We don’t usually report on celebrity Rumours here (that’s a pun that will make sense shortly), but we have some truly shocking gossip to share today: Apparently, the members of Fleetwood Mac have not always gotten along very well. Crazy, right? They used to seem like such good friends!
This stunning revelation comes from former member Lindsey Buckingham, who was mysteriously fired from the band earlier this year before it embarked on a big North American tour. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Buckingham said that the band fired him over the phone, two days after he had performed with the rest of Fleetwood Mac at the MusiCares Person Of The Year show, with their manager presenting a list of complaints against Buckingham on behalf of Stevie Nicks. Apparently, she had told Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood that she “never wants to be on a stage” with Buckingham again, citing the way he had an “outburst” over the fact that Nicks’ “Rhiannon” was used as the band’s intro music and that he had supposedly “smirked” while Nicks was making a speech.
Buckingham admitted to Rolling Stone that he did have an issue with the venue playing “Rhiannon,” but it was more about how it “undermined the impact” of the band’s entrance than it was about playing a Stevie Nicks-centric song before all of Fleetwood Mac took the stage. He also explained the smirking, saying it’s a running joke among the band members that Nicks “goes on a long time” once she starts talking. After he heard of Nicks’ complaints from the manager, Buckingham assumed that she was going to quit the band, but she actually presented the other members with a “me or him” ultimatum. They chose Nicks, which—no offense to Lindsey Buckingham—makes some sense to us. “Rhiannon” is really good, after all.
It evidently doesn’t make sense to him, though, because Us Magazine just found out that Buckingham is suing the band for “fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract, and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage.” In other words, he’s pretty mad that they’re going on tour without him.