Lindsey Buckingham Says He’s “Fine” With Fleetwood Mac “Covers Band”


After he heard Fleetwood Mac’s new line up following his departure in 2018, Lindsey Buckingham has said that the line up came across as something of a “covers band”.

But, the guitarist felt that it was “fine”. He made these remarks before Stevie Nicks released her statement on Buckingham’s departure

Following Buckingham’s departure, Fleetwood Mac brought in Neil Finn and Mike Campbell for the Hit The Road Tour in 2019.

“It would be so appropriate for the five of us to go out again, even if you want to call it a farewell tour. I didn’t see the last shows but I heard it it was a little generic, like a covers band”, Buckingham told Mojo.

He continued, “That’s fine, because there’s always a fraction of people who are coming for the brand, per se, and aren’t going to differentiate in terms of members as long as Stevie is up there.” He added: “But it would be great for us to share it one last time. I know Mick (Fleetwood) and Christine (McVie) would love that to happen. Wait and see”. 

Earlier this month, Buckingham also released his new single “Single” from his self titled album which will be released later this week. 

Buckingham solo work “Often more esoetric”

Speaking on the differences between this solo project and working with his band, Buckingham had this to say.

“My solo work is often more esoteric, and you lose nine out of 10 listeners because you’re disconnecting from their idea of what Fleetwood Mac is. But I wanted to make a pop record here”, he said.

The guitarist also noted that the record went through changes after his firing of the band, heart surgery and the end of his marriage.

“I wrote these songs when my wife and I had been together a long time,” he said. “Things drift. Suddenly, you’re at a point where everyone is pulling to reboot the entire scenario of domestic life. That’s something that happens. So while a lot of these songs are celebrating long-term relationships, they’re doing it in a non-romanticized way”, he said.

Buckingham also confirmed his dates for his solo European Tour Dates next Summer. More on this here.