For the past several months I’ve been closely following the reviews and clips of  Fleetwood Mac’s concerts across North America.

The music sounds great and the energy seems positive, but I cant’t help but wonder if this will ultimately make it even harder for Neil to get the kind of widespread artistic respect and recognition he has earned, and so much deserves.

Most reviews of the shows so far, summarize Neil’s contributions as ‘the guy from Crowded House, who sings their one-hit from 1986, Don’t Dream Its Over’. Night after night critics agree that his performance of the Crowded House classic is a highlight at each show. But they leave out any mention of his 40+ year career and his incomparable body of work.

In 2018 American media, Neil is being reduced to the singer of an 80’s band that had that great song everyone heard in the radio 32 years ago, who got a lucky break and was called up to the big leagues, to be 1/2 of Lindsey Buckingham’s fill-in replacements.

The highest praise he’s been getting is how competent he is as a singer, singing Lindsey’s songs. Which brings me back to the subject and the question I ask:

will Neil’s legacy be reduced to being the guy who sang Don’t Dream Its Over and sang Lindsey Buckingham’s parts during the 2018 tour after Lindsey was fired, and before they did their reunion in 2020?

Neil doesn’t need the critics to acknowledge his genius, but he deserves it.

He should be compaired to Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel... not Arnel Pineda (sorry Arnie, no hard feelings).

youll never see the end of the road while your travelling with me...

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I hear your concerns but I'm sure Neil will be fine long-term. There's a chance that Stevie/Mick won't want to reunite with Lindsey and Neil may end up staying in FM long-term, perhaps even recording a studio album. There's also a chance that the band will reunite with Lindsey after this tour. Anything is possible in the world of FM. Either way, Neil is getting tons of exposure here in the states which can only help his career and his legacy.

BRANDO BRANDT posted:

Which brings me back to the subject and the question I ask:

will Neil’s legacy be reduced to being the guy who sang Don’t Dream Its Over and sang Lindsey Buckingham’s parts during the 2018 tour ...

I too hear your concerns, but to be honest it has always seemed to me that in the US he has always been the Hey Now Hey Now guy. I don't think he's been reduced to that, or will be reduced to that. It's what he already was in the US, from what I can gather. Now at least, I guess, some people may dig a little deeper into his music because of this FM exposure.

Outside the US people are a little more aware of his catalogue, I feel.

I've thought the same things as you Brando. Luckily the internet has the songs, photo's and video of the decades of Neil's career safely stored and available for anyone who is interested. I think he is doing a great job with FM and looks like he is really enjoying himself. It certainly is "different" for him to only sing one or two of his songs night after night. But I guess that's the gig he's signed up for.  It's only a matter of time before FM fans discover how wonderful he is. 🤗😊😁

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