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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at MaineToday.com and a music writer for MaineToday.com and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at Mainetoday.com. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.

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Posted: October 13, 2014

Fleetwood Mac – complete with Christine McVie – put on brilliant show in Boston

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

Welcome to my open love letter/review of  the Fleetwood Mac show at the TD Garden in Boston on Friday night.

October 10, 2014 goes down in this kid’s history books as one of the most satisfying nights of live music I’ve ever witnessed by one of the most iconic bands ever to walk this earth.

Even saying the name of the band spins my spurs: Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood Freaking Mac. 

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Like the rest of the universe, I’ve had their “Rumours” album for a gazillion years.  Like the rest of the universe, I’ve been singing along to songs from that album and several others for a gazillion years. Like the rest of the universe, “Landslide” still gets me every time.

So to say that I was excited to be among the sold-out crowd in Boston is a understatement of epic proportions. What’s more, this “On With the Show” tour marks the return – after a 16 year absence – of Christine McVie.

The show kicked off with “The Chain” and for the next two hours  or so I was spellbound from one song to the next. I went from being awestruck from being in the same room as Stevie Nicks to absolutely blown away by Lindsey Buckingham‘s guitar playing. I mean I knew he had mad skills but seeing him live was something entirely different. The dude is phenomenal. Christine McVie sounded fantastic and it was as  if she had never left.

Add to this mix the legendary John McVie on bass and drummer Mick Fleetwood and – as you can imagine – my friend Jen and I experienced many jaw-drops, stunned moments of appreciation and jump-to-our-feet moments throughout the show.

Here’s my unimpressive yet obligatory “fan” photo and then we’ll talk setlist.

Fleetwood Mac taking bows in Boston 10.10.14

Fleetwood Mac taking bows in Boston 10.10.14

 

Fleetwood Mac proved that they are still relevant, still vibrant, still incredibly talented and can still put on a live show that I know I’ll never forget.
Welcome back, Christine McVie!

Setlist. Boston. 10.10.14

1. “The Chain”

2. “You Make Loving Fun”

3. “Dreams”

4. “Second Hand News”

5.  “Rhiannon”

6.  “Everywhere”

7. “I Know I’m Not Wrong”

8. “Tusk” (my fav song of the night)

9. “Sisters of the Moon”

10. “Say You Love Me”

11. “Seven Wonders”

12. “Say You Love Me”

13. “Big Love”

14. “Landslide” I know…I can’t even.

15. “Never Going Back Again”

16. “Over My Head”

17. “Gypsy”

18. “Tell Me Lies”

19. “Gold Dust Woman” (yes, it almost did make me break down)

20. “I’m So Afraid”

21. “Go Your Own Way”

encores

22. “World Turning”

23. “Don’t Stop”

24. “Silver Springs”

25. “Songbird” they rolled out a baby grand for Christine and it was a perfect ending

 

 

 

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