Mick Fleetwood has shared details about the future of Fleetwood Mac and opened up about the departure of Lindsey Buckingham.
The legendary group dismissed Buckingham in 2018, and Fleetwood Mac continued to tour without him following his departure. They soon replaced him with guitarists Mike Campbell from Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers and Crowded House’s Neil Finn throughout the tour. Fleetwood has changed his tune after previously stating that Buckingham would never return to the fold, now seemingly open to the idea after the two rekindled their friendship.
Speaking in a new interview with The Times, Fleetwood said: “I’ve really enjoyed being re-connected with Lindsey, which has been gracious and open. And both of us have been beautifully honest about who we are and how we got to where we were.”
“Strange things can happen. I look at Fleetwood Mac as a huge family,” he said in regards to a reunion with Buckingham. “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.
“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.”
“We’ve all been shocked that life can change so very quickly, but you’re talking to the dude who never gives up. We are still a band. We have not broken up,” he said.
Speaking about the future of Fleetwood Mac, and whether they will ever hit the road again, the drummer added: “I hope we can do something with dignity, that will make sense for all of us, and the will to go forward is there. In the story of Fleetwood Mac, the last tour was not meant to be the last tour. If that became clear — and it could — I would hope to find a classy way to say goodbye. Because one thing we’ve all learnt with Fleetwood Mac is that there are no absolutes at all.”