Fleetwood Mac get mixed reviews from fans at Wembley Stadium comeback shows

19 June 2019, 11:47

By Tom Eames

Fleetwood Mac brought their long-awaited world tour to London this week, with two sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium.

However, the legendary band were met with mixed reviews from fans, with some complaining that the sound quality of the gigs were not of a good quality.

Some Fleetwood Mac ticketholders asked for a refund after the first of the band’s two London shows on Sunday night (June 16).

While certain parts of the venue, fans praised the "amazing" and "unbelievable" show, others claimed the sound was "unbearable".

Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks. Picture: Getty

"Sound is horrendous – Wembley staff can’t do anything about it," one fan tweeted. "Can’t hear anything but echo – £150 a ticket – annoyed doesn’t cover it and they’ve moved as few people as they can. Shocker."

The tour features the refreshed Fleetwood Mac line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie, along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn.

The pair replaced Lindsey Buckingham, who exited the group last year.

The Financial Times gave the show a negative review, concluding: "Campbell did the missing Mac man’s guitar solos efficiently, while Finn sang gamely and leapt about in willing approximation of Buckingham’s outré stage energy. But it lacked a spark.

"In their heyday, Fleetwood Mac, the band of cocaine and divorce, had a gift for turning complicated emotional scenarios into persuasive and exhilarating soft-rock

"But the sight of Buckingham’s stand-in singing 'Someone has taken my place' in 'Second Hand News', a track written by Buckingham about an ambivalent relationship at a time when he was in one with Nicks, was a rupture too far."

However, the Independent were far more positive, saying: "Minus Buckingham’s replacements, the band are all in their seventies now; and while it is indeed a miracle that they have made it this far, there have been very few attempts at new music this century.

"Sunday night’s show, though, doesn’t feel like a simple exercise in nostalgia – it is performed with too much zest and vigour for that. Time makes you bolder, after all."

Despite some fans' complaints, many others tweeted their excitement of seeing the legends perform together:

Fleetwood Mac setlist: What songs did they play?

The Chain
Little Lies
Second Hand News
Say You Love Me
Black Magic Woman
World Turning
Oh Well
Don't Dream It's Over
Hold Me
Monday Morning
You Make Loving Fun
Gold Dust Woman
Go Your Own Way

Free Fallin'
Don't Stop

Fleetwood Mac will now head to Australia, playing in Perth in August shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

The band will also play five dates in New Zealand in September, before going to Canada at the end of October.