11/19/18 – By: Addie Hayes, Editor/Lead Writer, Regional Music Journal
Lindsey Buckingham made a stop in Norman Oklahoma on November 9, 2018, to perform at the Showplace Theater inside Riverwind Casino. The iconic musician released Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham on October 5, 2018 and the three-disc album includes fifty-three tracks spanning Buckingham’s decades long music career. Opening for Buckingham was Kenyan native folk-rock artist J.S. Ondara.
J.S. Ondara walked onto the stage, stopped in a single spotlight, picked up his guitar and immediately started his opening song. His voice is haunting and captivating. The crowd settled in and quieted, listening to the beauty of Ondara’s voice and his lone guitar. He easily won over the crowd with his music, and after finishing the song, he joked with the audience, “I’ve never been to a casino before. This is a new and bizarre experience for me.”
Throughout his set he would take breaks between songs to speak with the audience, creating an intimate environment. His setlist included the songs “Lebanon”, “Saying Goodbye” and “Turkish Bandana”, all from his upcoming album Tales of America, due for release on February 15, 2019. To wrap up his set, Ondara performed the song “Turkish Bandana” acapella and his voice rang out strong in the Showplace Theater. If the crowd reaction to Ondara is any indication of his reception in other cities across the country, he is well on his way to winning the hearts of music fans.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy winner Lindsey Buckingham is a musical force. His accomplishments include being producer, guitarist, vocalist and chief songwriter for Fleetwood Mac, along with a successful solo career. On October 5, 2018, Buckingham’s much anticipated Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham was released. The compilation includes live and alternate versions of some of his best solo songs, Buckingham songs from feature films, and live versions of Fleetwood Mac songs “Tusk” and “Go Your Own Way”. In addition to the many well-known songs spanning Buckingham’s career, the album includes two previously unreleased songs, “Hunger” and “Ride This Road”.
As soon as Lindsey Buckingham took the stage in Norman, Oklahoma, a man in the crowd yelled out, “We love you Lindsey”, which was followed by cheers from the audience. Buckingham started his set with the song “Don’t Look Down” from the 1992 album Out of the Cradle. He followed with his Billboard top 40 hit song “Go Insane” from the 1984 album Go Insane. Following “Go Insane”, Buckingham took the time to speak to the audience saying, “Thank you for joining us tonight. We are here for, well, a couple of reasons.” He went on to explain that Warner Brothers wanted to put out a solo anthology saying, “I was taken with how modern, how current much of the solo material still sounds.” During the tour in support of the solo anthology, Buckingham has been able to perform many songs he has never played before in a live setting.
Throughout the performance, Buckingham performed songs from more than thirty years ago, including “Trouble” from the 1981 release Law and Order, as well as “Go Insane”, “Slow Dancing” and “I Must Go” from the 1984 album Go Insane. When the opening for “Holiday Road” from the 1983 film National Lampoon’s Vacation started, the crowd got their feet and started dancing and singing along to the popular song. Buckingham also performed several songs from his 1992 album Out of the Cradle, including, “Surrender the Rain”, “Doing What I Can”, “Street of Dreams”, and “Soul Drifter”. Other songs performed throughout the night included “Not Too Late” and “Shut Us Down” from the 2006 album Under the Skin; along with “In Our Time” from the 2011 album Seeds We Sow.
Buckingham also performed some choice songs he wrote during his time with Fleetwood Mac including, “Never Going Back”, “Big Love”, “Tusk”, “I’m So Afraid” and “Go Your Own Way”. After closing out his set, Buckingham and his band returned to the stage to perform a three-song encore which included “Turn It On” from Out of the Cradle, “Down on Rodeo” from Under the Skin and “Treason” from Gift of Screws.
From the moment Lindsey Buckingham took the stage, his voice sounded incredible and his amazing guitar skills were on full display. He took the time to stop throughout the set to speak to the crowd and he was sincere and humble as he spoke about his lengthy solo career and the process of compiling the songs for the Solo Anthology. Buckingham displayed a true appreciation for his fans, expressing genuine love and respect for the people who have supported his musical career.
There is no doubt Lindsey Buckingham is one of the greatest musicians of our time. His songwriting skills along with his talent as a vocalist and guitarist has earned him a special place in the hearts of his fans. After witnessing his interaction with the crowd, it is easy to see why so many people truly love Lindsey Buckingham.
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