to recording. “Chris, in the late 90s, she pretty much thought she’d retired,” he tells Dig! “She came back to England, bought a country house, and got the dogs. The reality of it was that she was bored out of her brains. And it took her quite a bit of time for her to really realise that.” Continue reading ‘In The Meantime’: Christine McVie was “as revealing as ever”, says Dan Perfect | Dig

Christine McVie obituary | The Times (UK)

Reserved, intelligent singer and songwriter for Fleetwood Mac whose album Rumours was one of the biggest-selling of all time

Christine McVie in 1979: she wrote many of the band’s most famous songs
RANDY BACHMAN/GETTY IMAGES

Under normal circumstances, when Christine and John McVie divorced, they would have gone their separate ways. There were no children to consider and nothing to keep them together — except that they were trapped in the same band, forced to see each other each day and share a stage together every night as they toured the world with Fleetwood Mac.

To rub salt into the wounds, after separating from her husband, Christine had started an affair with the group’s lighting director while at the same time two other members of the band, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, were also breaking up and Nicks began an affair with the fifth member of the group, drummer Mick Fleetwood.

If one had been writing a rock’n’roll soap opera, the emotional maelstrom of this torrid plot would surely have been rejected as too preposterous. Yet for the participants it was all too real and they dealt with the fallout in the only way they knew how. They wrote songs to each other about their collective trauma.

The songs became the 1977 album Rumours, which went on to sell more than 40 million copies worldwide and became one of the biggest-selling albums of all time.

Christine’s compositions for the album included You Make Loving Fun, addressed to her new lover, and Don’t Stop, a message to her husband, which was later famously adopted by President Bill Clinton as his campaign theme tune. On both of them, the jilted ex-husband played bass without missing a beat. Continue reading Christine McVie obituary | The Times (UK)

Lindsey Buckingham cancels rest of UK and European tour due to “ongoing health issues” | NME

NME
By
Will Richards
3rd October 2022

The dates were already rescheduled from earlier in 2022 when they had to be postponed due to positive COVID cases

Lindsey Buckingham cancelled the remainder of his UK and European tour dates due to “ongoing health issues”.

The former Fleetwood Mac guitarist and singer was currently midway through a run of rescheduled UK gigs, which were due to be played earlier this year before he was forced to postpone the tour after he and members of his live band and crew contracted COVID.

After playing the London Palladium on Saturday night (October 1), Buckingham shared a message on his social media the following day, revealing that the remainder of the dates – including a show set for tonight (October 3) in Glasgow – are now cancelled.

The message said: “Due to ongoing health issues, Lindsey is regrettably having to cancel the remaining shows on his current European tour.

“Refunds will be available from the point of purchase. Lindsey sends his deepest apologies to all of his fans who were planning to attend and hopes to return to Europe in the future.

See the message and the cancelled tour dates below.

OCTOBER 2022
03 – Glasgow, SEC Armadillo
04 – Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
06 – Dublin, Helix

Continue reading Lindsey Buckingham cancels rest of UK and European tour due to “ongoing health issues” | NME

Lindsey Buckingham UK/Europe tour reviews

Lindsey Buckingham UK/Europe tour reviews

Collection of tour reviews

Lindsey Buckingham review — the Fleetwood Mac soap opera continues | The Times

★★★★☆
Alongside becoming one of the pre-eminent guitarists of his generation, Lindsey Buckingham appears to have been on a lifelong mission to annoy Stevie Nicks as much as possible. Way back on Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 divorce masterpiece Rumours, Buckingham was contributing Second Hand News, Never Going Back Again and Go Your Own Way, self-explanatory break-up anthems all in some way about his former girlfriend. When Nicks finally flipped in 2018 and said either she went or he did, Buckingham put his subsequent sacking from Fleetwood Mac down to her probably still being in love with him. Finally in London after a much-delayed tour, he certainly didn’t shy away from highlighting his undeniable contribution to Fleetwood Mac, playing all the favourites alongside his solo material.

Buckingham was always the one who pushed things musically, embracing post-punk when the others wanted to stick to soft rock. It resulted in following up Rumours with the 1979 album Tusk, the title track of which still sounded as weird as ever here with its marching beat and eerie demand, “Don’t say that you love me.” Elsewhere the concert was a masterclass in guitar playing, from the sweet acoustic finger-picking on Never Going Back Again to the gentle balladry of Time, a cover version of the plaintive Sixties hit by harmony trio the Pozo-Seco Singers, which features on Buckingham’s (very good) 2021 solo album. And when he launched off on an interminable solo he looked as if he was going through every kind of agony and ecstasy before the roar of the crowd brought him some kind of climax when the solo finally ended.

Amid all this Buckingham was a slender, lithe figure who looked good for his age (he’s 73 today) and seemed perfectly content to play with his three backing musicians as if he was filling stadiums, even though he was actually in a mid-sized theatre before a seated audience. By Go Your Own Way everyone was up on their feet, singing along and doing a bit of dancing in the aisles before being removed by overzealous ushers; exactly the kind of rapturous response that proves Buckingham can indeed go his own way, which will annoy Nicks further. Don’t bet on Lindsey Buckingham’s role in the Fleetwood Mac soap opera being over yet, though.

London Palladium
With seven albums’ worth of solo material to his name, Buckingham makes the fans wait for classic Rumours tracks – but eventually delivers in style


Lindsey Buckingham is considered rock royalty thanks to the years he spent with Fleetwood Mac, and his role in transforming a one-time great British blues band that had lost its leader and sense of direction into a multi-platinum-selling soft-rock phenomenon. But he clearly wants to be known for even more: as a singer-songwriting soloist who is also a distinctive guitarist. Tonight, those who are desperate for him to get on to his Fleetwood Mac hits are reminded that he has recorded seven albums of his own songs.

Now in his early 70s, he comes on in very tight blue jeans, black vest and jacket, backed by a three-piece band of keyboards, drums, and a second guitarist, Neale Heywood, who has worked with Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham makes no introductions as he heads into a selection of his non-Fleetwood songs, demonstrating his guitar skills from the start. He likes the finger-picking style that is associated more with folk than rock, and the opening Not Too Late shows his slick, rapid-fire technique. He has a powerful vocal range and a catalogue of fine, tuneful songs, such as Soul Drifter, which would benefit from more emotion and variety than his consistently full-tilt approach allows.

Continue reading Lindsey Buckingham UK/Europe tour reviews