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Fleetwood Mac will never reunite with Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood explains

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Fleetwood Mac drummer, co-founder and de facto leader, Mick Fleetwood, says the band will never reunite with Lindsey Buckingham.

In April 2018, Fleetwood Mac dropped the bombshell to fans that Buckingham had exited the band with Crowded House’s Neil Finn and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell drafted in to replace 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 very bitter exit.

Buckingham also slapped his ex-Fleetwood Mac band mates with a lawsuit in October 2018, 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 a new interview with Rolling Stone to promote his sold-out tribute to Peter Green concert at London Palladium on 25th February, Mick Fleetwood was asked if he could ever envision Buckingham performing with Fleetwood Mac again. 

Answering with a categorical “no”, Fleetwood explained: “Fleetwood Mac is a strange creature. We’re very, very committed to Neil and Mike, and that passed away a time ago, when Lindsey left. And it’s not a point of conversation, so I have to say no. It’s a full drama of Fleetwood Mac, no doubt.” 


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Reflecting upon Buckingham, Fleetwood continued: “His legacy is alive and well, and as it should be. A major, major part that will never be taken away, and never be down-spoken by any of us. Neil and Mike have tremendous respect for Lindsey. The situation was no secret. We were not happy. It was not working, and we parted company. And that really is the all of it.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Fleetwood confirmed that Peter Green definitely won’t be performing at the Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate The Music of Peter Green concert. 

Revealing that Peter Green will be attendance, Fleetwood said: “He wants to keep a very, very low profile, and that’s fine. 

“This is about the journey Peter took into the music, and that music is still alive. Everyone that’s on this show has their own poignant story about being connected to that early band.” 

Alongside Mick Fleetwood, amongst those performing at the gig are Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, John Mayall, Jonny Lang, Zak Starkey and Bill Wyman.

Earlier this month, it was announced Peter Green is working on a new book and music project featuring Metallica's Kirk Hammett.  

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