Tribute boasts some Seven Wonders

DON’T stop – if you’re a Fleetwood Mac fan, you had better be planning a visit to Port Elizabeth’s Old Grey Club this weekend.

Centrestage is staging its latest acoustic revival show Rumours: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac at the venue tonight and tomorrow at 7.30pm.

The group was a British blues band formed in 1967 before becoming a California-based pop group in the mid-1970s, recording the fourth most popular album of all time with their 1979 classic Rumours.

“Rumours was written and recorded when there were no fewer than three long-term partner break-ups among the group which played out publicly – Mick Fleetwood and his wife, Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, and the married Christine McVie,” explained Centrestage’s Gary Hemmings.

“So the album is a catalogue of all this romantic upheaval, appropriately in the context of the tumultuous seventies. Rumours gave us all these resonating songs with mass appeal.”

Among them were hits Go Your Own Way, Dreams, Don’t Stop and You Make Loving Fun. Andre Strydom, who has fronted tributes to the Bee Gees and Neil Diamond, is at the helm of the project of creating a Fleetwood Mac songbook with as much authenticity as possible.

The band once again consists of a group of consummate vocalists and musicians. Strydom’s daughter and singing partner, Caron, plays the role of Christine McVie, while Lynne Cosme steps into the shoes of Stevie Nicks and plays keyboards in the band along with maestro “fingers” Fenlin Pitie.

The tribute continues with the emphasis on subtle instrumentation and textured harmonies.

Guitarist Hugo Kleinhans as Lindsay Buckingham, drummer Devon van Rooyen as Mick Fleetwood and percussionist John Dickin all join the line-up. Songs covered in the show also include the likes of Gypsy, Say You Love Me, Tusk, Little Lies, Seven Wonders, Sara, Big Love, Rhiannon, The Chain, Second Hand News, Everywhere, Landslide, Gold Dust Woman and Never Going Back.

Tickets can be bought through Computicket at R120 each, with tables of eight costing R110 per person.

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