By Scott Iwasaki
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008
Lindsey Buckingham, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his band Fleetwood Mac back in 1998, said working on his fifth solo album was "effortless."
"When I did my last album, 'Under the Skin,' it was not a rock album," said Buckingham during a phone call from his home in Los Angeles. "There were no lead guitars, no drum and bass.
"With the new album ('Gift of Screws'), I came into it with songs that rocked," he said. "And that set the precedence."
From there, Buckingham let the music take the reins.
"While getting the songs together, there were a few other songs that I had written a few years ago that wanted to be part of the project. So I let them.
"It all came together easily, even though I was laying down tracks in hotel rooms on a little Korg mixer during my last solo tour," he said.
Making a solo album is a musical vacation for Buckingham.
"I don't have to make a CD for money," he said. "That's one of the luxuries I have with Fleetwood Mac.
"When I make a solo album, it's more to be away from Fleetwood Mac and examine the left side of my palette."
Still, Buckingham knows he will always be connected to the Fleetwood Mac machine. And he even has drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie as guests on his new album.
"They are on the recordings of some of the older songs that I had written for the album," said Buckingham. "The album is really a reflection of what I have done throughout my career. And having John and Mick on the album ties that part of my life into the project."
Still, another beauty of making a solo record is not having to answer to anyone but himself, said Buckingham.
"With a band there are politics," he said. "You have to work within a border. And that is challenging."
With that said, however, Buckingham said Fleetwood Mac will be doing some things next year.
"Stevie (Nicks) and I have been talking, and there is some good energy going through the band," he said.
"We've decided that we all need to be nice to each other," he said with a laugh.