TICKETS TORN IN HALF: June 30, 1977- FLEETWOOD MAC @ Madison Square Garden

In my collection of memorabilia I saved John Rockwell’s NYTimes review of FLEETWOOD MAC’S Rumours Tour stop at Madison Square Garden ;for what reason I don’t know. The show was great for its time but I longed for Peter Green’s FLEETWOOD MAC. This band was so much different. Overall I thought the show was pretty good. So was the pre show activities.

I noticed a crowd developing on 33rd Street. With my interest rising I saw a figure that looked like my brother, hands dramatically trying to explain something but I knew it could not be my brother as he was 200 miles away, or so I thought. Yup, you guessed it, it was my brother who almost got arrested for severly chiding a scalper, who, when the cops came, offer my brother a ticket at face value. Way to go Kevin Patrick

(partial from Rockwell) FLEETWOOD MAC’s debut Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden—the first of two performances there—was a confirmation of its newly won status as this country’s most popular and best poprock band—except for, maybe the Eagles. And by and large it was a superior show to the group’s outing earlier this year at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, L.I. With one crucial exception.

That exception was Stevie Nicks. Miss Nicks, along with Lindsey Buckingham, gave the three British veterans in the band the spark that lifted Fleetwood Mac into its current status. Miss Nicks composes wonderfully sinuous, mystically compelling songs, she is about as alluring a performer as rock can offer and, at her best, she sings with a huskily seductive individuality.

But she had two problems Wednesday. The first and less important had to do with her onstage manner. Always a languorous wanderer as a performer, she pushed her lackadaisical loopiness too far. She managed to come in on cue and to remember her words, but at her worst she looked like a glamorous female equivalent of Joe Cocker, and in general her slack meanderings were more a cause for concern than for fascination.

Far more serious was the state of her voice. Miss Nicks has nodes on her vocal chords, and her condition has worsened appreciably since the Nassau date only three months ago. The band canceled its sold‐out Syracuse concert Tuesday because of her throat, but it didn’t seem to help much