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  posted on 4/10/2018 at 06:46 AM
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Lindsey Buckingham's second tenure with Fleetwood Mac has apparently come to an end. Reports are saying he has parted ways with the band 22 years after their classic lineup reunited and that he'll be replaced on an upcoming tour by Mike Campbell of the Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House.

Rolling Stone is reporting that Buckingham was fired over a disagreement regarding the tour.

“Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents,” Mick Fleetwood told Variety. “We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound.”




“We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family," the band added in a statement. "With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalog of songs. Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour."

The statement concluded that “Lindsey Buckingham will not be performing with the band on this tour. The band wishes Lindsey all the best.”

According to Variety, news of Buckingham's departure was first made public on April 4 when Billy Burnette, who took over for Buckingham from 1987-95, tweeted, “Breaking news: Lindsey Buckingham is out but I’m not in.” The tweet was deleted a few hours later.

Campbell's connection to singer Stevie Nicks runs deep; they worked together on her 1981 debut solo album, Bella Donna. The record came about after Nicks told Atlantic Records' president, Doug Morris, that she wanted to be a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Morris told her that Petty had a rule: "No girls allowed." Variety adds that Fleetwood played with Finn's son, Liam, at an event in New Zealand last year.


The arrival of Buckingham and Nicks, then a couple, on New Year's Eve 1974 changed the fate of Fleetwood Mac. The band had been primarily known as a solid but low-selling blues band up to that point, and the pop sensibility the duo brought, beginning with 1975's Fleetwood Mac, turned them into superstars. Two years later, their breakup, as well as the divorce of bandmates John and Christine McVie, was chronicled on the hit album Rumours.

Buckingham left shortly after the release of 1987's Tango in the Night, when Burnette and Rick Vito replaced him. But he came back, first for their performance at President Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993 and then four years later for The Dance live LP.

Campbell joined up with Petty in the early '70s, when they were in the band Mudcrutch. He became Petty's most important collaborator throughout the years right up until Petty's 2017 death. In addition to Nicks, Campbell has also worked with Don Henley, Johnny Cash, George Harrison, Warren Zevon and many others.

A native of New Zealand, Finn got his start in 1977 when he joined Split Enz, who were fronted by his brother Tim. Over the next few years, he began taking a bigger role in songwriting, giving the band an international hit in 1980 with "I Got You." After their 1984 breakup, Finn formed Crowded House and had two Top 10 hits, "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Something So Strong," from their self-titled 1986 debut. They broke up a decade later, and Finn has since released several solo albums and occasionally reunited with Crowded House. He confirmed his involvement in Fleetwood Mac on Twitter.


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Crowded House frontman Neil Finn's surprise appearance in Fleetwood Mac's touring lineup seemed to come out of left field, but it really didn't. In fact, Finn has been close with Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood Mac's co-founding drummer, for years.

Fleetwood called Finn a "new music friend" in 2016, and both took part in the recent Concert for Our Lives, which followed the student-organized March for Our Lives, in Maui. Fleetwood sat in with Finn on a cover of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over," according to Setlist.fm, while Fleetwood also earlier teamed with Neil's son Liam Finn for a rendition of the Little Willie John classic "Need Your Love So Bad," from Fleetwood Mac's early repertoire.




"Two weeks ago, I received a wonderful invitation to be a part of a truly great band," Finn said in a statement. "A few days later, I was standing in a room playing music with Fleetwood Mac. It felt fresh and exciting, so many great songs, a spectacular rhythm section and two of the greatest voices ever. Best of all, we sounded good together. It was a natural fit. I can’t wait to play."

"Don't Dream It's Over," a No. 2 Billboard smash, helped propel Crowded House – and Finn – to international fame in 1986; they also had a Top 10 hit with 1987's "Something So Strong" before splitting in 1996. Crowded House then reformed between 2006-10, in a reunion that followed the suicide of the band's original drummer, Paul Hester.

Fleetwood specifically mentioned being a fan of Crowded House as far back as 1989, and the group later tapped longtime Crowded House producer Mitchell Froom to oversee three of the four cuts on Fleetwood Mac's 2013 Extended Play EP – including "Sad Angel," "It Takes Time" and "Miss Fantasy."

Fleetwood traveled to Finn's native New Zealand in 2016 (not long after Finn's most recent stint leading Crowded House) for a studio collaboration. Fleetwood and Finn were also spotted palling around in the studio while Monkey Majik were at work on new music back in 2015.

Finn's latest solo album, 2017's Out of Silence, was recorded via an internet live-stream. He would presumably take over the now-departed Lindsey Buckingham's role on vocals, while Mike Campbell will handle guitar duties.

"Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents,” Fleetwood told Variety. “We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound."

 

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  posted on 4/10/2018 at 08:16 AM
Stunned that replacing Buckingham with just Mike Campbell isn't enough and that they think they need Finn, too.

Is Buckingham revered as some sort of guitar god? Chicago replaced Terry Kath with 2 guitarists, too.

Campbell is an excellent player and at least Buckingham's equal, no?

Or is this more of a sonic thing to keep the Mac sound intact?

 

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  posted on 4/10/2018 at 09:13 AM
agree islalala. mike campbell is the man. a legend. he can rip, he can be melodic. he can be understated. he can be front and center. in fact, besides trucks, he has had the career that i would have wanted to emulate.

in case you didn't know, campbell brought a music demo to Tom Petty mid/late 80s. Petty wasn't feeling it. But Don Henley needed a song. Campbell gave him the demo. And Boys of Summer was on the air not too much longer. Petty didn't pass up Campbell demos after that one.

 

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  posted on 4/10/2018 at 10:05 AM
well mike campbell doesn't sing so they need a voice to replace buckinghams .


as far as guitar playing. mike will no be able to replicate lindseys guitar playing. man is a guitar god and finger picks like a bluegrass player

 

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  posted on 4/10/2018 at 10:51 AM
It's 2018. While this news might have been interesting - even shocking - in 1983 - it's kinda meaningless now. The bands of that era have regrouped/split/spun off so many times for many reasons, including that the band members are just OLD AF, that I can only wish them well. Thanks for the post, though.
 

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  posted on 4/10/2018 at 11:51 AM
Surprising, especially if this is a final farewell Mac tour, but not really earth shattering. I read elsewhere that pointed to Finn's role being needed more for the vox, and the 2nd UCR article above intimates the same.

I might have been reading too much into the public comments, but sounds like they might want to dig into some more of the Mac material pre-dating the Nicks/Buckingham era, so I wonder if that was the rift that led to parting of ways.

 

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  posted on 4/10/2018 at 11:51 AM
how did they let him know? by fax maybe? wondering if dickey is looking for a pretty good vocalist/guitarist for his tour? you know what I always say in situations like this....oh well...
 
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  posted on 4/10/2018 at 12:18 PM
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well mike campbell doesn't sing so they need a voice to replace buckinghams .



Campbell does sing. Sounds a lot like Tom Petty too. Don't remember what album, but he sings the lead on "I don't Wanna Fight".

 

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Campbell does sing. Sounds a lot like Tom Petty too. Don't remember what album, but he sings the lead on "I don't Wanna Fight".


you are correct. I should have stated that better. Campbell doesn't have a voice that can replace buckinghams so another singer had to be brought in

 

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Campbell does sing. Sounds a lot like Tom Petty too. Don't remember what album, but he sings the lead on "I don't Wanna Fight".


you are correct. I should have stated that better. Campbell doesn't have a voice that can replace buckinghams so another singer had to be brought in


And as I posted that I was thinking that Campbell certainly couldn't cover what Buckingham sings. His guitar playing, however, is at par or better than Buckinghams.

 

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  posted on 4/10/2018 at 01:55 PM
Campbell will do fine, but it will change the songs a little because it's just a different style of playing. Probably not enough for most in the crowd to notice a difference in the guitar sound though.
 

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well mike campbell doesn't sing so they need a voice to replace buckinghams .



Campbell does sing. Sounds a lot like Tom Petty too. Don't remember what album, but he sings the lead on "I don't Wanna Fight".


you are correct. I should have stated that better. Campbell doesn't have a voice that can replace buckinghams so another singer had to be brought in


And as I posted that I was thinking that Campbell certainly couldn't cover what Buckingham sings. His guitar playing, however, is at par or better than Buckinghams.



I still don't know about that. no way can I see Campbell being able to play "big love" the way Buckingham plays it unplugged on The Dance. its just 2 totally different styles of playing

 

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I still don't know about that. no way can I see Campbell being able to play "big love" the way Buckingham plays it unplugged on The Dance. its just 2 totally different styles of playing


I wouldn't be so sure. I'm in a band that plays oldies (Hendrix, Stones, Who, Traffic, etc.) and some somewhat newer stuff (Elvis Costello, Pixies, Raconteurs, etc.) and while we don't play the "style" of FM, our lead guitarist can pull off The Chain and Big Love...though not like it was played solo, but it won't be solo. I think Campbell is well qualified to bring FM along.

 

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Personally I wish we had gotten a new era of Fleetwood Mac in the 80s after the Buckingham/Nicks era. Instead we got weird soap opera versions that have rehashed for years and have nothing new to offer. You knew after Buckingham made the album with Christine that there would be "issues" down the road. Time will tell if she sticks around as she had just rejoined. It seems that she is.

To me, Campbell and Finn is a great new era and who knows - maybe even a decent album down the road. Both of those guys are writers also.

My favourite tour was the one where Burnett and Vito were there instead of Buckingham. Brought back some Peter Green era stuff which was nice plus the band was great. saw a few shows that tour. saw all the others too and some great shows but those ones were real good.

Neither guitarist was a finger picking style guitarist like Buckingham and it worked just fine.

Lindsey is great at that style of guitar but other aspects of his lead playing are not very strong. Everyone has there strengths.

I may actually go where as with Buckingham I would have passed.

 

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I still don't know about that. no way can I see Campbell being able to play "big love" the way Buckingham plays it unplugged on The Dance. its just 2 totally different styles of playing


I wouldn't be so sure. I'm in a band that plays oldies (Hendrix, Stones, Who, Traffic, etc.) and some somewhat newer stuff (Elvis Costello, Pixies, Raconteurs, etc.) and while we don't play the "style" of FM, our lead guitarist can pull off The Chain and Big Love...though not like it was played solo, but it won't be solo. I think Campbell is well qualified to bring FM along.


campbell is a good player. was just pointing out they have 2 totally different styles

 

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I'm going to guess Campbell will not take too many self congratulatory bows to the crowd after a solo like Buckingham would do from time to time.
 

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  posted on 4/11/2018 at 05:49 AM
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I’ll check them out first but same feeling here.To my ears Campbell is a more talented and capable player albeit offering up a very different style of playing.

Sorta reminds me of seeing Joe Walsh when he joined The Eagles..many felt(still feel?) he wouldn’t fit...for me he was the highlight of their concert in 1976.Added the grit and R&R that was missing.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2018 at 05:30 PM
Those of you saying "Oh Mike Campbell doesn't sing" must have missed the part about Neil Finn also being hired??????.
 

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  posted on 4/13/2018 at 07:03 AM
Mike Campbell/ Joe Walsh Funk 49

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Didn't Buckingham & Christine McVie do a little tour not too long ago?

 

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  posted on 4/13/2018 at 09:36 AM
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Released an album also so you knew that Stevie would get her back up and issues would happen. Not surprised at all by his exit. What is this - the fourth time he has left?

I always thought that they gave him too much power and credit. They were massive and then let him start producing and they never did as well again.

Without them, he has failed to make a dent.

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Released an album also so you knew that Stevie would get her back up and issues would happen. Not surprised at all by his exit. What is this - the fourth time he has left?

I always thought that they gave him too much power and credit. They were massive and then let him start producing and they never did as well again.

Without them, he has failed to make a dent.

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huh? you do know starting with rumours Buckingham , Richard Dashut and Ken Caillat pretty much produced everything. yes Buckingham pretty much produced most of rumours so not sure what you meant they gave him the reigns and he failed.

also tango in the night went to #1 and has sold close to 4 million copies in America. the bands 3rd best selling album. how is that a failure if it outsold tusk, the live album and mirage? tango was basically a Buckingham solo album. 7 of the 12 songs Buckingham wrote or co-wrote. he produced the entire thing pretty much by himself. he cobbled together multiple takes of stevie nicks singing to get useable takes for her 3 lead vocals. on top of that stevie got a co-writing credit for "seven wonders" because she was so coked out of her mind she inadvertently sang different lyrics than what was written

 

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  posted on 4/13/2018 at 10:39 AM
After Rumours is where Lindsey told everyone that he should be the producer. Big difference. When he actually became producer, it took forever for weak results.

As for your other points, 4 million is failure in comparison.

They never reached that popularity again. I stand by that and no Lindsey cheerleading will change that fact.

All the other soap opera stuff about how he did it all for everyone. I have read all the same stuff. Blah Blah Blah - everyone was out of their minds. Sure he helped round out tunes - that is what band's do. He obviously needed them to bring him stuff also. Without them, his stuff was weak. Hence a failed solo career.

Stevie seems to have faired very well without Lindsey in her solo career. How was his? LOL

Matt I know you love the guy and I get that he is talented. Just not as talented as he thinks he is.

At this stage, let the Nicks/Buckingham era DIE!!! Nothing new any of them have to offer to Fleetwood Mac.

Lindsey's BS cost them about 5 albums worth of time and endless drama. High maintenance.

Mike Campbell comes with none of that baggage. Works for me and apparently them.

 

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After Rumours is where Lindsey told everyone that he should be the producer. Big difference. When he actually became producer, it took forever for weak results.

As for your other points, 4 million is failure in comparison.

They never reached that popularity again. I stand by that and no Lindsey cheerleading will change that fact.

All the other soap opera stuff about how he did it all for everyone. I have read all the same stuff. Blah Blah Blah - everyone was out of their minds. Sure he helped round out tunes - that is what band's do. He obviously needed them to bring him stuff also. Without them, his stuff was weak. Hence a failed solo career.

Stevie seems to have faired very well without Lindsey in her solo career. How was his? LOL

Matt I know you love the guy and I get that he is talented. Just not as talented as he thinks he is.

At this stage, let the Nicks/Buckingham era DIE!!! Nothing new any of them have to offer to Fleetwood Mac.

Lindsey's BS cost them about 5 albums worth of time and endless drama. High maintenance.

Mike Campbell comes with none of that baggage. Works for me and apparently them.





well you have the opposite opinion of mick Fleetwood and Christine mcvie then. Fleetwood in his book says Buckingham ran the rumours sessions, produced it and pretty much fleshed out everyones songs which is why the band agreed to give him free reign over the tusk sessions. guess they are way off though actually being in the band and all. it is stevie nicks who has cost them albums. she refused to take part in an album around 2012. she refused to take part in the recent album sessions that resulted in the Buckingham./mcvie release. she has held up tours.

I'm not even sure where you are getting one ounce of information that Buckingham held up albums and wasted time. he is the one that at minimum 3 times held up his solo career and pretty much sacrificed the material he marked for a solo release and gave it to Fleetwood mac. he is not making albums to sell millions. do you think he has no clue what his solo album sales are? he has another solo album already finished and ready for release. it was actually finished before the Buckingham/mcvie release. he put it on hold to again help the band and nicks refused to contribute and said albums are a waste of time.

finally Buckingham asked the band to put things on hold a few months so he can release and tour this solo album and nicks told the band its him or me. that's why Buckingham is gone. maybe go over to steve Hoffman forums and get in the loop from insiders. he asked for the same respect they grant nicks and after helping the band numerous times they let him go.

as far as solo careers. again he is making albums to make them. go look into nicks solo releases. a lot of belladonna was held back from tusk. gee wonder why tusk didn't do better with people holding back their best material. nicks hooks up with hot producers, has tons of outside songwriters, the best musicians money can buy play on her albums. after the wild heart most of the songs aren't even written by nicks. please name me the big hits or better known nicks solo songs she wrote by herself after 1983. the last confirmed new material she has even written is now 8 years ago and counting and even then some of those songs are decades old.


I'd also like to ask. how did Fleetwood mac fair without Lindsey. I'm sure none of us can forget the huge smash hit album behind the mask that barely went gold , so this is the worst selling FM album nicks is on and funny no Lindsey. it produced 1 minor barely top 40 hit and nicks isn't even the lead vocalist of that song. her singles from that album flopped and she hasn't had a hit single with FM or as a solo artist since the 80's

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  posted on 4/13/2018 at 01:02 PM
You're funny. We have hashed it all out before - go back and find it.

Cocaine produced Rumours. I don't take away from his input on songs and never have. Very different than producing.

After Rumours, it all moves to Lindsey's place and so begins the decline. Rambling all that you want won't change that.

He makes albums to make albums? LOL - comical. He thought he would be massive and failed. He needs peoples' material to write with.

But you can love him all day long and I fully respect that. I've met him and he was a good guy. Just not the guru is proclaims himself to be. Without the others - no success at all.

I know the history well and all of their cocaine fuelled memories. The Decline started with his home studio and Tusk. I need no forum to tell me that - I worked trying to sell a warehouse full of them.

 

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