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Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 7:44 am | Updated: 2:13 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Tough the romantic aspect of it ended years ago, the relationship

between singer/songwriters Lindsey Buckingham and Valley native Stevie

Nicks is still the heart of Fleetwood Mac.

The former lovers took centerstage at America West Arena on Monday night, harmonizing and gazing deeply into one another's eyes while leading their long-running group through two and a half hours of hits and songs from their latest

album, “Say You Will.”

Anchored by the rhythm section of drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist

John McVie, Fleetwood Mac started their set strong with the driving

rock of “The Chain” and “Dreams.” Five adjunct musicians and two backup

singers beefed up the sound of the core group without drawing undue

attention to themselves.

Sandwiched around “Second Hand News,” the band brought out the

melodious “Peacekeeper” and the title track from their new album, and

the audience responded politely to the new material.

Nicks’ “Rhiannon” and “Gypsy” were early set highlights, with the

black-clad singer playing up her long-standing sorceress image by

dancing with a black veil.

Not to be outdone by the hometown heroine, Buckingham shone brightly on

the frenzied guitar histrionics of the new album's “Come,” but even

more impressively on “Big Love” which he performed alone after the rest

of the band departed. His fingers-only playing style — he uses no pick

— gives the band its signature guitar sound and is marvelous to watch

as well as hear.

Nicks then returned, thanked her hometown for supporting the Arizona

Heart Association (for which the show was a benefit) and dedicated

“Landslide” to her parents. The lilting ballad, for which she was

accompanied by Buckingham on acoustic guitar, was gorgeous.

“It was really beautiful — that song was my favorite part of the show,”

said Shirley Lindersmith, 48, of Chandler.

While the crowd was mostly made up of Baby Boomers, there were some

second-generation fans in the building as well.

“They're one of my favorite bands,” said Tony Lafreniere, 11, of Mesa,

who was attending the show with his father Bill, 40, who noted that his

son has “long aspired to be a drummer like Mick Fleetwood.”

More laden with slow songs, the second half of the set dragged a bit

compared to the first, but the band kicked into the home stretch with

the percussion-heavy “Tusk” and Nicks’ “Stand Back.” They closed the

set with Buckingham's kiss-off rocker “Go Your Own Way” and the

15,000-strong crowd responded with a standing ovation as the band left

the stage.

For their encore, the group launched into “World Turning” and then left

Fleetwood onstage for an extended drum solo. Ever the dandy in velvet

breeches, black stockings and white shirt, his clothing served as part

of the show as his vest contained electronic drum pads he played with

his hands.

After the band returned to be introduced by Fleetwood, the group played

“Don't Stop” with NIcks singing the parts once performed by the

now-retired Christine McVie.

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