The Dance (Fleetwood Mac album)

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The Dance
Live album by Fleetwood Mac
Released 19 August 1997
Recorded Warner Brothers Studios, Burbank, California; 23 May 1997
Genre Rock
Length 79:11
Label Reprise
Producer Lindsey Buckingham and Elliot Scheiner
Fleetwood Mac chronology
The Dance
The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac

The Dance is a live performance by Fleetwood Mac, released on Cassette, CD and VHS in 1997, and later on DVD. It hailed the return of the band's most successful line-up of Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks, who had not released an album together since 1987's Tango in the Night. It was the first Fleetwood Mac release to top the US album charts since 1982's Mirage. This was the last Fleetwood Mac album to feature Christine McVie, who departed the group a year after the album's release. Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 199,000, The Dance became the fifth best-selling live album of all time in the United States, selling a million copies within eight weeks, spending more than seven months within the top 40, and eventually selling over 5 million copies there. The DVD version has been certified 9x platinum in Australia for selling 135,000 copies. The 44 date tour grossed $36 million.

The concert was recorded for Fleetwood Mac's MTV The Dance special at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California on 23 May 1997, and features the University of Southern California Marching Band who perform on the tracks "Tusk" (having played on the original studio recording) and "Don't Stop".

Although predominantly a live greatest hits package, The Dance also features new material written by each of the primary songwriting members of the band (two from Buckingham) as well as popular album tracks. For example, "Bleed to Love Her" was a previously unreleased track when this album was released, although the song was later recorded during the Say You Will sessions. No tracks from the Mirage album were included on the CD, although "Gypsy" is included in the video and DVD versions.

The album cover, taken by David LaChapelle, has Mick Fleetwood recreating his pose from the cover of Rumours, the band's most successful album and Lindsey Buckingham holding the cane used on the cover of the Fleetwood Mac album, Rumours' predecessor.

This album spawned two singles; "Landslide" and "Silver Springs".

CD track listing[edit]

  1. "The Chain" (Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stevie Nicks) – 5:11
  2. "Dreams" (Nicks) – 4:39
  3. "Everywhere" (C. McVie) – 3:28
  4. "Rhiannon" (Nicks) – 6:48
  5. "I'm So Afraid" (Buckingham) – 7:45
  6. "Temporary One" (C. McVie) – 4:00
  7. "Bleed to Love Her" (Buckingham) – 3:27
  8. "Big Love" (Buckingham) – 3:06
  9. "Landslide" (Nicks) – 4:28
  10. "Say You Love Me" (C. McVie) – 5:00
  11. "My Little Demon" (Buckingham) – 3:33
  12. "Silver Springs" (Nicks) – 5:41
  13. "You Make Loving Fun" (C. McVie) – 3:50
  14. "Sweet Girl" (Nicks) – 3:19
  15. "Go Your Own Way" (Buckingham) – 5:00
  16. "Tusk" (Buckingham) – 4:22
  17. "Don't Stop" (C. McVie) – 5:31

DVD / Video track listing[edit]

The DVD video in 1.33:1 aspect ratio, audio in Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM stereo

  1. "The Chain" (Buckingham, Fleetwood, C. McVie, J. McVie, Nicks)
  2. "Dreams" (Nicks)
  3. "Everywhere" (C. McVie)
  4. "Gold Dust Woman" (Nicks) *
  5. "I'm So Afraid" (Buckingham)***
  6. "Temporary One" (C. McVie)
  7. "Bleed to Love Her" (Buckingham)
  8. "Gypsy" (Nicks) *
  9. "Big Love" (Buckingham)
  10. "Go Insane" (Buckingham) * **
  11. "Landslide" (Nicks)
  12. "Say You Love Me" (C. McVie)
  13. "You Make Loving Fun" (C. McVie)
  14. "My Little Demon" (Buckingham)
  15. "Silver Springs" (Nicks)
  16. "Over My Head" (C. McVie) *
  17. "Rhiannon" (Nicks)
  18. "Sweet Girl" (Nicks)
  19. "Go Your Own Way" (Buckingham)
  20. "Tusk" (Buckingham)
  21. "Don't Stop" (C. McVie)
  22. "Songbird" (C. McVie) *

* Exclusive to the VHS/DVD version

** "Go Insane" was later released on the 2CD USA version of The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac, along with this version of "Big Love"

*** "I'm So Afraid" was later released on the 2CD USA version of The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac, although an edited version.


Fleetwood Mac

Additional personnel

  • Brett Tuggle – keyboards, guitar, background vocals
  • Neale Heywood – guitar, background vocals
  • Lenny Castro – percussion
  • Sharon Celani – background vocals
  • Mindy Stein – background vocals
  • USC. Trojan Marching Band, Dr. Arthur C. Bartner – Director

CD production[edit]

  • Producers: Lindsey Buckingham, Elliot Scheiner
  • Engineers: Guy Charbonneau, Barry Goldberg, Elliot Scheiner
  • Assistant Engineers: Charlie Bouis, John Nelson
  • Mastering: Ted Jensen
  • Mixing: Elliot Scheiner
  • Technical assistance: Ted Barela, David Gallo, Eric Johnston
  • Digital editing: Paul DeCarli, Scott Humphrey
  • Photography: David LaChapelle, Neal Preston

Video production[edit]

  • Producers: Lindsey Buckingham, Elliot Scheiner
  • Director: Bruce Gower
  • Photography: David LaChapelle, Neal Preston
  • Recording: Barry Goldberg, Elliot Scheiner
  • Mixing: Elliot Scheiner
  • Director, USC Marching Band: Dr. Arthur C. Bartner


Chart (1997) Peak
US Billboard 200 1
UK Albums Chart 15
Canadian Albums Chart 19
Year Single Chart Position
1997 "The Chain" Mainstream Rock Tracks 30
1998 "Landslide" Adult Contemporary 10
1998 "Landslide" Adult Top 40 26
1998 "Landslide" Billboard Hot 100 51



Preceded by
No Way Out by Puff Daddy
Billboard 200 number-one album
6–12 September 1997
Succeeded by
No Way Out by Puff Daddy