Fleetwood Mack fires Lindsey Buckingham

How is this possible? (Click on screenshot):

Beyond what’s below (and a new piece on the band’s history of breakups), no information is given:

Fleetwood Mac has fired Lindsey Buckingham after a disagreement over the band’s upcoming tour, Rolling Stone has confirmed. The band announced Monday that Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House will replace him.

Sorry, but it’s not Fleetwood Mac without Buckingham. Maybe “Fleetwood Lack”?

65 Comments

  1. TJR
    Posted April 10, 2018 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Well, they had been going for a while before he joined. Maybe Peter Green will rejoin them?

    It’s not quite The Fall without Mark E Smith, but agreed its pretty odd.

    PS Mac not Mack

    • Posted April 11, 2018 at 7:32 am | Permalink

      Maybe Peter Green will rejoin them?

      I honestly thought he was dead.

  2. W.T. Effingham
    Posted April 10, 2018 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Hopefully we’ll here more of Mr. Buckingham going forward than Fleetwood Lack.

    • Posted April 10, 2018 at 11:29 am | Permalink

      He has loads of solo albums.

  3. Roger
    Posted April 10, 2018 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I vote “Fleetwood Quack” for the duck naming contest if still available.

  4. GBJames
    Posted April 10, 2018 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    If we had thought about it, I suppose we could have predicted it. They’re the most “breaking-up-ish” band out there!

    • Posted April 10, 2018 at 11:31 am | Permalink

      Yeah, but, but, but, still together since 1975, with a few interruptions.

      We saw them in 2015 and they were superb. What a group of professionals!

      I also saw them at least 3 times in the 70s and early 80s (not 100% sure on the count — drugs and drinking were involved!). My favorite band for a while.

      • GBJames
        Posted April 10, 2018 at 11:43 am | Permalink

        They are one of the greatest bands, for sure. Still, who among us (who were fans) can be honestly surprised by this?

        • Posted April 10, 2018 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

          Indeed! They’ve always had conflict!

      • Frank
        Posted April 10, 2018 at 11:43 am | Permalink

        Christine McVie, also a seemingly indispensable member, was gone for at least 16 years.
        Of course, if the replacements don’t work out, they can just change their set list, a la Spinal Tap!

  5. Posted April 10, 2018 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    It cannot possibly be worse than John Mayer playing with three of the surviving members of the Grateful Dead in the excretable Dead & Co

    • Frank
      Posted April 10, 2018 at 11:41 am | Permalink

      Execrable?

  6. Robert Ryder
    Posted April 10, 2018 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Wouldn’t be Fleetwood Mac without personal drama! I read an article yesterday stating that Stevie Nicks alleged a history of abuse at Buckingham’s hands during the cocaine-fueled days of the late 70s and perhaps that was behind his ouster. But there are conflicting reports.

  7. Posted April 10, 2018 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Yes, I was very disappointed to hear this. I guess there’s some impasse between Nicks and Buckingham.

    Why did they produce, then, a ‘Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie’ album, which was pretty much a Fleetwood Mac album minus Stevie Nicks, if they are now going to continue with the Fleetwood Mac name without Buckingham? By the same logic they should call the new band ‘Christine McVie Stevie Nicks’.

    Unfortunately Buckingham is so integral to the mid 70s Fleetwood Mac sound that this will severely reduce the attraction of the forthcoming tour to many fans. This is not to cast any aspersions on Buckingham’s replacement(s); Neil Finn and Mike Campbell are superb artists and songwriters in their own right.

    • Posted April 10, 2018 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      Like Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe was a better Yes than Yes had been in the previous few years.

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    • Posted April 11, 2018 at 8:07 am | Permalink

      I play (almost all of) “Landslide” on the acoustic guitar. There are many supposed transcriptions out there, most with some level of participation from Buckingham.

      None are exactly accurate. They are close; but not the recorded version.

      Like most musicians, LB probably played the song slightly differently each time.

      Anyway, I’ve been trying to incorporate a lead that is similar to his on the record. Well, that lead is done on electric guitar and has some huge, gymnastic bends in it (legato notes). I have an accurate transcript of it and it’s just too hard (for me) on acoustic.

      Double-anyways, I agree with your assessment of his playing being integral to that 70s sound of the band and his style is truly unique.

      I doubt anyone else could replicate his sound, except maybe Steuart Smith, lately a (somewhat unpublicized) member of the Eagles. He seems to be able to mimic any guitar(ist’s) sound.

  8. Posted April 10, 2018 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    He’s on only six of their seventeen albums (according to Wp).

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    • Posted April 10, 2018 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      Which accounted for something like 90% of the sales …

      • Posted April 10, 2018 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

        And sales are an infallible indicator of quality?

        Oh, well.

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        • Posted April 10, 2018 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

          In this case (again, unless you are a serious blues fan, in which case the Peter Green years might be your favorites — I have those albums as well) the two do coincide.

          My point was that his impact was huge (and it was) though he wasn’t on so many of the albums.

          I’ve owned, at one time or another, every FM album. There are plenty of mediocre ones.

          Buckingham is a brilliant song writer and guitarist. His compositions were always the most experimental amongst the three song writers in the band. Listen to his songs on Tusk for instance.

        • Posted April 11, 2018 at 7:37 am | Permalink

          One of the six was Rumours which is probably the album most people would think of when you say “Fleetwood Mac”.

  9. Posted April 10, 2018 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    The current/previous/previous 5-person lineup of
    Fleetwood
    McVie^2
    Nicks
    Buckingham

    Was their best lineup (unless you are a hard-core blues fan).

    This news is unfortunate but not surprising.

    Neil Finn is incredible in my opinion. I’d love to hear a FM album with Finn writing and leading some of the songs. (One of my favorite albums of (relatively) recent years is Tim & Neil Finn’s Everyone Is Here.)

    This could be really good fun.

    I think these two guys are much better replacement guitarist choices than the previous ones during the first Buckingham Hiatus.

    (I am a huge FM fan.)

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted April 10, 2018 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

      And Neil Finn is a New Zealander! That’s got to count for something! He’s a billiant musician and has been playing and writing with Mick Fleetwood for a while.

      Tom Petty is no slouch either.

      I think this will be a positive move. It’s got to help that they’ll get on better on a personal level.

      • Posted April 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

        Tom Petty WAS no slouch. He’s passed away, unfortunately.

        • Heather Hastie
          Posted April 10, 2018 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

          Sorry. That was a bad slip up! I forgot. How bad is that?!

          • Posted April 10, 2018 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

            His music lives on and that’s important.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted April 10, 2018 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

      We (NZ) saw that from the underside, so to speak. Our TV news was all “Neil Finn joins Fleetwood Mac!!! (and, by the way, Lindsay Buckingham has left them)”.

      The phrase ‘arse about face’ frequently applies to our media, I think.

      cr

  10. Posted April 10, 2018 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    If any band could go on without their guitarist, it would be Fleetwood Mac. They have gone through several successful eras with completely different lineups. I was a huge fan during their Bob Welch era. Perhaps they’ll become relevant once again.

    BTW, Lindsay Buckingham is an amazing guitarist. He’ll do fine.

    • Frank
      Posted April 10, 2018 at 11:46 am | Permalink

      Buckingham was a chief vocalist/songwriter – it is not simply a loss of a guitarist. But others can sing his songs I suppose.

      • Posted April 10, 2018 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

        Yes, but they have had several song writer/frontmen though the Buckingham-Nicks era was definitely the most popular. It is arguable that the core of Fleetwood Mac is NOT Buckingham and Nicks.

        • Posted April 10, 2018 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

          Well, the core is, without doubt, the rhythm section: John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.

          But you don’t have a band with just a rhythm section.

          Buckingham had a huge impact on the band in every way. And he could play the older stuff too. Listen to him play “Oh Well” (a Peter Green song) on the Live album.

      • Posted April 11, 2018 at 7:39 am | Permalink

        Yes, because the one thing Fleetwood Mac is short of is good material for their concerts.

        (/s in case it wasn’t obvious)

  11. Roger
    Posted April 10, 2018 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Maybe he wanted to go his own way.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted April 10, 2018 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

      Very nice…

      • Roger
        Posted April 10, 2018 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

        Maybe he finally took his own advice haha.

    • Posted April 10, 2018 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

      Yeah. It’s not like there’s a chain keeping them together …

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    • Posted April 11, 2018 at 7:40 am | Permalink

      We’ve descended to Fleetwood Mac puns have we?

      Oh well.

      • GBJames
        Posted April 11, 2018 at 8:00 am | Permalink

        Yeah. And we’re never going back.

      • Posted April 11, 2018 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

        I’d already used that one!

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        • GBJames
          Posted April 11, 2018 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

          I don’t want to know, Ant.

  12. Posted April 10, 2018 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Rockers acting silly. Maybe they will get back together again.

    The identity of groups when one leaves (or dies) is not a new thing, but I am glad we had them while they were around.

  13. Steve Zeoli
    Posted April 10, 2018 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Fleetwood Mac produced at least eight albums before Lindsay Buckingham ever joined the band, and — in my opinion — all but one of them was superior to any FM with Buckingham. That’s not a knock on Lindsay, but a reflection of how good the band was before hand. If you haven’t listened to any of those albums, give them a go.

    • Posted April 10, 2018 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

      I’ve listened to them all and owned them all.

      I couldn’t disagree in stronger terms.

      The first three with the Buckingham Nicks lineup are all-time classic rock albums:

      Fleetwood Mac (And they knew it, check the title!)
      Rumours
      Tusk

      There isn’t a weak song on those discs; not one filler track.

  14. Taz
    Posted April 10, 2018 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I had no idea they were still together.

    • Posted April 10, 2018 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

      Saw them in 2015 — they were incredibly good.

      • Posted April 10, 2018 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

        … and could still fill a stadium …

  15. Posted April 10, 2018 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Seems like a dream. Oh well.

  16. grasshopper
    Posted April 10, 2018 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    The New York City Symphony Orchestra has never been the same since frontman Leopold Stokowski was replaced.

  17. eric
    Posted April 10, 2018 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Big fan of Neil Finn’s songwriting, but it’s generally very laid back. And as a casual listener of FM, it seems to me that Buckingham brought a lot of energy to the band. So while I’m looking forward to the talent mix of Finn and FM, I’m really hoping taking out Mr. Energy and replacing him with Mr. Laid Back doesn’t result in excellently written soporific music.

  18. Matthew North
    Posted April 10, 2018 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, couldn’t care less.

    • Posted April 11, 2018 at 7:51 am | Permalink

      And you bothered to comment!

  19. Nick260682
    Posted April 11, 2018 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    It’s not Fleetwood Mac without Peter Green in my opinion!

    • Posted April 11, 2018 at 7:54 am | Permalink

      It hasn’t been a blues band since about 1970 … (about 3-4 of its 50 years of existence)

  20. Joe
    Posted April 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    The Plit Enz singer and Tom Petty’s guitarist are wonderful musicians. So were Buckingham’s 1987 replacements Billy Burnette and Rick DeVittto (note, it takes 4 musicians to replace Lindsey. I preferred Bob Welch to any of them except Lindsey. But none of these artists can fill the shoes of Lindsey Buckingham. This firing seems to have started when the band recorded a great Buckingham McVie album without Stevie who refused to, and chose to tour with Rod Stewart and The Pretenders (or whomever). I cannot imagine how Lindsey Buckingham feels after being deposed as the true leader of the band by Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks. At this stage in their lives, and at their ages, this Knots Landing drama is ridiculous and tragic and that this is supposedly their farewell tour. Fleetwood Mac is not Fleetwood Mac without genius Lindsey Buckingham. Finn and the Heartbreakers guitarist aren’t either. Like many long term, concertgoing, album buying fans, I will not be buying tickets to this charade to make Mick and Stevie more wealthy than they already are. No way.

  21. Joe
    Posted April 14, 2018 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Over the years it has taken 4 musicians, 2 at a time to replace genius Lindsey Buckingham. All four fill-ins are great musicians. But they aren’t Lindsey Buckingham. Eric Clapton would not be able to replace Lindsey because Lindsey has the history and the love, sweat and tears that made the band great, and his works with other lead singers Christine and Stevie, are incomparable. They are my favorite band so I’ll consider the last tour when they promoted his great album with Christine McVie, “Buckingham McVie” ( Stevie chose to tour with Rod Stewart or The Pretenders instead of supporting her own band) as their farewell tour. I believe that most fans will avoid this charade to make Stevie and Mick wealthier. No way will I see Fleetwood Mac without Lindsey.

  22. Posted May 14, 2018 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    Fleetwood Mac: will there really be a lasting conflict?

    Lindsey Buckingham comments for the first time, talks of ‘factions within the band that had lost their perspective’: https://tinyurl.com/y7muykxj


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