Saturday, May 12, 2018

Lindsey Buckingham Speaks Publicly About Fleetwood Mac Departure

Lindsey for the first time publicly addressing his departure from Fleetwood Mac during a Mike Levin Fundraising event last night (May 11th) in Los Feliz, CA.




“It’s been an interesting time on a lot of levels,” said Buckingham “For me, personally, probably some of you know that for the last three months I have sadly taken leave of my band of 43 years, Fleetwood Mac. This was not something that was really my doing or my choice.
"I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective"
(**** Stevie Nicks! someone shouted). Well, it doesn’t really matter. The point is that they’d lost their perspective and what that did was to harm... and this is the only thing I’m really sad about, the rest of it becomes an opportunity, but it harmed the 43-year legacy that we had worked so hard to build. And that legacy was really about rising above difficulties in order to fulfill one’s higher truth and one’s higher destiny".

Well said Lindsey!!  Classy man!

Thanks to Brian Larsen for capturing the video

16 comments:

Brian said...

Disfuntionable band always has been and always will be to there dying beds! Sad but true!!! I guess there probably will be no Buckingham & Nicks album release nor a tour ever. I guess just like not ever having Rumors 2

Anonymous said...

In basic Lindsey translation, I I couldn't get my way even when I held my breath til I almost turned bleAnd The band knowing which member basically is the main draw, ( not me), they told me to take my marbles and go home.... That said. I am more apt to go see this new mix and certainly would not hav bothered without the new mix. As fpr Buckingham Nicks, Limds screwed that with the Mcvie garbage.

Anonymous said...

Here we go again ... Hearing some of the Buckingham Mcvie songs done by the FM would be good. Not this year. :( Will see where the wind blows next year.

Anonymous said...

He's right. He is better off right now just doing his wonderful solo stuff and carrying on with his own critically acclaimed legacy. The rest of the band have become a nostalgia act with interchangeable parts.

Madcap said...

I have always liked Lindsay, he is a great musician and has always had great songs. Hey Lindsay...lol.

Unknown said...

think it would be very unfair to blame Stevie for this !

FMFAN said...

It would be really unfair to blame Stevie for this !

Steve Stevens said...

I suspect we will be hearing more LB catalogue in commercials now that the FM tour revenue stream has ended on what would have been his last lucrative outing as opposed to the charity act of his solo outings

Carlos Fernández said...

It's really sad how a fantastic band parts ways and particulary this way. Lindsey is right and he tried always to contribute and give the best of his own to Fleetwood Mac but it looks like Mick and John don't think the same. At the end of the day it's business and opportunity for others. Always somebody has to sacrifice and it's sad because the great Fleetwood Mac band that we knew is incomplete today.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe any of the reasons the band or Lindsey has given as to why he left the band. Either he said something completely horrible to Stevie, which is possible or Mick was somehow the instigator in whatever blow up happened. As much as Stevie still has issues with Lindsey, the fact that they carried on the band for 16 years without Christine tells me she would not do anything to push him out. And the tour will come and go before we ever find out what really caused the split. They will continue to be vague in order to sell tickets and Lindsey will continue to be elusive.

The tour may be interesting if they wind up doing some old songs like Hypnotized, Station Man, Spare Me A Little and Black Magic Woman. But it will never be the same as those five people who made history. "Rumours" will always be the 8th biggest selling album of all time, but the band has ruined the last act of their career. And for us lifelong fans it is a sad way to end what was one of the biggest bands in rock, They have permanently diminished themselves in history.

Anonymous said...

I may be wrong, but I looked at tickets yesterday for the city I live in as well as 3 other cities. After well over a week (almost two weeks), there are PLENTY of seats available. I would say the average venue looked to have sold about 25% of the tickets. That is dismal. DISMAL. Even though the tour starts in the fall, people generally don't wait unil the last minute to get tickets for a major act.

Anonymous said...

This is in addition to my comments on ticket sales. I forgot to mention how they are advertising the heck out of the tour. When a show is selling really well you don't spend so much money on advertising. You make the promotional rounds like they did the day/week last month, then fans are waiting to buy tickets, and they sell the bulk the first day or two. The rest will sell closer to the date of the show.

Anonymous said...

I dont understand the rush to tour, no new album, it would be a rehash of the last couple of tours. A lot of egos and different managements.
I predict at end of this tour Neil Finn will be out, Mike Campbell may stay because Stevie likes him and Lindsey will be back for a final last album and tour, because Mick will realize again how much Lindsey is the glue and the artistry of this band.

Justme said...

The whole "diminished legacy " thing is completely overblown. Fleetwood Mac's legacy has been and still is Rumours, plus a few songs from before and after Rumours. The minutiae of the history of the band, especially who toured and when, will in the future only be of interest for hardcore fans, who should stop taking themselves so seriously.

Timothy Goyer said...

Lindsey is 1/5 of the band. The band collectively agreed to begin rehearsing for the tour in June. Lindsey said he’d agree to begin rehearsing in November. I get that he probably needed a break after finishing his tour with Christine but it’s what the band collectively wants. I do applaud them getting Mike Campbell to join, in particular. He always plays for the song and is such an incredible guitar player. New blood and a breath of fresh air would be welcome. The bottom line is, people come to see Stevie moreso than they would Lindsey, as brilliant as he is. The show must go on. I don’t blame Stevie, Mick or anyone, Lindsey included. I do hope the band has a go at writing new stuff with Mike Campbell. He’s an ace songwriter and would do great collaborating with the band. Peace.

Anonymous said...

I hear that it was all Stevie that pushed out Lindsay. She didn't want to record and he didn't want to tour.... and she pushed for his exit. It's really sad that the 5 wonderful musicians can't put aside their differences and record new music for the fans that have supported them all these tours. I will be staying home after every FM tour since THE DANCE........ hmmmm ;-(

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