According to a representative for Fleetwood Mac, the band “seriously denies the charges stated in Mr. Buckingham’s complaint” It has hired Dan Petrocelli to represent the band in this matter.” When the Eagles sued Don Felder in 2001, Los Angeles attorney Petrocelli represented Don Henley and Glenn Frey in their case.
According to court records obtained by Bonjovishop, Lindsey Buckingham has launched a lawsuit against Fleetwood Mac for breach of fiduciary responsibility, oral contract breach, and willful interference with future economic advantage. Mike Campbell and Neil Finn of Crowded House were brought in to replace Buckingham, who left the band in January. It is said in the lawsuit that he requested that the group postpone their tour for three months so that he may perform with his solo band. He claims he was abruptly fired from the Rumours lineup only days before it was scheduled to play 60 shows across North America.
Buckingham has a right to a share in the economic opportunities established by the partnership formed to run Fleetwood Mac’s business, and this action is required to enforce that right, according a statement in the complaint.
According to the lawsuit, the lead-up to Buckingham’s departure from the band began as early as the band’s 2018/19 global tour began in late 2017. Although Buckingham wanted the tour to begin in November so that he could tour in support of his new solo album, the article alleges that Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and Christine McVie wanted it to begin in August of this year. According to a lawsuit, he agreed to postpone the release of his album for a year when others refused to do so.
According to the lawsuit, the group had a deal with Live Nation that would pay each member between $12 million and $14 million over the course of 60 shows. Buckingham requested permission to book his own gigs during the band’s off-days when he realised they were only playing three shows a week. The band performed at the MusiCares event on January 26th, 2018, and Buckingham found out two days later that they were continuing without him.
According to the complaint, “the Defendants intentionally interfered 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” by excluding him from the 2018-2019 Fleetwood Mac tour in violation of their fiduciary duties of loyalty and good faith and fair dealing.
It’s stated in the complaint, however, that “there has never been a written agreement among Christine… Buckingham… Fleetwood and Nicks,” but California’s Uniform Partnership Act of 1994 states that “without a written partnership agreement, no partner in Fleetwood Mac may be terminated from the Partnership.”
After that, there is a copy of a February 28th email from Buckingham to Mick Fleetwood in which he tries to work things out. Since MusiCares, I’ve attempted to contact both you and Stevie repeatedly, but to no effect. Since then, I’ve received nothing but radio silence. As a precaution, I did not put Chris to the test. It was so frustrating that I even tried to contact John via email, but he told me that he couldn’t reach me. All of this hurts me to my core.
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After 43 years, “it’s impossible to escape the notion that for the five of us to fracture apart now would be the wrong thing,” Buckingham wrote in an e-mail to the group. There’s a void in the band’s heart and soul right now. We’ve been through a lot, yet our core is just resting there inert.” This year’s trip was a little stressful because Christine McVie rejoined the band after a two-decade absence, but the group toured in 2013 and again in 2014. According to Nicks, the band was scheduled to begin practise in June but he wanted to postpone it until November. That’s a long time. I just finished a solo tour of 70 shows. When I finish one project, I get right into the next. Stopping isn’t an option. We don’t want to give up on music. We don’t have anything else to do. What we do is this.
Campbell and Finn were subsequently added to the lineup to replace him. Despite that, they were unwilling to state that Buckingham was fired. When asked about the word “fired,'” Fleetwood told Bonjovishop in April that it was a “ugly allusion” to her band. “I’m not going to sugarcoat it, but we’ve hit a brick wall. This was not a happy scenario for us in terms of the practicalities of a working band. As a result, we decided that we couldn’t continue working with him. In terms of what we need to do as a band and move ahead,” “The majority rules.”
When Buckingham was interviewed by Bonjovishop’s David Fricke earlier this month, he broke his silence about the situation. Irving Azoff, the band’s manager, called him as he was watching the Grammys and informed him he was leaving the band on January 28th, according to his account. Two days previously, Fleetwood Mac headlined the MusiCares benefit event at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Buckingham grinned throughout Nicks’ remarks at the occasion, according to Azoff, and Nicks was upset about it. His outburst at the decision to play a recording of “Rhiannon” as they took the stage bothered her. Azoff allegedly warned Buckingham, “Stevie never wants to be on stage with you again,” Buckingham claims.
In the guitarist’s mind, Nicks had decided to leave the band. It wasn’t until a few days later that he realised something was amiss when no one from the band was responding to his e-mails. His phone call to bassist Azoff revealed that he had been “evicted” from the band and that they would continue without his contributions. In his opinion, “I don’t think there ever was a justification for being dismissed,” he says. “We’ve all done things that weren’t helpful. We’ve all put each other through our paces at some point. That’s the group’s history.