Fleetwood Mac have given their first live performance with their new line-up following the firing of Lindsey Buckingham earlier this year.
The guitarist was sacked in April due to “scheduling conflicts”, with Stevie Nicks revealing: “We were supposed to go into rehearsal in June and he wanted to put it off until November . That’s a long time.”
Fleetwood Mac’s new line-up features Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn, as well as the band’s own Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood. They are due to return to the road in October but appeared on Ellen earlier today (September 5).
On the show, the group performed two tracks – ‘Gypsy’ and ‘The Chain’. Finn handled lead vocals on the latter, as you can see in the videos below.
In May, Buckingham spoke about his firing, saying his bandmates had “lost perspective.” He added: “What that did was to harm – and this is the only I’m really sad about, the rest of it becomes an opportunity – it harmed the 43-year legacy that we had worked so hard to build, and that legacy was really about rising above difficulties in order to fulfill one’s higher truth and one’s higher destiny.”
Meanwhile, Nicks is due to appear in American Horror Story: Apocalypse later this month.
She originally appeared in the third season of the long-running show, titled Coven, in which she played herself. Her cameo was inspired by rumours of her alleged involvement with witchcraft.