Sunday , 20 May 2018

Review: Before Buckingham Went on His `Own Way,’ His Small Machine Performed Big in McKinney

By Angie Bado, TSB Publisher

“Awesome, amazing and fantastic” were some of the adjectives that I heard from fans as they left the McKinney Performing Arts Center following Lindsey Buckingham’s performance there Thursday night. 

Buckingham, who graced the stage before a packed house, has still got it. The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter has won numerous accolades and awards over the course of his lengthy career. He’s best known as guitarist and male lead singer for Fleetwood Mac and as a solo performer. And on Thursday he held the audience captive from the first note, as he opened with “Cast Away Dreams.”

At 62, Buckingham mesmerized and delighted the audience, performing 13 songs in 75 minutes. His often jaw-dropping performance featured songs from his solo career, which he referred to as the “small machine,” as well as some material, such as “Go Your Own Way,” from his Mac years. 

Explaining that he toured last year with the “big machine” (Fleetwood Mac), Buckingham said that this solo tour is “experimental.”  He elaborated that while “to some degree, one wouldn’t exist without the other” his solo performances allow him to further grow as a musician. 

Buckingham displayed a wide range of strong vocals, but it was his ability to transition from a lover who gently caressed the guitar strings with his signature finger-picking on “Go Insane” to the unharnessed, unadulterated, ultimate rocker who massaged his guitar into screams during “I’m So Afraid” that brought the appreciative crowd to their feet.

Telling the crowd that a lyric written in 1987 “described the person I was then,” Buckingham introduced “Big Love.” Alluding to his complicated relationship with Stevie Nicks and other Mac band members, he said that he, and the other band members, were “looking out for love” – avoiding love and relationship averse. “That’s how we (Fleetwood Mac) got through that period,” Buckingham said. “This song has become a meditation on power and the importance of change.”
The popular “Go Your Own Way,” with the crowd singing along,  rounded out the set.  

Yes, Buckingham is still all that and a bag of chips. He took us on an emotion filled musical ride that was worth every cent of admission. His finger dexterity, as he picked his way through each rendition he shared with us, was simply amazing. No wonder he is number 100 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists list! 

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