slowpogo posted:Possessed7 posted:
It's a bit much to dismiss anyone who didn't like it as whiners and moaners. My wife (no loyalty) thought it was terrible and out of tune, and my sister (big Mac, esp Stevie, and Crowded House fan) thought it was a car crash, and neither one of them have any loyalties to LB. Sometimes it's just personal taste. I think The Chain live is one of Buckingham's great vocals, so it was a brave choice. As I say, I enjoyed it - not enough to spend £100+ if they come to the UK, but I'm glad they sounded good together (to me).
I think if you'd been seeing Fleetwood Mac's twitter mentions the last few months, you might know what I meant. People are acting so entitled, as if they're owed something and FM has betrayed them personally, knives out long before there was even anything to criticize. Almost as if they don't realize, if they're unhappy with it, they can just do something else. Instead they've chosen to spend months spewing skepticism and bile toward anything FM-related. It's like, alright people, go ahead and cry yourself to sleep every night and leave the rest of us alone.
I also don't understand why anyone would think this particular performance was a "car crash." I'm a musician and the harmonies were no more out of tune than the vast majority of live performances (Neil was totally fine to my ear). Perhaps FM is usually better live; I wouldn't know. I DID think Stevie Nicks was a bit pitchy for Gypsy. But overall, as a band, I thought it was pretty solid and far from a disaster.
But anyway, a lot of judgments are being made seemingly without any consideration for this being a premiere performance. I've seen a lot of "low energy" comments; surely Neil and Mike are feeling a bit conservative with their stage presence at this point. They're the new guys in an iconic band and are understandably hanging back a bit. Et cetera.
For a first appearance, this was very solid. As far as lack of energy, Neil is taking Lindsey's place and is absolutely going to be a bit reserved to start especially with strong personalities like Stevie and Mick in the band. I would expect Neil to be more assertive and energetic as time goes on and everyone gets more comfortable. He actually looked fairly assertive for a first appearance. Stevie doesn't provide much energy neither does Christine or John so it's up to Mick and Neil to bring the energy and Neil will with time. Mike Campbell is a laid back performer and I wouldn't expect much energy from him outside of his awesome guitar licks.