Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie addressed the firing of Lindsey Buckingham once again during a new interview with Mojo. The break with Buckingham came when he, allegedly, insisted — after spending the past two years writing, recording, and touring his first joint album with Christine McVie — that he wanted to hold off on heading back on the road until late-2019. Shortly after their MuciCares performance in early-2018, he was fired. Buckingham went on to sue the band for the loss of wages from being dumped from their then-upcoming tour and the matter was quickly settled out of court.
Fans of the band remain divided — with things hitting a particular sour note when it was announced last month that Buckingham underwent emergency open-heart surgery, which may have damaged his vocal cords. Fleetwood Mac is currently on the road with Buckingham's replacements — Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Crowded House's Neil Finn.
Christine McVie, who happily spent much of 2017 on the road with Buckingham in support of their Top 20 self-titled debut album as a duo, explained to Mojo why Buckingham was canned from the band: “It was the only route we could take, because there was too much animosity between certain members of the band at that point. . . There was just no way it could’ve gone on as a five-piece, a group with Lindsey in the band. So it was either just completely break up the band or make the best of it.”
Mick Fleetwood, who along with Stevie Nicks is widely believed to be the mastermind behind Buckingham's axing, added: “Support really could not be given to ask the situation to continue. It was too challenging. . . The truth is, call it what you want, a parting of company took place, and it had to take place, and it was supported by the remaining band members around something that for sure was a major problem to two people — Lindsey and Stevie.”
Last year, Stevie Nicks told CBS This Morning why there needed to be a swift and permanent lineup change in Fleetwood Mac: “This team wanted to get out on the road, and one of the members did not wanna go out on the road for a year. I mean, I have a solo career, and I love my solo career and I'm the boss. Absolutely. But I'm not the boss in this band.”