Iconic band Fleetwood Mac has fired guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, who joined the band in 1974 with Stevie Nicks, over some drama behind the scenes.
Buckingham was fired by the band following a “disagreement over the band’s upcoming tour,” according to Rolling Stone.
Fleetwood Mac has already announced replacements for the upcoming tour: guitarists Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House.
“We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family,” the band said in a 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.”
Fleetwood Mac co-founder and drummer Mick Fleetwood said in his own statement that “the chemistry really worked” with the new additions and it “let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style.”
Rolling Stone has more on Buckingham’s history with the band:
Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974 along with Stevie Nicks. He wrote and sang many of their most memorable songs, including “Go Your Own Way,” “Tusk” and “Second Hand News.” He left in 1987 shortly before the Tango On The Night tour (where he was replaced by Billy Burnette) and rejoined in 1996 for The Dance reunion tour. He remained active on the road with them for the next two decades. They last played full sets at Classic East and Classics West in July of last year, through they did play a brief set in January at the pre-Grammy MusiCares concert in their honor. The set ended, fittingly enough, with “Go Your Own Way.”
Regardless of the deep history, Fleetwood argued that the change is the best thing for the band.
“We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound,” he added.
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