“Don’t Stop,” Fleetwood Mac at Consol; Huey Lewis and the News Play Palace (CPs Tues., 10/14/14)

1) Fleetwood Mac brings a cavalcade of hit songs to the stage of the Consol Energy Center tonight. The band has existed in several different combinations since the late 1960’s, but they really hit their stride when Stevie Nicks and her partner in life and music, Lindsey Buckingham, joined the group in 1974. Fleetwood Mac’s 1975 album, Fleetwood Mac, produced several chart risers, including “Over My Head,” “Rhiannon,” and “Landslide.” Relationship strife and breakups became the catalyst for the next Fleetwood Mac recording, Rumours, which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978 and remains one of the best-selling records of all time. Buckingham’s “Go Your Own Way,” Nicks’ “Dreams,” and Christine McVie’s “Don’t Stop” (a 1992 Bill Clinton election song) all climbed the charts and received  heavy FM radio rotation.

The big news for the band on this tour is that Christine McVie has rejoined the group. Her lead and background vocals and keyboard playing give the Fleetwood Mac sound a renewed authenticity. 8 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

2) When the album Sports dropped in ’83, it propelled Huey Lewis and the News to the higher echelons of the music industry charts. It achieved the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 on June 30, 1984. Like a musical tornado, it spun off four Top 10 and one Top 20 hit. “Heart and Soul,” “I Want a New Drug,” The Heart of Rock & Roll,” and “If This Is It” were all over the radio and young MTV. The band’s sound is part bar rock, with a touch of soul, R&B, blues, and doo wop. Fun, uptempo music combined with Lewis’ entertaining persona always make them a good act to catch. 8 p.m. The Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg.


3) The Judge was released this past Friday and features Robert Downey, Jr., as a high-priced lawyer who defends his stiff-necked father and judge, played by Robert Duvall. With a cast that also includes Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Dax Shepard it’s a safe to assume somebody’s going to be convicted of overacting. Sounds like fun, so hit the cinema and grab some Jujyfruits. Check local listings at Fandango.



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