Does Mick Fleetwood want Lindsey Buckingham to return to Fleetwood Mac?
Fans will recall that Buckingham left the band back in 2018. Fans speculated that there would never be a reunion with the bad blood, but now, there is hope! In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Buckingham made a startling claim.
“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,” he revealed.
Somewhat surprisingly, he didn’t see the band’s last tour or hear anything about it. He assures that it was fine but believes that it was “probably very mellow by comparison.”
During the 2018 tour, the group performed not only their music but also Tom Petty and Crowded House tracks.
“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,” he explained.
Buckingham alleged that Mick never wanted to see him go in the first place.
“I would never hang my hat on that,” he continued. “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. It’s certainly something that more than one person who is close to the situation has brought to me.”
With Mick’s apparent blessing, Buckingham is also open to the idea of returning. He revealed that he wasn’t happy how everything was left.
Why Did Lindsey Buckingham Leave Fleetwood Mac?
Lindsey Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac in 2018 before their most recent tour. He was reportedly ousted from the band that was led by Stevie Nicks.
According to Buckingham, he was informed by their manager, Irving Azoff about his exit. He was told that “Nicks never wanted to share a stage with him again.”
Their disagreement reportedly took place during rehearsals. Buckingham and Nicks reportedly argued about their song, “Rhiannon.” According to his account, Nicks was also mad about his smirk during a thank you speech. There was apparently a list of things that the lead singer didn’t like about Buckingham.
He was then later replaced by Neil Finn (Crowded House) and Mike Campbell (Tom Petty) for the tour.
“It wasn’t so much that I felt slighted that I didn’t get to do yet another Fleetwood Mac tour,” he told the outlet. “But I thought it really did not respect the legacy that we built, which was all about overcoming adversity.”
“Anything that anyone had an issue with, with me, was so small in comparison with other things we managed to rise above,” he adds. “So anyway, that’s a — perhaps slim — possibility [for a reunion],” he concluded.