RECAP: Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena

Scroll down for videos, photos, reviews, the set list, and fan reaction!

On Sunday night, Stevie rocked Philips Arena in Atlanta, the seventh show of the incredible 24 Karat Gold Tour!

Stevie performs at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Monday.

Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde
(Philips Arena)
Stevie Nicks
(Philips Arena)
Stevie Nicks
(Collin Kelley)
Stevie Nicks
(JP Dela Cruz)
Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde
(Robb Cohen Photography & Video)
Stevie Nicks
(Robb Cohen Photography & Video)
Stevie Nicks
(Robb Cohen Photography & Video)

Videos

Much thanks and love to hejiranyc and Michael Woodruff for filming and sharing these wonderful videos!

Stand Back – partial (Michael Woodruff)

Crying in the Night (hejiranyc)

If You Were My Love (hejiranyc)

Reviews

Set List

  1. Gold and Braid
  2. If Anyone Falls
  3. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (with Chrissie Hynde & Waddy Wachtel)
  4. Belle Fleur
  5. Outside the Rain/Dreams
  6. Wild Heart/Bella Donna
  7. Annabel Lee (dropped from set)
  8. Enchanted
  9. New Orleans
  10. Starshine
  11. Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream)
  12. Stand Back
  13. Crying in the Night
  14. If You Were My Love
    Band introductions
  15. Gold Dust Woman
  16. Edge of Seventeen
    Encores
  17. Rhiannon
  18. Leather and Lace

Jewel, Foo Fighters cover ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’

On Sunday night, Jewel joined the Foo Fighters onstage at their Centennial Park show in Atlanta for an entertaining rendition of the Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty classic “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl reprised his role as the Tom Petty and infused a bit humor into his performance after Jewel offered up an unexpectedly sultry vocal on the last verse (see the video below).

The Foo Fighters have been inviting their musical friends to perform onstage ever since Grohl broke his leg after falling off the stage during a Foo Fighters’ concert in Gothenburg, Sweden, on June 12. Past guests have included Jack Black, HAIM, and, of course, the one and only Stevie Nicks.

(Video courtesy of evankyle21)

VIDEOS 12/17: Philips Arena, Atlanta

Fleetwood Mac continued its tour of the Deep South on Wednesday night, performing at Philips Arena in Atlanta, the band’s 38th show of the tour. The band has two more shows remaining on Leg 1 of the “On with the Show” Tour, first a stop in Sunrise on Friday and the closing show in Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Stevie dedicated “Landslide” “for my father to all the beautiful women in Atlanta.”

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Videos

Special thanks to R Albert, cadon35, David Eckoff, LynnBerry, marykristalin, Jim Miller, and oldnitebaker for sharing these videos!

You Make Loving Fun (courtesy of R Albert)

Dreams (courtesy of R Albert)

Everywhere – short clip (courtesy of marykristalin)

I Know I’m Not Wrong (courtesy of Jim Miller)

Tusk (courtesy of R Albert)

Sisters of the Moon (courtesy of R Albert)

Say You Love Me (courtesy of R Albert)

Say You Love Me (courtesy of Jim Miller)

Seven Wonders (courtesy of Jim Miller)

Big Love – partial (courtesy of LynnBerry)

Landslide (courtesy of R Albert)

Never Going Back Again – partial (courtesy of oldnitebaker)

Over My Head (courtesy of R Albert)

Gypsy – intro (Jim Miller)

Gypsy (courtesy of R Albert)

Little Lies – partial (courtesy of oldnitebaker)

Gold Dust Woman (courtesy of R Albert)

Go Your Own Way (courtesy of R Albert)

World Turning (courtesy of cadon35)

World Turning – partial (courtesy of LynnBerry)

Don’t Stop (courtesy of R Albert)

Don’t Stop (courtesy of David Eckoff)

Silver Springs (courtesy of R Albert)

Songbird (courtesy of David Eckoff)

Mick’s closing remarks (courtesy of David Eckoff

Reviews

A fresh, fun Fleetwood Mac dazzles Atlanta (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Set List

1. The Chain 13. Landslide
2. You Make Loving Fun 14. Never Going Back Again
3. Dreams 15. Over My Head
4. Second Hand News 16. Gypsy
5. Rhiannon 17. Little Lies
6. Everywhere 18. Gold Dust Woman
7. I Know I’m Not Wrong 19. I’m So Afraid
8. Tusk 20. Go Your Own Way
9. Sisters of the Moon 21. World Turning (encore 1)
10. Say You Love Me 22. Don’t Stop
11. Seven Wonders 23. Silver Springs
12. Big Love

REVIEW: Fresh, fun Fleetwood Mac dazzles Atlanta

Fleetwood Mac has never been considered a “fun” band.

Between the tempestuous relationships among its members and the differing opinions about musical direction over the decades, the collective of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham was never the cheeriest bunch.

Christine McVie (Photo: Robb Cohen)
Christine McVie (Photo: Robb Cohen)

But wow, did that drama make for some amazing music.

The band returned to the road in October after taking some off late last year for John McVie to combat cancer, and this time they had a secret weapon that has elevated Fleetwood Mac to a new level of vitality – Christine McVie.

Back with the gang after a 16-year gap, McVie, an unbelievable-looking 71, injected a palpable energy into the band, both by allowing them to further open their songbook and by providing Nicks with her perfect female vocal foil.

Lindsey Buckingham (Photo: Robb Cohen)
Lindsey Buckingham (Photo: Robb Cohen)

When was the last time you heard Nicks girlishly squeal, as she did when welcoming McVie with an enthusiastic, “She’s baaaaaack!”? For that matter, when was the last time Mac fans heard “You Make Loving Fun” and “Everywhere” played live (OK, it was 1997’s “The Dance” tour, but you get the point)?

From the moment part-time artist Fleetwood ushered in the band’s standard opener “The Chain” with his heartbeat bass drum, to more than 2 ½-hours later when McVie closed the show with her tingly “Songbird,” the show felt fresh and alive and yes…fun.

The sold-out crowd at Philips Arena Wednesday night erupted into cheers for McVie before the complete opening phrase of “You Make Loving Fun” – “Sweet wonderful you” – exited her mouth, setting the appreciative tone of the night.

John McVie (Photo: Robb Cohen)
John McVie (Photo: Robb Cohen)

Of course, the other major benefit of McVie’s return is her contributions as a vocalist. She added another layer of harmony to the silky “Dreams,” steered the sunshiny “Everywhere” and helped “Rihannon” breathe as Nicks donned a black shawl to drape over her jagged-edge black dress as she sang an invigorated version of the song.

While the female energy on stage resounded mightily, that isn’t to diminish the continued awesomeness of the band’s tortured musical genius, Buckingham.

Whether bouncing on the balls of his feet during “Second Hand News” or unleashing primal yells during “Tusk” – the band’s most polarizing song that was balanced by Fleetwood’s unrelenting beat and Christine McVie on accordion – the Twizzler-thin Buckingham was a riveting presence who sounded robust after shaking off some initial hoarseness.

Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham (Photo: Robb Cohen)
Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham (Photo: Robb Cohen)

And what a hoot that at 65, he still has groupies who basked in his aura at the front of the stage and even requested a couple of his onstage towels.

By giving fans a well-paced, 24-song set, Fleetwood Mac was able to liberate its extensive catalog and demonstrate the differing tones each member brings to the forefront.

McVie’s sweet pop tendencies soared on “Say You Love Me,” Buckingham tore off a finger-blistering solo during “Big Love” that almost sounded symphonic and Nicks twirled and grinned during her ethereal “Gypsy,” after sharing a lengthy – yet interesting – story about its origin.

For a certain generation of Fleetwood Mac fans, the moments between Buckingham and Nicks prompt the greatest pangs of wistfulness. The twosome didn’t disappoint as they stood alone on stage for “Landslide,” with Nicks’ warble sounding poetically perfect and Buckingham’s gentle guitar strains lovely as always; the pair then stayed together for a hushed duet on “Never Going Back Again.”

Stevie Nicks (Photo: Robb Cohen)
Stevie Nicks (Photo: Robb Cohen)

With the full band back onstage (not that Buckingham ever leaves it), the easy-going, hip-shaking “Little Lies” led to Nicks’ defining moment of the show. She absolutely smoldered with sensuality as she snaked through “Gold Dust Woman,” saturating the song with an intensity not heard from her in years (the band’s 2013 appearance at Philips featured some fantastic moments, but none compared to this).

Eternal fan favorites “Go Your Own Way” – featuring Nicks in her traditional black top hat – and “Don’t Stop,” their anthem of cheerful optimism, provided the show with a final jolt, as did Fleetwood’s fluid drum solo in the middle of “World Turning.”

It’s almost a relief to know that Fleetwood Mac will be back at Philips Arena in March, because who wouldn’t want to see one of – if not the – best concert of the year one more time?

Yep, yesterday’s gone indeed and a new Mac has been born.

Melissa Ruggieri / Atlanta Journal Constitution / Thursday, December 18, 2014