Looking again at Twitter with more time for people to comment, the reaction is overwhelmingly negative. Lots of “it was horrible” and “the singing was awful” and “I’ve seen better tribute bands.” Yikes, too bad. It’s cool that NF got so much exposure and the naysayers always speak louder, but I do feel a little heartbroken that Neil’s big moment gets this sort of reception.
Let's keep this in perspective. Social media is where complainers go to complain. People who liked it aren't jumping on to social media in droves to say so. It creates a perception that everyone hated it, when really it's just a vocal minority.
I thought the performance was terrific and that Neil sounded great. The band obviously needs Neil's vocal talents as the other singers aren't able to deliver. At their age, it's sadly only natural. But they still have fans who want to see them and they still want to perform, so good on them for bringing in enough outside talent to put on a good show.
Went ahead and watched a couple other live performances of "The Chain" throughout the years. Buckingham's guitar playing blew me away and that certainly wasn't replicated with the new lineup. His vocals were better at certain times and worse at others. Not sure how his voice has aged?