Stevie Nicks fires back at Lindsey Buckingham over Fleetwood Mac exit

Quite the drama has ensued between the former Fleetwood Mac bandmates
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Ah Fleetwood Mac and drama, a tale as old as time.

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The latest quarrel involves the 2018 firing of Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac as the guitarist took part in a lengthy interview with the Los Angeles Times where he addresses his dismissal.

Prior to his exit from the band, Buckingham claims he asked to delay Fleetwood Mac’s 2018 tour in order to promote his solo album. Buckingham made a similar request in 2006 and was given two years to tour behind two solo records. For this album, he wanted three months to promote it.

Buckingham intimates that most of the band were on board with the idea, but Stevie Nicks was the lone holdout refusing to agree. Buckingham went on to claim that Nicks gave the rest of the band an ultimatum. Either he goes or she does.

“It would be like a scenario where Mick Jagger says, ‘Either Keith [Richards] goes or I go,’” he says. “No, neither one of you can go. But I guess the singer has to stay. The figurehead has to stay.”

Buckingham continues: “I think she saw the possibility of remaking the band more in the Stevie Nicks vein. More mellow and kind of down, giving her more chances to do the kind of talking she does onstage.”

Nicks offered her response to the Los Angeles Times telling the outlet Buckingham’s recollection of the events is “revisionist history.”

“His version of events is factually inaccurate and while I’ve never spoken publicly on the matter, certainly it feels the time has come to shine a light on the truth,” she said. “To be exceedingly clear, I did not have him fired, I did not ask for him to be fired, I did not demand he be fired. Frankly, I fired myself. I proactively removed myself from the band and a situation I considered to be toxic to my wellbeing. I was done. If the band went on without me, so be it.”

In appropriate fashion, the best way to describe the latest quarrel between former Fleetwood Mac bandmates is with the shrug emoji.

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