The pair plan to make music again
Fleetwood Mac co-founder and drummer Mick Fleetwood has reconciled with former guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Fleetwood tells Rolling Stone the two reconnected last year following co-founder Peter Green’s death.
“I’ve really enjoyed being re-connected with Lindsey, which has been gracious and open. And both of us have been beautifully honest about who we are and how we got to where we were,” Fleetwood shares.
“I look at Fleetwood Mac as a huge family. Everyone plays an important role in our history, even someone like [early Seventies] guitarist Bob Welch, who was huge and sometimes gets forgotten. Lindsey’s position in Fleetwood Mac will, for obvious reasons, never been forgotten, as it should never be forgotten.
“My vision of things happening in the future is really far-reaching. Would I love to think that [reunion] could happen? Yeah. I’d love to think that all of us could be healed, and also respect the people who are in the band, Neil Finn and Michael Campbell.”
The reunion would depend on Buckingham’s relationship with frontwoman Stevie Nicks, which has been strained for decades. The relationship came to ahead in 2018 when Buckingham was fired after a disagreement over the band delaying a tour to focus on a solo project at the time. Tension between he and frontwoman Stevie Nicks during a 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony ultimately led to his firing, according to a lawsuit he later filed against his former twice removed bandmates for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage.
“I can’t speak for the dynamic with Stevie and him. I don’t even need to protect it. It’s so known that they’re chalk and cheese in so many ways, and yet not,” Fleetwood says.
“I know for a fact that I intend to make music and play again with Lindsey. I would love that. It doesn’t have to be in Fleetwood Mac. And Fleetwood Mac is such a strange story. All the players in the play are able to talk and speak for themselves. Somehow, I would love the elements that are not healed to be healed. I love the fantasy that we could cross that bridge and everyone could leave with creative, holistic energy, and everyone could be healed with grace and dignity.”
The group hired Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House to fill Buckingham’s void.