If I am being honest, without sounding entitled or "expert" over the matter, but after seeing Setlist.com's coverage of the tour, I get the impression that Neil is going to be performing 'Don't Dream It's Over' and 'I Got You" for the entire tour. If Neil is happy with this, fine - truly.
But the Neil I have come to know avoided fixed set lists or obvious staple songs (unless it's a reunion, farewell gig or something of that nature). I just don't see how doing this for the next 6 months is going to be particularly inspiring for him on an artistic level, despite the wonderful company of the Fleetwood Mac family, band members and fans alike.
I just don't see how doing this for the next 6 months is going to be particularly inspiring for him on an artistic level, despite the wonderful company of the Fleetwood Mac family, band members and fans alike.
Secretly i think i agree. But we know he’s earned the right to do this. These r the stadium tours he earned 30 years ago and never got the chance to do. Also the extra interest in his music will boost the royalties for the back catalogue. And he’ll meet people who may offer the next leg of his career. Watching some of the live clips it reminds me how huge the US market really is - stadium concerts a couple of times a week for six months - thats unfathomable here in the antipodes. It’s payoff, it’s reward, it’s new opportunity. And while creatively this isnt floating my boat about what comes next i havent actually been that into his new music for quite a few of his recent projects. Pyjama club did nothing for me. Lightsleepr was a letdown given expectations. And the whole out of silence thing was all form over substance. His new music has lacked energy for years and frankly if his fleetwood mac fling helps him rediscover that im ok with it. For a while.
I think in these first few shows he’s singing better than I’ve heard him in years. He’s been tending toward a too-relaxed delivery that sounds airy and flabby and tends to be slightly flat. I wondered if it was just age catching up, but on The Chain, Go Your Own Way, etc he’s showing he can definitely push harder with a full sound and vibrato like he used to. He’s also playing way more guitar than he has in a while. This all makes me more interested in what he does next than I would have been, honestly.
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