Lindsey Buckingham breaks his silence over his recent departure from Fleetwood Mac. He released a statement during his performance at a California fundraiser last Friday.
Buckingham, who served as Fleetwood Mac's guitarist for 43 years, said his break from the group was not entirely his choice. He also claimed that the band had lost its perspective.
"The point is that they'd lost their perspective. What that did was to harm - and this is the only thing I'm really sad about, the rest of it becomes an opportunity - it harmed the 43-year legacy that we had worked so hard to build, and that legacy was really about rising above difficulties in order to fulfill one's higher truth and one's higher destiny," said Buckingham.
During the show, one of the guitarist's fans slammed Stevie Nicks and cursed at him. However, Buckingham decided to stay diplomatic amid his rift with his bandmates and urged his fan not to insult the tambourine player.
In April, reports surfaced that Fleetwood Mac recruited Mike Campbell and Neil Finn to replace Buckingham. Initial reports claimed that the guitarist refused to go on tour with his band this year.
Stevie Nicks Slams Lindsey Buckingham
Last month, Nicks slammed Buckingham for acting like a diva. He said the band wanted to start rehearsing for the tour in June, but the guitarist wanted to push it back to November. Nicks, who just finished his solo tour, said that he prefers to jump right back into his projects.
"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," said Nicks.
Mick Fleetwood Talks About Guitarist's 'Firing'
Mick Fleetwood also claimed that they never fired Buckingham from the band. Due to some logistics issues, the band decided they could no longer go on with Buckingham.
The majority decided that they could no longer go forward with Buckingham.
Fleetwood Mac's Music Career
Fleetwood Mac is a British-American rock band formed in London in 1967. The band has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands. In 1998, some band members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This year, Fleetwood Mac was declared MusiCares Person of the Year.
Some of the band's most popular songs are "Landslide," "Go Your Own Way," "Rhiannon," "Don't Stop," "Seven Wonders," "Sara," "Gypsy," and "The Chain."