Fleetwood Mac returns to Tampa June 7

June 6, 2013 

Fleetwood Mac simmered just under the mainstream radar for almost a decade in the '60s and '70s, putting out albums that people with odd tastes enjoyed, and changing lineups as often as most people change socks. The constants were drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, one of the steadiest and most musical rhythm sections in rock music at the time.

When an obscure Southern California folk-ish duo called Buckingham Nicks joined in 1975, Fleetwood Mac became one of the biggest rock bands of all time, and Stevie Nicks became a solo star.

The "classic" Fleetwood Mac lineup fell apart for 10 years but then reunited in triumph for "The Dance" in 1997, and they've been together ever since (though now without longtime keyboard player-singer-songwriter Christine McVie).

They're coming to the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa June 7.

When the band played there a few years back they were musically as strong as ever, and Lindsey Buckingham's magical guitar playing had never been better. Stevie Nicks still had her voice and charisma, and that rhythm section was rock-solid.

They have tons of hits to cull from, with such massive and excellent albums as "Rumours" and "Tusk" in their catalogue, and they're bound to play a healthy dose of stuff from Nicks' and Buckingham's solo albums too. And they're still writing great new stuff.

Details: 8 p.m. June 7, Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets: $36.75-$146.75. Information: 813-301-2500, www.tampabaytimesforum.com.

--Marty Clear

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