Last night, a compelling list of singers and comedians came together at Fonda Theater in LA to kick-off the first night of the two-day tribute paying homage to a favorite rock band of the 70s, Fleetwood Mac. The lineup included Courtney Love, Carly Rae Jepsen, KT Tunstall, Dhani Harrison, Mark Ronson, Joanna Newsom, Mark Ronson, Perry Farrell, Elvis Perkins, and many others, who put their own spin on some classic Fleetwood Mac hits.
With such a wide age range of performers (and fans), it makes you wonder what appeals to the generations who weren't even born in the height of Fleetwood Mac's career. Nearly 50 years after Fleetwood Mac became a group, it seems like now - more than ever - bands of today are finding influence from the classic 70s era of Fleetwood Mac. The melodic harmonies and hook-laden guitar chords can be heard in groups like Mumford & Sons, Best Coast, and Haim - if you've seen Haim perform live, those girls have some serious Stevie Nicks flare. The Strokes bring back the pop/punk-rock of the 70s and Florence and the Machine has the vocal undertones that beautifully belt-out "Stevie Nicks."
So, why? Maybe it's because a group a completely unique personalities joined forces, named themselves Fleetwood Mac, and combined sounds from blues, pop, and a whole lot of rock to create a completely timeless sound that has been played, covered, and loved for five decades now.
Whatever the reason, two nights of impressive performers covering songs of the forever-inspirational rock band is well-deserved. People will gather at Fonda Theater again tonight for the second night of Fleetwood Mac Fest, where they can reminisce on times that Fleetwood Mac songs made up the soundtrack to their lives.