Lindsey Buckingham sues Fleetwood Mac

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 12, 2018

All of us have worn on each other's psyches at times.

Back in April, it was revealed that after a total of 35 years in the group, Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham had been fired from the band, with Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Crowded House's Neil Finn joining the lineup in his absence. "We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour".

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham performing on NBC's "Today Show" in October 2014. "I want to get up every day and dance around my apartment and smile and say, 'Thank God for this unbelievable life'".

While Fleetwood and Nicks cited Buckingham's reluctance to tour and focus on his solo career as the reason to go on without him, as he told Rolling Stone recently in his first interview on the topic, it all actually came down to Nicks' refusal to want to perform onstage with him anymore after some perceived slight.

Two nights previously, the band had performed at a benefit in NY where Nicks had reportedly "taken issue" with Buckingham's behaviour, including how he "smirked" during Nicks' thank-you speech.

"We rehearsed for two days, and everything was great", he adds.

However, he defended his supposed smirking, noting it was just part of a long-running joke between the group's members.

"The irony is that we have this standing joke that Stevie, when she talks, goes on a long time", Buckingham said about the latter point. The message was relayed from their manager Irving Azoff, and he was never able to contact anyone else in the band to get the fuller story. Azoff told Buckingham that Nicks had given the band "an ultimatum: Either you go or she's gonna go".

Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975 and became part of what's known as the classic line-up of the group following the huge success of their Grammy Award winning album Rumours in 1977.

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.

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. After all, when you spend a lifetime in a band, getting fired over the phone is undoubtedly one of the worst ways to go.

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