Concert Knowledge: 8 Things I Learned at Fleetwood Mac

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A magical thing happened on Wednesday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

I know that sounds ridiculous, but I swear, it was magic.

Fleetwood Mac stopped in Providence as a part of the second string of their “On With The Show” tour, the first time the ~core five~ members of the band have batted for the same team since Christine McVie, the band’s vocalist, keyboardist and accordionist, left in 1998. So it was a pretty big fucking deal.

Realizing that this may be the first and last opportunity I will ever have in my lifetime to get the full Fleetwood Mac experience, I bought tickets on StubHub and forgot about my 100 pages of creative nonfiction reading in order to do some creative nonfiction living. Ha.

Here are the eight things I learned and loved at Fleetwood Mac:

1. They just get it.

The first six songs of the setlist, in order:

The Chain
You Make Loving Fun
Dreams
Second Hand News
Rhiannon (during which I decided I might name my child Rhiannon)
Everywhere

Fleetwood Mac came to fool nobody. They gave their loyal audience what is wanted. They played no games, like that time I saw John Mayer at Madison Square Garden and he only played, like, three songs that everyone knew. They didn’t leave anything out, either, including “Seven Wonders,” “Big Love,” “Landslide,” “Never Going Back Again,” “Gypsy,” “Little Lies,” “Gold Dust Woman,” “Go Your Own Way,” “World Turning,” “Don’t Stop,” “Silver Springs,” and “Songbird.”

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