Oh what a night indeed. Literally and figuratively. The weather Gods chose to drop a weather bomb on Mt Smart last night, with swirling winds and at times, driving rain (thank goodness they saved the thunder and lightning till after the concert).
I am no reviewer, but I know what I like, so I wanted to keep a record of a wonderful night continuing the celebration with my husband of our 39th wedding anniversary, and what better way to do it than spending an evening with Fleetwood Mac, whose music has punctuated our married lives right up until today. The group was inspirational last night, especially for those of us in the same age bracket. It is so hard to believe that Christine McVie is in her early seventies. Their energy, their professionalism, their stage presence, their musicality, and their will to keep making fantastic music at this stage in their lives is uplifting. Hearing them in person made it clear to me why they have been favourites for so long.
The return of Christine McVie with her keyboard skills and melodic voice was the icing on the cake, made even better for me when they played my all time favourite, Tusk. McVie broke out the piano accordion – which was a nice touch. Her beautiful rendition of Songbird to conclude the show was a winner for me.
Stevie Nicks is magical, as Mick Fleetwood himself said. Her distinctive voice, her trademark clothing and long blonde hair create an almost ethereal stage persona. She wore a beautiful gold kimono during one track, which added a mesmerising golden aura, with some clever camera work projecting her onto the screens on either side of the stage. Not only that, she seems to know a bit about the All Blacks, the haka, Richie McCaw, and his good looking team mates! I see lucky Richie got to meet her last night too.
Lindsey Buckingham is the consummate performer and musician – I loved him in my youth and last night I knew why – his musical talent is enormous – his rendition of Big Love probably moved mountains – it was fantastic! He had a large range of guitars and demonstrated his virtuosity time and time again.
John McVie has a more low-key stage presence – standing quietly in the background, but he is obviously an integral link in the Fleetwood Mac chain, as the group’s name suggests. It was great to see him performing, having conquered his illness.
And what of the great Mick Fleetwood himself? – he is tall, elegant, and well spoken, with a great stage presence. His encore drum solo was amazing! He engaged with crowd and we were keen to respond.
All I can say is that we loved every minute of the concert last night and from looking at the mellow and relaxed people around us (mostly of a similar age), we were not alone. We may have been dressed like Anatarctic explorers to combat the atrocious weather, but we left with warm hearts and wonderful memories. If I had my way I would be back there tonight for a second helping ……
PS check out Lorde’s review in the New Zealand Herald – very expressive and eloquent. She was there in the wind and rain too….