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Fleetwood Mac Has Fired Lindsey Buckingham
Update, 5:04 p.m.: Lindsey Buckingham has been fired from Fleetwood Mac after “a disagreement over the band’s upcoming tour,” according to Rolling Stone.
Original post below.
Things have never been what one would call “stable” among the members of Fleetwood Mac. From public feuds, breakups, reunions, and just all-around constant drama—the band has managed to make some of the most beloved popular songs in rock history. And right as the band is gearing up for its big tour this fall, news has broken that guitarist, singer, and songwriter Lindsey Buckingham is leaving the band.
As Variety reports:
News of the exit was first shared by guitarist Billy Burnette, who tweeted on April 4, “Breaking news: Lindsey Buckingham is out but I’m not in.” The message was deleted a few hours after posting. Presumably, Burnette, who replaced Buckingham in the group from 1987 until it went on hiatus in 1995, was angling for a position in the band.
It seems like strange timing, especially considering the band members have been on good terms since touring with the full Rumours lineup in recent years.
“We’ve all grown up and we’re all much closer to being adults now,” Buckingham told me in 2015 ahead of the band’s tour with the reunited Rumours lineup, which includes Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood. “And we’re behaving ourselves and we’ve come to the realization that we don’t have to live our life that way to be creative.”
According to TMZ, Buckingham will be replaced by Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn of Crowded House.
“Lindsey Buckingham will not be performing with the band on this tour. The band wishes Lindsey all the best,” according to a statement from TMZ.
The band is scheduled to go on tour this fall.