Tribute act RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC return to the stage to pay homage to Fleetwood Mac’s iconic album RUMOURS
Its been over 40 years since Fleetwood Mac released their award-winning album RUMOURS. In celebration, tribute act RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC head out on tour to take a journey through the band’s history, touching on the rocky roads that led them up to recording the iconic album.
From the opening number, it is easy to see why RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC is endorsed by Mick Fleetwood himself. If you close your eyes, you can almost believe it is Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham playing the hits, the group sound so authentic. Shame then that the show starts off a little weak, with the band lacking energy at first. Things soon pick up however after the hit GO YOUR OWN WAY, which really gets the audience going. THE CHAIN also stands out as an especially good number with bassist Etienne Gerard showing off his skills with the iconic riff.
As the group work their way through the RUMOURS album, each member gets an opportunity to show off their abilities, with lead vocalist Jess Harwood especially shining in SILVER SPRINGS, which closes the first half. Emily Gervers also gives a wonderful rendition of SONGBIRD, as does James Harrison in LOOKING OUT FOR LOVE.
The second half of the show largely focuses on Fleetwood Mac’s earlier works, with the female singers leaving the stage for the men to take over for a while. Here, the group focus on the Peter Green era of Fleetwood Mac, performing songs such as BLACK MAGIC WOMAN, OH WELL and ALBATROSS, all expertly led by Dave Goldberg, who casually introduces each song, adding a little bit of history before each one. It is evident that Goldberg is a seasoned performer who knows how to hold an audience and it is interesting to hear the band’s older material, alongside the well-known hits. The Green era boasts a grittier, dirtier feel to the numbers and it’s easy to hear how the band evolved over the years yet still retained their core soul and sound.
The encore, TUSK, is arguably one of the strongest numbers in the show, with the whole theatre on their feet to clap along to the infectious rhythm. On the whole, RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC do a great job recreating the music and feel of the real thing, making the show a must for any Fleetwood Mac fan.
RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC performed at The Lowry on 4 April 2018.
Lucy is a nineteen-year-old aspiring actress from Glossop. She is currently studying Music Theatre at the University Of Central Lancashire and hopes to move onto a career in performance. She also has interests in reading, writing and music.