Well.......here's the official report!! Thanks for all your good wishes. We DID have a blast!!
Last night was great.! FleetwoodMac played for 2 hours and 45 minutes. They did THREE encores. (They may have done an extra one because they were about 25 minutes late getting started. ) There were no opening acts and no intermissions.
They did all my favorite songs and Mick did a solo moving from his drum set to his African drum and finally using the vest he wears with the drum trips in it.
We noticed that they lowered the key an octave for several of Stevie Nick's songs. Her aging voice (she's 56) is at a different register than the voice she had in the 70's and 80's.
Buckingham really went all out and did a great show. I was afraid he was going to have a cardiac arrest or something but he survived. We missed Christine McVie's vocals and keyboard (the only original member missing from the tour) but it didn't really hurt the show much.
I brought along some foam ear plugs that lowered sound about 30 decibles. I'm really glad I did. The arena wasn't huge and the earplugs took the distortion out of the reverberating sound and actually made it sound much better. Believe it or not, Chuck (husband and former rock drummer in several touring bands) wore them too. He agreed that it improved the quality of sound and they also kept my ears from ringing so I think it was good protection too. (Chuck says his ears are beyond saving.) You can get 6 pairs of foam earplugs at a pharmacy for about $2 and I'm going to take them with me anytime I go to any loud event now. They made a big difference. I would reccommend you concert "purists" try them too.
Our seats were really good ones on the floor. The only thing that marred the evening were the people we were sitting with (strangers). There was a group of 3 couples in front of us and two to the side (we were on the aisle) who went in and out buying $6 beers CONSTANTLY. I mean, I don't think they were EVER there at the same time and the ones next to us made us keep jumping out in the aisle to let them "drink and drain". (They seemed to have little interest in the band and they were sitting in $100 + seats!) They kept coming and going one at a time, instead of going together! (We had aisle seats.) THEN, the worst thing was that about 20 minutes after the band began playing another group of 4 showed up with identical tickets to the people in front of us and there was a 20 minute row (8 people and 4 ushers strong ) about whose seats they were. I guess the second group bought fake tickets on the street and they were finally led away.
The new dowtown Nashville is great. Gaylord Entertainment Center was very nice. We parked in an underground parking lot across the street ($10) and everything was very accessible. We were right downtown where the old "music row" use to be. That street has now been turned into a row of bars, rooftop grills, western saloons and country music shops and mini museums. There are horse drawn carriages and shuttles to get around on and the whole area is surrounded by beautifully designed new skyscrapers. (Although I think the new Bell South building looks "demonic"........haha) The new, huge, Country Music Hall of Fame (built in the shape of a piano) is down there too. Now that we know more about what's there, I think we will go more often. In fact, Heart (Ann and Nancy Wilson.......I imagine you young'uns won't recognize them either. They did "Barracuda" "Crazy On You" "Magic Man" "These Dreams" and many more in the 80's.) is suppose to be in Nashville on June 28 (Chuck's band toured and opened for them in the 90's)and I think we are going to try to get tickets for that. We'll probably go down early, park and hang out for a couple of hours before the show. ( Their ticket prices are a LOT cheaper than the ones we got last night.)
After we got out of the concert we were both starving, since we hadn't eaten since 3 pm and it was about 11. We drove out of Nashville to Clarksville and got a sandwich at Steak and Shake because it was the only thing opened that time of night in good old Clarksville. (If you take the last train IN to Clarksville .....you'll starve....yes this was the Clarksville of Monkee's fame. Fort Campbell Army Base is there.) We got home around 2 am. It will probably take me most of the day to recuperate, but it was a lot of fun.