A reunited Fleetwood Mac performed at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night
Watching Fleetwood Mac on Tuesday night at Consol Energy Center felt like a high school reunion. Christine McVie — after a 16-year absence — rejoined her former bandmates, providing her unique voice to songs from the 1970s and ‘80s that she helped to define.
McVie joined Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and other band members for a 2 1⁄2-hour “One With the Show” tour stop. McVie, a British singer and songwriter, filled the void that had been left in Fleetwood Mac for the past decade and a half.
The audience gave McVie a warm ovation, and it got to hear some Fleetwood Mac hits the band just couldn’t do without her, like “Everywhere,” “Say You Love Me” and “You Make Loving Fun.” The added songs eliminated some of those Nicks’ solos that had filled much of the setlist on recent tours.
Both McVie and Nicks, 60-something blonde beauties, still look glamorous and sound great, and their voices have not changed much. Both still have that highly distinctive and opposing sound.
Nicks still does her trademark shtick, as she stretches out her arms and twirls during “Gypsy.” At other points in the show, she wore a black magic hat and a glittery gold shawl. Nicks thumped her tambourine, with streaming pieces of decorative fabric, as McVie shook her maracas and played the piano.
Nicks also let the crowd in on some background stories about the origins of the songs and Fleetwood Mac’s history.
With his guitar, Buckingham tore through songs like “Big Love” and “I’m So Afraid” with an in-your-face intensity that left him breathless, but energized the audience.
Kellie B. Gormly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-320-7824.
Kellie B. Gormly / Pittsburgh Tribune-Review / Wednesday, October 15, 2014