Fleetwood Mac and Lindsey Buckingham settle split


The guitarist said he was fired from the band after Stevie Nicks had issued their bandmates with an ultimatum

Lindsey Buckingham has said he has settled the lawsuit he filed against Fleetwood Mac after he was dismissed from the band earlier this year.

The guitarist filed legal action in October against his former group for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, among other charges, while seeking compensation for $12 million in lost revenue from Fleetwood Mac’s current 2018/19 tour.

“We’ve all signed off on something. I’m happy enough with it,” Buckingham tells CBS This Morning. “I’m not out there trying to twist the knife at all. I’m trying to look at this with some level of compassion, some level of wisdom.”

The guitarist was fired from the group in January and later said in an interview the band’s manager Irving Azoff had told him Stevie Nicks “never wants to be on a stage with you again.”

Buckingham, a key member of the British-American band whose hits include Don’t Stop and Go Your Own Way, did not disclose the terms of the settlement, but he expressed little hope of rejoining Fleetwood Mac.

“I’m pretty much figuring that I won’t,” Buckingham told CBS News on Saturday.

Buckingham filed a civil lawsuit in October in Los Angeles Superior Court, accusing other members of the band of breach of contract, saying the dispute stemmed from a clash between the planned 2018/19 Fleetwood Mac tour and his wishes to play some solo gigs.

The settlement was reached a couple weeks ago, Buckingham, 69, said.

“We’ve all signed off on something,” he said.

Representatives for Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac could not immediately be reached for comment.

Fleetwood Mac, which first formed in 1967, has been plagued by behind-the-scenes romantic and creative tensions among its members and a shifting lineup over the years.

I have sadly taken leave of my band of 43 years, Fleetwood Mac. This was not something that was really my doing or my choice,” Buckingham, said during a performance in Los Feliz, Calif., Friday night (May 11). “I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective.”

“It harmed the 43-year legacy that we had worked so hard to build,” he said of the group’s decision, “and that legacy was really about rising above difficulties in order to fulfill one’s higher truth and one’s higher destiny.”

What that did was to harm – and this is the only I’m really sad about, the rest of it becomes an opportunity – it harmed the 43-year legacy that we had worked so hard to build, and that legacy was really about rising above difficulties in order to fulfil one’s higher truth and one’s higher destiny.”




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  1. Fleetwood Mac without Lindsey are not the same, he was a key member of the band as guitarist, vocalist and composer.

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