Saturday, June 08, 2013

Fleetwood Mac - Friday 7th June - Tampa Bay Times Forum

View from the cheap seats!
So, definitely a new venue for me here! The Tampa Bay Times Forum provided a stop off on Fleetwood Mac's US tour. With tickets considerably cheaper than when the UK dates were announced shortly afterwards, we snapped up a few "nosebleed" seats and had a family outing.

The US make a gig going experience very easy. Car parked within 2 minutes walk of the venue, seamless "Will-Call" pickup and lots of legroom in a venue about the size of Wembley Arena.

With Christine McVie not in the current lineup, several of my favourite songs were missing. The middle of the set was a bit slow going (does any Fleetwood Mac fan really want to hear the words "and here are 3 songs from the album Tusk"?), but things picked up form Big Love onwards. You could be picky and say there was a slight self indulgence from Lindsey Buckingham with elongated solos, Stevie Nicks with the choice of a a solo song and Mick Fleetwood with the percussion solo, but I don't think you'd have found many in the near sell out crowd complaining. Knowing the setlist in advance meant we could slip out after 2.5 hours to miss the second encore and still feel we had got good value for money as we drove back up the I4 to Orlando.

Setlist
Second Hand News
The Chain
Dreams
Sad Angel
Rhiannon
Not That Funny
Tusk
Sisters of the Moon
Sara
Big Love
Landslide
Never Going Back Again
Without You
Gypsy
Eyes of the World
Gold Dust Woman
I'm So Afraid
Stand Back
Go Your Own Way
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World Turning
Don't Stop
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Silver Springs
Say Goodbye