Lindsey Buckingham adds another round of intimate one-man West Coast tour dates

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Look for another round of one-man concert dates from Lindsey Buckingham, as the singer-songwriter showcases both the distinctive guitar style and unforgettable voice that launched Fleetwood Mac toward multi-platinum success.

He is expected to play key tracks from his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tenure in that band, as well as songs from his solo albums — including last year’s well-received Seeds We Sow, which included a number of deeply personal home studio recordings. Buckingham says he’s hoping to translate that intimacy into the concert experience.

“As I’ve grown as an artist, I’ve gotten more and more in touch with my center — and that center is voice and guitar,” Buckingham says. “Over time it has become increasingly vital to express more with less; that is my touchstone now, and the embodiment of that philosophy is what will be largely represented in the new show. I’ve been thinking of doing this kind of tour for a while, and am quite excited to be doing something new, something outside my comfort zone.”

Buckingham begins this new West Coast tour on May 3 in Solana Beach, California, and continues through May 21 at Spokane, Washington. The announced dates so far are included below; more shows through the U.S. are to be announced in the coming weeks.

Here are our recent thoughts on Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac. Click through the titles for complete reviews …

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM – SEEDS WE SOW (2011): You keep waiting for Lindsey Buckingham, the old rebel, to soften into middle-aged acceptance, to conform. This isn’t that record. Credit Buckingham for never trading true emotion for sentiment. Seeds We Sow is as hard eyed as it is musically ambitious — beginning with its abruptly confessional album-opening title track. “In Our Own Time” follows, as Buckingham reminisces about a lost love amidst an almost mathematical cascade. “This time I think she’s gone for good,” Buckingham says, then adds: “But I never really know.” Then all of the implications, all of those hurt feelings, all of the still-burning confusion, are echoed in his frenetic, contradictory chording. It’s a triumphal marrying of words and music, and not the last one.

ONE TRACK MIND: LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM, “NOT TOO LATE” (2006): Buckingham strips down the sound nearly to the unplugged level and he seems to lay out his emotions in a lot of places; like some kinder, gentler Plastic Ono Band. Many of these tracks sound like demo versions of intricately constructed pop songs where the soul of these tunes are bared, and that’s where the real charm of this release comes from.

GIMME FIVE: RECOMMENDED FLEETWOOD MAC, BUT NOT FROM ‘RUMOURS’: News that Fleetwood Mac could reunite this year — after Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham complete their current solo commitments, that is — had me scurrying back to the old records for a refresher. But not to Rumours. All hail Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 paean to Love, American-style — or California-style, anyway. More than three decades later, one estimate put total sales at 30 million copies. So, enough of all that. Rumours — actually, the 13th recording issued by Fleetwood Mac, which had notable earlier success as a blues-based English band fronted by Peter Green in the 1960s — has had its day.

STEVIE NICKS – IN YOUR DREAMS (2011): Stevie Nicks is, I’ve always thought, one of those ingredients that only tastes completely right in concert with other things. Those things being the rest of Fleetwood Mac in general — and, more specifically, Lindsey Buckingham. Sure, she’s had her own hits, away from the band. But they never could mimic the recipe of finish-their-sentence symbiosis, not to mention revenge-screw sexual tension, found in her best work with Buckingham. Same here, despite a gristly new attitude in the songwriting and the presence of the really very talented Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.

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Here are the announced dates so far for Lindsey Buckingham’s new tour:
Thur 5/3: Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
Fri 5/4: Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
Sat 5/5: San Juan Capistrano, CA, Coach House
Sun 5/6: Thousand Oaks, CA, Fred Kavli Theatre/Thousand Oaks Civic Arts
Tues 5/8: San Luis Obispo, CA, Fremont Theatre
Wed 5/9: Fresno, CA, Tower Theatre
Thur 5/10: Carmel, CA, Sunset Central Center
Fri 5/11: Santa Cruz, CA, Rio Theatre
Sun 5/13: Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
Mon 5/14 San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore
Tues 5/15: Redding, CA, The Cascade Theatre
Thur 5/17: Bend, OR, Tower Theatre
Fri 5/18: Portland, OR, Aladdin Theatre
Sat 5/19: Seattle, WA, The Neptune
Mon 5/21: Spokane, WA, Bing Crosby Theatre

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