Mick Fleetwood Reconciles With Lindsey Buckingham, Plans Musical Collaboration

He's not sure if that will be in the context of Fleetwood Mac, however

Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac in 2019
Mick Fleetwood attends the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center.
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Few bands have a history as contentious as Fleetwood Mac, one that includes breakups, legendary excess, lineup changes and a full marching band — not to mention a host of beloved albums. That volatility continues to be a hallmark of the band; in 2018, the group fired singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, which prompted him to sue. The suit was later settled, but the idea of Buckingham making music again with any of his former bandmates seemed decidedly unlikely. One might even say he’d gone his own way.

And yet, the impossible seems to be happening. Rolling Stone reports that Mick Fleetwood, the band’s co-founder, recently reconciled with Buckingham in the wake of founding member Peter Green’s death.

In an interview, Fleetwood discussed his mended relationship with Buckingham and what it might mean (or not) for the band. Fleetwood told Rolling Stone that “both of us have been beautifully honest about who we are and how we got to where we were.”

He also spoke about the idea of a Fleetwood Mac lineup, and farewell tour, that might include Buckingham as well as the two musicians brought in to replace him in 2018. “I’d love to think that all of us could be healed, and also respect the people who are in the band, Neil Finn and Michael Campbell,” Fleetwood said. He also noted that the dynamic between Buckingham and Stevie Nicks might prevent that from happening.

Still, he expressed optimism that he and Buckingham would collaborate in some capacity. “I know for a fact that I intend to make music and play again with Lindsey,” said Fleetwood — then noted that “[i]t doesn’t have to be in Fleetwood Mac.” Whatever form it takes, that collaboration could be grounds for celebration for many a Fleetwood Mac fan.

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