Last week, I talked about how Lindsey Buckingham explained the specifics about how he was fired from Fleetwood Mac earlier in the year. And now, it looks like he’s ready to sue the other four members of the group, having filed a lawsuit on October 9 putting it all in more detail.
One crucial bit of information that Lindsey Buckingham didn’t mention in the Rolling Stone interview I talked about last week is that, after his plan to have the tour postponed for a few months to promote his new album (an upcoming solo album called Blue Light, not the Solo Anthology compilation that was released last month), he came up with a compromise: spurred on by Stevie Nicks’ insistence on playing only three shows per week on the tour, he proposed plans to perform solo shows at smaller theaters (presumably, in the same cities the band just played) on the off days.
Apparently, he was willing to announce the tours (both the Fleetwood Mac tour and the prospective solo tour), but held back because Nicks’ manager had not told her at that stage. So, he made no announcements at the January 26 MusicCares event in their honor, and they just had to settle for performing:
In addition, there was one additional point of context that was mentioned in the lawsuit briefly, but that I failed to bring up because it wasn’t in the Rolling Stone article where Lindsey talked about the breakup: Lindsey and Stevie seem to have very different ideas of what they wanted the band to do.
To quote Lindsey Buckingham on the aborted sessions for a new Fleetwood Mac album:
It kind of languished there. I think she was very defensive against the idea of making an album. When she came over here with this song that she’s talking about for Buckingham Nicks, she really had initially brought it in as one of her contributions for a Fleetwood Mac bit of material. Now, originally someone had said, “Let’s just put out two tracks, one of yours, one of Lindsey’s, and it’ll be downloadable at time of ticket sales.” And I said, “Well let’s at least do an EP. If Stevie doesn’t want to do an album, let’s at least do an EP. It’s got more credibility. It is something of substance.
To quote Nicks:
I don’t think we’ll do another record. If the music business were different, I might feel different. I don’t think there’s any reason to spend a year and an amazing amount of money on a record that, even if it has great things, isn’t going to sell. What we do is go on the road, do a ton of shows and make lots of money. We have a lot of fun. Making a record isn’t all that much fun.
Eventually, this led to Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie recording an album together called Buckingham/McVie, which ended up featuring Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, pretty much making it a Fleetwood Mac album without Stevie Nicks.
With all this in mind, it’s no wonder that things would eventually reach a head like they did. To this end, Buckingham is hoping to get the share of the profits that would have belonged to him on the upcoming tour, which they estimate to be $12-14 million.
The band has released two statements:
- “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.”
- “Fleetwood Mac strongly disputes the allegations presented in Mr. Buckingham’s complaint and looks forward to their day in court. The band has retained Dan Petrocelli to handle the case.”
Read the full text of the lawsuit here.