[UPDATED] Fleetwood Mac Adds Neil Finn & Mike Campbell After Lindsey Buckingham Departs
Apr 9, 2018 • 1:30 pm PDT
Rolling Stone has reported Lindsey Buckingham was fired from Fleetwood Mac “after a disagreement over the band’s upcoming tour.”
This fall, Fleetwood Mac will tour with a new lineup. Guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham has left the band, while Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn have joined the group as per a Variety report.
While the dates for Fleetwood Mac’s next tour have yet to be finalized and announced, drummer Mick Fleetwood and the rest of the band confirmed the lineup news to Variety. “Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents,” Mick said. “We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound.”
“We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber 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,” the group collectively told Variety. “Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”
Fleetwood Mac was formed in 1967. Buckingham joined the band in 1975 and departed for the first time in 1987. Lindsey returned to the fold in 1997. Mike Campbell has a long history of recording and performing with Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks. Campbell co-wrote and plays on Nicks’ first solo hit, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” In 2006, Stevie opened for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on their Highway Companions Tour. She sat-in with the group at each show. The final Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers collaboration took place last summer in London.
Lindsey Buckingham last performed with Fleetwood Mac on January 26 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, where the band was honored as the 2018 MusicCares Person Of The Year. Stay tuned for a tour announcement.