CULTUREEYES & EDGE

FLEETWOOD MAC COMES TO PORTLAND

CULTUREEYES & EDGE
FLEETWOOD MAC COMES TO PORTLAND
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For fans of Fleetwood Mac in Portland, the long wait is over. The legendary Brit-American rock band confirmed the rumors of their upcoming tour called "An Evening with Fleetwood Mac" which begins in Tulsa in October. Closer to home, Consequence of Sound reports that the band will perform at the Moda Center on November 19, and tickets have been on sale since the start of May.However, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has officially pulled out of the tour due to conflicting schedules. He will be replaced by Mike Campbell from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House. Co-founder and drummer Mick Fleetwood shared with Rolling Stone that the two new recruits are great additions to the line-up.Buckingham’s departure is disappointing but it has been a long time coming. The guitarist previously left in 1987 to pursue a solo career, then reunited with the group 10 years later. His relationship with the other members particularly Stevie Nicks has always been described as rocky, even by his band mates, due to several disagreements on matters such as the band’s vision and tour schedules. What’s next for the former lead guitarist and co-vocalist of the band is unclear at this point. Nonetheless, the band is committed and excited about their upcoming North American tour, which they have been working on for over a year.Fleetwood Mac will also play in other major venues including New York City’s Madison Square Garden and Vancouver’s Roger’s Arena. As for their Mountain West leg, expect to hear hits like 'Dreams' and 'Rhiannon' come alive in November 30 at Nevada’s T-Mobile Arena which can hold up to 20,000 concert-goers. A venue that certainly stands out when you look at the tour listings not just because of the sheer size but because it’ll be the first time the band play the city’s brand new arean.The MGM Resorts International and Anschutz Entertainment Group’s (AEG) multi-purpose venue is now the largest music venue on the Las Vegas Strip. Vegas Seven called it 'a game changer' especially with Vegas crying out for another big venue in the city. MGM Resort International’s founder, Kirk Kerkorian, is a casino tycoon by day who expanded to the global hospitality and entertainment industries to keep growing his business empire due to gaming revenues dropping considerably over the years due to technological advances. Foxy Bingo’s online versions of classic table games such as blackjack and poker are now equipped with live dealers, bringing the Vegas atmosphere to players’ living rooms. This real time gaming has caused casino bosses like Kerkorian to rethink their business models. And ultimately, this was the reason why MGM decided to build the T-Mobile Arena, a venue that is about to host Fleetwood Mac for the very first time. Last year’s Billboard Music Awards was also held in the arena, as well as hosting popular acts like Lady Gaga, The Rolling Stones, and U2.As for Fleetwood Mac fans, 'An Evening With Fleetwood Mac' is ready to go. If the concert is anywhere near as good as the unforgettable experience we had watching The Weeknd’s sold-out concert last year at the same venue, you’re in for a treat.Photo credit: Rolling Stone)