Lindsey Buckingham Opens Up About Fleetwood Mac Firing

Joann Johnston
October 12, 2018

Back in April, it was revealed that after a total of 35 years in the group, Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham had been fired from the band, with Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Crowded House's Neil Finn joining the lineup in his absence.

The Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has sued his bandmates for sacking him before a lucrative tour of North America.

"I called Irving and said, 'This feels amusing".

After Lindsey and Stevie joined, the band rose to fame as they released two hit albums: 1975's Fleetwood Mac and 77's Rumours. "'Is Stevie leaving the band, or am I getting kicked out?'" Azoff told Buckingham he was "getting ousted" because Nicks gave the band "an ultimatum: Either you go or she's gonna go".

And it seems the fans have accepted Finn's appearance within the band ranks, with many saying they're now reconsidering their opinion of Fleetwood Mac's decision to adopt Finn into their ranks.

Regarding time off to pursue solo work, Buckingham said he had asked for "three or four months extra" to go on a solo tour but was met by "stonewalling" and left the meeting.

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Buckingham said he learned he had been dropped two days after a Grammy Musicares celebration in NY in January 2018 honouring the main members of the band - Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Buckingham.

Buckingham included in the lawsuit a copy of an email he sent to Fleetwood in February, begging the band to overcome its differences. At the time, the band's members cited disagreements with Buckingham asking to postpone the tour as one of the reasons for the split, but Buckingham contends that Fleetwood Mac was his priority all along. Translation: You guys owe me money, and it's time to pay. It's fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done. Which makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in disputes.

In an interview with Rolling Stone published yesterday, Buckingham claimed he was sacked from Fleetwood Mac over the phone by the band's manager, Irving Azoff.

"Stevie [Nicks] never wants to be on a stage with you again", Azoff told Buckingham, who then went on to list things that "Stevie took issue with", namely some kind of outburst on Buckingham's behalf during their introduction music ("Rhiannon") and the way he smirked during Nicks' thank-you speech.

Like we said, have your popcorn at the ready!

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