Lindsey Buckingham sues Fleetwood Mac bandmates for sacking him

Fleetwood Mac are now including iconic songs from Neil Finn in their live shows

During a recent concert in Chicago, the band, along with Finn who replaced Lindsey Buckingham, gave live performances of Crowded House and Split Enz favourites.

Lindsey Buckingham has finally revealed the details of why he was sacked from Fleetwood Mac.

The 69-year-old rejoined in 1997 and performed with them until January.

Buckingham said he learned he had been dropped two days after a Grammy Musicares celebration in NY in January 2018 honouring the main members of the band - Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Buckingham.

Buckingham was so convinced Nicks was quitting the band he sent an email to Fleetwood Mac founder Mick Fleetwood, insisting the band could go on without her but got no response.

Buckingham claims the group had bristled at his request to push the start of the tour from August to November so he could promote a solo album, and so he put his personal plans on pause so he could make the tour happen. Translation: You guys owe me money, and it's time to pay.

"After 43 years and the finish line clearly in sight, it is hard to escape the conclusion that for the five of us to splinter apart now would be the wrong thing", he wrote. As much as I adore (and forever will) Lindsey and all his work with FM, I can't help but like what I'm hearing here.

But his lawyers say the band members "cut Buckingham off entirely".

Two days after the band performed at a Grammy MusicCares event in NY in January, Buckingham discovered he was out of the band, with the complaint stating that by excluding him from taking part in the 2018/2019 Fleetwood Mac tour, the band were "in breach of their fiduciary duties of loyalty and good faith and fair dealing".

'For me, personally, probably some of you know that for the last three months I have sadly taken leave of my band of 43 years, Fleetwood Mac.

Responding to news of Buckingham's lawsuit, a spokesperson for Fleetwood Mac said, "It is impossible for the band to offer comment on a legal complaint they have not seen".

Quoting a phone call with the band's manager, Irving Azoff, he said he'd been told: "Stevie never wants to be on a stage with you again". It's fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done.

Now, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Lindsey Buckingham has placed the blame on Stevie Nicks, noting that she's responsible for hit firing from the group.

Like we said, have your popcorn at the ready!

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