The chain may never be broken, but Fleetwood Mac appears to be irreversibly splintered with no near future reunion in sight. Longtime member Stevie Nicks reportedly blocked guitarist Lindsey Buckingham from rejoining the band. This comes after the founder Mick Fleetwood expressed wishes for a reunion.
Buckingham left the band back in 2018 after tensions rose between the group. He had been a longtime member of the band, helping to raise Fleetwood Mac to its historic heights. But Buckingham and Nicks have a long and complicated relationship.
According to Buckingham, Nicks never wants to perform with him again. She’s said as much. After Buckingham left, Fleetwood replaced him with Neil Finn of Crowded House fame and Mike Campbell from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
“There have been intimations from Mick [Fleetwood], who I’ve talked to several times, that he wants to try to get the five of us back together,” Buckingham told Entertainment Weekly. “I did not see their last tour. I’m sure it was fine, but I think it was probably very mellow by comparison…They were covering so much other Fleetwood Mac material, and they were doing Crowded House songs and Tom Petty songs. So, I wasn’t sure how that was going to pan out. And I wasn’t sure how Mick ultimately felt about it either. But that was the politics of the situation that led to that.”
Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks
Fleetwood Mac chose to let Lindsey Buckingham go in 2018. The rest of the band backed Stevie Nicks in a reported feud. After the news broke, Buckingham retaliated with a lawsuit against the band. But they later settled out of court. Nicks told Buckingham’s manager she never wanted to play with him again.
Buckingham has since expressed his disappointment in leaving the band. He believes that Nicks has the power to end his exile. But he doesn’t believe that she will. The two haven’t made contact since Nicks sent him a letter in 2019 after his heart attack.
“It’s really going to take Stevie coming to that point of view, and I haven’t spoken to Stevie in a long, long time, so I don’t know where that’s at,” he said. “It’s certainly something that more than one person who is close to the situation has brought to me.”
Buckingham feels a little bit cheated by being ousted from Fleetwood Mac. Although Nicks and her vocals helped put Fleetwood on the map, Buckingham played an important role himself. He said he would be interested in coming back to play.
“It wasn’t so much that I felt slighted that I didn’t get to do yet another Fleetwood Mac tour, but I thought it really did not respect the legacy that we built, which was all about overcoming adversity,” he said.