When it was announced that Buckingham was fired a few weeks ago my first thought was, “at least he’s not dead,” since we’ve lost so many rockers especially in the last three years. Their singer guitarist has not made a statement yet but the band certainly has. They each talked to Rolling Stone magazine. First Stevie Nicks said, “We were supposed to go into rehearsal in June and he wanted to put it off until November [2019], That’s a long time. I just did 70 shows [on a solo tour]. As soon as I finish one thing, I dive back into another. Why would we stop? We don’t want to stop playing music. We don’t have anything else to do. This is what we do.”

You know your shoes are pretty big when it takes two musicians to replace you. The same thing happened in the 80’s when Buckingham left and was replaced by Billy Burnette and Rick Vito plus later Dave Mason replaced Vito. Now the replacements, as earlier reported are former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and former Crowded House and Split Enz singer guitarist Neil Finn. Christine McVie says that there was chemistry with their new members immediately.

The band just announced a huge 52-date tour that kicks off in Early October. Go to FleetwoodMac.com for tour dates. We will also have them at RockHistorymusic.com for tour dates. Tickets go on sale on Friday May 4th.

Turns out Fleetwood Mac does not like the word ‘fired.” They could have borrowed ‘Conscious Uncoupling’ from Gwyneth Paltrow. Mick Fleetwood Mac says, “Words like ‘fired’ are ugly references as far as I’m concerned, Not to hedge around, but we arrived at the impasse of hitting a brick wall. This was not a happy situation for us in terms of the logistics of a functioning band. To that purpose, we made a decision that we could not go on with him. Majority rules in term of what we need to do as a band and go forward.”

When it comes to drama in Fleetwood Mac there’s lots to unpack there. Since 1967 they have seen Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, Danny Kirwan, Bob Welch just to name a few. So they have shaken that etch-a-sketch really hard a few times.

Mike Campbell was at his home in Kauai when he got the call, He was just wondering what he was going to do with the rest of his life since his old rock partner, Tom Petty, passed away last October. It was also on his 68th birthday. His birthday is on Feb 1 so this has been brewing for a few months. Neil Finn says he thought his arena rock gigs were behind him but called himself a restless personality and welcomes the challenge.

Fleetwood Mac plan to rehearse for two months with the new line-up and will include tunes from the pre-Buckingham Nicks era something that Lindsey didn’t want to do according to Stevie, “We were never able to do that since 1975 because certain people in the band weren’t interested in doing that, Now we’re able to open the set with a lot; a raucous version of [1969’s] ‘Rattlesnake Shake’ or something. I’d also like to do [1970’s] ‘Station Man,’ which has always been one of may favorites. We’re definitely doing [1970’s] ‘Oh Well.’” Nicks says there are 10 hits that they have to do in every show but you could hear 13 tunes in each show that are older but ready for this line-up.

Nicks, “This is sad for me, but I want the next 10 years of my life to be really fun and happy,” adding, “Our relationship has always been volatile, We were never married, but we might as well have been. Some couples get divorced after 40 years. They break their kids’ hearts and destroy everyone around them because it’s just hard. This is sad for me, but I want the next 10 years of my life to be really fun and happy. I want to get up every day and dance around my apartment and smile and say, ‘Thank God for this amazing life.’”

In 2015 Buckingham told Dan Rather, there has always been tension there between them. “You would think after all these years, there would be nothing left to work on. But, oddly enough, Stevie’s and my relationship is still a work in progress, and I guess that says something, doesn’t it—about the care, about possibly the parallel motives that have driven us down the roads that we’ve been on,” he told Rather.“And I have nothing but respect and love for Stevie, and I hope she feels that way about me as well.” – by John Beaudin

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Fleetwood Mac North American Tour

October 3 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center

October 6 – Chicago, IL @ United Center

October 10 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center

October 12 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena

October 14 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena

October 16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse

October 18 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center

October 20 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center

October 22 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

October 26 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena

October 28 – Milwaukee, WI @ Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center

October 30 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena

November 1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena

November 3 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre

November 5 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

November 7 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena

November 10 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place

November 12 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome

November 14 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

November 17 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome

November 19 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center

November 21 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose

November 23 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center

November 25 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena

November 28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena

November 30 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena

December 3 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

December 6 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center

December 8 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena

December 11 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum

December 13 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum

February 5, 2019 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center

February 7 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

February 9 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center

February 13 – Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena at The BJCC

February 16 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center

February 18 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena

February 20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center

February 22 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena

February 24 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center

February 27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena

March 3 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena

March 5 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena

March 9 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall

March 11 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

March 13 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center

March 15 – Hartford, CT @ XL CENTER

March 20 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center

March 24 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena

March 26 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center

March 31 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden

April 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center



John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 35 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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