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Lindsey Buckingham out of Fleetwood Mac (again)

By | Published on Tuesday 10 April 2018

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Fleetwood Mac have reportedly fired guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, due to a disagreement over the band’s upcoming tour. He’s certainly out, with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell and Neil Finn of Crowded House brought in to replace him. Because it’s not possible to replace Lindsey Buckingham with just one person.

Rumours of Buckingham’s departure began to circulate last week after former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Billy Burnette tweeted (and then deleted): “Breaking news: Lindsey Buckingham is out but I’m not in”.

Rolling Stone says that it has now confirmed that Buckingham exited the band after some sort of disagreement. In a statement yesterday, the band said that he was indeed out for the upcoming tour dates.

“Lindsey Buckingham will not be performing with the band on this tour”, say the band. “The band wishes Lindsey all the best. We are THRILLED to welcome the musical talents of the calibre of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family”.

They continue: “With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs. Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honouring that spirit on this upcoming tour”.

Mick Fleetwood adds: “Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents. We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound”.

Buckingham originally joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975, along with Stevie Nicks, heralding the band’s most commercially successful period. He quit in 1987, re-joining full time a decade later after a number of one-off appearances.

Last week, Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 single ‘Dreams’ re-entered the US charts, thanks to a tweet, everyone reckons.