Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 World Tour – Atlanta

Live Review and Photos by Danielle Boise

Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 Tour

Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 Tour

It had been 3 years since their last tour and 35 years after the release of Rumours. Fleetwood Mac glided onto the stage and took over Philips Arena at their Atlanta stop of the Fleetwood Mac LIVE 2013 World Tour on Monday June 10th for a nearly sold out performance and did not disappoint for one second; as these living legends gave an earth shattering performance that straddled the line between electrifying, beguiling and perfection. There is no other band of yesteryear, today or tomorrow that is like that of Fleetwood Mac.

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Fleetwood Mac kicked off their nearly 2.5 hour set, containing 23 songs and 2 encores with “Second Hand News” followed by the ever glorious “The Chain” and then the hauntingly sublime “Dreams” before demoing their new song “Sad Angel,” which was released on their new Extended Play EP, on April 30. “Rhiannon,” “Not That Funny” and Mick Fleetwood’s emotionally shattering “Tusk” amped up the raw factor. Before going into “Sisters of the Moon,” which Stevie Nicks stated, “that song hasn’t been played on stage since 1981,” it was a treat to see material that hasn’t graced the stage in several touring cycles.

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It was never so prevalent to see that the past had been forgiven and ego removed, leaving only the love of the music and their shared history that they honored by performing together so cohesively, than when Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks shared an intimate moment on stage after performing “Sara” with an endearing embrace that left the crowd in cheers with some tears.

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Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 Tour

After “Sara,” it was Buckingham’s moment to shine with “Big Love,” as he took the stage as his own and stated “This next song is particularly significant to me. It is about transition. It once was an ensemble piece and looking back at the lyrics of the song to where I was in 1987… I was “looking out for love,” I was not looking for love. This song was about the contemplation of alienation and now, it’s about the power and importance of change.”

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Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 Tour

After which, Nicks moment to radiate for me was with “Landslide.” For me nothing compares to “Landslide” and in that moment the lyrics, along with the impact of witnessing Nicks perform it live brought tears to my eyes and took my breath away.

Fleetwood Mac continued the set list with “Never Going Back Again,” “Without You,” “Gypsy,” “Eyes of the World,” the ravishing “Gold Dust Woman,” “I’m So Afraid,” “Stand Back,” and ended the regular set with “Go Your Own Way” before coming back for the first of two encores. With Mick Fleetwood’s hands down amazing drum solo during “World Turning” before going into the crowd induced dance and sing-along of “Don’t Stop.”

“Much fun was had by all.” – Mick Fleetwood

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Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 Tour

For the second encore, Nicks beckoned the stage and brought a standing ovation that rippled through the entire arena with “Silver Springs” and ended the last song of the night in the most befitting way possible with “Say Goodbye.”

“Atlanta, you guys are the best!” – Lindsey Buckingham

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Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 Tour

It’s so hard to encapsulate this show into one set of words. It truly was about the bigger picture in the sense of the experience. What I think was beyond stunning, was every member had their moment to shine and be honored for their individual and collective talents that they bring to the group as a whole. There was no ego, no hurt, just the shared love of music that binds them together and that’s what they in turn shared with us, the audience in such a powerfully authentic way and heartwarming way and truly magical to watch.

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There really is nothing like seeing Fleetwood Mac perform live, nothing. The band members are so engrossed in the music that they get absolutely lost in the sonic goodness that they are creating, yet still maintain a connection with their fans. This is what performing means, to bring the audience to their feet, time and time again without fancy theatrics, just showmanship.

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Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks are four pieces that come together to create a gorgeous soundscape. They truly are pieces of a puzzle that fit perfectly together, as if they’ve always just been one and forever they will be.

Fleetwood Mac is currently out on the North American leg of their Tour through July 6 before starting the European leg of Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 World Tour. For more information, visit www.fleetwoodmac.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Live Review: Arsis @ The Masquerade Atlanta

Stellar Musicianship Leads The Way For Arsis

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Arsis photo by Michael Bradley

Review and photos by Michael Bradley

Have you ever tried to play a musical instrument? Mastering any instrument is a challenge, and requires countless hours of study, training and perseverance. And that doesn’t even take into consideration any of the natural physical tools needed to be successful: an innate knack for music, a natural sense of timing and rhythm and a well-trained ear. Study and practice alone doesn’t make you good at what you do. Just watch American Idol (if you can stomach it) and you’ll realize that taking years of singing lessons doesn’t necessarily mean that you can sing well. While watching a band like Arsis, it’s easy to forget that the over-the-top musicianship of what you are watching and hearing is the product of all of those years of hard work and training, packed into three to six minute songs.

 

ArsisArsis is the brainchild of James Malone, a multi-instrumentalist who’s band has weathered several rounds of line-up changes while soldiering on to bring their vision of technical melodic death metal to the masses. Mr. Malone is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, a school that has seen it’s share of notable rock and metal musicians in the hallways: Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer of Aerosmith, Steve Vai, Ed Roland of Collective Soul, guitarist Reb Beach, Brendon Small of Dethklok, vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens and practically every member of Dream Theater. Not bad company to be in, agreed?

 

The challenging music that Arsis makes is the lethal combination of two sub-genres of heavy metal: melodic death metal and technical death metal. The technical side of the music is characterized by very complex song structures, rhythms and guitar riffs, while the melodic side brings forth the more traditional dual guitar harmonies and upbeat tempos of classic metal bands, such as Iron Maiden. This is music that requires advanced musical theory and technical instrumental prowess. If you’re a hack on guitar then sorry my friends, you’re out of luck.

 

The band began the night with “Handbook For The Recently Deceased,” a song from the band’s new album Unwelcome that showcases the technical/melodic concept. James Malone’s stellar lead guitar work and harshly screamed/chanted vocals filled the room as rhythm guitarist Brandon Ellis, energetic bassist Noah Martin and drummer Shawn Priest locked into an unbelievably tight groove.

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The band performed a career-spanning set, and chose material from three of their five full-length studio releases and one of their two EPs. Included in the set were “Servants To The Night” and “We Are The Nightmare” from their 2008 release We Are The Nightmare, “Maddening Distain” and “Face Of My Innocence” from 2004’s A Celebration of Guilt, “Diamond For Disease” and “The Promise Of Never” from their 2005 EP A Diamond For Disease, and four songs from Unwelcome; the aforementioned “Handbook For The Recently Deceased,” “Carve My Cross,” “Scornstar” and the title track “Unwelcome.”

 

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Opening the show for Arsis were three talented Atlanta-based metal bands, each flying the flag for death metal: Control The Devastator, Dreadpull and Xeroderma. Each band seemed to “one up” each other, raising both the energy level and musicianship.

 

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Sweetwater 420 Festival 2013 Edition

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By Danielle Boise

 

Festival goers fought against mother-nature’s wrath on the afternoon of Friday April 19th, with weather being wet, rainy and downright cold as it marked the beginning of the three-day celebration known as the Sweetwater 420 Festival; which overtook Candler Park in Atlanta for the 9th consecutive year. Known locally as a hippy-festival of sorts, but really it is all about bringing earth consciousness and education to the masses through an entertainment platform, benefiting groups like Chattahoochee RiverKeeper while providing a bit of fun for a free family friendly event.

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The festival not only consisted of music on two stages, but amazing food not only providing the normal festival stapes of the likes of funnel cakes and corn dogs, but from restaurants like Bhojanic to Chipolte and for dessert Yummy Cupecakes were there to squash your sweet tooth on the spot.

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The artisan’s market provided some of the most talented individuals cross multiple artistic outlets, like Yvonne Miller who is a mixed media artist whose work is not only breath-taking, but tactical in the sense where you know only want to consume with your eyes, but makes you want to devour it whole with your mouth. You can find Miller’s work atwww.fourfootedart.com. To Joseph Oliver Busch who uses spray paint to cover a canvas, bringing pop-art to life through recognizable faces. You can find Busch’s work on www.josephbusch.com. There of course was wearable art, from jewelry to clothing to quirky pieces of art that one could find intermingled with in the tents, like at the Urban Attic tent. You can find Urban Attic at www.urbanatticatl.com.

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The Sweetwater 420 Festival brought together the best of funky and psychedelic music on the Sweetwater Main Stage with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic headlining on Friday night, with Earphunk opening for them earlier in the afternoon. On the Planet 420 Solar Stage Papa Grows Funk brought the funk and free flowing vibe, even though it had been dreary, that didn’t keep the people away from listening to good music with some good beer. Pairing comedy at the Relapse 420 tent where Dad’s Garage performed skits rounded out the fun.

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There was a new experience at this year’s Sweetwater Festival, which provided festival goers 21 and above, with The Sweetwater Experience, which boosted 20 unique styles of crafted Sweetwater brewed beer that patrons could partake in. From year-round beers to seasonal delights, experimental IPA’s to barreled-aged stouts, Dark Tans and a selection of cask ale creations to delight the taste buds. Along with a varied selection of beers to dine on, there were informational, fun panels with the likes of Marc Wisdom from “The Jax Beer Guy” www.jaxbeerguy.com and Ale Sharpton from “Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’” www.alesharptson.com contributing to the discussions ranging on topics, including the impact of social media.

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As always, The Sweetwater 420 Festival was a fun filled weekend, with plenty to see, hear and consume. Hope you enjoyed your experience out at this year’s festival and look forward to see you out next year! For more information on The Sweetwater 420 Festival, visit www.sweetwater420fest.com.