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Fleetwood Mac, Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 East Trade Street (Charlotte): 7 March 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:18 am in closing


Falling, falling, falling..

It may seem strange to the under 50 crowd at this remove, but it's pretty much impossible to overstate what an incredible influence Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album had when I was in the last years of high school. Almost every track was on the radio at one time or another, and everybody had a copy. I would have had one, but I was dead broke at the time, so I somehow convinced my sister to spring for it. I taped her copy to cassette and it was in constant rotation with my Beach Boys albums in my jury rigged car player (which would reverse the tape and start playing the other "side" every time we hit a bump).

Rumours was the followup to the also very successful eponymous album Fleetwood Mac which established the band's "classic lineup". It was also the lead-in to the rather experimental Tusk which no doubt confused their legions of fans.

Over the years the band went through a lot of acrimony and romantic imbroglioes, with the fact that it was coed giving even more scope for feuding than even the Beach Boys "enjoyed".

Still, after all the dust settled, and after a sixteen year absence for Christine McVie, the classic lineup is back together and making music again.

I took the opportunity to see them in Charlotte, and everybody was in fine form, and looking and sounding pretty good for a bunch of 60 and 70 year olds. They played everything you would expect, and added a few new songs that, if not instant classics, were pretty good. As you can tell from the video and pix, I was *way* up in the nosebleed section, something I did not appreciate in the least while inching towards my seat like an action movie hero sidling along a window ledge over a twenty story drop. It was somewhat better once I actually had a seat, though as you can hear in the video, I fell in with a bunch of Chatty Cathys..

Anyway, it was a great show, and you should definitely catch them if you can.

As just a few random observations: It's amazing how bad a shape I-77 is in. It seemed like I was dodging huge ruts all the way to Charlotte. I don't remember that from my last trip in June, but it can't have gotten that bad that quick. Also, the parking garage at EpiCenter is the worst I've ever been in, like the old text based computer game "You are in a maze of twisty little passage all alike": It was amazingly hard to find the level changes rather than just driving by the same packed spaces again and again. Maybe I was "Over My Head"...






























UPDATE 2 March 2022 -- Updated tags and map icon. Also added address to post title, and I will hopefully be uploading more videos from the concert over the next few days.

Also I am going to try to fix some of the formatting issues due to having to pull this from google cache when my database got lost.

UPDATE 3 March 2022:

The Chain:

UPDATE 4 March 2022:

You Make Loving Fun (partial) -- This is truncated for some reason I can't recall (It was 7 years ago..) and is filmed mostly pointed at the monitor instead of the stage:


UPDATE 5 March 2022:

Rhiannon (partial) -- Too bad I got only partials for some songs, but it's not like I can go back to 2015 and redo. It is what it is :-(

UDPATE 7 March 2022:

I Know I'm Not Wrong:

UPDATE 8 March 2022:


Go Your Own Way:

UPDATE 11 March 2022: I think all the (semi-)usable video I had is uploaded now. I did find a site with the full setlist for the show, which was:

The Chain
You Make Loving Fun
Second Hand News
I Know I'm Not Wrong
Sisters of the Moon
Say You Love Me
Seven Wonders
Big Love
(Lindsey Buckingham solo on acoustic guitar)
Never Going Back Again
Over My Head
Little Lies
Gold Dust Woman
I'm So Afraid
Go Your Own Way


World Turning
(with Mick Fleetwood drum solo in the middle of the song)
Don't Stop
Silver Springs

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  1. Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2015 12:43:07 +0000
    Author: Midnight Rambler

    Comment: That was an excellent concert. Thrilled to have Chris back in the band. Good point about I-77; that's a rough ride.

    Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2015 20:12:28 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Comment: I saw Fleetwood Mac at the Carolina Coliseum in 1977 when they were on their Rumours Tour. They were slated to play in Charlotte the next night but cancelled. The official reason was, Stevie slept with her contacts in that night and her eyes were to irritated to perform. The official buzz was, she got cranked up so bad on Coke after the Columbia concert, she could not get out of bed the next night to perform.
    I'm not dissing Fleetwood Mac. I'm just reminiscing.

    Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2015 21:57:37 +0000
    Author: renee

    Comment: New songs..? No new songs in the set...( I am a Macophile lol...maybe a few deeper cuts, but no new(er even) songs..

    Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:48:19 +0000
    Author: Terry

    Comment: When Fleetwood Mac was a rock band

    What say you, renee?

    Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 05:30:38 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment: Back in the 70's and early 80's Columbia was a stopping point for just about every major rock act that swung through the southeast. I've seen the likes of Kiss, Journey, Styx, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Alice Cooper, Bob Segar, Jimmy Buffett plus many others that I can't recall at the moment. They would all pack the coliseum and you could get a buzz just from inhaling the second hand pot smoke. And the tickets would be no more that about $8.50 for good seats!! Now Columbia is relegated to monster trucks, rodeos and the occasional rap, R&B or country act that decides to stop in. Plus the old artists and groups that will occasionally play the Township or the Newberry Opera House. As Bob Dylan said, 'The times they are a changin''. And not for the better.

    Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:03:18 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Comment: @Ted - I agree, as Homer stated, it was different in the 70's.
    I saw the same bands Homer saw. In 1972 when I started going to concerts, The Coliseum was relatively new, had a 18,000 plus seating capacity, which was impressive at the time, and was an attractive venue for many of the top acts.

    I got bumped on the arm many times by people sitting next to me passing a doobie down the line for all to enjoy. Second hand smoke my ass, I went first hand in those days.
    What great memories. Issac Hayes, Kansas twice, Journey, I saw Alice Cooper on his Million Dollar Babies tour in 1972 or '73, ZZ Top twice three times if you count Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Charlotte, Van Halen, Ted Nugent, One of my favorites was Boston two times, that was also in 1977. Heart three times. Bob Segar twice, Kiss two times, Bob opened for Kiss the first time I saw them, Fleetwood Mac in 1977, I still have a pristine copy of People Magazine with Fleetwood Mac on the cover from 1977.
    Being in the stereo business, one might imagine, music was my life. I would purchase tickets for all my employees and their significant other and we would have a great time at The Coliseum.

    I believe Columbia could still pull in some big acts with a little effort.

    Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:06:23 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Comment: @Terry - nice vid, thanks for posting. Nothing like a Gibson Les Paul on lead. My son and I are going to look for one today at our local music store.

    Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:42:17 +0000
    Author: Andrew

    Comment: I think the Colonial Life Arena has pulled some big names in.

    I'm not one to go to concerts (mainly because the noise pushes the limits of what I can handle) but I know the Colonial Life Arena has brought the following in:

    Taylor Swift
    Jimmy Buffet
    Billy Joel/Elton John
    Kenny Chesney
    Britney Spears
    Shania Twain
    Miley Cyrus

    Among others I'm unfamiliar with that are listed on the Colonial Life Arena's wiki page.

    I think Mike McGee (the Athletic director at USC at the time the Colonial Life Arena was built) intended for this facility to host concerts like the aforementioned in addition to SC basketball games.

    It also had an arena football team called the Columbia Stingers for one year but the team folded and now the league it was a part of is now defunct as well...

    In addition, it's designed to host a hockey team but the Inferno took a year off, one turned into two and the team finally folded, due in part to a plan to build a new arena in Irmo falling through...

    Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:17:20 +0000
    Author: Midnight Rambler

    Comment: Fleetwood Mac was due to play the Carolina Coliseum in the fall of 1990. I had floor tickets. They cancelled supposedly after Stevie had "a situation" in Charlotte. They never rescheduled the show.

    Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:50:24 +0000
    Author: Lucille P. Valadez

    Comment: That night was October 21, 1990 from June 24, 1990.. Yes, they did. I was 21 and I will always "never forget".

    Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:36:52 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment: @Rick, thanks for jogging my memory there. I saw many of the shows you mentioned in your post as well. How could I have forgotten the likes of ZZ Top and Ted Nugent. I remember the Kiss concert when Bob Segar opened for them. I went with my cousin and we both wore these huge baggy army jackets and snuck in two 8 packs of Miller ponies as well as the wacky terbaccy. Between the cigarette and pot smoke and the pyrotechnics it looked like the coliseum was on fire when they turned on the exhaust fans. Somewhere in the attic I have a cigar box full of old ticket stubs from back then not to mention a couple of boxes of t-shirts that my fat ass will never get into again. Good times.....

    Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:47:22 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment: @Andrew, I will agree that the arena has had some big ticket acts since it has been around. I went to the Aerosmith concert there several years ago as well as what was supposed to Kiss' farewell concert.

    I would not give you 10 cents to see the likes of Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande or any of the other pop princesses that are around now. I'll bet the only guys that were at these concerts were drug, kicking and screaming, by their significant others. Pop music today just plain SUX.

    Country music isn't much better. Most of the new artists have realized that they can make a lot more money by performing songs that have the potential to cross over to the pop charts. That just detracts from what country music is supposed to be.

    Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:38:11 +0000
    Author: Terry

    Comment: I just saw a TV spot for a Journey and Steve Miller Band show that is coming to town next month.

    It is outrageous to think of the ticket prices for concerts way back when. Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, Mountain.....$5 a pop.

    Good times.

    Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:32:49 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Comment: @Terry - I forgot about Grand Funk and Black Sabbath, I saw both at the Coliseum. There are probably more bands I saw I forgot about as well. I saw Black Sabbath around 1971, I say that because I did not get my drivers license until 1972 and when I saw Sabbath, I remember my dad dropped me off at the Coliseum. I remember Sabbath was so loud my ears hurt. As for Grand Funk, I remember very few people attended the concert and Grand Funk only played for about an hour, seems like they were pissed off at the low turnout and just wanted to get the concert over with.

    Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:10:22 +0000
    Author: Cam

    Comment: Terry- The Steve Miller Band and Journey concert is tonight (3/11/15). I watched a special on TV about Journey a month ago. They found a new lead singer from YouTube videos. The guy is straight from the Philippines. He sounds a lot like Steve Perry.

    Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 06:12:56 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment: I really do miss the radio station mixes from the 70's up until disco reared it's ugly head and laid waste to most of the radio stations in Columbia at the time. When I grew up listening to AM (WCOS and WNOK) radio rock you would hear everything from Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot and Dan Fogleberg to Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple and everything in between on the same station.

    This is the reason that I have a love for a wide variety of musical styles.

    Today every form of music is divided into so many genres, sub-genres and sub-sub-genres that people (especially kids) lock onto one and they believe that it is the only type of music to listen to.

    I was introduced to groups like Procol Harem (Conquistador, Toujours l'amour) 10CC (Headline Hustler, Rubber Bullets, Life Is A Minestrone), Uriah Heep (Stealin', Sweet Lorraine, Easy Livin') etc. due to the fact that radio stations back then were not bound by all of the restrictions and corporate BS that they are today....

    Where is WKRP and Dr. Johnny Fever when you need them??

    Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:42:15 +0000
    Author: Andrew

    Comment: I have never been able to fully wrap my head around the types of genres Homer eludes to. I listen to B106.7 which plays 80s, 90s and beyond music. Their wiki page describes it as an 'adult contemporary' which is the best conclusion I've encountered. Be that as it may, I feel like I'm the only person that is unimpressed with Bruno Mars & Jimmy Buffet.

    Pat Sajak's daughter Maggie has a few country hits I've enjoyed listening to...not as a fan of country music but as a fan of Maggie Sajak. My feelings towards music (in general) are along those lines.

    Of the acts Homer said he wouldn't pay 10B" to go see, the only one I'd consider is Taylor Swift...I think what makes her music more enjoyable than it'd be otherwise is the class act I think she is but concerts (in general) tend to get too noisy for my tastes.

    Be that as it may, I enjoyed seeing Lee Greenwood in concert in February 2002...the most meaningful aspect of it was when he sang God Bless the USA about getting chills.

    Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2015 04:22:13 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment: Did anyone attend the Journey/Steve Miller concert?? Just curious to see how it was....

    Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2015 18:54:57 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Comment: @Homer - A guy I work with went. He said Journey sucked.
    He said Neil Shawn, the lead guitarist who is suppose to be the owner of the band, kept trying to steal the limelight from the lead singer, he also stated the lead singer was good and sounds like Steve Perry. He also said Neil Shawn is the reason Steve Perry left the band, because Shawn is a DI**.
    He said Steve Miller was very good, played all of his songs and came back for an encore, but with nothing left to play from his regular hits he played jazz.

    Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2015 03:46:28 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment: @Rick - Neil is a good guitarist but I always heard that he was a very egotistical person and he clashed with Perry over this. I think it's funny that the last two lead singers were both found on Youtube. The previous was a singer for a Journey cover band and the current one was found just singing along to Journey songs. They both were hired because their vocal ranges matched Steve Perry's. I wonder how much they get paid compared to older, especially original, members?

    Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2015 07:16:00 +0000
    Author: Terry

    Comment: Rick, did you find a Les Paul?

    Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2015 14:08:42 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Comment: @Homer - I enjoyed Journeys music back in the day, I just can't see myself going to one of their concerts with Perry gone.

    @Terry - We did see one Gibson Les Paul Custom at a pawn shop on Assembly Street. I can't remember the name of the shop but it is next to Peoples Pawn Shop. They wanted $2500.00 for it which they would have probably taken less, but my Son did not like the color. We did see several Epiphone Les Paul's at some really good prices but my Son wants a Gibson. For now he'll keep playing his Fender and we'll continue searching online. I wish we could afford a
    John Suhr Standard Carve Top like Mark Knopfler of Dire Straights plays, but you're looking at six grand for one of those. Check this clip out.

    Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:04:16 +0000
    Author: Patricia Baker

    Comment: Granted Neal Schon is something of an egotist. But that was not the reason he played extra guitar solos. Arnel Pineda who has been the band's lead singer for the past seven years was not feeling well. Jonathan Cain also played a longer piano solo and Deen Castronovo sang "Mother Father" to give Arnel a rest.


    9 Mar 15 at 12:43 pm

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