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article imageReview: Fleetwood Macked superb at Mulcahy's, honors Tom Petty Special

By Markos Papadatos     Oct 7, 2017 in Music
Wantagh - On October 7, Fleetwood Macked, the Fleetwood Mac tribute group, performed at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall, where they honored the late Tom Petty.
The tribute band is made up of Hillary Epstein as Stevie Nicks, Sue Rowe as Christine McVie, Keith Ross as Mick Fleetwood, Mike Epstein as Lindsey Buckingham, and Robert Trombley as John McVie.
They took the stage promptly at 8:30 p.m. and they kicked off their set with "The Chain," as blue lights dimmed from the stage. "Thank you so much," Hillary said. "Welcome everybody. We are very happy to be here tonight. We love Mulcahy's!"
It was followed by the piano-driven "You Make Loving Fun," where Sue Rowe sang lead vocals as Christine McVie. After a sip of water, Hillary sang the Fleetwood Mac signature tune, "Dreams," in a controlled and soothing performance.
The group picked up the pace with the upbeat "Second Hand News," with Rowe on lead vocals. "This is a story about a Welsh witch," Hillary said, and segued into "Rhiannon."
Fleetwood Macked paid homage to the late Tom Petty by dedicating "Stop Dragging My Heart Around," in his honor. "We do it a lot, but we had to do it tonight. Stevie did a lot of duets, but she always considered herself as one of the Heartbreakers," Hillary said.
They continued with the upbeat and fun "I Don't Want to Know," and Rowe sang lead on "Say You Love Me," with Hillary on harmonies. The inclusion of their new song "Holiday Road" in their set was an added bonus.
Hillary described "Landslide" as one of the "best songs ever written," and rightfully so. She delivered a stunning rendition of the song, where she was backed solely on acoustic guitar by Mike [Epstein]. It garnered a warm reception from the audience, which begged her to sing it again as a birthday present to two of the fans in the audience. The band went on to "Happy Birthday" to the two ladies in the house that were celebrating their birthdays.
She introduced "Hold Me" as an 80's song, where Stevie Nicks wore a cool dress in its music video. "Stevie was a true gypsy in every sense of the word," she said. "How many gypsies are in the house?" she asked, and continued with the smash hit "Gypsy."
Hillary wore an elegant gold scarf during her expressive performance of "Gold Dust Woman," and she shared that "Silver Springs" was a favorite tune of Fleetwood Mac fans, and it subsequently became a cult favorite, even though it never made their Rumours album.
They continued with "Go Your Own Way" and "Don't Stop," and after an outfit change (white dress), Hillary closed with "Edge of Seventeen," where she showed off her wide range, thus hitting the high notes.
The Verdict
Overall, Fleetwood Macked put on an exceptional live performance at Mulcahy's. They performed with a great deal of heart and soul, as they did all of the Fleetwood Mac classic hits justice. Hillary, in particular, was able to delve beyond the surface, and she transformed as Stevie Nicks for the entire 90-minute duration of their set. Hillary had her mannerisms to the tee, and the songs were nostalgic. Their set garnered an A rating.
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