Fleetwood Mac debuts first live performance with new lineup on 'Ellen': Watch
The live appearance marks the first with guitarists Mike Campbell and Neil Finn, who stepped in for longtime guitarist Lindsey Buckingham after he was fired from the band in April.
Fleetwood Mac are going on tour later this year, and they’re bringing along a new lineup after firing longtime guitarist Lindsey Buckingham due to supposed “scheduling conflicts.” But before the tour kicks off in October, the classic rockers made a pit-stop on 'Ellen' and in their first guest appearance on the show, debuted their new lineup.
The televised appearance marked the longtime band’s first time playing live alongside guitarists Mike Campbell, formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Crowded House’s Neil Finn, both of whom stepped in after Fleetwood Mac fired Lindsey Buckingham in April. The band chose two of their classic hits for the performance - the 1982 'Mirage' album-cut 'Gypsy' and the hit 1977 duet 'The Chain', which features a famous medley between Stevie Nicks and Buckingham and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.
Both guitarists featured prominently during the live performance, flanking Nicks on either side, while Finn handled the vocal parts previously sung by Buckingham tactfully on both tracks, particularly on 'The Chain,' where Finn and Nicks showcased their budding vocal chemistry.
The unveiling of Fleetwood Mac's new lineup arrives just under a month before the lineup embarks on a North American tour that begins October 3rd in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The sprawling 52-date trek will see the band stay on the road all the way until April 2019, with the last show of the leg wrapping up at the Wells Fargo Cente in Philadelphia, PA on April 5.
Check out the new Fleetwood Mac's performance of 'Gypsy' and 'The Chain' below: