Fleetwood Mac part ways with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham
Fleetwood Mac have parted ways with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.
The band, who are due to start a huge US tour in the coming weeks, have replaced Buckingham with Mike Campbell, formerly part of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Neil Finn of Crowded House.
Buckingham (pictured above in the centre) joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974 along with then-girlfriend Stevie Nicks and quickly became one of the band's key songwriters, contributing huge hits like 'Go Your Own Way' and 'The Chain'.
He left the band in 1987 before rejoining in 1996 and had remained part of the line-up until this new departure. His departure comes after Christine McVie, who had left the band in 1998, had once again become a full-time member.
The band have issued a statement to Rolling Stone about Buckingham's departure, writing: "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 honouring that spirit on this upcoming tour."
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 with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound."
Neil Finn himself said: "Two weeks ago, I received a wonderful invitation to be a part of a truly great band. A few days later, I was standing in a room playing music with Fleetwood Mac. It felt fresh and exciting, so many great songs, a spectacular rhythm section and two of the greatest voices ever. Best of all, we sounded good together. It was a natural fit. I can’t wait to play."