You Will FAN REVIEWS
9/30/03 Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
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My boyfriend and I had a fantastic time at last
Tuesday's incredible show. I've experienced Stevie
and Fleetwood Mac live many times over the years,
but this show was the best ever. I've always hated
the small seats in MSG. We were in the mezzanine
and a few rows behind us was a small press box
with no one sitting there. So we moved up there
and had a fabulous time drinking beer out of New
York "Knicks" cups and dancing. Stevie has never
sounded better. She looked beautiful and seemed
to be having a great time. She was very assured
and gracious. It was an exquisite performance and
only proved once again why Ms. Nicks is the Queen
She told the crowd that New York City is very
special to her for "reasons you all know". Stevie
was here in NYC on 9/11/01. We had tickets to
see her in Atlantic City on 9/15/01 and we weren't
sure if she would show up. But, show she did and
the crowd (including Donald Trump!) was thrilled.
Thank you Stevie. You helped mend alot of broken
hearts that night. I was hoping that the band
would include the gorgeous 9/11 inspired "Illume"
from the new album last Tuesday. IStevie
dedicated It's so beautiful. Stevie dedicated it to
NYC in the notes on Say you will. In hind sight,
none of us are probably ready for it yet. Lindsey
was absolutely amazing. The almost sold out
crowd was enthralled by his expert guitar playing
and yearning voice. As for Mick and John.., what
can you say? The very best there is. They all
seemed to be having a real blast. And it was very
BLOWEN AWAY!! THATS THE ONLY THING I CAN SAY ABOUT LAST NIGHTS CONCERT AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN. THE BAND SOUNDED BETTER THAN EVER!! I SAW 3 OTHER SHOWS DURING THIS TOUR (JONES BEACH, CONTINENTAL ARENA, AND WORCESTER, MASS.) THEY SOUNDED GREAT AT ALL THE SHOWS, BUT LAST NIGHT WAS BETTER THAN ANYONE COULD HAVE WANTED. STEVIE WAS AT THE TOP OF HER GAME. YOU COULD JUST SEE HOW HAPPY AND FULL OF ENERGY SHE WAS. THE WHOLE NIGHT SHE WAS DANCING SPINNING AND SOUNDED AMAZING!! SHE HIT THE HIGH NOTES PERFECTLY. THE CROWD WAS WILD LAST NIGHT. IM STILL DANCING AS IM WRITING THIS REVUE. LINDESY, JOHN, AND MICK LIKE ALWAYS WERE FANTASTIC. SEEING THIS CONCERT LAST NIGHT MADE ME LOVE THE MAC MORE THAN I EVER HAD.
Fleetwood Mac's return to Madison Square Garden was fantastic,
out-of-sight...all of the above. There was the electric aura that is so unique to MSG, and
which all of us, including the band, picked up immediately. After "The
Chain", Stevie commented that the special exuberance of the audience was what she
expected in New York. She said that New York has a special place in her heart
"for reasons most of you know." At this first performance in Manhattan since
9/11, Stevie was especially alive and emotional. Lindsey, too, seemed even
more on fire and intense than at the Continental Arena Memorial Day weekend. The
group is very comfortable with the show and therefore, more relaxed and
indulged in much more ad-lib than in NJ. Whatever walking problems Stevie had that
I observed in NJ were gone -- near the end of the show, she changed from
flat-surface 3" sneakers to her platform boots, and she rocked all evening. She
and Lindsey were very affectionate and the audience soaked up the
hard-to-ignore chemistry pouring from them. Stevie sang "Gold Dust Woman" with a special,
experienced flair, giving a warning tone to us at the 'gold dust' lyrics.
Rhiannon was on fire -- her revved-up emotions flooded out to us with this old
favorite of hers, along with "Stand Back", "Beautiful Child", and "Say Goodbye."
Lindsey's intensity was vivid in his playing and his curtain calls. He gets
better and better -- as if he hasn't found his peak yet. Mick is Mick -
fun-loving, frisky and with amazing energy. John's bass is and was awesome; he
always stays in the background but his tone is audible and underlines the rest
of the band. The Fleetwood Mac sing-along came out loud and strong during
"Landslide", "Silver Spring", "Go Your Own Way" and "Don't Stop", with a little
"Tusk" also. It was another forever-in-the-memory Fleetwood Mac and Madison
Square Garden experience.
WOW! just got back from seeing a fantastic concert. I was lucky to have been seated Row A , right in front of Stevie! All I can say is that after seeing them three times so far on this tour, this one was their best. They gave us New Yorkers quite a treat tonite and you could tell they were enjoying it. Stevie was wonderful during Stand Back. She must have twirled around like 12 times!!!!!. Thankyou Fleetwood Mac for being the great band you are and for that amazing show.
I have seen many Fleetwood Mac and Stevie concerts, but I think they were at
their finest last night. Lindsay, John & Mick were top notch. Stevie's
voice was the most powerful I've ever heard and they all had so much fun on
stage. It amazes me how they can still fill the Garden after all these
years! I will never forget this show!!
The band was in astonishing form tonight. It is almost unbelievable that
they can play this well, and put on such an energized, upbeat performance
after doing this set for 5 months. GYPSY just keeps getting better and
better...and RHIANNON was nothing short of a revelation. The crisp audio at
the Garden accentuated all the glorious notes Stevie was hitting all through
the night. Her miking during BEAUTIFUL CHILD left much to be desired at the
top of the song, but after about a minute or so, it improved dramatically.
This song has been consistently powerful and heartfelt at every one of the
six shows I have seen on this tour. The Garden was NOT sold out--not by a
long shot. the uppermost tiers of the Garden were very empty. When I
arrived at the Garden, there were abundant floor seats, in the middle and
rear sections, and a ticketseller told me that there were large blocks of
seats in the 100 level, too. But the crowd sounded like a full house and
then some. Thanks, Stevie and the band for another extraordinary
night--filled with beautiful music! If you have been toying with the idea
of seeing Fleetwood Mac on this tour, RUN!!! HURRY--spend the money and go
to Vegas if necessary, from wherever you live...they are so worth it. This
is the real deal...a powerhouse group at the very peak of their powers.
Fleetwood Mac Rocked The Garden!!
OMG! The big day finally came! I was extremely excited all day.. actually since the night before. It was such an amazing night - way better than the two shows I saw in May. Since everyone already knows the setlist, here are the highlights (my personal faves) from last night's show at the Garden.. in no particular order:
Beautiful Child was amazing! Stevie's vocals were so on and she sang "I still love you... I still need you... I wish that you were mine." Very beautiful and touching. I was so mesmerized by this performance yet again. My favorite performance on this tour. During the intro to this song, Stevie came to the mic and said "this is a song from a long time ago from ....aaaahhh.." she then laughed and fanned her face with her hands and said "from Tusk." It was a cute, funny moment...lol.
Silver Springs - WOW- the drama was definitely there. Lindsey and Stevie faced each other towards the end of the song. She sang "was I just a fool... give me just one more chance... still I am a fool." She was really into the song.. Lindsey was stomping his foot throughout that time. It was way better than the Dance version.
Landslide - incredible! Stevie said the usual stuff about how they take this time in the show to thank us for our appreciation for the band. She then said (and I am paraphrasing here) "I want to dedicate this song to New York City because you are very special to me for many many reasons that you know. I also want to dedicate it to my friend Liz Rosenberg and to all of you." During the interlude, she went behind Lindsey and tapped his shoulders with her fingers to the beat of the music. He had a big ole smile on his face! As the song was ending, they clasped hands, fingers intertwined and he kissed her hand. It ended with a side hug, a kiss on her temple and Lindsey's right hand over her shoulder and her right hand intertwined with his. Big smiles at the end from both of them.
Gold Dust Woman - OMG! It was the most powerful raw version I've ever seen or heard. She held the notes really long and was very fiery. In between the first and second verse, she was standing in front of Mick and then took the shawl and kind of shook her chest in front of John, then spun around and shook her back to him! It was amazing! The final pose at the end of the song still knocks me out.. the colors are so beautiful and she just glows.
Rhiannon - the woman has major, major cleavage and was not afraid to flaunt it! When she came to the mic during NGBA, she had a lot of people gasping, but in a good way. She looked stunning and sang this song like a woman possessed! It was a fantastic performance.
Gypsy - loved the new shawl she wears for this song. She sang "I still see your bright eyes" all the way to the end of the song. This still continues to be my favorite FM song.
Say You Will - This song is really progressing nicely. Stevie did her hand gestures during the chorus and some people were following her. During the interlude, she went over to Lindsey and played air guitar. Their faces were inches apart, but they weren't talking to each other. They were making kissy faces back and forth to each other! It was cute!
Tusk - HOLY CRAP! This was absolutely a highlight for me. After tusking John, Lindsey unplugged his guitar and lassoed it around his head and then dropped it and put the guitar on the floor. He made his way towards Stevie and she was ready for him. They started boxing away from each other at first, but moved a little closer. Lindsey then outstretched his arms and Stevie walked into them and wrapped her arms around his neck. He wrapped his arms around her waist then moved one hand onto her head.. bringing it closer to his shoulder. His hands kept rubbing her hair up and down. They finally parted, but it was so cool to see them slow dancing like that!
Stand Back - Stevie was on fire! This song had everyone on their feet. She did 14 twirls and 2 kicks! It was great! Lindsey humped his guitar in the beginning of the song. Stevie fanned herself at the end of the song! LOL
Go Your Own Way - She wore her black boots for this song and all the encores!! YIPPEE!! I was so happy! This song rocked too! Once again, everyone was on their feet. Lindsey was amazing!
Come - this song gets Lindsey so worked up! It was just intensely hot! He is such the guitar god!
Goodbye Baby - this song always has me in tears. She looked very melancholy during the song. It was beautiful! Also, before the song she said, "this is for you" to the audience.
Don't Stop - Such a great song live. I really love Stevie's vocals on this and World Turning. She just adds a rocking edge to it that Christine never captured. Everyone on the stage was totally rockin'. Lindsey and Stevie ended it back to back sort of.. Lindsey's head ended up in Stevie's hair and back.. it was cool!
Say Goodbye - Lindsey and Stevie sang this song to each other again - very poignant and still some idiots feel the need to scream out "Lindsey" or "Stevie".
All the rest of the songs were incredible too! Second Hand News had Stevie and Lindsey very into it and Eyes of the World was very animated. It was awesome. They totally rocked and were very energized. Lindsey threw two sweaty towels into the crowd. Stevie shook hands with a lot of people in front - as did Lindsey as Mick spoke his final words to everyone. She got some flowers and so did Lindsey. Stevie is so gorgeous and Lindsey really is so good looking! His eyes were sparkling throughout the night! It really was an awesome show and I am so glad I got to see them again! Rock on!
So I get an email the morning of the concert from my rugby team--get ready,
we're doing tackling drills tonight! I got excited, then thought--augh!
I'm missing practice! But then, I realized, wait, I'm not missing practice
for work this time--I'm missing it so I can see STEVIE, JOHN, MICK and
LINDSEY again!!! Pretty much the only good reason to miss practice! So
instead of heading to Randall's Island, I headed downtown from my office,
practically running from Times Square to the Garden. Once again, great
seats! I walked to my seat and was thrilled by the view! Met some guys
from Ireland (I swear, guys, I really do play in the front row!), who were
so excited to see the Mac, too. The entire arena was filling up, lots of
anticipation! Then the band came on. So incredible. It was a huge rush
from beginning to end, the set going perfectly from fast-paced to some
slower songs, new songs, classics, fantastic guitar solos, Stevie's
harmonies and, yes, the twirling and the shawls... It's so much to try and
put into a short prose review, but here goes...! The whole band's energy
was way out there! They seemed excited to be playing at the Garden, and
the place was packed with people who were all excited to see them! Stevie
looked just as beautiful as she did at Jones Beach--all the things about
the costume changes, the jaw dropping fabulousness that I mentioned about
the Jones Beach concert, well, it just got even better, especially as I
managed to get closer to the stage (and get behind people who were shorter
than me or sitting down!). By the way, my purchase earlier that day of
platform shoes definitely paid off--that extra 2-3 inches really helped!
Of course, they were nothing like Stevie's platform boots, but still...
Fantastic night as Lindsey worked the crowd, John grooved away on his
bass, and Mick kept the heart going. When Stevie sang "Rhiannon," and got
to the part at the end where dreams unwind... and sang "I know..." those
two words were so powerful. The connection with that song is amazing. As
I sang along, I thought, well, I know, too... Stand Back was just as
amazing as it had been at Jones Beach. You know, that's a great break-up
song, as I said before, but just in case you're wondering, it also somehow
manages to be a fantastic pump-up song to prepare for rugby games!! I
think it's that driving guitar... Stevie's power when she sang Gold Dust
Woman was incredible--she rocked out and really moved to it, too! You
know, she says that now she warms up before concerts--I think I should,
too, because the music is nice and loud, and you can sing to your heart's
content while still enjoying the Mac, but by the end of the night, my voice
is GONE! Lindsey's Come was a definite highlight again at this concert.
He's such a great showman, and "Goes Insane" with his guitar!! I think his
guitar work is seriously underappreciated--COME ON!! What a great player!
Loved that there was a huge screen in the background with a 50-foot Lindsey
playing Big Love--SO cool to watch his fingerwork. Whew!! And I'm so
glad that Stevie gets to sing Beautiful Child. It is one of my favorite
songs of all time, and deserves its place at every concert. It is so
meaningful to me on top of being an incredibly-written song! Now my vote
would be to have Smile At You and/ or Thrown Down as part of the set,
too... Just a bit of a song wish-list! As the concert went on, my friend
and I were able to get closer to the stage, because some people managed to
get up TO the stage, and we snagged some prime temporary seats! And Stevie
and Lindsey do a fantastic job with World Turning--it's not the same
without Christine, but I really enjoy it! It's also cool to hear a new
take on a great song. Finally, during the encores, we managed to get up to
the stage. Mick's drum vest solo--SO MUCH FUN!! I LOVE that!! He's so
NUTS!!! Plus, what can you say about the red shoes?! And then Stevie was
RIGHT THERE! Hearing her sing from something like four feet away was
beyond belief. She is so intense, and her unique, amazing, beautiful voice
goes right through you. And she puts her whole being into her songs. It
really pulled me into everything she sang. I love getting up close,
watching the Mac work the crowd, work the music, feel the concert! And
they really felt this one!! On the one hand, the Garden concert was
similar to the Jones Beach concert, seeing the Mac again, in all their
glory, with their amazing talent, but on the other hand, it is such a
different venue--thousands more people at the Garden, indoors rather than
outdoors, smaller space... And the Mac played up to each venue--I don't
think everyone can do that--some people can't translate from one type of
venue to another... But the Mac sure did! I'm SO glad they hit all those
venues--Madison Square Garden, Jones Beach, Nassau Coliseum... Gave me the
opportunity to see them on both legs of the tour without leaving the state!
And thanks to Taku for signing my Tusk cd sleeve!! He's so great, and
works so well with Mick!! The Mac percussion section is AWESOME!
I was so happy when Stevie sang Goodbye Baby for us. I love Illume, but I
feel like it's too vivid, in the moment, to share in that arena space
now... Maybe because it's so close to the anniversary--I don't know. She
and the band definitely made the right choice in putting in Goodbye Baby
instead. That song is so cathartic. Another reviewer talked about some
things that happened to him, and how Goodbye Baby affects him. It affects
me that way, too--the last few years have been quite hard, and that song
lets me think about all my friends and family who have died and who have
been ill, and moving on with life, with the song like arms around me. Very
few singers and songs can do that. Stevie can.
This was my first Fleetwood Mac concert it was awesome. They performed mostly older stuff but did do some songs from the new album. Stevie looked amazing as usual, and Lindsey was HOT, not to mention a fabulous guitar player. Mick did a cool number with a drum attached to his vest-----He is one great drummer. My favorite album I have of theirs is the Greatest Hits.....they played all my favorite songs from there except for Monday Morning but I still got to hear it in the car on the way home. Q103.4 was playing all their songs after the concert. I guess after being around for 30+ years they have alot of songs and can't play everyones favorite. I was really expecting not to be able to see from where my seats were but they turned out way closer than they look on the map. I was happy about that. They did an encore of about 3-4 songs. Out of all the concerts i've been to I loved this one as much or even more than Billy Joel. I hope they have a another tour soon, i'd definately buy tickets again next time around.
The day before the show I decided I was going and went on down to my
local Ticketmaster only to be offered a great seat,first level on
Stevie's side.So I plunked down the money and left,got in the car and
poped in "Tusk" and was happy as could be.How could I pass up a chance
to see Fleetwood Mac in the world's greatest arena?
When I arrived at the show I found my seats to be even better that
expected,I had to be about 20 yards from the stage,again on Stevie's
Now I have been to many,many events but nothing gives me goosebumps more
that seeing Miss Stevie Nicks.
The show began with "The Chain" and away I went for 2 1/2 hours.
No work,no problems,no nothing,just Stevie.
The highlights for me were "Gold Dust Woman" and "Silver Springs",two of
my all time favorite songs,and "Beautiful Child",which I think Sevie
shed a tear during.
We love you Stevie!!!
I've been to many FM concerts but this one was the best by far. I'm totally awestruck from how good the show was. Stevie sounded AMAZING...she hit notes i didnt know she could anymore, and she really went crazy during a lot of songs. She was really into it. So was Lindsey of coarse, but he always is. Mick and John are always great. And Lindsey and Stevie were like dancing and smiling and talking to eachother...and all I'm thinking is like WHY THE HELL IS HE MARRIED! THEY GOTTA BE TOGETHER!!! Anyway...I'm going off topic. The show was the best I've seen. The only problem was some of the audience. While everyone in the whole place was standing up and dancing to songs like GYOW and Stand Back, everyone in my row was sitting down and they gave me dirty looks when I got up. It was clear that they werent fans...and I am SUCH a big fan. They kind of ruined my night a little, but what can you do. And I felt really bad that it wasnt a full house...with the show they put on, they definitly deserved it. It was so good - its like each person put in like 150% of themselves and it turned out to be one of the most amazing nights of my life. I laughed and cried and bounced in my seat (I couldnt stand up) and sang all night. I'll never forget it. I love you FM, you rock my world!
This was my first and hopefully not my last Fleetwood Mac Concert. I am
usually one to get up and dance the night away at a concert. However, I
was so in awe of the band and all that they represent both visually and
well musically that I just wanted to listen and observe their every stage
move. AT the onset of the concert, the instruments were drowning out the
vocals, but, somewhere down the road it leveled out. Mac was absolutely
awesome. Their old tunes and as well as their new tunes were a delight and
masterfully performed. I did notice and miss the absence of Christine
McVie, but soon got past it. If anywhere between now and the end of the
band's tour you have the opportunity to go to a show or ten, do it, You
will get more than your money's worth. Welcome Mac. See you down the
road. Oh by the way, I can't stop singing Mac tunes.
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