Saturday, June 09, 2007

Lindsey Buckingham - A Photo Montage

In case you're new to this blog, Lindsey Buckingham is my favorite guitarist-singer-songwriter ever. Something about him just completely resonates with me, so I was happy that the tour he started last year swung through Southern California a second time, and I was able to see him twice in a period of about seven months.

I saw him last fall at The Grove; this time, at The House of Blues. This venue was general admission which means I was able to secure a spot on the floor and literally stand about ten feet away from the man, the closest I've ever been in all the years I've been going to his/Fleetwood Mac shows.

In spite of the bag search and the signs saying "no cameras," I was able to sneak mine in. I wasn't the only one, and frankly, with most cell phones having photo and even video capability now, it seems absurd that you can't bring cameras in.

At any rate, it was really fantastic to get these shots of him at close range.

But I digress.

For the uninitiated, Lindsey starts out his shows playing a couple songs solo and acoustic before he brings out the full band. This time around, he toured with a drumer and two other players who alternated between guitars, bass, and keyboards.

At one point, he was on guitar and the other two guys were both on bass.

Honestly, I find it really hard to write about him because I experience his shows on such a visceral level, and it's difficult for me to translate that into words.

Sometimes I imagine what it's like for someone seeing a Lindsey Buckingham show for the first time. I think they'd be surprised at the sheer intensity of his performance, how he starts out very intimate and personal (he recites poetry, talks about his family, etc.), and then builds up to a very frenetic energy that contrasts with the cerebral artist you meet early on.

I've always maintained that Lindsey Buckingham is one of the most underrated guitarists of his time. He does finger-picking that not all players bother to master, and he only uses a pick rarely (after which he flicks it into the audience, and no, I didn't get one).

I also think a newbie would be impressed by the crystal clarity and range of his voice.

Besides a couple songs from his new album (Under The Skin), he did some older solo material (Trouble, Go Insane which has been reworked and is awesome, Holiday Road where he and the band end up barking and he urges the audience to "bark like a dog"), and some Fleetwood Mac tunes including the guitar anthem, I'm So Afraid. I'm also a big fan of Tusk live.

I loved seeing Lindsey in such an intimate setting. He likes to connect with his audience, and a venue like the House of Blues enables that kind of contact between the artist and his fans. In these last two shots, he's thanking the audience and taking his bows.



At Sunday, June 10, 2007 9:42:00 AM, Blogger Diane said...

I've never seen LB,but it sounds like he puts on a great show!

At Sunday, June 10, 2007 4:45:00 PM, Blogger v said...

Great post LA! Sounds like you had one fantastic time. The photos are really wonderful!

Um, is it in bad taste if I ask if he played "Go Your Own Way"? I really like that song.

At Sunday, June 10, 2007 4:46:00 PM, Blogger LA said...

Not bad taste at all, V. It was the closing song before the encore.

At Sunday, June 10, 2007 9:56:00 PM, Blogger GetFlix said...

SWEET!! That's totally cool, LA!! And your photos and commentary really make me feel I missed a great show!!

At Monday, June 11, 2007 9:50:00 PM, Blogger ffleur said...

If Clapton is God, does that make Lindsay the pretender to the throne?

At Tuesday, June 12, 2007 7:01:00 AM, Blogger Prunella Jones said...

Great photos! I can relate. I was only a few feet from the stage at the last Wilco concert I went to and I really wanted to jump up and hug Jeff Tweedy. Altho he probably would've punched me. He don't play like that.

At Wednesday, June 13, 2007 10:58:00 AM, Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

Wow, you aren't kidding when you say you were close to the stage. Looks like a great time, LA.

At Friday, June 15, 2007 9:48:00 PM, Blogger EditThis said...

I've never really followed LB but have always loved him. As a guitar player myself, I am mesmerized just watching him play. It's not "few other guitarists" - I don't think ANY bother to learn picking like he uses. Truly amazing.


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