Longtime fans of Fleetwood Mac know all about Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks’ relationship issues. They –and all the other couples in the band- broke up during the making of Rumours, and it seems that some of those wounds haven’t healed. In 2018, Buckingham got the boot from the band. Recently, he heaped blame on Nicks and the band’s manager. They were not happy with his comments.
No matter whose side of the story you believe. One fact remains the same. Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac in 2018. He recently spoke with the Los Angeles Times about that departure. During his chat with the publication, he placed the blame for him leaving the band squarely on the shoulders of Stevie Nicks and the band’s manager Irving Azoff.
According to Buckingham’s side of the story, he just wanted to push back Fleetwood Mac’s 2018 tour by a few months. Lindsey wanted to promote his solo album. However, the tour dates had already been “sketched out,” so it would be hard to push them back. He claims that Nicks gave the band an ultimatum before their tour. She said they could lose her or Buckingham. The choice there is clear. Nicks is the star of the show, without question. About this alleged ultimatum, Buckingham said that it would be like Mick Jagger telling the Rolling Stones that it was either him or Keith Richards, but someone had to go. He added that Nicks just wanted to be free of their famously tumultuous relationship.
Buckingham also threw Fleetwood Mac’s manager, Irving Azoff, under the bus. He said that the band’s manager fired Buckingham for his own financial gain.
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The Times also spoke to both Azoff and Nicks about Buckingham’s comments.
Stevie Nicks said that Buckingham’s story was “Revisionist history,” and factually incorrect. “While I’ve never spoken publicly on the matter, it feels the time has come to shine a light on the truth,” she said before opening up. “I did not have him fired, I did not ask for him to be fired, I did not demand he be fired. Frankly, I fired myself.” Nicks says that she removed herself from a situation that was “toxic,” to her wellbeing. In fact, she wouldn’t have cared if Fleetwood Mac went on without her.
Irving Azoff said, “I understand that it’s challenging for Lindsey to accept his own role in these matters and far easier to blame a manager, the fact remains that his actions alone are responsible for what transpired.” Azoff went on to say that the only fault he will take in the matter is keeping Buckingham in Fleetwood Mac longer than he should have. He pointedly added that the band had their most successful tour to date without Buckingham on board.