Stevie Nicks and Joe Walsh: 11/5/1983

This was a pretty cool double bill, and it was during that period in the 80s when Stevie Nicks was enjoying a solid solo career. It was part of the Wild Heart tour.

We had seats behind the stage, but it was the Sportatorium in the 80s, so essentially you went and sat wherever you wanted (unless someone bigger than you with a ticket claimed the seat). We managed to secure some seats about halfway back on the side, which were decent.

Joe Walsh opened the show, and he was wasted. He slurred his words and was pretty sloppy. This would not be the only time I would see Walsh trashed on stage. He earned his reputation as a lush.

After a break, Stevie came out. She had a tent set up on stage, and I would soon discover what the tent was for. Frequently, between songs, she would go off into the tent, and after a while, come back out wearing a new dress. I don’t mind a couple costume changes, but she was definitely taking advantage. In addition, she would take what seemed like an unusually long time to change her outfit. I couldn’t help wondering if she was powdering her nose also while in there, so to speak.

In spite of the drunkenness and the interminable breaks between songs, it was still a good show. Here are the respective setlists.

Joe Walsh Setlist

  • Rocky Mountain Way
  • Ordinary Average Guy
  • The Confessor
  • Walk Away
  • A Life of Illusion
  • Life’s Been Good

Stevie Nicks Setlist

  • Gold Dust Woman
  • Outside the Rain
  • Dreams
  • I Need to Know
  • Sara
  • If Anyone Falls
  • Leather and Lace
  • Stand Back
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Gypsy
  • How Still My Love
  • Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
  • Edge of Seventeen

Encore:

  • Rhiannon

Lindsay Buckingham: 3/19/2007

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When I heard that Lindsay Buckingham was coming to The Orange Peel, a small venue that holds about 1000 people, I thought it would be cool to go, but I did not bother getting a ticket. I liked Fleetwood Mac, and appreciated Lindsay’s guitar playing and vocals, but didn’t want to spend the money.

Anyway, the day of the concert, my next door neighbor texted me that he was sick as a dog and could not go, and asked if I wanted his ticket for free. I graciously accepted, walked over and got the ticket, and told him I hoped he felt better soon.

I went by myself to the show, but that was fine. The crowd was really into the music and Lindsay sounded amazing. He played a solid mix of solo material and Fleetwood Mac tunes. I danced and had a great time. I felt sorry that my friend had to miss the show, but I was glad the ticket came my way instead of going to waste.


Setlist:

  • Not Too Late
  • Trouble
  • Never Going Back Again
  • Second Hand News
  • Cast Away Dreams
  • Red Rover
  • It Was You
  • Big Love
  • Go Insane
  • Under the Skin
  • World Turning
  • I’m So Afraid
  • I Know I’m Not Wrong
  • Tusk
  • Go Your Own Way

Encore:

  • Holiday Road
  • Turn It On
  • Show You How
  • Shut Us Down

Fleetwood Mac: 11/6/1987

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Although I am not 100% sure, I believe this was the last concert that I attended at the infamous Hollywood Sportatorium in South Florida. I’ll see if I have any later stubs as I work through the collection, but if my memory serves me correctly, this was the last one. The Sporto was permanently closed in 1988 and then demolished to build McMansions.

Fleetwood Mac is one of those bands that I really like some of their stuff, and some things not so much. Also, growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, I was subjected to more than enough of their music on the radio. Still, I figured it would be worth checking them out, and hey, concerts were still just $17.50 back then.

I was a little disappointed that Lindsay Buckingham was not with them on this tour. I know that the music purists will tell you that the band was never as good as when Peter Green was the guitarist, but Buckingham was no slouch, in my humble opinion. Anyway, they had two guitarists with them on that tour, Billy Burnette and Rick Vito.

I enjoyed the concert, even if the sound was terrible, but concertgoers in South Florida expected that at the Sporto. The high points for me were “Oh Well” and Mick Fleetwood’s amazing drum solo. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t play “Hypnotized,” but it was not that big of a deal. The rest of the show was cool.

I searched online and found the setlist, which I’ve included here. Technology is a wonderful thing. Cheers!


Setlist:

  • Say You Love Me
  • The Chain
  • Dreams
  • Isn’t It Midnight
  • Rhiannon
  • Oh Well
  • Seven Wonders
  • Rattlesnake Shake
  • Everywhere
  • Over My Head
  • Gold Dust Woman
  • Don’t Let Me Down Again
  • Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You?
  • I Loved Another Woman
  • Brown Eyes
  • World Turning
  • Little Lies
  • Stand Back
  • You Make Loving Fun
  • Go Your Own Way

Encore:

  • Blue Letter
  • Don’t Stop
  • Songbird