Gone His Own Way
At the Arlington Theatre, Sunday, November
Reviewed by Brett Leigh Dicks
While billowing smoke, electronic snare, and blasts of
overstated keyboards at times may have seemed a bit retrospective,
for the most part Lindsey Buckingham’s Sunday night performance
defied time and place. Take the rendition of his Fleetwood Mac
masterpiece “I’m Not Alone,” for instance. Backed by a three-piece
band, the veteran rocker prowled the foot of the stage throwing
forth a bellowing guitar solo that didn’t want to end, proving his
guitar hero antics would have worked in any of the three decades
Buckingham has musically traversed.
But just as theatrics play a major role in a Buckingham
performance, so too does contemplation. Opening his set with “Not
Too Late,” a song drawn from his recent solo recording, Under the
Skin, Buckingham stood alone onstage and led us through a
meditative display of guitar and vocals. Notes cascaded. His voice
rose and sank. And through embracing songs like “Trouble” and
“Never Going Back Again,” the music freely wandered from his solo
ventures to his undertakings with Fleetwood Mac. Among these
offerings, none were better than “Big Love,” during which
Buckingham belted out a worthy rendition of one of contemporary
music’s greatest achievements.
As splendidly as Buckingham’s compositions shine within the
world of pop music, they do so with an underlying darkness. A song
like “Tusk” has always lurked in the emotive shadows, and
Buckingham and band threw forth an explosively sinister rendition.
In contrast, the infectious “Go Your Own Way” had the audience on
their feet and punching the air.
At the end of the proceedings, his three colleagues bade
farewell and the stage was again left to Buckingham and his guitar.
As he eased his way into “Bleed to Love Her,” the collective vigor
might have gone, but the dynamics were stronger than ever.