Fleetwood Mac Goes Their “Own Way” from Lindsey Buckingham, Reveals Why

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Posted April 25, 2018 by J Matthew Cobb in Features
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‘Rumours’ band rolls on without Lindsey Buckingham; new Fleetwood Mac lineup includes Neil Finn and Mike Campbell

Fleetwood Mac posing with Lindsey Buckingham in 2017 at MusiCares benefit.

Fleetwood Mac posing with Lindsey Buckingham in 2017 at MusiCares benefit.

Lindsey Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac back in 1974, and went on to become a pillar in reshaping their sound by constructing some of their biggest hits and leading vocals on some of them. His voice, or his presence, will not be a part of their upcoming tour, which was announced today. That’s because a few weeks ago it was revealed that Buckingham and the band had officially parted ways.

Today on CBS This Morning, the band including drummer Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie (who recorded a joint project with Buckingham in 2017) and John McVie, opened up about the revelations and introduced the world to their latest additions, who are no strangers to the rock world. To replace Buckingham, both a guitarist and vocalist for the group, Fleetwood Mac hired Neil Finn, lead vocalist of ‘80’s rock band Crowded House and Mike Campbell, former lead guitarist for the late Tom Petty.

Mick Fleetwood says the band has been reborn, calling it a new band. “Both these gentlemen have a legacy of their own. They don’t need to have a calling card. They are who they are in their own right,” drummer Mick Fleetwood said.

Tensions rose early last year after the band regrouped for the GRAMMY MusiCares benefit event in New York when Buckingham refused to agree on the band’s touring  The band is also numb in calling Buckingham’s dismissal as “being fired.”

“We don’t use that word because it’s ugly,” drummer Mick Fleetwood told CBS. “But it’s like a marriage that came to an end, and there are reasons why and as a band we needed to move on, and we have.”

“This team wanted to get out of the road, and one of the members didn’t want to go out on the road for a year,” Stevie Nicks added. “And when you are in a band, it’s a team. I have a solo career, and I’m the boss [there], but I’m not the boss in this band.”

Fleetwood Mac will kick off their North American tour in Tulsa on October 3 on and will spread across fifty-plus cities, ending in the spring of 1999.

The band is also anticipating on hitting the studio to record new material for a possible new album. No word yet if Buckingham will return for contributions.

A bit of trivia for music history buffs: “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” a 1981 song that launched Nicks’ solo career, was penned by Tom Petty and Mike Campbell and featured Petty’s band The Heartbreakers on instrumentation.


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J Matthew Cobb

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