Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks are sparring over the former’s firing from Fleetwood Mac.
Buckingham, who was fired from the band in 2018, claimed a few months later that he didn’t receive the news from his bandmates, but, instead, manager Irving Azoff told him, “Stevie never wants to be on a stage with you again.”
Buckingham stated that Nicks “wanted to shape the band in her own image” and claimed that his emails and calls to the rest of the band were never answered following his dismissal.
Buckingham had said in earlier interviews that the strain with the band related to a few specific issues, including his desire to briefly delay the band’s tour in order to promote his self-titled solo album and his complaint about playing the Nicks-written “Rhiannon” when the group walked onstage to receive the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year award.
“Ironically, nothing went down that night that was [as contentious] as the stuff we’d been through for 43 years,” Buckingham told the Los Angeles Times.
Nicks has made her first public statement about the issue, writing to Rolling Stone, “It’s unfortunate that Lindsey has chosen to tell a revisionist history of what transpired in 2018 with Fleetwood Mac. His version of events is factually inaccurate.”
She added, “Following an exceedingly difficult time with Lindsey at MusiCares in New York, in 2018, I decided for myself that I was no longer willing to work with him.”
“While I’ve never spoken publicly on the matter, certainly it feels the time has come to shine a light on the truth,” Nicks told the Los Angeles Times through her publicist. “To be exceedingly clear, I did not have him fired, I did not ask for him to be fired, I did not demand he be fired. Frankly, I fired myself. I proactively removed myself from the band and a situation I considered to be toxic to my well-being. I was done. If the band went on without me, so be it.”
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