Mike Campbell of the Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House are taking his place. A few news agencies are saying Buckingham was fired after an argument regarding their tour.
Mick Fleetwood told Variety, “Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents, 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. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound.”
The band said in a statement, “We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family, With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs. Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour. Lindsey Buckingham will not be performing with the band on this tour, The band wishes Lindsey all the best.”
A few days ago Billy Burnette, who replaced Buckingham in Fleetwood Mac in the 80’s and 90’s tweeted that Buckingham had left but he wasn’t invited back. Mike Campbell association to Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood goes back to her Bella Donna album in 1981. He played guitar on three tracks and co-wrote her hit “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’ with Tom Petty.
Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks first appeared on Fleetwood Mac’s self titled 1975 album. It’s also known as the white album. – by John Beaudin
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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