It has been announced that Lindsey Buckingham has parted ways with Fleetwood Mac, with reports suggesting that he was fired from the group.
Guitarist/vocalist Buckingham first joined the band in 1974 and remained a member until 1987. He then reunited with the group in 1996.
Rolling Stone reports that Buckingham was “fired” from the group following “a disagreement over the band’s upcoming tour”.
Buckingham will be replaced on the tour by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House’s Neil Finn.
An initial statement from the band simply read: “Lindsey Buckingham will not be performing with the band on this tour. The band wishes Lindsey all the best.”
A later statement, issued to Rolling Stone, added: “We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family. 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.”
Mick Fleetwood said of the news: “Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents… 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.”
Earlier this year, Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks shared her views on sexual harassment and equality within the music industry.
“Everybody needs to not let this be a kind of big wave and just go away and say, ‘Oh well, you know, it’s over and nobody cares anymore,’” Nicks said. “Everybody has to keep really fighting because otherwise women, we will be swept under the carpet yet again and it will just start over.”
Drawing on her personal experiences within the band, Nicks said that herself and bandmate Christine McVie hadn’t been exposed to much sexual misconduct over the years.
“I think I’ve been very lucky,” she said. “And maybe it’s because when I joined Fleetwood Mac, Christine and I made a pact. We said we will never ever be treated like a second class citizen amongst our peers as we get more famous and more famous – and if we’re in a room with famous rock n’ roll stars that are men and they treat us that way, we will scream at them and then we’ll walk out.”