By Mike McKenney, Rock At Night New England
Venue: The Vets, Providence, Rhode Island-October 2, 2019
Mick Fleetwood himself started the night off at The Vets, appearing in an introductory video on a large screen to wish Rumors of Fleetwood Mac, well and give them his blessing, saying “The music is in the safe hands of our good friends”
celebrating 50 years of the very best of Fleetwood Mac, ROFM then performed an outstanding mix of songs that have stood the test of time and survived among the dysfunctional chaos that Fleetwood Mac has been infamous for.
Opening with “Monday Morning”, and running through a series of hits such as, ‘Sara”, “Dreams”, “You Make Loving Fun”, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac astonished the audience with their perfect note for note renditions. Jess Harwood (Stevie Nicks/Vocals), James Harrison (Lindsey Buckingham/Lead Guitar/Vocals), Emily Gervers (Christine McVie/Keyboard/Vocals), Etienne Girard (John McVie/Bass), Scott Poley (Guitar/Vocals), Dave Goldberg (Keyboards/Guitar/Vocals) and Allan “Cos” Cosgrove (Mick Fleetwood/Drums) play as a well-oiled machine. Every song was performed with precision timing, and every note was dead on. Close your eyes and the vocals by Jess Harwood and Emily Gervers, made you believe it was Stevie and Christine singing.
After a short break, the band came back with a very special blues set paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s legendary Peter Green era .”Black Magic Woman”, and “Oh Well” allowed Poley, Girard, and Harrison to show off their immense guitar skills while Dave Goldberg sang and chatted it up with the crowd between songs.
Moving on to the Nicks/Buckinham era, the band completely blew the audience away. A sweet sounding Harward on “Landslide”, and a gang busting “Don’t Stop” had the entire venue on their feet clapping along.
The heart pounding encore of “Tusk”, with a great drum solo by “Cos”, sent the fully satiated crowd packing. After the show the entire band headed to the merch tables in the lobby to meet with fans and sign autographs.
For fans of Fleetwood Mac, run don’t walk to get your tickets as Rumours of Fleetwood Mac’s 50th Anniversary Tour continues through November.
About The Vets: With construction beginning in 1920 and delays caused by difficult economic times, The Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Rhode Island’s first professional performing arts venue officially opened in 1950, 23 years after construction began.
Thanks to periodic changes and major face lift in 2011, “The Vets”, as it is now known, features a lounge area with bar, new restrooms, dressing rooms, new carpet, state of the art sound, lighting and HVAC.
This beautifully refurbished venue now stands proudly in its rightful place as one of New England’s finest performing arts centers.
You can hear an interview with Alan Cosgrove Rumours of Fleetwood Mac below: