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A Night To Remember

Written by Ron Browne Jun 11, 2008 at 12:56 PM
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Just returned to my home in New Orleans, after flying to Phoenix, (for the concert).. Decided to combine an Arizona vacation with FM. Since they were not playing in New Orleans, found a city I wanted to see them in,(Stevies home town, is one of my favorite places) I got tickets via ticketmaster, the day Phoenix went on sale. Not bad 2nd section, dead center of the pavillion.

The anticipation of flying to Phoenix, to see them, was overwhelmed by the INTENSE electricity once we got into the venue. It was a great mix of people mostly people in my age group (39).

I had more fun buying 3 t-shirts, 2 caps, key ring, and just talking with all these great people in the pavillion. Everyone was so into just being there, (of course a couple of margaritas put the night on the right track

The show started about 15 minutes late, but who really noticed. As has been posted prior, the setlist was the same. It was the energy of the group, combined with the audience that really rocked Phoenix that night. Each number was better than the last, and of course when Stevie did Rhiannon, I was near tears!!! Our seatmates around us were great, and I would really like to thank the lady from Mesa for letting me borrow her binoculars, (especially when I needed a close up of Stevie), and the Southwest fight attendent,sitting behind me, who really helped me get our section on our feet and rockin. I think our corner of section 204/row yy...really got everyone going,(I mean who is going to really sit down and just watch Fleetwood Mac)??? I last saw them in Tampa July 4, 1976, (bicentenial concert), and could not believe I was lucky enough to see them 21 years later....Sorry this is a week or so late, but I don't have a laptop, so had to wait till I returned to New Orleans to send in. (I've already watched the video about 8 times, and have nothing on the cd except FM albums.

Thank you...Lindsey, Stevie, Christine, John, and Mick, for a night and date in time I will always remember!!
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Fantastic Concert

Written by Brian Nevitt Jun 11, 2008 at 12:55 PM
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I have been attending Fleetwood Mac concerts since 1976 and last night's concert in Phoenix may have been the best one yet. The group really enjoys playing together and it was awesome to see the smiles on everyone's face during the show. The set list was the same as all the other shows, but the desert surroundings seem to bring out the best in Stevie and Lindsey. Stevie was obviously pumped up to do well in front of her parents and hometown fans and she did not disappoint. A stiff, cool breeze constantly blew Stevie's hair and outfits making for an eerie setting on stage. She seemed to feed off the energy of the crowd and sounded great on all her numbers. Landslide and Silver Springs probably the best received songs. Stevie puts her heart and soul into Silver Springs now as she used to with Rhiannon back in the 70's.

Lindsey was incredible. This man can get more out of a guitar than anyone I've ever heard and yet he never seems to get the national respect we all know he deserves. I'm So Afraid and his acoustical set drew the biggest applause of the evening. His work on Go Your Own Way resulted in a broken string, similar to the show in Irvine last Saturday night, which I was also fortunate enough to attend. The crowd in Phoenix was much more into the concert than the crowd in Southern California last weekend. Second Hand News was my personal favorite of the evening. This little used nugget smoked and was a much better song selection than Eyes of the World.

After reading about all the ticket disasters on the East Coast, I was very lucky to get fourth row seats through normal channels. Ticketmaster did not hold back any tickets here and was actually pretty efficient when they were sold months ago. Of course, any concert is going to be better from the fourth row, but I honestly believe the Mac played as well as they ever have! The only complaint I had involved the gestapo security force and their practice of keeping the crowd away from the stage. No one was allowed within ten feet of the stage or they were whisked off the premises if they strayed too close to the band. They also managed to confiscate my camera film after I had taken nearly 25 pictures of the group and was rewinding the film to pack it away for the night!

All in all, a fantastic concert and one not to miss!
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