Lindsey Buckingham revealed on CBS This Morning that his lawsuit against the members of Fleetwood Mac has been settled. Buckingham was fired from the band following their MusiCares tribute earlier this year, after he reportedly mocked — along with the other bandmembers — Stevie Nicks’ long-winded acceptance speech. According to the guitarist, the band and management was given an ultimatum by Nicks that either Buckingham was axed — or she would leave the group.
Buckingham’s lawsuit read in part: “This action is necessary to enforce Buckingham’s right to share in the economic opportunities he is entitled to as a member of the partnership created to operate the business of Fleetwood Mac. . . By excluding Buckingham from participating in the 2018-2019 Fleetwood Mac tour in breach of their fiduciary duties of loyalty and good faith and fair dealing, the Defendants intentionally acted to interfere with Buckingham’s relationship with Live Nation and the prospective economic benefit he was to receive as a result of his participation in the tour.”
According to the filing, “a deal was made with Live Nation that would earn each member of the group an estimated $12 million to $14 million for 60 concerts.”
Lindsey Buckingham, who wrapped his solo band tour last night (December 9th) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, recalled to CBS This Morning that he found out he was fired from Fleetwood Mac by the band’s manager: “Irving Azoff called me up — he was screamin’ at me on the phone, saying, ‘You’ve really done it this time!’ And I had no idea what he was talking about. He said, ‘Stevie never wants to be onstage with you ever again!’ And I’m going — ‘Why???'”
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