Things are getting ugly for America’s folksiest group of the 70s Fleetwood Mac. Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is suing the band for a whole bunch of things, claiming that they ousted him of the group for no reason. I don’t know you guys have been together a long ass time, are you sure you didn’t fart on the tour bus one too many times?
Rolling Stone reports that Fleetwood Mac broke up with Lindsey back in January and replaced him with Mike Campbell of the band Heartbreakers and Neil Finn from Crowded House. The reason they broke up depends on who you’re asking. Lindsey says that Stevie Nicks hated him after he smirked while she was giving a speech at the MusiCares benefit show at Radio City Music Hall in New York, and claims his firing was political. But according to Stevie, who spoke with Rolling Stone in April, that’s not what happened. It was all about how Lindsey wanted to postpone their tour, but the rest of the band was like: “No bitch.” Stevie said:
“We were supposed to go into rehearsal in June and he wanted to put it off until next November… That’s a long time…. As soon as I finish one thing, I dive back into another. Why would we stop? We don’t want to stop playing music. We don’t have anything else to do. This is what we do.”
Shout out to a recording artist for admitting they only have one skill. However, Stevie Nicks is being modest. She is the White Witch! On her off time she can twirl and cast spells. Guess she’s bored of doing that? Well then she could always continue making Harry Styles cry. That’s a pass time.
So where are we now in this Fleetwood Mac saga? Duh, we’re at the lawsuit step.
Lindsey and his legal people have filed a lawsuit for “breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage,” to name a few. Lindsey says he was let go without warning and is entitled to money. The complaint says:
“This action is necessary to enforce Buckingham’s right to share in the economic opportunities he is entitled to as a member of the partnership created to operate the business of Fleetwood Mac… By excluding Buckingham from participating in the 2018-2019 Fleetwood Mac tour in breach of their fiduciary duties of loyalty and good faith and fair dealing, the Defendants intentionally acted to interfere with Buckingham’s relationship with Live Nation and the prospective economic benefit he was to receive as a result of his participation in the tour.”
The complaint also says that because there was no written contract between the band, no one can get fired “without cause”.
Lindsey tops off his complaint by attaching some receipts to the end of it in the form of an email sent to Mick Fleetwood on February 28 where he tried to deal with the drama:
“In the month since MusiCares I’ve tried to speak to both you and Stevie, to no avail… I’ve only gotten radio silence this whole time.… All of this breaks my heart… After 43 years and the finish line so clearly in sight, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that for the five of us to splinter apart now would be the wrong thing… At the moment, the band’s heart and soul has been diminished. But our center, which had seen us through so much, is only laying dormant.”
He also made a statement to Rolling Stone saying:
“I’m looking forward to closure, and will always remain proud of all that we created, and what that legacy represents.”
By closure he means he’s looking forward to a severance check. Fleetwood Mac also gave a comment to Rolling Stone:
“It’s impossible for the band to offer comment on a legal complaint they have not seen. It’s fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr. Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done. Which makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in dispute.”
Stevie Nicks can handle this real quick. She needs to call up her BFF Cordelia Foxx and then with the magic of the Supreme the two of them can cast Lindsey into the same dimension Kanye West‘s consciousness resides. Or they could deal with this the folksy way: a barnyard sing-off at midnight of the blood moon.