Lindsey Buckingham Is Out of Fleetwood Mac

Singer-guitarist parts ways with the band
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 10, 2018 12:02 AM CDT
Updated Apr 10, 2018 1:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – Lindsey Buckingham will have to go his own way. The singer-guitarist is out of Fleetwood Mac, the AP reports. The band said in a statement Monday that Buckingham will not be on their new tour. The announcement came in two terse sentences at the bottom of a long news release announcing the new concerts. "Lindsey Buckingham will not be performing with the band on this tour," the statement said. "The band wishes Lindsey all the best." He'll be jointly replaced by Neil Finn of Crowded House and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers. No details were given on what led to the split. Buckingham's agent referred requests for comment back to a publicist for Fleetwood Mac, who said it wasn't yet clear how to reach Buckingham for a reaction.

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Buckingham joined the band with then-girlfriend Stevie Nicks in 1974 and the two became the central faces, voices, and songwriters of the group for the four decades that followed. Buckingham sang and either wrote or co-wrote hits like "Go Your Own Way," ''Tusk," and "The Chain." Buckingham left the band once before in 1987, returning for a tour in 1996 and remaining a steady member since. The band used most of the news release announcing the departure to tout its two new members. "We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style," Mick Fleetwood, the drummer who co-founded the band in 1967, said in the statement. "We know we have something new, yet it's got the unmistakable Mac sound."

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