Fleetwood Mac fires Lindsey Buckingham, replaces him with Neil Finn
Fleetwood Mac has done the most Fleetwood Mac thing possible ahead of their upcoming world tour and fired lead guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.
Buckingham will be replaced by none other than Crowded House frontman Neil Finn, along with Mike Campbell of The Heartbreakers.
For a band that’s made a career out of break-ups and reunions, the latest drama is unsurprising, though it will disappoint longtime fans.
The lineup was due to include Christine McVie, who rejoined the band in 2014, John McVie and Buckingham, along with stalwarts Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood.
The parting of ways was reportedly caused by a disagreement over tour arrangements.
According to Rolling Stone, the group issued a joint statement saying they were “thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the calibre of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family”.
“With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs,” they wrote.
“Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honouring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”
Finn said he was excited about the opportunity, which came about suddenly.
“Two weeks ago, I received a wonderful invitation to be a part of a truly great band,” he said.
“A few days later, I was standing in a room playing music with Fleetwood Mac. It felt fresh and exciting, so many great songs, a spectacular rhythm section and two of the greatest voices ever. Best of all, we sounded good together. It was a natural fit. I can’t wait to play.”
Dates for the upcoming tour are yet to be announced.
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— neil mullane finn (@NeilFinn) April 9, 2018