Fleetwood Mac at the Hollywood Bowl

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It’s been almost a week and I think I’ve finally recovered enough mentally and emotionally to talk about one of the greatest nights of my life. On May 25, 2013 I saw Stevie Nicks and the rest of Fleetwood Mac perform live at the Hollywood Bowl.

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You know those moments when you stop what you’re doing and just look around where you are and can’t believe it’s reality. You turn around in a 360 just to make sure you’re soaking it all in. Then you look up into the sky, throw your arms out and tell yourself to try and remember exactly what it feels like in that very moment because you know it will probably never happen again. I had a few of those moments last Saturday night.

I guess I should start with the Stevie love affair. I don’t know exactly when it began. I grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac when I was a little girl because my dad loved them, but the extreme “you’re my everything” love came a few years ago. It might have been when I first got my vinyl player. I bought a few Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks vinyls at the flea market and never looked back. She became one of my favorite artists and songwriters of all time.

I never thought I would ever be able to see Stevie live. Everyone knows she’s had her fair share of drug problems which lead to throat problems and round and round we go. So to be honest, I thought she would never really tour again and I would just live vicariously through the vinyls I owned. I was content knowing I had those to live off of.

Then Fleetwood Mac announced a reunion tour late last year. This could be my chance to see Stevie Nicks in the flesh. I then realized I had no idea if I would still be in Los Angeles come May since my life was more up in the air than usual at that point. So I pushed the idea aside that I could attend the tour, left it at that and nearly forgot about it until this past month.  Then I realized, WHAT AM I DOING I HAVE TO SEE STEVIE NICKS. So I bought tickets. I would have paid hundreds and hundreds of dollars to see that gypsy woman sing live with her ribbon microphone and tamborine.

It was one of the best nights of my life. Fleetwood Mac sounded even better than they do on vinyl. On vinyl. I didn’t know that was possible. Mick Fleetwood is still a killer on the drums, John McVie on bass still seems to be the glue holding them all together, Lindsey Buckingham slayed on guitar (he did a 7 minute solo) and Stevie’s voice was pure magic. There is something special about their songs. They’re like little stories that you lose yourself in for 4 minutes. They get under your skin and make their way into your soul to make you feel.

Stevie, I love you so much it’s crazy. Your beautifully penned poems turned songs give me hope for the rest of the world. I love you.

You know when people ask you “what’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?” My answer to that question now (and probably will forever be) “Fleetwood Mac, Hollywood Bowl, May 2013.”

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Set list

  1. Second Hand News
  2. The Chain
  3. Dreams
  4. Sad Angel
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Not That Funny
  7. Tusk
  8. Sisters of the Moon
  9. Sara
  10. Big Love
  11. Landslide
  12. Never Going Back Again
  13. Without You
  14. Gypsy
  15. Eyes of the World
  16. Gold Dust Woman
  17. I’m So Afraid
  18. Stand Back
    (Stevie Nicks song)
  19. Go Your Own Way

Encore

  1. World Turning
  2. Don’t Stop

Encore 2

  1. Silver Springs
  2. Say Goodbye
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