Fleetwood Mac Announce First Tour With New Members, Address Lindsey Buckingham's Departure

The new tour is tangled up with Buckingham's unexpected ouster.

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Fleetwood Mac Announce First Tour With New Members, Address Lindsey Buckingham's Departure

After the unceremonious firing of longtime guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac have announced a North American tour featuring the two guitarists hired to replace him: Crowded House’s Neil Finn and The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell.

The 50-plus city tour is set to kick off on Oct. 3 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., and stretch through spring 2019, concluding with an April 5 stop in Philadelphia. Tickets go “on sale on Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. local time via the band’s website.

In addition to unveiling the dates, the group spoke with Rolling Stone about their sudden split with Buckingham. Stevie Nicks revealed that the upcoming tour led to the guitarist’s ouster, saying, “We were supposed to go into rehearsal in June and he wanted to put it off until November [2019].” She added (somewhat ironically given the lyrics to one of Buckingham’s best-known Fleetwood Mac vocals), “Why would we stop? We don’t want to stop playing music. We don’t have anything else to do. This is what we do.”

Drummer Mick Fleetwood bristled at the term “fired” being used to describe Buckingham’s departure, though he didn’t dispute it, telling RS: “Words like ‘fired’ are ugly references as far as I’m concerned. 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. To that purpose, we made a decision that we could not go on with him. Majority rules in term of what we need to do as a band and go forward.”

As a collective, the band noted in a statement that “Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution,” and of course Buckingham was not an original member. Fleetwood said of Buckingham’s replacements, “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.”

Christina McVie commented on the addition of Campbell and Finn as well, telling RS, “I immediately felt like I’d known them for years even though we’d only just met.”

Along with the tour, the group is launching the Fleetwood Mac Channel on Sirius XM beginning May 1, featuring music, interviews and hosted shows from current and former band members.

Campbell recently reunited with his Heartbreakers bandmates to perform at a charity benefit.

Watch a 1975 performance by the classic lineup and check out the band’s North American tour dates below.

Fleetwood Mac 2018-19 Tour Dates:

October
03 – Tulsa, Okla. @ BOK Center
06 – Chicago, Ill. @ United Center
10 – Louisville, Ky. @ KFC Yum! Center
12 – Lincoln, Neb. @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
14 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Wells Fargo Arena
16 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
18 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Sprint Center
20 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Scottrade Center
22 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center
26 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Quicken Loans Arena
28 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
30 – Detroit, Mich. @ Little Caesars Arena

November
01 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ PPG Paints Arena
03 – Ottawa, Ontario @ Canadian Tire Centre
05 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
07 – Columbus, Ohio @ Nationwide Arena
10 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Rogers Place
12 – Calgary, Alberta @ Scotiabank Saddledome
14 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers Arena
17 – Tacoma, Wash. @ Tacoma Dome
19 – Portland, Ore. @ Moda Center
21 – San Jose, Calif. @ SAP Center at San Jose
23 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Golden 1 Center
25 – Oakland, Calif. @ Oracle Arena
28 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
30 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ T-Mobile Arena

December
03 – Denver, Colo. @ Pepsi Center
06 – Fresno, Calif. @ Save Mart Center
08 – San Diego, Calif. @ Viejas Arena
11 – Inglewood, Calif. @ The Forum
13 – Inglewood, Calif. @ The Forum

February
05 – Houston, Texas @ Toyota Center
07 – Dallas, Texas @ American Airlines Center
09 – Austin, Texas @ Frank Erwin Center
13 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Legacy Arena at The BJCC
16 – New Orleans, La. @ Smoothie King Center
18 – Tampa, Fla. @ Amalie Arena
20 – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. @ BB&T Center
22 – Columbia, S.C. @ Colonial Life Arena
24 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Spectrum Center
27 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Bridgestone Arena

March
03 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Philips Arena
05 – Washington, D.C. @ Capital One Arena
09 – Atlantic City, N.J. @ Boardwalk Hall
11 – New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
13 – Newark, N.J. @ Prudential Center
15 – Hartford, Conn. @ XL CENTER
20 – Albany, N.Y. @ Times Union Center
24 – Baltimore, Md. @ Royal Farms Arena
26 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ KeyBank Center
31 – Boston, Mass. @ TD Garden

April
05 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Wells Fargo Center

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