The Mac are back again, and this time they’ve got original member Christine McVie with them. See how the first night of their UK tour went down yesterday (May 27) in these stunning photos.
Fleetwood Mac played the first of six shows at London’s O2 Arena last night (May 27). The UK/US supergroup arrived onstage at 8.15pm and played a 22-song set.
The group were joined by keyboard player and songwriter Christine McVie, who is now a full-time member again after leaving Fleetwood Mac in 1988. McVie appeared on stage with the group at the same London venue in September 2013 before officially rejoining in January 2014.
Opening with ‘The Chain’, the band continued with ‘You Make Loving Fun’ after which Christine McVie commented, “Thanks very much London, it’s great to be here.” Stevie Nicks then explained that it was the 82nd show of their current tour. “And now on show 82 I think we can safely say that our girl is back!” she added, gesturing to McVie.
Midway through the set, Nicks dedicated ‘Landslide’ to Adele. “She’s from here – you might know her,” commented Nicks. “She’s a fantastic songwriter… I told her, ‘You’re going to be me in 40 years, you’re going to still be up onstage doing what you’re doing because of your songwriting’.”
Florence Welch, meanwhile, also got some love from Stevie Nicks, who celebrated her 67th birthday on Tuesday (May 26). Instagram-ing a shot of the pair together backstage, she posted a caption stating “Was a dream to harmonise ‘happy birthday’ with this magical woman. All my love to @stevienicksofficial xx”
Christine McVie said to the audience: I can’t tell you what a thrill it is to be on the stage with these wonderful musicians who I consider my family. You don’t get this chance many times in life – I got it twice.”
Later, for the songs ‘Over My Head’ and ‘Gypsy’, drummer Mick Fleetwood swapped his large kit for a smaller one at the front of the stage, which Christine McVie referred to as a “cocktail kit”. During ‘World Turning’ he embarked on an epic drum solo, much to the delight of the crowd. “Shit, this is a huge, massive place,” he remarked towards the end.
In the set, Fleetwood Mac played hits from across their career including ‘The Chain’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Tusk’, ‘Sisters Of The Moon’, ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘Go Your Own Way’.
The band will continue their O2 run tonight (May 28) before returning for a second series of shows on June 22, 24, 26 and 27.
The band will also play shows in Birmingham (June 8, 9, July 4), Manchester (June 12, July 1), Glasgow (June 16, 17, July 8), Dublin (June 20) and Leeds (June 30, July 5) across the tour as well as headlining the Isle of Wight festival in June.