Lindsey Buckingham has filed a lawsuit against his former Fleetwood Mac band members after he was fired from their tour.
In court documents obtained by Us Weekly, Buckingham, 69, claims his manager told him the iconic group “would proceed with its upcoming and already organized 2018 to 2019 concert tour without him.”.
Later, he added that “not a single member of the band” called him to share the news.
In the lawsuit, the guitarist did admit he asked the group to postpone the tour to November so he could promote his own solo album, but the band refused.
On January 28, Buckingham’s manager told him “the Fleetwood Mac tour was off,” but three days later he was told they “planned to tour without him,” then they “suddenly cut [him] off entirely.”
All members of Fleetwood Mac are named in the lawsuit, including Stevie Nicks, 70, Mick Fleetwood, 71, Christine McVie, 75, and John McVie, 72.
Buckingham was a member of the rock band beginning from 1975 until he left in 1987. He rejoined the group in 1997 and they continued to perform together until their final appearance as a full band in January. It was after that performance at the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony that Buckingham received the firing notice.
The remaining members of Fleetwood Mac have since responded to Buckingham’s lawsuit, claiming they never received the legal complaint.
“It’s impossible for the band to offer comment on a legal complaint they have not seen,” a spokesperson for Fleetwood Mac said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “It’s fairly standard legal procedure to service the complaint to the parties involved, something that neither Mr. Buckingham nor his legal counsel have done, which makes one wonder what the true motivations are when servicing press first with a legal complaint before the parties in dispute.”
Buckingham has broken his silence, revealing he hasn’t spoken to any of his former bandmates since his firing.
“I actually have not spoken to any of the band,” he told Anthony Mason for CBS This Morning. “And it’s been almost a year now.”
He added, “It appeared to me that she was looking for something to hang on me, in order to instigate some kind of coup. Irving told me – a couple of days later – that she’d given the band an ultimatum, and either I had to go or she was going to go.”