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6 August 2018, 10:52
"We just weren't happy..."
Mick Fleetwood has opened up about Lindsey Buckingham’s exit from Fleetwood Mac, after the surprisingly singer was fired from the band earlier this year.
In April, Buckingham left the group after 40 years on and off. It was later revealed that he will be replaced on tour by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House’s Neil Finn.
Later, Buckingham claimed that he had been fired by his group, and accused them of “losing perspective.”
Mick Fleetwood has now spoken about Buckingham’s dismissal ahead of Fleetwood Mac's tour. He told Billboard: “Obviously this is a huge change with the advent of Lindsey Buckingham not being a part of Fleetwood Mac.”
“We all wish him well and all the rest of it. In truthful language, we just weren’t happy. And I’ll leave it at that in terms of the dynamic.”
On including Campbell and Finn in the group, he said: “We are a week into rehearsals and it’s going really well and we’re looking forward, in true Fleetwood Mac style.
“If you know anything about the history of this band, it’s sort of peppered with this type of dramatic stuff. It’s a strange band really.
“It’s ironic that we have a 50-year package coming out with all the old blues stuff with Peter Green, all the incarnations of Fleetwood Mac, which was not of course planned”
Fleetwood added: “But that’s what we’re feeling, especially myself and John [McVie], having been in Fleetwood Mac for 55 years. So it’s exciting, totally challenging in the whole creative part of it, and we’re really loving it.
“We’re just looking at a whole 18 months on-and-off of trekking around the world like we normally do and having it be fun.”
Fleetwood Mac will tour North America later this year, and will run until April 2019.