Ticket prices for UK shows upset fans
Michael Baggs

12:17 5th February 2013

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Fleetwood Mac fans' excitement at the band's UK tour announcement quickly turned to anger when it was revealed that they would be charged up to £140 to see the band perform live on their Autumn tour.

Sure, it's a bargain compared to the price of Rolling Stones tickets last year, but fans have vented their anger online after prices were announced.

"Seriously???? Fleetwood Mac tickets £125 plus £12.50 BOOKING FEE," wrote Joe Cody

"Tickets for Fleetwood Mac are ridic (but not unlike others...) - start at £50.00 up to £125.00. My money is on them playing Bestival," tweeted @taraevans.

"Would I be utterly crazy to pay £140 for a Fleetwood Mac ticket?" says @Mc_Adam88.

@WhatKayleighdid pondered buying tickets or keeping a roof over her head, saying: "Sorry Fleetwood Mac but your tickets cost more than my rent. *cries*"

Others considered extreme measures to ensure securing tickets, with @Spiral_Scratch tweeting: "When do tickets for Fleetwood Mac go on sale? Just so I have time to sell my arse to Satan for the cash."


Fleetwood Mac will perform five UK shows in September, October 2013

Beyonce didn't escape criticism either, with @Jason_The_Guy slamming prices for her upcoming UK shows.

"£135 each for Fleetwood Mac tickets... are they having a giraffe? Top price Beyonce tickets look set to be £95 too. Robbing bastards," he wrote.

Below: what can we expect to see at Fleetwood Mac's Autumn gigs?

  • No Christine McVie: Sadly, Christine seems destined to always be the missing link from the classic line up. In a recent interview, Stevie Nicks told The Guardian, "As Taylor Swift would say: 'We are never ever getting back together ever!'"

  • A mix of age ranges in the audience: Unlike some 'classic' bands, it won't all be older people trying to relive their youth. Fleetwood Mac manage to appeal to everyone, so expect to see a complete mix of people - from children to grandparents.

  • The famous chemistry: The onstage tension between Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks is a thing of legend. From the way they hug at the end of 'Sara' to Stevie turning her back on Lindsey during the 'shacking up' line in 'Go Your Own Way', the history between the two of them only serves to add an extra-special magic to the songs.

  • Rumours: The tour happens to coincide with the re-release of the famous Rumours, which could lead to more songs than usual from the '76 album. Stevie said to Rolling Stone, "There are a lot of songs on Rumours that are in the set no matter what. I think what will happen is we'll end up talking about it onstage. Most of those songs are in our set anyway. We'll just end up telling stories and talking about how these things happen. It's always fun to share that with your audience."

  • Hours and HOURS of hits: When Fleetwood Mac last hit the UK on the Unleashed tour, the band didn't bother with an opening act and instead chose to just play non-stop for over two and a half hours. Hopefully they'll continue the tradition.

  • Not ALL the hits: With a back catalogue as varied as Fleetwood Mac's, it's impossible for them to please everyone. So while there will be a good number of their greatest hits in there, don't expect to hear everything.

  • Eight minute drum solo: Mick Fleetwood last time chose to perform an eight minute drum solo that teetered on the balance of brilliant and insane. As one reviewer put it, "This was a refreshingly spontaneous moment, including mostly incomprehensible calls from the drummer to the audience, 'Are you blah blah blah?'"

  • New material: The band have been teasing about recording a new album for a while, so they could choose to share some new tracks with the audience. Speaking to Rolling Stone about recording new songs, Lindsey said, "There's a lot of stuff there. Some of this we will do in the show. We're not pushing it. We're just going to wait and see what everybody wants to hear."

  • Stevie Nicks' trademark twirls: Google 'Stevie Nicks twirl' and there are tons of results. Stevie's trademark twirl is a thing to behold - and we doubt we'll ever know how she manages that without seemingly ever getting dizzy. Witchcraft?!

  • Something different: Stevie Nicks told The Guardian, "This is going to be a very different tour. The audience is going to see a very different Fleetwood Mac up there - we talked about how we really need to appreciate what we have and who we are and how far we've come." So who knows what you could see - although there's no doubt that whatever it is, it'll be worth it.

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