"We all wish him well and all the rest of it."
Mick Fleetwood has opened up on Lindsay Buckingham’s departure from Fleetwood Mac, after the vocalist was fired from the iconic band earlier this year.
In April, Buckingham left the group after a career of 40 years. It was later confirmed that he will be replaced on tour by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House’s Neil Finn.
In the aftermath of the shock dismissal, Buckingham claimed that he had been fired by the group, and accused them of “losing perspective.”
Now, founder Mick Fleetwood has opened on Buckingham’s dismissal ahead of hitting the road – and he’s remaining positive for the future of the group.
“Obviously this is a huge change with the advent of Lindsey Buckingham not being a part of Fleetwood Mac”, he told Billboard.
“We all wish him well and all the rest of it. In truthful language, we just weren’t happy. And I’ll leave it at that in terms of the dynamic.”
Describing the addition of Campbell and Finn to the group, he said: “We are a week into rehearsals and it’s going really well and we’re looking forward, in true Fleetwood Mac style.
“If you know anything about the history of this band, it’s sort of peppered with this type of dramatic stuff. It’s a strange band really.
“It’s ironic that we have a 50-year package coming out with all the old blues stuff with Peter Green, all the incarnations of Fleetwood Mac, which was not of course planned”
Fleetwood added: “But that’s what we’re feeling, especially myself and John [McVie], having been in Fleetwood Mac for 55 years. So it’s exciting, totally challenging in the whole creative part of it, and we’re really loving it.
“We’re just looking at a whole 18 months on-and-off of trekking around the world like we normally do and having it be fun.”
Fleetwood Mac will embark on a tour of North America later this year, starting in October and running until April 2019. Tickets are available now and can be purchased here.