Thursday, April 12, 2018

Inside the soap opera life of Fleetwood Mac

WORSE THAN RUMOURS Sex cults, the guitarists’ curse and a line of cocaine seven miles long: inside the soap opera life of Fleetwood Mac

Guitarist and singer Lindsey Buckingham's dramatic departure from the band this week is just another chapter to Fleetwood Mac's scandalous story of entangled love lives, debauchery, drugs and ever-changing line-ups

By Jacqui Swift
The Sun - UK

Their entangled love lives, debauchery, drugs and ever changing line-ups would fill the plot lines of any drama... there has never been a band more like a soap opera than Fleetwood Mac.

So when guitarist and singer Lindsey Buckingham was dramatically fired and told to go his own way this week, it was just another chapter to their scandalous story.

Lindsey leaving the band is nothing new
It’s not the first time Lindsey, now 68, has left the band - he quit in 1987, but returned to the fold a decade later.

When Lindsey quit in the 80s, after producing their second-biggest selling album, 1987’s Tango In The Night, it was because of his refusal to go out on tour and following a physical altercation – according to Mick Fleetwood’s 2014 memoir, Play On.

When the band announced last spring that a tour this year was planned, Lindsey was reluctant and wanted to focus on his solo work.

And so now, as in 1987 when was replaced by Billy Burnette and Rick Vito, Lindsey finds himself replaced by two new members with Crowded House’s Neil Finn and former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell joining Fleetwood Mac for their upcoming tour.

Interviewing the band separately before their gig at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2013 it was clear that Lindsey was the outsider who wanted to do things his way.

First he stopped journalists watching the band sound-check after Mick had invited them into the arena.

Later, he dismissed the rumour that Stevie’s good friend Sheryl Crow might take the place of Christine McVie who had “retired” in 1998.

Lindsey said snarkily: “There aren’t too many people who would be able to fill that bill. With Sheryl I thought it was pretty funny.”

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

All that money and they're still bloody miserable......

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