Review: Fleetwood Mac

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, April 16th 2013

Stevie Nicks is timeless. This was confirmed to me last night while witnessing Fleetwood Mac perform live at the ACC.

At 64, Nicks feels with the same tumultuously beautiful energy her younger counterpart invented more than three decades ago. Her love affair with Lindsey Buckingham still feels imminent with an energy that moved me as I watched her introduce Without You with an anecdote about how wild and stupid and in love they were before it all happened. Buckingham bookended their unrequited romance during a second encore of Say Goodbye from Say You Will by telling Nicks the song was for her.

The emotional intensity that still exists on stage had me wondering if I got to witness this display for the first time. And if not, how on earth they drudge up these seminal emotions night after night. Their performance was honest and intimate and took me right out of my 300 level nosebleed seat into a glimpse at the history of icons.

Nicks had her trademark scarves on her microphone and her parade of one amazing sequined shawl after the next – my favourite being a gold, glittery one that emerged for a mesmerizing performance of Gold Dust Woman that found me coming to the conclusion that I will never be that amazing. Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood displayed intense artistry with their untamed guitar and drum solos respectively.

The night ended with Nicks thanking the crowd several times for their committed support of Fleetwood Mac. She made special note that the fans have been loyal for the past 35 years. This resonated with me as they walked off stage and left me feeling content at having shared a night with artists who created something enduring.

Words: Stephanie Coffey