Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac Call It Quits

Recently, there were rumors that Lindsey Buckingham was leaving Fleetwood Mac. While this was initially dismissed as gossip, it has now been confirmed as accurate information. The news of the singer/ guitarist’s departure from the band was revealed at the end of a news release about their upcoming concerts.

After giving information about the concerts, the release simply ended with the news that Lindsey Buckingham will not perform on the tour and that his former bandmates wish him al the best in the future. It was then revealed that his replacements for the tour would be Mike Campbell from Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers and Crowded House’s Neil Finn.

Lindsey Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974 at the same time as Stevie Nicks. At that time, the pair were in a relationship. The two of them became the main singers and songwriters for the group for more than four decades. Some of the songs that were either written, co-written, or performed by Buckingham included hits like ‘The Chain’, ‘Tusk’, and ‘Go Your Own Way’.

This is not the first time that Buckingham has left the band. In 1987, he made his first departure from the group and then made a comeback in 1996 for the band’s tour. Since then, he has remained a steady member of the group.

As yet, there have been no further details released to reveal the reasons behind his departure. An agent working on behalf of Buckingham has simply referred any questions regarding the split back to Fleetwood Mac’s publicist. In turn, they have said that they are unable to contact Buckingham for a comment at this time.

Last year, 68-year-old Buckingham played a series of dates with Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie and they also released an album together.

Meanwhile, Fleetwood Mac is doing their best to tout their new bandmates. Mick Fleetwood said that they had already jammed with both Neil and Mick and that they all have chemistry. He feels they are the perfect artists to complement the style of Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood, who co-founded the group in 1967, said he is looking forward to being a part of something that is new.

Neil Finn has said that he was only recently contacted and that he was surprised to no find himself a member of Fleetwood Mac. Just days after receiving the invitation to become part of the band, he was playing music with them. He was excited to work with such talent and feels they are all a natural fit together and sound great.

He went on to compliment the singing talents of Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks, describing them as two of the greatest voices ever. These two performers remain a part of the group, along with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.

This will be the first time that Mike Campbell has toured since Petty died in October. Petty was his musical partner for 42 years. In 1975, Campbell was one of the founding members of ‘Heartbreakers’ and he was with this group until just days before the death of Petty. As Petty and Campbell had played on Stevie Nicks’ 1981 hit single ‘Stop Dragging My Heart Around’, a track which they also wrote, they already have a connection to Fleetwood Mac.

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