Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham Sues Band for Cutting Him from Tour

Lewis Collier
October 12, 2018

In a new profile in Rolling Stone, former Fleetwood Mac singer and songwriter Lindsey Buckingham opened up about his acrimonious split with the band earlier this year.

Buckingham has since been replaced by Mike Campbell and Neil Finn, who made their debuts as members of Fleetwood Mac during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last month. "We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour".

Fleetwood Mac, which first formed in 1967, has been plagued by behind-the-scenes romantic and creative tensions among its members and a shifting line-up over the years.

While Buckingham remained silent at the time, he eventually addressed his firing, noting that it "was not something that was really my doing or my choice".

At the time of the call, Buckingham thought Nicks would be the one fired, but after not getting a response from the band over e-mail, he called back Azoff, who told him he was "ousted" and that Nicks gave the band an ultimatum.

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham performing on NBC's "Today Show" in October 2014.

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In a new interview, he claims Stevie Nicks handed the band a him-or-me ultimatum after she felt slighted by his actions during their last performance together at the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year benefit in January.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Lindsey Buckingham discusses his life after being fired from Fleetwood Mac, the band he joined in 1974 with then-partner Stevie Nicks, after a disagreement with the group's members prior to their reunion tour. "I may or may not have smirked".

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.

Ironically, he phoned band manager Irving Azoff to ask if Nicks was leaving the band, only to discover he'd been fired.

In the suit, he says "After 43 years of camaraderie and friendship, not a single member of the Band called [me] to break the news" of his firing.

Even though Buckingham still has connections to Fleetwood Mac, such as his niece's husband working as a drum tech with the band, and he has attempted to contact Mac co-founder and drummer Mick Fleetwood, Buckingham and his former bandmates have not talked since the MusiCares event.

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