Lindsey Buckingham is still confused over his 2018 firing from Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham, who is on his North American tour tonight in Portland, OR, spoke to Record Collector, and discussed the band, which now features his replacements — Mike Campbell from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Crowed House leader Neil Finn.
Buckingham admitted, “I never saw any of the shows, so I can’t really comment on it fairly, but having looked at the setlist I thought some of the material ran a little broad. There was a lot of Peter Green stuff in there, which is fine when you consider his importance to the band’s history, but, you’ve got (Tom Petty’s) ‘Free Fallin” and (Crowded House’s) ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over,’ which might be considered a little, y’know, off-the-radar.”
Buckingham believes the perceived slight Stevie Nicks feels he threw her at Fleetwood Mac’s 2018 MusiCares tribute was small potatoes in the grand scheme of the band’s long and storied history: “The only thing I would say in general is that what led to that state of affairs was nothing I’d call particularly important. Compared to what we’ve gone through in the past and were able to rise above during the 43 years of my life I spent with the band, it was a relatively easy hurdle to negotiate.”
Buckingham, who in the recent past revealed he would be open to mending fences and rejoining the Mac, went on to say, “I just felt that a lot of what Fleetwood Mac was — and is — has to do with the five of us surviving, rising above the smaller problems to keep our eye on the big picture. I felt that was a good part of our legacy, and I didn’t think getting Mike and Neil in the band was the best solution to whatever conflicts there were. I actually think it’s damaged the legacy, and that’s what really bothers me.”
- Lindsey Buckingham North American tour dates (subject to change):
April 7 – Portland, OR -Aladdin Theater
April 9 – Spokane, WA – Bing Crosby Theatre
April 10 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
April 12 – Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre Napa
April 13 – Monterey, CA – Golden State Theatre
April 15 – Santa Barbara, CA – Lobero Theatre
April 16 – Stateline, NV – Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
April 19 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
April 21 – Skokie, IL – North Shore Center For The Performing Arts
April 22 – Kent, OH – Kent Stage
April 24 – Ithaca, NY – State Theatre Of Ithaca
April 25 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
April 27 – Charlottesville, VA – The Paramount Theater
April 28 – Tysons, VA – Capitol 1 Hall
April 29 – Memphis, TN – Beale Street Music Festival 2022
April 30 – Louisville, KY – The Kentucky Center For Performing Arts
DID YOU KNOW???
- On September 17th, 2021, Lindsey Buckingham released his critically acclaimed self-titled album.
- Last year, Lindsey Buckingham sold the entirety of his of publishing rights, including both his publishing and writer’s share, across 161 songs to music conglomerate Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited.
- The company had previously snagged 25 percent of the former-Fleetwood Mac leader’s song catalogue through its buyout from the Kobalt company. In the new deal, Hipgnosis also will own a 50 percent share of any unreleased Buckingham compositions.
- Among the classic tunes included in the deal are “Go Your Own Way,” “Monday Morning,” “I’m So Afraid,” “Never Going Back Again,” “Second Hand News,” “Tusk,” “I Know I’m Not Wrong,” “Walk A Thin Line,” “Big Love,” “Trouble,” “Holiday Road,” and “Go Insane,” along with his portions of “World Turning” and “The Chain,” among many, many more.
CHECK IT OUT:Lindsey Buckingham on December 20th, 2021 performing “Never Going Back Again” live in Boulder: