Lindsey Buckingham sues Fleetwood Mac over his firing from the band
Lindsey Buckingham is suing his former band Fleetwood Mac after he was kicked out of the band citing behavioral issues
Earlier this year, guitar legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Lindsey Buckingham was fired from Fleetwood Mac, apparently due to scheduling issues. Now, Buckingham has decided to sue his former bandmates for “fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage,” Rolling Stone reports.
“Last January, Fleetwood Mac made the decision to continue to tour without me,” Buckingham said in a statement to Rolling Stone regarding the suit. “I remain deeply surprised and saddened, as this decision ends the beautiful 43-year legacy we built together. Over the last eight months, our many efforts to come to an agreement have unfortunately proved elusive. I’m looking forward to closure, and will always remain proud of all that we created, and what that legacy represents.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone published on Thursday, Buckingham claimed he was fired from Fleetwood Mac over the phone by the band’s manager Irving Azoff. According to Buckingham, his longtime stage partner Stevie Nicks was ticked off at Buckingham over his antics at a MusiCares benefit concert in January and she gave the band an ultimatum: Either he goes or she goes.
“Stevie [Nicks] never wants to be on a stage with you again,” Azoff reportedly told Buckingham, who then went on to list things that “Stevie took issue with,” namely some kind of outburst on Buckingham’s behalf during their introduction music at the event ('Rhiannon') and the way he smirked during Nicks’ thank-you speech.
Buckingham contends that using 'Rhiannon' as the intro music “undermined the impact of our entrance. That’s me being very specific about the right and wrong way to do something,” and that his smirk was part of a running joke he has with Nicks. “I may or may not have smirked,” he admits, “but I look over and Christine and Mick are doing the waltz behind her as a joke.”
At the time of the call, Buckingham thought Nicks would be the one fired, but after not getting a response from the band over e-mail, he called Azoff back, who told him he was “ousted” and that Nicks gave the band an ultimatum. Fleetwood Mac contend Buckingham was replaced because he wouldn’t commit to touring with the band in 2018. They subsequently hired guitarist Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (Crowded House) to complete the new lineup, which recently embarked on its debut live performance on Ellen.
In his lawsuit, Buckingham notes that he asked the band to delay the tour until November so he could promote his own album, but that he then delayed his solo plans for them when they refused and struck a deal for a 60-date tour. He claims he was told that “the tour was off” only to later find out that the tour was still very much on, only without Buckingham on the roster.
Pitchfork obtained a full copy of the lawsuit which you can read below via Scribd: