Lindsey Buckingham Settles Fleetwood Mac Lawsuit

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Fleetwood Mac in 2014, with Lindsey Buckingham at center

In an interview that aired today (Dec. 8), Lindsey Buckingham revealed that he and Fleetwood Mac have settled the lawsuit that he filed earlier this year. The band’s longtime guitarist and songwriter had accused the Mac of breach of fiduciary duty and other charges. Buckingham had been abruptly dismissed from Fleetwood Mac in the spring. The lawsuit came to light in October.

Buckingham told CBS This Morning‘s Anthony Mason, in his first television interview since their split: “We’ve all signed off on something,” indicating that the agreement had been reached a few weeks’ ago. But he points the finger at Stevie Nicks.

Mason asked Buckingham if he was happy with it. “I’m happy enough with it,” was the reply. “I’m not out there trying to twist the knife at all. I’m trying to look at this with some level of compassion, some level of wisdom.”

When asked if he felt he “had been kicked out of the family,” the musician said: “I do.” In measured words, he added: “I don’t feel that it was something that was my doing. It hurt for a while.”

Buckingham points the finger at Nicks: “It appeared to me that she was looking for something to hang on me  in order to instigate some kind of a coup. Either I had to go or she was going to go. None of it makes sense to me.”

He says that Christine McVie, who toured with Buckingham in 2017 as a duo after the pair released a studio album, wrote to him. It said, in part: “I had nothing to do with this. I miss you so much.”

Watch the CBS This Morning interview

The complaint filed by the axed musician, who is finishing a solo tour and has released the three-CD Solo Anthology—The Best Of Lindsey Buckingham, said, “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 stated, “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 Oct. 13 concert review of Buckingham

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.

Related: Our recap of opening night of the Mac 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 alleged, “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 claimed 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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  1. Farmrose
    #1 Farmrose 9 December, 2018, 01:33

    The Sum is Greater than the Parts

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  2. Lorax
    #2 Lorax 9 December, 2018, 07:28

    It’s a shame when one of my fav groups go thru all these issues just like The Eagles (my other fav) did…thats all i am going to say! Hope someday both these groups will reconnect with for old times sake and not over money or copyright..etc… But til then..Keep on Rockin on!!

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  3. Trev
    #3 Trev 9 December, 2018, 09:33

    I think it’s clear that Buckingham’s tour with Christine McVie and the album he recorded with her and members of Mac (without Stevie) are the cause of the issues. Stevie wasnt available at the time so Buckingham went ahead with the other guys and did it. I think Stevie then decided to stick the knife in afterwards. There’s also some strange footage of Buckingham and McVie performing live where it’s clear Buckingham is flirting with McVie.

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  4. Jimmy
    #4 Jimmy 9 December, 2018, 14:10

    Mike Campbell is a major upgrade at guitar.

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  5. HAmbone
    #5 HAmbone 9 December, 2018, 14:53

    Excuse me while I cry at yet another series of drama form these crybabies- Buckingham is a prime case…

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  6. John Rose
    #6 John Rose 10 December, 2018, 07:03

    Actually Stevie didn’t want to do a Fleetwood Mac album. The band wanted the Buckingham-McVie album to be a Mac album, but Stevie didn’t want to contribute anything, saying she didn’t see the point of studio recording anymore — a lot of effort (and stress) for not much payoff. If that album had come out as a Fleetwood Mac album I’m guessing it probably would have sold 5 times the amount it moved (or more), and I wouldn’t be surprised that Buckingham blamed Stevie for the album’s lackluster performance. I’ve also read that Stevie felt shunned by Buckingham (and the rest of the band?) at an event back in January, 2018. Fleetwood Mac is Mick’s and John’s band but Stevie is the tail that wags the dog.

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