Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Lindsey Buckingham Sues Fleetwood Mac Over His Firing

Lindsey Buckingham Opens Up About Fleetwood Mac Firing Lindsey Buckingham says Stevie Nicks got him fired from Fleetwood Mac
Adrian Cunningham | 12 October, 2018, 15:13

Buckingham was removed from the line-up following scheduling disputes ahead of the band's forthcoming 50-city tour, a jaunt he claims would have earned him somewhere in the region of $14 million.

He was reportedly fired due to a scheduling conflict centred around a world tour, with the band replacing him for the live shows with Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House leader Neil Finn.

Finn and Campbell were drafted into the band in April after Lindsey Buckingham was sacked.

The 69-year-old rejoined in 1997 and performed with them until January. Azoff told Buckingham that Nicks had given the band "an ultimatum: Either you go or she's gonna go".

Buckingham included in the lawsuit a copy of an email he sent to Fleetwood in February, begging the band to overcome its differences. I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective'.

"After 43 years and the finish line clearly in sight, it is hard to escape the conclusion that for the five of us to splinter apart now would be the wrong thing", he wrote.

"If there is a way to work this through, I believe we must try".

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But his lawyers say the band members "cut Buckingham off entirely".

Court documents obtained by Us Weekly and Radar Online show the singer-songwriter is suing Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood for "breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage" in Los Angeles Superior Court. "Is Stevie leaving the band, or am I getting kicked out?'" Buckingham tells Rolling Stone magazine.

"Stevie [Nicks] never wants to be on a stage with you again", Azoff told Buckingham, who then went on to list things that "Stevie took issue with", namely some kind of outburst on Buckingham's behalf during their introduction music ("Rhiannon") and the way he smirked during Nicks' thank-you speech.

Buckingham and his wife, Kristen, go on to explain the hurt they've felt since the firing, including when Fleetwood Mac debuted their new lineup on Ellen last month. It's fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Buckingham said he received a call from band manager Irving Azoff two days after the band was honored at a MusicCares benefit show in NY.

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