A LANDSLIDE brought down Subiaco Oval when all five original members of legendary band Fleetwood Mac stormed the stage in the midst of a torrential downpour.
It takes a special kind of die-hard fan to sit in a poncho for two hours on a Friday night while it’s bucketing down, but Perth fans would not be deterred from seeing the band reunited on stage for the first time in 16 years.
Accomplished singer-songwriter and keyboardist Christine McVie was welcomed back with open arms after leaving the band for personal reasons back in 1998 — the missing piece in the brilliant, complex jigsaw puzzle the band was so well-known for.
McVie said she was thrilled to be back with her “favourite people in the world” before dedicating “Everywhere” to the band.
While the Mac have enjoyed a huge amount of commercial success over the years, hits from the best-selling Rumours album were stripped back to basics as the band came clean about relationship struggles and internal dynamics.
“I think our professional lives and our personal lives have always been intertwined and that’s what’s part of the appeal,” vocalist Lindsey Buckingham said.
“The point is we’ve been together for a long time though and we’re still here. We all broke up and we all knew we had to fulfill our destiny and somehow we stayed together.
“We would bleed sometimes but I think what you have to say is that below the struggles we seem to rise with a great deal of love.”
And with that, the band broke out into an emotional rendition of “Bleed to Love Her.”
While Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks ended their relationship many years ago it’s evident some embers still burn.
The pair shared lingering glances and hand-holding during “Sara” and after an acoustic duet of “Landslide.”
Buckingham — whose guitar became an extension of his body on multiple occasions during the night — did not disappoint when he cut loose during a finger-prickingly good number on “Big Love.”
Drenching rain, sold-out ponchos and chilling winds were not enough to stop fans dancing in the aisles and cheering for the encore.
The show was a genuine reflection of the band’s journey over the decades: the love, the heartbreak, the turbulence, and the final reunion as friends.
Danielle Le Messurier / PerthNow / Friday, October 30, 2015