Six years ago, Rolling Stone magazine released its list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” and Lindsey Buckingham was deemed the 100th. Watching him perform at the Arlington last Tuesday, I’d move his position closer to number one. Buckingham’s supernatural fingerpicking created a potent sonic experience that was clean, harmonic, energetic, and sophisticated.
Buckingham’s talent was in full glory as he and Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie, on tour to promote their recent collaboration, Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, treated the audience to nearly two hours of music. The duo opened with a stripped-down, moving version of “Trouble,” Buckingham’s hit from his 1981 solo album, Law and Order. Next, McVie took vocals on “Wish You Were Here” from Mirage, which was followed by Rumours’ “Never Going Back Again,” on which Buckingham took the vocals from a whisper to a growl, transforming the bright, plucky tune into an expression of raw emotion.
McVie and Buckingham played four familiar songs from their catalog before being joined by a full band and launching into tracks off their new album, including “Sleeping Around the Corner,” “Feel About You,” “In My World,” and “Too Far Gone.” The remainder of the show saw the pair mixing classics — such as “Go Your Own Way,” “Little Lies,” “Tusk,” and “Hold Me” — with more from Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie. It was a brilliantly conceived set list, the perfect blend of old and new executed by two legends of rock and roll.