, February 24, 1998

Fleetwood Mac had their best year in a decade in 1997, and selling 4 million copies of The Dance and touring throughout the country has landed the two-time GRAMMY winners another couple nominations, including Best Pop Album. It's also earned them a slot on the big show, and tonight they ran through a three-song medley they have planned: "Rhiannon," "Go Your Own Way" and "Don't Stop." And the band sounds as good today as it ever has. Joined by extra musicians like percussionist Lenny Castro - a full 8-plus players were on stage - the sound was full, the stage stark, and the place was rocking. As for the individual members, Lindsey Buckingham is as energetic and manic as he is in actual performance, and between takes he's a ball of energy, pacing the stage, rubbing his hands together and through his hair. Meanwhile, the more laid back Mick Fleetwood strolled the stage with a bottle of sparkling water. Stevie Nicks was garbed in her usual spike heels and dark, draped dress. It was like an old-fashioned rock concert when a stand-in host stage right announced: "Twenty years later and once again a nominee for Best Pop Album, Fleetwood Mac!" and band launched an acoustic, piano-based "Rhiannon" snippet that exploded into "Go Your Own Way." Is this the last performance for the Mac? It's possible, but if so it looks like they'll bow out with a bang. Especially if they take home a trophy Wednesday night.

- Chloe Jameson

Thanks to Stacey Vernick for posting this to The Ledge and to Anusha for sending it to us.