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Written by  Jun 17, 2008 at 12:04 PM
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I just got back from the Fleetwood Mac show at the Pyramid in Memphis. Two emotions are currently running through me: exhilaration, for finally catching this incredible band live, and sadness. I waited for this night for so long, and now it has passed. My life has literally revolved around this particular show for the last month. What am I going to do with myself... :)? I may just have to check them out in another city if I can. I haven't got enough of this tour.

First of all, the crowd tonight was fantastic. They were really into it, and so were the band. It started about 8:30, which I expected, and when those crickets came up over the speakers and the lights went down, I just about died. I was peering through my binoculars just trying to get a first glimpse of the band. Mick came out first, then Christine and John, and then Stevie and Lindsey. I was just waiting for those first chords of "The Chain". The crowd went wild!

Next came "Dreams", which the crowd instantly recognized. The Memphis crowd went absolutely ballistic for Stevie. I'm sure it is like that at all the cities. She certainly is the crowd favorite.

"Everywhere" was next. The crowd loved this one. And let me just say, if I can look as good as Christine McVie does when I'm 54, I will be blessed. She doesn't look a day past 30! Although I love all the members, I'd have to say that Christine is my favorite. She has such a beautiful voice, and she is such a professional. Cool, calm, and collected. But she can rock!

"Gold Dust Woman." Boy, did this rock the Pyramid. I basically knew the setlist from checking out this webpage, but it was fun watching people around me react to this song. There is a build up to when Stevie belts out that first line, "Rock on, Gold Dust Woman...." The crowd went nuts, and when she started doing those twirls I couldn't even hear myself screaming! Stevie is so cool!

I couldn't wait to hear "I'm So Afraid." Lindsey is a master on guitar. People started to sit down on this song, but when he started that guitar solo, and it kept rocking and rocking, people just couldn't help getting out of their seats. That song got one of the biggest reactions of the night. I think the live version is so much better than the original. Lindsey was on fire tonight. I have never seen a performer so intense!

There was a little problem at the beginning of "Temporary One" It seemed like Lindsey's guitar was unplugged or something (Sorry, I'm no technician). Stevie seemed to hesitate a little bit before she started banging on her tamborine, but then the problem was fixed. This song is great. It's so relevant to Fleetwood Mac..."the sea that divides us is a temporary one." "Bleed to Love Her" was incredible too. This song is my favorite new one of the dance. It was great.

Well, I'm going on and on. I'll just give you some highlights from now on. "Landslide" was definitely a highlight. I loved how Stevie went over to Lindsey and just kinda looked over his shoulder while he was playing his solo. It was cute. The crowd was singing along to this one. It sent shivers down my spine. Stevie also dedicated "Landslide" to the crowd. "This is definitely a sacred place (meaning Memphis), so this is for all of you." Made me proud to be a Memphian.

"Say You Love Me" and "You Make Loving Fun." Two Christine McVie classics back to back. The crowd stood up and went crazy for these songs. We had seats on the side of the stage, and it was fun to watch everyone below dancing to these two great songs. "You Make Loving Fun" got a big hand. One of the biggest of the night. I loved how Lindsey said "Christine McVie!" after this song, like she does for him after "I'm So Afraid."

"Stand Back" was awesome. I don't think a lot of people expected it. It seemed like the other band members were having a lot of fun playing it. Lindsey practically stood next to Christine at the keyboards for the whole song, and they had the biggest smiles on their faces. That was fun to watch! I would have loved to hear "Over My Head" live, but I guess "Oh Daddy" has kinda taken that songs place. That's okay, cause that song is great too. A precious gem from Rumours.

"Not that Funny" was incredible. Mick with his vest and Lindsey sneaking up behind him was classic! It just looks like they are having so much fun out there. I love how they start out singing Not that Funny and all of the band members gradually leave the stage for Mick's solo, but then they come back and pick up where they left off. This was a great crowd pleaser. Mick is a hoot, and such a great performer. If only drummers today would look like they have as much fun as Mick does when they play!

"Second Hand News" was great too. I love the Bam bam bam bam part. LIndsey really got the crowd going with that. "Silver Springs" was the highlight of the evening. Lindsey and Stevie gazing at each other directly at the end of the song was just incredible. The crowd was feeding off the intensity of these two.

"Go Your Own Way", "Tusk", and "Don't Stop" were perfect closers. I personally like "Go Your Own Way". I love how they end that song! And then, of course, was "Songbird." I almost got teary eyed. I felt bad for the people who thought the show had ended and left. But I knew better. You could hear the crowd getting louder as they realized the piano was lifting from the side of the stage and the spotlight all of sudden appears on Christine. Some lady was screaming down the aisle from me, "Songbird! Songbird!" before Christine even came out. What a wonderful song! It has to be in my wedding..:)!

And then they all came out for Farmer's Daughter to really end the show. It was so beautiful. All of their voices coming together in perfect harmony. No matter what the differences between them are off stage, they were in perfect harmony tonight. It will remain as a precious memory for me all ways. It was the first time I had seen Fleetwood Mac in my short 21 years, and hopefully it won't be my last.
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