Fleetwood Mac have parted ways with their longtime guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham after a disagreement over the band’s upcoming tour.
The news has been confirmed by Rolling Stone, with the band announcing that Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House will replace him.
In a statement issued to Rolling Stone, the band has said that they “wish Lindsey all the best.”
“We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the calibre of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family. With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs. Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”
Neil Finn has taken to Facebook to express his gratitude for the opportunity, saying, “Snow warnings for parts of the country, the mystery of Stonehenge solved and yes I’ve joined Fleetwood Mac”
The news was initially broken as Fleetwood Mac guitarist Billy Burnette shared a Tweet on April 4th saying, “Breaking news: Lindsey Buckingham is out but I’m not in”, which has since been deleted.
Mick Fleetwood added, “Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents … We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward within Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound.”
Buckingham first joined the band in 1974 and remained a member until 1987, reuniting with the group in 1996.