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Rose Garden Arena, Portland, OR

Featuring: Fleetwood Mac
Date: Saturday, July 25, 2003 (8:00pm)
Address: 1 North Center Court Street, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 503-797-9619
Ticket Price: 49.50-125.00

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5.0

5 stars for the Mac 1 star for the Rose Garden

Written by JAMES from PORTLAND Sep 18, 2008 at 01:14 PM
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The Mac is truly back though Christine's absence felt like a family member missing. Stevie, Lindsay, Mick & John were outstanding as always and we were pleased they did many of their signature hits as well as cuts from their new album. It was especially gratifying that even though they must have been exhausted from a rigorous tour they came out for two (!!) encore presentations! That's why we love the band...they give 110%. Thank you Fleetwood Mac for a special evening that will linger a lifetime!
As for the venue...as usual the Rose Garden is over priced with its parking/concessions and the seating is less than desireable...the Mac could have played an amphitheatre with the same acoustics and visual advantage, but at least they elected to play in this otherwise ho-hum city!
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5.0

THIS is truly rock and roll at it's finest hour.

Written by Julie from Oregon Sep 18, 2008 at 01:14 PM
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Such a smooth balance between Stevie solos, Lindsey solos and the "good Ol Fleetwood Mac" (IE-Rumors album) that I could not get enough. Lindsey can play better than Joe f----- Perry. At least this show he did. His solos were incredible. Stevie was enchanting as always and Mic, well....he's as good as it gets. What a guy. John Mc is in a class by himself. He is so modest. Without him it would be disaster. Christine missed out that's all I can say. I only wish the venue was better-Portland's Rose Garden Sucks.
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5.0

Absolutely Amazing!!!!

Written by Ali from Idaho Sep 18, 2008 at 01:12 PM
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Well first let me just say I have watched and listened to hundreds of bootleg concerts, and believe me being right there and hearing and seeing it for yourself doesn't even compare. The sound was just amazing.

My seats were sixth row floor on Stevie's side. The crowd was actually really good. On the floor pretty much everyone stood the entire concert except for some of the slower songs. I only had one rude man tell me to sit down but I didn't. My mom and I switched seats so I was on the aisle and could stand the entire time without hearing the complaints. I didn't see any beer so I guess they don't serve it at the Rose Garden? So at least there weren't any dumb asses stumbling about.

Stevie was in top form. She was dancing and smiling and twirling her little legs off. Her voice was so powerful. The black dress she wears at first is actually quite pretty though it may look plain from far away. The embroidered flowers ( I think) are beautiful. Of course, the little Say You Will dance is the cutest ever. I was the only one I saw that did it along with Stevie. I don't think she noticed me though. She didn't have much interaction with the crowd. I think I saw her smile or wink at one person during the whole show. I held up a sign, but I don't know if she even read it. Beautiful Child was absolutely amazing. Though Stevie's voice has changed, it sounded just as beautiful as ever.

Lindsey, OMG, LOL. He was great. I didn't realized that during Tusk he actually, puts down his guitar and runs around like a mad man. I was laughing so hard. When he started doing the little ring around the rosie with Stevie, I think he may have been going to fast for her poor little hip. I'm not a big fan of "I'm so Afraid" or "Come" but seeing them live was amazing. I also got a kick out of Lindsey's "crab" imitation. He looks like a crab when he does that clawing type thing when he's playing, but it doesn't even look like he's playing. I wanted to play his guitar, but some people who I don't think were that big of fans did and Lindsey had to tell them like five times to play.

I took a little idea from Patti and blackcat and made a little sign for John that said "John Rulz" lol. Anyway I kept holding it up at the end so when they all did their little bow, of course John didn't see it, but Lindsey did and pointed and smiled then got John to look and he pointed and did a little backwards jig. lol. Tomorrow I have second row seats on Lindsey's side, so I'm going to see if I can get a little recognition for the brunettes!

My mom went with me and she enjoyed it very much. She doesn't know a whole lot about the band songs etc although she is constantly being taught daily Fleetwood Mac lessons by yours truly. Anyway I asked her what song she liked that best and she said "Mudslide." LOL. I said, you mean "Landslide" and she was like "oh whoops yah." Silly woman. My mom also thought Mick was going to have a heart attack when he did his little drum solo "he was sweating so much."

Anyway, I had a wonderful time, and the experience was one I will never forget!!
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