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Fleetwood Mac fires guitarist Lindsey Buckingham

By Admin / Published On Tuesday, 10 Apr 2018 13:46 PM / No Comments / 22 views

Lindsey Buckingham has left Fleetwood Mac for the second time (1974-1987 and 1996-2018) after a reported ‘disagreement’ with the British-American band over their upcoming tour.

The two-time Grammy winners fired their longtime guitarist on Monday and replaced him with Crowded House’s Neil Finn and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell – according to Rolling Stone.

‘We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family,’ Fleetwood Mac – who changed their FB profile picture to a penguin logo – said in a statement.

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Go your own way: Lindsey Buckingham has left Fleetwood Mac for the second time (1974-1987 and 1996-2018) after a reported 'disagreement' with the British-American band over their upcoming tour

Go your own way: Lindsey Buckingham has left Fleetwood Mac for the second time (1974-1987 and 1996-2018) after a reported ‘disagreement’ with the British-American band over their upcoming tour

That was quick! The two-time Grammy winners fired their longtime guitarist on Monday and replaced him with Crowded House's Neil Finn

That was quick! The two-time Grammy winners fired their longtime guitarist on Monday and replaced him with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell (R)

That was quick! The two-time Grammy winners fired their longtime guitarist on Monday and replaced him with Crowded House’s Neil Finn (L) and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell (R)

‘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.’

But it was guitarist Billy Burnette that originally broke the news Wednesday with a since-deleted bitter tweet lamenting his own absence in the open slot.

The 68-year-old Californian was with the band as recent as January 26 when their five-decade hitmaking career was honored at the pre-Grammys MusiCares event in Manhattan.

Buckingham – who released an album last year with Christine McVie – was famously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Fleetwood Mac back in 1998.

Fleetwood Mac said in a statement: 'We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family!' (pictured January 26)

Fleetwood Mac said in a statement: ‘We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family!’ (pictured January 26)

'Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution': The band changed their profile picture to a penguin logo on Monday

‘Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution’: The band changed their profile picture to a penguin logo on Monday

'But I'm not in': It was guitarist Billy Burnette that originally broke the news Wednesday with a since-deleted bitter tweet lamenting his own absence in the open slot

‘But I’m not in’: It was guitarist Billy Burnette that originally broke the news Wednesday with a since-deleted bitter tweet lamenting his own absence in the open slot

The decision to let the silver-haired father-of-three go came nearly five months after author Steven Davis claimed Lindsey was abusive to singer Stevie Nicks in his book Gold Dust Woman.

‘I thought he was going to kill me,’ Davis quoted 69-year-old Nicks from one such incident in 1987.

‘[He] manhandled Stevie, slapped her face and bent her backward over the hood of his car…He put his fingers around her neck and started to choke her.’

Ouch: The 68-year-old Californian (2-L) was with the band as recent as January 26 when their five-decade hitmaking career was honored at the pre-Grammys MusiCares event in Manhattan

Ouch: The 68-year-old Californian (2-L) was with the band as recent as January 26 when their five-decade hitmaking career was honored at the pre-Grammys MusiCares event in Manhattan

Solo mission: Buckingham - who released an album last year with Christine McVie - was famously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Fleetwood Mac back in 1998

Solo mission: Buckingham – who released an album last year with Christine McVie – was famously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Fleetwood Mac back in 1998

'I thought he was going to kill me': The decision to let the silver-haired father-of-three go came nearly five months after author Steven Davis claimed Lindsey was abusive to singer Stevie Nicks in his book Gold Dust Woman

‘I thought he was going to kill me’: The decision to let the silver-haired father-of-three go came nearly five months after author Steven Davis claimed Lindsey was abusive to singer Stevie Nicks in his book Gold Dust Woman

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