Former Fleetwood Mac member Lindsey Buckingham has opened up in a new interview about never receiving “closure” with Stevie Nicks.
The group sacked guitarist Buckingham in 2018, and Fleetwood Mac continued to tour without him, replacing him with guitarists Mike Campbell from Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers and Crowded House’s Neil Finn. Recently, Mick Fleetwood has spoken about how he has rekindled his relationship with Buckingham. However, the guitarist’s relationship with Nicks remains on the ropes.
“And really, again, that was part of the deal with Stevie and me was that we had to spend an awful lot of time together without ever having gotten closure from each other,” he told Nile Rodgers on his Apple Music 1 show Deep Hidden Meaning Radio With Nile Rodgers.
Buckingham continued: “Most people, when they break up, they don’t see each other for a long time or maybe ever again. But you’re not constantly having to not only see someone but, in my case, make the choice to do right for someone when I didn’t always feel that I wanted to, you know?
“In order to take a song of hers, like ‘Dreams’, which needed so much construction around it to take those same two chords and make them evolve from section A to section B to section C. And the love and the choice to do the right thing and to have the integrity to do that.
“It comes at a price sometimes, you know? It comes at the price of having your defences come up, and sometimes over a period of time, it’s hard to get those down.”
Nicks told the Los Angeles Times that she and Buckingham hadn’t had direct contact since his departure from the band, but she did write him a note following his heart attack in 2019. “You better take care of yourself. You better take it easy and you better do everything they tell you and get your voice back and feel the grace that you have made it through this,” she recalled.
See the clip, below.