Three years after being tossed out of Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham thinks there’s a possibility to mend fences with the group — specifically with the reason for his swift departure, his ex-girlfriend, Stevie Nicks.
Buckingham will release his self-titled collection on September 17th and head out on the road. The album marks his first new music since the 2017 Lindsey Buckingham – Christine McVie album.
Lindsey Buckingham spoke to EW.com and chatted about where he and the band stand in terms of making music together: “There have been intimations from Mick (Fleetwood), who I’ve talked to several times, that he wants to try to get the five of us back together. I did not see their last tour. I’m sure it was fine, but I think it was probably very mellow by comparison. . . They were covering so much other Fleetwood Mac material, and they were doing Crowded House songs and Tom Petty songs. So, I wasn’t sure how that was going to pan out, and I wasn’t sure how Mick ultimately felt about it either, but that was the politics of the situation that led to that.”
He went on to explain that his exit from the Mac wasn’t a unanimous choice: “Mick — he didn’t want to see me go in the first place — but he’s talking about that. I would never hang my hat on that. It’s really going to take Stevie coming to that point of view, and I haven’t spoken to Stevie in a long, long time, so I don’t know where that’s at. It’s certainly something that more than one person who is close to the situation has brought to me.”
Buckingham admitted, “I wasn’t happy about how that went down. It wasn’t so much that I felt slighted that I didn’t get to do yet another Fleetwood Mac tour, but I thought it really did not respect the legacy that we built, which was all about overcoming adversity.”
He went on to say, “Anything that anyone had an issue with, with me, was so small in comparison with other things we managed to rise above. So anyway, that’s a — perhaps slim — possibility.”
Not long before his sudden firing in 2018, Lindsey Buckingham, who met Stevie Nicks in high school back in 1967, told us that his romantic relationship with the iconic singer during the first half of the 1970’s not only informed all of their music at the time, but continues to influence their relationship today — despite the ex-couple long moving on with their lives and forming new relationships: “There’s a thread you can trace between when Stevie and I joined (in 1975) and the present, I mean that is certainly it. Even backtracking to, y’know, having known Stevie since high school. I mean, all the things leading up to that and all the things that have happened since then. . . And it’s a bit ironic, and a bit miraculous that after all this time, the more vulnerable parts of the two of us are still adjusting and still evolving around each other in ways that speak of there being a significance to each other, musically.”