Fleetwood Mac continues to draw raves and controversy on their last-ever world tour. After the band fired Lindsay Buckingham over “scheduling conflicts” back in April, the band brought on Crowded House frontman Neil Finn and Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell. The two are solid additions to the lineup of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks. Meanwhile, Buckingham is now suing the band, claiming that Nicks refused to play more than three dates a week, and that the band vetoed Buckingham’s plan to play solo dates during the tour.
In Europe, fans are clamoring for new 2019 tour dates, which continue to trickle out. The band has now announced three dates in Dublin, Berlin, and London, the latter at Wembley Stadium.
Hardcore Mac fans are devouring the group’s setlist. At their recent show in St. Paul, the band played all of their most crowd-pleasing hits like “The Chain,” “Dreams,” “Everywhere,” Little Lies,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Landslide” and “Don’t Stop.” They also honored their new collaborators, playing Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” and Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin.” They also played “I Got You,” a cover of a Split Enz song. Finn was a founding member of Split Enz with his brother Tim before forming Crowded House.
- The full setlist included the following songs:
- The Chain
- Little Lies
- Second Hand News
- Say You Love Me
- Black Magic Woman
- I Got You (Split Enz cover)
- Tell Me All the Things You Do
- World Turning
- Oh Well
- Don’t Dream It’s Over (Crowded House cover)
- Isn’t It Midnight
- Monday Morning
- You Make Loving Fun
- Gold Dust Woman
- Go Your Own Way
- Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty cover)
- Don’t Stop
- All Over Again
Fans are divided over the lack of Buckingham on the tour. Some dates were not sellouts. A pre-show review in the Cleveland Plain Dealer expressed skepticism, but also noted that reviews of the concerts have been largely positive. Many critics are noting that with the new additions, the Fleetwood Mac catalogue has been opened up. The band has not previously played its first big hit, “Black Magic Woman,” because it was from the Peter Green era of Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham reportedly objected to the group’s plan to reach that far back in the annals of Mac history.
A reviewer in the St. Paul press was surprised that Finn nailed Buckingham’s “Second Hand News.” One writer said, “Finn was amazing on the vocals Buckingham had made famous so many years earlier. I was amazed at his ability to step in like he’d been in the band for years.” But fans of the New Zealand songwriter were certainly not surprised. Finn has the vocal range and the guitar chops to pull just about anything off.
Tickets for the upcoming European and UK tour dates are on sale Friday at 9am. The announced dates so far include:
- 6 June 2019: Berlin, Germany – Waldbühne
- 13 June 2019: Dublin, Ireland – RDS Arena
- 16 June 2019: London, UK – Wembley Stadium
There has been some confusion about whether Fleetwood Mac are headlining Glastonbury 2019. Although the festival’s organizer denied booking them, they are still a safe bet for the classic rock festival.