Fleetwood Mac @ Jones Beach

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All concert photography by Greg Cristman

Fleetwood Mac (Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood) have been on the road for the past couple months for their first full tour in a few years, which already hit MSG, and returned to the NYC-area for a show at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Saturday (6/22). The tour is in celebration of a lot of things. They’re supporting a new EP (their first new material in ten years) and the 35th anniversary reissue of Rumours. And as Lindsey mentioned on stage, they’re celebrating the fact that when you go against the music industry’s formula (in Fleetwood Mac’s case, when they released the “difficult” double album, Tusk, as the followup to Rumours), sometimes time can treat the artistic decision well.

The Jones Beach show was my first time seeing Fleetwood Mac, so I can’t comment on how it compared to seeing them in their prime, but besides all the retrospective stuff they were talking about on stage, they seemed more like a band hungry to tour again than a nostalgia act. Lindsey is a wildly impressive guitarist to watch, and not only does he still have the stage presence, but he would often put so much into a song that by the end of it, he was panting, stomping the ground, and triumphantly throwing his fist in the air. He practically screamed all of “Not That Funny,” pulled off an intricate solo-acoustic rendition of the usually multi-layered “Big Love,” and stole the show with his song-ending guitar solo on “Go Your Own Way.” Stevie is still great on stage too and her voice is commanding as ever. She had many show-stealing moments too, leading the crowd in sing-alongs with “Dreams,” “Landslide,” and one of her solo cuts, “Stand Back,” but if I had to say, she was most in full force during “Silver Springs,” the “Go Your Own Way” b-side that ended up on the new Rumours reissue.

Not only was this my first time at Jones Beach Theater in a long time, it was also my first time this year, which means it was my first time seeing the venue since it re-opened after being severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. (The only other two shows there this year so far were Rascal Flatts or Pitbull.) The brand new stage and boardwalk look great again, and Stevie mentioned on stage that they’ve got all new dressing rooms too. Mick also mentioned how happy he was to see the place back in good shape during the speech he gave at the end of the show. The next Jones Beach show is Rush tonight (6/23).

Fleetwood Mac at Jones Beach – 6/22/13 Setlist:

Second Hand News
The Chain
Dreams
Sad Angel
Rhiannon
Not That Funny
Tusk
Sisters Of The Moon
Sara
Big Love
Landslide
Never Going Back Again
Without You
Gypsy
Eyes of the World
Gold Dust Woman
I’m So Afraid
Stand Back (Stevie Nicks song)
Go Your Own Way

Encore 1:
World Turning
Don’t Stop

Encore 2:
Silver Springs
Say Goodbye

Andrew Sacher / Brooklyn Vegan / Sunday, June 23, 2013

Fleetwood Mac to perform at refurbished Jones Beach Theater

jones-beach-theaterFleetwood Mac will hit the stage of the newly refurbished Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Saturday night.

The Nikon at Jones Beach Theater underwent millions of dollars in repairs after Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast more than seven months ago. On May 31, the famous theater in Wantagh reopened for the first time since the storm, with Rascal Flatts headlining the first concert of the year.

After Sandy, the 14,000-seat waterfront theater was left flooded and with severe damage to its infrastructure. Four feet of water flooded the theater, leaving the seats, concession stands and stage covered in seaweed. The storm also destroyed nine miles of cabling.

Despite the extensive damage, John Aarons of Live Nation said in a report from CBS News that he had no doubt that the theater would be ready to go for the summer. “We were able to get what should have taken a year’s worth of work finished in approximately four months,” he said.

A crew of over 250 people — almost all of them from Long Island — removed debris from the stage and pumped an estimated three million gallons of water from the theater. The theater underwent several upgrades during the reconstruction efforts, including 4,000 new seats, a new stage made from scratch and improved concession stands.

Reconstruction of the theater ended up costing over $20 million, and was funded by both the state government and insurance.

The re-vamped theater has a full 33-band schedule for the summer. Rascal Flatts rehearsed on the stage Thursday night before the reopening. “We feel a sense of responsibility to have the platform that we do to inspire people to help each other,” the band’s bass player Jay DeMarcus told CBS News.

About 350,000 people visit the theater every year. Fleetwood Mac, Rush, Dave Matthews Band and Phish are among the 33 headliners set to perform at the waterfront theater this summer. 

Eric Anderson / Long Island / This is a slightly-edited version of the article originally published on May 31, 2013.