Fleetwood Mac Fires Lindsey Buckingham Before Tour

Fleetwood Mac tell Lindsey Buckingham “go your own way,” announce tour with Tom Petty’s guitarist.

It looks like loving Fleetwood Mac wasn’t the right thing to do for Lindsey Buckingham. The long-time guitarist and songwriter will not be on the band’s upcoming tour. Neil Finn of Crowded House and Mike Campbell, the lead guitarist of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, will fill in for Buckingham, according to Rolling Stone.

“We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family,” Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood said in a joint statement. “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 honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”

Buckingham and Nicks, who was his girlfriend at the time, joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974. He played guitar for the band until 1987, then quit for ten years, returning a year before the band was induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Buckingham wrote and sang the hits “Go Your Own Way,” “Big Love,” “Can’t Go Back” and “Tusk.”

Guitarist Peter Green formed Fleetwood Mac in 1967 and quit in 1969. The band was named after the rhythm section, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, who brought in keyboardist Christine McVie in 1970.

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“Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents,” Mick Fleetwood said in the statement. “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.”

The “Second Hand News” was first leaked on April 4. “Breaking news: Lindsey Buckingham is out but I’m not in,” guitarist Billy Burnette, who replaced Buckingham starting in 1987, tweeted, before deleting it a few hour later.

“Two weeks ago, I received a wonderful invitation to be a part of a truly great band,” Finn told Rolling Stone. “A few days later, I was standing in a room playing music with Fleetwood Mac. It felt fresh and exciting, so many great songs, a spectacular rhythm section and two of the greatest voices ever. Best of all, we sounded good together. It was a natural fit. I can’t wait to play.”

Fleetwood Mac have not yet announced the dates or locations of their upcoming tour, but did let drop a hint about what fans might be seeing in an interview with Rolling Stone last year.

“I was in Italy recently and met Stevie out there,” Fleetwood told Rolling Stone in August 2017 about the upcoming next tour. “She said to me, ‘Let’s sit down and really listen to some stuff that sort of almost got forgotten.’ So I know she’s already thinking she wants to do some things we haven’t done in years. I always think that Stevie and Lindsey should do a Buckingham Nicks song in the set. And have Christine do a blues song. I hope it certainly won’t be the same show as we did before. We always played nearly three hours, and we cut it back a little bit for the wear and tear, but we do over two hours. And when you got three singers, which is, like, three bands, really, to get that perfect set, it’s a trip.”

Final Fleetwood Mac tour dates will be confirmed shortly, the band said in a statement, before concluding “The band wishes Lindsey all the best.”

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