It's been a decade and a half. But Fleetwood Mac is whole again.
For 15 years, the legendary rock outfit had been touring without singer and keyboardist Christine McVie.
She, along with Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, ex-husband John McVie, and Lindsey Buckingham, were the classic Fleetwood Mac crew that crafted the band's most timeless music, from 1975's self-titled effort and songs like "Rhiannon" and "Landslide" to 1977's Rumours, featuring "Don't Stop," "Go Your Own Way," and "The Chain."
Last year, though, they finally got back together. They announced the On With the Show tour. And in just three months, they're coming to Miami.
The last time McVie toured with the rest of Fleetwood Mac was 1997. And then she stepped away. Seemingly forever.
As Stevie Nicks, speaking with USA Today, recalled: "When she left in 1998, she said, 'I don't want this. I don't want to fly anymore. I'm having panic attacks. I'm too old. I'm too tired. I am done.' I knew there was no way we could change her mind. As the years went by, when people asked me about her, I said the world would fly off its orbit before Chris would rejoin the band."
Of course, though, the Earth is still spinning. And Christine McVie, Nicks, Fleetwood, John McVie, and Buckingham are back to playing the classics, night after night.
Last month, the group actually performed its second-to-last gig of 2014 in South Florida. And in the words of our sister blog County Grind, the "three hour, awe-inspiring show" at the BB&T Center in Sunrise "was one for the ages."
With all three of Fleetwood Mac's main songwriters -- McVie, Nicks, and Buckingham -- on the stage for On With the Show, the 24-song set list spans the band's complete classic catalog, including the aforementioned "Rhiannon," "Landslide," "Don't Stop," "Go Your Own Way," and "The Chain" as well as hits like "You Make Loving Fun," "Dreams," "Songbird," "Tusk," and "World Turning."
As Buckingham has pointed out: "The validity of the tour comes from the fact that Christine is back and we're revisiting the full body of work from the three writers in a way we haven't done for many years. The only song of hers we did without her [over the past 15 years] was 'Don't Stop,' as an encore."
So yes, this is the real Fleetwood Mac. And if, as Buckingham has predicted, the On With the Show tour proves to be the band's "last act"...
Don't stop. Don't stall. Don't miss the Miami show.
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Fleetwood Mac's On With The Show Tour. Saturday, March 21. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $46.50 to $176.50 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. All ages. Call 786-777-1000 or visit aaarena.com.
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