Lindsey Buckingham has spoken out about his firing from Fleetwood Mac for the first time.
The band announced last month that they had replaced the guitarist and singer with The Heartbreakers‘ Mike Campbell and Crowded House‘s Neil Finn after Buckingham reportedly didn’t want to tour this year.
Appearing at a campaign fundraiser in California for Democratic congressional candidate Mike Levin, Buckingham said: “It’s been an interesting time on a lot of levels. For me, personally, probably some of you know that for the last three months I have sadly taken leave of my band of 43 years, Fleetwood Mac. This was not something that was really my doing or my choice.”
He continued: “I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective. The point is that they’d lost their perspective. 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 fulfil one’s higher truth and one’s higher destiny.”
Speaking to Rolling Stone in April, Mick Fleetwood explained Buckingham had been asked to leave the band, but said “words like ‘fired’ are ugly references”. “Not to hedge around, but we arrived at the impasse of hitting a brick wall. This was not a happy situation for us in terms of the logistics of a functioning band.”
He added that the rest of the group had decided they could not continue with Buckingham and that the “majority rules”.
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.