North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Lindsey Buckingham may be best known for his work with Fleetwood Mac, but he also has six solo albums and two live albums under his belt. Not surprisingly, during his Saturday night gig at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, he touched on both sides of his career.
With three amp stacks and a large battery of acoustic and semi-acoustic guitars at stage left, the 62-year-old Buckingham opened with a beautiful number titled "Cast Away Dreams" (from his 2006 album Under the Skin). Within moments, it was clear that neither his guitar playing nor his singing had diminished over the years. Buckingham followed the opener with "Bleed to Love Her," a deep cut that ended up on Fleetwood Mac's 1997 album The Dance. He earned standing ovations after both songs, a gesture that fans in the less-than-packed PAC repeated after every song.
After the first four songs, Buckingham started to loosen up a bit, interacting with the more enthusiastic members of the crowd. After one particularly vocal ticket holder hollered, "Lindsey, I love this kind of shit," Buckingham laughed and replied, "Well put, sir. So do I."
Over the course of the evening, he told stories about his early days with songwriting partner Stevie Nicks (he noted that their songs were ignored by Californians in the mid-'70s, but somehow resonated with Southerners). He also touched on the experience of breaking away from Fleetwood Mac and his efforts to reconnect with them later on.
Buckingham closed with two great Mac tunes, an echo-drenched "I'm So Afraid" and a pounding version of "Go Your Own Way," employing tape loop pedals and playing with the intensity of the Rumours/Tusk era. Going a bit wild, he actually beat his guitar neck with his fists during the closing movements of "Go Your Own Way."
After a loud ovation, Buckingham returned to center stage for a two-song encore — a delicate rendition of his early-'80s radio hit "Trouble" and the brooding "Seeds We Sow," the title track from his latest solo collection, Seeds We Sow.
Some fans complained that Buckingham's 85-minute show was too short, but it's always better to catch an intensely passionate performance than one that's too drawn out and lumbering.