Buckingham discussed his long and sometimes tortured relationship with Nicks with the morning show host, saying they’d enjoyed friendly relations outside of the group as recently as 2011, when he spent a good deal of time at her home while recording a solo album. There was never really any chance to get anything like closure, because that takes perhaps some distance. And I think you cut to 20 or 30 years later, and that leads to a kind of a fragmented relationship.” I mean, I was not the one doing the leaving; she left me. So that kind of is how we got along. I think there’s still a lot of love there, but you have to begin with the fact that to get through those early days, it was kind of an exercise in compartmentalization for everyone, emotionally — and for me in particular. But, looking back to the mid-‘70s days when they were a couple, Buckingham said, “My relationship with Stevie is fragmented.
Lindsey Buckingham has peacefully gone his own way — with a stop at the bank, presumably — now that he and the four other longtime members of Fleetwood Mac have reached an out-of-court settlement about his dismissal from the group.
I like to look forward. After admitting earlier in the CBS interview that “It hurt for a while — I did walk around for a few months with a very visceral reaction” to the firing, Buckingham added, “I’m not someone who likes to look back. And that certainly served me well this year.”” />
Addressing the underlying psychology of their contemporary relationship, Buckingham opined: “I think sometimes she might find it difficult that I was lucky enough to find my soulmate late in life and got married and had my first child when I was 48 and have three beautiful children, and that was something she never did. You know, she basically is living her professional life. And so maybe… I don’t know if that plays into it or not. I honestly don’t know.”
Superior Court in early October, asking at least $12-14 million from his four former bandmates, saying that’s how much he’d been told he’d earn from participating in a 2018-19 North American tour — which, the lawsuit maintained, he’d agreed to do before being summarily fired. Buckingham had filed suit in L.A.
She wrote me an email and basically said, ‘Dearest Lindsey, know that I had nothing to do with any of this. Nobody.” But, he added, “Only in the last couple of weeks, I have gotten an email, which I expected to get, from Christine McVie. Know that I miss you so much.’ She said, ‘I believe deep in Stevie’s heart that she would like you to come home.’” He took that to mean “that maybe underneath everything, Stevie would like to see me back, already — that maybe she feels ambivalent about what’s gone on. This could be just Christine expressing wishful thinking, or expressing something that she thinks will make me feel better.” “I have not actually spoken to any of the band, and it’s been almost a year now. Buckingham told CBS there was recently a break in the logjam of no communication from his estranged bandmates.
Fleetwood Mac’s tour continues with dates currently scheduled through June 2019, including a hometown stop Tuesday at L.A.’s Forum. Buckingham just wrapped up a two-month tour Sunday, promoting his new multi-disc retrospective, “Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham.”
In an interview with Billboard in August, Mick Fleetwood had seemed to back off from the firing just being about disagreements in tour scheduling, saying, “The reality was, in simple language, we weren’t happy… It wasn’t working for us and we made the decision as a band to continue, and that’s what we’ve done with open heart.” Following the filing of Buckingham’s lawsuit, a statement from the band said the band “looks forward to their day in court” — but, obviously, an elongated case would not have served a group that’s on the road hoping fans don’t come to the shows spending a great deal of time pondering where their loyalties lie.
But nothing would make me happier than if we were going to do something like a farewell tour. Asked if he would consider a reunion down the road, Buckingham said, “Oh, sure. And if you’re asking me would I be open, yes, of course, I would say ‘Yeah, let’s do it’ — absolutely.” So maybe they’ll get this out of their system, and maybe they’ll realize that this wasn’t really the right thing. Again, I’m not assuming anything at all.
On “CBS This Morning,” he elaborated on that narrative, saying his ousting came as a direct result of events at the band’s MusiCares tribute show in January, when Nicks allegedly believed that he was smirking and snickering during her acceptance speech.
But he put a big asterisk on that hope by expressing his doubt that he’ll ever be asked to rejoin. “I’m not sure,” Buckingham responded. “I’m pretty much figuring that I won’t,” Buckingham told Mason. “A lot of people who know how convoluted Fleetwood Mac’s politics have been will say ‘Two years from now, they’re gonna (be back together).’ And I’m like, ‘Ah, I’m not so sure.’ Something’s a little different this time.” “What is that?” Mason asked.
The singer/guitarist wasn’t exactly about to give his blessing, though, to the current incarnation of the group, which is out on tour with Neil Finn and Mike Campbell singing and playing guitar in his stead. I feel that that legacy, in what the band is doing now, is being somewhat dishonored, and that does bother me.” “What I am disappointed in is that we built this beautiful legacy that was about rising above all this kind of stuff. “I’m not particularly disappointed not to be out on the road doing another Fleetwood Mac tour doing all those hits,” he said.
Fleetwood Mac, the five of us together, in my mind is a very sacred thing.” He said, ‘Stevie never wants to be on stage with you ever again.’ And I’m going, why? … None of it makes sense to me. It appeared to me that she was looking for something to hang on me in order to instigate some kind of a coup. “Irving told me a couple of days later that she’d given the band an ultimatum and either I had to go or she was going to go,” Buckingham told CBS’s Mason. “He was screaming at me on the phone saying, ‘You’ve really done it this time.’ And I had no idea what he was talking about. …
He added, “And it would be like something as absurd as Mick Jagger saying, ‘Either Keith goes or I go.’ ‘Well, I guess we need the singer.’”
The agreement was reached “only a couple of weeks” ago, Buckingham said in an interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Anthony Mason, “but now we’re all signed off on something.” Asked if he was happy about the undisclosed terms of the settlement, Buckingham answered, “I’m happy enough with it. I’m not out there trying to twist the knife at all. I’m trying to look at this with some level of compassion, some level of wisdom.”
Upon announcing that Buckingham was out of the group and Finn and Campbell were in, the remaining members of the classic lineup — Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie — had jointly declared that Buckingham was unwilling to tour at a time the others had agreed to, and that was the reason for the ouster. Buckingham has disputed that account in and out of court, saying he had finally acceded to the schedule (with the stipulation that he could do solo shows on nights off from the group tour) and that the band could have hit the road even sooner if he hadn’t been kicked out.

Buckingham last performed with Fleetwood Mac when the band were honored as MusiCares Person of the Year during a concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall during Grammy Week. Former President Bill Clinton inducted the group and a number of acts covered their songs, including Alison Krauss, Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Little Big Town, Imagine Dragons, Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban, Haim, Jared Leto and Harry Styles, who not only introduced the band but joined them for “The Chain.” The group then played a short set to close out the night.” />
After Peter Green left in 1969, Fleetwood and McVie remained as original members, and the band has since featured a cast of brilliant talents. When Buckingham left the group in 1987 for 10 years, he was replaced with two singer/guitarists, Billy Burnette and Rick Vito. Fleetwood Mac was founded by Peter Green in 1967 and was named after Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. Most notably, Christine McVie joined the band in 1970, with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joining in 1974.
The band wishes Lindsey all the best." The statement concludes: "Lindsey Buckingham will not be performing with the band on this tour.
“Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. 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,” said the group collectively. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour.” “We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family.
A source close to the situation tells Variety that Buckingham did not exit voluntarily — rather, says the insider, “He was fired.”
“Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents," Mick Fleetwood said. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound." "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.
Shortly after Variety confirmed that Lindsey Buckingham has been fired by Fleetwood Mac, the group announced plans to tour this Fall with two new members: Mike Campbell (pictured above, left), longtime lead guitarist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn (right) will be joining the Mac for their upcoming tour, with final dates being confirmed shortly.
Campbell worked with Tom Petty for nearly 50 years as lead guitarist and main musical foil in both their early band Mudcrutch as well as the Heartbreakers. While the group's connection to Finn is not quite as strong, he is friendly with Mick Fleetwood, who performed with Neil's son Liam at an event in New Zealand last year. Petty and the Heartbreakers backed Stevie Nicks on her first solo album, 1981's "Bella Donna," duetting with her on the hit single "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." Petty and the Heartbreakers had just completed a 40th anniversary tour last year when Petty died suddenly of an accidental drug overdose.