Lindsey Buckingham is still confused over his 2018 firing from Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham, who kicks off his North American dates tonight (April 5th) in San Francisco, spoke to Record Collector, and discussed the band, which now features his replacements — Mike Campbell from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Crowed House leader Neil Finn.
Buckingham admitted, “I never saw any of the shows, so I can’t really comment on it fairly, but having looked at the setlist I thought some of the material ran a little broad. There was a lot of Peter Green stuff in there, which is fine when you consider his importance to the band’s history, but, you’ve got (Tom Petty’s) 'Free Fallin'' and (Crowded House’s) 'Don’t Dream It’s Over,' which might be considered a little, y’know, off-the-radar.”
Buckingham believes the perceived slight Stevie Nicks feels he threw her at Fleetwood Mac's 2018 MusiCares tribute was small potatoes in the grand scheme of the band's long and storied history: “The only thing I would say in general is that what led to that state of affairs was nothing I’d call particularly important. Compared to what we’ve gone through in the past and were able to rise above during the 43 years of my life I spent with the band, it was a relatively easy hurdle to negotiate.”