Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Lindsey Buckingham sues Fleetwood Mac over his dismissal

Lindsey Buckingham sues Fleetwood Mac over his dismissal

Two days after the band performed at a Grammy MusicCares event in NY in January, Buckingham discovered he was out of the band, with the complaint stating that by excluding him from taking part in the 2018/2019 Fleetwood Mac tour, the band were "in breach of their fiduciary duties of loyalty and good faith and fair dealing".

Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975 and became part of what's known as the classic line-up of the group following the huge success of their Grammy Award winning album Rumours in 1977.

The guitarist has now been replaced in the band by Mike Campbell from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Neil Finn.

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has opened up about his firing from the group, placing the blame exclusively on Stevie Nicks.

In the suit, he says "After 43 years of camaraderie and friendship, not a single member of the Band called [me] to break the news" of his firing.

Finn and Campbell were drafted into the band in April after Lindsey Buckingham was sacked.

Buckingham claims he had mistakenly assumed that Nicks was exiting the band and had emailed drummer Mick Fleetwood to instruct him how they could go on without her, but got no response.

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The court documents include a copy of an email he sent to his co-stars in February, urging a reconciliation. Am I heartbroken about not doing another tour with Fleetwood Mac?

"After 43 years and the finish line clearly in sight, it is hard to escape the conclusion that for the five of us to splinter apart now would be the wrong thing", he wrote.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, Buckingham says: "Last January, Fleetwood Mac made the decision to continue to tour without me".

In a new interview, he claims Stevie Nicks handed the band a him-or-me ultimatum after she felt slighted by his actions during their last performance together at the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year benefit in January. It's fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done.

"Which makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in dispute", the statement added.

"Stevie [Nicks] never wants to be on a stage with you again", Azoff 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 ("Rhiannon") and the way he smirked during Nicks' thank-you speech.

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