Lindsey Buckingham leaves Fleetwood Mac

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Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has left Fleetwood Mac. His last show with the band was at Radio City Music Hall in New York in January, when the band played a short set as part of the MusiCares Person of the Year show. He is to be replaced for upcoming shows by former Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, and Crowded House leader Neil Finn. 

In a statement, Fleetwood Mac say: "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."

"Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents," adds Mick Fleetwood. "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."

“Two weeks ago I received  a wonderful invitation to be a part of a truly great band," says Neil Finn. "A few days later I was standing in a room playing music with Fleetwood Mac. It felt fresh and exciting, so many great songs, a spectacular rhythm section and two of the greatest voices ever. Best of all, we sounded good together. It was a natural fit. I can’t wait  to play.

Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975, going on the perform on the band's most successful albums and writing or co-writing four songs from 1976's classic Rumours, including Go Your Own Way and The Chain. He left in acrimonious circumstances after the recording of 1987's Tango In The Night, but rejoined the band a decade later. 

In 2013 Buckingham spoke of his relationship with Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks, with whom he also released an album in 1973. “There’s a subtext of love between us, and it would be hard to deny that much of what we’ve accomplished had something to do with trying to prove something to each other. Maybe that’s fucked up, but this is someone I’ve known since I was sixteen, and on some weird level we’re still trying to work some things out.”

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.