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Last week Stevie Nicks had fans digging out vintage Fleetwood Mac vinyl and rooting around for our witchiest, dreamiest ensembles.
On April 15 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the still willowy singer gave a candid Q&A following the screening of the documentary Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams, about the making of her most recent album, a collaboration with Eurythmics' Dave Stewart. The film is about the present, but that didn't stop an audience member from enquiring about Rumours right off the bat.
"It wasn't really a pleasant experience," she recalled. "All the [band's romantic] relationships were breaking up. It was a dark, dire, satanic time - but that can also work creatively for you....
"And it was a very romantic time, not because of our relationships but because of the time itself. We were beautiful, young and rich, and that came after we'd been so poor."
Warner Bros. recently reissued a three-disc version of Rumours to mark the hit album's 35th anniversary, and on April 16 Fleetwood Mac brought their celebratory tour to the Air Canada Centre. But if you weren't able to snag tickets, local eight-piece rock 'n' roll cover band Dwayne Gretzky also served up Rumours to a smaller - but no less enthusiastic - Great Hall audience.
Fleetwood Mac vs. Dwayne Gretzky
Fleetwood Mac: Air Canada Centre, capacity: 20,000. Popular among GTAers of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds, home to long-time under-performing sports teams.
Dwayne Gretzky: The Great Hall, capacity: 500. Popular among west-end hipsters age 20 to 35, home to indie-cool and on-the-brink bands.
Fleetwood Mac: Second Hand News sung by Lindsey Buckingham felt like a warm-up for what was to come, like rollicking new song Sad Angel.
Dwayne Gretzky: Second Hand News as sung by Tyler Kyte, whose impassioned guitar strumming immediately won over the room.
Fleetwood Mac: The sold-out show spanned all ages but skewed older and largely remained seated until the finale. There were more than a few fans with canes (and grandkids) in the house.
Dwayne Gretzky: Packed, giddy and singing along. Remarkably, some of this mob came from the actual Fleetwood Mac concert. An average age of 25 didn't stop anyone from nodding to 70s boho chic.
Fleetwood Mac: Twirl count: 15.5. Nicks, the human wind machine, ended a rendition of solo song Stand Back with nearly 10 signature twirls and came to rest at the mic mid-twirl.
Dwayne Gretzky: Fist-pounding: the dramatic Allie Hughes channelled Nicks without imitating. She was on the ground at one point, writhing and banging her fist on the stage. Mac angst re-visioned at the highest level.
Most impressive instrumental solo
Fleetwood Mac: Guitar: The crowd roared all the way through Buckingham's I'm So Afraid guitar solo.
Dwayne Gretzky: Sax: A mesmerizing saxophone interlude during Don't Stop stole the spotlight (briefly) from Hughes.
Fleetwood Mac: NNNN Two formulas prevail: the Mac remains a band of highly distinct musical personalities who offer a little something for everyone; and a band that enjoys performing together will sound fantastic.
Dwayne Gretzky: NNNN Hearing the Rumours album from Second Hand News to Gold Dust Woman offered incredible insight into its emotional intricacy and the band's sometimes heartbreaking dynamic. And it was a ton of fun.