Lindsey Buckingham has decided to open up about his departure from Fleetwood Mac. As fans may remember, about a month ago, Rolling Stone reported the artist was actually fired due to a disagreement over tour details.
Now, Buckingham finally broke the silence about the whole thing and confirmed that leaving the band was not his ‘choice.’
Meanwhile, Campbell of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House took his place in the band of 43 years.
While on stage, the guitarist and singer stated: ‘It has been an interesting time on many levels for me personally. Presumably, some of you know, that for the last three months I’ve taken leave from my band of 43 years, Fleetwood Mac. This wasn’t something that was my doing or my choice.’
‘I think what you’d say there were factions in the band that had lost their perspective,’ he added before a person in the audience shouted: ‘Stevie Nicks!’
‘It does not really matter. The point’s that they lost their perspective … and what that did was harm—and this is the one thing I’m really sad about because the rest of it becomes an opportunity—it harmed the 43-year legacy that we worked hard to build. And that legacy was really about rising above difficulties in order to fulfill someone’s higher truth, and one’s higher destiny,’ Buckingham responded.
While this is his first time opening up about what happened, the band has addressed the firing before.
For instance, last month, drummer and co-founder Mick Fleetwood talked to Rolling Stone, saying: ‘Words like ‘fired’ are ugly references as far as I am concerned. Not to hedge around, but we arrived at the impasse of hitting a wall. This wasn’t a happy situation for us in terms of the logistics of a functioning band. To that purpose, we made a decision we could not go on with him. Majority rules in term of what we need to do as a band and go forward.’