Director: Mick Fleetwood
Like live shows add an extra dynamic, so too does seeing a movie of a concert in a cinema rather than at home on the box. Alas for most of you streaming or the soon to be released DVd are the only option. But for us ”down here” it had a very short run at the cinemas. So twenty or so of us sat in a cinema on a glorious Melbourne afternoon to watch this guitar heavy tribute to the music of Peter Green, the guitar hero and driving force behind Fleetwood Mac Mark 1. His legend heightened by his dramatic fall, head blown by acid, eventually returning to the stage a pale shadow of his former self.
The concert before a smallish audience took place in early 2020. Fleetwood assembled an interesting line up. The core band was Mick on drums plus Zac Starkey – not sure he needed him but it certainly biggened the sound. Dave Bronze on bass, Ricky Peterson on keys and musical director and a strong line up of guitar /vocals – Rick Vito, Jonny Lang and Andy Fairweather-Low. They played plenty of songs as a unit and with varous luminaries coming and going.
Billy Gibbons and Steve Tyler of ZZ Top usually came on for the rock out numbers. Tyler…. hmm. On the one hand he adds the energy, flamboyance and spectacle of a front man but he got a bit overbearing. The only one on stage being the rock star and his harmonica was hit and miss. Frustratingly cameras seem to always want to follow the singer even when they aren’t in the spotlight – cue cut away to Jagger clapping hands or shaking tambourine etc.
Noel Gallagher was a curious choice and he addressed that as he sat dwon for an acoustic bracket. “I know what you’re thinking- he ain’t got the blues. Well, we’ll see won’t we!” Verdict -he hasn’t, but he still acquitted himself well on World Turning. Out of his comfort zone and surrounded by top flight musicians it was refreshing to see him less brash. Kurt Hammitt of Metallica – well he owns Greeny’s Les Paul so it was probably the deal that if you get the guitar on stage, I get to play. He soloed on the troubling Green Manalishi . John Mayall came on early and was in fine voice on All Your Love. If anyone on stage is steeped in the blues it is him.
Rick Vito is pretty damn slick. Can sing, lovely player and handled the slide parts. Speaking of slide, the diminutive Jeremy Spencer played 2 songs and what lovely playing. Yes, he had a habit of turning every song into an Elmore James riff but what tone! He clearly is uncomfortable with the spotlight and adulation- but he deserved it. On bass was Bill Wyman. Blimey – what does he look like? Zip up cardigan, partly shaved and the worst haircut ever. (Ronnie and Keef look away). He clearly doesn’t give a rat’s so good on him I guess.
Some highlights were the trading of licks and the crescendo by Jonny Lang and Rick Vito on Black Magic Woman, Jonny Lang’s superb raw soloing on I Need Your Love So Bad and Pete Townsend. Pete comes on in an overtight wooly sports coat and commences to play a guitar intro – it’s Won’t Get Fooled Again. Then he says with a grin – “now have a listen to this, it came out earlier”. He then plays Station Man off Kiln House. The similarities are striking. Nice angular guitar and even some trademark windmills. Oh Well was played, of course, and according to Mick it is the first time ever that Part 2 had been played live. Gibbons and Tyler belted out Part 1 then for part 2 Dave Gilmour replaced Gibbons. It was another highlight. DG came on again later to play lap steel (?)on Albatross. IMO it was too much, too sweet. Slide alone would have been better, but a small complaint.
I’m considering buying the CD of the show.
The full set list and a link to the movie trailer are included below.
“Rolling Man” (feat. Rick Vito)
“Homework” (feat. Jonny Lang)
“Doctor Brown” (feat. Billy Gibbons)
“All Your Love” (feat. John Mayall)
“Rattlesnake Shake” (feat. Billy Gibbons & Steven Tyler)
“Stop Messin’ Round” (feat. Christine McVie)
“Looking for Somebody” (feat. Christine McVie)
“Sandy Mary” (feat. Jonny Lang)
“Love That Burns” (feat. Rick Vito)
“The World Keep Turning” (feat. Noel Gallagher)
“Like Crying” (feat. Noel Gallagher)
“No Place to Go” (feat. Rick Vito)
“Station Man” (feat. Pete Townshend)
“Man of the World “(feat. Neil Finn)
“Oh Well (Pt.1”) (feat. Billy Gibbons & Steven Tyler)
“Oh Well (Pt.2)” (feat. David Gilmour)
“Need Your Love So Bad” (feat. Jonny Lang)
“Black Magic Woman” (feat. Rick Vito)
“The Sky Is Crying” (feat. Jeremy Spencer)
“I Can’t Hold Out” (feat. Jeremy Spencer)
“The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown)” (feat. Billy Gibbons & Kirk Hammett)
“Albatross” (feat. David Gilmour)
“Shake Your Moneymaker” (group finale)
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
early era Fleetwood Mac, blues, lots of guitar solos