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Lindsey Buckingham was fired from Fleetwood Mac, confirms the band

The members of Fleetwood Mac finally address the departure of their longtime bandmate

Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac
Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac
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    Today, Fleetwood Mac revealed dates for an expansive 52-date North American tour set to kick off in October and run through early August. The outing is especially notable as it will mark the band’s first time on the road without Lindsey Buckingham in over three decades. In his place, Mike Campbell, the longtime lead guitarist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn have been recruited to join Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, and Stevie Nicks.

    In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Fleetwood Mac addressed Buckingham’s departure, which they attributed to an impasse over scheduling.

    “We were supposed to go into rehearsal in June and he wanted to put it off until November [2019],” Nicks told Rolling Stone. “That’s a long time. I just did 70 shows [on a solo tour]. As soon as I finish one thing, I dive back into another. Why would we stop? We don’t want to stop playing music. We don’t have anything else to do. This is what we do.”

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    Fleetwood acknowledged that Buckingham didn’t leave the band on his own volition. “Words like ‘fired’ are ugly references as far as I’m concerned. Not to hedge around, but we arrived at the impasse of hitting a brick wall,” Fleetwood explained. “This was not a happy situation for us in terms of the logistics of a functioning band. To that purpose, we made a decision that we could not go on with him. Majority rules in term of what we need to do as a band and go forward.”

    Update: In separate interview with CBS News, Fleetwood Mac revealed that they also plan to record new music with Campbell and Finn in the fold.

    Check out Fleetwood Mac’s upcoming tour schedule below. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 4th (you can also grab them here).

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    Fleetwood Mac 2018-2019 Tour Dates:
    10/03 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
    10/06 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
    10/10 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
    10/12 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
    10/14 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
    10/16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
    10/18 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
    10/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
    10/22 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
    10/26 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
    10/28 – Milwaukee, WI @ Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
    10/30 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
    11/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
    11/03 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
    11/05 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
    11/07 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
    11/10 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
    11/12 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
    11/14 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
    11/17 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
    11/19 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
    11/21 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
    11/23 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
    11/25 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
    11/28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
    11/30 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
    12/03 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
    12/06 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
    12/08 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
    12/11 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
    12/13 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
    02/05 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
    02/07 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
    02/09 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
    02/13 – Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena at The BJCC
    02/16 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
    02/18 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
    02/20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
    02/22 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
    02/24 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
    02/27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
    03/03 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
    03/05 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
    03/09 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
    03/11 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
    03/13 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
    03/15 – Hartford, CT @ XL CENTER
    03/20 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
    03/24 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
    03/26 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
    03/31 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
    04/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

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