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Fleetwood Mac

Go Your Own Way (again): Buckingham nixed as Neil Finn steps in

Longtime Fleetwood Mac guitarist and vocalist Lindsey Buckingham has left the band and will not participate in their upcoming tour, a band statement has confirmed.

The circumstances surrounding Buckingham’s departure remain unclear, but it is believed he was fired due that old favourite “musical differences”. The band’s statement offers no clarification of what happened, simply noting that “Lindsey Buckingham will not be performing with the band on this tour. The band wishes Lindsey all the best.”

In another unexpected twist, the band has announced that Buckingham will be replaced by Mike Campbell, formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but also by Neil Finn of Crowded House. “We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family,” the statement reads. “With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs. Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”

Buckingham first joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974, bringing Stevie Nicks with him. Together they helped revive the band’s fortunes, both making major contributions to 1977’s multi-platinum selling Rumours. Buckingham was the driving force behind its follow-up, 1979’s Tusk, and although he began to put more effort into his solo career at this point, he rejoined Mac for their 1982 album Mirage and much of 1987’s Tango in the Night was culled from material intended for Buckingham’s next solo album. Despite this, Buckingham quit the band between the album’s release and the start of its accompanying tour. Although he rejoined Fleetwood Mac for a one-off performance at US President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993, Buckingham remained a solo artist until 1997 when the Rumours-era line-up regrouped for a tour. He remained a member of the band for its 2003 album Say You Will and in 2017 released Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, an album with his Fleetwood Mac bandmate McVie. Now the band plans to hit the road again without him, although whether they will record any new material remains to be seen.

Off The Chart: 27 January 1983

Off The Chart: 27 January 1983

There are some strange goings-on on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian look at a very odd chart from this week in 1983. As always there’s a hatful of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from the … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 9 June 2017

Roger Waters - Is This The Life We Really Want?

Beautifully timed for the week of the General Election, Is This The Life We Really Want? enters the album chart at number 3 for Roger Waters, his highest ever solo placing and his first top ten album since Amused To … read more

Virtual C90: April 2017

Virtual C90 April 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Depeche Mode, Madness, Blondie, Mike + The Mechanics, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Erasure and more! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and remixes. Enjoy! read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 7 April 2017

Mike + The Mechanics - Let Me Fly

A fairly quiet week on the album chart, although the deluxe editions of Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in the Night propel it back into the top thirty at 23 and Depeche Mode’s Spirit is still hanging on to a top thirty … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 31 March 2017

Fleetwood Mac "Tango in the Night" deluxe edition

Not much to report on the album chart this week, which is just as well as nobody has bothered to update it on the Official Charts website, but the Jesus & Mary Chain enter at 16 with their first album … read more

Off The Chart: 9 July 1987

Off The Chart: 9 July 1987

Live* from somewhere by the sea, the Off The Chart Roadshow revisits the chart of 9 July 1987. Steve and Julian don their Kiss Me Quick hats and play some forgotten hits of the week, three tracks from the featured … read more

Virtual C90 – February 2016

Virtual C90 - February 2016

This month we remember those we have lost in the past few weeks, including David Bowie, Lemmy from Motörhead, Colin Vearncombe from Black and John Bradbury of the Specials. There’s also new music from Megadeth and ABC and the usual … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases – 8 January 2016

Ace of Spades

Chart Watch The campaign to mark Lemmy’s passing by getting Motörhead‘s Ace of Spades to number 1 didn’t quite achieve its aim, but the song re-enters the singles chart at number 13 this week, two places higher than it reached … read more