AXS TV’s first season of The World’s Greatest Tribute Band just wound down. Season 2 was just announced today, but the finale for season one was quite excellent, as the crowd in attendance went back in time to a 1977 Fleetwood Mac concert and relived a great moment in music history.
The band Rumours is a very authentic recreation of Fleetwood Mac during a period primarily focused on the self-titled Fleetwood Mac album and the incredible Rumours album, which truly is one of the greatest recordings of all time (released on 4 February 1977). They faithfully recreated a live show from the tour from the undeniably classic album.
In interviewing the “Lindsay Buckingham” of the band (Taylor Locke), along with Rumours’ “Christine McVie” (Rebecca Fishman) last week in full costume and character (and it being a quite believable experience), they stressed how there were three lead singers and songwriters in this 5 piece band that all wrote great music and were essentially competing with each other to get their songs on albums. And if you are familiar with the band, you know of all the nonsense, infighting and weird, scandalous stuff that went on with the band during this period. Wild times. Ken Caillat (yes, Colbie’s dad) came out with a book last year called “Making Rumours” , in which he recalls details about producing the album. I attended his “Making Rumours” book signing around this same time in June last year (almost to the date – 360 days ago).
There was another sizeable crowd on hand for the event. Not too long ago, Rumours actually enjoyed a “mini residency” of sorts at this same venue (The Roxy).
They nailed it with their look, speaking voices, accents, and mannerisms, as their costumes, equipment and moves were a perfect way to go back in time and reflect on how huge and incredible the Rumours album was when it was released. And it’s truly stood the test of time.
They opened with”The Chain”, which was actually written by the entire band. The majority of the remaining songs in the set were written by Stevie Nicks (“Gypsy”, “Landslide”, “Dreams”, “Silver Springs” and “Rhiannon” with four songs written by Christine McVie (“Don’t Stop”, “You Make Loving Fun”, “Over My Head” and “Say You Love Me”) and two by Buckingham (“Second Hand News” and “Go Your Own Way”).
Christine McVie played by Rebecca Fishman
John McVie played by Nic Johns (Ben Lee, Margaret Cho)
Lindsay Buckingham played by Taylor Locke (Rooney, Taylor Locke and the Roughs)
Mick Fleetwood played by Ned Brower (Rooney, Mike Viola)
Stevie Nicks played by Jesika Miller
SET LIST/ SONG INFORMATION:
You Make Lovin’ Fun
Second Hand News
Over My Head
Say You Love Me
“Silver Springs” was actually released as a “B-side” to “Go Your Own Way” (bonus points for knowing what a B-side is – it means it was the other side of a small vinyl record album that had one song on each side). It was never actually released on the Rumours album, but became a huge hit in 1997 when Fleetwood Mac reformed for “The Dance” (I caught two stops on that concert tour – one at the Hollywood Bowl and the following week at Irvine Meadows October 17 – it was quite spectacular). And, ironically, they played every song on that tour that Rumours played tonight with the exception of “Over My Head”.
Go Your Own Way
Full Set List:
“You Make Loving Fun”
“Second Hand News”
“Over My Head”
“Say You Love Me”
“Go Your Own Way”
The musicianship was excellent throughout. Buckingham’s guitar parts were played exceptionally (he received a lot of praise from guitar players after the show) and the rhythm section was just fantastic. Given how great the players in Fleetwood Mac are, that’s not an easy task. The facial expressions and mannerisms of “Mick Fleetwood” were priceless. You couldn’t help but giggle at how funny and accurate he was with his portrayal. Seeing “John McVie” playing bass right behind “Christine McVie” was pretty cool (they divorced shortly after the Rumours tour). Their keyboard/piano and bass parts sounded great. The use of the vintage equipment from that era really brought the spirit and sound of the band to life. Great job.
Several of The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands “All Star Vocalists” (past performers/ lead singers from Season 1) photo-bombed the stage towards the end of the set:
Katie had the Season 1 alums come up on stage at the end of the encore to celebrate the conclusion of the season.
What a fun way this was to end Season 1! Season 2 information is now available online.
side note: Buckingham also wrote “Monday Morning” and “Never Going Back Again” during the time period, which are two of their best songs ever. Had the set been longer, those are two more songs I would have wanted to hear. Another really great song from that era is “I Don’t Want To Know”, which was written by Stevie Nicks. And since they ever so slightly broke out of the time frame by playing “Gypsy” from 1982’s Mirage (introducing it as a “new song that Stevie has been working on”), it would have been super-cool if they had played Buckingham’s “Holiday Road” from the Vacation movies. Not ever likely, but that song rules.
RUMOURS – THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO FLEETWOOD MAC