Classic Rock Show and Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

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Classic Rock Show and Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

Classic Rock Show and Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

Posted: 21 Dec 2016

The critically acclaimed Classic Rock Show is back looking bigger, fresher, and even better for their next tour 'A-Z of Rock' for a World tour including the Sage Gateshead on 9 February.

Focus for the show is on performing the greatest songs right across the 'Alphabet of Rock', from AC/DC and Aerosmith to Eric Clapton, The Eagles, ELO, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meatloaf, and Queen to The Who, Zeppelin, ZZ Top, and everything in between.

Meanwhile Rob Mason reviews Rumours of Fleetwood Mac (below).


Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

Sage Gateshead

4 February


Forty years to the day since the release of ‘Rumours’ this was an opportune moment for a packed audience to celebrate the music of Fleetwood Mac. 

‘Rumours of Fleetwood Mac’ may be a tribute band but they come with a seal of approval from Mick Fleetwood himself, the show beginning with his video introduction endorsing the band.

All seems great but the opening 40 minute set is more third-hand than ‘Second Hand News’. Despite the anniversary of the release of an album that’s in almost any decent record collection, the seven-piece band appear to be chugging through the songs in distinctly routine fashion.

Ironically the show livens up when they move away from ‘Rumours’. Stripped of the two female singers and with a big screen image of the original Fleetwood Mac, the second half starts with a bluesy section that gets the show going. 

Emerging from behind the keyboard at the back of the stage, Dave Goldberg becomes the frontman. 

Once of The Merseybeats, Goldberg looks like he’s been around the block a few times but he knows what he’s doing, is assured and confident and storms through half a dozen powerful numbers from the Peter Green era, starting with ‘Green Manalishi’, featuring a sublime ‘Albatross’ and wrapping up with ‘Oh Well’.

By the time the Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie lookalikes come back on stage the crowd are warmed up and the second set is a marked improvement on the first, racing towards a rousing finish with ‘The Chain’.

‘Tusk’ and ‘You Can Go Your Own Way’ provided rousing encores with the audience by now on their feet on a night when in the final analysis Rumours of Fleetwood Mac did indeed make loving fun.


 

Rob Mason


 

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