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Lindsey Buckingham Out of Fleetwood Mac, Mike Campbell and Neil Finn Are In

by VVN Music

Fleetwood Mac is about to look very different with major changes in the lineup.

It was initially reported that Lindsey Buckingham had quit the band but a later Rolling Stone article has said that he was fired over disagreements over the band's tour.

Buckingham had previously left Mac in 1987 and returned in 1996, even though he did work on a couple of songs with members in the interim.

The even bigger surprise is who is joining the band. Former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Neil Finn, previously of Split Enz and the current lead singer of Crowded House along with being a successful solo artist.

Fleetwood Mac, as a whole, issued a statement saying "We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber 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."

Mick Fleetwood followed with his own statement, saying "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."

There also seems to be a bit of sour grapes on the part of former Fleetwood Mac member Billy Burnette who had posted that he was not invited.  His original post is no longer available but was captured by Stereogum:

There's no word at this time as to whether Stevie Nicks will be participating on the tour.