Since forming in London in 1967, British-American band Fleetwood Mac has been one of the most successful and recognizable outfits to emerge from the era and evolve since.
Could it be the soap-opera-like romances/divorces/affairs that have surrounded the core of its lineups, or is it drummer and founder Mick Fleetwood's stylistic flair or some continued levelheadedness that has kept it going this long?
Maybe it's just the tunes.
But Fleetwood Mac's highly acclaimed 1977 album, Rumours, owes its raging success, even to this day, as much to the troubled interpersonal dealings of the band's members as it does to the immense likability of the 11 tracks contained within.
For whatever reason, Fleetwood Mac's music has transcended generations, and even this publication has been guilty of cheekily bestowing it the honor of being a classic oldies band that hipsters love.
With an arsenal of songs like "Albatross," "Rhiannon," "You Make Loving Fun," and "Landslide," they're a live stroll down a musical memory lane that always (at least since the '90s) holds the added threat of involving a local marching band in a spirited rendition of the -- hey, let's be honest here -- largely nonsensical behemoth Tusk.
Fans will rejoice in knowing that for the first time in 15 years, the classic lineup of Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, and John McVie is back. Christine McVie is rejoining the band after a lengthy hiatus.
Largely away from the public view, McVie's time in England since 2000 has been bookmarked by nonmusical ventures. American Horror Story fans get a kick out of Nicks' "white witch" character, since she's always had a bit of a gypsy thing going...
Oh wait, maybe that's how these guys continue to integrate themselves into each new generation -- scarves never go out of style, and neither does Stevie singing on one of the most popular shows in America. Not a bad plan.
The band will stop in Sunrise as part of its more-than-100-concert tour, On With the Show, which began in September. Fleetwood is heading through the U.S. and Europe, closing out in July of next year in Dublin. The set list does contain a bit of everything from the group's long and illustrious career but, big spoiler (not really), don't get ready by listening to Rumours before the show -- there'll be plenty of it to enjoy when the lights go on.
Fleetwood Mac. 8 p.m. Friday, December 19, at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. Tickets cost $45.25 to $175 plus fees. Call 800-745-3000, or visit thebbtcenter.com.
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