Mike Campbell Explains His Guitar Dynamics With Neil Finn For Fleetwood Mac’s Tour
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell recently talked to Ultimate Classic Rock about his tenure with Fleetwood Mac. The rocker opened up about his relationship with Neil Finn and said there was an instant connection.
Fleetwood Mac first revealed their intention for a worldwide concert tour in March 2017, when the tour was initially planned as a farewell. However, their ‘An Evening with Fleetwood Mac’ tour later became a final tour for one of their longtime members, lead guitarist and singer Lindsey Buckingham.
In 2018, Buckingham was fired from the band before hitting the road due to a disagreement about the nature of the tour. The band revealed that the musician wanted to perform newer or less well-known material, but they were hesitant. As a result, Buckingham received a call from manager Irving Azoff with a message from Stevie Nicks, who didn’t want to see her bandmate and former partner on stage.
Following the stormy departure of their singer and guitarist, Fleetwood Mac ended up needing musicians to fill the empty spot. On April 9, 2018, the band announced Mike Campbell and Neil Finn would replace Lindsey Buckingham during their coming world tour. The musicians hit the road with the band and performed over 80 shows in North America, Europe, and Oceania.
During a recent interview, Mike Campbell was asked about the guitar roles between him and Neil Finn as they were brought in to fill only one member. The musician started by saying they ‘hit it off right away‘ and noted that Finn is a talented and easy-going person.
As for splitting their duties, Campbell stated that Finn’s primary job was to sing the songs while performing the guitar parts. Though Finn also played the guitar while singing, Campbell carried the lead guitar duties most of the time. The guitarist found it challenging to recreate those guitar parts, but he enjoyed every aspect.
Campbell’s statement on his time with Fleetwood Mac follows:
“Neil and I hit it off right away. He’s such a sweet guy and so talented. A short answer to your question: Neil was brought in to sing those songs. My job was to recreate a lot of the guitar parts, which was a challenge for me, but I enjoyed it. But basically, he would play and sing. And then I would play the guitar parts off of the records the best that I could. That was the dynamic we had.”
Despite having two new members to fill in, keeping Lindsey Buckingham would probably lead to more disputes and problems. It appears that both Campbell and Finn enjoyed their time in Fleetwood Mac. It’s also fair to say that the band was lucky to have two brilliant musicians who did their job without causing any scene.