Lindsey Buckingham has finally responded having been fired by Fleetwood Mac. It is the guitarists second departure from the band having previously left in 1987 before returning in 1997.
Buckingham was replaced by Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Crowded House’s Neil Finn on Fleetwood Mac’s upcoming tour.
Buckingham, performing at a campaign fundraiser for California Democratic congressional candidate Mike Levin, addressed the situation publicly for the first time, he said: “This was not something that was really my doing or my choice,” he said in between songs. “I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective.”
Continuing, Buckingham believes his firing will have negative effects on the band: “It harmed the 43-year legacy that we had worked so hard to build, and that legacy was really about rising above difficulties in order to fulfil one’s higher truth and one’s high destiny.”
Watch his full speech, here