Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Lindsey Buckingham Sues Fleetwood Mac for Firing Him

Lindsey Buckingham Sues Fleetwood Mac for Firing Him

Buckingham was dropped from the tour shortly after a Grammy MusiCares event, honouring the band, in January.

"During the entire time Buckingham has been a member of Fleetwood Mac, the Band has conducted itself as a partnership with each of the participating members having veto rights over Band decision making and an equal share of the proceeds earned by Fleetwood Mac", attorney Barry Mallen wrote in the complaint.

Buckingham has since been replaced by Mike Campbell and Neil Finn, who made their debuts as members of Fleetwood Mac during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last month.

However, Buckingham said group manager Irving Azoff later told him that Nicks was angry that he had an issue with the band walking on stage to her song "Rhiannon", and that he "smirked" during her thank-you speech.

"In fact, not a single member of Fleetwood Mac has returned any of Buckingham's phone calls to provide him with an explanation for his purported expulsion from Fleetwood Mac".

The guitarist acknowledges that he had requested the group start the world tour in November 2018, rather than August, to allow him time to release and promote a new solo album.

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On 28 January, two days after the band played a MusiCares benefit show in New York, Buckingham was told by his manager the tour was off. "I remain deeply surprised and saddened, as this decision ends the attractive 43-year legacy we built together", Buckingham told EW in a statement.

In an interview with Rolling Stone published yesterday, Buckingham claimed he was sacked from Fleetwood Mac over the phone by the band's manager, Irving Azoff.

"I'm looking forward to closure", Buckingham stated, "and will always remain proud of all that we created, and what that legacy represents".

A Fleetwood Mac spokesperson added: "It's impossible for the band to offer comment on a legal complaint they have not seen". They continue, "Which makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in disputes".

However, he defended his supposed smirking, noting it was just part of a long-running joke between the group's members. "But I look over, and Christine [McVie] and Mick [Fleetwood] are doing the waltz behind her as a joke". Is Stevie leaving the band, or am I getting kicked out?'" Buckingham recalled, only to be told that Nicks had given the band "an ultimatum: "Either you go or she's gonna go".

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