I set my DVR, but don’t know if I will be able to convince myself to watch it.

After hearing Lightsleeper, I am more confused than ever as to why Neil has joined this band.  I don’t know if I can bear to watch Neil perform two classic Fleetwood Mac hits as a hired hand. 

brownie posted:

I set my DVR, but don’t know if I will be able to convince myself to watch it.

After hearing Lightsleeper, I am more confused than ever as to why Neil has joined this band.  I don’t know if I can bear to watch Neil perform two classic Fleetwood Mac hits as a hired hand. 

To me, Neil sees this as a chance to be a kid in a candy shop for as long as it lasts.

Sugar Mouse posted:
brownie posted:

I set my DVR, but don’t know if I will be able to convince myself to watch it.

After hearing Lightsleeper, I am more confused than ever as to why Neil has joined this band.  I don’t know if I can bear to watch Neil perform two classic Fleetwood Mac hits as a hired hand. 

To me, Neil sees this as a chance to be a kid in a candy shop for as long as it lasts.

I think it would be a wonderful chance to see Neil happily being led for a change. Mixing his creativity with others and a blending of different voices may surprise. I’ll certainly watch it if we get it here in Australia. Just because I am more curious. Stevie’s voice has never been one I’m enamoured with but Christine’s music yes. Interesting times folks 🤗

gryphon posted:

Plus the exposure is a good thing- I dare say a lot of people watch that show. It always seems to be on in public places when I'm out & about. 

This will be the most-watched thing Neil’s done in a long time, I believe. His last really major American appearance was probably when Crowded House were on Jimmy Fallon for Intriguer (this was pre-Tonight Show). But Ellen has probably double that show’s audience — **4 million** eyes will be on the band, and Neil. Interesting times indeed.

I don’t know, I feel like they might want to make a statement and play “Go Your Own Way” or another LB song. As if to say, “This is a new lineup and we’re moving on and we can do what we want.”  I actually think Neil could nail that song.

Would be shocked if they played Go Your Own Way as one of the two songs. I reckon there would be more chance of them playing a couple of Billy Burnette-era tracks...

While I expect Go Your Own Way to be a concert staple for the new line-up (and probably be the only true "Lindsay" song Neil sings on the tour) I'd be very surprised if the two songs weren't one each for Christine and Stevie (Eg. Dreams, Over My Head, Gypsy, Everywhere, Landslide, Love In Store, Rhiannon, etc.)

Then again, I wouldn't entirely rule out The Chain or Don't Stop.

If I had to guess, I'd say Neil will also sing Lindsay's parts on these two songs at the concerts. Have to remember though that Christine McVie wrote Don't Stop and The Chain is truly a band song.

c.houser posted:

I cannot wait to see Neil bust loose in a new role.

Will there be Malcontents?  It's fair to say the Ellen audience supports their host.

I have to agree. Ellen is my favourite show host of all time. Yes above Oprah. I’ve found her light hearted ness yet mature and insightful comments and questions will bring balance to many questions we the subjects fans have. I hope she asks questions in a manner not to hurt but to get down to the gritty stuff. Get things out and hopefully eliminate the current drudge. I’d like to hear an old blues song or two on the show. I hope people will stop comparing Neil to Lindsey and if there’ll be harmonies no doubt there will be more than Neil involved in singing the BV. And to just put another spinner here, maybe Liam joining Neil on BVs wouldn’t hurt. I dare say it would just add more value. More edge perhaps?

 Good choice in my opinion with choosing Ellen’s show as their first outing 🤗

slowpogo posted:

I don’t know, I feel like they might want to make a statement and play “Go Your Own Way” or another LB song. As if to say, “This is a new lineup and we’re moving on and we can do what we want.”  I actually think Neil could nail that song.

Really ? I would think making that kind of statement may be the boot in the quicksand nobody needs atm. But I do like being proven wrong. In saying that Stevie wants old blues and with her voice and as a seductress in low tones I would love to hear her voice in a new set of songs that are heart wrenching and new for Stevie to play with.

Annie99999 posted:
slowpogo posted:

I don’t know, I feel like they might want to make a statement and play “Go Your Own Way” or another LB song. As if to say, “This is a new lineup and we’re moving on and we can do what we want.”  I actually think Neil could nail that song.

Really ? I would think making that kind of statement may be the boot in the quicksand nobody needs atm. But I do like being proven wrong. In saying that Stevie wants old blues and with her voice and as a seductress in low tones I would love to hear her voice in a new set of songs that are heart wrenching and new for Stevie to play with.

I probably don’t know what I’m talking about. They just don’t seem like a group to shy away from anything.

OneIssue posted:

If they're playing two songs, then I guess it will be a Nicks song and a Christine McVie song. What will be interesting is when they do full concerts. I just hope that there won't be malcontents in the audience. 

It will be interesting as you stated and I missed– the ticket purchasing public may be the most vocal about how they feel about Crowded House guy.   If they truly value what they are paying the prized rate for, they may as well be receptive to Mr. Finn's charms.

Scanning twitter, there are some positive reactions, and others ranging from “it’s just not the same” (obviously) to “train wreck” ??. I have to say, many FM fans (especially the Lyndsey Buckingham loyalists) have been the biggest whiny babies about this whole thing. They’re looking for any excuse to trash the new lineup. I wasn’t blown away by the band’s performance on Ellen but it was certainly solid and not remotely a “train wreck.” Probably best to ignore those people from now on.

Here are my grades of The Finnwood Mac performance on The Ellen Show

 

“The Chain”

Neil    A (Neil nailed the vocal, looked confident)

Mike  A (Mike nailed the guitar solo)

Stevie C (seemed off-key to me and made an odd vocal gesture mid-way through the song)

Mick   A (Mick nailed the drums and seemed energized)

John   B (played the bassline well but hard to see behind Neil)

Christine  B (solid performance)

 

“Gypsy”

Neil   B (not much for Neil to do in this Stevie song)

Stevie  D (her vocal was really sub-par and that’s being kind)

Mick  A (again looked energized)

John  B (off camera most of the time, but solid)

Christine  B (off camera most of the time but solid; interesting that the focus was never on Christine making me think that she may depart the band after this tour)

 

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