Lindsey Buckingham wasn't fired from Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood said in the group's first interview since news broke earlier this month that the guitarist was out of the band.
"We don't use that word because I think it's ugly and it's not a question of that," Fleetwood, 70, told "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday about the oft-reported use of the word "fired" where Buckingham is concerned.
Instead, Fleetwood — technically, the only original member remaining after the group's founding by original guitarist Peter Green in 1967 (bassist John McVie, 72, whose surname gives the band the Mac part of its name, joined a few weeks after its founding and has been on every recording and tour) — likens Buckingham's departure to a divorce.
"It's like a marriage that came to an end and there's reasons why and as a band we needed to move on and we have," said Fleetwood, the group's drummer.
On Wednesday, the other members, along with Buckingham's two replacements, also announced a North American Tour, which begins in Oklahoma in October and comes to Sunrise's BB&T Center on Feb. 20, 2019.
The concert will be Fleetwood Mac's first show at the Broward venue since its sold-out date in December 2014 on a tour that heralded the return of keyboardist and singer Christine McVie to the band.
The reasons for Buckingham's departure: The 68-year-old guitarist and producer, they say, didn't want to tour this year with the band. The other members, including star attraction Stevie Nicks, had planned for this tour as long as 18 months ago.
The guitarist last performed with Christine McVie, 74, on a joint tour to promote an album they recorded with the other members of Fleetwood Mac (sans Nicks) that took the duo to Hard Rock Live in November.
His replacements are guitarist Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and singer Neil Finn, 59, of Crowded House.
Campbell, who has written with Nicks since the start of her solo career in 1981, was free after Petty's sudden death last October.
"I was wondering what I was going to do and had a few things but nothing as big as this," Campbell, 68, told CBS News about joining Fleetwood Mac — a move that could include the recording of new music. Nicks refused to record with the band for the project that was released as "Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie" last year.
The death of Petty and the removal of her ex-boyfriend Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac could have her in a new mind frame.
"If that could happen to Tom it could happen to anybody," Nicks, 69, said in the CBS interview of the loss of her friend and frequent colleague outside of Fleetwood Mac. "So then I'm going to have the most fun I can have and I'm going to stop complaining and I'm going to throw myself into all of these projects because you never know."
If you go
- What: An Evening with Fleetwood Mac, North American Tour
- When: Feb. 20, 2019
- Where: BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise
- Tickets: $65.25 - $245.25 go on sale May 4 through Ticketmaster.
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