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Fleetwood Mac plays at 
         the President's Staff Farewell Party
  On January 6th Fleetwood Mac performed at the White House  at a staff farewell party for President Clinton. Mrs. Clinton made  the plans to surprise the President by getting his favorite band  to play, and he was completely surprised. The band performed 
an hour-long set of classics in a tent on the  south lawn of the  White House.  Total number in attendance was less than 1000  and the band played in the early evening.

Set list:                       Band:
          Don't Stop               Stevie Nicks
          The Chain                Mick Fleetwood
          Dreams                    John McVie
          Tusk                        Lindsey Buckingham
          Rhiannon                 Brett Tuggle
          Big Love                  Lenny Castro
          Landslide                 Neil Heywood
          Gypsy                      Sharon Celani
          I'm So Afraid             Mindy Stein
          Gold Dust Woman    (Christine McVie was
          Go Your Own Way        unable to attend)

All images are watermarked & Copyright P. Stirk, yet available for use or print. Permision required. Images will be added daily, still over 25 more images yet to come
Articles from the White House Concert 


   Fleetwood Mac Play Surprise Farewell Gig for Clinton President's staff surprises him with
   Fleetwood Mac farewell 

   Fleetwood Mac surprised President Bill Clinton on Saturday night just outside the White House by
   performing at a farewell party organized by his staff. Though the band members hadn't played together
   in nearly three years, they pulled together an eleven-song set that included "Don't Stop," Clinton's
   campaign theme from 1992.

   "We got a call maybe two weeks before the event," says Lindsey Buckingham. "I said to Stevie [Nicks],
   'Do you think we can pull this off? We need to rehearse, right?' They wanted an hour, so we figured we
   could put together the workhorses for the set." 

   The band performed without Christine McVie, who departed shortly after the band's 1997 live comeback
   album, The Dance, though Buckingham claims that the set still "went very smoothly." 

   As for the rest of the band, Buckingham said the experiences were a mixed bag. "I think Mick
   [Fleetwood] just enjoyed the event. John [McVie] is a staunch Republican, so I think he was just taking
   it all pretty much in terms of the event itself. You also have to take the fact that [Clinton was] sitting
   twenty feet away. It didn't make me too nervous. I think it did make Stevie a little more nervous,
   because she doesn't have a guitar to hide behind." 

   For Fleetwood Mac, the performance served as the second of two bookends for the Clinton
   administration. In addition to Clinton using "Don't Stop" during his campaign, the band appeared at his
   inauguration eight years ago to perform the song. But in bidding the president farewell, the band
   offered a lengthier set that featured "The Chain," "Dreams," "Landslide," "Gold Dust Woman," "Go
   Your Own Way," "Rhiannon," "Tusk," "Big Love," "Gypsy" and "So Afraid." 

   "We were involved in a small way in ushering in his administration, so it was nice to kind of complete
   that cycle," Buckingham said of Clinton's era in office. "Before we did the last song, I said we were just
   pleased to be here at the end, just as in the beginning . . . Especially in light of what we have coming
   now, you have to appreciate a lot of the things that he did and what he tried to do and even the things
   he couldn't do." 


Photographer's Worst Nightmare...
Security was extra tough at this show!
You've seen tough security at concerts before, right?
Try messin' with the Secret Service Presidential Detail... YIKES!
(yes those men have machines guns and many weapons strapped on...)

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