Rumours of Fleetwood Mac “Hits to Blues’ World Tour 2016/17” stopped off at The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh tonight staking their claim once again to be “The world’s ultimate homage to Fleetwood Mac”, and I think it’s fair to say that to the audience tonight, they more than lived up to that claim.
If you are going to do a tribute band act, there are a few basic rules – pick a band with well known songs, pick a band with an extensive back catalogue, and make sure that your own band is very very good at capturing the sounds of the original band’s music. With a very talented line up, ROFM ticked all the boxes. Tonight, our core ROFM band was
Alan Hughes as Lindsey Buckingham (Lead Guitar/Vocals)
Jess Harrow as Stevie Nicks (Lead Vocals)
Amanda Kostadinov as Christine McVie (Lead Vocals/Keyboards)
Dave Goldberg as Peter Green (Keyboards/Guitars/Vocals)
Allan Cosgrove as Mick Fleetwood (Drums and Musical Director)
Ben Hughes as Danny Kirwin (Guitars/Keyboards/Vocals)
James Harrison as John McVie (Bass)
Fleetwood Mac as a band have had many sounds and faces as they evolved from the classic British Blues band sounds of the original Peter Green days into the global supergroup that dominated radio airwaves and album sales in the 70s and 80s. The classic “Rumours” album is having its 40th anniversary this year (how did that happen), and a lot of songs (but not exclusively) in the set came from this album and the 1987 “Tango in the Night”, plus a return to some of the earlier blues based material at the start of the second half.
Whatever period of Fleetwood Mac you have a personal liking to, there is going to be something here for you in this show. For me, it was the early days and songs like “Black Magic Woman” and “Oh Well”. A lot of the success of this section of the show goes to the voice and guitar playing of Dave Goldberg. Alan Hughes and James Harrison also seemed to be having a lot of fun with their blues…obviously a musical genre close to their hearts.
For those of you wanting the later sound when Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie were not only giving the band that unique vocal sound but also contributing so much to the band’s overall sound with their songwriting talents then have no fear, Jess and Amanda are re-capturing those days with classics like “Rhiannon”, “Silver Springs”, “Songbird”, “Landslide”, and “Go Your Own Way”.
As with any tribute band, ROFM have to fit in many “expected standards” to the show, but there are still some interesting surprises as they don’t take the easy way out and repeat the same sets every tour (this one is different from last year’s and has a different feel to it at times). For anyone still planning to catch up with the band on this tour, I am not doing a song by song review here…don’t know why reviewers do that as there has to be some element of surprise when you pay your money to go and see a show.
Needless to say, ROFM hit all the right notes with their music and gave everyone at The Queen’s Hall a great musical night out remembering some of their favourite Fleetwood Mac songs. It is always worth pointing out that ROFM always know they are not the original band and that it is the music of the original one that people are re-acting to, but the band came together for the best of musical reasons – a loving of the music - and with a video endorsement at the beginning of their shows by Mick Fleetwood himself, you know that even he is happy with their music.
Last December, Allan Cosgrove was kind enough to take a little time out from his busy schedule and do a short telephone interview with us, and the interview gives some interesting insights into ROFM and their music. You can read this interview online at
Review by Tom King