In 2018, the entertainment industry was shocked as it saw the unprecedented separation of Fleetwood Mac and Buckingham Lindsey after a disagreement with the band’s upcoming tour. He was kicked out after declining to participate in a North American tour scheduled for late 2018. He wanted to put it off until 2019. This irked the other band members leading to the band replacing him with Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House.
The rift between Buckingham and the band came about due to Buckingham’s desire to work on a solo album. At first, he relented, agreeing to delay his album, then later he learned that the number of shows the band planned to play was decreased, he attempted to negotiate time solo time. From there, there were continuing disagreements and, ultimately a fallout.
While attending a fundraiser supporting Democratic congressional candidate Mike Levin in California, he commented on his separation from the popular band. “For me, probably some of you know that for the last three months I have sadly taken leave of my band of 43 years, Fleetwood Mac. This was not something that was my doing or my choice,” Buckingham said.
“I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective,” Buckingham continued. “The point is that they’d lost their perspective. What that did was to harm – and this is the only thing 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 to fulfill one’s higher truth and one’s higher destiny.”
Following Buckingham’s departure from the band, Fleetwood commented to Rolling Stones, saying, “Words like ‘fired’ are ugly references as far as I’m concerned. Not to hedge around, but we arrived at the impasse of hitting a brick wall”.
“This was not a happy situation for us in terms of the logistics of a functioning band. To that purpose, we made a decision that we could not go on with him. Majority rules in terms of what we need to do as a band and go forward”, they added.
Buckingham filed suit against the band, and it was later settled for an undisclosed amount of money.