Concert Review: Lindsey Buckingham | September 18, 2011 | Vic Theatre | Chicago, IL


Review and photos by Alex Kluft

Fleetwood Mac’s singer, songwriter and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham played an incredible show at the Vic Theater for nearly two hours, in support of his latest solo album, Seeds We Sow, which was released on September 6.

Whether Buckingham’s playing solo acoustic, with Fleetwood Mac, or his own band, he always brings his “A” game to a concert. Although the audience was seated, Lindsey kept bringing everyone to their feet for most of the performance. Even the rain and the Emmys couldn’t stop the concert from selling out.

Buckingham opened the evening with “Shut Us Down” from the guitarist’s 2006 Under The Skin solo album, followed by “Go Insane” from the album of the same name. He went to play “Trouble,” from his first solo hit from the album, Law And Order, before heading down Fleetwood Mac way for “Never Going Back Again” and “Big Love.”

After “Under the Skin,” Buckingham was joined by a dynamic band consisting of Brett Tuggle (Fleetwood Mac, David Lee Roth) on guitar, bass and keys; Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Steve Winwood, Santana) on drums; and Neal Heywood (Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks) on guitar. Together, they kicked off their set with a couple new ones, “In Our Own Time” and “Illumination.”

From there, It was back to Fleetwood Mac land for “Second Hand News,” “Tusk” and the main set’s finale, “Go Your Own Way.” The encore featured three songs: “Turn It On,” “Treason” and “Seeds We Sow.”

Over the course of the night, Buckingham showed off his unique finger-picking guitar skills on every song and played a variety of Godin guitars. He is truly underrated as a guitarist.

Seeds We Sow is only the man on guitar and vocals, without additional accompaniment. After hearing him play several songs from it, I could tell it is completely worth checking out.

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