Lindsey Buckingham Blames Stevie Nicks For Firing Him From Fleetwood Mac
Lindsey Buckingham spoke for the first time about his departure from Fleetwood Mac. The 69-year-old musician spoke for the first time since his split with the “Rumors” group on CBS This Morning: Saturday. Buckingham sued for his spot and now it appears that he and the band have settled the lawsuit.
“I’m happy enough with it,” Buckingham said. “I’m not out there trying to twist the knife at all. I’m trying to look at this with some level of compassion, some level of wisdom.”
“It hurt for a while,” he said. “I did walk around for a few months with a visceral reaction to that.”
But it appears that the departure wasn’t happy at the start. Buckingham claims that Stevie Nicks forced him to leave the band.
In April, Buckingham received a call from the band’s manager, Irving Azoff.
He “called me up and he was basically screaming at me,” Buckingham said. “He was screaming at me on the phone saying, ‘You’ve really done it this time.’ And I had no idea what he was talking about. He said, ‘Stevie never wants to be on stage with you again,’ and I’m going, ‘Why?'”
In an interview that month, Nicks blamed the split on Buckingham and a refusal to tour. “This team wanted to get out on the road. And one of the members did not want to get out on the road for a year,” she said. But he claims that he agreed to postpone his own solo tour to join the band.
Buckingham and Nicks were originally a romantic couple when they joined Fleetwood Mac together in 1975. They broke up but still, they were able to record “Rumours,” which sold over 20 million copies. Since the firing, Buckingham has yet to speak to any members of the band. He claims he’s open to a reunion but acknowledges it’s not likely.