What’s Fleetwood Mac like without guitarist and vocalist Lindsey Buckingham? You can find out in a few months.
As you may know, he recently went his own way — or perhaps the band made him simply go away — before it was announced he would not be part of the legendary rock act’s new tour, which comes to Cleveland Oct. 26 at Quicken Loans Arena.
Buckingham, who sings lead on two of my favorite Fleetwood Mac songs — “You Can Go Your Own Way” and “The Chain,” both on the incredible 1977 album “Rumors” — is a hugely talented guy. Thus, it’s not too surprising the band — Stevie Nicks (vocals), Mick Fleetwood (drums), John McVie (bass) and Christine McVie (keyboards) — have replaced him with two musicians. Joining the Mac attack for the tour are Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (Crowded House).
(Man, I will NEVER tire of that bass solo.)
“Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents,” Mick Fleetwood says in a news release from concert promoter Live Nation. “We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound.”
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. May 4 through Ticketmaster. Ticket prices were not included in the news release, but you can expect to be a little lighter in the bank account after your purchase. Hey, maybe they’ll be reasonable — “Don’t Stop” believing.
Mark Meszoros has long wanted to see Fleetwood Mac live but won’t spend the money to do that if Buckingham’s not in the mix. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Credit for above photo showing Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham performing with Fleetwood Mac early this year: Asssociated Press