Fleetwood Mac Parts Ways With Lindsey Buckingham For Upcoming Tour
By Meredith B. Kile
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Legendary rock group Fleetwood Mac is undergoing yet another lineup shift.
The group announced plans for a new fall tour on Monday, which will not include longtime singer and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.
“Lindsey Buckingham will not be performing with the band on this tour,” Fleetwood Mac noted in a statement to ET. “The band wishes Lindsey all the best.”
In Buckingham’s stead, two more rock icons will be added to the Fleetwood Mac fray, with Crowded House’s Neil Finn and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell joining the group for the upcoming performances. ET can also confirm that Stevie Nicks will be taking part in the tour. Final dates have yet to be announced.
“Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents,” founding member Mick Fleetwood said in the band’s statement. “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.”
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“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,” the group added collectively. “Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”
Finn confirmed the news to the New Zealand Herald, noting that the new lineup was a pretty recent collaboration.
"Two weeks ago I received a wonderful invitation to be a part of a truly great band. A few days later I was standing in a room playing music with Fleetwood Mac,” he said of playing with the group. "It felt fresh and exciting, so many great songs, a spectacular rhythm section and two of the greatest voices ever. Best of all, we sounded good together. It was a natural fit. I can't wait to play some more."
Fleetwood Mac was founded by Fleetwood and guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer in 1967, and the group was soon joined by bassist John McVie (the “Mac” in Fleetwood Mac). Keyboardist Christine Perfect married McVie in 1968 and joined the group in 1970. In 1974, following Green and Spencer’s departure, Buckingham and his musical partner Nicks also joined the lineup.
The group had massive success with their most well-known lineup of five -- Fleetwood, McVie, McVie, Nicks and Buckingham -- and their critically acclaimed 1977 album Rumours is currently the eighth best-selling album of all time. Fleetwood Mac has endured several lineup shifts in their five-decade history, but reunited to play President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993 and then again in 1997. Christine McVie took a hiatus from touring in 1998, but returned to the group full-time in 2014.
ET has reached out to Fleetwood Mac and Buckingham’s reps for further comment.