Lindsey Buckingham Says Stevie Nicks Forced Him Out of Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac are now including iconic songs from Neil Finn in their live shows

Fleetwood Mac are now including iconic songs from Neil Finn in their live shows

Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has sued his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates, accusing them of breach of contract for cutting him out of their North American tour and the millions of dollars he would have earned from it.

The other band members "intentionally acted to interfere with Buckingham's relationship with (concert promoters) Live Nation and the prospective economic benefit he was to receive as a result of his participation in the tour", the lawsuit said.

Now, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Lindsey Buckingham has placed the blame on Stevie Nicks, noting that she's responsible for hit firing from the group. "I remain deeply surprised and saddened, as this decision ends the lovely 43-year legacy we built together". He tells TMZ. "Over the last eight months, our many efforts to come to an agreement have unfortunately proved elusive". I remain deeply surprised and saddened, as this decision ends the lovely forty three year legacy we built together.

Responding to news of Buckingham's lawsuit, a spokesperson for Fleetwood Mac said, "It is impossible for the band to offer comment on a legal complaint they have not seen". It's fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr. Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done. They continue, "Which makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in disputes".

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Buckingham said he received a call from band manager Irving Azoff two days after the band was honored at a MusicCares benefit show in NY.

A couple of days later he called Azoff, who told him Nicks gave the band an ultimatum: 'either Lindsey goes or I go'.

Buckingham contends that using "Rhiannon" as the intro music "undermined the impact of our entrance. That's me being very specific about the right and wrong way to do something".

"I may or may not have smirked", he says, adding, "I look over and Christine and Mick are doing the waltz behind her as a joke".

It was reported that the guitarist and singer was asked to leave the band because he couldn't commit to a touring schedule, but Buckingham insists he was given his marching orders because Nicks could no longer share a stage with him.

Buckingham has since been replaced by Mike Campbell and Neil Finn, who made their debuts as members of Fleetwood Mac during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last month.