You had to see this coming, right? The recent split between guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac didn’t exactly seem amicable when it was first revealed in April that he was no longer with the group — or when he went out on a solo tour around pretty much the same time Fleetwood Mac went on a big tour with Mike Campbell and Neil Finn filling in for him.
On Thursday, Us Weekly reported that Buckingham has since filed lawsuit documents in Los Angeles Supreme Court. His manager, Buckingham says in the suit, was the one to break the news to him that the band, “would proceed with its upcoming and already organized 2018 to 2019 concert tour without him.” He further alleges that “not a single member of the band” called him to share the news despite 43 years of friendship.
The Us Weekly report mentions that Buckingham says the issue stemmed in part from the rest of Fleetwood Mac being unwilling to delay their huge North American tour so he could release and promote a solo album — but that all parties had agreed to “approximately 60 concerts in North America” regardless.
— Lindsey Buckingham (@LBuckingham) October 8, 2018
This is an unfortunate development from this situation, but not entirely surprising, considering the tumult that has exemplified the classic rock band over the years. Still, the fact that the lines of communication have become so wrought that this is now a lawsuit situation is a shame, but … that’s rock and roll, right?
UPDATE (10/12) Pitchfork passed along the following statement from a representative for Fleetwood Mac:
Fleetwood Mac strongly disputes the allegations presented in Mr. Buckingham’s complaint and looks forward to their day in court. The band has retained Dan Petrocelli to handle the case.
Stay tuned for any more developments ….