Fleetwood Mac announce North American tour dates, discuss departure of Lindsey Buckingham

Fleetwood Mac will be touring hard starting towards the end of 2018 and continuing well into 2019. The popular classic rock band, which rose to mainstream popularity back in the mid-1970s thanks to hit albums like Fleetwood Mac and Rumors, returned to the headlines recently when it was revealed that longtime guitarist and primary member Lindsey Buckingham was fired from the group. The remaining members of Fleetwood Mac have now shared their own opinions on what happened with the departure of Buckingham in a new interview with Rolling Stone shared on Wednesday to go with the 52-show North American tour announcement.

As revealed in the report, the main conflict between Buckingham and the rest of the band came with scheduling plans for the tour, which he had wanted to push back until 2019.

“Words like ‘fired’ are ugly references as far as I’m concerned,” founding member Mick Fleetwood said about their decision to move on sans Buckingham. “This was not a happy situation for us in terms of the logistics of a functioning band. To that purpose, we made a decision that we could not go on with him. Majority rules in term of what we need to do as a band and go forward … There’s no doubt that my instincts, for better or worse, have always been to gravitate towards going forward.”

Buckingham's former lover and longtime musical muse, Stevie Nicks, also chimed in on her displeasure for the guitarist wanting to push business plans back. 

"We were supposed to go into rehearsal in June and he wanted to put it off until November [2019],” Nicks added. “I just did 70 shows [on a solo tour]. As soon as I finish one thing, I dive back into another. Why would we stop? We don’t want to stop playing music. We don’t have anything else to do. This is what we do.”

The band will instead be joined by former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell when the tour kicks off in Tulsa, Okla. on Oct. 3. The report states that the band have yet to start real rehearsals with Campbell, but will begin working together as part of a two-month preparation schedule closer to the fall. The full schedule of concert dates shared by the band can be seen in the listing below.

Tickets for select shows on the upcoming tour will be going on sale  starting next Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. local time, and can purchased by clicking here.

Fleetwood Mac North American Tour Dates:
Oct. 3 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
Oct. 6 - Chicago, IL - United Center
Oct. 10 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
Oct. 12 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Oct. 14 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
Oct. 16 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Oct. 18 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center (Click here for tickets)
Oct. 20 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
Oct. 22 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
Oct. 26 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
Oct. 28 - Milwaukee, WI - Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
Oct. 30 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
Nov. 1 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena
Nov. 3 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Centre
Nov. 5 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
Nov. 7 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
Nov. 10 - Edmonton, AB - Rogers Place
Nov. 12 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
Nov. 14 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
Nov. 17 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
Nov. 19 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
Nov. 21 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center at San Jose
Nov. 23 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
Nov. 25 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
Nov. 28 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena
Nov. 30 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 3 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Dec. 6 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center
Dec. 8 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
Dec. 11 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
Dec. 13 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
Feb. 5 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
Feb. 7 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Feb. 9 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
Feb. 13 - Birmingham, AL - Legacy Arena at The BJCC
Feb. 16 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
Feb. 18 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
Feb. 20 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - BB&T Center
Feb. 22 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena
Feb. 24 - Charlotte, NC - Spectrum Center
Feb. 27 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
March 3 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
March 5 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena
March 9 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall
March 11 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
March 13 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
March 15 - Hartford, CT - XL CENTER
March 20 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
March 24 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena
March 26 - Buffalo, NY - KeyBank Center
March 31 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
April 5 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center