Lindsey Buckingham Reveals Why He Was Fired From Fleetwood Mac

Angelo Anderson
October 12, 2018

Part of Buckingham's complaint is that "not a single member of the band" called him themselves to do the firing, but rather had their manager do it.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles earlier this week, claims his former bandmates "intentionally acted to interfere with Buckingham's relationship with Live Nation and the prospective economic benefit he was to receive as a result of his participation in the tour".

Buckingham has since been replaced by Mike Campbell and Neil Finn, who made their debuts as members of Fleetwood Mac during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last month.

After Lindsey and Stevie joined, the band rose to fame as they released two hit albums: 1975's Fleetwood Mac and 77's Rumours.

The 69-year-old rejoined in 1997 and performed with them until January.


When the others refused, Buckingham said he agreed to delay his album by a year and stick to their schedule, although he explored the possibility of playing smaller club shows on Fleetwood Mac's days off.

Buckingham notes that he and Fleetwood Mac had gotten together for rehearsals prior to their performance at the MusiCares tribute concert honoring the band's legacy and that "everything was great", though Azoff informed him that Nicks had a problem with a couple of Buckingham's antics from that night, including him getting upset at Fleetwood Mac being introduced while Nicks' "Rhiannon" was being played at the event. Three days later, he discovered the band planned to tour without him. I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective'.

Buckingham included in the lawsuit a copy of an email he sent to Fleetwood in February, begging the band to overcome its differences. As much as I adore (and forever will) Lindsey and all his work with FM, I can't help but like what I'm hearing here.

While Buckingham admitted he didn't remember Azoff's exact words, he said "that was the message". 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. 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. They continue, "Which makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in disputes".

"It wasn't about it being Rhiannon", said Buckingham, who wrote and sang numerous band's biggest hits.

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