Lindsey Buckingham Still Has Hope That Fleetwood Mac Will Tour One Last Time
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Lindsey Buckingham admitted that he still feels disappointed about how he was dismissed from Fleetwood Mac.
In 2018, Buckingham was fired and the band took in Crowded House’s Neil Finn and Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell to replace him. Buckingham sued Fleetwood Mac but the lawsuit was settled out of court. In February 2019, Buckingham had to undergo an emergency open heart surgery.
Most recently, Buckingham has spoken with Conan O’Brien for SiriusXM and shared how things played out with his former band. He said:
“Without pointing any fingers, it was certainly fairly singular in how it was driven.
“Others in the band were not happy with what was going on at that point. And I think everyone would have liked to see me remain, but did what they felt they had to do in that moment. And that’s understandable. There’s no fingers to point at anyone, really. That’s rock and roll, right?”
After Buckingham departed from Fleetwood Mac, he said in a statement that it was their manager Irving Azoff who broke the news saying, “Stevie never wants to be on a stage with you again,” but Nicks broke her silence on the issue and addressed that Buckingham’s “version of events is factually inaccurate.”
Talking about Fleetwood Mac touring without him and replacing him, he explained:
“The band collectively allowing that to happen, maybe out of weakness to some degree, it disrespected the legacy we built.
“Because we’d been through 45 years almost of really some very difficult moments, some very difficult years, and we’d come back around. Like I say, that’s our legacy. So to some degree, to go out and do something more generic was not honoring our legacy.”
Is A Fleetwood Mac Reunion Possible?
Although the band members might not work together anymore, Buckingham remains hopeful that he and the group may tour together one last time even after losing Christine McVie in 2022. He continued:
“I was in the band for almost 45 years.
“This is always part of our legacy – we were always able to work out our differences over things of which were far more profound than any issues that happened in 2018 with me departing the band.”
The guitarist clarified that he would accept the invitation to rejoin the band if there were any. He stated:
“In a heartbeat, absolutely.
“If there’s more to come [from Fleetwood Mac], if there’s a way to heal that, that would be great. It would be very appropriate to close on a more circular note.”