Fleetwood Mac have parted ways with guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham, and initial reports have it that Buckingham was actually fired from the iconic band.
Buckingham had been with the band since 1974. He actually left the group in 1987 but rejoined in 1996.
In a story reported by Rolling Stone, Buckingham was shown the door by the band because of a disagreement over the planning of the upcoming tour.
A statement from the Fleetwood Mac camp reads: “Lindsey Buckingham will not be performing with the band on this tour. The band wishes Lindsey all the best.”
So, the big question now is, who will take his place? Well, initial reports have the band taking on two replacements, Mike Campbell from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and Neil Finn from Crowded House.
This was followed by a direct statement to Rolling Stone that read: “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.”
Talking of the two new guitar players for the band, Mick Fleetwood told the press: “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.”