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  posted on 3/19/2015 at 03:41 PM
I am no Fleetwod Mac fan, but my wife is a Stevie Nicks fan. After years of heading to many concerts with me, we made the trek into Nashville from Birmingham to catch them at Bridgestone. She had a ball and I have to say that I was very much entertained. I was surpsrised at how solid a player Buckingham is...and he has got some chops too. I had no expectations because I simply have not ever followed Fleetwood Mac or his career. I am interested to know what others think of him and his ability.
 
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  posted on 3/19/2015 at 03:48 PM
I posted here after seeing him in Montgomery, AL several years ago. Yes, very entertaining! And he does indeed have chops. His style is fairly unique. A lot of folks argue that he's mainly a studio guy, but he plays well live. Probably the most unique (in terms of style) player in Fleetwood Mac's history.

 

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  posted on 3/19/2015 at 03:52 PM
I love him in Fleetwood Mac and am a big fan of the band. However, try as I have, I have not enjoyed his solo work and have given it all multiple listens. That said, he's a great artist.
 

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  posted on 3/19/2015 at 04:55 PM
I really liked "Out of the Cradle" and saw that tour at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. It was excellent. I liked it more than I liked the last Fleetwood Mac show I saw.

But the first Fleetwood Mac show I saw in the Omni, it must have been the early 80's, was stupendous.

My take on Lindsey? Very talented. I'd prefer to see him solo nowadays than with Fleetwood Mac.

 

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  posted on 3/19/2015 at 05:03 PM
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I simply have not ever followed Fleetwood Mac or his career.


Fleetwood Mac isn't a him, it's a them. Mick Fleetwood - John McVie.

And all I can say is...Peter Green.

 

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  posted on 3/19/2015 at 05:05 PM
My story is much the same - went the first time a few years back because the wife wanted to see Fleetwod Mac. I was surprised how good a band they actually are and was very impressed with Buckingham. Have seen Fleetwod Mac 3 time now and solo Buckingham once. He is a very unique and talented guitarist and worth checking out.


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I am no Fleetwod Mac fan, but my wife is a Stevie Nicks fan. After years of heading to many concerts with me, we made the trek into Nashville from Birmingham to catch them at Bridgestone. She had a ball and I have to say that I was very much entertained. I was surpsrised at how solid a player Buckingham is...and he has got some chops too. I had no expectations because I simply have not ever followed Fleetwood Mac or his career. I am interested to know what others think of him and his ability.

 

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  posted on 3/19/2015 at 06:02 PM
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I simply have not ever followed Fleetwood Mac or his career.


Fleetwood Mac isn't a him, it's a them. Mick Fleetwood - John McVie.

And all I can say is...Peter Green.


Forgive my poor English. I know Fleetwood Mac is not a him. What I was saying was that I have not followed Fleetwood Mac or Buckingham's career. I know he did some stuff pre Fleetwood and some solo stuff...i just never followed anything he (Buckingham) did.

 

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  posted on 3/19/2015 at 08:05 PM
He has a great ear for tones and the right sound, and cool tasty licks. Great songwriter and arranger. Very odd but effective technique. I'd love to hear him sit in with someone else's band so he could just blaze away for a while.
 

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  posted on 3/19/2015 at 09:01 PM
Never seem FM, but did go to to Alys Stephens Center to see Buckingham - hard to believe it's coming up on three years ago. As previous replies state - very talented and unique guitarist.

But I'm not sure I've seen anyone who just sorta chapped my ass onstage like he did. Very dramatic, like every song took all his creative/artistic being for him to share it with us. Reminded me of Bugs Bunny taking a bow conducting the opera.

I realize that is pretty much a personal problem, but it really effected my enjoyment of the show.

 

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  posted on 3/19/2015 at 09:20 PM
This is the band he toured with in 1993. I saw the first leg of the tour. The second leg he opened for Tina Turner. Wish I had seen that.

Counting Buckingham... 5 guitarists.

The Band

Neale Heywood - Guitar
Janet Robin - Guitar
Scott Breadman - Percussion
Liza Carbe - Guitar
Dan Garfield - Keyboards
Steve Ross - Guitar
Michael Tempo - Percussion
John Wackerman - Drums
Kevin Wyatt - Bass Guitar *
Fredrico Pol - Bass Guitar *

 

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  posted on 3/20/2015 at 12:04 AM
great player and songwriter. what makes his style unique is he plays an electric guitar like a banjo picker
 

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  posted on 3/20/2015 at 06:01 AM

I always appreciated him as a guitar player, songwriter, and singer, but the video that dissected Rumours impressed the heck out of me. Check it out if you have some time.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaLnxwj-jwo&list=PLZ3_Y93BJ4HvwiawUKHCe uBXYWzc1d6Mm

 

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  posted on 3/20/2015 at 10:34 AM
Yeah, love him. Like everyone's said, very unique style. Reading this thread made me run to UTube to get a fix.

Long haired Lindsey:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5kOzGwsHXw

Ok, he can rock, but can he feel?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-KJvR_JWs8
(check out the audience when they show them. How often have you ever seen one so still)

 

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  posted on 3/20/2015 at 07:21 PM
I'm not a Fleetwood Mac fan but didn't Buckingham's writing and playing pretty much carry them circa the "Tusk" era? I used to read Robert Hilburn of the L.A. Times religiously and remember him saying just about exactly that way back when.

I will say this: 7 or 8 years ago a nurse friend of mine had tickets for Buckingham solo but couldn't go and she offered me the tickets for free. I went with a friend and we had a really good time and were nothing but completely impressed with him: His band, his guitar playing, his songs.

[Edited on 3/22/2015 by robslob]

 

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  posted on 3/20/2015 at 08:19 PM
Seen FM a couple years back,and as others have said was very impressed with his talents,
guess I never notice before seeing them how he picked at the guitar.

 

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  posted on 3/20/2015 at 08:24 PM
Does nothing for me.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2015 at 12:42 AM
I was a fan of the original band back in the day and lost interest completely when Nicks and Buckingham joined. The first tune I ever heard from the post Bob Welch days was "Rhianon" and immediately thought, "OMG what is this ****"?...That being said as much as I don't care for this "incarnation" of Fleetwood Mac, I think Lindsey has a very unique approach to the guitar and is quite an accomplished musician. If someone were to give me tickets to a FM concert, I would turn right around and give them away.

 

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  posted on 3/21/2015 at 09:58 AM
I found his first two solo records Law And Order, and Go Insane good but sometimes a bit inconsistent and sometimes more focused on creating interesting studio generated sound effects over song structure.

But I really clicked with Out Of The Cradle, the first album (IMO) to be a successfully meld of song craft and studio sound exploration. A friend of mine nailed it (I think) when he said that he thinks Lindsey is a modern day Brian Wilson because he has a whole symphony of pop sounds going on in his head that he is constantly trying to translate to tape. The first three albums and the fifth , Gift Of Screws demonstrate this nicely IMO.

His fourth, Under The Skin and sixth Seeds We Sow are more acoustic based affairs, but both are a also a nice meld of song craft and musicianship.

Yeah. I like the guy ...



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  posted on 3/21/2015 at 10:05 AM
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Does nothing for me.


same here.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2015 at 03:28 AM
I seen him live for the first time last weekend and I was blown away... I haven't thought of Fleetwood Mac as a guitar band since Peter Green and I sure didn't expect to see the playing I did!

I seen Jonny Lang the weekend before and I think he should go watch Lindsey to see what a real guitarist is all about.... I was very disappointed with Jonny and amazed with Lindsey... and I've seen a lot of the greats.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2015 at 01:42 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLuy_IIq7FY

 

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  posted on 4/13/2015 at 11:32 AM
Wow, how could one not like Rhiannon? This version rocks:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtPyk8_onO8

 

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  posted on 4/13/2015 at 12:27 PM
While I consider myself a connoisseur of Fleetwood Mac, I've pretty much disliked the most popular incarnation of the band mainly due to Lindsey Buckingham. Sure, he's got chops, and if you only see him in concert few & far between times, he comes off sounding great. But, after as many times as I've seen him, he plays the same thing night in & night out; as if he's got a serious case of OCD.

I think Lindsey's improvisation skills are pretty much non-existent. I think he'd be lost in about 4 bars if he had to "wing it". And, considering some of his comments regarding "blues" in general (pretty much negative comments) I'm surprised that he was asked to join a band with as serious of blues roots as you can get.

I think he'd be better off as a solo artist, from what I've read, he seems to seriously dislike the whole "compromise" situation of being in a band.

Plus, I think his ego has totally bought in to the press' glorifying him as some sort of "genius".



 
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  posted on 4/13/2015 at 12:50 PM
Saw them recently in Atlanta at Philips Arena and my impressions were 1) This is a solid band, 2) thank goodness for Lindsey as his enthusiasm alone brings a lot to the show and his skills are pretty impressive to behold, and 3) I won't be overpaying for another arena show anytime soon as the sound was pretty miserable. I'm pretty spoiled by attending much smaller venues. While I'm happy to have finally seen FM I can't really say it was worth the money.

And I also agree with chiliD that I loose a lot of respect for a band that feels it must play the exact same show over and over with little to no variation. I guess if they're really a "solid band" as I said, throwing in at least the occasional stray nugget shouldn't be too difficult a feat...

I forgot to add one point that I thought was kind of amazing - at the end of the show when Mick Fleetwood was introducing all the band members (and again with how happy they are that Christine McVie is back - on and on ad naseum it went on the whole show) he introduced Lindsey as the band's "mentor". I was sort of shocked to hear him (as a founding member) throw out such a grand accolade to any one member of the band.

[Edited on 4/14/2015 by Brewster]

 
 


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