Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham settles with band after being axed from tour
Lindsey Buckingham’s civil lawsuit against his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates has been settled after he was axed from a series of concerts in North America.
- Buckingham said he was “entirely cut off” by the band in January
- He was replaced on tour by Mike Campbell and Neil Finn
- The guitarist said an agreement was made, but he did not elaborate on the terms
In October he accused other members of the band of a being in breach of contract by cutting him from their tour in January, a move he said cost him $27 million in earnings.
In his first television interview since he was dropped by the band, Buckingham did not disclose the terms of any settlement agreement, but he expressed little hope of rejoining Fleetwood Mac.
“I’m pretty much figuring that I won’t,” Buckingham told CBS News.
Buckingham was replaced by Mike Campbell of Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House.
He did not describe the terms of the settlement and a copy of the agreement has not been made available to the media.
“We’ve all signed off on something,” Buckingham said.
“I’m happy enough with it.”
The agreement was reached a few weeks ago, Buckingham said.
Representatives for Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac could not immediately be reached for comment.
Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album documented the fraught relationships within the band. (Flickr: steve)
At the time the lawsuit was lodged, Buckingham’s legal team said he was “cut off entirely” from Fleetwood Mac.
He said the dispute stemmed from a clash between the planned 2018/19 Fleetwood Mac tour and his wishes to play some solo dates.
“Not a single member of the band called Buckingham to break the news to him,” the court documents said.
“In fact, not a single member of Fleetwood Mac has returned any of Buckingham’s phone calls to provide him with an explanation for his purported expulsion from Fleetwood Mac.”
At the time, a spokeswoman for Fleetwood Mac told the BBC the press was notified of the lawsuit before the band’s legal team.
In April, Buckingham’s former bandmate and ex-girlfriend Stevie Nicks told CBS the decision to drop the guitarist was about scheduling.
“This team wanted to get out on the road,” she said.
“And one of the members did not want to get out on the road for a year.
“We just couldn’t agree.”
Buckingham, however, said he had agreed to put his solo shows on hold to join the band on its North American tour.
In his appearance on CBS this week, he said did not want to “twist the knife” after the settlement was reached and that he had tried to approach the situation with “compassion”.
Buckingham joined the band in 1975 with his then-girlfriend Nicks, before leaving in 1987.
He then rejoined in 1997 and remained with the band until January, when he was cut from the latest tour.