DVD+CD Review: Lindsey Buckingham


Lindsey Buckingham
Live at the Bass Performance Hall (DVD+CD)
Reprise/WB
By David Chiu

Call me crazy but the announcement in 2006 of Lindsey Buckingham releasing a new solo album and a tour got me more excited than any new Fleetwood Mac music. It was because his music always seemed more adventurous and unpredictable than by Stevie Nicks or Christine McVie (although their songs are great in their right. Plus prior to Under the Skin. Buckingham hadn’t released a new record in about 15 years. The wonderful tour that followed is now documented on this fab DVD recorded at the Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. Accompanied by a fantastic backing band, Buckingham runs through material from Under the Skin, and hits from his solo career and Fleetwood Mac (though unfortunately songs from the great Out of the Cradle album were omitted). This is one instance where the songs from a then-new album don’t seem like a chore to listen while waiting for the hits such as “Not Too Late” and “Cast Away Dreams.” The rearrangements of familiar favorites “Go Insane” and “Trouble” acoustically works, and Buckingham’s dazzling guitar solos of I’m So Afraid and “Big Love” continues to amaze. Live…is an excellent summation of the career of an underrated musical genius. Unless they get Christine McVie back into fold, I wouldn’t be that thrilled for another Fleetwood Mac reunion. Instead I will be waiting for the next Buckingham solo record.

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