As reported, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was fired from Fleetwood Mac “after a disagreement over the band’s upcoming tour.” Guitarist Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers has issued a statement regarding his decision to take over for Buckingham in the legendary band.
Campbell was selected along with Crowded House guitarist Neil Finn as Buckingham’s replacements. The pair of guitarists will perform live with drummer Mick Fleetwood, bassist John McVie and vocalists Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie on Fleetwood Mac’s upcoming Fall Tour.
Campbell issued the following statement regarding his joining the group:
Though I was sad to hear Lindsey Buckingham is no longer with Fleetwood Mac, I am honored and excited to join the band. Lindsey is one of my favorite musical artists. A true genius at songwriting and guitar playing. I intend to honor his songs while at the same time bring my musicality to the band. After one rehearsal I can tell it’s going to be an amazing collaboration. I am also very happy to have an opportunity to play with Neil Finn, who I greatly admire. Fleetwood Mac not only has one of the greatest rhythm sections in rock history, it also has two of the finest voices and songwriters in Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie. I am looking forward to the tour with great anticipation.
Dates of the pending tour have yet to be finalized. A collective statement issued to Variety from the remaining members of Fleetwood Mac following the announcement of Buckingham’s departure read:
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. 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 and Buckingham joined the band in 1975. He first left the group in 1987, rejoining the group a decade later. Campbell is a longtime a recording and performing collaborator with Nicks, co-writing and appearing on her hit single “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” Nicks opened for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers during their 2006 tour, regularly joining the band onstage. Buckingham’s last appearance with Fleetwood Mac came on January 26 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
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