Fleetwood Mac Explain Their Split With Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham

David Layde
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Earlier this month, Fleetwood Mac announced that guitar player Lindsey Buckingham would no longer be playing with the band and would be replaced with Mike Campbell, guitarist from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers as well as Crowded House’s Neil Finn.

Fleetwood Mac have explained that Lindsey was sacked from the band, they have also announced US tour dates with their new line-up. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Mick Fleetwood revealed that Buckingham was asked to part ways due to scheduling conflicts.

‘Words like ‘fired’ are ugly references as far as I’m concerned,’ said Fleetwood. ‘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.’

Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks elaborated on the scheduling issue, ‘We were supposed to go into rehearsal in June and he wanted to put it off until November [next year]. That’s a long time. I just did 70 shows [solo tour]. As soon as I finish one thing, I dive back into another.

‘Why would we stop?’ Nicks continued, ‘ We don’t want to stop playing music. We don’t have anything else to do. This is what we do.’ Nicks described her relationship with Buckingham as ‘volatile’, and likened it to a marriage.

‘Some couples get divorced after 40 years. They break their kids’ hearts and destroy everyone around them because it’s just hard. This is sad for me, but I want the next 10 years of my life to be really fun and happy. I want to get up every day and dance around my apartment and smile and say, ‘Thank god for this amazing life.”

Meanwhile, tickets for Fleetwood Mac’s US tour go on sale May 4th . A complete list of dates, cities and venues is below. For more go to fleetwoodmac.com.

Fleetwood Mac 2018-19 Tour Dates
10/3 – Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
10/6 – Chicago, IL, United Center
10/10 – Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
10/12 – Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
10/14 – Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
10/16 – Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
10/18 – Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
10/20 – St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
10/22 – St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
10/26 – Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
10/28 – Milwaukee, WI, Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
10/30 – Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
11/1 – Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
11/3 – Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre
11/5 – Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
11/7 – Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
11/10 – Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place
11/12 – Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/14 – Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
11/17 – Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
11/19 – Portland, OR, Moda Center
11/21 – San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
11/23 – Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
11/25 – Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
11/28 – Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
11/30 – Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
12/3 – Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
12/6 – Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
12/8 – San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
12/11 – Inglewood, CA, The Forum
12/13 – Inglewood, CA, The Forum
2/5 – Houston, TX, Toyota Center
2/7 – Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/9 – Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
2/13 – Birmingham, AL, Legacy Arena at The BJCC
2/16 – New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
2/18 – Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
2/20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
2/22 – Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
2/24 – Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center
2/27 – Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
3/3 – Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
3/5 – Washington, DC, Capital One Arena
3/9 – Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
3/11- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
3/13 – Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
3/15 – Hartford, CT, XL Center
3/20 – Albany, NY, Times Union Center
3/24 – Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
3/26 – Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
3/31- Boston, MA, TD Garden
4/5 – Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center