Fleetwood Mac remains driven by rhythm section

MUSIC REVIEW

November 08, 1990|By J. D. Considine | J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic

Landover

Romantic intrigue and changing personnel may be what keeps Fleetwood Mac an item in the gossip columns, but onstage what makes this band matter is the rhythm section.

Which was why, even though singers Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie got most of the applause when the band played the Capital Centre last night, the real stars of the show were drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie. After all, they were the ones who kept the pulse percolating behind "Rhiannon" and put the push into "Go Your Own Way."

Yet they were content to spend most of the show in the background. In fact, the evening's only real rhythm showcase came during "World Turning" which featured a lengthy Fleetwood drum solo. But even this he insisted on sharing with percussionist Isaac Assante.

Besides the women were the ones most fans wanted to see -- and not just because they did the bulk of the singing. Both Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie have announced that this will be their last tour with the group, making last night's show the farewell performance of sorts.

Unfortunateley, it wasn't the sweetest of goodbyes, as the sound system was anything but flattering to Nicks' contralto warble, while McVie voice seemed unnaturally hoarse all evening.

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