There were many show highlights from the 2014 CES in Las Vegas, from wearables, to connected appliances, automated cars and curved Ultra High Def TVs. But for rock music fans, the biggest highlight of the country’s largest consumer electronics show was the appearance of rock royalty - Fleetwood Mac at Monster’s Retail Awards Show at Paris Las Vegas.
Largely considered one of rock music’s greatest bands ever, Fleetwood Mac delighted the invitation-only audience estimated at over 9,000, to a evening filled with classic songs, primarily from their eponymous 1975 album and their magnum opus, “Rumours”, released the following year, when the band was arguably at its peak in worldwide popularity.
Led by drummer and Fleetwood Mac co-founder Mick Fleetwood, longtime bassist John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, the current band went through hit after hit during the 90-minute concert, demonstrating that the band can still perform at a virtuoso level, even though the principle members are all in their sixties. Even after nearly 40 years with the band, Buckingham and Nicks, whose powerful contralto, ethereal beauty and grace and familiar fashion continue to please long time fans and those born long after "Rumours", at one time the biggest selling album in history and 1978 Grammy Award winner for Album of the Year.
It was especially pleasing to see John McVie, who was diagnosed with cancer in October, forcing the band to cancel a portion of their world tour. McVie who officially joined the band in 1967, and rest of the legendary British band returned late last month to perform at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, including a highly anticipated New Year's Eve concert. Wednesday night’s performance was the last of Fleetwood Mac’s 2013 world tour, encompassing the U.S., Canada and Europe amid nearly 70 concerts.
The band who’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, opened the evening with “Second Hand News”, the opening cut from “Rumours”, followed by “The Chain” and “Dreams” the band’s number one hit single from the that same album, listed among the five best selling albums of all time. Other Fleetwood Mac favorites included “Rhiannon”, “Tusk”, “Gold Dust Woman” “Go Your Own Way”, “Don’t Stop” and Stevie Nicks’ 1983 solo hit “Stand Back”.
While there were several memorable moments through the night, a few were stunning – Lindsey Buckingham’s acoustic and electric guitar solos of “Never Going Back Again” and “I’m So Afraid” and Mick Fleetwood’s incredible drum solo, far belying his age, in the prologue to “World Turning”. Other notable songs were Stevie Nick's “Sara”and "Landslide” and Buckingham's “Big Love”.
Despite a wonderfully entertaining performance from Fleetwood Mac, some longtime fans likely missed Christine McVie, who left the band 15 years ago. However the original female singer of the band who gave the world a myriad of timeless fan favorites such as “Spare Me a Little of Your Love”,“Why”, “Over My Head”, “You Make Loving Fun”, “Don’t Stop”, “Hold Me” and “Love in Store”, indicated a desire to rejoin the band, based upon an interview with The Guardian last November.
And if the former wife of John McVie does return at some point, maybe the band might consider performing other gems from their incredibly vast music library, when other guitarists such as Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, Danny Kirwan and Bob Welch played important roles in the band's earlier years with songs like "Albatross", “Oh Well”, “Tell Me All the Things You Do”, “Future Games”, "Sands of Time", “Bare Trees”, "Dust", “Emerald Eyes” and “Hypnotized”. Still, Wednesday night's performance was stellar and it's hopeful that John McVie recovers from his bout with cancer and the band can continue to perform to both longtime fans and the newer generations.
The Monster Retail Awards is an annual event showcasing many of the company’s most talented sellers and retail affiliates. Founded in a San Francisco garage in 1979 by Noel Lee, the company and its charming, well-loved and admired Head Monster were celebrating their 35th anniversary. According to information from the official website, Monster Products Inc. is the world's leading manufacturer of high performance cables that connect audio/video components for home, car and professional use, in addition for use with computers and computer games.
Among other celebrities who appeared either on stage or were in the audience were Mary J. Blige, Shane Victorino, George Benson, Swizz Beatz and the MC of the show, Nick Cannon.