Fleetwood Mac has been given a complete make-over. By replacing Lindsey Buckingham with Neil Finn and Mike Campbell, Fleetwood Mac 2018 has become a completely different beast.
For starters, replacing Buckingham with a single person was impossible. No-one else can sing like Lindsey and play like Lindsey. It takes two. Finn is the vocal replacement, Campbell the guitar and it works.
This new line-up has given Fleetwood Mac the opportunity to reinvent and that they have done. The ‘An Evening with Fleetwood Mac’ tour is a complete retrospective of the band plus some nice surprises.
Surprise 1 – Fleetwood Mac are performing the Split Enz classic ‘I Got You’ and Crowded House’s ‘Don’t Dream Its Over’, both written by Neil Finn. Finn also took lead for Buckingham’s ‘Second Hand News’.
Surprise 2 – Fleetwood Mac are performing Tom Petty’s ‘Free Falling’, and while a solo song for Petty, it did feature Mike Campbell on guitar.
Surprise 3 – Fleetwood Mac are digging back to their beginnings and performing songs they haven’t done in decades. Albums such as ‘Kihn House’ (1970), ‘Mystery To Me’ (1973) and the reclaiming of their original ‘Black Magic Woman’, which a chunk of the population think is a Santana song, are represented in the 2018 setlist.
The Bob Welch song ‘Hypnotized’, now with Finn on vocals, had not been performed by Fleetwood Mac since 1977. ‘Tell Me All The Things You Do’, (also with Neil’s vocal) written by Danny Kirwan (FM 1968-1972), was also performed last in 1977. ‘Black Magic Woman’ was last played in 1987. ‘Isn’t It Midnight’ was last played in 1990. Even latter day Mac tracks ‘Monday Morning’ and ‘Storms’ were played for the first time since 2009.
Here is Fleetwood Mac’s first setlist with Neil Finn and Mike Campbell from BOK Centre, Tulsa, 3 October 2018.
Fleetwood Mac setlist 3 October 2018)
The Chain (from Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, 1977)
Little Lies (from Tango In The Night, 1987)
Dreams (from Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, 1977)
Second Hand News (from Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, 1977)
Say You Love Me (from Fleetwood Mac, 1975)
Black Magic Woman (single, 1971)
Everywhere (from Tango In The Night, 1987)
I Got You (Split Enz cover) (Neil Finn on lead vocals)
Rhiannon (from Fleetwood Mac, 1975)
Tell Me All the Things You Do (from Kiln House, 1970)
Storms (from Tusk, 1979)
World Turning (from Fleetwood Mac, 1975)
Hypnotized (from Mystery To Me, 1973)
Oh Well (from Then Play On, 1969)
Don’t Dream It’s Over (Crowded House cover)
Landslide (from Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, 1977)
Isn’t It Midnight (from Tango In The Night, 1987)
Monday Morning (from Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, 1977)
You Make Loving Fun (from Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, 1977)
Gold Dust Woman (from Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, 1977)
Go Your Own Way (from Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, 1977)
Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty cover)
Don’t Stop (from Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, 1977)
All Over Again (from Time, 1995)