Music legend Lindsey Buckingham rolled in to the sleepy town of Collingswood, NJ at the very intimate Scottish Rite Auditorium. Since the release of his Solo Anthology – The Best of Lindsey Buckingham, and his recent “break up” from Fleetwood Mac, it was the perfect time for Buckingham to promote his personal catalog. The theater which is over 100 years old and has a seating capacity of just 1,050 and was built for this type of performance.
After the first couple songs, Buckingham joked about his presence, “So the reason we are here tonight is ….” and that is where he left it. Buckingham did say he was very glad to have this opportunity to bring his music to everyone, and said he always looks forward, and the past is the past. The evening had an incredible setlist of course included most of his solo material but added just enough Fleetwood Mac tunes to satisfy the audience’s Fleetwood Mac cravings. Buckingham’s natural guitar style for improvisation finger-picking were showcased throughout the night.
Buckingham played a few Fleetwood Mac hits like “Go Your Own Way,” and “I’m So Afraid,” but also an assortment of songs from his various solo work like “Trouble,” the commercially popular “Holiday Road,” from the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies, and “Go Insane.” My personal highlight of the evening was “Never Going Back Again” which was just Buckingham and his guitar. Tonight’s version started as normal, but then increased in tempo, to suddenly slow down to a level which had the audience totally captivated. By the end of the song, Buckingham was whispering, and you could hear a pin drop. In contrast, while performing “Tusk” the walls of the building were shaking! At the time of this article, there are only two dates left on this tour, but I’m sure he will be touring again in 2019 behind his next release tentatively called Blue Light.
Article and Photos by Bob Linneman