'Tango In The Night', the video companion to the 1987 album, was filmed at San Francisco's Cow Palace in December 1987. After several years of turmoil and hiatuses, the album and tour marked a stellar return to form for the band. Tracks performed on the night include The Chain, Dreams, Gold Dust Woman, Songbird and Don't Stop.
Recorded in late 1987, Tango in the Night
is an hour-long concert that documents a transitional period for Fleetwood Mac, with Lindsey Buckingham, their driving force, having left the band that same year (she returned in 1997). It's a testament to Buckingham's role that it took two guitarist-singers to replace him; but while Billy Burnette and Rick Vito are fine musicians with an abiding respect for the Mac legacy (they perform founding member Peter Green's "Oh Well" and "I Loved Another Woman"), this is a mostly lacklustre affair, lacking Buckingham's fire and eccentric stage presence. Mainstays Mick Fleetwood and John McVie soldier on, as ever, with Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie still on hand as well, and Rumours
-era tunes like "Dreams", "Don't Stop" and "The Chain" have a certain timeless appeal. But when a vest equipped with drum and percussion sounds is the highlight of the show (during Fleetwood's solo spot), you know you're not exactly witnessing history in the making. --Sam Graham