Lindsey Buckingham Settles Legal Battle with Fleetwood MacPhoto by Steven Ferdman/Getty Music News Fleetwood Mac
The members of Fleetwood Mac survived the drug-riddled conception of Rumors, years of incestuous intermingling and intensely personal lyrics bashing one another over the course of a 43-year career with their famed lineup. The band’s upcoming tour, however, seemed to be the last straw and led to the firing of not founding, but definitely establishing guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, and with it, his response via civil suit.
As reported in April, Fleetwood Mac fired Buckingham before quickly replacing him with not one but two guitarists: Mike Campbell and Neil Finn. Despite not being the first time Buckingham was ousted from the group (he left the group from 1987 to 1995, replaced by Billy Burnett), the longtime member was clearly upset about his departure, announcing a civil suit against his former bandmates in the following weeks.
Announced via Buckingham’s first televised interview since the split, on CBS This Morning, the two sides have reached some sort of agreement, settling the drama—for now, at least.
“We’ve all signed off on something,” said Buckingham in the interview. “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.”
Buckingham cited “breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract, and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage” in his suit, claims that basically stem from the money lost from both the postponement of Buckingham’s solo ventures to accommodate the tour and his firing from said run. The guitarist also noted that “not a single member of the band” called him personally regarding the firing, showing that there’s definitely some hurt feelings involved here. Responding, briefly, to the suit, a representative of the remaining members of the band said in a statement provided to multiple outlets that the band “looks forward to their day in court.” So basically, Fleetwood—including members current and former—is as messy as ever (fingers crossed this results in an album just as amazing as Rumors).
Revisit a performance from the band’s glory days below and find their upcoming tour dates further down.
Fleetwood Mac Tour Dates:
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
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
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
05 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Wells Fargo Center