Lindsey Buckingham says he's settled his lawsuit with Fleetwood Mac
Written by Classic Rock 93.9 on December 10, 2018
Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac have apparently settled their differences. Their legal ones, at least.
Buckingham told CBS This Morning over the weekend that the lawsuit he filed in October against his former bandmates following his dismissal from Fleetwood Mac has been settled, and that he’s “happy enough with it.
“I’m not out there trying to twist the knife at all,” Buckingham said. “I’m trying to look at this with some level of compassion, some level of wisdom.”
According to documents obtained by ABC Radio at the time, the suit charged the band with “breach of fiduciary duty,” “breach of oral contract” and “intentional interference with prospective economic advantage,” among other complaints.
Buckingham was dismissed from the band he first joined in 1974, along with his then-musical and romantic partner Stevie Nicks, after he claims he’d asked Fleetwood Mac to delay the start of their 2018 a few months so he could release and promote a solo album. When his band mates refused, he postponed his solo project for a year so he could take part in the trek. But then, Buckingham said, came an ultimatum from Stevie Nicks, relayed to him by the band’s longtime manager, Irving Azoff.
“Either Lindsey goes or I go,” Buckingham recalls Azoff telling him last January, saying Nicks apparently didn’t care for Buckingham’s behavior at a MusiCares event a few nights earlier, which would be his final performance with the band, barring a thaw in sentiment.
Fleetwood Mac went on to tour with Mike Campbell of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House filling his spot.
“It hurt for a while,” Buckingham said of his ouster from the band. “I did walk around for a few months with a visceral reaction to that.”
Fleetwood Mac’s next tour stop is tomorrow night in Inglewood, CA.
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