The rumours are true. Variety has confirmed that Fleetwood Mac has fired guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, publishing the shocking news 15 minutes ahead of celebrity news giant TMZ. The band reportedly fired Buckingham over a dispute about its upcoming world tour.
Unsettling stories of the band’s ongoing personal turmoil first surfaced months ago after the MusiCares event in January, where the band was honored as Person of the Year. In March, the band had planned to rehearse for their upcoming world tour, but the rehearsals never took place. Then on April 4, former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Billy Burnette broke the news on his social media sites, declaring “Lindsey Buckingham is out,” leading to further speculation of turbulence in the Fleetwood Mac camp.
Fleetwood Mac plans to move forward with two replacement members: The Heartbreaker’s Michael Campbell and Crowded House’s Neil Finn on its world tour, which is scheduled to begin this fall. Tour dates are expected to be announced soon.