Now that Fleetwood Mac have finally announced their new lineup and tour, the core members are speaking out about Lindsey Buckingham's latest departure from the band.
Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone, "We were supposed to go into rehearsal in June and he wanted to put it off until November . That’s a long time... We don’t want to stop playing music... [My] relationship [with Lindsey] has always been volatile. We were never married, but we might as well have been. Some couples get divorced after 40 years. They break their kids' hearts and destroy everyone around them because it’s just hard. This is sad for me, but I want the next 10 years of my life to be really fun and happy. I want to get up every day and dance around my apartment and smile and say, ‘Thank God for this amazing life.’”
Mick Fleetwood, who's had to deal with Lindsey leaving before, as well as the departures of Stevie and Christine McVie, says, "There’s no doubt that my instincts, for better or worse, have always been to gravitate towards going forward. Having said that, I’d be lying if I didn’t literally say to myself, ‘This one needs a lot of thought.’”
So, going forward it's Mike Campbell from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Neil Finn from Crowded House filling the void left by Buckingham. And Stevie says this allows them to delve deeper into their catalog. "We were never able to do that since 1975 because certain people in the band weren’t interested in doing that. Now we’re able to open the set with a lot: a raucous version of [1969’s] ‘Rattlesnake Shake’ or something. I’d also like to do [1970’s] ‘Station Man,’ which has always been one of my favorites. We’re definitely doing [1970’s] ‘Oh Well.’”
The tour starts October 3rd in Tulsa, Oklahoma.