Lindsey Buckingham Makes A Veiled Accusation Against Stevie Nicks
Recently speaking to Conan O’Brien for SiriusXM, Lindsey Buckingham opened up about his departure from Fleetwood Mac, hinting at a veiled accusation towards Stevie Nicks without naming her directly.
Buckingham detailed the circumstances surrounding his exit from Fleetwood Mac, stating:
“Without pointing any fingers, it was certainly fairly singular in how it was driven. Others in the band were not happy with what was going on at that point. And I think everyone would have liked to see me remain, but did what they felt they had to do in that moment. And that’s understandable. There’s no fingers to point at anyone, really. That’s rock and roll, right?”
The Band’s Decision And Legacy
The guitarist also voiced his feelings of disrespect towards the decision to tour without him, adding:
“The band collectively allowing that to happen, maybe out of weakness to some degree, it disrespected the legacy we built. Because we’d been through 45 years almost of really some very difficult moments, some very difficult years, and we’d come back around. Like I say, that’s our legacy. So, to some degree, to go out and do something more generic was not honoring our legacy.”
The Root Of The Dispute
Further showing the tensions within Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham spoke to Louder Sound in 2022 about his relationship with Stevie Nicks. In 2018, Lindsey’s request to postpone a Fleetwood Mac tour to promote his solo album was met with resistance from Nicks, culminating in a confrontation at a MusicCares event in New York. The singer described this as the breaking point, saying:
“That was again Stevie taking issue with some things that I said or did, apparently. I think it was just sort of a pretense for her, at that point. But who knows? Certainly, no one else in the band is on the same page in terms of that. But she gave the band an ultimatum. The irony of all that is for all of the things that we went through for those forty-three years, I mean, c’mon, this was nothing, really.”
In October 2018, Buckingham sued Fleetwood Mac for breaking their agreement and other legal issues, but they settled the lawsuit in December of the same year.