Lindsey Buckingham on Getting Fired From Fleetwood Mac: 'This Is Not the Way You End Something Like This'
Earlier this year, Fleetwood Mac fired guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, citing disagreements over the band's upcoming tour. Mike Campbell, formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Crowded House’s Neil Finn stepped in to take Buckingham's place. In a recent Rolling Stone feature, the guitarist recalls the moment he was asked to leave and talks about life after, including his solo work.
“Am I heartbroken about not doing another tour with Fleetwood Mac? No,” he said. “because I can see that there are many other areas to look into.”
“The one thing that does bother me and breaks my heart is we spent 43 years always finding a way to rise above our personal differences and our difficulties to pursue and articulate a higher truth," he continued. "That is our legacy. That is what the songs are about. This is not the way you end something like this.”
He also noted that he hasn't spoken to fellow Fleetwood Mac members since their MusiCares performance in January, despite a few efforts to reach out received with "radio silence." That very gala seemed to have been the start of the firing process, as Stevie Nicks was upset over Buckingham's outburst during the performance's intro music, the way he smirked during her speech and the "Rhiannon" studio recording.
On a positive note, Buckingham kicks off his own tour in October, within days of Fleetwood Mac's tour start. Read the full interview here.