Mick Fleetwood has revealed that he has reconciled with Lindsey Buckingham following Fleetwood Mac founding member Peter Green’s death. Fleetwood has even said that he’s open to Buckingham potentially returning to the fold with the band.
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. Fleetwood has remained adamant that his former bandmate would never be allowed to return to the fold with the band but now seems to have changed his tune.
Last year, Fleetwood scathingly said in an interview why he couldn’t envisage playing with Buckingham again: “No. Fleetwood Mac is a strange creature. We’re very, very committed to Neil and Mike, and that passed away a time ago when Lindsey left. And it’s not a point of conversation, so I have to say no.”
“I’ve really enjoyed being re-connected with Lindsey, which has been gracious and open,” Fleetwood said in a new interview with Rolling Stone. “And both of us have been beautifully honest about who we are and how we got to where we were.”
Probed on whether Buckingham could rejoin Fleetwood Mac for a hypothetical farewell tour, Fleetwood responded: “Strange things can happen. I look at Fleetwood Mac as a huge family. Everyone plays an important role in our history, even someone like [early ’70s] guitarist Bob Welch, who was huge and sometimes gets forgotten.
“Lindsey’s position in Fleetwood Mac will, for obvious reasons, never been forgotten, as it should never be forgotten,” Fleetwood continued, adding: “My vision of things happening in the future is really far-reaching. Would I love to think that [reunion] could happen? Yeah. 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.”
The relationship between Stevie Nicks and Buckingham was a crucial part of his dismissal from the group, with the singer reportedly giving the band an ultimatum on her or him. Fleetwood commented of the situation: “I can’t speak for the dynamic with Stevie and him. I don’t even need to protect it. It’s so known that they’re chalk and cheese in so many ways, and yet not.”