REVIEW: Rumours of Fleetwood Mac at Portsmouth Guildhall

Rumours of Fleetwood ma
Rumours of Fleetwood ma
Steve Knightley at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea on March 15, 2018. Picture by James White.

REVIEW: Steve Knightley at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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At first I feared the rumours were unfounded that this was one of the world’s greatest tribute bands...

But they turned out to be more than second-hand news.

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of Fleetwood Mac’s multi-platinum album, this show began with a filmed endorsement from none other than band founder Mick Fleetwood.

The first half, a complete performance of the Rumours album, was let down by a muddy sound mix; harshness replacing the sonic lushness of the original.

All the hits were there, but some failed to gel, only Songbird and The Chain showing glimmers of rock gold.

But, refreshed, the band showed renewed energy in the second half, and sound glitches were ironed out. We moved from the Buckingham/Nicks era back to the down-and-dirty blues of the Peter Green years, and the show moved up a gear.

Albatross was awesome and Oh Well showcased the band’s talents perfectly with powerhouse drumming, a great vocal performance and excellent guitar work.

Louise Rogan as Stevie Nicks and Amanda Kostadinov as Cristine McVie then returned to the stage and we were back in supergroup territory, with songs from Tango in the Night and Tusk.

By this time the mojo was working and I beganto realise that the rumours were true. Oh well...