Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham says he ‘likes and admires’ Taylor Swift

Buckingham made the comment at an event in Los Angeles on Wednesday (April 29)

Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has spoken of his admiration for pop singer Taylor Swift.

Buckingham, whose band kick off their 2015 European tour later this month, was speaking at the University of South California’s Bovard Auditorium in Los Angeles on Wednesday (April 29). According to Billboard, when asked by the night’s audience what current artist has the “staying power” of his group, Buckingham opted for Swift.

“I actually like Taylor Swift,” Buckingham said in response. “I admire what she’s been able to do on some levels… There are a ton of really good people out there [though]. I don’t think music is any less vital [these days]. I think it’s a little harder to churn out interfaces with sociology. When I was a kid and Elvis Presley broke through to a middle class, white audience, it was a sociological phenomenon that lasted through the Beatles and even a bit through Fleetwood Mac.”

Fleetwood Mac will kick off their European tour with a series of UK and Ireland dates. The recently-reunited band will start things off with back-to-back shows at London’s 02 Arena at the end of May, before travelling to Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and Leeds during June. The band will also headline The Isle Of Wight Festival in June, their only UK festival appearance of 2015.

Taylor Swift, meanwhile, recently spoke of a possible collaboration with Kanye West. She said: “We’ve never been in a studio together, but he’s got a lot of amazing ideas… He’s one of those people that’s just like idea, idea, idea. He’s very creative and… I think we’ve talked about it but we’ve also talked about so many other things… I completely respect him as a producer. So, that’s all I know now.”

Fleetwood Mac will play the following live dates:

London O2 Arena (May 27, 28, June 22, 24, 26, 27)
Birmingham Genting Arena (June 8, 9, July 4)
Manchester Arena (June 12, July 1)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (June 16, 17, July 8)
Dublin 3Arena (June 20)
Leeds First Direct Arena (June 30, July 5)

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