Happy Halloween From Washington, DC For The Fleetwood Mac Concert

Posted: November 1, 2014 in Concerts

The Fleetwood Mac concert was a lot better than I thought it would be.  It was great seeing Christine back with the band, and they all sounded great. Lindsey Buckingham was just astounding on guitar.  That was some of the best live guitar work I’ve seen in a long time. There were really cool video projections as well.  The one with Rhiannon was quite simply, classic, stylish goth which really impressed me.

I had forgotten until tonight how much better this band is live than they are in the studio (like The Who).  Don’t get me wrong, many of their studio albums are great but whenever they perform those songs live, they seem to have more energy and more passion (ahem, like The Who).

I’m not sure if The Verizon Center was sold out but if it wasn’t then it was damn close. I was a bit peeved that the handicapped section is way up on the 4th level at the opposite end of the stage but they closed off the seats in front of that section so we had a completely unobstructed view of the show.  The video monitors helped a bit to see the action up close. Also, sitting back that far, the music mixed so well by the time it reached our ears. I think this show had the best audio quality in a sports venue than any show I have attended in a similar venue (Yes, even beating out the Stones in Newark in 2012).

This isn’t the usual type of concert I tend to go for these days but occasionally I like to break ranks and revisit stuff from decades past to see if it still lives up.  More often than not, it does.

All in all, a great night except for the following (yes my demeanor dictates I go for the negative any time I can):

  1. There was a ‘major incident’ (according to a DC police officer) that had a huge area taped off after the show.  It just so happened to be right in the same area as the parking garage we parked in. I got stopped by a cop as I tried to get to a curb cut.  He said I was close to violating evidence. He was nice enough to escort me down the street until we got to the next corner.  In short, what should have taken 5 minutes to get to the garage, took probably 20.
  2. We couldn’t find the van.  It wasn’t until we returned to the garage that we realized the fucker was about the size of a city block.  We knew we were on C level but we didn’t know C level was the size of Neptune. We took solace in the fact that even if we found the van immediately, the gridlock would still have kept us from leaving right away anyway. I felt like I was trapped inside a Seinfeld episode (yeah, you know the one I’m thinking of). It felt like forever but eventually we found the van (after practically everyone else was gone).
  3. I-95 South. Fuck, Construction Time Again (And I don’t mean that great Depeche Mode album).
  4. Halloween – Yeah Stevie Nicks said Halloween was her favorite holiday and she/they wished us a Happy Halloween (even though there was less than an hour of it left after the end of the show) but I was way out of my Halloween comfort zone – where I watch horror movies all day and listen to nothing but dark gothic and industrial music. And Halloween fell on a Friday this year too, so I could have stayed up all night and bathed myself in the horror. I don’t regret going to the show but Halloween was not Halloween this year.

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Hope you all had a spooktacular evening. All in all, mine was pretty good; even with the trade-offs.

The setlist:

  1. The Chain
  2. You Make Loving Fun
  3. Dreams
  4. Second Hand News
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Everywhere
  7. I Know I’m Not Wrong
  8. Tusk
  9. Sisters of the Moon
  10. Say You Love Me
  11. Seven Wonders
  12. Big Love
  13. Landslide
  14. Never Going Back Again
  15. Over My Head
  16. Gypsy
  17. Little Lies
  18. Gold Dust Woman
  19. I’m So Afraid
  20. Go Your Own Way

Encore:

  1. World Turning
  2. Don’t Stop
  3. Silver Springs

Encore 2:

  1. Songbird

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