Stevie Nicks’ Ultimatum To Mick Fleetwood
Stevie Nicks initially appeared on the music scene with her then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham. The pair released their only studio album ‘Buckingham Nicks’ in 1973. Although the album was a commercial failure when it first came out, it had an important place for them in their career. Fleetwood Mac members loved the record and offered Buckingham to join the band as the guitarist. The rocker accepted the proposal on the condition that Nicks attended as well.
The pair first appeared on the group’s 1975 self-titled album and gained great success by becoming number one on the US Billboard 200. Stevie Nicks proved her talent in this album with the hit ‘Rhiannon,’ which she wrote and sang. She provided the band becoming among the best-selling albums with the next record, ‘Rumors,’ released in 1977. Nicks contributed a lot to the group with Buckingham. However, after a while, it got to the point where she gave Mick Fleetwood the ultimatum to make Buckingham leave the group.
Stevie Nicks Wanted Lindsey Buckingham To Leave Fleetwood Mac
In a 2018 interview by The Sound, Lindsey Buckingham stated that Nicks gave an ultimatum to Mick Fleetwood to dismiss him from the band. As he revealed, Nicks felt humiliated due to his behaviors towards her during the band’s performance at the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year. A few days after the ceremony, their manager Irving Azoff called Buckingham and listed several reasons Nicks felt annoying during the event.
As Azoff conveyed, the vocalist became uncomfortable with Buckingham’s complaints about Nicks’ ‘Rhiannon’ as their intro and his smirking during her acceptance speech. Buckingham noted that Azoff said Nicks gave an ultimatum to Mick Fleetwood, saying he should pick one and let the other go. When Irving called the guitarist to deliver the issues, he said that Nicks did not want to share the same stage with him from now on.
Irving Azoff said to Lindsey Buckingham:
“Either you go, or she’s going to go. Stevie never wants to be on a stage with you again.”
On the other side, Buckingham stated that they always did this kind of joke with the other band members to Nicks when she was on speech. While smiling during her acceptance speech, he saw other members doing the waltz as a joke. The guitarist added that he did not say something wrong about Nicks’ ‘Rhiannon,’ instead, he wanted them to choose a more substantial track to make the intro. Unfortunately, these disputes ended with Lindsey Buckingham’s dismissal on April 9, 2018. The musician expressed his sadness about the deterioration of their 40-year legacy with his departure from the band.