The most intriguing aspect of the show - the Mac's first tour in several years - isn't the band's ability to put on a kick-ass show. Even with the core members well into their 50s, with a catalog of hits this extensive and some savvy backup choices, Nicks, Buckingham et al more than gave fans their money's worth Friday. (The band moves to the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim for two shows this week.)
Actually, what's most interesting about what we see on stage is what's left visible but uninterpreted: the interplay between lead singers and former lovers Nicks and Buckingham, who still harmonize grandly - most notably on tracks like "Peacekeeper" off the latest album, "Say you Will."
Even cooler, while buzzing through the tracks with the greatest capacity of heartbreak and bitterness, Nicks and Buckingham are stealing glances or singing directly to each other. The electrical current is most evident on songs like "Say Goodbye" and the heartbreaking but quite angry "Silver Springs." On "Landslide," Nicks tenderly taps out a rhythm on Buckingham's shoulders during his solo. Displays like this may be entirely choreographed and manufactured; here's hoping they're not.
Perhaps taking a page from Buckingham, Fleetwood saved his blowout number for the encore: a torrid rendition of "World Turning" that saw the white-bearded drummer both at and away from his instrument. While strutting center stage - nice red shoes! - he whipped the crowd's noise level up several notches and banged out a duet with backup percussionist Taku Hiranu. That came toward the end of the 24-song, 2 1/2-hour set. The rest of the evening was a Stevie/Lindsey show - and a grand time it was.