Lindsey Buckingham Sues Fleetwood Mac

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Fleetwood Mac in 2014, with Lindsey Buckingham at center

No one who’s followed the saga of Lindsey Buckingham’s dismissal from Fleetwood Mac in the spring should be too surprised to hear that he is now suing the band. The longtime guitarist and songwriter is accusing the Mac of breach of fiduciary duty and other charges, according to several reports published by reputable news sources.

The complaint filed by the axed musician, who just days ago released the three-CD Solo Anthology—The Best Of Lindsey Buckingham, says, “This action is necessary to enforce Buckingham’s right to share in the economic opportunities he is entitled to as a member of the partnership created to operate the business of Fleetwood Mac.” It further states, “By excluding Buckingham from participating in the 2018-2019 Fleetwood Mac tour in breach of their fiduciary duties of loyalty and good faith and fair dealing, the Defendants intentionally acted to interfere with Buckingham’s relationship with Live Nation and the prospective economic benefit he was to receive as a result of his participation in the tour.”

Related: Our recap of opening night of the new Mac tour

At the same time Buckingham was  dismissed from the band—which he joined in 1975, along with Stevie Nicks—the remaining members (Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie) announced that they would tour with former Heartbreaker Mike Campbell and Crowded House leader Neil Finn replacing Buckingham. That tour is now underway, as is Buckingham’s solo tour.

Said Fleetwood at the time, “Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents. We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound.”

Buckingham’s lawsuit alleges, “There has never been a written agreement among Christine McVie, John McVie, Buckingham, Fleetwood and Nicks,” and, “Absent a written partnership agreement, no partner in Fleetwood Mac may be terminated from the Partnership without cause.” Buckingham claims that the decision to oust him was made as early as January of this year.

Related: Our recap of opening night of Buckingham’s tour

A spokesman for Fleetwood Mac responded to the lawsuit by stating, “It’s 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. Which makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in dispute.”

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