Although their saga may be worthy of a soap opera, the real secret to Fleetwood Mac’s endearing success lies in their triple-threat of first-rate songwriters. There’s Buckingham, with his jagged, forward-looking guitar lines and irresistible melodic touch, taking what could be conventional folk-rock songs in unconventional directions. There’s Nicks, with her stormy, dream-like tales of poets and gypsies, landslides and witches, enchanting in her ethereal intensity. And then there’s McVie, responsible for many of the group’s liveliest, catchiest and most direct work, from the breathless ‘Say You Love Me’ and exuberant ‘Don’t Stop’ to the smooth 80s standards ‘Little Lies’ and ‘Everywhere.’
This is music that, while seldom deviating from the alluring formulas of conventional pop, manages to avoid the bland and crass. 1977 record Rumours, one of the best-selling of all time, bustles with variety and left turns, pairing the most tranquil folk with wild rockers. 1980’s double-album Tusk experiments with numerous styles while remaining entirely Fleetwood Mac, and even the smooth, synth-led pop of 1987’s Tango in the Night has remained enticing while much contemporary music has become hopelessly dated. These two gigs will be essential dates for the band’s thousands of fans across London.
|What||Fleetwood Mac, 02 Arena|
|Where||The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square , London, SE10 0DX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Greenwich (underground)|
On 27 May 15, Doors 7pm
On 28 May 15, Doors 7pm
|Website||click here to book via Ticketmaster|