Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Old Friends Lend A Hand On Buckingham Disc

July 15, 2008 , 3:25 PM ET
Billboard Magazine

Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham will release his second solo album in two years on Sept. 16 via Reprise. "Gift of Screws" features Buckingham backed on several tracks by his Fleetwood Mac bandmates John McVie (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums).

Whereas 2006's "Under the Skin" was a mostly drum-less album featuring Buckingham's guitar and vocals, "Gift of Screws" is a more rock-driven project.

Label execs initially asked Buckingham to include some of this material on "Under the Skin," but he told Billboard at the time that he felt that album had "much more integrity by keeping it held back in the way it is. It seemed to be more truthful in terms of what the songs were saying and what I was trying to look at."

Buckingham will tour in support of "Gift of Screws" this fall. As for Fleetwood Mac, the artist told Billboard in March that the group is hoping to tour early next year, but downplayed reports that Sheryl Crow would be joining as a touring member to replace the departed Christine McVie.

"We have talked about the possibility of bringing another woman into the scene to kind of give Stevie (Nicks) a sort of foil and shake it up a little bit," he said. "(Crow) was certainly a name that has come up. We'll have to see."

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