When Fleetwood Mac announced on Monday (April 9) that the legendary band had replaced guitarist Lindsey Buckingham with Neil Finn of Crowded House and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers for their upcoming tour, his statement brought more questions from the ones that responded
These are some of those persistent questions:
What went south? Prophetically, the last song that Fleetwood Mac played together was "Go Your Own Way," when the band was honored on January 26 as MusiCares Person of the Year. But at that gala, held at Radio City Music Hall in New York, everything seemed fine with the band. While receiving his award, Buckingham recognized the dysfunction that fueled many of the band's successes, but added: "Not much below the level of dysfunction, what we feel more than ever in our career is love." After the artists, including Lorde, Keith Urban, Juanes and Little Big Town, greeted the band, the quintet took the stage to close the evening with energetic performances of "The Chain", "Little Lies", "Tusk", " Gold Dust Woman "and" Go Your Own Way. "
Why Mike Campbell and Neil Finn? Campbell and Stevie Nicks have been around for almost 40 years. Campbell played in the 1981 duo of Nicks and Tom Petty "Stop Dragging My Heart Around". I Do not Care ", a song that the guitarist co-wrote with Nicks, appeared on Nicks' 2014 album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, a collection of recently recorded versions of demos that Nicks initially recorded between 1969 and 1987. Less obvious is the connection with Finn, but drummer Mick Fleetwood and Finn have a story, if not one as deep as Campbell and Nicks, Fleetwood told an Australian newspaper in 2016 that he was playing on Finn's next album, referring to Finn as "a new friend of music … I invited myself to play in Auckland, so I'll go first to work on his next album, as a friend. "
When did all this disappear? Regardless of the circumstances, regardless of whether Buckingham jumped or was pushed, his departure seems to be a very recent event.On April 4, guitarist Billy Burnette, who he replaced Buckingham when he left Fleetwood Mac in 1987, he tweeted: "Latest news: Lindsey Buckingham is out, but I do not participate." Burnette quickly erased that tweet, but it is possible that he has already done so. He was already working with the band.After the news broke on Monday, Finn said in a statement that he was invited to join Fleetwood Mac two weeks ago, which would be March 26, and that "a few days later, he was in a room playing music with Fleetwood Mac. "
What does this mean for the setlist? When Christine McVie stopped touring with the band – from 1998 to 2014 – Fleetwood Mac abandoned her songs from his live repertoire, with the exception of "Do not Stop", in which Nicks sang part of McVie. While it's easy to imagine Finn singing Buckingham's lead role in "Do not Stop," it's much harder to imagine him taking over Buckingham's "Go Your Own Way," "Big Love" or "Tusk." According to the statement, Fleetwood Mac, who is co-managed by Carl Stubner of Suretone and Sheryl Louis of CSM and booked by CAA, will announce tour dates soon, presumably for the fall of this year. Fleetwood said Rolling Stone last August that he and Nicks had discussed deepening the band's catalog beyond the hits.
What's next? The question remains if Buckingham is out forever – – and what that means for a band that has not released a studio album with the five main members (Nicks, Buckingham, McVie, John McVie and Fleetwood) since 1987 Tango in the Night – or if this is a temporary division. Since he, Nicks and Christine McVie left and came back earlier, the final chapter is far from being written. With Fleetwood Mac, the words of another band known for its own portion of dysfunction seem applicable: "You can check when you want, but you can never leave"