Back in 2018, allegedly Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac at Nicks’ request. Crowded House singer-songwriter Neil Finn and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers member Mike Campbell replaced Buckingham in the legendary band. While there seems to be conflicting reports, Buckingham and Nicks do indeed have a long and tumultuous history together.
Buckingham recently opened up about the ongoing feud in an interview with Rolling Stone. After placing the blame for his Fleetwood Mac exit squarely on Stevie Nicks, the band’s singer has fired back to the outlet.
“It’s unfortunate that Lindsey has chosen to tell a revisionist history of what transpired in 2018 with Fleetwood Mac,” Stevie Nicks said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “His version of events is factually inaccurate. And while I’ve never spoken publicly on the matter, preferring to not air dirty laundry, certainly it feels the time has come to shine a light on the truth. I could publicly reflect on the many reasons why, and perhaps I will do that someday in a memoir. But suffice it to say we could start in 1968 and work up to 2018 with a litany of very precise reasons why I will not work with him.”
“To be exceedingly clear, 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,” she added. “I proactively removed myself from the band and a situation I considered to be toxic to my well-being. I was done. If the band went on without me, so be it.”
Lindsey Buckingham Blames Stevie Nicks in Rolling Stone Interview
Buckingham’s Rolling Stone interview came out on Thursday, and Stevie Nicks subsequently addressed the guitarist’s exit for the first time. While talking to the outlet, Buckingham revealed that Fleetwood Mac’s recent issues began when discussing their 2018 tour.
The musician, who joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975, asked his bandmates to delay their 2018 tour. He wanted to promote his seventh solo album before hitting the road with his famous band. Most of his bandmates agreed to shifting the dates, but Nicks reportedly would not allow it. After years of not getting along, the pair reached a breaking point in January 2018.
After accepting their Person of the Year award at the MusiCares festival, drama followed not long after. Buckingham didn’t like that the festival played the Nicks-written “Rhiannon” as the band’s entrance song. He also supposedly smirked as she gave a lengthy acceptance speech of behalf on the band. While speaking to Rolling Stone, Buckingham tried to set the record straight. He said wanting to work on and promote his solo album became the main issue, not any reaction to Stevie Nicks’ speech.
“I think she wanted to shape the band in her own image, a more mellow thing. And if you look at the last tour, I think that’s true,” Buckingham said of former bandmate Stevie Nicks.
Just last month, drummer Mick Fleetwood hinted at Buckingham’s return to the band. However, Nicks seemed to shut that notion down entirely in her recent response. As of now, it doesn’t seem like there will be a return to the original Fleetwood Mac lineup anytime soon that shot to stardom in the 1970s.