Subsequently, Lindsay was replaced by Mike Campbell from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House, and then the new version of the Fleetwood Mac headed out on an American tour in April.
You didn't think that the drama in Fleetwood Mac was over did you?
While Buckingham remained silent at the time, he eventually addressed his firing, noting that it "was not something that was really my doing or my choice". "I want to get up every day and dance around my apartment and smile and say, 'Thank God for this wonderful life'".
It was reported that the guitarist and singer was asked to leave the band because he couldn't commit to a touring schedule, but Buckingham insists he was given his marching orders because Nicks could no longer share a stage with him.
"Last January, Fleetwood Mac made the decision to continue to tour without me", Buckingham said in a statement to Rolling Stone regarding the suit.
"We rehearsed for two days, and everything was great", he adds.
In an interview earlier this week with Rolling Stone magazine, Buckingham blamed Nicks, his former girlfriend, for the rift, saying he was told by the band's manager that Nicks was angry when Buckingham smirked while she was giving a speech at the January Grammy event. "The irony is that we have this standing joke that Stevie, when she talks, goes on a long time", the singer-songwriter explained.
Buckingham said he learned he had been dropped two days after a Grammy Musicares celebration in NY in January 2018 honouring the main members of the band - Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Buckingham.
Lindsey Buckingham also noted how after the call from Irving Azoff, he was left with the impression that Stevie Nicks was the one quitting the band. "'This feels amusing, '" he recalled saying. Is Stevie leaving the band, or am I getting kicked out?'" Buckingham recalled, only to be told that Nicks had given the band "an ultimatum: "Either you go or she's gonna go".
Lindsey Buckingham performing with Fleetwood Mac in NYC in October 2014. After all, when you spend a lifetime in a band, getting fired over the phone is undoubtedly one of the worst ways to go.