After being replaced for the band’s already planned tour by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Neil Finn of Crowded House, Buckingham took action – claiming he would have earned $12 and $14 million in two months of touring with the band.
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There is no band in the history of rock that has experienced more interpersonal drama than Fleetwood Mac.
While the members’ Bed-Eating in the 1970s and breakups coincided with the band’s creative peak, the band demonstrated that it had not fully lost its well-earned image when guitarist/singer/songwriter Lindsey Buckingham was fired in 2018.
After being replaced by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Neil Finn of Crowded House for the band’s already scheduled tour, Buckingham retaliated suing and claimed that he would have earned between $12 and $14 million in two months of touring with the band.
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In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, singer Stevie Nicks opens up about Buckinghams retirement and subsequent heart attacks. Buckingham and Nicks were a duo, professionally and romantically, when they joined Fleetwood Mac, but their relationship was volatile and they ended up split – while remaining bandmates.
In Buckingham’s lawsuit, he claims that he was fired days after the band presented at the MusiCares ceremony honouring Fleetwood Mac in January 2018. His suit alleges that someone told him that Nicks was so angry and under the impression he mocked her when she gave a speech she told the rest of the band she would quit if they didn’t get rid of him.
While Nicks won’t go into detail for the Times, she does say that what happened the night was “the bird that broke the back of a camel.”
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She insists that she never intended for that to happen. I walked in every time we reformed to do a tour or record ever with hope in my heart. I just felt so disappointed in the situation. I felt like all the wind had disappeared from my sails.”
According to Nicks, she and Buckingham haven’t spoken since his firing but she wrote him after he suffered a heart attack in February 2019 and required open heart surgery.
«You better take care of yourself. You better take it easy and you better do everything they say and return to your voice and feel the grace that you have overcome this in it,” she wrote.