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Fleetwood Mac explain why Lindsey Buckingham had to go

Fleetwood Mac's last performance with Lindsey Buckingham © Getty

Fleetwood Mac have shed more light on why they parted company with Lindsey Buckingham, explaining it was the “only route” they could take to avoid the total break-up of the band.

Last April, Fleetwood Mac broke the surprise news that Buckingham had left the British-American band with Crowded House’s Neil Finn and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell replacing him.

Stevie Nicks claimed that Buckingham was fired over a tour dispute, however in an October interview with Rolling Stone, Buckingham firmly blamed Nicks for his acrimonious exit.

Buckingham also filed a lawsuit against his ex-Fleetwood Mac band mates, claiming he lost out on at least $12million from their sprawling 60-date North American tour. The lawsuit was eventually settled outside of court.

In an exclusive interview with MOJO magazine, Christine McVie has now said there was “no way” Fleetwood Mac could continue with Buckingham still in the band.

Speaking before Buckingham underwent emergency open heart surgery in February, McVie said of his departure: “It was the only route we could take, because there was just too much animosity between certain members of the band at that point, and there was just no way it could’ve gone on as a five piece, a group with Lindsey in the band. So, it was either just completely break up the band, or try and make the best of it.”

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham © Getty

McVie, who released the ‘Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie’ collaborative album in 2017, added: “It was a really bad time. I had really no bones to pick with Lindsey, I loved working with him, but I did see the point, and I did see what the problem was.

“And you know, we’re a democracy, and we had to kind of make the best of a bad job, really. As it turns out, what we have now is better than what we ever had before, I believe.”

Mick Fleetwood commented to MOJO: “We were not happy and I can use the ‘we’ word. It is no secret that Lindsey and Stevie are in a continuum Liz Taylor/Richard Burton type of life, and it went in and out of valleys and mountaintops and God knows what through the years – and that support really could not be given to ask the situation to continue. It was too challenging.”

Refusing to call Buckingham’s exit a ‘firing’, Fleetwood added: “The truth is, call it what you want, a ‘parting of company’ took place, and it had to take place, and it was supported by the remaining band members around something that for sure was a major problem to two people – which was Lindsey and Stevie.”

You can read the full exclusive interview with Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie in the May 2019 edition of MOJO magazine, which is on sale right now.

Alongside the in-depth interview, MOJO also features the 50 Greatest Songs from every incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, together with Status Quo’s Francis Rossi, David Bowie, Yngwie Malmsteen and much more.

>> Click here to buy MOJO Magazine <<

Don’t forget, Fleetwood Mac play two massive shows at London Wembley Stadium on Sunday 16th and Tuesday 18th June.

Tickets to the opening date are completely sold out but you can get tickets to the Tuesday from Planet Rock Tickets now.

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