One of the bitterest fights in pop music continues, after Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, once a couple whose breakup fueled the classic album Rumors, have vigorously contested Buckingham’s departure from the band.
In 2018, it was announced that Buckingham would not appear on an upcoming Fleetwood Mac tour. Buckingham sued the band later that year, saying he was “suddenly cut off” after a dispute over the possibility of postponing the tour to play solo.
The lawsuit was settled out of court, and Buckingham said: “We have all signed something. I am quite happy with that. I am not trying to twist the knife at all. I’m trying to see this with a certain level of compassion, a certain level of wisdom. “
But in a new interview, Buckingham has said that he was expelled because Nicks “wanted to shape the band in his own image, something softer.” He added: “I think others in the band just felt that they were not individually empowered enough, for their own reasons, to stand up for what was right. And so he became a bit like Trump and the Republicans. “
He said the tour that followed, with Crowded House’s Mike Campbell and Neil Finn replacing him on guitar, “seemed kind of generic and maybe bordering on being a cover band … what it did was disgrace the legacy we built.”
Buckingham claimed that Nicks was dismayed that Buckingham finally had his first child at the age of 48, while she remains childless: “It certainly wasn’t overlooked that … I got under the wire.”
In another interview with the LA Times, Buckingham said of Nicks: “His creativity, at least for a while, seemed out of touch with that, same with the level of energy he once had on stage. I think it was difficult for her to see me jump in an inappropriate way for her age. Besides, she is alone. She is alone. She has people who work for her and I’m sure she has friends, but you know. “
Nicks has responded by calling Buckingham’s account “revisionist history.” She wrote:
After an extremely difficult time with Lindsey at MusiCares [award show] in New York in 2018, I decided for myself that I was no longer willing to work with him … we could start in 1968 and work through 2018 with a litany of very precise reasons why I won’t be working with him. To be very clear, I didn’t get him fired, I didn’t ask to be fired, I didn’t demand to be fired. Frankly, I said goodbye. I proactively walked away from the band and from a situation that I considered toxic to my well-being. I have already done it. If the band continued without me, so be it. I have championed independence my entire life and I believe that every human being should have the absolute freedom to set their limits on what they can and cannot work for. And after many lengthy group discussions, Fleetwood Mac, a band whose legacy is rooted in evolution and change, found a new way forward with two enormously talented new members.
She rejected his claims about her desire to have children: “I am proud of the life decisions I have made, and it seems a shame for him to judge anyone who makes the decision to live their life on their own terms, even if they look different. of what their life choices have been “.
Fleetwood Mac manager Irving Azoff sided with Nicks and said his account is “factual and truthful … [Buckingham’s] actions alone are responsible for what happened. “
It is reported that tensions initially flared during the MusiCares event when Buckingham reacted with displeasure to the reproduction of Rhiannon, written by Nicks, to announce his arrival.
Buckingham and Nicks met in their high school days. They later became a couple and formed a duo, Buckingham Nicks, who released a single album in 1973; It failed, but caught the attention of Mick Fleetwood, who invited the couple to join his band. Their arrival heralded the band’s most successful phase, with albums including Rumors, Tusk, Mirage, and Tango in the Night.
After the band’s 50th anniversary tour (without Buckingham), Nicks had intended to play five solo dates in 2021, but canceled them due to the pandemic, saying, “At my age, I’m still being extremely cautious.” This year a movie from their 2017 tour, 24 Karat Gold, was released.
Buckingham is releasing a new solo album, perhaps misleadingly titled I Don’t Mind, and will be touring the United States for the remainder of 2021, before a European tour in 2022.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism